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How the viva-Voice Interview of #IAS is done?कैसे होता है #IAS का Viva-Voice इंटरव्यू?

Sakshi Garg, 350 Rank, Hindi Medium, UPSC-2017 : Mock Interview

Sakshi Garg has got 350 rank in UPSC-CSE-2017. Drishti IAS is uploading video of Sakshi’s Mock Interview to help UPSC aspirants for their exam. This video will help lot of students to understand the process of Interview.

साक्षी गर्ग ने 2017 की यूपीएससी परीक्षा में 350 वाँ रैंक हासिल किया, उन्होंने दृष्टि संस्थान में जो मॉक इंटरव्यू दिया था उसे दृष्टि आई.ए.एस चैनल पर अपलोड किया गया है ताकि यूपीएससी के सभी अभ्यर्थियों को लाभ मिल सके। इस वीडियो के जरिये अभ्यर्थी इंटरव्यू की प्रक्रिया को समझ पाएंगे और अपनी तैयारी को सही दिशा में आगे बढ़ा कर सफलता की मजबूत दावेदारी पेश कर सकेंगे। मॉक इंटरव्यू प्लेलिस्ट में हम समय-समय पर कई सफल विद्यार्थियों के वीडियोज़ अपलोड करेंगे।

The IAS Exam journey is like a suspense driven thriller movie and IAS interview is that climax, which gives meaning to the whole movie. Generally, the aspirants who arrive at the interview level are well equipped with facts and IQ, but IAS interview is not the test of knowledge. IAS Interview is a vigorous procedure to understand how dynamic your personality is. Moreover, even the summon letter issued by the UPSC also specifies that it is not a test of knowledge but a test of personality.

IAS Success Stories which Motivates the IAS Aspirants

This is one stage where you have to prove whether you have what it takes to be a civil servant. Time and now, many IAS Toppers have shared their success stories and most of them have reiterated the importance of Interview in their Journey. One specific and common viewpoint on interview preparation is that it is not a time bound affair as it tests your aptitude for the services.

It takes willpower to build that hearty personality which will serve in the most prestigious job in the country. In India, this is the only job that grants you the power to transform wrong doings into right acts. Let’s learn from the experiences of IAS Toppers who had to face tricky questions in their IAS interview.

Chandra Mohan Garg (IAS, RANK 25 (CSE 2015)

was asked questions like what you have been doing since you left your job? Suppose Netaji would have been alive today, what would have happened in India? Did you register for the community project for fun or just a part time thing?

But he answered all these tricky questions calmly and intelligently. It is quite evident that IAS interview is not just a basic personality test, but a test of patience and stress handling capacity of an individual.

According to Mr. Chandra Mohan, the Questions asked are very diverse and mostly related to the information you fill in your detailed application form. Some questions might be asked from current events, general awareness, decision making and HR. He specifically highlights the things that doesn’t matter much are your background, looks, attire, and command of language and the things that do matter are your Clarity in views, knowledge of subject matter, pleasing personality, and confidence.

Bhavesh Mishra (Rank-58, IAS 2015 batch, B.Tech IIT Delhi)

was asked questions like; if your hobby is language learning then can you write your name in Tamil? Give some reasons why Bollywood will super cede Hollywood in the 21st century. Why IIT students don’t join DRDO? All these questions are very challenging and require instant intelligence. Mr. Bhavesh found his board members helpful, but all these unconventional questions were purposed to test his quick response mechanism.

It is really baffling to structure an ideal response to a question like why IIT students don’t join DRDO because it really questions your whole desire to serve the country. It’s a question of integrity as to why an engineer doesn’t want to serve his/her nation by joining engineering services?

Akanksha Bhaskar (UPSC CSE 2014-AIR 76, MBBS)

was asked questions mainly from her DAF but she was also asked which mountain was the tallest in the world before the discovery of Mt. Everest? With her experience, it’s apparent that as much uncertain or irrelevant the question may be, it seems reasonable to the interviewer. So it’s better to politely say no to a factual question which you don’t know the answer to.

Ms. Dhivya Loganathan (IAS in 2015 batch)

was asked questions like; do you know anything about the U.K. Elections. What were the significant features of that election and how is it going to be important? How do the gains made by Scotland national party affect the UK? What is the full form of the UK? Why is it called the United Kingdom? How many provinces are there in the UK and what are they? And finally, draw the map of the UK? And to the last question, even the broad members were laughing.

Its struggles even to think, how the candidate is supposed to know all this and why so much detail on a small topic that is not even related to India. But you must understand the interviewer is not testing how well you know the political state of the UK. The interviewer is interested to know if you can withstand the stress developed by such rapid questions.

Agam Jain (Indian Police Service)

Another unpredictable interview was of Agam Jain (Indian Police Service)who was asked how you will help in the administration as an engineer. If History repeats itself than explain what had been repeated in modern history out of ancient and medieval history. Which is an easier option between Hardware the software?

Apart from all these successful candidate’s experiences, let’s also take examples from the candidates who could not qualify interview. One such candidate was asked very strange questions like can you tell why sparrow watching in big cities, like Delhi, is declining. And do you know the name of first sparrow watcher in India?

But he didn’t panic and answered that one of the main causes for the decline of sparrow watching is the immense pollution in big cities and moreover, a few decades ago, sparrow watching would not be considered as a hobby as there were sparrows everywhere but it has become a “hobby” now because they are almost endangered. This is the best response to an unpredictable question. If we have to describe in one word, it was a “brilliant” answer.

IAS Interview is the last and final stage of the coveted civil services examination. After this stage, aspirants are selected for different positions in civil services cadres including the top prize of IAS. Many have wondered and debated about the usefulness or utility of an IAS Interview after the extensive two-tier examination system of IAS Prelims and IAS Mains examinations. Generally speaking, the IAS preliminary and mains examinations are conducted to test candidates’ academic and general awareness with regards to a diverse range of topics; on the other hand, IAS Interview like any other recruitment test the personality and temperament of the candidate.

IAS Interview Questions

As of now, the IAS interview panel consists of eminent personalities from different fields and is headed by a chairman. Unlike the IAS mains and prelims examination, the interview stage has no fixed format or pattern and the panel is free to ask candidates questions from technical, academic as well as non-academic fields. To cut the chase short, IAS Interview questions can range from any topic, can be of any intensity, might be funny, quirky or downright ridiculous. This along with the fact that you would be competing with best of the best; makes the IAS Interview one of the most difficult stages to crack in the civil services examination. However, it does sound challenging but considering that you have already sailed past the prelims and main exam, interview should not be much difficult. All you need to do is to express yourself clearly, exhibit different traits of your personality, show your mental alertness, social etiquette and apply logics to bring out targeted answers to impress the panel. 
To help you understand the type and style of questions being asked in the IAS interview, we have listed some of the important ones below: IAS Coaching In Bangalore

Q:1 – Tell me about your positive and negative strengths.

Ans:- While academic knowledge and quirky mental alertness are the key components that form basic tenets of an IAS officer, honesty and integrity are also equally important. This question is generally posed by the IAS interview panel to not only understand your strengths and weaknesses but also to assess how honest you are to them. Aspirants should keep in mind that the IAS interview panel consists of subject matter experts, who have vast experience. In short, cheating them by giving vague or confusing answers is not going to serve you well. Thus, try to be honest and list out your strengths and weaknesses to the best of your understanding and back them up with logical explanations and examples.

Apart from these standards ones, the IAS Interview Questions tend to be random in general. Thus, there is no way in which candidates can prepare for it in advance. However, we have listed a few of the different and quirky ones below to give you a basic idea of what to expect during your IAS interview.

Q:2 – What will you do if I run away with your sister?

Answer: I would be very happy, as I won’t be able to find a better match for my sister than you.

Explanation: This question is aimed at testing not only the quirky sense of humour but also the positive mindset of the candidate.

Q:3 – You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night, it’s raining heavily, when suddenly you pass by a bus stop, and you see three people waiting for a bus: An old lady who looks as if she is about to die; an old friend who once saved your life and the perfect partner you have been dreaming about. Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing very well that there could only be one passenger in your car?

Explanation: Although quite uncommon, but interview panel is known to use such questions to test the moral fibre of the candidate. This question is essentially one that put the candidate in a moral dilemma of sorts with respect to the decision. On one end, the candidate being a good person would want to save the life of the old lady, which requires medical attention, secondly, he can choose to repay his friend for saving his life by saving him from the storm and thirdly the perfect partner can also be a big priority for the person. To answer such questions, candidates need to think outside the box and expand the horizons of their thinking.

Answer: The candidate, who cracked his interview with this question said, he would give the car to his friend and tell him to drive the old lady to the hospital, while he waits at the bus stop with his perfect partner.

Q:4 – Where Lord Rama would have celebrated his “First Diwali”?

Answer and Explanation: This is a tricky one, as it involves both academic knowledge as well as practical knowhow of things. Generally, the common know how dictates that Lord Rama may have celebrated his first Diwali at Ayodya, Mitila [Janaki’s place] or at Lanka.

However, if we consider the literary history, Diwali was a celebrated as a mark of Lord Krishna Killing Narakasura. In Dusavataar, Krishnavathaar comes after Raamavathaar. In other words, the celebration of Diwali started after Raamavathaar and therefore, Lord Rama would not have celebrated the Diwali At all!

These are just a few of the common as well as quirky IAS Interview Questions that have been asked in the past. While there is no guarantee that the same or similar questions will be asked in future as well, but they do provide a solid reference point from which aspirants can get a rough idea about it. Based upon such questions, candidates can start their preparation for IAS interview and crack it with great ease!

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Information Source: Answer given by
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