UPSC Interview

What is Personality Test?

The Personality Test or Interview is the third phase of UPSC Civil Service Examination. Mains Qualified candidates can give the interview to the UPSC interview board. The duration of the personality test is not fixed but it depends on the interviewees.

The ultimate aim of UPSC Interview is to ensure the candidate's quality, ability, and capacity whether he/she is suited for administration. The interview is conducted by various boards under UPSC in New Delhi and applicants have to face these boards individually.

Maximum Marks that can be earned from UPSC Interview are 275. Candidates can get good marks in the interview based on their performance. Good presentation decides your marks and future and also this marks will be counted for the final merit along with your mains exam marks.

Tips for preparation


A thorough preparation is necessary for Personality test. For that aspirants can follow some effective and practical ways which are mentioned below.

Beginning Earlier

For Interview, Students should start practice as early as possible, that means don t wait for Civil Services Mains Exam result and don't waste your time.

Clear understanding of yourself

Try to study yourself, because a well and perfect self-introduction are required for personality test. Most of the candidates have good knowledge about their specialized area and other subjects but they fail to Introduce themselves. Practice a perfect self-introduction and know your personality.

Clear understanding of DAF

Your Detailed Application Form (DAF) speaks for you in front of the board members when you are waiting for your turn for personality test. They, having no prior knowledge of the candidate, just go through your DAF and this sets the tone for the personality test. The DAF gives them a preliminary idea about the candidate and hence, paves a way for questions from their side.

Generally, three types of questions are asked in Personality Test:

  • Questions from DAF, for example, what is the meaning of your name? or link between your name and renowned personalities name.
  • Based on your knowledge level, for example, questions regarding your graduation subject like "what is quantum theory" if you re a B.Sc physics graduate.
  • Current affairs and situational questions, for example, how GST affects the federal structure of India?

Here DAF plays a pivotal role as questions about your native place, hobbies, optional subject, graduation, etc. consume a major chunk of the time in IAS interview. As situational questions and questions based on knowledge base are beyond the candidate s control, it is strongly recommended that the candidate should be thorough with his/her DAF.

Positive Mindset

Do not overlook or underestimate the value of Interview. You can score 205 within 5 minutes and also 100 in 60 minutes. It is clear that the time taken has nothing to do with the marks scored by any candidate. Qualities such as confidence, integrity, humility, optimism etc. play a great role in the personality test. Candidates should make sure that they don t lie in front of the board. Being genuine in answering is a must as a psychiatrist is an integral part of the board. Aptitude and body-language are very significant in this process of Civil Service Exam. Applicants should make sure that they are able to communicate well with the board members.

Dress Code

Wear a comfortable dress which will make you confident. There is no need wear costly or party wear dress for the interview. Gents should wear a light coloured shirt and black pants. Saree or Churidar is for ladies. No need to wear coats and other costly materials.


Face the interview confidently and give the answers, solution etc. without fear. Confidence shows your quality and ability as well as you can gain good marks. Don t attend to questions with overconfidence as it will generate a negative impact.

Documents to be Submitted

  • Mark lists and certificates of Class X, XII, and Graduation.
  • Category proving certificates.
  • A set of questionnaires that is provided to the candidate once he/she qualifies for UPSC Interview.

The questionnaires are filled with a set of questions like:

  1. Background of the candidate
  2. Employment statutes
  3. Previous Civil Service attempt(s)
  4. Education qualification
  5. Background of parents/Guardians etc.

Applicants have to submit an Attestation form to the interview board with the minimum details required such as residence, nationality, education qualification along with a signature of the Gazetted officer.

Venue of the UPSC Civil Service Interview

IAS interview is conducted by UPSC in New Delhi. There are various interview boards headed by Chairman and other members (at least 5 members including the Chairman).

The contact details are as given below.

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Dholpur House,

Shahjan Road,

New Delhi-110-069.

Expected IAS Interview Questions from the Board

UPSC Interview Questions are related to your personal data like name, native place, etc.

Some examples are given below:

  • Relating your name - the meaning of your name, any famous personality relating your name etc.
  • About your career - why you want to be an IAS officer
  • Education qualification - about your graduation subject
  • Questions regarding your educational institution
  • Your CS optional subject
  • Questions from the current affairs and General studies etc.

Personality Assessment by Interview Board

  • Eye contact- make a good eye contact with the Interview Board. Do not look down or elsewhere while giving answers. The Interview board comprises of 5 members and you must make eye-contact with each one of them while giving answers
  • Fiddling with figures make a bad impression
  • Avoid crossing your arms when you sit
  • Try to sit straight in the chair
  • Avoid touching your face and hair
  • Nod your head once or twice - it makes the sense that you are interactive in this particular session

Self -confidence and positive energy will decide your marks and it will design your future too.

The Personality Test is the final stage of Civil Services exam, so prepare your mind to stay strong and be self-confident.

All the Best!


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