After having successfully cleared the Preliminary and Main Examinations of the UPSC IAS Exams, the IAS interview is the last and final stage of the prestigious Civil Services Examinations. Also referred to as the 'Personality Assessment Round' – the questions are framed in a manner to test the candidates personality and temperament and speak volumes on it. After the successful completion of this round, candidates are selected for different positions in civil services positions. While it is noted that the Preliminary and Main examinations are held to test the academic and general awareness of the candidate, the interview round is solely held to assess the personality of the candidate.
Headed by a chairman, the IAS Interview panel consists of eminent personalities from different fields. While, there exists a fixed pattern for the Prelims and Main examinations, there is no fixed format for the last round and the panelists have the liberty to ask questions from technical, academic or simply non-academic sections. Candidates are required to show mental alertness, social etiquette and apply logics to express themselves clearly and exhibit different traits of their personality and impress the panel.
Candidates should keep in mind that this is no ordinary interview and candidates are competing against the best. Candidates should have a very focussed and clear approach while answering the questions. Aspirants should keep in mind that questions could even be generated from answers. We at safalta.com have enlisted a few sample questions that are often asked at the interview.
Sample Questions Interview Questions For IAS EXAM
What looks like half an apple?
The second half of the apple.
Adarsh and Anupam are two twins born in May, but their birthday is in June | How is that possible?
May is the name of the place of their birth.
In which State is the Bay of Bengal?
It is in liquid state.
James Bond is alive after jumping from an aeroplane without a parachute. How?
Because the aeroplane was on the runway.
How can a man go eight days without sleep?
Humans generally sleep at night. Hence, it would not be a problem to stay awake for 8 days.
What can you never eat for breakfast?
Can You names Wednesday, Thursday and Friday three consecutive days without taking their name?
Yesterday, today and tomorrow.
How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
Concrete floors are very hard to crack.
If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?
No time at all since the wall has been already built.
A killer was sentenced to death and shown three rooms to choose from. The first room was on fire, the second had ammunition along with a hitman and the third a tiger, who had not eaten for three years. Which room would the killer choose?
Room number three, as the tiger would have died of hunger a long time ago.