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Why one should join multiple CSE Mock Interview Programmes before the actual personality test?
A personality test is of 275 marks. Therefore, it carries a game-changer weightage. The final merit is decided based on the sum total of marks obtained in the main examination and the personality test and so a Personality Test is of critical importance.
It is presided over by a board of eminent panelists which includes former civil servants, retired IAS/IPS officers, senior bureaucrats, eminent faculty members, psychoanalysts and subject matter experts.
The purpose of UPSC Mock Interview is to help a candidate assess his strengths and weaknesses more accurately before the actual UPSC personality test. This way, he can perform his level best in the final stage of the Civil Services Exam.
What are the advantages of IAS Interview Guidance Programme?
The essence of a personality test lies in the words of Warren Buffet as follows:
“Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.”
- Warren Buffet, Investor, Philanthropist, Billionaire, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
Understanding the importance of a Personality Test:-
As per the latest UPSC notification, the purpose of a UPSC interview is to gauge the personal suitability of a candidate for a career in public service. It is overseen by a Board of competent and unbiased observers (senior bureaucrats and experts) headed by a Chairperson.
A UPSC interview is of 275 marks with no minimum qualifying marks. A UPSC interview aims to understand the motivation, inspiration and intention of a candidate towards a career in public service. The candidate will be assessed by a Board who will have beforehand a Detailed Application Form (DAF) filled by the candidate at the time of his/her registration for the main examination.
A Detailed Application Form (DAF) would give an idea of the record of his/her career. A Candidate generally get asked many direct questions from his/her DAF and also about national and international issues and on matters of general interest.
Indian Administrative Services in addition to other Civil Services are permanent executives and is one of the most challenging jobs on earth. S/he is responsible for maintaining law and order, collecting revenue and general administration, policymaking and policy supervision, public funds supervision and handling daily affairs of the government.
Your interpersonal skills have a role to play in such a diverse job profile. An IAS officer is a team leader, s/he has to deal with and understand the needs and aspirations of common people. This requires him/her to be empathetic towards the general public. A civil servant can be a genius, but if s/he is not sensitive towards the common public, then s/he does not really serve the purpose s/he was hired for.
What qualities are UPSC Interviewer's looking for?
The main examination assesses a candidate’s intelligence, aptitude and knowledge already.
Then why does UPSC conduct a separate Personality test?
Why does UPSC want to assess a candidate's personality when they can largely churn out the most intelligent minds based on marks obtained by candidates in the written test?
APTITUDE+ SOCIAL COHESION + CURRENT AFFAIRS ABSORPTION
As per the latest UPSC notification, The one-to-one dialogue of a UPSC interview is aimed at understanding the mental competence of a candidate, his ethical tendencies, mental aptitude, critical point of view, clear and logical presentation, fine and balanced sense of judgement, interest in current affairs and social issues, social quotient and leadership skills, intellectual abilities and moral integrity.
In the end, a candidate must look for IAS Interview Questions of past year, the highest and the lowest marks in IAS interview to get an idea of the marking style of a UPSC interviewer. A candidate must be natural in his answering style and conduct and focus on being himself/herself in the UPSC interview. This will help him in securing the best of marks in the Personality test.
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