Kanishak Kataria Interview Notes & Important Tips About interview Personality Test

1. Cover all the keywords in your DAF - specially your background

1(a) : “Why you want to be a civil servant?” - arguably the most important question about yourself. Sit down, think clearly and frame a reply that shows your personality while conveying the true reason.  
2. Always take few seconds pause before answering instead of speaking whatever comes to your mind. 
3. Be confident and don’t fret about not knowing anything. If you are confident and firm even while saying “I don’t know”,  it wouldn’t hurt your performance. 
4. Brevity is important in your replies.
5. Never lie in interviews. Panel members are too smart to get fooled by your tricks and they will catch you easily.
6.  Don’t follow unnecessary gossips like average marks by a board or how to present to a particular board etc. They’ll be counter-productive and spoil the novelty in your thought process and the answers.
7. Stay up to date with current affairs
8. Don’t evaluate yourself in the interview. An important aspect is to forget your last answer and give the best reply to current question irrespective of the board’s reaction.
9. Choose your mocks smartly, don’t run after them and don’t take their comments on face value. 
Ultimately it’s enjoying the conversations with the board members. They are there to select you and not reject you. You are amongst a select few to have gotten this opportunity, make the most out of it. 

Few tips for coaching mocks

They are helpful but UPSC interviews are a different ball game altogether. Any advice from coaching shouldn’t be taken on face value - specially if they are trying to demotivate you.  Also, keep in mind they just want to print your name after you are selected and bloat their selection figures. 

So, unless you are desperate for practice (and don’t worry about misuse of your name), you can give mocks but it’s better to limit to 2-3 only.

My experience from different mocks:

1. KSG - It was good. Went unprepared, Khan Sir pointed out some obvious flaws that I could rectify later.
2. Dhyeya - overall okayish, can be skipped.
3. Samkalp - group mock experience was good, normal mock was okayish.
4. Chanakya - focused on factual questions a lot. Can be demotivating, so appear at your own risk. 
5. Vajiram - heard pathetic review about mocks, so didn’t apply for them. Just had an interaction with Ravindran Sir and it was very fruitful and motivating. 
6. iAnugrah - heard about it from my friend Prudhvitej. It is run by Sudhir Chandra Sir (ex-CBDT Chairman). It was one of my best experiences. Sir gave lots of behavioural tips and how I can improve my appearance before the board. I would recommend you to give it a try. 
7. Individual mocks with friends can also help sometimes, so if you are preparing with friends do try one/two mocks amongst yourselves. 

The quality of mocks can also vary year after year, so get some feedback from your friends before appearing in any. 

Remember the key is to have high confidence after giving all the mocks. So avoid anything and everything that creates negativity! Rest you’ll handle by yourself on D-day.

Best of luck! :)

For people who couldn’t clear Mains, don’t lose hope. Keep on striving hard to achieve what you are destined to be. 

I’m sharing here one of my most favourite quotes - 
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

My Transcript:

6 March 
Bhonsle Board

Relevant DAF information:
1. B.Tech in CSE from IIT
2. Worked in South Korea for 1.5 years
3. 1 year Work Experience as Data Scientist.
4. State: Rajasthan
5. Maths optional

Chairman:
Went through my DAF and made me feel comfortable. 

1. You look like a good student and studied from one of the best college in India.  Even took Maths optional. You have worked for 4 years at so and so place as well. Are you overqualified for civil services?
2. "In god we trust, rest need to bring data" what do you understand from this?
3. "If it can't be measured, it can't be managed and can't be improved" what do you understand from it.
(He linked it to happiness index)

Member 1: Lady
1. 3 art forms from India which is famous outside India?
2. Kanishk plane crash. Why?
3. What is India's terror policy?
4. There are 2 lines of thought:
A. India needs to be tackling terror alone
B. India needs to engage in international forums
What do you think?

Member 2:
1. "One person's terrorist is another person's freedom fighter" your thoughts?
2. AI and job loss. You have 20 year time frame as a secretary.  What policy will you make?
3. Raja Ravi Verma paintings.  What and time period?

Member 3: said I'll ask only 3 questions.
1. Why does India use French Guinea for space launches? (Reason apart from lack of heavy launch vehicle)
Where is French Guinea?
2. Why is desert in RJ spreading? (Was looking for a tectonic reason behind it)
3. Where is Travancore?

Member 4:
1. Cambridge Analytica: is it possible in India? How does it work? Possible impact of LS2019? Can it be used?
2. Security features in a
Aadhar?
3. Can identity be duplicated?
4. Use of Big Data in administration.
5. If FB is successful why problems faced by authorities post demonetisation to identify the fraud accounts. 


Chairman:
1. You learnt Korean language. Is it similar to Hindi? How?
2. Did you see how Koreans pray?
3. Which food did you like in Korea? Tell me more about it. 

Seems like your mouth is watering.  We will not make you wait further. You can go. 

Overall board was very cordial and seemed willing to listen. Member 3 was a grumpy fellow, trying to not let me speak and looking for specific answers. He didn't acknowledge even the valid points.

For people who couldn’t clear Mains, don’t lose hope. Keep on striving hard to achieve what you are destined to be. 

I’m sharing here one of my most favourite quotes - 
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Best of luck for your future :)

My Transcript:

6 March 
Bhonsle Board

Relevant DAF information:
1. B.Tech in CSE from IIT
2. Worked in South Korea for 1.5 years
3. 1 year Work Experience as Data Scientist.
4. State: Rajasthan
5. Maths optional

Chairman:
Went through my DAF and made me feel comfortable. 

1. You look like a good student and studied from one of the best college in India.  Even took Maths optional. You have worked for 4 years at so and so place as well. Are you overqualified for civil services?
2. "In god we trust, rest need to bring data" what do you understand from this?
3. "If it can't be measured, it can't be managed and can't be improved" what do you understand from it.
(He linked it to happiness index)

Member 1: Lady
1. 3 art forms from India which is famous outside India?
2. Kanishk plane crash. Why?
3. What is India's terror policy?
4. There are 2 lines of thought:
A. India needs to be tackling terror alone
B. India needs to engage in international forums
What do you think?

Member 2:
1. "One person's terrorist is another person's freedom fighter" your thoughts?
2. AI and job loss. You have 20 year time frame as a secretary.  What policy will you make?
3. Raja Ravi Verma paintings.  What and time period?

Member 3: said I'll ask only 3 questions.
1. Why does India use French Guinea for space launches? (Reason apart from lack of heavy launch vehicle)
Where is French Guinea?
2. Why is desert in RJ spreading? (Was looking for a tectonic reason behind it)
3. Where is Travancore?

Member 4:
1. Cambridge Analytica: is it possible in India? How does it work? Possible impact of LS2019? Can it be used?
2. Security features in a Aadhar?
3. Can identity be duplicated?
4. Use of Big Data in administration.
5. If FB is successful why problems faced by authorities post demonetisation to identify the fraud accounts. 


Chairman:
1. You learnt Korean language. Is it similar to Hindi? How?
2. Did you see how Koreans pray?
3. Which food did you like in Korea? Tell me more about it. 

Seems like your mouth is watering.  We will not make you wait further. You can go. 

Overall board was very cordial and seemed willing to listen. Member 3 was a grumpy fellow, trying to not let me speak and looking for specific answers. He didn't acknowledge even the valid points.

Sharing my interview notes on Rajasthan: 
- They are little exhaustive. 
- You need to make your own notes for better retention. 
- Use these for getting a gist of what needs to be covered.









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