What is a UPSC/KPSC mock interview?
Mock interview is an imitation of the actual IAS/KAS interview famously known as the personality test. The mock interview 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 mock interview aims to understand the motivation and intention of a candidate towards the career in public service. The candidate will be assessed by a Board who will have beforehand a Detailed Application Form filled by the candidate at the time of his/her registration for the main examination.
Why is the mock interview important?
A personality test is of 275 marks in UPSC Civil Services examination [200 marks in case of KPSC Gazetted Probationers examination]. Therefore, it carries a game-changing weightage. The final merit is decided based on the sum total of marks obtained in the main examination and the personality test. Hence, the Personality Test is of critical importance.
The purpose of the mock interview is to help a candidate assess his strengths and weaknesses more accurately before the actual UPSC/KPSC personality test so that the candidate can perform his level best in the final stage of the examination.
Salient features of our mock interview:
- 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.
- Current Affairs update by experts.
- A video recorded session for critical self-assessment.
- Personal discussion with experts post- mock Interview for a critical assessment of his/her performance.
- Scientific evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of the candidate by experts for IAS/KAS interview preparation.
- Individual DAF analysis
What qualities are UPSC interviewers looking for?
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/KAS interview questions of past year, the highest and the lowest marks in UPSC/KPSC interview to get an idea of the marking style of a UPSC interviewer. A candidate must be natural in his answering style and conduct. He should focus on being himself in the UPSC/KPSC interview. This will help him in securing the best of the marks in the Personality test.