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How to score 200+ in the interview for CSE?

edited December 2015 in Interview Preparation
Mains exam is over now. Most of us are hopeful for getting interview call. Now this is the last stage of this devil exam. Just last strong punch and we can achieve our dream of IAS. We should not waste our time. Our goal should be to score more than 200 marks in interview. I know this is difficult goal. Lets discuss how to achieve this... plz share ur views.
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  • People plz share ur views
  • 200+ mentioned in the thread title will scare away anyone including me...better to make a thread for mock interview..
    Our survival instinct is our single greatest source of inspiration. - Dr. Mann
  • Don't speak a vague reply, honesty is the best policy.
  • U can't achieve 200. It's all abt luck. U can just be prepared. Aise marks ka soch k kabhi mat Jana. Ek question ka bhi rpl toh atke toh u will start thinking ki interview kharaab ho gaya. Normal jao. Apne daf ka har cheez dekho aur current ka pura.
    It is Job Hi Karwalo .. not Jo Bhi Karwalo.... mind it
  • TonyStark said:

    200+ mentioned in the thread title will scare away anyone including me...better to make a thread for mock interview..

    Nahi bhai.. isme darne wali koi baat nahi hai.. we should be clear in our mind regarding approach. See interview is now most important. Not every one are good in interview. We must know ingredients which leads to high score.
  • U can't achieve 200. It's all abt luck. U can just be prepared. Aise marks ka soch k kabhi mat Jana. Ek question ka bhi rpl toh atke toh u will start thinking ki interview kharaab ho gaya. Normal jao. Apne daf ka har cheez dekho aur current ka pura.

    ye toh har koi prepare karta hai......uske alawa bhi kuch batao......preparation toh karna hi padega warna luck factor alone cannot help....
    Our survival instinct is our single greatest source of inspiration. - Dr. Mann
  • Don't speak a vague reply, honesty is the best policy.

    But there are certain question in which u cant say that i dont know sir. In factual questions u can say i dont know but in basic questions u cant say.
  • U can't achieve 200. It's all abt luck. U can just be prepared. Aise marks ka soch k kabhi mat Jana. Ek question ka bhi rpl toh atke toh u will start thinking ki interview kharaab ho gaya. Normal jao. Apne daf ka har cheez dekho aur current ka pura.

    Yes i agree. But its not total luck. Tell is it only of personality or knowledge does matter in interview???
  • Its better to remove 200 thing and can use good/high or any other adjective
  • be truthful thats it :)
    intoxicated by the wine of love
  • A big smile, a plethora of knowledge and confidence to deliver......Simple :)
  • Bhai sach bolo aur Jo apki personality h usko board k samne rakh. Cool calm and compose raho. Jo pucha gya h sirf woh hi bolo chahe 2 word ka answer ho. Maine yeh hi kiya tha I got 204 in 2012.
  • pappubhai said:

    Bhai sach bolo aur Jo apki personality h usko board k samne rakh. Cool calm and compose raho. Jo pucha gya h sirf woh hi bolo chahe 2 word ka answer ho. Maine yeh hi kiya tha I got 204 in 2012.

    which board it was?
    Our survival instinct is our single greatest source of inspiration. - Dr. Mann
  • TonyStark said:

    pappubhai said:

    Bhai sach bolo aur Jo apki personality h usko board k samne rakh. Cool calm and compose raho. Jo pucha gya h sirf woh hi bolo chahe 2 word ka answer ho. Maine yeh hi kiya tha I got 204 in 2012.

    which board it was?
    does board makes any difference ? Pls reply.
  • Killwish said:

    be truthful thats it :)

    mains 1 , pre 1 ......tumko kaise pta....yna rascala....Rajni fan ho kya?
  • edited December 2015

    TonyStark said:

    pappubhai said:

    Bhai sach bolo aur Jo apki personality h usko board k samne rakh. Cool calm and compose raho. Jo pucha gya h sirf woh hi bolo chahe 2 word ka answer ho. Maine yeh hi kiya tha I got 204 in 2012.

    which board it was?
    does board makes any difference ? Pls reply.
    yes very much...dk dewan and alka sirohi board are the hated ones...david board is most lenient..kilemsungla board is also somewhat lenient but favors women more..
    ps: jst general opinion, some may not agree with it..
    Our survival instinct is our single greatest source of inspiration. - Dr. Mann
  • TonyStark said:

    TonyStark said:

    pappubhai said:

    Bhai sach bolo aur Jo apki personality h usko board k samne rakh. Cool calm and compose raho. Jo pucha gya h sirf woh hi bolo chahe 2 word ka answer ho. Maine yeh hi kiya tha I got 204 in 2012.

    which board it was?
    does board makes any difference ? Pls reply.
    yes very much...dk dewan and alka sirohi board are the hated ones...david board is most lenient..kilemsungla board is also somewhat lenient but favors women more..
    ps: jst general opinion, some may not agree with it..
    Then its very serious issue.....why some crazy old peoples are allowed to play games with aspirant's lives , its injustice. interview marks should be less than 150 not 225.
  • Also there should be more women members to offset leniency enjoyed by women candidates.
  • TonyStark said:

    TonyStark said:

    pappubhai said:

    Bhai sach bolo aur Jo apki personality h usko board k samne rakh. Cool calm and compose raho. Jo pucha gya h sirf woh hi bolo chahe 2 word ka answer ho. Maine yeh hi kiya tha I got 204 in 2012.

    which board it was?
    does board makes any difference ? Pls reply.
    yes very much...dk dewan and alka sirohi board are the hated ones...david board is most lenient..kilemsungla board is also somewhat lenient but favors women more..
    ps: jst general opinion, some may not agree with it..
    Then its very serious issue.....why some crazy old peoples are allowed to play games with aspirant's lives , its injustice. interview marks should be less than 150 not 225.
    pls dont make it as a emotional issue...we can't do anything nor should we protest but learn how to handle the situation....the difference in marks does not vary much.......But still the variation exists which often people call it as luck.
    Our survival instinct is our single greatest source of inspiration. - Dr. Mann
  • TonyStark said:

    TonyStark said:

    TonyStark said:

    pappubhai said:

    Bhai sach bolo aur Jo apki personality h usko board k samne rakh. Cool calm and compose raho. Jo pucha gya h sirf woh hi bolo chahe 2 word ka answer ho. Maine yeh hi kiya tha I got 204 in 2012.

    which board it was?
    does board makes any difference ? Pls reply.
    yes very much...dk dewan and alka sirohi board are the hated ones...david board is most lenient..kilemsungla board is also somewhat lenient but favors women more..
    ps: jst general opinion, some may not agree with it..
    Then its very serious issue.....why some crazy old peoples are allowed to play games with aspirant's lives , its injustice. interview marks should be less than 150 not 225.
    pls dont make it as a emotional issue...we can't do anything nor should we protest but learn how to handle the situation....the difference in marks does not vary much.......But still the variation exists which often people call it as luck.
    some people get 220 and some 100 only....in mains hardly topper maintains that much distance from others , this is not just luck. Either set a lower limit or decrease marks. Give some respect to 9 by 3 hrs. long mains. Thats what I am asking for, no protests though.
  • TonyStark said:

    pappubhai said:

    Bhai sach bolo aur Jo apki personality h usko board k samne rakh. Cool calm and compose raho. Jo pucha gya h sirf woh hi bolo chahe 2 word ka answer ho. Maine yeh hi kiya tha I got 204 in 2012.

    which board it was?
    Purushottam agarwal
  • recipe for 200+
    1. constant smile on your face.
    2. what ever you say , say with confidence as if you really believe in it.
    3. don't hesitate in saying " sorry sir, i don't know this answer"
    4. revise your GS and Optional before interview
    5. be aware about last 3 months current affairs
    6. look smart
    7. give mock interviews to remove anxiety

    ps: i had only point no. 1 with me in alka sirohi board and i got 179.
  • purushottam agarwal sir, is on fb friend list... he is a v nice man, sometimes we chat too... when he was in upsc , ppl were scared going to his board... but he used to give good marks.. one thing he told me was... board doesnt have mains marks with them
  • purushottam agarwal sir, is on fb friend list... he is a v nice man, sometimes we chat too... when he was in upsc , ppl were scared going to his board... but he used to give good marks.. one thing he told me was... board doesnt have mains marks with them

    everyone knows this. :) varna unki powers to bhagwan brabar ho jayein gi...
  • recipe for 200+
    1. constant smile on your face.
    2. what ever you say , say with confidence as if you really believe in it.
    3. don't hesitate in saying " sorry sir, i don't know this answer"
    4. revise your GS and Optional before interview
    5. be aware about last 3 months current affairs
    6. look smart
    7. give mock interviews to remove anxiety

    ps: i had only point no. 1 with me in alka sirohi board and i got 179.

    for 7th point what u hink about....alprazolam single dose 2 hrs before interview?
  • purushottam agarwal sir, is on fb friend list... he is a v nice man, sometimes we chat too... when he was in upsc , ppl were scared going to his board... but he used to give good marks.. one thing he told me was... board doesnt have mains marks with them

    everyone knows this. :) varna unki powers to bhagwan brabar ho jayein gi...
    no, i didnt know... so i asked him, and good they dont have...else they wud have decided everything
  • edited December 2015

    recipe for 200+
    1. constant smile on your face.
    2. what ever you say , say with confidence as if you really believe in it.
    3. don't hesitate in saying " sorry sir, i don't know this answer"
    4. revise your GS and Optional before interview
    5. be aware about last 3 months current affairs
    6. look smart
    7. give mock interviews to remove anxiety

    ps: i had only point no. 1 with me in alka sirohi board and i got 179.

    for 7th point what u hink about....alprazolam single dose 2 hrs before interview?

    Alprazolam mat khaa lena bhai us waqt :D ....Take propanolol 40mg....But do take some local doctor advice before taking it....Sometimes there can be few contraindications ...

    Zindagi me Mazein lena seekho,

    Waqt to tumhare Mazein leta hi rahega......
  • How did you prepare for the interview? Particularly college graduation subjects related questions?

    By Gaurav Agrawal

    First, would like to clarify the myth that UPSC interview is only of 275 marks i.e. 10-15%. The real weight of the interview is at least 40%. The reasons are: a) UPSC has developed a habit of giving very less marks in mains. This is a relative exam and only difference of marks between us and others matters. Naturally if low marks are given in written, then difference of marks from others which we can have by performing well in written will be less. b) Only candidates clearing mains can give interview. So whatever little difference in marks was there in mains gets reduced even further (as the difference in marks among the mains successful candidates would be less than the difference in the entire set). On the other hand, interview marks come only after this mains cutoff stage and there is a full range of marks given in interviews. So the difference in marks arising out of interview can be great leading to its increased effective weight.

    So neglect interview only at your own peril! And also unlike what many say interview is not purely ‘luck’ based. Barring few exceptional cases, most of the interviews contain questions 90% of which can be predicted and prepared well in advance! Wait for my blog post on interviews.

    Subject: College graduation subject (Computer Sc.) didn’t have much relevance for me as I had done a lot of things after college. So I had done only very basic preparation of IT – current happenings and some theoretical aspects. My main field was economics which was running through my entire DAF (in hobby, job related to eco, optional eco, MBA done in finance – most people relate finance with economics). And economics is a subject where unless we meet an economist in the panel, the interview would be on current economic issues only. So decided to skip the theoretical portions and prepare only the current macroeconomic issues. We were facing high inflation and low growth, stalled projects, land acquisition issues etc. And a new government was there. So it was natural to expect questions on it and so I prepared these issues. Since economics was my main area, so I had to speak like an economist. Nothing less was expected. So remembered some key data related to IIP, WPI, CPI, GDP numbers etc. Developed mind maps containing 6-7 points on Why high inflation and Why low growth. The thing is in such issues everybody knows everything, but I had to speak like an economist. So from the first sentence itself, my understanding should be visible. This is possible only when we prepare these questions beforehand and not think about them for the first time in the interview itself. I have these mind maps on paper, so will upload scanned images on my blog post so that readers can get a clearer idea of what I am talking about.

    Home state: Had prepared it last year as well, so this year mostly revised it and prepared some current issues (like refinery, jaipur metro, drug trafficking, socio economic scenario). Mostly internet based study particularly Wikipedia. For Rajput and modern history, read a book used in RAS history optional apart from internet.

    Home district: I was brought up in Jaipur so prepared a few aspects of Jaipur (tourism places, economic activities, present problems etc.). But I was born in Bharatpur. In the summary sheet, only place of birth comes, so preparing place of birth is more important than preparing ‘home’ district. I prepared Bharatpur history, economy, tourism places, Keoladeo park, Salim Ali, ornithology etc. Mostly Wikipedia based study.

    Job: I was trading financial derivatives at Citi. Most important thing for me was naturally financial crisis. I know a great deal about financial crisis naturally having seen it from the middle of it all, but when it comes to explaining it in 2-3 sentences, prior preparation is needed. So I prepared it and it was asked in the beginning questions itself last year. Then I also prepared history of Citi and its mergers, Salomon Brothers, John Meriwether, LTCM etc. Some preparation related to Vikram Pandit and Corbatt.

    IPS: Had to study a lot about this topic this year as it was completely new. Prepared police reforms (studied all commissions setup since British era, watched Aamir Khan’s show, read many articles on internet) then prepared mind maps of 5-6 points to speak on various possible questions on police and bureaucracy reforms. Basically in such topics everybody knows everything. What matters is how we speak in first 2-3 sentences. However, they couldn’t find out I was already into IPS (as it was there in the DAF but not summary sheet from where they were asking), so no questions asked. Will upload the scanned copies of these mind maps in my blogpost.

    Why IAS after IPS, IIM, IIT, Investment Banking: Spent a lot of time preparing this. Prepared it from all possible angles I could think. Came up with realistic answers. In both interviews, this was the first question asked.

    Other DAF things: Prepared everything mentioned in the DAF. Will cover these in the blog post where I will upload my DAF and cover each issue.

    Current affairs: Current affairs preparation for interview is different from preparation for mains. Basically people who are taking our interview are not preparing themselves. So they will only remember ‘masala’ news and not the boring committees and legislations etc. So have to cover masala news for interview and develop our own opinion on all such news items.
  • edited December 2015
    manocha sir had once said that its easy for anyone to get in 160-170 (out of 300 then) and any deviation from here is subject to once performance on interview day... getting above this number is purely related to your performance...no one will be able to guarantee that by doing certain things you will get 200+, one can only increase one's chances...

    so i feel first thing you should do is not take pressure of scoring 200+ in interview... and second thing is never be afraid of your "faults" (percieved) , actively confronting them and finding the way to make it look abberations is what one should aim for(though this will be helpful for your inner confidence more than a matter for interview board)

    i can only tell from my experience, i scored 192 in first interview and 165 in second one (though not 200+ but it did take some doing), i can say that in first one my mind was much free and imaginative hence the questions they were asking like eg definitions of honesty, integrity (this was in pre ethics paper era where definitions werent read or rattofied by candidates) which i could answer to the point... they did ask questions on hypothetical situations too..while in second one i was more under stress to score 190+ or get a rank, also personal life was taking a toll so mind wasnt free even though preparation was same as last time...

    so this is what i would suggest :
    1. read things as said in post above this one...focus on your DAF.

    2. prepare well for points where one percieves to be in trouble eg poor grad marks, failure, no "achievements" , why gap between degree and job etc because this is one area where they will try to put you in stress and try to wobble you. they are not looking for a perfect CV, all they look is how you handle stress. So please prepare for this.

    3. be thorough with home state, grad subject, optional, hobbies, etc

    4. be enthusiastic but calm.

    5. discuss things with your harshest critic because s/he is the one who will bring out your true emotions on your performance, and make you work harder.

    6. go for mocks but not a lot of them, variety would be helpful eg, im from maharashtra where mocks are held before interviews which have distinct focus on maharashtra issues and other aspects while in delhi i experienced they focussed mainly on hobbies, job and current affairs.

    7. LUCK will be a prime factor for sure which you cant do anything about, if u get some maniac for interview no one can help you. eg rajni razdan mam with all due respect ruined many good souls, one of them happened to be my friend who never got more than 105(still lucky in enough to be in service), his fault- he dint know data that she asked for, asking questions from manorama was quite common then. So you can only hope and pray that even if such board does come examiner is in a good mood on that day.

    8. And finally please enjoy the process of interview, this is not mains where one has to read 8 hours a day, 2-3 hours of preparation is enough ( starting point will vary, some may start after result some much before) but thought should be applied for everything and solution oriented thinking be given importance.
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