UPSC Interview Guidance Program

Interview preparation for UPSC Civil Services Examination. Join to Clear the final hurdle in CSE with professional interview guidance at Vajirao and Reddy Institute.

What is UPSC Personality Test for CSE?

Interview or the Personality Test is the final lap of the Civil Services selection process. It carries 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks). Marks obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written examination) as well as Interview would determine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various services keeping in view their ranks in the Examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various services and posts.

The focal point of the interview as defined by UPSC in its notification is as follows: “The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest. 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. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in current affairs.”

Thus, the interviewers have two major concerns in their mind:

  • the personality issue and
  • the knowledge aspect of the candidate.

Where is UPSC Interview Conducted?

The Civil Service Interview is held in the UPSC Office at Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi. There are multiple boards' headed by a chairman and other members.

Why Join Interview Guidance program at Vajirao & Reddy Institute?

The answer lies in the number of students that have successfully got recruited in the different departments under Civil Services and IAS recruitments. In this program we will be guiding students to be aware about the recent happenings in the world, about their own self and will discuss why the student is going for IAS as this is the most crucial question asked in the interview.

We congratulate all the candidates who have cleared the Exam of IAS. Now it’s time for the meticulous preparation for IAS Interview Process. Do not leave any stone unturned for the preparation of this round as it is a make it or break it chance for the final selection in this exam. We at Vajirao & Reddy Institute understand the need of candidates and provide the Interview Guidance for IAS for all the selected candidates in IAS Mains Exam. We at Vajirao & Reddy Institute nurture you and prep you in the process of becoming a raw bundle of knowledge to a professional force, which the UPSC (Civil Services) interviews demand. So join Vajirao & Reddy’s most sought-after Personal Interview Guidance Program for UPSC-IAS recruitment.

Structure of UPSC-IAS Interview Guidance Program

UPSC-IAS Interview Guidance Program is a high intensity 1 day program. The program starts with a General Orientation of Interview Questions, what the UPSC board expects from candidates dos and don’ts, dress codes. The Trainer will take mock Interviews which varies from One to One and a Group Interview for greater exposure of the candidates. Model Answers will be discussed for specific cases and tips on how to handle Questions where answers are not known. The session will also include discussion of 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.

Vajirao & Reddy is known as the Best Coaching for IAS Mock Interview in Delhi, India for the following reasons:

  • This Course is Free of cost - We don't charge any fee for Interview Guidance.
  • Interview Guidance Programme is available in Online & Offline Mode.
  • Exceptional results and plentiful selections.
  • Exposure to some of the finest bureaucrats retired as well as working, subject matter experts, psychoanalysts and faculty members who have had direct experience in recruitment and personality analysis.
  • Understand interviewer’s psychology.
  • Improve your answering style and body language.
  • Current Affairs update by experts.
  • Build up your social quotient and emotional quotient.
  • A video recorded session for critical self-assessment.
  • Personal discussion with experts after UPSC Interview Guidance Programme for a critical assessment of his/her performance.
  • Scientific evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of the candidate by experts.
  • Individual DAF analysis and summary of UPSC interview questions.
  • Overall balanced feedback by experts on how one can ace the questions asked in UPSC Interview.

Why one should join multiple 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 UPSC Interview Guidance Programme?

  • Prepares you in advance
  • Provides a simulated environment like that of an actual UPSC interview.
  • Brings out one’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Improves answering style for Questions asked in an actual UPSC interview.
  • Moulds body language as per the needs of the IAS interview.
  • Imparts a positive attitude by giving a real-time experience of what a personality test could look like.
  • Helps identify possible mistakes one could commit at the time of the actual IAS interview.
  • Removes fear factor from candidate
  • Improves confidence level.
  • Helps a candidate understand the possible questions that could be framed from his/her DAF

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?


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.


The focus of our interview panel is exactly that. Besides the knowledge aspects in relation to your bio-data, the interview panel will focus on refining candidates’ approach, attitude and aptitude to excel in UPSC’s personality test.
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