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Good analysis on interview related marks...

Some good analysis on interview related marks...I think one should know the range n depth of marks...
In the journey of Civil Services Examination, The Interview is like a climax of an interesting Suspense Thriller movie. The whole process is the Most Important, Interesting and Memorable part.
Also, it is the most misunderstood, least prepared for, least guided/misguided and often the most mishandled and mismanaged process (even many of selected candidates May be victim ) But when rightly handled, it is surely the easiest and the most rewarding experience.

Some key points

It has a great scoring potential. Process of just 25 to 35 minutes and marks scored has a wide range: 140 to 220. It is the last chance to maximize total score. Even if score in the Written Examination is near the cut-off, you can score very high and be in the selection list.

CSE, 2014 Cut-off marks (General Category):

Written : 678 (for getting interview call)

Final : 889 (for getting selected after interview)

So in CSE, 2014 a Candidate on cut off should have scored 211 marks in Interview (889-678=211) just to be in the selection list. Similarly, in CSE, 2013 a Candidate on cut off should have scored 210 marks in Interview just to be in the selection list. There were 90 Vacancies for IAS in 2014. Total score of Rank 90 is 951.So approx. cut-off for IAS=951 marks if we assume that all have given 1st preference to IAS. Difference of marks between IAS and last candidate in the List is of 62 marks. (951-889=62). Range of Marks in Interview is 140 to 220 i.e. of 80 marks. Difference in marks between those getting 1stpreferred service and 2nd or 3rd preferred service is so narrow, Sometimes 5 marks or less. So even a small difference in interview marks changes the Service Allocation, leading you to appear again for Prelims.\

Of course, there was wide Range of marks in the written Examination, 2014 compared to 2013. So Interview marks had a comparatively less bearing on final rankings in 2014 as compared to 2013. So 2014 topper Ms. Ira Singhal who had scored exceptionally higher marks in the Written Examination, could be topper with only 162 marks in Interview. But she is an exception.Let us take two examples of interview marks being a deciding factor: Following two candidates have last ranks in the list :

Name Written Marks Interview   Total
Nityesh Sharma 724 165 889
Sucharita das 685 204 889

Case of Zainab

She scored only 731 marks in the Written Exam. But she scored All-India highest 220 marks in the interview. Her total marks: 731+220=951, All India Rank: 107.

Must Read

In the interview at the UPSC, many a time smart and intelligent people have botched their chances by a display of arrogance. Simple, unassuming people have done well by appearing humble and confident at the same time. These successful ones do not argue, they dress pleasantly, do not reek of perfume. Neither do they mumble nor do they shout out their answers. They do not contradict themselves. And do not meander in their search for the right answer. They believe in plain speak. If a question does not find an answer they say so, smartly and confidently. Neither sheepishly nor in any apologetic manner.
Most of you must be aware of these qualities. If you are, let us firm them up. If you are not, then let us identify these problems and work at them.

The purpose of the Interview according to the UPSC

The Union Public Service Commission holds that the object of its interviews is to assess the personal suitability of a candidate for the service he has applied for. The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his career. He will be asked questions on matters of general interests. The object of the interview is to assess, through competent and unbaised observers, the personal suitabilty of candidate. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms, this is an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities, but also his social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the order qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical power of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion leadership, intellectual and moral integrity. The technique of interviewis not that of strict-cross examination but of a natural, though direct and purposive conversation, which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate. The personal test is not meant to be a test either of the specialised or general knowledge of the candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subject of academic study, but also in the events which are happening around them, both within and without their own state or country, as well as in the modern currents of thought, and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of the well-educated youth.


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