Every year, aspirants belonging to different backgrounds and cultures give the UPSC examination. Every candidate who appears, face the dilemma that comes in the mask of language opted for the exam. It is one of the most crucial decisions that a candidate has to make since it impacts their overall score.
However, there have been cases in the past where aspirants opted for a regional language other than Hindi and English. It should be highlighted that those candidates not only gave the interview in their selected language. But also cracked the IAS examination with flying colors. Even the Indian constitution allows for the same. The 8th schedule of the Indian Constitution states that the aspirants can give the Interview in English or any other regional language. It is not necessary for the candidate to give the UPSC interview in the language they chose for their written exams.
We have prepared this article to remove the language-related dilemma stuck in the minds of our aspirants every time they think of the IAS interview.
Is English really Important for an IAS/IPS officer?
The UPSC aspirants should remove all notions regarding the language they might have to learn for duty. It should be noticed that this is something they should focus upon only after clearing the IAS exam. The UPSC achievers at LSBNAA are trained in the language that is followed in his/her unit cadre. This time period is enough to learn a new language altogether.
Moreover, while training, the OTs learn the language of the local region. This not only helps the OTs to learn a new language but it also serves the entire purpose of communication. The UPSC council clearly states that the candidates are required to learn English only when they are placed in the Central deputation. Therefore, English does not really play an important role.
However, in the 21st century, everybody understands the predominance of English. English serves as a universal language accepted worldwide. Therefore, the candidate should focus upon learning this language, not during the IAS preparation but from the start of the education cycle. Even if the aspirant could not do it, it is never too late for anything.
Which language to choose for the UPSC Interview round?
As mentioned above, the aspirants can give the UPSC Interview round in any language they choose. It can be Hindi, English, or any other native language of the person. The Interview round assesses the personality of the individual, not the command over a language. The part that the Interview Panel might not understand the language chosen by them makes the candidate worry about the interview. To make things clearer and sound, the UPSC council appoints the language interpreters who help out the candidates.
In the end, there might be the risk of not completely deriving the meaning of what the candidate had in mind. But it is the testing of an individual’s personality, views, and ideas and not the language loopholes.
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The experts always suggest going with the language that the candidate is comfortable with, instead, of using a medium where he/she stumbles on the path. The aspirants can put forth their points in any language they want.
In fact, there are many IAS toppers who chose their native language and cracked the IAS interview. Gaurav Singh Sogarwal (AIR 46th) and Anirudh Singh (AIR 146th) gave the interview in Hindi and broke all the language.
There can be ‘x’ number of reasons for an aspirant to delay his success. However, giving excuses regarding a language not known will only hinder the whole process. Therefore, set out in the field and learn before it’s late.
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