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Mock Interviews at Eva Stalin IAS Academy


Mock Interviews at Eva Stalin IAS Academy form a crucial part of UPSC interview preparation. The quality and diversity of the panel help prepare an aspirant for the actual interview at UPSC. The Interview Guidance Course not only gives you strength in Current Affairs, HR and technical areas but also focuses on improving your overall personality for the interview. Eva Stalin organizes mock interviews simulating UPSC environment with renowned and experienced panel members who are retired civil servants, professors and personality grooming experts with wide experience.

Features


✅ Personality Development & HR Sessions

✅ Tips to face interview

✅ Discussion on

1. DAF & personal profile

2. Previous interview questions

3. Hobbies, Interests, Degree Project, Extra & Co-curricular Activities etc.

✅ Technical sessions

✅ General Awareness and Current Affairs

✅ One to One discussion to deal with personal profile related questions

Mock interview with real time UPSC interview environment

✅ Video recording of Mock Interviews and feedback analysis

✅ DAF analysis sessions with experts

✅ Mock Interview sessions with Bureaucrats & Educationists

UPSC Interview is the final stage of a year long Civil Services Exam process and is indeed the final rank decider. The competition goes stronger and stiffer at this stage as more than 4 lakhs candidates fight to make their place in the final 1000 seats. Unlike the other 2 stages of the Civil Services Exam, the Interview stage does not have any defined syllabus, all you need here is the experts’ advice on how to handle the final and most crucial stage of the Civil Services Exam. In short, the Personality Test plays a very crucial role in the final phase of the Civils Services Examination carrying 275 marks and with proper preparation, guidance and mentoring, a candidate should be able to breach the 200-225 marks. And here comes IAS Mock Interview into the picture.

How to face the interview board?


1. There are generally 5 members at the board with the Chairperson seated at the center. Enter the room by knocking the door and confidently greet the Chairperson, who will probably welcome you, and you have to give a pleasant nod at other members and wait till you are asked to sit.

2. You must carry a positive body language and a good personal appearance and the right body posture in the interview room. Listen patiently and maintain eye contact with the board members. You should appear attentive and involved and do not glare at the board members.

3. While answering do not glance at other members and keep your eyes at the center, sometimes you can move your face to the right and left but it should remain focused at the center. However if some other member asks you anything, look at that member and answer and then turn back to the first.

4. Do not fidget or throw your hands around or place them on the table. Do not crouch or bend forward and shake your head unnecessarily. Less amount of body movement is all that is required. At the same time it does not mean you should sit stiff. Your body posture should be attentive and relaxed at the same time.

5. Cut your answer short to the required patience shown by the member talking to you. They usually like to talk more, so listen carefully and think for a few seconds before you start answering. This will show that you are organizing your thoughts in mind before starting to speak.

6. Leave some room for difference in opinion. Do take a stand, but do not become adamant or unwilling to appreciate the board’s opinion.

7. While answering, use a couple of words from the question as this would show you have listened to the question carefully. Try to answer in a simple and precise manner and avoid the use of unnecessary technical jargon.

8. Do not prefix your answer with introductory comments and come to the central issue of the question immediately. If you do not know the answer better be candid to admit that you are unprepared. Do not make wild guesses or indulge in speculation as this may spoil your image.

9. Do not start evaluating your performance while still sitting in the interview room. Even if you have committed some mistakes, do not think that you have already lost the race. The interview board is looking for warm, sensitive, respectful and attentive youngsters. They know very well that you are good otherwise you would not have come so far. So remain positive all through the interview.

10. You must be prepared for questions on your achievements and hobbies that you mentioned in the form that you have filled before the interview. Talk humbly about them and do not boast about your achievements.

11. Say less to convey more: Less is more these days as per the minimalist creed. Argue logically and generalize correctly. Do not try to read too much between the lines. Remember, while answering any question, what is easy to see is easy to miss. We often tend to miss the obvious and go for some non-crucial aspect of the subject, so better avoid semantics.

12. Final exit: Get up from the chair to leave only when the chairperson asks you to do so. Similarly, even if someone has not asked a question and the chairperson asks you to leave, then please leave the room smilingly. Some members may not ask questions at all, due to various reasons and this should not bother you. Before leaving, politely thank the chairperson and nod at the other members politely. Avoid saying “Have a good day sir”. Just “Thank you” is good enough.

Types of questions asked at the Interview or Personality test


1. The candidate appearing for the interview will be given questionnaires to be filled up and submitted at the time of your interview. The candidates are advised to formulate their answers carefully because questions can be asked from your form that you have filled and submitted to the UPSC before your interview. You must go through the information you have filled because some questions are surely to be asked from there.

2. Relating to your name, any famous personality who has a similar or same name or surname

3. Your career choice, why do you want to be a civil servant?

4. Choice of services, the order of your choice of services can raise questions too.

5. What are your Hobbies, why do you pursue such a hobby or questions related to your hobby etc.

6. Questions about your academic institution and related to them. If you have studied at the Anna University, IIM or IIT, you may be asked about the brain drain or fat salaries, if from IGNOU then even about Indira Gandhi and so on.

7. Question from your educational qualification. If you are an MBBS or from an economic background, questions can be asked about how you are going to use your specific knowledge in the civil services. Don’t you think you can serve your country better by remaining a doctor and treating poor patients or joining civil services?

8. General Studies that forms the four papers of the Mains examination is the prime area from where questions can be asked. It includes Current Affair topics and policy analysis like “Note ban” Surgical strike etc. So make a list of topics and prepare thoroughly to answer them verbally.

9. You should be prepared to answer questions on your optional subjects, especially if that is not the discipline in which you have graduated. If you have changed your optional subject in the next attempt, you may be ready with the questions why you did that.

10. There could be situational questions like, if you were the collector/SP of a certain place where terrorists have struck with a Bomb Blast, what would you do in its aftermath?

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