मंगलवार, 30 मार्च 2010


Dear Friends,

In this post, I would like to discuss the importance of hobbies for your interview. Let me tell you one thing, that sometimes your hobby section may be deciding factor of your interview.

For example, I am telling you about my interview experience in 2008. I had given 7 hobbies in my interview form namely, Diary writing, Poetry, Meditation, Inspiring others, Social Service, Enjoying  company of Nature and participating in debates. My interview begin with my Hobby and the last question was also on hobby. Questions on hobby formed one third of my interview. And, for my Interview, I got 210 marks, quite good for a first timer.

Parveen Talha was chairperson. She started with the question that what you write in your diary? I gave a small but complete reply. Then she asked me to name one famous diary. Initially, I started with diaries of Hindi Writers but she interrupted me and said that tell me about  any world famous diary. Suddenly, I remembered Anne Frank's Diary and I named it. I think that madom was also thinking about the same book. So, there was broad simle on her face. Then she asked me 4-5 questions regarding this Diary like who wrote it, where, how etc. Fortunately, I had read this Book in 2006 so I gave satisfactory answers to those questions.

Then madom turned to my next Hobby and told me that You write poems. Recite 4 lines of your poem. I boldly said that I would like to share my full poem because in 4 lines, the board would not be able to make out any sense.  Madom gave her permission with smile. Then I recited one of my Hindi Poem "Majboori ka Naam Mahatma Gandhi". I am giving this poem below-

मज़बूरी का नाम महात्मा गाँधी

पता नही कब से मज़बूरी का

नाम महात्मा गाँधी है

हर मुश्किल में हर बेबस की

ढाल महात्मा गाँधी है.

अक्सर इस जुमले को सुनते-

सुनते मन में आता है -

गाँधी जी का मज़बूरी से

ऐसा भी क्या नाता है?

ऑफिस की दीवारों पर

गाँधी की फोटो टंगी-टंगी

बाबुओं का घूस मांगना

देखा करती घडी- घडी.

चौराहों- मैदानों में

बापू की प्रतिमा खड़ी- खड़ी

नेताओं के झूठे वादे

सुनती विवश हो घडी-घडी .

गाँधी का चरखा, गाँधी की

खड़ी आज अतीत हुई,

गाँधी के घर में ही देखो

गोडसे की जीत हुई.

गाँधी जी की हिन्दुस्तानी

पड़ी आज भी कोने में,

गाँधी के प्यारे गांवों में

कमी न आयी रोने में.

नोटों पर छप, छुपकर गाँधी

सब कुछ देखा करते हैं

हर कुकर्म का, अपराधों का

मन में लेखा करते हैं.

गाँधी भारत का बापू था,

इंडिया में उसका काम नही,

मज़बूरी के सिवा यहाँ होठों पर

गाँधी नाम नही.

इतना कुछ गुन-कह-सुन मैंने

बात गांठ यह बंधी है-

गाँधी होने की मज़बूरी का ही

नाम महात्मा गाँधी है.

When I was reciting this poem, there was pin-drop-silence in the Interview room and all members were listening to it very sincerely. When I finished this Poem, Parveen Talha  took one link from this poem and came to corruption in government offices. She asked me that you know the reality, even then why you want to become part of this system. I replied with smile that I want to clean the system. Then she asked-how? I gave a detailed answer for that.

After that, there were some questions regarding the District where I was working, about International relations(My one optional was Political science) about Development scenario in India, about Indian Freedom struggle etc.  In the end, final question was on Hobby again. One board member asked that you have written Social Service as your hobby. Could you explain that how social service is your hobby?
I was associated with one Grass-root NGO named Titli in Birbhoom, W.B. This NGO works for educating Child labours and children of sex workers. I told them about my experiences in working with this NGO and they were very moved by this. Again one member asked that How will you continue this hobby once you come into this service. I told them if a administrator takes care of efficient and honest implementation of all the Government welfare projects, that will be the greatest social service. They were fully satisfied and agree.

I would like to share experience of one of my batchmates who socred highest marks in interview in 2008 IAS examination, Lalita Lakshmi. She is a gifted singer and has good knowledge of classical music. In her previous interviews, she gave classical music as her hobby. So, normally board went for questions regarding classical music, its masters etc. Then, she gave SINGING as her hobby. Chairperson was Balaguruswami. They asked her to sing. She sang one Song written by great Tamil Poet Subhramanyam Bharti in Tamil. She scored 249 and her hobby played its part in it.

So, I suggest all candidates that prepare about the hobbies you have written in interview forms very sincerely. You should be clear about that what is this hobby, if any other famous person has this hobby, how you will continue your hobby in future, how your hobby benefitting you. Prepare all possible questions regarding your hobby and their possible answers. Remember that when u r talking about your hobby, there should be happiness and relaxation on your face.

If you have any specific doubts, let me know. I would try my best to give meaningful suggestions.
Best of Luck.

21 टिप्‍पणियां:

  1. Sir,
    First of all THANK YOU for your initiative and heartiest well wishes for your future.
    We havent seen any new articles by you for quite a long time.Are you busy?Even then,we request you to give some of your valuable time to this blog.
    I am a B.Tech student (3rd year) and I will be sitting in CSE-2012.I am thinking of taking Hindi as second optional.I love reading Hindi Literature and also like writing poems in Hindi (Your poem on Gandhiji was inspiring :)).
    But,I am not well versed with Hindi Grammar and especially Pingleshastra in Hindi Literature(however I am not even a complete naive for the field).Sir,What do you suggest?
    Sir,I look forward to you as my role model and a guide too.
    With regards.

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  2. Dr Nicks, thanks a lot for liking my poem.

    Divya ji,I was a little bit busy due to My District and Phase II training. I will write regularly again for guidance of students.
    As far as Hindi literature is concerned, there is no need of knowing Pingalshashtra and such complex thing. Its syllabus is quite interesting. For Hindi language part, you can prepare throgh IGNOU MA Book(Hindi Bhasha or Sahitya ka itihas) and two books on Hindi bhasha by Gopal Ray and Hardev Bahri. I'll write a detailed article on this soon.
    I suggest you to see Hindi syllabus and question bank on Upsc.gov.in
    That will give u basic introduction of the subject.
    Best of luck.

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  3. Sir
    Thank you for paying attention towards my query.
    I have started with MA books,as directed by you.Really the syllabus is quite interesting.:)
    Looking forward eagerly for the promised article by you.
    With regards.

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  4. Sir
    One more query.In syllabus mentioned for Hindi there is a topic "Grammatical Structure of Standard Hindi" in Paper-1 Section A.
    What does this part cover?
    I mean, do I need to cover the topic of "Shabdon ke Roop Vichar"- nouns,pronouns,verbs,adverbs,their forms,etc.
    Do I need to minutely cover them?
    I know well enough about varna vichar-swar,vyanjan,unke vargikaran,etc.
    With regards.

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  5. THis chapter is just indicative of the basic structure of Hindi. You can cover it through book by Hardev Bahri-Hindi Bhasha.

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  7. sir namaste ,
    aap ne aspirants ko apni matr bahsha k prti jagurak hone ka jo pryas kiya he vo bilkul prshnsniye he ,
    sir me B.tech 2nd year ka student hu , brach computer science , sir hindi basha ke prti mera bahut lgav he islie me hindi madyam se civil service exam dena chata hu , prntu kuch logo ka kehna h ki is exam me hindi madyam se safal hona difficult in comparison to english , lekin i think that in essay hm apni matr basha me vichat zaada ache se kiya ja skata (u & ur frnd r example),

    Q1:-sir agar me hindi medium se paper du to definitely iska grramitical approach ana chaie , so kya me us k lie koi coaching Ya guidance lu (as i m in 2nd yr to abhi mere pass time h)or there is another way out ?If yes then what it will be to make my writting skills in hindi perfect?
    Q2:- sociology & philosophy , these r my optionals , kya hindi me inpe enough books h?
    or i should think about another optional(geography , public administration ye 2 mere choice me h, but i want optionals jo personality improvrment k saath , GS mains , essay & interview me bhi help kre)?

    Sir , 1 important thing i m also not keen to join any coaching institute , self study is best.
    Sir, looking forward for ur giudance as i m rely inspired by ur genuine personality , and want to have teacher and guide like you , so that i may become a person with balanced thought and genuine personality traits.
    With regards
    vipul(aapka shihy)

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  8. sir, im going to give interview if up pcs 2009... my hobbies are diary writing, listening film songs and walking.. so what kind of question can be asked and give me tips for my interview.... do they ask questions on our optionals and academic subjects? tkanku

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  9. Sir,
    Agar interview ka medium hindi ho
    to interview me english bolna allowed hota hai ya nahi?
    like Good morning sir! Thank you sir! or any common word, etc...

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    1. राज, जिस अभिव्यक्ति के लिए हिंदी में उपयुक्त शब्द नहीं है, उसमे आप अंग्रेजी के प्रचलित शब्दों का प्रयोग कर सकते हैं | उदहारण के लिए गुड मोर्निंग की जगह आप नमस्कार का, थैंक यू की जगह धन्यवाद शब्द का प्रयोग करे तो ज्यादा उचित होगा |
      अंग्रेजी शब्दों के प्रयोग का एक खतरा है की बोर्ड जान बूझकर आपके अंग्रेजी के प्रयोग को जांचने के लिए एक दो सवाल अंग्रेजी में कर दे सकता है | अगर आप वहां पे हिचके तो थोड़ी मुश्किल है | अगर आप हिंदी और अंग्रेजी दोनों में प्रवीण है तो कोई बात नहीं |

  10. Sir , please answer my one question, i have done my graduation in english,schooling from cbse, but this year there was choice to opt interview medium as hindi, and i opted that since i my english speaking is not that well now the problem is since my background is english medium so if they persist me to speak in SHUDDH hindi than i will be totally helpless as neither my hindi is that good but i can speak in hindenglish with mainly hindi i am from up, so kindly help me out , i am expecting interview call

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    1. विकास, आप मुझे ये जानकारी दे की आपने मुख्य परीक्षा हिंदी माध्यम से दी है ये अंग्रेजी माध्यम से | अगर आपने मुख्य परीक्षा हिंदी माध्यम से दी है तो आप अपना साक्षात्कार हिंदी भाषा में आराम से दे सकते हैं | आपकी भाषा सरल हिंदी होनी चाहिए | आप मानक के तौर पर बीबीसी हिंदी की भाषा को देख सकते है | अंग्रेजी के कुछ प्रचलित शब्दों का प्रयोग चलेगा | अगर आप अभी दो-तीन महीने मेहनत करते है तो आप अपनी भाषा की कमियों को दूर कर सकते हैं| टीवी पर अच्छे न्यूज़ चैनल के डिबेट्स को सुने, बीबीसी हिंदी को नियमित रूप से सुने और छद्म साक्षात्कार की ढेर सारी प्रक्टिस करे |
      शुभकामनाएँ |

  11. sir mae ias ki taeyari karna chata hon iski taeyari kaese ki jaye

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  12. भैया आपने यह इंटरव्यू हिंदी में दिया था या अंग्रेजी में ?
    यदि हिंदी में दिया था तो क्या इंटरव्यू बोर्ड की ओर से अंग्रेजी में प्रश्न पूछे गए थे ?? या आपको अंग्रेजी बोलने पर बाध्य किया गया था?

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