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Our Panelists for UPSC Mock Interviews in 2021 include

UPSC CSE Interview Board members and Senior Bureaucrats:

Detailed Profile and Positions Held


    Wajahat-Habibullah
  1. Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, IAS
    • Director, LBSNAA, Mussoorie
    • Chairman, National Commission for Minorities
    • First Chief Information Commissioner of India
    • Member of UPSC Civil Services Interview Board



    B.K Chaturvedi
  2. Mr. B. K. Chaturvedi, IAS
    • Cabinet Secretary, Government of India
    • Member, Planning Commission, Government of India
    • Member, Thirteenth Finance Commission
    • Awarded Padma Bhushan for his contribution to the civil services



    K. M. Chandrasekhar
  3. Mr. K. M. Chandrasekhar, IAS
    • Cabinet Secretary, Government of India
    • India's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to WTO




    Shashank
  4. Amb. Shashank, IFS
    • Foreign Secretary of India
    • Indian Ambassador to countries in Europe, Asia & Africa
    • Member of UPSC Civil Services Interview Board



    PC Haldar
  5. Mr. P.C. Haldar, IPS
    • Director, Intellegence Bureau
    • Member, National Security Advisory Board
    • GOI’s Peace Interlocutor with ULFA
    • GOI’s Peace Interlocutor with Bodo insurgents
    • Member of UPSC Civil Services Interview Board



    Justice Dipak Misra
  6. Justice Dipak Misra
    • Chief Justice of India
    • Chief Justice of Delhi High Court
    • Chief Justice of Patna High Court



    Pinak R. Chakravarty
  7. Amb. Pinak R. Chakravarty, IFS
    • Member of UPSC Civil Services Interview Board
    • Indian Ambassador to several countries in Asia
    • Secretary (Economic Relations); Ministry of External Affairs



    Justice V. K. Bali
  8. Mr. Justice V. K. Bali
    • Chairman, Central Administrative Tribunal
    • Chief Justice, Kerala High Court



    A.K. Saxena
  9. Mr. A.K. Saxena
    • Joint Secretary, UPSC
    • Secretary, Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB)
    • Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Personnel, Government of India



    K.K. Jalan
  10. Mr. K.K. Jalan, IAS
    • Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, GOI
    • Secretary, Ministry of MSME, GOI
    • Central Provident Fund Commissioner



    Ram Kumar Verma
  11. Mr. Ram Kumar Verma, IPS
    • Recipient of President’s Police Medal
    • Member, UN Peacekeeping Force
    • Principal, Police Training School



    Pravin Tripathi
  12. Ms. Pravin Tripathi, IA&AS
    • Dy. CAG of India
    • Chairperson, Employees' Provident Fund Organization, India
    • Member of the Competition Appellate Tribunal



    Rengaraj Viswanathan
  13. Amb. Rengaraj Viswanathan, IFS
    • Member of UPSC Civil Services Interview Board
    • Indian Ambassador to several countries in Latin America




    Kailash Lal Agarwal
  14. Amb. Kailash Lal Agarwal, IFS
    • Member of UPSC Civil Services Interview Board
    • Indian Ambassador to several countries in Europe





    Vishnu Prakash
  15. Amb. Vishnu Prakash, IFS
    • Indian Ambassador to several countries like Canada & South Korea
    • Spokesperson , Indian Foreign Office
    • Member of UPSC Civil Services Interview Board



    Praveen Kumar
  16. Mr. Praveen Kumar
    • Head, Oil Coordination Committee, Ministry of Petroleum, GOI
    • Member, Board of Directors of Indian Oil Corporation, India’s largest commercial enterprise
    • Chairman, Indian Oil Mauritius Ltd., Mauritius
    • Director (Human Resources), Indian Oil Corporation- India’s largest PSU
    • Director (Marketing), Indian Oil Corporation



    S.C Garg
  17. Prof. S.C. Garg
    • Member of UPSC Interview Board
    • Chairman, Distance Education Council of India
    • Pro Vice Chancellor, IGNOU University- world’s largest University
    • Director, Commonwealth Secretariat, London, U.K.



    Pranay Aggarwal
  18. Mr. Pranay Aggarwal
    • Convenor, Indian Civil Services Association
    • Member, Research Committee on Sociology of Education, International Sociological Association (established by UNESCO)
    • Member, Research Committee on Sociology of Social Movements, Indian Sociological Society
    • Completed course in International Women's Health and Human Rights from Stanford University (USA)
    • Director, IAS Gurukul



    TCA Raghavan
  19. Amb. TCA Raghavan, IFS
    • Indian Ambassador To Pakistan (retd.)
    • DG, Indian Council of World Affairs
    • Noted Author



    Anil Trigunayat
  20. Amb. Anil Trigunayat, IFS
    • Former Indian Ambassador to Arab & African Countries
    • Former Director General, Gulf & Haj Divisions, MEA
    • Distinguished Fellow, Vivekananda International Foundation





D.P. Agrawal

Prof. D.P. Agrawal, UPSC Chairman (retd.) will conduct interactive sessions with candidates in small groups.




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Mentoring of Civil Services candidates at IAS Gurukul - ICSA


Mock Interview Board at IAS Gurukul-ICSA in April 2021 (L to R) Mr. KK Jalan IAS; Mr. P.C. Haldar IPS (ex Director, IB); Mr. B.K. Chaturvedi IAS (ex Cabinet Secretary) & Mr. Pranay Aggarwal (Convenor, ICSA)

Cabinet Secretary (ex) Mr. B. K. Chaturvedi IAS guiding civil services aspirants at IAS Gurukul-ICSA Mock (April 2021)

Director, Intelligence Bureau (ex) Mr. P.K. Haldar IPS guiding civil services aspirants at IAS Gurukul-ICSA Mock (April 2021)

Indian Ambassador (ex) Mr. Pinak Chakravarti IFS guiding civil services aspirants at IAS Gurukul-ICSA Mock (April 2021)

Mr. Wajahat Habibullah IAS (ex-Director, LBSNAA) giving suggestions to a UPSC aspirant at IAS Gurukul-ICSA Mock (2020)

Mr. Wajahat Habibullah IAS, First CIC of India (centre) guiding IAS aspirants at IAS Gurukul-ICSA Mock with Mr. Pranay Aggarwal, Convenor, ICSA (left) and Mr. Vinod Zutshi IAS (right) (2020)

Former UPSC Chairman D.P. Agarwal interacting with students at IAS Gurukul-ICSA Session (2020)

3 Former UPSC Interview Board members guiding IAS aspirants in IAS Gurukul-ICSA Mock with Convenor, ICSA. (L to R) Amb. Rengaraj Vishwanathan IFS, Mr. Pranay Aggarwal ICSA, Mr. Vinod Zutshi IAS and Amb. Kailash Aggarwal IFS (2020)

Prof. D.P. Agarwal (former UPSC Chairman) guiding students in exam preparation at IAS Gurukul-ICSA Session (2020)

Brochure launch by Late Mr. T.S.R. Subramanian, Mr. Pranay Aggarwal, Dr. Kiran Bedi, Ms. Amrita Banerjee & Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar (2017)

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IAS Mock Interview: The correct preparation approach

The Personality test of UPSC Civil services examination or what is more popularly known as the IAS examination is the third and the final stage of the examination process.

Candidates who reach this stage of the examination have been selected from lakhs of aspirants who write the preliminary examination and then the few thousands among them who write the mains. The knowledge and intelligence of the candidates have thus been established by UPSC already.

The Personality test is thus not aimed at testing the knowledge of the candidate but rather his/her intellectual capability.

The strategy that is thus followed in preliminary and mains cannot be used to crack the personality test. It again cannot be merely academically oriented and has to focus on improvising on the personality of the candidate.

Hence it might be difficult for a candidate to zero down on their flaw areas or learn to play to their strength. Since personality is not something that can be developed in a day, the personality test preparation requires a nuanced approach.

It is thus recommended that candidates should attend few IAS Mock interviews before the actual interview test.

Benefits of attending IAS mock Interviews

  • The IAS mock interviews help the candidate to get acclimatized to the interview environment which will help reduce nervousness on the date of the examination.
  • It reduces the element of uncertainty and surprise if you are attending the personality test for the first time. By attending multiple IAS mock interviews, you slowly get an understanding of what to expect.
  • It helps you develop an understanding of what the board members are looking for in a potential civil servant and hence mold your personality accordingly.
  • It also helps improve on your shortcomings which you might miss on your own-for example your conversational skills might require some practice-you might be speaking too fast or too slow, your way of expression might be a little too informal or you may come out as too serious.
  • Since the IAS mock interviews are conducted by ex bureaucrats and eminent personalities, the years of experience they bring to the table are invaluable in their own right and provide a right direction to the candidate to channelize his/her preparation.

Some of the personality traits that the board members look for in an IAS mock interview:

  • Mental alertness:
    It is important to be mentally alert while attending the interview. Mental alertness implies that you should be able to understand what the board member is trying to ask you and should be able to list out all the aspects of the answer, for example, the economic aspect, the political aspect, the societal aspect etc. If a board member asks a question with many sub sections, you should be able to answer all sub sections and not miss out on any of them.

  • Critical powers of assimilation:
    As a potential civil servant, a candidate should have a critical thinking temperament. This implies that you should be able to separate fact from opinion. Thus you should be able to present before the board member all the point of views regarding the issue in hand in an unbiased and non judgmental manner to showcase that you will be able to maintain value neutrality and impartiality in your civil services career.

  • Variety and depth of interest:
    While pursuing a career in civil services, it is important that a candidate should not possess only bookish knowledge but should be able to portray a multi dimensional personality. For this you have to fill your DAF carefully with respect to your achievements outside the field of academics. Your hobbies sections in DAF can also be used to assess your overall personality.
    It is thus important that you prepare in detail any hobby you might have written, not just from a layman point of view but also as a specialist, who has an above average knowledge in that area.
    The IAS Mock interviews will thus help you prepare any tricky questions you might have to answer with respect to your hobbies in the interview.

  • Clear and logical exposition:
    Clarity of thought and cohesion between thought and action is an essential attribute of a civil servant. It is thus important that there should be clarity and uniformity in any stand you might be asked to take not just in one question, but from one question to another as well. A board member may grill you for having a conflicting point of view from an answer to a question ten minutes earlier.
    This clarity can be developed both by self analysis and introspection in order to form opinions, especially on burning issues of the past two three months, as well with practice by attending a reasonable number of IAS mock interviews.

  • Ability of social cohesion and leadership:
    As a civil servant, you are expected to show an ability to achieve social cohesion with your leadership skills. Thus you should be able to present a pleasant demeanor as well as avoid taking an extremist point of view on any issue. It is important that you project yourself as a person who can bring two conflicting parties on the table and work out a compromise or solution acceptable to both. You should thus maintain a smiling face and calm composure even if a board member deliberately tries to provoke you into an argument in an IAS mock interview.

  • Intellectual and Moral integrity:
    Intellectual and moral integrity form an important part of your ethics paper. Likewise you might be given situations by the board member where you might face a moral dilemma. The IAS mock interviews help you prepare for such situations by guiding you to right answers.
    Apart from these qualities, general awareness of your surroundings, a keen sense of observation, the ability to take quick decisions when there is a sense of urgency and the ability to own responsibility for your actions are some of the key qualities that you need to project through your interview. The IAS mock interviews should thus be attended in all seriousness as they can really help in guiding your personality to seem worthy for a post and responsibility of a civil servant.

Preparation of civil services interview (Prepared by Mr. K.K. Jalan IAS (retd.), Former Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, GOI.


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