UPSC Interview Tips and Tactics – Dos, Don՚ts, Starting Early, Preparation, Hobbies, Communication and Interview Preparation

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  • A half-an-hour exercise.
  • Plays an important role while finalizing the rank list.
  • Interview high-scorers are likely to top the final selection list.

Do՚s and Don՚ts

Starting Early

  • Not to wait for the results.
  • Working on personality as early as possible.

Knowing Oneself

  • Different aspects of the personality.
  • Trying to overcome the weakness.

Reading Bio-Data Multiple Times

  • Not to fumble on personal questions.
  • Revising the bio-data many times and prepare well.
  • Questions from areas like hobbies, education, work experience, service-preference etc.

A Positive Attitude and Self – Confidence

  • No negative thoughts and worries.
  • Expressing the answers or solutions with confidence.

Communication Skills

  • Listening to debates and news on television channels.
  • Reading newspapers regularly.

Preparations on Hobbies

  • Helps the interviewer to understand the personalities of candidates.
  • Hobbies need to be practiced till the last week before the UPSC interview.

Using Common Sense and Keeping Calm

  • Spot critical or lateral thinking.
  • Keeping calm while not knowing the answer.
  • Admitting of not having an idea.

Revising the Optional Subjects

  • Knowledge on recent happenings or news in depth.
  • Related to the Optional subject.

Re-Checking the Documents

  • Careful verification of the documents.
  • To avoid last-minute panic.
    • Matriculation or equivalent certificate in original to verify the Name and Date of Birth.
    • Self-attested photo-copy of Matriculation or equivalent certificate in original to verify the Name and Date of Birth.
    • Degree certificate in original to prove education qualification (If original degree certificates are not issued, carry provisional certificates and/or mark-sheets) .
    • Self-attested photo-copy of Degree certificate in original to prove education qualification (If original degree certificates are not issued, carry provisional certificates and/or mark-sheets) .
    • Self-attested photo-copy of Degree in original.
    • Mark-sheets of Degree in original (UPSC staff may not always ask, but carry along with you.
    • 2 passport size photographs that are taken recently. Self-attest one of them.
    • E-summon letter print-out.

Additional Documents (Case by Case Basis)

  • Caste/Tribe Certificate in original plus copy.
  • Physical Disabilities Certificate in original plus copy. Also DWE certificate for PH-1 (LDCP) .
  • Certificates in support of age relaxation for corresponding categories.
  • PG degree/higher education certificates and mark-sheets.
  • TA form – two copies plus proof of journey (for outstation candidates) .
  • Affidavit (in case of minor name discrepancies) .

Documents for Medical Examination

  • 8 - 10 passport size photos.
  • Prescriptions or medical certificates if any (may turn helpful for eye check-up) .

Documents to be Sent to DoPT (Department of Personnel and Training)

  • A copy of the attestation form duly filled.
  • Six copies of the attested form each signed in.
  • Affix a signed passport size copy of a recent photograph.

Neat and Clean Dressing

  • For males a light coloured shirt and dark trousers is ideal.
  • For females saree is recommended.

Mock Interview Preparations

  • Helps in finding out strengths and weaknesses.
  • Taking help from friends.
  • Improves consistency.

Be Yourself

  • Not to mug up ready-made answers.
  • Expressing one՚s own opinion.