How To Clear The UPSC Medical Officer Interview

By Malavikka S

Attending a UPSC interview is an honour by itself. It means that you have fared better than lakhs of other candidates in the exam. Congratulations on that! Now, the interview process will be held to assess your personality more than your subject knowledge. So ideally, your preparation must majorly cover the aspects pertaining to your soft skills. Here are some commonly asked interview questions and preparation tips for the UPSC homeopathy interview. Check them out and rock your interview, you are certain to get selected. All the best! Click here  to check out the interview details.

Dress Like A Medical Professional

The first factor on which you will be judged is your dressing sense. So be smart enough to dress for the job you want. Here are some pointers to remember while dressing up. The mark of a medical professional is being appealing to the patients and yet not too attractive. So, keep that in mind while getting ready.

  • Do not use loud colours. Keep it subtle. Stick to light blue, rose or yellow. If you are a male, wear a plain shirt. If you are a female, stick to a saree or a plain, formal shirt.
  • You may use deodorants but avoid strong colognes.
  • Have kempt hair. Do not let it loose. Comb it neatly and wear it as a bun in case it is long.

Also Read: How To Dress Up For A Job Interview



Your Tone And Language Counts

There are different tones and language dictions that different professionals require. For instance, an army personnel's tone must be firm and loud. The language must be sharp and clear for others to get commands right at one go. Similarly, a medical professional must be polite, firm and gentle with their tone. The language must be simple and effective. The way you explain questions speaks about the way you could handle patients.

Some Core Topics And Questions

Expect questions commonly from gynaecology, obstetrics, pediatrics and homeopathy-related subjects. Your presence of mind can be tested through questions such as:

  • How would you handle emergency cases?
  • What would you do when you are unable to diagnose the cause for an ailment? Would you still treat the patient?
  • A patient with acute illness has come to meet you on one hand and on another hand, a politician and two doctors have come to meet you. Whom will you prioritise and why?


Display Poise

Being a doctor means keeping your calm even when there is a difficult situation. The way you could handle any given situation will be tested based on the posture and confidence you have during the interview. Do not fidget with your hands lest you might appear tensed. Keep calm, it is okay to take a minute or two to think but do not panic. Show a matured behaviour through your body language and answers to assure that you are capable of handling many patients.

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Listen More

As a doctor, you must be all ears to first listen and then observe a patient and not jump into the assumed necessary treatment. When you keep your ears and mind open to all that is said, you will be able to arrive at a more accurate diagnosis. Do not cut a conversation in the middle to answer or express your views. Although you might seem confident at that point, listening more will elevate your points during the evaluation.

Avoid Overconfidence

While formally greeting the interviewers as soon as you enter the room would be appreciated, do not show over enthusiasm that can be mistaken for overconfidence. If you do not know the answer to a question, a 'sorry' would be received better than a wrong answer as you will not be excused for wrong clinical judgement towards patients as a doctor. But, admitting that you do not know something can help you to either redirect the patient or seek an expert's advice and then confidently go on with the treatment. Hence, the way you answer will be used to judge your attitude too.

Also Read: 10 Frequently Asked Interview Questions And How To Answer Them Impressively


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