The Interview syllabus

The interview is the final stage of the UPSC examination. Aspirants who clear the MAIN exam become eligible to sit in the interview or the personality test. However, there is no standard syllabus for appearing in the interview round. Since, the interview is very much personal and variable that announcing a particular syllabus for the interview round is not possible. But, an interview holds the power to make or break you. So, the candidates need to take their personality development part very seriously and prepare thoroughly for it. Appearing in the mock tests or taking part in a high level of interviews can help the candidates crack the examination.

  • The candidates who clear MAIN examination become eligible for the interview stage. They are interviewed by the board who will keep a complete record of his/her career.
  • The main objective of the interview is to judge the personality level of the candidate for a final call in the public service by a board of experienced and impartial observers.
  • The candidate can be questioned about general interest.
  • The test basically targets to judge the mental ability of the candidate.
  • Broadly speaking, this interview intends to check not only the mental level of the candidate, but also judges the social attributes, intelligence level, his interest in the current affairs, depth of observation, etc.
  • There is no standard technique of the interview. It is a natural conversation between the aspirants and the expert committee targeting to read the mental level, profundity of interest, intellectual and moral traits, judging power, critical power of adaptation, clear and logical rationalism, etc.
  • The interview test does not focus on checking your intelligence or general knowledge level, as that has already been done in the written examination.
  • Candidates appearing in the interview are expected to possess knowledge of the current happenings all around. Mastering the academic subjects is not at all enough. An aspirant requires having more than sufficient knowledge of the affairs happening both within and outside the state or country. He is expected to be aware of all the inventions and the discoveries as it will stir up the curiosity level of the intellectual youth.