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“Your knowledge would take you up to the interview board room, but it is your personality that would sail you through…”

Reach your destination of becoming an IAS Officer with APTI PLUS Academy's Mock Interview Programme. Learn to score 200+ marks with APTI PLUS Academy’s mock interviews in an ambience which is akin to the actual UPSC interview and give yourself an unassailable lead.

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UPSC Interview is a test of a candidate's overall personality (analytical ability, lateral thinking, logical decision making) and his personal suitability for a career in public service by a board of competent and unbiased observers. Interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation, which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate. 

In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs.  

Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical Exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity. 

Evaluation Criterion: 

  • Reasoning capability 

  • Personal attributes relevant to interaction with others 

  • Awareness about political, social and economic issues  

  • Suitability as an administrator 

  • Depth of interest 

  • Appreciation towards different point of views 

  • Clarity in expression 

  • Intellectual level 

  • How strong you are in argument and narrative. 

  • Judgment capacity 

  • honesty, integrity, and leadership quality 

  • Alertness 


The range of questions will include questions on hobby and their practical application, why he/she wishes to join the civil services, candidate’s opinion on current/historic issues, knowledge about candidate’s education, optional subject, issues of the state candidate belongs to, international relations, current affairs etc. They may also provide situation-based questions and seek the candidates' opinion/response on the same. 

It is a 20 to 40 minutes exercise which can make a 100 marks difference in the final total marks and can make an aspirant enter the final merit list or can lead to an end of the journey even if one has scored very well in the mains exam. Thus the interview process can give the aspirants an unassailable lead. 

“Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” 

- Warren Buffet 



The focal point of the UPSC 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 UPSC 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.” 






You may think you have cleared the Mains stage and have the necessary knowledge, but now is the stage where you will be grilled on practical aspects. UPSC wants candidates who fill into the system of practical approach. In order to connect both, you need guidance from professionals who can train you well. And here is where Aptiplus’s UPSC Mock Interview Guidance Program 2022, the ultimate UPSC Personality Test guidance, comes into picture as we have the unparalleled ability to teach how to manage this sensitive area. Apti Plus leaves no stone unturned to help the students counter the challenges put forward by UPSC.  


Apti Plus Academy provides UPSC Interview Guidance Program for Free.  


Apti Plus Academy conducts UPSC mock interviews in an ambience which is akin to the actual UPSC interview, where the highly experienced panel consisting of senior retired bureaucrats, personality experts and eminent professors assess the aspirants critically on grounds of personality, general knowledge and ethical standards. The IAS mock interview panel guides the aspirants on the major shortcomings and suggests ways to overcome them.   



Mr. R. Srinivasan

-Retd. IES, Former UPSC Board Member


- Retd. IFoS


- Retd. IPS, Ex DGP Odisha


- Ex IAS Officer


- Ex UPSC Board Member


- Ex-DGP, Chattisgarh



Both offline as well as Online mock interviews for UPSC are also provided.  

What we offer: 

  • Personalised Assessment and Mentorship Sessions 

  • UPSC DAF Analysis 

  • Interview Material 

Unique features: 

  • Video recordings of mock interviews of successful aspirants are made available on various social media platforms.  

  • The academy also posts interview transcripts of various successful candidates on its blog. 

  •  Further, webinar sessions of successful candidates who scored good marks in interviews are regularly organised to mentor the budding aspirants and clear their doubts.  

  • Free DAF analysis and free interview material are also provided.  


Interview Material provided by Aptiplus: 

In its endeavor to be your guiding light till you reach your destination of CSE, APTI PLUS brings to you Interview Materials: high-quality revolutionized learning modules that have been rigorously designed to ensure that you ace the interview. 

Subject wise Modules: 

Volume 1: 

  • Polity 

  • International Relations 

  • Economy 

  • Social Issues 


Volume 2: 

  • Science and Technology 

  • Environment 

  • Art and Culture 

  • Security 


State-wise Modules: 

  • West Bengal 

  • Odisha 

  • Delhi 

  • Haryana 

  • Maharashtra 

  • Uttar Pradesh 

  • Andhra Pradesh 

  •  Tamil Nadu 

  •  Karnataka 

  • Telangana  

  • Rajasthan  

  • Kerala  



Aspirants learn about the following: 

  • How to present your personal suitability for a career in public service? 

  • How to inculcate mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, ability for social cohesion and leadership? 

  • How to methodically answer wide range of questions? 

  • How to portray Emotional Intelligence? 

  • How to maintain a positive body language and portray clarity of thought, understanding? 

  • How to give  balanced, honest, concise and precise answers based on logic, rationality? 

All these features make Apti Plus’s free mock interview for UPSC the best mock interview for UPSC acting as the top rung to the final selection. 



Detailed Application Form provides preliminary information about you to the board. You must own everything you write down as your description. That is why half or more of interviews are related to DAF. Your DAF provides the interview board with clues about the questions that are relevant to you. The interview board initiates the interview with your DAF to give you time to normalize you to the interview. 

You cannot ignore your DAF. 

The reason is simple: the first impression is the best impression that one should make. Some even say the first impression is the last impression. Nobody wants to miss out on making a great opening impression as that can often be the decisive factor in determining whether there will be a second meeting or not! 

It requires a lot of time to collect information about the details you have filled. Candidates should be fully aware of each and every word that is mentioned. Here is where Aptiplus’s UPSC DAF Analysis comes handy. 

To get questionnaire on DAF (CSE DAF analysis) send DAF to [email protected] 

UPSC DAF questions will be from the following: 

  • Personal Details:  

  • meaning of name,  

  • date of birth and its importance, 

  •  place of birth,  

  • Home state, 

  • centre of exam,  

  • Parents’ related questions 

  • Category 

  • Educational Qualifications:

  • Achievements 

  • Institutions 

  • Why civil services? 

  • Reasons for poor academic performances, if any. 

  • Questions on your graduation/optional subjects. 

  • Employment Details:

  • Job profile/responsibilities. 

  • Why you want to leave the job? 

  • About the organisation, field, current developments etc. 

  • Hobby Details: for example if your hobby is cricket, then basic knowledge about cricketing terms, current developments, last match you watched, reforms in cricket, legalising betting, online gaming, new developments etc  

  • Preferences Details: If you make some unusual preferences for example- IPS over IAS or, IRS over IPS, then they will ask for a suitable reason. 

  • Hobby Details:

  • for example if your hobby is cricket, then basic knowledge about cricketing terms, current developments, last match you watched, reforms in cricket, legalising betting, online gaming, new developments etc  

  • Preferences Details:

  • If you make some unusual preferences for example- IPS over IAS or, IRS over IPS, then they will ask for a suitable reason.  

  • Prerequisites:  

  • Aspirants should not wait for the mains results to declare. Remember that it takes time to polish one’s personality.  

  • Aspirants need to know of their strengths, weaknesses, traits.   

  • Aspirants need to develop a positive attitude.  

  • Preparation phase:  

  • Candidates should be fully aware of each and every word that is mentioned in their Detailed Application Form which includes:  

    • Hobbies
    • Education
    • Service related Preferences
    • District, State
    • Meaning of name
    • Parents related questions etc.

  • Have a diverse understanding of the topics by reading multiple newspapers:  

    • The Hindu
    • Times of India
    • Indian Express

  • Revise the optional subject
  • Be thorough with the current affairs.
  • Take multiple mock interviews.
  • The best exercise for interview preparation are:  

    • Stand in front of mirror and speak.
    • Record yourself.

  • During the interview:   

  • Every answer should be a balanced answer. Candidate should refrain from making extreme statements.  

  • Emotional Intelligence matters: Be calm and portray moral integrity. Never bluff in the answers.  

  • Maintain a positive body language.  

  • Dress neatly.  

  • Another very important thing is to be honest in the answers. Honest and truthful answers will make one do wonders in the interview rather than ideal or readymade answers.  

  • Communicate well: one should portray clarity of thought, understanding while speaking.  

  • Be to the point: Answers should be concise and precise.  

  • Every answer that a candidate gives should be based on logic, rationality and not bounded by emotions and likewise factors.  

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle” 

Each UPSC Board is headed by one of the UPSC Members and assisted by four experts (who can be retired civil servants, academicians, psychologists etc. There are around 7 boards simultaneously conducting the UPSC interviews.

As long as you are able to convey your point clearly and concisely, that is enough. Moreover, those candidates who do not feel confident in English can opt to take the UPSC Interview in the language of their choice.

For boys, wearing neat, well-ironed suit and clean polished shoes is what is expected. For girl candidates, wearing a Saree or Suit or traditional dress of the State is a norm.

Please ensure that you bring all the relevant documents in original along with photocopies thereof on the date of the Personality Test. The candidates are advised to carefully verify their documents beforehand and ensure that the following conditions have been satisfied.

  • Name & Date of Birth:  

  • For Name and Date of Birth, Original Matriculation/Higher Secondary/equivalent Certificate or any of the documents as mentioned in Note IV below Rule 6 (c) of the CSE Rules published in The Gazette of India, Extraordinary PART I- Section 1 containing Date of Birth issued by the University / Board concerned should be provided. The Name and Date of Birth as recorded in any of these documents will be treated as final by the Commission.   

  • Educational Qualification:  

  • The candidate must show the original Degree(s) in support of his educational qualification(s) at the time of PT Board. In case original degree is not yet issued by the University or is otherwise not available, he/she is required to produce provisional certificates and/or Mark-sheets in support of his claim at the time of PT Board and/ or other certificates. Candidate with MBBS Degree would be required to produce original Internship Completion Certificate also.   
    If a candidate is having a Degree from a foreign University, an equivalent certificate issued by Association of Indian Universities/ National Board of Examination(for MBBS) is required to be produced.

  • In case there is discrepancy between the name as recorded in the Matriculation Certificate and as entered in Degree and/or PG Degree, Internship Completion Certificate and/or other certificates (except caste certificate), the following steps must be taken:   

    • In case of minor discrepancy in the name of the candidate (or his/her father) due to a spelling error, {e.g. (Mohan and Mohun) or (R. Mathur and Ramesh Mathur)}, an affidavit in original may be produced at the time of PT Board to the effect that both the names belong to the same person.

    • In case of a major discrepancy related to the addition or deletion of part/parts of any name, {e.g. (Ram Kumar and Ram Kumar Singh) or (Ajay Kumar and Ajay Kumar Singh Rana)}, a Gazette notification may be produced at the time of PT Board to the effect that the person has changed his name henceforth.

    • In case of certificates issued by the State of Maharashtra, the name of the candidate is sometimes inclusive of the name of the father and/or the name of the mother. In such cases, an affidavit may be produced at the time of PT Board to the effect that the names on both certificates belong to the same person.

  • Caste/Tribe Certificates :  
    candidates claiming to be SC/ST/OBCs must ensure the following conditions

    • The name of the candidate and his/her father in the certificates should be strictly as recorded in the Matriculation or equivalent Certificate.

    • The name of the caste/tribe is included in the Central List in respect of the State to which the candidate or his/her father originally belongs.

    • The name of the caste/tribe and sub caste/tribe (if it is mentioned in the Central List) should be strictly according to the Central List as is available on the website i.e. in respect of SCs, on in respect of STs and in respect of OBCs.

    • The ordinarily reside(s) clause in SC/ST/OBC certificate should be duly filled up.

    • In case SC/ST certificate is issued to a candidate residing in a State on the basis of the relevant certificate issued to his/her parent in another State, relevant migration clause should have been duly filled up.

    • The certificate should have been signed by a competent authority not below the rank of Tehsildar with legible stamp of his/her designation either in Hindi or English.

    • The certificate must contain a Seal of Office of the concerned issuing authority / Office. In case of a Seal in regional language, another seal in either English or Hindi may also be got affixed.

    • The certificate should be dated earlier than the closing date for submission of applications for this examination, as stipulated in the Examination Notice.

    • n case of an OBC certificate issued prior to 1st April, 2013, a fresh certificate incorporating therein the relevant provisions of DoP&T OM No. 36033/1/2013-Estt. (Res) dated 27.5.2013/latest Clause, pertaining to Creamy Layer must be prepared inter-alia satisfying the above mentioned conditions at (a) to (h) and produced at the time of PT Board.

  • Persons with Physical Disabilities Certificate :  
    In case Persons with Physical Disabilities the following should be ensured.

    • The Certificate should strictly be in the prescribed proforma (either Form II or IV). The name of the candidate should be as recorded in the Matriculation Certificate.

    • All entries are duly filled in and the extent of disability (40% or more) is clearly indicated.

    • The certificate should be duly signed by Competent Authority of the Medical Board along with seal showing name and designation.

    • The photograph affixed on the certificate showing the face only should be duly attested by the Competent Authority of the Medical Board.

  • Other Certificates:  
    The certificates in support of age relaxation (other than SC, ST or OBC category or the Persons with Physical Disabilities candidates) in original are also required to be shown.

  • Exemption from Indian Language:  
    The candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim, who had sought exemption from Indian Language would be required to produce “Hailing From Certificate” in original, from the competent authority.

Your medical examination will be conducted at one of the hospitals in New Delhi/Delhi, preferably on the next working day after the date of your interview. The date of the Medical Examination will be directly intimated to you by Dept. of Personnel and Training.

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