Personality Test is the third and final stage of CSE. It is commonly known as Interview and is usually conducted in the month of Jan/ Feb. PT has weightage of 275 Marks out of total marks of 2025.
It is important to understand that the UPSC Interview is conducted to uncover the true personality of an aspirant and identify whether the aspirant has the traits and qualities that can make him or her a good civil servant. Board conducting the PT thus focuses on and check for specific attributes/qualities.
General attributes a candidate is expected to possess can be broadly divided into six categories, i.e.
- personality related,
- motivational aspects,
- interpersonal skills,
- intellectual abilities,
- specific skills and
The Interview/Personality Test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate.
Some of the qualities judged are 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.
Do remember, that IAS Personality Test (PT) is not the test of your knowledge (would have been called KT otherwise) but it is a test of your personality, as your knowledge has already been tested in the presaging two stages of selection. Notwithstanding, it is important for a candidate to keep abreast with the happenings of national and global importance and to be aware of current socio-economic problems.
To know more about how Interviews are conducted, what all is checked in what way, watch videos by these eminent retried bureaucrats
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Video 1: https://youtu.be/WnlVcz4QiNc
Video 2: https://youtu.be/H0fuOqx3cqE
Video 3: https://youtu.be/8iJNdH_4ADw
Read how to prepare for Interview: https://www.rauias.com/blog/how-to-prepare-for-upsc-interview/