Mains Results Out ! Get Ready for Interviews | TRANSCEND by Civilsdaily – Interview Guidance Program 2019-20

Dear Students, the mains result is out. We have already started to receive emails from students who made it. We will be compiling the results soon.
Kindly check the following pdf. Let us know in the comments if you have made it or not.


The details of our interview program are as follows. Subsequently, we request all failed candidates to email us.

Highlights of Transcend: Focused offerings for 3 distinct groups of IAS Mains-qualified aspirants

  1. Freshers
  2. Work Ex
  3. Veterans 

Dedicated telegram groups, telephonic and skype video sessions, SWOT analysis via personalized questionnaire & in-person mock interviews with the panel.

  • The end of your journey starts with you filling this small form and sending your DAF 1 to us at rakesh.dalal[at] – Click2fill

Dear students,

Heartiest congratulations for clearing yet another, and according to many, the most difficult phase of this long and mettle-testing exam. You are now just one small step away from the life-changing dream the pursuit of which has instilled in you sage-like discipline and warrior-like ferocity. But, despite best efforts, the distance that this small step has to cover will be simply too large for the majority of the candidates.

So, this small step is what makes all the difference. And this is where our ‘Transcend’ program assumes the utmost significance.

Civilsdaily formally launched ‘Transcend’ (our interview Guidance Program) last year (2018-19) under the overall leadership of Sh. V.P. Singh (IRPS, 2009). This program achieved incredible success with all our (mock interview) students making it to the final list. The details of these candidates can be found here.

The official UPSC notification  mentions that the candidates will be assessed on the following qualities:

Mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety, and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.


Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own State or Country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.

Go through the lecture below to understand these qualities in detail.

What UPSC expects from candidates in an IAS Interview – V P Singh, IRPS (Interview Topper)

Last year, we tracked the students on the above parameters and worked hard on them so they progressively improved. This year, we intend to raise the bar even higher by providing trailblazing professional, personalized mentorship. There are 3 broad categories into which the IAS Mains-qualified candidates are be divided:

#1. Freshers: Facing 1st UPSC interview without work-ex

These candidates have given dedicated and exclusive time to UPSC preparation, often right after their graduation. We also have candidates who decide for UPSC a little later in life. These candidates have a wide variety of backgrounds. Some have quit their jobs to prepare for CSE, some may have household and family responsibilities, etc.

The interview, in the case of these aspirants, will focus on academics, mental alertness, critical power of assimilation, leadership and teamwork, variety and depth of interest, etc.

Freshers have the advantage of ‘excitement’ and ‘happy-go-lucky’ attitude, but they also suffer from fear-of-the-unknown.

For them, Transcend will revolve around psychological strengthening and belief formation besides personality development and polishing of soft skills.

#2. Work-Experience: Facing 1st UPSC interview with work-ex

The second category is of working professionals. These candidates have the advantages of leadership, tactfulness, foresight, and maturity. Of all other categories of candidates, the responses of working professionals are expected to be brief, well crafted, balanced, logical and reflecting emotional intelligence. Leadership is another area these aspirants are tested for.

Transcend will focus intensely on each of these general traits. Stress will be on the trends highlighted by the latest research in these domains.

#3. Veterans: Have faced the UPSC interview board in the past

Candidates who have appeared in the UPSC interview, probably more than once; but have consistently scored low marks.

Such a person has the advantage of the experience of the official set-up. She is aware of the entire process, her DAF and does not have fear-of-the-unknown. She has possibly taken mock interviews in her previous attempts but success eludes her owing to some fundamental flaw, which if unidentified, will compromise her chances yet again.

For veterans, our Transcend mentors will analyze your DAF, previous mock interviews, transcript of real interview/s and will have detailed discussions to pinpoint the weakness. Then will follow the personalized recovery strategy.

We are the only institution in this space that brings such high levels of clarity and purpose to the interview program.

All in all, ‘Transcend’ from Civilsdaily is the finest tool you can choose to uncover the shimmering light of your personality and to realize the simmering desire of your heart.

Take that final leap. You are in good hands now.

What to expect in the coming weeks?

#1. Once you submit your DAF and other details on the link & email, we request you to send a video snippet (shot over a mobile selfie and sent via Whatsapp to this number or at hello[at] on the questions listed below. These are basic, time tested questions that do not need any preparation but helps us understand your default presentation styles:

  1. Why do you want to join the civil services?

  2. Why should you be selected over the other candidates?

  3. Which in-service officer has inspired you the most and why?

  4. One feedback that you received from a friend, peer or superior which fundamentally changed the way you operate in the world or look at the world?

We want you to be uninhibited, relaxed and natural when you make this video. All questions are compulsory (especially 2, 4 and 5).

#2. We will get back to you with the feedback on your DAF and this video exercise.

#3. Post that, your progress will be tracked in 3 rounds of interviews and taken over the telephone, skype, and panel-driven mocks and you will be given access to interact with both our in house mentors and industry experts to fine-tune your reasonings.

We will work on your innate tendencies and help you carve out the best version of yourself.

If the form gives you any trouble, mail us at

Warm Regards

By Root

Caretaker @civilsdaily

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