Now that you have cracked the UPSC Mains and are about to become an IAS officer soon, you need to know that there is one more step left in the entire journey – the IAS interview. The IAS interview is the last round and the most crucial deciding factor that either marks your entry into the Indian administration or asks you to prepare well for the next time.
For the IAS interview preparation one must remember that no defined syllabus is followed in the interview. Questions can be asked from any and every walk of life. So, it would help if you had a good IQ and were prepared well for the interview. Again, it is in the interview that the panelists judge you based on the following qualities:
- High level of curiosity
The panelists of the UPSC exam believe that to become an IAS officer, and one has to have a high level of curiosity to dig deep into matters both in the micro and the macro level. If a person is not curious, it will be difficult to understand and comprehend the issue from various perspectives. Therefore, the examiners see whether the candidate can view an incident differently and develop insights from it.
Having the attitude of a learner
When an IAS candidate has a learner's attitude, his mind is not filled with stereotypes, and he is ready to try something new for the betterment of society. Also, this implies that the IAS candidate is not a bookworm. He is prepared to learn from his observations and suggest them when the situation demands.
Possessing the attitude of an administrator
Since the interviewer is interviewing a suitable candidate for an administrative post, it is for sure that the UPSC candidate has to have the attitude of an administrator to manage everything solely. Therefore, even if you have all the other qualities and have a good score in both the UPSC Prelims and Mains, the right attitude of the administrator is what the panelists look forward to. After, you will be given the responsibility of managing a zone. If people do not listen to your commands, it is of no use to be a puppet in their hands.
This means the UPSC candidates should be aware of their strengths and weaknesses before sitting in the interview round. Also, self-understanding, to some extent, hints at the decision-making capacity as well. The IAS officer has to make decisions that are to be followed by the rest of the people. With a proper mindset, the UPSC candidate has to make decisions or draw conclusions for the people's betterment.
- Ability to mix with people
Being an IAS officer, one has to have a good relationship with the people surrounding you. This will help you to discuss the ideas before making the decisions finally.
Therefore, when you sit for the UPSC interview, make sure you nurture these qualities beforehand. Even if you fail in the interview round, do not lose hope.