Interview Guidance

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.

Interview Guidance Programme 2016-17

The focus of our Interview Panel is exactly that. Besides the knowledge aspects in relation to your bio data, the panel of experts will focus on refining candidate’s approach, attitude and aptitude to excel in UPSC’s personality test. Interview Guidance commences within a week of declaration of Civil Service (Main) Examination results.

Interview Modules Variant 1: 2 Mock interviews and 1 personal sitting
Variant 2:: 1 Mock interview
Interview Panel
  • Sarweshwar Jha, former Additional Secretary to the Govt. of India & Member, Central Administrative Tribunal
  • B.L.Vohra, IPS (Retd.) Ex-DGP
  • Shiv Mukherjee, IFS (Retd.)
  • Luv Verma, IAS (Retd.)
  • Radha ranjan Dash, IFS (Retd.)
  • Dr Raghubansh Sinha, Specialist on International Affairs from School of International Studies, JNU
Prerequisites for the program To extract maximum mileage from interviews, it is expected that the candidates applying from the program are abreast with latest Current Affairs/Events, their chosen optional subject, preparatory information about their home town, educational qualification, extra-curricular skills and work experience (if any).
Commencement Date Interview will commence 10th March 2017. Contact us at any of the Delhi phone numbers for further details.
Subscription Fee Variant 1: INR 1500
Variant 2: INR 500
The entire amount is to be paid either in cash or through a bank draft favouring “RAU’S IAS STUDY CIRCLE” payable at “NEW DELHI”, at the time of enrolment.


  1. The candidates who have availed of Personal or Postal Guidance from the Study Circle will be exempted from the payment of fee for Interview Guidance, on producing the fee receipt for the same.
  2. Those desirous of joining the Study Circle for the Interview Guidance should contact us immediately with their bio-data on our prescribed form. Please note that there are limited seats for this programme and admissions are done strictly on a “first come – first served” basis.