UPSC CSE Interview Process
The interview or personality round is also included as a part of the “Main Examination” and is worth 275 marks, thus bringing the total marks for the merit list consideration to 2025.
1. Interviewed by a panel: The candidate will be interviewed by a panel that will have before them the candidate’s career and academic record. He/she will be quizzed by this board on matters of general interest with the aim to assess suitability for a career in public service. This personality test intends to judge the candidates’ mental caliber. Basically, the interview is an assessment of not only intellectual qualities but also social traits and interests in current affairs.
Some of the qualities that will be judged by the interview panel are:
- mental alertness
- critical powers of assimilation
- clear and logical exposition
- balance of judgment
- variety and depth of interest
- the ability for social cohesion and leadership
- intellectual and moral integrity
2. The Technique of the interview: is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and deliberate, conversation that aims to reveal the mental caliber of the candidate.
3. The interview Test is not intended to be a test either of the specialized or general knowledge of the candidate, which has already been tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should arouse the curiosity of well-educated youth.
Marks obtained by candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) will determine the final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various Services, keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various Services and posts.