Understandingthe UPSC requirements is very crucial for success in the interview. Just like prelimsand mains, understanding the requirements as prescribed by the UPSC should bethe first step. Though aspirants keenly follow the Preliminary and Main examsyllabus, the requirements of UPSC with regarding interview test is missed byeven serious aspirants.
What’sgiven in the UPSC CSE syllabus about UPSC CSE interview? Here are the 6 mainpoints which can bring wonders for you in the IAS interview. This is the mostauthentic explanation regarding IAS Interview or Personality test, based onUPSC notification for Civil Service Exam. 1.Questions will be on matters of general interestThecandidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record ofhis/her career. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest. 2.The objective of the questions: to judge the mental caliber of a candidate.
Theobjective of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of thecandidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiasedobservers. The test is intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. 3.These are the qualities which are judgedInbroad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectualqualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. Someof the qualities to be judged are: · mental alertness,· critical powers of assimilation,· clear and logical exposition,· the balance of judgment,· variety and depth of interest,· ability for social cohesion andleadership,· intellectual and moral integrity. 4.What is the technique used in the UPSC CSE interview?Thetechnique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of anatural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to revealthe mental qualities of the candidate.
5.Not a test of specialized knowledge; not a test of general knowledge either!Theinterview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialized orgeneral knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through theirwritten papers. 6.UPSC is looking for ‘well-educated youth’!Candidatesare expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their specialsubjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening aroundthem both within and outside their own state or country as well as in moderncurrents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity ofwell-educated youth. 1. Significanceof Keeping the Right Attitude in UPSC’s IAS Interview “People may hear yourwords, but they feel your attitude.
“-JohnC Maxwell What is attitude?Attitudeis how you assess people, objects, events and ideas in your life. You caneither be positive or negative about them depending on your attitude. There arethree components in your attitude:· The emotionalcomponent· The cognitivecomponent· The behaviouralcomponent The emotional component is based on youremotions while the cognitive component is based on your thoughts and beliefs.The behavioural component is what influences our behaviour. It can either beexplicit or implicit.
Explicit attitude is where you are constantly aware ofyour thoughts and actions whereas implicit attitude is unconscious but it stillaffects the behaviour. Attitude is formed over the years by our experiences andobservations. Even a simple advertisement has the power to change your thoughtpatterns and hence influence your attitude.Thiskind of attitude formation is called “classical conditioning”.
The other kindof conditioning known as ‘Operant Conditioning’ is developed from other people’sthinking. An example of this kind of conditioning is kids trying to be liketheir parents.Attitudeinfluences your behavior and can be changed. They can be change in two ways, byeither getting influenced or motivated. A person with a positive attitude is athousand times more likely to succeed than a person with a negative mindset.
Your attitude not only affects you but also the people around you.Theworld does not recognize you for your talent and success as much as it does foryour attitude. Success or failure in life is not always a result of your hardwork but is a result of how you look at the world and at yourself.”Ifyou look in the mirror and you don’t like what you see, don’t blame the mirror.If you look at the world and you don’t like what you see, don’t blame theworld.”- AnonymousAttitudeis not a mask that you can wear as it goes much deeper than your externalbehaviour.
It is what you are at your core and if you are not true to your coreit will invariably show. You cannot change your behaviour while your attituderemains the same. Change in your behaviour is simply a change in response toyour external environment while a change in attitude is a fundamental shiftwithin you. A change in attitude leads to a change in behaviour but a change inbehaviour does not always imply a change in attitude. A change in attituderequires serious and continuous effort towards it over a period of time.
Italso involves introspection and willingness to make a change for the better. Inan interview despite of being at your best behaviour the interviewer can alwayslook through you if your attitude is flawed as behaviour is not a facade thatyou can put up to hide the real you. Most behavioural valuations have nothingto do with your behaviour and everything to do with your attitude.Toconclude, attitude is a magnet. If you have a good attitude you will attractgood things to yourself while a bad attitude will only lead you to negativeexperiences. So, be positivity and attract more positivity into your life. 2.
Significanceof Hobby, Character Building & Motivation in IAS Interview Challengesmake life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. Lifeof a civil servant is hectic and it is considered as the most challengingprofession. There are lots of responsibilities revolving around him. He issupposed to face the problem of Political Interference, Corruption, andFrequent Transfers etc. As it is a 24X7 profession one has to be enthusiasticand stress-free to frame policy as well as to take a decision. One of the bestways to lead a stress-free life is to pursue your hobbies. All hobbies producepsychological benefits.
It generates positive feelings and boosts creativity,which enhances the ability to focus and concentrate. It also increaseshappiness, reduces stress and enhances work performance. Concentration createshormones to retain interest, focus and spark enthusiasm. Let’srewind your life. When you were a kid, there were lots of opportunities forpursuing built-in hobbies. Our parents make us for drawing classes, Karatelessons or summer camps. In school, our teacher gives extra credit for thosewho do extracurricular activities.
In college, we cannot think about a lifewithout volunteer activities, arts, and other innovative experiments. When weleave these and start preparing for UPSC exam, we intentionally block theopportunities to pursue hobbies and ultimately it leaves us. But now, the heatwaves of the Civil service main exam have come down. The worries about how toface interview will be still there under the deepest core of mind. Candidateshould be thorough with his/ her DAF.
The interview board panel members arewell experienced in testing the personality of a candidate. So, the best policyis to remain, to be honest about your bio data. Thoroughly prepare about thehobby you have mentioned in your examination form. Search for popular terms andthe basic understanding of that particular hobby, recent happening in that areaetc. Current affairs play an important role here. One can expect questionlinked with current affairs. This assesses how dynamic the candidate in hislife. Ifreading is your hobby then they may ask – Who’s writing you like most? Whichare your favorite novels and why? Do you read a recent novel which might bemore popular? What is that book deal with? Even you can expect some technicalquestions also.
For example, if your hobby is photography they may ask you whatis the difference between SLR and DSLR is, what is Al Servo? Define Bokeh? Whattype of photography you do? Are you Paparazzi? Who is Daniel Berehulak? Does apicture destroy or create life? Apart from the direct question, they may askyou, what you would do when you are bored? What will you so during your freetime? What will you do when you are alone?. These are some tricky questionwhere they want to check your honesty. Interviewers ask these to assess thereal character hidden to know that you would be a good fit for the rolepersonality-wise, as well as by your mains examination marks, skills, andknowledge. One should be honest while answering these questions. It is a greatway to impress the panel. Importanceof HobbyHappinessconsists more in the small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, thanin great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the courseof his life.
Young people have a great choice of occupations for theirfinancial happiness but not their mental pleasure. Hobbies open a door toopportunities. It molds a man into a living creature. Hobbiesplay an important role in enriching your perspective. You are opening a newbook; once you start to pursue a new hobby. It is an opportunity to learn newthings to enhance your mental efficiency. The more you know, the more you grow.
The more you grow you act wisely. Hobbies detract focus from job stress andpersonal issues. Engaging in enjoyable activities generates self-confidence andmotivation, which helps to carry positive performances in aspirant’s personaland professional life. Hobbiesbelittle the focus from professional stress as well as personal issues.Engaging in amusing activities kindle self-confidence and keep motivated.
Thesecret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of havingpain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. Ifyou don’t, life controls you. Thereare things you enjoyed as a kid that you might still enjoy as an adult.Sometimes you might have an awesome coin collection, loved to crawl on a couchwith a book and paint crazily. Those are all things you could pick up again asan adult that would make great hobbies.
One’spersonality plays an important role in choosing hobbies. Some people arecreative while other wants to be adventurous. Analyze your personality andthink about the things you already like and how it can be expanded.
Sometimes you may not hit the apt activityfor you right out of the gate, but you can have a lot of fun exploring what’sout there. Don’t be afraid to try new things, and soon you will have a hobby thatprovides you with a lot of fun and an answer to UPSC interview panel. DoIt DailyAhobby, a day keeps the doldrums away. If you are starting a new initiative inyour life, it takes time. After the Civil service main examination, you willhave a lot of time in your hands. The best part is that still you have time andmost of us are not using well if you don’t have time, start to save the timeyou spend on social media or watching Television. Carve out a half / an hour daily for yourexplore your interest and spend it effectively.
“Ifyour actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more,you are a leader.”3. Why to become Civil Servants? TheIndian Civil Service (ICS) came into being after the passage the Government ofIndia Act, 1858. The immediate trigger for passing the Act was the Indianrebellion of 1857, what the British called the Sepoy Mutiny.
This newadministrative structure, in turn, helped annex new territories. Youngstersin the first five decades of independent India got enticed by the residualgoodwill of ICS, which catapulted them into the higher echelons of society. The”social prestige” associated with the service became a fatal attraction andenrolment in the civil service a tour de force. Initially,the entrants were drawn from the presidency towns; then from other Statecapitals. Subsequently, students who had education in vernacular medium alsojoined the service in droves, enriching it, with their sound commonsense. Thereis a felt need to stand out in a crowd of 121 crore Indians. Selection intocivil service instantly satiates this need. To an insecure mind it provideseternal solace.
Shakespeare said that “Security is mortals’ chiefest enemy” andentry into the civil service helps obliterates insecurity. JawaharlalNehru often ridiculed the ICS for its support of British policies. He notedthat someone had once defined the ICS, “with which we are unfortunately stillafflicted in this country, as neither Indian, nor civil, nor a service.” AsPrime Minister, he retained the structure and its top people, albeit with achange of title to the “Indian Administrative Service.” DoesAmerica need a foreign policy; towards a diplomacy for the 21st century. Changing landscape Inpost-liberalized India, the All-India Services (AIS) are ordained the role of afacilitator, and not necessarily one of a regulator. This took the sheen offAIS and its pre-eminence in economic decision-making is being encumbered.
Besides,in the past three decades regional parties have taken over the reins at theState level and the immediacy of the next election drove the agendas of theseparties in power. TheAIS officers are made to toe the line of the political bosses. The concept of a”committed bureaucracy” is being encouraged subtly. Furthermore,the ethos of society itself is getting metamorphosed.
Ill-gotten wealth nowbestows instant respectability. TheAIS officers, who always had a ringside view of this process of ill-gottenwealth in the Licence-Quota-Permit Raj, started collaborating with politicalmasters. The percentage of officers who are in this collusive collaboration isincreasing by the day. Theparties in power bestow favouritism on civil servants loyal to them.
As isevident, from the recent incidents even “Lady Officers” have joined the party.It is no more true that women officers are more honest, they have made news forthe wrong reasons. Thecardinal principles of civil service, viz. professionalism, anonymity,integrity and neutrality, are slowly withering. Thechains with which the AIS binds itself are self-acquired, the links werenon-existent at the entry, the links are slowly forged and the chains formed.The process is full of compromises, both intellectual and fiscal.
Civilservants taking to politics is a detestable phenomenon. One even rose to becomea Chief Minister. This trend severally compromises neutrality during theirtenure in service. Traditionally, civil servants were sent as Governors,post-retirement. Now even for this honour civil servants are cultivatingpoliticians unabashedly. Most of the evils perpetuated by ‘to-retire’ civilservants are their craving for post-retirement sinecures. RonaldReagan once said “politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession; Ihave come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”Perhaps had he worked with the AIS in close quarters, he would have extendedthe courtesy of comparison to civil servants also.
VinodMehta, in his book The Lucknow Boy, pays tribute to E.A.S. Sarma, who foughtthe PMO to uphold steadfastly what, he thought, was in the larger interest ofthe nation. Recently,in Andhra Pradesh, some officers who withstood the onslaught of a former CM arebreathing easy, and their successors who obeyed the ‘diktats’ of the former CMare under the CBI scanner. NoamChomsky in Deterring Democracy predicted that the unholy businessman-politiciannexus will undermine democracy.
No party is wholesome, now, without the media.The politician-business-media house nexus, with the tentacles in thebureaucratic network, is a heady mix. Now, well heeled, highly-networked womenin the media coalesced into business groups and when caught, vociferouslypleaded an “error of judgment” and got away with the egregious. Where does thisleave the civil services — in the fox holes? Judicialactivism is yet another new dimension. Now, a few high profile cases againstthe AIS get so much adverse publicity that it becomes a feed forward mechanismfor the judiciary to indulge in more activism. RalphWaldo Emerson said “the only person you are destined to become is the personyou decide to be.
” The destiny of civil servants is in the conduct of its ownbrethren. Unless we steadfastly return to the old edicts of professionalism,anonymity, integrity and neutrality, the evanescent goodwill will be completelyeroded. Theneed of the hour is silent hard work. One should leave the system unheard,unsung and unwept and while in the system one should be free, fair and frank. Itis worth recalling the most famous ‘Pogo’ quotation: “we have met the enemy andhe is us.” The civil servants we wish ‘to be or not to be’ are within us.