How to Prepare for UPSC Civil Services Interview
Updated on Sep 18, 2018 - 4:31 p.m. IST by Anangsha Patra
#UPSC Civil Services Exam

How to Prepare for UPSC Civil Services Interview – The interview of UPSC Civil Services is the final phase of selection process. Being equally challenging like Preliminary and Mains exams, it is important for candidates to get through it to make a place in the final merit list. UPSC Civil Services Interview aims to check whether the candidate is suitable for a career in the civil services. That is, whether the candidate has the potential to deliver good administrative skills. To develop this trait, candidates must work on their personality, communication and decision making skills. And nothing could be comparable to it when you get expert guidance on how to polish these skills. Careers360 here enlists preparation tips for UPSC Civil Services Inter`view by A.K. Mishra, Director, Chanakya IAS Academy. This article provides insights into the structure of personality test, do’s and dont’s of interview, important topics and books that candidates can refer for preparation.

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UPSC Civil Services Interview – Structure

The interview carries 275 marks out of total 2025. The panel consists of the Chairman of the interview board and four other members. The Chairman of the board is a member of UPSC. The other four members of the panel are usually experts chosen from different fields by UPSC. The Interview panel assess whether the candidate has the traits essential for various Civil Services. The interview lasts for 30 minutes.

How to prepare for UPSC Civil Services Interview

Below are few tips on how to prepare for UPSC Civil Services Interview.

  • Candidates should atleast attend three to four mock interview as it will develop confidence to face the real interview board. Improve preparation based on the feedback given by the experts before appearing in the final interview.

  • In UPSC Civil Services Interview, most of the questions are asked based on Detailed Application Form (DAF). Candidates are advised to read the DAF thoroughly and prepare well for the questions from education, hobbies, past work, experience, preferences of services etc.

  • Candidates will have to work on to develop your body language like posture, personal appearance. During interview, candidates must keep calm, listen to the interview panel patiently, maintain eye contact and appear before the board with composed body posture.

  • Candidates must keep themselves updated with the current news, elections and government policies. They should make sure to revise the current affairs of past one month. Read economic surveys, Yojana and Yearbook thoroughly to improve current affairs.

UPSC Civil Services Interview – Things to avoid

According to AK Mishra, candidates must avoid the following points during interview.

  • Candidates must not show any sign of nervousness during interview. They must do yoga and meditation to overcome their anxiety.

  • Avoid carrying cell phone inside the interview room. Ringing of cell phone diverts attention and might be perceived offensive by interview board.

  • Pompous talks leave a negative impression, so it is prudent not to brag too much before interview panel.

  • Frequently checking time by looking at your wristwatch is a sign of low-confidence.

  • If the interview is not proceeding on the line of your expectation, do not show any sign of nervousness, instead try to bring situation back in your favor. Sometimes, interviewers check your mindfulness and patience during tough and unfavorable times.

  • If an interviewer asks you a question and you do not know the answer, instead of making out the answer, just confess it with a smile on your face that ‘I do not know the answer’.

Questions asked in UPSC Civil Services Interview

Questions in the interview are basically asked from the following topics.

  • The interview panel ask questions on candidates hobbies that they have mentioned in the Detailed Application Form.

  • Candidates will get questions related to their geographical background like place where they were born, history about that place etc.

  • Many situational questions are also asked like what will you do if an earthquake strikes your district and you are the DM/Collector or SP.

  • Candidates can also expect questions related to their choice of service preference.

  • There could be questions on current political issues, pros and cons of coalition, political prospects of regional and national parties.

  • Questions based on optional subject, why you chose the subject and few other related details are also asked.

  • If you are a working professional, be prepared to face some questions related to your current job, company, etc.

Personality test is the test of personality and not knowledge. Your personality will be judged on the basis of logical reasoning, interest and knowledge on current affairs, mental alertness, social traits, critical power of assimilation, ability for social cohesion, intellectual and moral integrity, and balance of judgment and leadership skills. Prepare well for UPSC Civil Services Interview by following the tips and tricks given here by experts.

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which is the best college giving IAS coaching along with bsc in tamilnadu?

Indrajit Gupta 14th Jan, 2020
Hello varshini,
Hope you doing well!
There are some best IAS coaching Institute in Tamilnadu:-
1.Shankar IAS Academy.
2.Officers IAS Academy.
3.Sucess IAS Academy.
4.Impact IAS Academy.
5.Manidha Naeyam IAS Academy.
6.Brilliant Tutorials Private. Limited
I hope this helpful for you.
Best wishes!!

I want to become IAS officer,what course I can do for it ? Im currently in 12 commerce.

Khusji 14th Jan, 2020


First of all, you need to obtain adequate qualification for IAS. Basically any graduate can apply for this test. Candidates must have completed 21 years to apply. After graduation, you can apply for the selection test through the portal of UPSC. UPSC portal contain adequate information on selection test (CSAT and mains).

For this exam Number of Attempts:
four attempts for General
seven attempts for OBC
No limit for SC/ST


What is difference blw BA in humanities and BA in business studies. Whoch will help me to prepare IAS and which stream.

Shubhangi sinha 14th Jan, 2020

Hello Manikanta,

BA in humanities emphasis on soft skills and business studies generally focus on technical skills.

It doesn't matter whether B.A humanities or business studies . But, personally I would recommend to opt for B.A in humanities because it's easier and therefore you can devote more time for UPSC preparations.

you can take any subject according to your interest because in UPSC it is the interest that matters the most.

Good luck,

Hope it helps :)


ias officer cource time in upsc

Khusji 14th Jan, 2020


IAS Professional Course, Phase-I (22 weeks approximately)

This Course imparts rigorous training to the Officer Trainees of the Indian Administrative Service in a wide range of subjects to enable them to handle varied assignments that they would hold in the first ten years of their service.



l want to be a IAS,what are the steps to arrive my target?

sarthak goel 14th Jan, 2020

Hello Saurav,

The steps are pretty easy, you just have to crack an exam comprising of three sections. The exam is known as UPSC, and consists of 3 stages, which are prelims, mains and the interview part. Just crack all the three stages, being in top 100, and you can be appointed as an IAS.

For more information and detailed explanation, kindly refer the below link:

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