How should one handle a UPSC interview? How fair/unfair is the interview procedure? Is there an ideological bias in selection of candidates? If yes, how do I manipulate my answers?
Imagine you are in love with a girl called government. You want to marry her but well, her father is a senior (and quite experienced) civil servant. You want to ask for her hand. How will you behave in a family dinner?You must not appear to be ignorant of the flaws of the government but you must tell them you love her with all her flaws and in fact marrying you will make her better.After all its parents, so please do not come out as an overconfident idiot.Like all parents, members have some quirks. Do not try to scratch there too much. But after marriage, you do not want to be bullied around by your in laws, so do not relent easily. Smile humbly and agree to disagree.All family members are important but two are extremely important. The chairman(father) and the lady member(the mother). Impress them and jointly they will overrule what other members think of you.There will be some uncle who would be given task to roughen you up a little because their daughter has her mood swings. Keep calm. They want to check whether you can handle her at her worse.Do not bluff. Nobody likes a liar. Remember they know way more about their daughter i.e the government than you do. You have met her on dates, they have seen her grow in front of their eyes.Respectful sense of humour and wit, always appreciated. Do not be monotonous and boring.Do not sound desperate. Smile but not like an ignorant immature and finally appear in control of the situationUltimately, its not any single answer which matters but overall environment and experience of the interview. Since the family has called you for dinner, they know you are good enough as far as material aspects are concerned, now they want to look beyond it into your attitude.P.S.:Just a brief background here. I got 157 in my first attempt in interview. I had scored very well in mains but lost out in interview, got IPS. Second time I got 176 and in this attempt I got 193. So it seems I have some locus standii on this topic.Lady aspirants should replace the gender terms with male ones and it would hold true for them.Sometimes even after your best effort, you might not be able to impress the girl’s parents. Its divine thing. Come back again and do not leave the love of your life.