How to prepare for civil services Interview?

Every year UPSC and state public service commissions conduct the examinations and Interview to select the candidates for the vacancies arising due to public servants retirement and increased new vacancies. Civil services are considered the best and top service in India. So there is a crease for this service among the aspirants of this examination. Are you dreaming for this prestigious service? Is your son, daughter, relative is preparing for civil service? If yes here is the guidance.


Every year UPSC and state public service commission conduct the examinations and Interview to select the candidates for the vacancies arising due to public servant retirement. A civil service is considered the best and top service in India. Candidates selected through this examination go through 2 to two and half years of training. After training they are appointed as SDM, SP, DSP, DM, and many other group a posts in various department. There are 27 services for which candidates are selected through IAS examination. There are many groups A and group-B services in the states which are fill through state civil services examinations.

Eligibility conditions

A candidate must be graduate in any discipline. However some posts require special qualifications and post graduation, Such as the posts of asst. labor commissioner, District welfare officer. Age should be minimum 21 years and maximum 32 for OC, 35 for OBC, 38 for SC/ST. 3 year's relaxation for defense personnel and 5 years relaxation for Ex- servicemen. For detailed eligibility conditions please visit and see the notification.Visit

Applying for the examination

Notification comes in first quarter of the calendar year. Read the notification carefully, how many posts are there? If the posts are more you have the fair chance of selection. See the syllabus of general study and your optional subject. If there is any change in the syllabus? Pay the fee online or by challan what is easy to you and apply online. First register yourself then fill application, upload photo and signature. Take out the print of filled application and keep it for record. (Pl sees the instructions for filling the application on website)
Number of attempts permitted
General candidate-6
OBC candidate-9
SC/ST candidate-No limit

Stages of examination

There are three stages of the examination.
The Preliminary stage
The main examination
The Interview

The Preliminary stage

There are two papers objective type in this stage one general studies second civil services aptitude test (CSAT).General studies involves vast syllabus like history, geography, polity, general science, economics, mathematics, Indian constitution, current affairs etc. Paper second syllabus covers English grammar, comprehensions, reasoning, computer knowledge, Hindi vyakaran etc.

Main Examination

The qualified candidates in preliminary examination will be allowed to write the mains examination. The main examination consists the following papers.
General English ---- 300 marks (qualifying)
Essay----------- 250
Optional paper I---- 250
Optional paper II---- 250
General studies I--- ---250
General studies II ---250
General studies III ---250
General studies IV ---250
Total ----- ----- 1750
Interview ----- 275
Total ---------- 2025

Tips to crack the civil services Interview

  1. Just after the mains exam is over, start preparing for your interview without wasting time.

  2. Read your graduation and post graduation subject well for the point of interview.

  3. Read the editorials, from the reputed news paper such as "The Hindu" read magazines such as civil services chronicle, Yojana, kuruksherta, listen ZEE news DNA by Sudhir chaudhary at 9 pm, TV discussions, for current affairs.

  4. Make notes in the diary and make a folder on your desktop containing current and important topics for your interview.

  5. Select your dress according to the occasion carefully. Girls and ladies can wear sari, suit-salwar.Boys and men can wear full shirt-pant or coat-pant/suit. Do not wear casual dress.

  6. Know about your home town/ city fully.

  7. Read and analyze the national and international burning topics and problems, search for the solutions and make your opinion.

  8. Know the main provisions/ articles of Indian constitution. Emphasize those which are in the news.

  9. Questions may be asked on your hobby, Interests, your name meaning and personalities associated to this name.

  10. Know fully about your current job, company, organization.


  1. Take your all certificates, Xerox, photo, and pen with you

  2. Reach one day before to the interview place/city

  3. Visit some places in the city

  4. Next day reach the interview place 30 mins before the time and mix up with the candidates waiting

  5. Get Document verification done and allotment of code number for interview

  6. Wait for your turn for interview

  7. When the peon calls go and wait outside the boardroom and when asked to go inside, gently open the door, ask "may I come in sir" then go inside
  8. .
  9. Wait for the sitting in the chair until told so

  10. There are chairman/member and 2 subject's specialist in the boardroom.

  11. Sit relax and give answer confidently if do not know the answer say sorry sir, I don't know.

  12. When they ask how is this place? And have you visited the city important places say yes sir.

  13. 2-3 typical questions maybe asked like why do you want to leave your current job/service, why do you want to join this service. What you can contribute to this service differently from other candidates. The answers of such type of questions should be prepared meticulously and deliberately note down answers of such questions into diary and show them to expert before the interview and amend accordingly


Candidates are advised to read the article carefully and get some help or idea from this article. Follow the tips and guideline told by the author, prepare well and get selected. Realize the dream of you and your family. You have best career opportunity to rise up to the level of secretary of the ministry or department of government of India. The basic pay of a secretary according to 7th pay commission is 2.5 lakh+ allowances+perks. Candidates are advised to choose this exam and career carefully. The respect and prestige of this service attracts the candidates towards this examination but many candidates end up with failure and resulted in wastage of energy and time up to 4-5 years of their crucial life.

Article by NK SHARMA
I am Mechanical engineer with MBA and M Phil degree. I have a passion for reading and writing. I enjoy in sharing knowledge with people.

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Author: Kailash Kumar11 Sep 2016 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 2

Basically, the interview board assesses personality attributes of the candidates which cover their attitude to work, decision-making ability, initiative, ability to inspire and motivate, strategic planning ability, innovativeness and coordination abilities. Knowledge of the subject becomes less important compared to the knowledge about systems, e-Governance, Constitution, current affairs and contemporary issues of topical interest.
The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is only one of the services for which recruitment is made through the Civil Services Examination (CSE). Some of the other services include Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax), Indian Revenue Service (CBEC) and Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service etc.

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha12 Sep 2016 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 6

Alertness of the mind is the essential characteristic for any IAS aspirants. The subject experts be it a Physics side or from Mathematical side, they would like to assess the grasp of the aspirants in a particular subject and a sound command over the subjects would reflect his inner intelligence to sustain any activity effectively. Keeping these points in mind, an aspirant should proceed for the said examination. Presentation of the facts is an art and forceful presentation is possible with a sound knowledge of the medium which is employed for the expression. Hence, the aspirants are advised to take multi tasks for the upgradation of his language skill especially the English language. The prominent English daily such as The Hindu, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times etc would help the aspirants to keep them abreast of latest developments in our country and sincere exposure would enable them to be proficient in the English language. There are institutes in the line such as TIME being one of them where they can get right guidelines in this regard.

The author has dealt with the topic nicely, however the aspirant would do well by exploring all the possible avenues from where they can extract the relevant knowledge to be successful in the Civil services.

Author: Partha K.14 Sep 2016 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 6

An extremely useful article from Mr. N.K. Sharma. I feel this article has covered the main features of Civil Services Examination in a nutshell. So far as interviewing process is concerned, the interview for the Indian Civil Services is held at the office of the Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi. The State Public Service Commission interviews are held at the office of respective Public Service Commissions in the State Capitals.
The Civil Services interview is of duration of 35-45 minutes. Candidates must expect in-depth questions on their families, present jobs, hobbies, their expectation from Civil Services and their contribution to the society, if selected, current affairs (both Indian and international) and on their subjects. The details has already been indicated by Mr. Sharma. Only one thing is required to be mentioned: The Civil Services aspirants are expected to be informative and possess analytical abilities.
Another small tip I require to add in this context. On the day of the interview, the candidates must find at least 30 minutes time and read the day's newspaper minutely. There is a fair chance of one or two questions from that day's newspaper.
Thumbs up to Mr. Sharma for this extremely useful article.

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