My IAS interview as it happened on 4th march 2013

As it happens, I was fortunate enough to appear for IAS interview 3rd time. I shared my 1st two experiences with you earlier.

CSE-2010 interview (165 marks)

CSE-2011 interview (171 marks)

Although I got selected both times, but interview marks were average both times. I was not sure how I will perform this time, as my interview was on 1st day and I was able to prepare only basic things. I was the last candidate to be interviewed by IMG Khan board. I am not satisfied with my interview this year. Let’s hope that Khan saheb thinks otherwise. You can read the detailed transcript below.

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My interview published on Indianofficers after IAS result

Chakresh Mishra, an IITian, writes on political issues, goes by the username “chakreshm” on Indianofficer.com forum and has cracked civil service exam 2011.
He agreed for an interview and has provided strategy for GS (Both Union Public Service Commission Preliminary Examination + Mains), Sociology and Public Administration.

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My IAS interview as it happened on 22th march 2012

Today I appeared for second UPSC interview of my life. Last year was an average performance for me (click here for 2011 interview), hence a scope for improvement was there. I was the first person to be called by P K Mishra board. I sat outside the interview room for almost 10 minutes, drank a glass of water. With heart pumping like anything I decided to think about Sachin Tendulkar’s century, just like harry potter used to do when he faced dementors, happy memories, you know. Finally the bell rang and below is what conspired in next 35 minutes. (cp: chair-person, m1, m2, m3, m4: members of board)

me: May I come in, sir.
cp: Yes, please come in.
me: Good morning ma’am, good morning sirs.
all: Good morning.
cp: Please take a seat.
me: Thank you sir (adjusted the chair a bit)
cp: Please make sure you are comfortable.
me: Thank you sir, I am comfortable. (smile)

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why IAS, because atlas can not shrug, not now, not ever

“Why do you want to be an IAS officer?”, I think it is the best time to answer as final result is coming in just a week and I will start lying if I get selected. I have heard this question atleast thousand times in last 4-5 years. And I answer by taking cue from famous english august, that is by telling whatever comes in my mind at that time. It may be as pathetic as “I want 25 crores in dowry” to as bizarre as “I want to be like dark knight – batman” to as high spirited as “I want to change the education system of India” to as funny as “I want to go to jail for being most corrupt officer in history” to as ambitious as “I want to be PM of India someday and this is the path I have chosen” to as mundane as “It is just a good job and I dont have anything else to do.” I hope you get the picture that I lie recklessly and answer depending on situation. But what is the real answer? What pushes a lazy engineer towards a life of constant trouble, I am going to explain it now.

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My IAS interview as it happened on 24th march 2011

It was board of Shashi Uban Tripathi. I was second last candidate to be called on date. It went on for around 25 minutes. Finally I got 165/300 marks on this interview.

me: may i come in ma’am
cp: please come in
(I walk in)
me: good afternoon ma’am, good afternoon sirs
cp: good afternoon, have a seat
me: thank you ma’am

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