Interview Tips by Tina Dabi for IAS Aspirants

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Here we providing some tips shared by UPSC Topper and we hope that these points will help you to understand the concept of clearing IAS Exam.


It is suggested that an aspirant must prepare all possible questions from their Detailed Application Forms (D.A.F), because this is the source from which 50 to 60 percent of questions will be asked during your Interview or Personality Test.  One must research well on every little information provided on the his/her DAF.

For example, they sometimes even ask the meaning of your name, or, say, they ask you about the specialty or what your hometown famous for etc. Here are some bullet points you must consider revise before go to the board.

  • Meaning of your Name
  • Parent's Occupation
  • School / College (its motto or its uniqueness etc)
  • About your Graduation & Post graduation
  • You Hobbies (Remember! Be honest and research well before you express)
  • They may ask about your Extra Curricular or Activities
  • Any Leadership Opportunities or Position held in your School / College, and Sports you participated in.

Brush up your knowledge about your graduation subject and reason behind choosing them (See, this is important and DO NOT TAKE IT EASY). Be thoroughly prepared with yours Optional Subject and Notes you have prepared. Keep yourself updated with recent events & issues (Current Affairs), it should be on the tip of your fingers.

Prepare well on some common questions related to:

  • WHY YOU WANT TO BECOME AN IAS OFFICER?

  • WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU ?

  • WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF CIVIL SERVICES IN INDIA ACCORDING TO YOU ?

Very Important: Always be polite while speaking / explaining whether you agree or disagree on any particular issue or opinion. Maintain eye contact while talking and keep a calm demeanour. Neatly dressed in Interview with light coloured formal shirt with a tie works well for gentlemen. A subtle coloured saree or formed suit works for ladies. BE CONFIDENCE. I KNOW ITS SCARY BUT YOU CAN DO IT!  (COURTESY: TINA DABI, IAS)


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