What is UPSC CSE Personality Test?

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.

UPSC 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.

How to prepare for UPSC Personality Test

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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.

Ms. Aradhana Johari

IAS (Retd)

Ms. Meriel J.J. Michael

IRS (Retd)

Mr. B.L. Vohra

IPS (Retd)

Mr. Rajiv Walia

IAS (Retd)

Mr. Shekhar Agarwal

IAS (Retd)

Amb. Prabhu Dayal

IFS (Retd)

Mr. Luv Verma

IAS (Retd)

Mr Kush Verma

IAS (Retd)

Amb. Radha Ranjan Dash

IFS (Retd)

Amb. Suresh Goyal

IFS (Retd)

Mr A.K.Puri

IPS (Retd)

Dr. Mehar Singh

IFos (Retd)

Mr Raj K Mahtolia

IFoS (Retd)

Mr. Anil Upadhyay

IFoS (Retd)

Mr K. P. Shashidharan

IAAS (Retd)

Dr. S.N.Sahu

Press Secretary to former President of India

Dr. Raghubansh Sinha

Senior Journalist (International Relations Expert, JNU)



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 Programs (Online/Offline) & Fee

1)  One-to-one DAF Analysis – INR 500 

2) Mock Interviews – INR 1,000

Commencement Date

28st March 2022

To book one-to-one DAF analysis, contact the Study Circle’s Delhi office after reserving your mock interview slot.


IAS Toppers Interview, Himanshu Jain, AIR 4, IAS 2019

UPSC Toppers Interview, Pratibha Verma, AIR 3, CSE 2019

Mock Interview of UPSC Topper Sanjita Mohapatra, AIR 10, CSE 2019

IAS Toppers Interview, Junaid Ahmad, AIR 3, CSE 2018

UPSC Toppers Interview, Shrushti J. Deshmukh, AIR 5, CSE 2018

Mock Interview of UPSC Topper, Vaishali Singh, AIR 8, CSE 2018


Aaksh Verma


The mock interview was very good. I came to know about various aspects of my personality and the improvement points. I will be more careful in the UPSC interview now after this session.

Anant Kumar


The feedback that I got from the panel members was very good and true. The experts at Interview panel are very nice, co-operative and humble. They identified my drawbacks which needs to be improved. They were encouraging and helped in boosting my confidence. It was a very good experience.

Arjun K R


Very practical and cordial board. They are people with great experience and assess you promptly. They helped me in rectifying my mistakes and it gave a feel of UPSC interview.

Deepanshu Khurana


Very Nice. Equal to UPSC interview that I gave last year. Genuinely told lot of weaknesses.Need to work on it.

Gubbala A R V Surya Teja


I gave 2 mock interviews at Rau’s.  Luckily, I had the opportunity to encounter with the same panel. Hence, they were able to judge me from previous interviews. I got honest feedback from the experts for my posture and my knowledge lacks in current affairs. It was very helpful.

Jagat Sai Rallapalli


The mock interview I have taken was very insightful and gave me an enriching experience. It will be helpful very much to the actual interview.

John J Nalappat


It was a fruitful interaction with the panel. Questions were asked from varied domains. It was a mix analytical and factual questions. As I got an idea of my strong and weak areas that can help me focus on my preparation further. The feedback being overall positive, will boost my confidence for the actual interview.

Mohit Kumar


The interview panel was very good and somewhat was giving a feel of actual UPSC environment. Questions were comprehensive. Feedback given would help me much in my interview.

Nikhil Patil


Identified pinpointed areas of improvement.

Helped me to identify resources that I should refer to.

Strong areas that I should capitalize were also highlighted.

Nitin Srivastava


The mock interview with the esteemed panel as both informative and an eye opener on the areas of my strengths and weaknesses. The panel informed me about my shortcomings to which I would focus on.

Pankaj Chauhan


Interview delved in number of different areas to which my exposure was limited thus I came to know about different facets of my DAF and current affairs making my preparation more holistic and comprehensive.

Rajesh Kumar


Mock interview at Rau’s gave an impression of real interview. Questions were based on DAF. Duration of interview can be increased and questions may be asked on all the aspects of DAF.

Feedback given by the panel will help in improving the mind framework of candidate.

Sagar Nailesh Shah


Board help me identify my weak areas, which I can improve. Further, they helped me in analyse diverse topics related to national and international affairs. They also helped in boosting my confidence to pass with flying colors in final UPSc interview.

Shashank Bhardwaj


The mock interview was impressive because-

  • The interview room atmosphere was similar to actual interview.
  • The questions asked were in-depth
  • The feedback given was very informative and elaborative

It helped me in knowing my weaknesses, pointing out my mistakes and providing me a feel of how UPSC interview would happen.

Sulekha Verma


It was my first mock. It was very useful for me. All members of panel were very cooperative. They gave positive response. They also told me about my weakness. It is very useful for my UPSC interview.

Sunil Chauhan


Good experience. The board members noted my strengths and weaknesses both and print out was given to me. I hope I can improve my weaknesses and even further my strengths. Overall a very good experience.

T. Rahul Kumar Reddy


The board was very cordial

DAF was covered with pointed questions. They have given specific inputs on where to concentrate. They pointed out loopholes in preparations, which will help me to improve on my weak areas.

Raushan Kumar


Questions were very much close to the UPSC board. Environment created by board was very good. The feedback was best that I have got till now. Video recording is helpful in self improvement. Board member’s personality was very encouraging.

Veer Pratap Singh


Overall mock interview was good. Board members asked very prominent and relevant questions which will help me in preparing for UPSC interview. They told me my strengths and weaknesses and told how can I improve on these. Suggestions will help me in my strategy for preparation.

Vikas Ahlawat


Relevant questions were asked. Focus was on personality test rather than knowledge. It will help me to perform well in the interview as meaningful feedback has been given for improvement.

In case your desired time slot is unavailable, please contact the Study Circle’s Delhi office at  7568054231 to discuss options.

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