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Free UPSC IAS Interview Guidance Program 2023

The final and most important element of the Civil Services Exam is the ‘personality exam,’ sometimes known as ‘interview.’


This is the most crucial period because Marks in this subject may place you among the top ten or evict you from the race, regardless of how well you have performed thus far.


The grades you earn in this phase will determine your exam position and, as a result, the service you choose.


The UPSC IAS interview is the least well-prepared of the three, but if handled well, it can be a very rewarding experience. It’s the final stumbling block, and it’s a big one.

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Understanding the UPSC IAS Interview Process

The ultimate goal of a personality test or UPSC IAS interview is to determine a candidate’s suitability for civil service. Alternatively, one may say that the UPSC IAS interview board assesses a candidate’s administrative potential.


The panel members will not attempt to evaluate a candidate’s knowledge, instead of observing how he or she approaches the subject and assessing his or her personality in order to decide his or her eligibility for civil service.


Never believe that board members are out to get you or to make you look bad. They simply test your mental acuity and problem-solving abilities. You must maintain a good attitude. An interview for a civil service position is similar to a discussion.

Before Preparing For the UPSC IAS Interview, It’s Important to Understand the Fundamentals

It’s worth noting that there’s no set syllabus for the prelims and mains exams. Members of the UPSC IAS interview panel come from a variety of backgrounds, including academics, retired diplomats, psychologists, and scholars. Preparation for the UPSC IAS interview should be comprehensive in nature.


Topics to prepare for the UPSC IAS interview include the Optional Subject chosen for the mains, educational background, place of residence, a rationale for wanting to be an IAS/IPS officer, content written in the Detailed Application Form (DAF), and current events. These are the parts with the most inquiries that can be asked from the board.


We’ve listed a few aspects that should never be overlooked or overlooked when preparing for the UPSC IAS interview:


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UPSC Interview Preparation: DAF (Detailed Application Form):

Candidates who have qualified in the main examinations must first complete the Online Detailed Application Form (DAF). This application form asks for information ranging from your educational background to your profession and personal information. It is assumed that you have completed half of your task if you have prepared DAF. The UPSC interview panel usually focuses on the content written in the DAF because it offers specific information about a candidate such as his or her birthplace, graduation subjects, optional subjects, college details, professional experience, the topic of interests, hobbies, and so on. As a result, careful consideration should be made to preparing for DAF-based interview questions.


Here are a few pointers:

A candidate should collect all essential information about each and every word in the DAF. For example, in the case of candidate Name-any notable people with the same name, the meaning of name/surname, etc.


Hobbies deserve extra attention because they demonstrate your interest in the subject. You should be familiar with the terminology and key figures related to that pastime. Only a rudimentary understanding is required for study, and in-depth information is not required.


It is usually a good idea to have a hobby that matches a personality attribute. Motivating others as a hobby, for example, reflects your personality.

Questions about your educational background

The candidate must prepare information regarding the college or university where he received his bachelor’s or master’s degree. If the college’s name is Banaras Hindu University, for example, a candidate can anticipate being asked about this university and the contributions of its founders to the liberation movement and the social arena.


The candidate’s course of study and the reasons for choosing this path for graduation.


Because the applicant has spent 3 to 5 years mastering a particular stream, UPSC expects him to have appropriate knowledge of it. As a result, review the main issues and concepts related to the stream.


Check to see if there is any current news on the field. For example, a computer engineering applicant should be aware of AI & machine learning, which is frequently covered in the press.

Questions about the job:

Knowledge of the organization in which a candidate is/was employed is essential.

In that organization, there are several key responsibility areas.

Any use of his work experience in civil service.

Questions about why people choose to work in the public service

With the following sets of questions, a candidate must be well prepared.


  • Why does a candidate desire to work for the government?
  • Why would a candidate desire to change jobs if they are already employed?
  • In the sphere of civil service, how may job expertise be useful?
Optional Subject Questions:

If the optional differs from the one the candidate studied at graduation, what is the reason for picking it?


Optional concepts and topics should be reviewed because the question can be based on them. For example, a candidate with an economics optional would be asked about the current situation of the economy’s problem.

Service preferences Questions to Ponder:

The following is the justification for giving priority to the sequence of services.




Why is there a preference for one zone over the other?

How will a candidate adjust to a state that is linguistically and culturally different if a specific state is not assigned?

Questions about your district and state include:

One of the most common predicted inquiries you’ll be asked is about your state and district. As a result, you should prepare questions such as your state’s and town’s problem, as well as some facts related to it, such as gender inequality, sex ratio, and rising corruption, among other things.


Questions regarding the district and state may be asked. Gather information about your birthplace. Learn about the issues in your town or village.

The Importance of Current Affairs Preparation:

The UPSC frequently asks questions about current events and anything under the sun (in interview only).

The candidate should be up to date on current events throughout the world. Rather than focusing solely on facts and statistics, the concerns should be prioritized.

The interview panel is made up of subject specialists from many fields, with current events serving as a common ground.

UPSC IAS interview Dos and Don’ts:

Candidate’s Ideal Etiquettes:

First and foremost, the panel values authenticity, so it is recommended that you do not attempt to be someone else throughout the interview.


Some of the questions may be tough, so it’s best to respond nicely and respectfully that you don’t know the answer.


Take your time before responding, since this method will not only allow you to frame questions in your head but will also give your response more weight.


Take your time to answer all of the questions and consider your options.

Interviewer who is bluffing:

If you don’t know the answer, inform the interviewer right away. You can even ask for permission to guess the answer if you don’t know the answer.

It will reflect honesty in your personality if you do these small things.

Whatever you say, say it with assurance. Do not deceive yourself. Even if you have to lie, do so with confidence.

Retaining Your Cool:

It’s crucial to maintain your composure throughout the UPSC IAS interview because a board member will assess your ability to deal with stressful circumstances. UPSC is more interested in your response to the question rather than the answer Maintain your smile because it reflects your self-assurance and pleasant attitude.

Important considerations for the UPSC IAS interview include:

It is not required to answer all of the questions before appearing in front of the panel. The UPSC IAS interview will not be a quiz where you answer more questions to get more points.


Not knowing the answer might sometimes work to your advantage because it can lead to further questions.


A candidate’s response should demonstrate his clarity of thought, decision-making method, and thoughtful crispness and clarity.


When responding, a candidate should make eye contact with all members, not just the one who asked the question.


A candidate should take a stance, but it should not be one that demonstrates his unwillingness to compromise. He or she must show that they are willing to listen to the board.


Do not fidget, shake your head, or fidget with your hands. You should not sit abnormally rigidly because you have less movement. At the same time, your posture should be alert and relaxed. Do not stop or bend forward, or put your hands on the table.


When answering any question, use a few words from the question. It demonstrates that you paid close attention to the question. However, keep the usage of technical jargon to a minimum.


Success in the UPSC IAS interview will be determined by attitude more than talent.


While you’re still in the interview, don’t start analyzing your performance. Do not assume that you have already lost the game because you made mistakes in the beginning. They’re seeking the ones who are warm, sensitive, respectful, and attentive. They know you’re good because you’ve come this far.


Say fewer words to communicate more information. According to the minimalist philosophy, less is more these days. Argue logically and appropriately generalize. Do not try to read between the lines too much.


The candidate must remain alert throughout the interview and express courteous gratitude to the board after the session is completed.


Remember that no one is perfect, and do your best while maintaining your moral integrity.

How will Legacy IAS help in the IAS interview program?

Legacy IAS is known to provide the best quality education in the field of IAS Exam preparation. We are known for our LRP program among the UPSC aspirants. We are bringing a personalized UPSC Mock Interview guidance program for 2021. We are known for the one-to-one IAS interview guidance program.


IAS Interview Guidance Action Plan


  • Drop-in Your DAF
  • DAF Based Assessment by the Experts
  • Interview Stage -1
  • Interview Stage -2
What is included in the one-to-one IAS Interview guidance program?
  • One-to-one Detailed Application Form (DAF) discussion
  • To provide the home state-specific questionnaire
  • To provide the home district-specific questionnaire
  • Help in framing hobby-related questions and answers
  • How to avoid giving controversial statements
  • How to answer basic questions like “Why do you want to join civil service?”
  • How to present yourself as a worthy candidate for UPSC?
  • How to cover current affairs for interview purposes?
  • How to answer opinion-based questions?
  • A compilation of probable questions based on your DAF

IAS Interview Guidance Stage 1

Distinctive training under the tutelage of adroit faculties


This includes,

DAF filling support

To opt cadre, service, and others.


DAF Aftermath

All plausible questions based on your DAF will be recommended.


D day

One to one deliberation of plausible questions after the candidate has done the requisite preparation.


IAS Interview Guidance Stage 2

What about personality assessment?

Legacy IAS will provide intense one-to-one personality assessment and training sessions by experienced experts in the field.


This includes


  • Recommendation on Language skills
  • Personality Add-ons.
  • Honing your cognitive thinking
  • Sharing of recorded videos of the session for better self – understanding

What’s more in store?

  • Tailor-made answers for the questions that will put you in a quandary.
  • Enhancement of your ability to answer open-ended problems.
  • Flexible slots
  • Ameliorating the body language

All of these from the adept bureaucrats

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