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Interview or the Personality Test is the final lap of the Civil Services selection process. It carries 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks). Marks obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written examination) as well as Interview would determine their 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.

The focal point of the interview as defined by UPSC in its notification is as follows: “The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in current affairs.”

Thus, the interviewers have two major concerns in their mind:

  1.  the personality issue and
  2.  the knowledge aspect of the candidate.

Mock Interviews

The focus of our interview panel is exactly that. Besides the knowledge aspects in relation to your bio-data, the interview panel will focus on refining candidates’ approach, attitude and aptitude to excel in UPSC’s personality test.

FOCUS AREAS of the interview PANEL

The programme will focus on novel ways of presentation, communication, body language, emotional stability, sense of empathy and answering mechanism.
The interview panel, besides checking and updating candidates on their knowledge of day to day affairs of national and international importance, will specifically also check for qualities such as – balance of judgment, clear and logical exposition, intellectual and moral integrity, mental alertness and ability for social cohesion and leadership.


Is comprised of experienced bureaucrats (Rau’s ex-successful students) and subject-matter experts.

Mr. Love Verma

IAS (Retd.) & former Secretary Govt. of India

Mr. Sarweshwar Jha

IAS (Retd.) & former Additional Secretary to the Govt. of India

Mr. B.L. Vohra

IPS (Retd.) & Former Director General of Police

Mr. Radha Ranjan Dash

IFS (Retd.) & Ambassador

Mr. Srinivasan

IES (Retd.) & Economic Advisor Ministry of Commerce

Mrs Aradhana. J

IAS (Retd.) & former Secretary Govt. of India

Mr K. P. Shashidharan

Director General (Retd.) CAG, India

Mr Kush Verma

IAS (Retd.) & former Secretary Govt. of India

Mr Raj K Mahtolia

IFS (Retd.)



Each interview is video-recorded and digitally provided to the candidate so that they can view their own interview and introspect their performance.

Post Interview Performance Analysis

Based on performance in the mock-interviews, a thorough feedback and valuable suggestions are
given to the candidate

Personal One-to- One Interaction

Personal sitting with any member of the interview panel of your choice with detailed and focused one-to-one learning.

program details

Interview Program

1)  Precursor to Mock Interview: DAF Analysis + Discussion on Current Issues

2) UPSC Interview simulation: Mock Interview

3) Post Mock Interview: Interview Feedback + 1 Personal Sitting


Rs. 500

Fee is exempt for all Rau’s personal and postal guidance students

Commencement Date

22nd January 2018

Interviews in progress