How to Crack IAS Interview
Everybody aims to have a secure and fulfilling job through which you can help your fellow citizens and bring positive change to the country you live in. Working in the government gives you access to information and resources which can be used to bring about positive change. The post of an Indian Administrative Services officer is such a work title that could help you on the path of social service.
Indian Administrative Service
An officer of the Indian Administrative Service serves at positions in the Government, at both the Union and State and the public sector. Indian Administrative Services, along with Indian Forest Service and Indian Police Service are three of the top All India Services. The Selection process of an IAS officer has three methods. One of these ways is applying for the Civil Services Exam which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The recruits from this process are called direct recruits. Sometimes the State Civil Services officers are promoted to IAS officer status.
As an IAS officer, you are an essential member of the civil sector and will be allotted important responsibilities. Your responsibilities may include revenue collection, maintaining law and order, implementing policies of the government (Union or State), acting as the eyes and ears of the government on the field, handling administration and daily proceedings of the government and contributing in policy formulation. Sometimes, an IAS officer is the final decision making authority in matters which have taken place in the region or sector they manage.
It is not a job for the faint-hearted, as it requires an IAS officer to have daily conversations and meetings with people from all walks of life. You, as an IAS officer, will be expected to have the communication skills to talk to not just businesspeople and dignitaries but also listen and take action on the laments of the labourers and the farmers.
Many who apply for the post with the idea that they can clear the selection process because they have a good grasp of their education only go so far as to clear the written exam. The part of the selection process where they weed out the doers from the thinkers is the interview. The interview is conducted by well-learnt laurels whose key goal is to find out whether you have what it takes to take affirmative action at the time of a crisis.
Interview scares many, but there is nothing to worry about because all the interviewer really wants to do is a have a conversation. This is how you need to perceive an interview, a conversation that you have to prepare for beforehand. Following are a few suggestions that you could use to make your interview successful.
- Start Early
This advice would be applicable for any of your exams. Starting in January gives you a long preparation time during which you can consult students and some teachers about what to be prepared with.
- Respect and Etiquettes
Greet your examiner with respect. It involves addressing them as sir or ma’am, saying good morning and asking permission before sitting. The last one isn’t really necessary, but it sends a good impression.
Be positive and answer your answers with the hint of a smile. Give a slight laugh where it seems fit and keep the tone of your answers positive.
Command over your language is a good booster. Speak slowly, deliberately and enunciate each word. Do not use too many filler words and no slang words. Say ‘Yes’ and not ‘Yeah’.
- Be Yourself
This is the most critical point on this list. Never try to show that you are better than what you really are. Be proud of the knowledge you have and the achievements you have gained. Your confidence in yourself speaks a lot.
- Serious when Necessary
The jolly nature that you will carry is an asset, but you need to show seriousness when the question asks for it.
- Speak what you know
If you do not know the answer to a question, saying ‘I don’t know sir’ is better than beating around the bush. Having said that, follow up with telling them that you would learn the answer when you go back.