Pruthvik Shankar (Rank-211/UPSC-2017)
Public Administration Optional
Q1. Who was the chairman of your interview board?
Q2. How long was the interview?
About 25-30 minutes
Q3. Why do you want to join civil service? Why don’t you continue in your graduation field? Social service can be done from private sector too. [Since I don’t know whether they ask you this question or not. But if they had asked- what will be your reply?]
Those who have given interviews will know that it is the most tricky question to find answer for. We were also told that routine answers will be countered by the board members.
I wasn’t asked this question in both of my interviews. In case they had asked me this, I would have said that I was inspired by one of my acquaintances who joined IPS in 2008.
Q4. Please narrate your entire interview- what questions did they ask and what did you reply and other pleasant or uncomfortable experiences during the interview. (Earlier some toppers only tell me their question but not their answer. I would appreciate if you give both Question + your original answers]
I was asked lot of factual questions on IR, defence, economy and Polity. Very few or no questions from my DAF, hobbies and native place.
One of the members asked me very basic questions on economy like what is repo? slr? crr? What is its duration and lot of follow up questions regarding their details. I was not so comfortable with these questions and I said I don’t know for many of these as I hadn’t revised them for interview.
Q5. Was your interview on the expected lines of what you had prepared or did they ask you totally unexpected questions? Was it a stress interview, did they ask any uncomfortable questions? If yes, how did you handle it?
Questions on IR and defence were from current affairs so I could handle most of them well or at least so I felt. I couldn’t recollect the name of the lokayukta official that had been stabbed which was a famous incident back then though I had read it.
Except the set of questions by a member on basics of economy, all the other questions were comfortable to handle. It was not a stress interview at all. I got less score in interview i.e 154.
Q6. Any side details about technicalities like “make sure you bring xyz document or do xyz thing, or you’ll face problem”?
Generally we prepare for interview together. So make sure you cross check with fellow aspirants on the list of things to take to Delhi.
Q7. Any word of wisdom / observations about medical checkup?
None worth mentioning.