Great Tips to Clear IAS and IPS Interview

Millions of young graduates around the country apply for the civil services.

Some of them clear written exams round but some fail to clear the interview round.

Why is it so that many candidates fail to clear the interview round?

There can be many reasons like they are not well prepared for the interview.

In this article we give you some pointers how you can clear IAS and IPS interview.

Do NOT take the Interview Lightly

Students are too smug. Especially those of you have cleared the written exam and are ranked high in the merit list become too complacent.

Never take the interview round lightly even if you have score really good in the written exam.

Carry yourself seriously and it must reflect in your body language.

Full Knowledge of Current Events and Contemporary World

You can’t get this knowledge reading textbooks and watching documentaries overnight.

You have to learn about current events and the present world from the day one.

When you enter the college you have to start focussing on the current events and most important developments in last 10 years.

You have to start very early on.

Thorough Grasp of Your Graduation Books

Although interview is not about the theory but it is still important that you know everything about the graduation books.

Many questions in the interview are going to be from subjects that you learnt in your college.

So revise them once again and know the important points.

Never Ignore Your Optional Subjects

Usually students overlook the additional subjects because they think they are not important.

But they are wrong. Sometimes it happens that the interviewer asks so many questions from the optional subjects.

If you have not read the optional subjects then you may be in trouble. So do not ignore your optional subjects.


Communication Skills     

This is the first most important attribute that you have to learn.

If you don’t have command over the language then you can’t develop great communication skills.

So focus on the English language. You have to read a lot of books and watch documentaries on TV.

You can’t do much if you do not have good communication skills.

Be Confident without Being Argumentative

While interview is going on you have to be confident when you answer a question.

You must try to persuade the interviewers without arguing with them.

You can’t fight them on an issue where both sides disagree. You have to be confident but without being argumentative.

Be Balanced and Do Not Show Biases

We all have political and religious inclinations. Some are from left, some are from centre and some hold very extreme position.

Whatever your personal views are on a given issue, it should not be biased and must be balanced.

It happens that the interviewers may not like your views because they are too extreme. So be balanced.

Come Up with an Honest Answer for “Hobby Question”

You should not ignore the hobby question just like the optional subjects.

When they ask about your hobby you should give a real and genuine answer. Do not give same old answers like I love to cook or listen music.

Be real and honest to your interviewers. So prepare beforehand for this question otherwise you may sound very banal.

Do Not Lose Your Calm and Temper

What if you are not selected and you come to know that the interviewers did not like the way interview went.

You can’t fight them alleging that they are bias or mean to you. You have to accept what they tell you.

You have to stay calm even if you believe that they were mean to you.

Always Go Through Mock Interviews with Your Friends

Before you go for a real interview I recommend you to take mock interviews with your friends.

You can also join a coaching centre where they take conduct mock interviews.

By doing mock interviews you develop a psychology and prepare yourself for the real interview.

The Whole Essence of IAS and IPS Interview

Before we talk about the areas that you need to focus for both IAS and IPS interview you need to know the importance and tips of the interview.

Interview is not conducted to test your theoretical knowledge. That is what written exams are for.

Interviews are for more practical questions that are closely related to the job you are going to take once you become an IAS or IPS.

So you must focus on areas mentioned below.

Focus Area for IAS Interview

First let us start with IAS interview.

Indian Society: Past, Present and Future

You have to know everything about India pre independence and post independence.

Indian society when it was under colonial rule and India when it became independent. You also have to know about political and religious nature of our society. This is very basic. You can prepare for this topic by reading books on contemporary India written by so many writers.

Always Have Good Knowledge of Your State, City and District

The state you come from is very important. You have to know your state and its history. Then they will ask about the city and the district you lived. There will be questions related to your district.

Questions like how well your district is developed in terms of roads, transportation, schools, hospitals etc.

General Administrative Questions

Questions related to administrative challenges that the country is facing. You have to know how the bureaucracy functions in the country. How it can be changed for the better?

What are some systematic changes that can be done to increase effectiveness? You have to come prepared for such questions.

Situational Questions

Situational questions are very normal. Where they ask what happens if there is a riot in your district? What are you going to do? What drastic measures are going to take if there is a draught in your district?

Questions will be situational and you have to answer quickly without fumbling.

Focus Area for IPS Interview

Now following are questions that you may be asked if you are going for an IPS interview.

Your Personal Details and Family Background

Give a detailed answer about your personal details and family background for an interview for IPS. The answer must be exhaustive covering all the important details so that your interviewer will get impressed.

In an IPS interview this question is very important.

Society and Crime

You have to have fair knowledge about society and crime rates. You must have data with you so that you can present it and back up your argument. You also need to know the role of police in the society, its importance how policing can be improved.

You have to prepare yourself for such questions.

Situational Questions are Very Important

Just like IAS interview here also you will be asked situational questions like what will you do if there is a terrorist attack in your area. How are going to help people so they are going to trust the police? Questions like these.

So these were few general as well as specific tips to clear both IAS and IPS interview rounds.


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How My Blog Opened Up a World of Income-Earning Opportunities

I started my blog Live Simply, Live Thrifty, Live Savvy after beginning to earn some income through per-piece writing. My blog became a crucial tool that provided the possibility for future income-earning opportunities, including as a publication writer and writing for numerous other clients’ blogs.

Another opportunity that my blog has afforded me is the chance to make money through sponsored blog posts.

What is a Sponsored Post?

A sponsored blog post is a paid blog post requested by a company or other organization that wants to advertise their product, event, or campaign.

They will pay to essentially “rent space” on an established blog in the form of a written blog post that is normally composed at least partially by the blogger.

Companies love to utilize bloggers because bloggers know how to write, they have an established network that trusts what they say, and they know how to promote their blog posts.

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Getting Paid to Blog

As a blogger, sponsored content provides a wealth of income-earning opportunities. In addition to my client-based work as a freelance writer/blogger and social media/research consultant, I earn a portion of my income through sponsored blog posts.

What I Love About Sponsored Blog Posts

There are a few things that I love about earning income through sponsored blog posts:

  • They are normally easy to write if you are familiar with blogging
  • I can do them when I have time and step back when I do not
  • They increase my own blog’s exposure
  • I will often receive payment through Payza and normally without invoicing
  • Low commitment, decent pay, including both monetary and free product
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My Favorite Resources for Finding Sponsored Blog Posts Opportunities

Sponsored blog posts have becoming such a popular way of advertising that there are whole companies and websites devoted to connecting bloggers to advertisers.

Here are some of my favorites:

Latina Bloggers Connect—This website connects Hispanic female bloggers to brands interested in utilizing their blogger network through sponsored posts. They offer some fantastic campaigns with plenty of blogger support. I have done a variety of posts with Latina Bloggers Connect, including raising awareness towards health issues and charities, providing helpful tips, and helping to preserve memories.

Clever Girls Collective— This website connects socially savvy influencers to brands interested in utilizing those skills to promote their interests. They have plenty of fun opportunities with quality blogger support. I have done a handful of posts with Clever Girls Collective, including promoting products and providing beauty tips.

Business 2 Blogger—I joined up with this network last year and they have a lot of great opportunities. As the name suggests, the website connects brands and businesses to bloggers for sponsored posts and product reviews. I have yet to complete any sponsored posts with them, but I have been in contact with some of the individuals that work for the website and they seem like a good group of people.

SheHeard/Blogger Campaigns —This website connects female bloggers to brands. I have done one blog post with them in the past promoting the use of a product.

Splash Creative Media— This social media marketing firm connects bloggers and brands, and one of the principals is Kelly Whalen from The Centsible Life. I have reviewed a fun website in partnership with them.

The SITS Girls/Massive Sway— Massive Sway is a joint venture between The SITS Girls and Sway Group that connect bloggers and brands. I joined up with this network last year and they have some good opportunities. However I have never done a post with them yet. I just joined up with their newer iSway portal.

Sverve—I was referred to this website by Bloggy Moms. The website connects businesses and female influencers. I just got started with this website a few months back, so I have yet to take advantage of any opportunities, but it seems like they have some good ones to offer.


10 Keys to Success in Writing Sponsored Blog Posts

  1. To be considered for sponsored blog posts, you should work on improving your online presence, including Google Analytics and Google Page Rank, Klout Score, Alexa ranking, and number of social media followers. In order to get the biggest bang for their buck, many brands are looking for high-exposure influencers with a significant audience and following as demonstrated by these numbers.
  2. You must be able to follow specific instructions that will be provided to you. Yes, there is        creativity involved, but within the confines of what the brand is looking for.
  1. Ask if you have questions. This goes back to being able to follow directions explicitly.
  1. You will normally need to promote the sponsored blog post via social media as directed. It does not hurt to promote it on social media outlets besides just the particular ones that the brand requests.
  1. In order to get paid, you will normally need to report back with the blog post link, along with applicable links to requested social media postings.
  1. Be open to fixing errors or changing things as requested by the brand. Strive to be accommodating and easy to work with.
  1. It may take 30-60 days after a campaign ends to receive payment for the blog post. Payment can range from $30 – $200 depending on the campaign.
  1. You may be asked to promote the blog post at least once on social media. I suggest continuing to promote the blog post above and beyond the minimum required. Brands are looking for influencers and you want them to consider you for the future. Make sure to use any requested tags and/or hashtags.
  1. Act quickly. Do what you say that you are going to do when you say that you will do it. Trust in you as a service provider is key. If you cannot complete a post for some reason, let them know ASAP.
  1. Follow FTCguidelines regarding sponsored content and advertising. Often this involves including a disclosure to let readers know that you were paid to write the post. These guidelines can change over time, so you should stay informed of potential new policies.

Sponsored blog posts can be a great way to monetize your blog and supplement your income. They can also be a fun way to round out the content on your blog and create partnerships that may last for longer than just the campaign.

Have you ever completed a sponsored blog post? What did you think of the process and outcome? Do you find it to be a helpful source of income for your WAHM business? Please comment and let us know what YOU think about sponsored content.