IAS Gyan



8th December, 2022 Interview


UPSC Interview is a test of candidate’s overall personality (analytical ability, lateral thinking, logical decision making) and his personal suitability for a career in public service by a board of competent and unbiased observers. Interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation, which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the 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. 

Detailed Application Form provides preliminary information about you to the board. You must own everything you write down as your description. That is why half or more of interviews are related to DAF. Your DAF provides the interview board with clues about the questions that are relevant to you. The interview board initiates the interview with your DAF to give you time to normalize you to the interview.

You cannot ignore your DAF.

The reason is simple: the first impression is the best impression that one should make. Some even say the first impression is the last impression. Nobody wants to miss out on making a great opening impression as that can often be the decisive factor in determining whether there will be a second meeting or not!

It requires a lot of time to collect information about the details you have filled. Candidates should be fully aware of each and every word that is mentioned. Here is where Aptiplus’s UPSC DAF Analysis comes handy.

Since interview preparation is one of the coolest phase of UPSC, it may turn out to be directionless. APTIPLUS UPSC DAF Analysis helped in this phase. The questions prepared by the APTIPLUS team were very specific and elaborate. They covered most of the questions from my DAF. I had to maintain a separate notebook for their answers and then prepare them. Also, I discussed some of my doubts with founder sir.”

Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical Exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

The range of questions will include questions on hobby 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 candidate belongs to, international relations, current affairs etc. They may also provide situation-based question and seek the candidates' opinion/response on the same.


  • Remember that it takes time to polish one’s personality.
  • Aspirants need to know of their strengths, weaknesses, traits.
  • Aspirants need to develop a positive attitude.
  • It requires a lot of time to collect information about the details you have filled in DAF. Thus, do not wait for the mains result. Start your DAF preparation quite early.
  • Interact with knowledgeable people during your interview preparation. Thus, choose a real good mentor who can advice you.

Preparation phase:

  • Candidates should be fully aware of each and every word that is mentioned in their Detailed Application Form. 

Analysis of vital details asked and given in DAF:

  • Personal Details: 
  • meaning of name, 
  • date of birth and its historical importance,
  •  the place you were born in, 
  • the state to which you belong,
  • centre of exam, which is unusual
  • Parents’ related questions

  • Educational Qualifications: 
  • educational achievements, 
  • educational institutions you have attended
  •  If you have been a great achiever in academics, they will question you as to why you want to join civil services.
  • If you have bad academic performances, then they will look for reasons. 
  • You should be prepared to answer questions on your optional subjects, especially if that is not the discipline in which you have graduated. 
  • Importance of your optional subject for civil services.
  • How you are going to use your graduation knowledge in the civil services. 
  • Graduation subject knowledge in brief.

  • Employment Details: 
  • job profile and responsibilities.
  • Why you want to leave the job?
  • About the organisation, about the field, current developments in the field etc.

  • Hobby Details: for example if your hobby is cricket, then basic knowledge about cricketing terms, current developments, last match you watched, reforms in cricket, legalising betting, online gaming, new developments like Dream 11, DRS issue etc

  • Order of Preferences Details: If you make some unusual preferences for example- IPS over IAS or, IRS over IPS, then they will ask for a suitable reason. You should convince them with a proper explanation.


  • Have a diverse understanding of the topics by reading multiple newspapers:
  1. The Hindu
  2. Times of India
  3. Indian Express
  • Revise the optional subject
  • Be thorough with the current affairs.
  • Take multiple mock interviews.
  • The best exercise for interview preparation are:
  • Stand in front of mirror and speak.
  • Record yourself.

During the interview:

  • Every answer should be a balanced answer. Candidate should refrain from making extreme statements.
  • Emotional Intelligence matters: Be calm and portray moral integrity. Never bluff in the answers.
  • Maintain a positive body language.
  • Dress neatly.
  • Another very important thing is to be honest in the answers. Honest and truthful answers will make one do wonders in the interview rather than ideal or readymade answers.
  • Communicate well: one should portray clarity of thought, understanding while speaking.
  • Be to the point: Answers should be concise and precise.
  • Every answer that a candidate gives should be based on logic, rationality and not bounded by emotions and likewise factors.

Why APTI PLUS ACADEMY is considered as a leading institute for CSE interview preparation?

  • APTI PLUS ACADEMY provides Interview Guidance Program for Free.
  • APTI PLUS Academy conducts mock interviews in an ambiance which is akin to the actual UPSC interview, where the esteemed panel members consisting of senior retired bureaucrats, personality experts and eminent professors assess the aspirants critically on grounds of personality, general knowledge and ethical standards. 
  • The panel guides the aspirants on the major shortcomings and suggests ways to overcome them. 
  • Post interview performance analysis is conducted by the panel members. 
  • The recorded videos of the Interview sessions are provided to the aspirants for self-evaluation and analysis of performance. 
  • Based on the performance of the Mock Interviews valuable suggestions and a thorough feedback is provided to the aspirants by the panel members.
  • Video recordings of mock interviews of successful aspirants are made available on various social media platform.
  • The academy also posts interview transcripts of various successful candidates on its blog.
  • Further, webinar sessions of successful candidates who scored good marks in interview are regularly organised to mentor the budding aspirants and clear their doubts.
  • Free DAF analysis and free interview material are also provided. To get questionnaire on DAF send UPSC DAF form pdf to [email protected]
  • INTERVIEW MATERIALS 2022: High-quality revolutionized learning modules that have been rigorously designed to ensure that you ace the interview.

Reach your destination of becoming an IAS Officer with APTI PLUS Academy's Mock Interview Programme 2022.

Be honest at the time of interview. Defend your DAF with honesty which will make your interview safe and scoring. It is very important to revise your DAF as many times as possible as DAF describe your personality and traits. If you are not able to answer the questions based on DAF it may cast a bad impression on the interviewers. 

It is also suggested to the candidates to download DAF of UPSC toppers (pdf) to gain a general idea of DAF of UPSC toppers. Attached below is the DAF form UPSC pdf of one such topper. This contains DAF 1 UPSC pdf as well as UPSC DAF 2 pdf. 


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