Candidates who are going to select as per expected cutoff marks for the personality test are usually 3.0 times, the candidates who appeared for the main exam. This depends on the vacancy, notified in the BPSC advertisement. The maximum marks for interview are 100. A score over 80 is considered a high score.
Interview according to BPSC is described to be a test of candidate’s overall personality which includes analytical ability, lateral thinking, logical decision making etc. The objective of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, the balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
The board usually consists of 4 people. The chairperson begins with the questions and will guide the other members to continue the interview.
The duration of the interview is typically 20 minutes +/- 5 minutes. The range of questions will include questions on the hobby and their practical application, why he/she wishes to join the BPSC, candidate’s opinion on current/historic issues, knowledge about candidate’s education, optional subject, issues of the state candidate belongs to, international relations, current affairs etc. They may also provide situation based question and seek the candidates’ opinion/response on the same.
This program consists of 10 online classes, 2 Mock interviews and a personal sitting session.