Tips for KVPY Interview Round(Stage II)

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Important Tips

  • The most important point to keep in mind related to KVPY Interview test that it is a test not of the academic knowledge but of the overall personality of the candidate.
  • Interview concentrates more on an individual’s soft skill rather than theoretical knowledge. Good communication and self-confidence is important factor for the selection of a candidate in interview.
  • Interview is not always a question-answer session and the panel members look for the aspect of personality that concerns them.
  • It is not necessary that you know the answer to every question of the interviewer, but you should be able to speak frankly with politeness and cheerfulness.
  • Always remember that Interview is not a cross examination but a natural, purposeful conversation.
  • Personality is a thing which you carry with yourself. It is not formed in a day. It evolves and changes every day.

Mock Practice

  • Candidate should form a group of 4-5 people, as the personality test cannot be done in isolation. It is better to practice for interview in a group rather than by yourself.  Practice more and more. Ask your group members to create adverse conditions for you so that you know how much pressure you can handle at the time of interview.

Dressing Up

  • Dressing is a major area where you need to focus as your dressing reflects many things about you. Your dress should be chosen according to the weather conditions that are prevailing at that point of time. Do not wear new or newly stitched clothes, as they make you conscious about your look and makes you feel uncomfortable. Light colours should be preferred. White colour is a good choice.
  • Men should prefer to wear light coloured shirt and a dark trouser with a tie (if weather permits). Women appear best in a saree or salwar/kameez.
  • Pay attention to the minute details such as your clothes should be ironed, shoes polished, hair accessories, trimmed nails etc. Wear comfortable and well-polished footwear like black or brown leather shoes.
  • Your hair shouldn’t be falling on your face as this causes irritation to you as well as the interviewer.
  • Do not wear anything that connects you with a religious or political group.
  • Avoid using heavy perfume/deodorants.
  • In case you have a running nose or have cold/cough, carry a handkerchief, or tissue paper.
  • Do not take unnecessary medicines to have a sound sleep, the night before the interview. This may affect your level of alertness during the interview.
  • Have a light meal on the day of the Personality Test. Avoid going without eating or over-eating.
  • First impression is often the best impression. So create a positive, good impression within the first few minutes of the interview.


  • Arrive 20 – 30 minutes early. After reaching there, get relax.
  • While waiting for your turn in the waiting area, do not let your mind be equipped with thoughts of future suppositions. Be calm.
  • Take deep breaths closing your eyes. This will help your breathing pace go down and thereby relax the thoughts that are pouring in.
  • Knock the door before you enter the interview room. It indicates basic courtesy.
  • On entering the room, greet all the members cordially. Do not sit down on the seat unless asked to.
  • If there is a lady member in the interview board, greet her first. Keep aware of your body language when you are getting seated.
  • At the time of interview, men should keep the feet horizontal touching the floor, knees at waist level, and hands on thighs. The elbows should be kept on the armchair.
  • Women may cross ankles or legs, but should take care that the bottom leg is straight down and is not swinging over the top leg. Elbows should be positioned on the arms of the chair. In both cases, take care that you do not lock hands.
  • At the end of the Personality test, thank all the panel members one last time with a cheerful face. While leaving the room, keep your body posture straight.
  • Communicate with the interviewer as the interview is a two-way process.
  • Do not try to be what you are not. Be yourself. Do not be artificial. Be truthful, transparent and honest.
  • The object of the interview is to assess the suitability of the aspirant/candidate for a career in public service.
  • Your background and details help interviewers to form an opinion about you. The questions posed to you in the-Personality Test are based on this.
  • The interviewers may not express anything even if you have answered very well. Don’t get upset.

At the time of Interview

  • In a personality test, what is of importance is how you say what you say. It is the style of presentation that matters.
  • It is the time of 25 – 30 minutes which you have got. Remember you have to present your best within this time.
  • Be attentive and listen to each question carefully. Do not interrupt in between during the question as it may unnecessarily waste your time. You may seek clarification politely after you have been asked, if there is any confusion.
  • Take your time to answer. Do not rush away with your answers. This shows your impatience and nervousness. Pause a while before answering, even if you know the answer.
  • At times, you will be given situations wherein you will be required to take a decision. These situations are given so as your decision-making ability in the adverse conditions can be tested. Try a balance the decision from viewpoint of all stakeholders.
  • Your replies should be crisp and to the point. Do not try to elaborate answers by repeating the same thing in different manner.
  • Maintain a gentle smile during the interview. But it shouldn’t be too much. Wherever possible use your sense of humour judiciously.

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