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3 Common IAS Interview Questions

Updated on May 15, 2012

IAS Exam Interview is a part of final round of selections into the prestigious Civil Services. It is heartening that most of the questions asked in the interview are on the expected lines. Candidates can prepare for them well in advance to secure a decent result. Aspirants fail to understand the significance of common questions. Here are the 3 most commonly asked questions in UPSC interviews.

Please tell us Something about you?

This is the first question you will be asked. This question will help the interviewers about yourself better. It gives them the first impression of the candidate. Make sure that you talk about your education, family, upbringing, employment, etc, in a crisp manner. you may take a minute for introducing yourself but it should be reduced to a maximum of 2 minutes.

Why do you want to join Civil Services?

This question is asked to check the seriousness and inclination of the candidates. interviewers get a good idea about the frame of mind of the candidate by studying his response. It is important to keep the response to 2-3 points. Giving only one cause may become counter-productive if it is not supported by strong reasoning. Multiple points can help but keep it within limits so that you can explain them well.

What are your hobbies?

This is very crucial part because it gives them an opportunity to understand your personality in concrete terms. By telling your hobbies you are actually telling them the common things you do in your life. you should not tell lies in this part. It may be that you don't have any serious hobby. In this case, you should mention at least one hobby which you have good interest in. You can cover it up by doing a thorough research on it before the interview.

Bonus: Some more common questions

  • What did you do after graduation?
  • Why did you leave your previous Job and what was the experience like?
  • What is your opinion on **** issue and how can it be addressed?
  • Questions on current affairs.
  • Questions on preference of posts.
  • Questions on Indian Society.
  • Questions on Civil Services.


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