Candidates who are selected for the personality test are usually 2.2 times, the candidateswho appeared for  the  main  exam. This depends on the vacancy,notified in the  UPSC’sadvertisement every year.The maximum marks for interview are 275.A score over 200is considered ahigh score. Interview according to UPSC is  described  to  be  a  test  of  candidate’s  overall personality  which includes analytical ability,lateral thinking,logical decisionmaking etc . The objective  of  the  interview  is to  assess  the personal suitability of the candidate for a career inpublic service by a Board of competent  and unbiasedobservers. The test  is  intended to judge the mental caliber of a  candidate. In broad  terms, this  is  really  an  assessment  of  not  only  his/her  intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in  current affairs. Some  of  the  qualities  to  be  judged  are  mental  alertness,   critical powers of assimilation, clear and logicalExposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and  leadership, intellectual  and  moral   integrity . Interview  is not that  of a strict   cross-examination  but of a  natural, though directed  and  purposive  conversation, which  is  intended to reveal  the mental  qualities  of  the   candidate.  The  board   tests a candidate onintegrity, the depth in understanding, awareness about issues  happening around and  how  well  a  candidate  is   able to analyze and apply these issues in his/her answer. The interview is a two months long process that usually begins 2 weeks  after the declaration of the main exam results. It is usually in the period between March to May. It is conducted at the UPSC located at Shahjahan Road,New Delhi. The schedule usually consists of  two  slots  per  day. The  Forenoon  slot  begins  by 9AM  while the afternoon slot beings by 2 AM.The board usually consist of 5 people.The chairperson sits in the center while the  other  members are seated two on either side of the chairperson.The chairperson begins with the  questions and will guide the  other   members to continue  the  interview. The  duration  of  the   interview  is   typically  30  minutes  +/- 5 minutes . The  range  of  questions  will includequestions on hobby and their practical application,why he/she wishes  to join  the  civil  services, candidate’s  opinion   on current / historic  issues,  knowledge  about  candidate’s  education,  optional  subject, issues  of  the  state  candidate    belongs to, international  relations,   current   affairs   etc.   They  may   also   provide  situation  based   question   and   seek   the   candidates opinion/response on the same Kausalya IAS Academy conducts an interview guidance lecture on.

How to prepare for the interview?

In the first week of December every year  for  the  students  who  have  written the  Main  exam  in  October. The  main  interview programmes begin a week after the Main exam results are announced.The programme consists of 4  classes,  2  Mock  interviews and a personal sitting session.A candidate can opt to join  all  the   interview  programme  or  opt  for  any  one  depending  on his interview date scheduled by the UPSC.