Book: All About IAS Interview
Author: K. Siddhartha & Vedant Ojha
Publisher: Kitab Mahal
Genre: Non-fiction, competitive exam books
Ideal for: UPSC aspirants
Not many days we get to review such books which are not meant for the casual or the ardent fiction readers. This book, which I got to see randomly in a bookstore, caught my attention because I am myself an IAS aspirant and it has always been my passion since the time I completed my higher secondary education in the year 2014. I have always been fascinated towards this career and I very well know how difficult it is. Nevertheless, with such books like All About IAS Interview out there, it certainly becomes easy for the aspirants to make their strategies and work on those.
This book that we are discussing here has all the essential elements which make it a worthy deal. What does an IAS aspirant need? Motivation, guidance, logical lessons and a feels-like-real environment when it comes to the interviews. In this book by K. Siddhartha, they will find all these elements incumbent. Let me tell the readers that the book is divided into 6 major or main sections and all these sections have many pieces of segments which will offer a variety of content to the readers of this book.
I have given special attention to each of these sections and I can say with conviction that all of them are sufficiently worked and detailed. The aspirants of UPSC examination will certainly have the advantage once they get this book. For example, if you explore the Questions section (Question Bank: Their Field & Dimensions), you will find for yourself that the section contains important questions, series of questions and also the boxed content, “Lead Answers” and sometimes general answers. This section will be very useful for those who are the first-timers and also for those who have already been to that stage – the IAS interview.
Similarly, the section with a focus on issues and their analysis is also very important and critical from the interview point of view. In this section, the authors have tried to keep their attention on the important issues which are being faced by us in the country as well as some of the global issues. In this section, you will find probable questions which can be raised by the interviewers from these particular issues and believe me, it’s vast and very well covered in the book!
And at the end, you have the sections for mock interview or sample interviews, as well as the last two pages, have some valuable information and tips. The tips on the last two pages – you will really love those! “Build social capital,” “speak correct language,” “engage thoughts, despite not agreeing with it.”
To conclude, as a civil service aspirant myself, I will certainly say that the book is a real deal for the students who are just thinking about preparing for IAS and all those who have been doing it already and all those who have already appeared for the PT this year… All About IAS Interview is the most complete book that I have seen in the recent years on interviews at the biggest stage of any competitive exam in India. You NEED to HAVE this book right away!
Get this book from the Amazon link below and you will thank me later, I know! 🙂
review by Amit Raj for IBC