UPSC Interview


Candidates who obtain minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for an interview for a Personality Test. The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice of the number of vacancies to be filled. The interview will carry 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks)

The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his career. He/She will be asked questions on matters of general interest.

Objective of the Interview

  • To assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service.
  • To judge the mental caliber of a candidate.
  • Assessment of Intellectual qualities, social traits and interest in current affairs.

Qualities to be Judged

  • Mental alertness.
  • Critical powers of assimilation.
  • Clear and logical exposition.
  • Balance of judgement.
  • Variety and depth of interest.
  • Ability for social cohesion and leadership.
  • Intellectual and moral integrity.

Nature of the Interview

  • The technique of the 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 interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialised or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already 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 rouse the curiosity of well-educated youth.