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Our Panelists

Arun Kumar Saxena

A Former Civil Servant, Ex. Joint Secretary UPSC, Ex. Secretary PESB, will be chairperson of the UPSC Mock Interview Board.

Dr. Bijendra K. Jha

A JNU, Alumni (Research Scholar) & a former faculty at DU, will be a part of our UPSC Mock Interview Session will be categorized as a Subject Matter Expert in the Panel to guide UPSC Aspirants for the Subject Areas with respect to Socio-political development. His par contribution for the Research Project Sponsered by the Brown University, USA, ICSSR GoI, Ministry of Agriculture GoI.

Dr. Dinesh Kumar Jha

Ex. Administrative Officer/ Assistant Commissioner, SC &ST Development Department, Govt. of Chhattisgarh Tribal Youth Institute.


Education -B Tech, Mechanical Engineering (IITD), UGC NET JRF (Hindi), Gold Medal Eng Hindi Translation (Ministry of Home Affairs ), Various Courses in IT, Finance Management, Audit, and Accounts Work - Engineer Trainee at Kalyanpur Cements Ltd, Mechanical Engineer at South Eastern Railways, Director Prophet Coaching Centre for Engg and Medical, Various positions in Indian Audit and Accounts Department Currently, Admin Head ar NCMEI a statutory body for Minority Education under Ministry of Edu action since 2017 on deputation.

Kulbhushan Singh

An Ex. Officer, Department of Internal Security, is a part of UPSC Mock Interview Session, will be engaging as an Ex. Bureaucrat to foster UPSC Candidates for the IAS Interview.

Master Plan Of Plutus IAS’s Mock Interview Panel 2021 Session

We at Plutus IAS, firmly believe that the proper training of UPSC can boost and inculcate the future of Aspirants to let them crack the UPSC Exam. Here, you will get the best insights of UPSC Mock Interview Session 2021 with the renowned UPSC Civil Servants, Bureaucrats, Subject-Matter Experts with unmatched experiences having in-depth Knowledge about the toughest examinations of India, to have a one-on-one session with proper guidance and exam-solving tricks with detailed solutions for UPSC exams.

Our sole aim is to push and encourage the aspirants for UPSC Interview Mock Session 2021 so that the probability of improving ranks will be increased by participating in the Interview Guidance Program with Plutus IAS, 2021 to enhance your knowledge. 

Plutus IAS- Stringing Advantages Of Mock Interview Panel 2021

  1. The UPSC Aspirants would be able to attend and get refined solutions of all Questions/Answers/Topics from the experienced Panelists.
  2. Interview Conceptualization brings clarity to most of the students who will be joining the Mock Interview Session will be amplifying overall personality.
  3. Each candidate will get a recorded video within 24 hours of the registration.
  4. There will be a detailed analysis of answers and areas of Improvement that will be taken care of within 7 days.

Here are the below-given details of the Glimpse of UPSC Mock Interview Panel 2021

Quality Traits Of UPSC Mock Interview Session

  • Qualities to Crack the Mock Interview in UPSC
  • The UPSC aspirants got to possess fine qualities to attain the specified marks.
  • They need to be efficient with a distinctive personality.
  • Should have great communication skills.
  • Should skills to present themselves ahead of the panel.
  • They should be versed in current affairs and social issues.
  • You must have a wise approach to any situation.
  • The sense of justice should be balanced and have leadership qualities.
  • The candidate Should not be inequitable and must be nimble in making quick decisions.
  • The ability to figure struggling may be a must for the candidates.

UPSC Mock Interview Advantages

The mock interview in UPSC provides a simulated interview experience of a true UPSC interview.

  • The mock interview composes the aspirants to tackle the / stress pressure of an interview. It reduces the candidate’s anxiety and stress.
  • They try to answer the questions asked by the skilled interviewer and obtain feedback on whether their answer was suitable or not.
  • The UPSC mock interview prepares the UPSC aspirant beforehand.
  • You get to organize for the test during a low-stress environment.
  • The experienced panel of people provides constructive feedback to the candidates in order that they will work on their shortcomings and achieve success in landing their dream job.
  • The mock interview helps to spice up the arrogance of the candidate by directing the aspirants’ attention towards his/her strengths.

Plutus IAS UPSC Mock Interview Sessions

  • Registration Fee: First Slot is free for the Candidates
  • The second slot will charge Rs. 500-/ for the registration process.
  • Counseling Aspect: Online & Offline Interview Orientation & Counselling Sessions will be provided
  • Mock Interviews for each Candidate: 3-5 Individual Personalised one-on-one sessions.
  • Composition of Panel Member (Mock interviews by eminent panelists):
    • Bureaucrats
    • Ex-UPSC Board Members
    • Academicians
    • Psychologists
    • UPSC Subject Expert Faculties

Interview Defined Current Affairs For UPSC

  • Health & Nutrition
  • New Economic Survey
  • Polity and Governance
  • National Security
  • Women and Children
  • Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Foreign Policy (with respect to neighbors, superpowers and others)
  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • State-based Issues
  • Govt Policies and Schemes
  • Energy, Industry, and others.

You must know the UPSC Interview Preparation Strategy

  • Keep following to the date current affairs
  • Be prepared with a list of Questions, possibly going to be asked as per your own DAF.
  • Mirror- Practising boosts self-confidence
  • Make sure you record yourself first to answer your questions during the practice sessions.
  • Brush up your knowledge on your specific- graduation subject

The motive of the questions in the IAS interview is to analyze the candidate’s suitability to live in administration. The fact that it’s not a mandatory task that that one has to answer all the questions to get good marks in the UPSC Personality Test. Often, it is not about whether you know the precise answer to the question but how you actually come across as an individual when put under some pressure.

  • Kindly be composed and calm to avoid fringes/ stress, just before the day of the Interview.
  • Never try to bluff in front of the Panelists. Make sure, you don’t strategize bluffing situations. The IAS interview is unlike any other interview you have encountered before, so don’t try bluffing strategies.
  • Don’t be concerned about theoretical questions. It is more about how you approach any question which is being asked to you.
  • Never argue with the panel members. It is a discussion but candidates should maintain decorum at all possible times.
  • Filling out the application form in detail is one of the most important aspects of the interview.
  • Information about the STATE is to be filled in.
  • Command over Current Affairs should be amplified.
  • You must Know your hobbies
  • Never try to bluff in front of the Panelists. Make sure, you don’t strategize bluffing situations. The IAS interview is unlike any other interview you have encountered before, so don’t try bluffing strategies.
  • Don’t be concerned about theoretical questions. It is more about how you approach any question which is being asked to you.
  • Never argue with the panel members. It is a discussion but candidates should maintain decorum at all possible times.
  • Dress Code: Basic formals suffice (dark trousers with a light-colored plain shirt for men and saree or ‘churidar’ for women)
  • Documents: Interview letter, DAF, 2 Passport Size Photographs, ID Card
  • The medium of Interview: English/Hindi/Official Language
  • Timing:
  • The board in general consists of 5 people. The UPSC panel consists of the Chairman of the interview board and four other members.
  • The Chairman of the board is always a UPSC member. The other four members of the panel are usually experts chosen from different fields by UPSC.
  • The chairperson’s seat allotment is fixed in the center while the other members are seated two on either side of the chairperson.
  • The chairperson begins with the questions and will guide the other members to continue the interview.
  • The duration of the interview is often 30 minutes +/- 5 minutes.
  • The panel assesses whether the candidate has the personality traits essential for various Civil Services.
  • There are lakhs applying for the Civil Services Examination, about 8,000-15,000 qualify for the mains, and then about 2000-3,000 are shortlisted for the interview. From this, about 700-1,000 candidates are finally selected for the various posts. Interview or Personality Test is the most important step in the selection procedure because it connects both the UPSC and aspirant. A UPSC Civil Services interview lasts for about 30 minutes. The interview carries 275 marks out of the total 2025.

    Many students have a misconception that the CSE interview is a knowledge test. It is not a knowledge test but a personality test. The purpose of the interview is to check whether the candidate is suitable for a career in civil services. That is, whether the candidate has the potential to demonstrate good administrative skills. 

    Interview according to UPSC is described to be a test of a candidate’s overall personality which includes analytical ability, lateral thinking, logical decision making, etc. 

  • The objective of the 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 caliber of a 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, the balance of judgment, variety, and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

    The board tests a candidate on integrity, the depth in understanding, awareness about issues happening around, and how well a candidate is able to analyze and apply these issues in his/her answer.

 Common IAS Interview Questions

The UPSC interview questions test the candidates’ mental acuity, general awareness, social etiquette, and overall personality. The questions in the IAS interview are not meant to solely ascertain the theoretical knowledge so instead of mugging up, candidates should focus on their soft skills.

The IAS interview questions faced by Civil Service aspirants follow a similar pattern. 

  • The panel asks questions from the detailed application form of the candidates. The range of questions will include questions on hobbies 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 that candidate belongs to, international relations, current affairs, etc. 
  • They may also provide situation-based questions and seek the candidates’ opinions/responses on the same.
  • The members of the panel observe how the candidate responds to each question. There is no one definite answer to any question.
  • The panel assesses whether the candidate answers like an Indian national or with a regional mindset. Candidates are selected for IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS, and more, where the ‘I’ stands for Indian. The panel checks whether a candidate has an Indian or regional attitude.
  • Aspirants should take a balanced approach to every issue rather than a parochial approach.

Let’s look at a few of the broad categories of questions in the IAS interview and how candidates can prepare for them.

  1. Tell us briefly about yourself.
  2. Tell us about your hometown.
    1. What is the meaning of your name (first name/ surname)
    2. Tell us about your family

    To answer questions related to self-introduction in an IAS interview, which are open-ended and straightforward, aspirants should prepare 30-40 second coherent responses. These questions are merely setting a baseline i.e. the eminent UPSC board will use the information you give to ask follow-up questions.

  1. Which subjects did you study during school/graduation and do you think they are relevant to life in administration?
  2. Which subject was your favorite/least favorite?
  3. Why did you choose ‘xyz’ college/school?
  4. What kind of projects did you do during school/graduation/PG?
  5. Would you call yourself an average student? Why?

The basic educational qualification for the UPSC CSE exam is graduation. The questions in the IAS interview may be oriented towards your graduation subject or the latest trends in the same. However, if you don’t know the answer to a particular question then trying to bluff your way out is not advised. It’s better to be humble and truthful.

  1. What are today’s headlines?
  2. Few important issues in news about India/your state/your hometown in the last few months

Reading newspapers and following the daily news is important from the UPSC IAS Interview perspective as well. The IAS interview questions can refer to the latest news topics. Try to avoid giving one-dimensional opinion/information unless the question is relatively straightforward.  

  1. What were your roles and responsibilities at your job?
  2. Why do you want to become an IAS/IPS/IFS officer?

Be prepared to answer questions about any gaps in your work history and how your previous experience is going to help in your career as an administrator.

  1. Why did you choose ‘xyz’ optional?
  2. Why didn’t you pick your graduation subject as your optional?
  3. Also, you might face some questions in an IAS interview related to topics/theory/contemporary issues based on your optional subject.

Here, the nature of questions varies depending on the hobbies you have listed in your DAF. For those who have listed sports as a hobby, the Panel has asked questions on famous sports persons or/and latest results. A few candidates have also been asked to sing during the interview process.

Let’s See about the Tips & Tricks adapted by the Toppers

Dr. Vaithinathan (AIR 37, 2015)

“Before appearing for the interview, candidates brush up on current events, politics, domestic and international policies, or even small things happening in your town or city. Before you start answering, make a quick mental note of your points. This exercise will help you collate all your points and answer well.”

Anu Kumari (AIR 2, 2017)

“Be positive and have a balanced approach while stating your views on a topic. Remember that being extremely critical is not a good approach. If you don’t know something, it is okay to honestly accept it and say, ‘Sorry, I don’t know that. ”

Ashutosh Dwivedi (AIR 70, 2017)

“The interview ultimately is a test of your personality and not your knowledge. Aspirants should remember everything that you mentioned in the application form. Take as many mock interviews as possible. It will help in preparing you for the real thing, and also boost your confidence.”

Piyush Salunke (AIR 63, 2018)

“Do not be apologetic. In case there is a question to which you have no answer, do not get flustered or let that stump you. Be courteous while telling the interviewees that you do not know the answer to the question.”