How to prepare for KAS Interview

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Dr. Seemin Rubab

The number of candidates called for Interview is about three times the available positions, hence  interview is the deciding factor in the selection. Moreover rank and consequently a particular service is also decided by performance in the Interview. So the interview should be taken sincerely and well prepared for. It however does not mean that you have not done well in written examination and you can qualify just by bluffing the interview board.

Interviews are more a test of personality rather than a test of knowledge. The candidates are tested not only for their intelligence but also for their overall personality development,  attentiveness, balance of judgement and qualities of honesty, integrity and leadership. Modern society is market oriented society so interviews are also about how you are able to market yourself. It means your strong points should be highlighted.  

It is imperative to do ones strength and weakness analysis. First impression in any interview is about appearance and manner. So dress properly and talk politely. Keep your cell phones switched off. Greet chairman, board  and nod pleasantly at other members before taking your seat. Sit attentively in relaxed manner. Do not bend forward or place your hands on the table. These are the things I hate most while conducting viva-voce examination of my students.

Interview questions may range from about your educational background,  choice of subjects to why you want to join the civil services. Questions on your choice of service preference also need to be prepared.  Also prepare on your hobbies and interest. Prepare yourself well on current issues specially issues pertaining to your area. You should be well aware about the geography, topology, climate, polity, culture and history of your region. Moreover you should  be well aware about the developmental needs of your locality.

While giving your opinion on any issue you should leave some space for difference of opinion meaning you should take a stand but do not be adamant on your answer. It is good to listen and think for a while before answering. Start answering when the member has completed his/her query.   

It is good to answer honestly.  Answers should be precise.  While showing difference of opinion on any matter one should be polite and firm. It is not necessary that one should be able to answer all the questions. If you don’t know anything about a particular question then don’t make wild guesses. You may admit honestly that you do not have much idea about that particular question or issue.  Get up to leave only when the chairperson asks you to. Before leaving, politely thank the chairperson and nod at the others.

Seemin Rubab teaches at the NIT Srinagar

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