The importance of the 3rd round of exam – The Personal Interview, cannot be underscored. If you perform exceptionally well, it will help you compensate for any shortage in your mains score. If you do not, it will undo the hard work that you put in to get a high score in mains and impact your final result.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that students who clear mains tend to take the interviews very lightly and don’t follow any rigorous strategy. Talk to anyone who has appeared for interviews twice and they will tell you how unpredictable they can be.
The approach followed by coaching institutes to mock interview programs is very unstructured. You present before a panel and are asked questions one after the other. If you fail to answer them, you are asked to prepare those topics. In the next round, you are asked a completely different set of questions independent of your first round of performance.
We want to follow a very different approach. It is not about merely answering ad-hoc questions but testing your capabilities across the following competencies.
2. International Relations
3. Governance and social issues
4. Current Affairs
1. Past background
2. Hometown/state information
4. Your optional subject
Hence, we have put in place a robust program in place that will help you understand weaknesses that are difficult to figure out on its own. Here is how the program will work
1. Telegram Group for continuous engagement
Civilsdaily Telegram Group has created a name for itself – Read here https://www.civilsdaily.com/5-reasons-to-join-the-exclusive-telegram-group/
You can connect with students from the same hometown/city & hobbies. This will help you collaborate and prepare these competencies better.
The telegram group will be moderated by our panelists who will answer your general queries and post relevant questions.
We will try to post stress-based questions regularly so you have practiced enough.
At the same time, we will be posting videos and notes which we believe can be of help in tackling the interview program.
2. Skye/hangouts based 1st round of Mock Interviews
As most of you don’t shift to Delhi immediately after the mains results are announced, we will hold an interview session via skype, understand your basic profile and try to see where you lack.
Once you move to Delhi, you will face more rigorous rounds.
3. 2nd-3rd round of Mock Interviews will be held offline.
Facing the panel is an experience in itself. Go through our previous year’s mock interviews. They are much above the industry standard.
We have a commitment from the following academicians, seasoned bureaucrats, and subject matter experts. They believe in our cause and are willing to put in their precious hours.
Virendra Pratap Singh, IRPS
Virendra Pratap Singh did is B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur in 2003. He joined the services with immense experience in the Private Sector working across domains in high profile companies like Tata Steel, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, and Tata Motors. He has consistently scored very high marks in interviews. His 2009 score of 213/300 was among the toppers.
His insights have proved to be very helpful to aspirants appearing for exams year after year.
Dr. Makhan Saikia
Dr. Saikia is an Author & Expert on International Affairs. He holds an MA & M. Phil (Pol. Sc.) from JNU and Ph.D (Globalization and Governance) from TISS, Mumbai.
He has taught at some of the finest universities.
Occasionally, he has written for various newspapers.
His articles can be found here
Mr. Vipul Shrivastava, IPS
Mr. Vipul Shrivastava did his B.Tech from IIT Powai. He was one of the highest scorers during his time. He is presently also dedicating time to help aspirants with their essay preparation.
Dr. Vipin Garg, IAS
Dr. Vipin Garg is a Founding Mentor at Civilsdaily. He did his MBBS from AIIMS and then moved to the services. He was the highest scorer in CSE Interview 2016 with 209 marks. His notes and insights have been of immense help to the students.
Mr. Rohit Pande, Consultant Social Enterprises
Mr. Rohit Pande is a Founding Mentor at Civilsdaily. He did his B.Tech from IIT Guwahati. After a stint in various consulting roles across top firms, he is exploring problems in the social sector and has immense ground level knowledge about issues in waste management, education, health, and financial services. His insights can be extremely useful as discussion points in the interview.
Our faculty members who are well aware of recent trends and have immense experience with the interview rounds will also be working with you.
Here are the links to Mock Interviews –
Interview Enrichment Program – Mock interviews
1. Mail us your DAF with filename changed to yourname-rollnumber and subject as PDP yourname–rollnumber.
2. In the email, tell us what areas you feel require special attention/are most uncomfortable with.