The date of the APSC Mains result announcement is not confirmed. However, individuals who are not extremely sure about going for an interview need to start their preparation as soon as possible.
My speaking in front of groups is lacking. I can’t talk for more than four or five minutes straight. But speaking for extended stretches of time is not a requirement for interviews. The responses must be succinct, sane, and direct.
With a few exceptions, the majority of the questions addressed during an interview are typically predictable. In order for what we say to make sense throughout the interview, it is crucial that we remain composed and aware. Confidence for the interview can be increased through practise.
It’s not our ignorance that causes problems while answering questions. Instead, the difficulty in organising the facts systematically is the problem. When a question is posed, several facts quickly rush to mind. The data must then be organised logically in the mind before the solution is offered.
I’m providing some advice based on my personal preparation for the interview.
1) Before an interview, one should read the daily editorials in the newspaper. It’s crucial to stay current with national and worldwide happenings for at least a year.
2) While reading the news is crucial for interview preparation, having an opinion on the topics is just as crucial.
I regularly read newspapers. I tried to summarise and explain the news after reading it to myself. I would do that every day for a run of 5–6 news pieces.
Aside from that, I would critically evaluate any topic and present arguments for or against it. That aids in critical thinking and providing answers to analytical questions.
3) The static section of the General Studies paper needs to be rewritten repeatedly.
4) Candidates with various optionals were called for the CCE interviews in the past on the same day. As a result, the optional questions are typically not asked very often. However, it’s crucial to review the fundamentals of the optionals.
Again, this varies by field, since applicants with backgrounds in law and political science were quizzed extensively on their optionals.
5) It’s crucial to correctly prepare one’s own bio-data. Each person is unique and has their own personality. The method through which the distinctiveness of each individual is revealed is through their bio-data.
6) Language is never a hindrance.
7) “Sorry Sir/Ma’am, I do not know this” is always a better response than feigning ignorance and ducking the question.
Before the interview, there will be a few informal “Adda” sessions where we can explore concepts, argue vehemently, and present compelling arguments. We will all benefit greatly from those next seminars, I have no doubt.
[Arpana Sarmah, Assam Land and Revenue Service, Batch of 2017] wrote this article.
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