Ten mistakes to avoid in UPSC Civil Services Interview

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  • Jan 14, 2021
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Ten mistakes to avoid in UPSC Civil Services Interview

You have cleared the Prelims and also aced the Main exam and are all set for the interview process. Every candidate’s dream is to sit in the IAS interview and clear it to follow their dream of becoming an IAS officer. However, cracking the UPSC IAS interview can be a hard nut to crack. Candidates tend to make very common mistakes, which can hinder their chances of clearing the interview.

If candidates are already aware of these mistakes, the chances of committing them decrease significantly. In this article, we will discuss the most common mistakes committed by the students during the IAS interview so that you know what must be avoided at all costs during the process to increase your chances of selection.

  1. Lying

Never lie to any of the questions asked in the interview round. The panel comprises people who are tremendously experienced and have a tremendous amount of knowledge. They have already been to a place where you are right now. Lying would ultimately leave you getting trapped in their questions and embarrassing yourself in the end. It will also give a wrong impression of you. 

  1. Panicking

Facing the IAS interview can be one of the most overwhelming things in a candidate’s life. Many candidates get nervous and anxious during the interview and lose their self-confidence. It’s okay to not know the answer to a question. Just keep yourself calm and relaxed. 

  1. Starting the Preps Late

Once you are done with your IAS Mains, rest for a day and start preparing for your interview from the next day. The earlier you begin, the more time you will have to prepare thoroughly for the interview. Some candidates tend to get relaxed as soon as the Mains is over, but that’s when the real challenge begins; keep yourself prepared for it. 

  1. Putting a Halt on Reading

You must have developed a habit of reading during your Pre and Mans preparations; don’t forget it. Keep up your reading habit during the interview, as well as after it. It is good to always have an idea of what’s going around you. Read newspapers daily as it will help you in acing the IAS Interview.

  1. Being someone that you Aren’t 

Don’t pretend to be someone that you are not. Do not portray a fake image of yourself. The panel is very experienced and will see through you. So, just be yourself.

  1. Giving Hasty Responses

Always take a few seconds and think before speaking. Process what you are going to speak in your mind and measure your words before pouring them out. Let the panel complete their question before you begin answering. When you rush to speak, it leaves a wrong impression about your personality. 

  1. Arguing

Discussions are very common during CSE interviews. The panel would want you to discuss events to know your perspective on things and check your intellect and leadership skills. However, you must keep in mind that you should not take it to a level of argument. Be patient and polite irrespective of the situation. Your patient might be tested at times, but you should try to keep yourself calm and composed.   

  1. Dressing Improperly 

Avoid wearing any clothes or accessories that are shiny, glossy, or extra bright during an interview. Your physical appearance is a mirror of your personality and shows your individuality. Dress smartly, but don’t overdo anything. It is a very formal interview, and your clothes should also be the same. Your clothes should be neat, ironed, and simple. Avoid tacky clothing during the interview. 

  1. Beating Around the Bush

Avoid phrases like “as you know,” “that’s correct,” “of course,” “indeed,” “obviously,” etc. If you don’t know the answer to a question, you should instead tell it straight away and not beat around the bush. Answer to the point and don’t give detailed explanations unless asked. 

  1. Don’t Lean

Although this is a very general fact, candidates still tend to make this mistake a lot of times. Don’t lean during the interview. Sit straight and upright but not in a way that looks uncomfortable. This gives a positive impression of yours on the panel.

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