Interview Test (Personality Test)

Civil Services Examination conducted every year by Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) has final stage of the examination, Interview which is conducted in March/April normally. Its weight is 300 marks which play a vital role in any candidate’s selection and even in securing top ranks. Those who qualify Main (Written) Examination are called for interview.

For conducting the Civil Services Examination interviews, UPSC constitute Personality Test Boards which are chaired by members UPSC. Candidates were allowed to opt for either English or any one of the Indian Languages as medium for interview. 

The table below gives the complete details of the medium for interview in last eight years from CSE 2002 to 2009.

In CSE 2009, record 2432 candidates actually qualified but one candidate did not appear for interview and eight Personality Test Boards were constituted.

The table clearly depicts the dominance of English Medium as majority of candidates appear in English medium. In CSE 2009, 1628 candidates opted for an Indian Language as a medium for interview as per details given below.

Language

Number of Candidates

CSE 2002

CSE 2003

CSE 2004

CSE 2005

CSE 2006

CSE 2007

CSE 2008

CSE 2009

8 Boards

7 Boards

6 Boards

7 Boards

7 Boards

7 Boards

8 Boards

8 Boards

Bengali

-

8

-

1

2

1

2

2

Gujarati

2

-

5

2

25

6

15

11

Hindi

188

300

242

283

383

520

639

728

Kannada

1

3

3

2

-

2

6

2

Malayalam

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

1

Marathi

7

18

13

8

17

13

25

18

Punjabi

-

-

-

-

-

-

2

1

Sanskrit

-

-

-

1

-

-

-

-

Tamil

3

18

7

13

13

20

14

9

Telugu

6

4

9

12

9

10

14

28

Urdu

-

-

1

-

1

2

3

2

Maithili

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

Total

207

351

280

322

450

574

721

803

English

543

825

882

850

958

1309

1415

1628

Total Interview

750

1176

1162

1172

1408

1883

2136

2431

The trend suggests that till CSE 2009 the number of Candidates who opt for any one of the Indian Languages as medium for interview is growing and in particular, growth of Hindi medium is significant.

However, anticipating about the result of CSE 2010 and trends from CSE 2011 Preliminary Examination does not auger well for the Hindi medium candidates as the declining numbers would surely be reflect in the data.

Last Update Sunday 3rd March 2019     

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