UPSC Personality Test: How should you answer questions outside of your bio-data?


Hello students, how are you? We hope you are having a great day. UPSC exams are coming soon. Not a lot of time is left now for exams to come. We hope our readers get success in cracking the IAS exam. Cracking the IAS exam is not a kid’s game. One needs to study a lot of books and newspapers and current affairs to pass the exam. and thats not all, the main test is the Personality test. Yes, You heard it right, the personality test. It is one of the most important tests in the UPSC exam. Passing it is not an easy task. 

But don’t worry!! we will help you guys in cracking this test, Here we are providing you tips on “how to crack the UPSC personality test” and will also tell you what should you do to pass it easily.

Approximately half of the questions in the UPSC Personality Test may be based on your biodata, the next half of the questions may be designed to assess your social characteristics or interest in current issues.

What is being tested in the UPSC Personality test exactly?

“The main purpose of the personality test is to assess the candidate’s personal aptitude for a public service career. It is also an assessment not only of his academic abilities but also of his social traits and his interest in current affairs. Some of the characteristics to be measured include:-

  • Mental awareness
  • Effective assimilation forces 
  • Simple and rational knowledge 
  • Cognitive consistency 
  • Diversity and depth of interest 
  • The capacity to social unity and leadership 
  • Intellectual and moral honesty

How will you be tested in the test?

“The personality test in an interview is a normal, but guided, purposeful conversation.” In summary, a discussion will be conducted between the board members and the applicant during which the above-mentioned attributes will be checked.

The focus of the discussion may be from the DAF, which forms the basis of the examination and must be prepared for exhaustively, and/or some other aspects such as current affairs, analytical questions and general questions that significantly relate to the board’s evaluation of the applicant.

Some questions that are being asked in the Test:-

Question: What are your views on the reservation?

Questions that are being asked by the question above – 

  • Still having spent so much education should it continue?
  • Should the booking be made on time?
  • Are there reservations about the notion of equality?
  • Must deprivation be a prerequisite for making reservations?
  • Another member of the board may ask a related question at a later point, how do you think we are heading towards meritocracy in administration?

Question  – The social problems our country is currently facing are the same things we faced at the time of Independence. Does that mean that India as a State failed?

This question presumes that then and now, we face the same problems.

When a candidate raises the hypothesis, then follow-up questions may include: at the time of independence, we were facing deprivation and alphabetical and the same goes on right now, don’t you think? If the assumption is agreed then the candidate must explain why India should not be considered a failed state despite being unable to solve the social problems after independence.

Question – How to control population growth in India? Should we follow one child, like China, per family policy?

If the candidate responds that we should not follow the Chinese model but concentrate on educating women, increasing women’s status, late marriage, etc.; 
Follow-up questions may include: several of these steps were attempted from 1951-52 on through various committees and Five-Year Plans. Given these, India’s population grew at a faster pace and continues to grow. Yeah, don’t you think they need coercive measures?

  • Do you think family members in rural India would support their daughters ‘ delayed marriage?
  • Many grown-up girls get married early. So, is there a link between birth control and female literacy?

If the candidate believes we should follow the Chinese example, then questions like:

  • How can such a draconian measure be implemented by a democratic country like India?
  • In 2016, China scrapped its one child per family policy because it contributed to an aging society. So, do you not think the same situation in India might happen?

Question – What is Rajya Sabha’s Need? It has no true powers, after all.

Follow-up questions for both supporters and opponents include:

  • Do you approve of a structure where an indirectly elected House such as Rajya Sabha will keep proposals accepted by the directly elected Lok Sabha expressing people’s will
  • The ruling party would finally be able to form a majority even in Rajya Sabha. So how will a bicameral Parliament’s system of checks and balances be available then?
  • Will we continue the Rajya Sabha membership nomination?
  • Which steps should be taken to make Rajya Sabha more relevant?

Tips To Handle These Types Of Questions During The UPSC Personality Test – 

  • Candidates must bear in mind that the personality test is not meant to be a measure of either technical or general knowledge but an examination of intellectual and social attributes.
  • There is no answer to that ideal.
  • Lack of information at this point will not be penalized (unless it involves anything important that any trained person is expected to learn about).
  • Hold absolute transparency and dignity. Never contradict one another. The follow up questions are focused primarily on the candidate’s responses. It does not mean however that follow-up questions are going to be sequential. During the final stage of the interview, a hypothetical question may be to follow up on what the applicant said at the beginning of the interview.
  • Do not presume to be fair on the issues. Presumptive questions may also be asked to determine whether the applicant has an objective opinion.
  • Be patient when listening, be optimistic and think about the bigger picture.

Some Do’s and Dont’s for UPSC Personality Test – 

  • Always make broad declarations / generalized definitions.
  • Proudly embrace your errors.
  • Speak frankly, with honesty and with modesty.
  • Don’t give a hasty response
  • Never try to give a made-up appearance or responses which are politically correct.
  • If you take an extreme view you should be able to explain the same as well.
  • If any member offers the same to you, take tea or coffee. This will demonstrate you are comfortable and help to lighten and ease more proceedings as well as give them an informal touch.
  • Stop chewing gums and other munching products as this gives an impression that is negative and sloppy.
  • Don’t talk fast.

In end, we just want you to tell you guys to be confident and think twice before answering. And don’t forget to bookmark our website for more useful content like this. Thank you for reading! Regards IASWithHariMohan | Best IAS Coaching In Delhi

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