Personality Test of the selected candidates is likely to commence from 4th February, 2019. It will be held in the Office of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) at Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069.
After written test, Interview is the final round which tests the personality, suitability of the candidate. So it is very important to start preparing for the interview along with the written test. Candidates should remember that the interview is not a test for checking the specialized knowledge, the idea is to observe the social traits of the candidate and his/her personality and its suitability to a career in the civil services.
The UPSC panel members can ask questions related to the detailed application form of the candidates. The questions can be on the candidate’s place of birth, interest, issues related to their home state, current national issues, and more. For example, if a candidate is from Chattisgarh or Odisha, questions could be asked a question related to tribal problems. If a candidate is from Jodhpur, a member can ask, What is Jodhpur famous for? What is the name of the Palace in Jodhpur? During the questions, the panel tries assesses whether the candidate answers like an Indian national or with a regional mindset. Hobbies and areas of interests also play an important role during interview. If the candidate's hobby is gardening. Then, questions related to soil, vegetables, herbs can be asked. Besides, questions related to the professions of the candidates could also be posed. For example, if the candidate happens to be an economics professor, he/she could be asked about International economics/ economy of the country. While the candidate answer the questions, the members of the panel observe how the candidate responds to each question.
Panel also creates questions based on certain situations. For example, they may give a situation like earth quake, floods and ask the candidate to respond to it in the role of a district collector. Members might also ask tricky questions in order to evaluate mental alertness and the ability to think logically.
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