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An Introduction to the Expected IAS Interview Questions


Some of the IAS interview questions which the candidates can expect from the interview panel are given in this article. It is highly likely that candidates can come across such basic questions in the interview conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in the third stage of the Civil Services examination.

One of the most basic IAS interview questions would be to introduce yourself. It is important that candidates are thorough with the answers, because the interview panel will usually start building on the questions from the answers you give to the basic questions. The other basic IAS interview questions could be to explain the meaning of your name. Another IAS interview question would be to share details about your hometown. Candidates can expect more questions about your hometown, district or state. If there are any latest events or developments in your home town, district or state; you should be prepared to answer those questions.  The other IAS interview questions would be related to your family. These questions can be clubbed under the introduce yourself section of the IAS interview questions. Apart from these, candidates could expect questions related to your job profile, and the optional subjects chosen by the candidates. Candidates should even be prepared to answer questions on the cadre that the candidate is interested in and the reason for choosing those Civil service posts.

The other basic IAS interview questions would be related to the hobbies mentioned by the candidates in their Detailed Application Form (DAF). For an example, if a candidate has mentioned sports, then the candidates should be prepared to answer questions related to latest development in sports, for example one could expect questions related to Tokyo Olympics, questions could be related to India’s medal tally, the sports in which India secured the medals, the color of the medals, India’s ranking in medal tally, the countries which secured the highest number of medals, Indian athletes who were contenders but missed out on medals. Candidates could even expect questions on the Government initiatives to improve India’s medal tally at the Olympics, etc. It is important that candidates are able to connect one topic to another topic and anticipate questions. This will help candidates to be better prepared for IAS interview questions. 

Preparing for the IAS examination could be a very expensive process, candidates would spend a lot on their preparation. Candidates should also note that there are UPSC free materials with BYJU’S. The UPSC free materials provided by the BYJU’S will not compromise on the quality of the content shared for free with the aspiring candidates. For starters, there are plenty of articles from BYJU’S which are available for free over the internet. 

Apart from individual articles, there are plenty of NCERT notes available with BYJU’S which can be used by the candidates. NCERT is an important resource for civil service exam preparation. Apart from this, The Hindu newspaper is an important source of information, BYJU’S will provide The Daily Hindu newspaper video analysis. This is an excellent resource which can be accessed without any payment.  Some of the Weekly coverage of current affairs by BYJU’S are Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), Economy This Week, Weekly Current Affairs Webinar, Current Affairs Quiz, International Relations This Week. Some of the daily coverage of current affairs by BYJU’S are This Day in History, Topic of the Day, Sansad TV Perspective, All India Radio (AIR) Spotlight, Best of Press of Information Bureau (PIB), and Comprehensive News Analysis (CNA). Students should also refer to the Yojana and Kurukshetra magazine analysis provided by the BYJU’S. Candidates should completely utilize the UPSC free materials of BYJU’S mentioned in this article and increase their chances of clearing the UPSC Civil service examination.

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