Interview/Personality Test

Interview/Personality Test for UPSC Civil Services Examination

Interview is the final hurdle in reaching the corridors of power. Interview is of 275 marks. Marks obtained in Mains & Interview are totalled to determine final result.

About Personality Test

Candidates who have successfully cleared the Mains Stage of UPSC Civil Services Examination are called for Personality Test at UPSC Building, New Delhi.

Who conducts the personality test?

The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career. Board is chaired by Member UPSC. Other Board members comprise academicians, subject experts, former bureaucrats & diplomats etc.

What is the object of Personality Test?

The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialised or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.

“The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers.”

What kind of Questions are asked in Personality Test?

He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate.

Is interview simply a test of intellect?

In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

What is the technique of Interview?

The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.