Saturday, 15 September 2012

Eligible number of attempts to appear in Civil Services examination

                Many students have numerous queries regarding the number of attempts that they are eligible for to appear for the civil services examination.
                Except for people belonging to the scheduled castes (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST), for whom there are no restrictions, there is an upper limit for the number of attempts to qualify for the civil services examination.
                People falling under the general quota category are allowed a maximum of 4 attempts whereas people from other backward castes (OBC category) are allowed a maximum of 7 attempts for appearing in the examination. Besides, only the candidates belonging to communities that are listed in the central list of OBCs are eligible for these concessions.
                There is no additional relaxation for candidates who are physically handicapped. They are allowed for the same number of attempts as any other aspirant, depending on the category they fall in.
                If a candidate has only applied for the civil services preliminary examination but has not appeared for any of the papers, it is not counted as an attempt. However, if the candidate has completed writing any one paper of the preliminary examination and signed the attendance, it is still counted as an attempt even if he discontinues attempting the rest of the papers in the middle.

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Preparation Tips for the UPSC interview

                 The last and the most important step for qualification in the Indian Civil Services examination is the interview. While you have a few hours to prove your skills in written examination, the interview test explores your spontaneity, general knowledge, reasoning and decision making skills in addition to your soft skills like clarity in thoughts and expression, ability to interact and also your presence of mind!

                 There is no thumb rule or guide book to prepare for the UPSC interview. In fact, it is a continuous process and should be done throughout the preparation. The best way to tackle the interview stage is to have a fair idea of subjects of varied interests by reading newspapers, journals, magazines, editorial columns and reviews.

                 It may also be worthwhile to practice mock interviews if you are doing group study with other civil services aspirants. The ability to carry on an interesting and constructive conversation with clear and correct pronunciation of words will go a long way to qualify in the interview.

                 Interview questions are not at all tough to tackle if you are aware of the current affairs and socio-economic issues and are able to tackle questions related to them.

                 You can browse the internet for quick tips of tackling interviews and also contact the thinktank panel of the indiancivils team and request for further help in tackling tricky questions.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Making your UPSC interview, a success story

                   You have crossed a major part of your journey to fulfil your dream of joining the Indian civil services once you qualify in the preliminary and mains examination. The last step is to give a good interview and impress the panel who are evaluating you.

                   The first step to display your confidence is to show a positive body language. Ensure that you follow the formal dress code while appearing for the interview and sit with the right posture. Maintain a calm composure and do not get into long-winded discussions that are irrelevant to the topics asked.
                    Note that the key to a good interview is to grasp the question and answer briefly only with the relevant points with clarity of expression. Show your appreciation and knowledge of various topics in current affairs like socio-economic problems or foreign relations that are relevant to the question asked. Your answers should also reflect your personal viewpoints that do not trigger any controversies, but reflect a concern for the economic growth and progress of our country.

            would be proud and happy to guide students who qualify for the interview through the expert thinktank panel who have valuable experience in the past of qualifying in the UPSC interview.