Civil Services (UPSC) Interview Questions

UPSC IAS Interview Questions

Interviewer: There is one scooter It has 2 tyres and one stepni (spare tyre). Each tyre can run 5 km How long a scooter can run?
Candidate: 3 tyres, each can run 5 km = total 15 km. However, at any time, you need 2 tyres. Hence, the total maximum distance that can be covered = 15/2 = 7.5 km. To achieve the maximum distance. Let the 3 tyres be A, B and C.
Run on A and B for 2.5 km (remaining: A = 2.5, B = 2.5, C = 5)
Run on B and C for 2.5 km (remaining: A = 2.5, B = 0, C = 2.5)
Run on A and C for 2.5 km (remaining: A = 0, B = 0, C = 0)


Interviewer: Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday or Sunday?
Candidate: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.


Interviewer: Fill this cup with the water.
Candidate: Poured some water into a cup and it overflowed slightly.
Interviewer: “nervous”?
Candidate: “No sir, I always give my 110%”.

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Interviewer: How is it easy to weigh a fish?
Candidate: Because it has its own scales.


Interviewer: You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night, it’s raining heavily, when suddenly you pass by a bus stop, and you see 3 people waiting for a bus:

  1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
  2. An old friend who once saved your life.
  3. The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.
Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing very well that there could only be one passenger in your car?

This was a hypothetical scenario created that was once actually used as part of a job application. You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first; or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back. However, you may never be able to find your perfect mate again. The candidate who was selected had no trouble coming up with his answer. Guess what his answer was?

Candidate: I would give the car keys to my old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams.


Finally, few tips for aspirants appearing for UPSC Interview

  • Interview is unpredictable and clearly some luck is involved.
  • Your attire is irrelevant as long as you are neatly dressed.
  • They may be looking for some key words and specific points in your answers and they will reward you plentifully if they get it from your mouth.
  • Be confident. Take mock sessions. Dress neatly. Forget about how you did the exam and do your best!