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General Do’s and Don’ts for the personality test


  • The board members are usually very senior and learned people, so give utmost respect to the board.
  • Speak honestly, truthfully and modestly.
  • Never make an attempt to present a made-up appearance or politically correct answers.
  • If you are taking an extreme view, you should also be able to justify the same.
  • Take tea or coffee, if any member offers the same to you. This will show you are relaxed and it will also help in lightening and relaxing further proceedings and give them an informal touch.
  • Don’t criticize any government policies or even individuals.
  • Take a good night’s sleep. A good, sound sleep will keep you refreshed, cheerful and relaxed. Otherwise you will have a fuzzy head and you will have a confused personality. You will neither be able to grasp questions correctly, nor be able to think clearly.
  • At times, the Board members might pile pressure upon you. Do not panic – it is a strategy aimed at gauging the point till which you can maintain your cool under pressure and can think originally even in tense situations.
  • Form your views on the subjects in a logical and rational manner supported by data whenever necessary.
  • To be in touch with the latest happenings/events – nationally and internationally, candidates should read magazines and newspapers, watch current affairs-based television programmes. Refer to our site for latest current affairs.
  • Assume that all questions are asked with a good reason and answer them accordingly.
  • Do not entertain any rumors regarding the integrity of the board. The interviews are of the top class and the marks awarded are also proportional to what the candidate deserves. The rumors are, mainly spread by people who do not clear the exam. 
  • Instead of criticizing others, it is better to introspect and make efforts to develop one’s personality. So, go to the interview with utmost respect for the board and confidence in their integrity. Put your best performance on that day.
  • Avoid conversational cliches, like: 'as you know', 'that's correct', 'of course', 'indeed', 'obviously', etc.
  • Avoid technical jargon. However, if a member continues to probe you in any technical field, you can use technical expressions.
  • Maintain a cheerful disposition. Now and then you can appear serious; but most of the time keep smiling or look cheerful and composed. 
  • One caution here: if the board laughs, you should only smile. It is only when you maintain some amount of distance that the board begins to wonder about the depth of your personality.
  • Do not give long introductions. Come straight to the heart of the matter.
  • Show human concern whenever possible in your answers.
  • You should be logically consistent and analyse things rationally while talking.
  • You are supposed to defend what you say, but with due respect to the views of the board. 
  • Stop trying to defend an answer if it becomes difficult to do so logically and fairly.
  • Do not make hasty or sweeping generalizations.


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