How to face PSC UPSC Homeopathy Medical Officer Interview

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“The interview for the personality test will be intended to serve as a supplement to the written examination for testing the general knowledge and ability of candidates in the fields of their academic study and also in the nature of a personality test to assess the candidate’s intellectual curiosity, critical powers of assimilation, balance of judgment, and alertness of mind, ability for social cohesion, integrity of character, initiative, and capability for leadership.” UPSC dictum

“Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion you must set yourself on fire”

Hi friends we are in the last lap of the race –stage of interview. Facing the interview is one of the biggest hurdle in the road to success. Unless and until you have a proper strategy you can’t come of with flying colours in the interview . Face the interview with a cautious optimism. As the saying goes Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

Remember that there is no magic formula for success in an interview. Good preparation, judicious application of common sense and self-confidence are the key factors that will help us in an interview.

Interview is not an abominable cross examination but it is more like a personality assessment. The board consists 3 members including PSC representative, subject experts and representative of the department of homoeopathy. Interview generally lasts for 10-20 minutes. Be present at the venue of interview in time.

Dress up neatly and decently appropriate to the occasion.
Ensure that you are carrying call letter, certificates and other documents as demanded by UPSC. Keep all your certificates in the folder in proper order (First matriculation then +2 like that so that if the board ask you to show a particular certificate you can show it with no panic.).

If you have any published work or any thesis work carry a copy of that with you. (Remember you may get few questions about your thesis so read it before interview and make a thorough idea on the topic). Report at the reception and after verifying your certificates from there you will be taken to the waiting room. You will be given a biodata form fill it carefully. From there officials will be verifying your documents. Latter you will be taken to the interview hall when your turn comes.

We should be at the interview venue at least half-an-hour before the scheduled time. A candidate who is not punctual even for his job interview, paints a hopeless picture of himself. If the venue is in an unfamiliar place, do reach there the previous day and get to know the route/local railway station/bus number or other relevant information.

Making a Great First Impression!
It takes just a quick glance, maybe three seconds, for someone to evaluate you when you meet for the first time. In this short time, the other person forms an opinion about you based on your appearance, your body language, your demeanor, your mannerisms, and how you are dressed.

These first impression can be nearly impossible to reverse or undo, making those first encounters extremely important, for they set the tone for the all the relationships that follows. You will never get a second chance for first impression.

Do’s and Dont’s

A) Enter the hall only after your name is called and Enter the hall with a beaming face after taking permission from interview board
B) Wish the board with a charming smile. If interview board members contains both male and female members wish as “Good morning madams and Sirs”
C) Take your seat only after the board ask you to do so. Express thanks and sit comfortably.
D) Never keep your folders on the table unless and until the board ask you to do so.
E) Never go for arguments with board
F) If you don’t know the answer tell sorry I don’t know sir.
G) Listen carefully to the questions and if any question is not clear tell politely to repeat the question.
H) Keep eye contact with all board members while answering even though one member asked the question.
I) If the board complement you for an answer express thanks.
J) Be honest and never try to bluff the board
K) Read that day’s newspaper and look any relevant news regarding health sector is there.
L) Once interview is finished leave the hall after expressing thanks to the board.

Dress Code
A casual or indifferent style is not desirable. As we enter the interview room, the members should feel that we are taking the test seriously.

Dazzling costumes, large checks and gaudy colours in general should be avoided. Imagine for a moment what impression a candidate who wears dark goggles and a dark dress would create. Conventional dressing in light colour shirts and dark trousers is fine.

Wearing a tie or a suit should not be your first experience in life, since you will feel uncomfortable in such a situation. If you are not used to such a costume, never hesitate to practise before wearing it to the interview. Comb your hair well. Button your shirt properly. Shave your face in the morning, unless you sport a regular beard.

Women should avoid very tight clothing, plunging necklines or other revealing clothes, heavy ornaments and strong perfumes. If you are wearing salwar-kameez, do take care to secure the dupatta with pins. Long hair should be secured well.

A pleasant look and a pleasing smile will certainly help to make a good first impression. Neatness of the body and dress is important. Fingernails should be trimmed and free from dirt.

There are some frequently asked questions (faqs) in every interview. The first few questions will Be based on your biodata. The interview begins like a friendly chat. You should expect questions about Your name,(e.g. a candidate house name is Anjana should expect a question about the mythological character Anjana who is the mother of god Hanuman. A candidate whose name is Vijay should know that Vijay is synonym of Arjun and also about well known football player I.M.Vijayan) educational background, institution you studied (e.g., a student who passed out from JSPS college Hyderabad should know that JSPS stand for Jaysoorya and Pottysreeramalu and who were they) previous job (if any), present job and basic details (population, health related Statistics ) about your home state and all.

You should be prepared to answer many questions about your present Job and why are you looking for a new job. If you are a postgraduate, they will ask a question ‘Why you are opting this, it is better to opt education department?”  You can expect questions regarding epidemics prevailing at present like dengue, chikungunya fever etc. You should have a very clear understanding about these diseases and what you can offer as a homoeopath in managing it.

General Knowledge

There could be questions of general nature even in interviews for technical jobs. The objective of asking such questions is not the assessment of the candidate’s precise knowledge in these areas, but confirmation of his intellectual curiosity and interest in what happens around him, which is an indicator of his total personality. You can expect few questions based on the bio data you had submitted at the time of certificate verification.

Gordian knot.
Generally in all interviews some difficult questions will be asked. Face the question with confidence and try to answer if you don’t know the answer admit it. Even if you were not able to answer a question don’t be disheartened and lose confidence. Try to prepare some rare question also.

SUBJECT Questions
After first few minutes you can expect questions from subject .Generally if you are practicing homoeopath they may ask about the cases that you see in your clinic and how you manage it.

Maximum questions are asked from clinical subjects. Read thoroughly medicine, gynecology, surgery, materia medica and organon.

Must thorough with Allen’s Key notes, Basic Organon and detailed questions on homeopathic pharmacy – like dose , potency, prescription , GMP certificate, details about HOMCO Alappuzha, qualitative assessment and genuinety of homeopathic medicine etc. also expected.

From community Medicine also you can expect some questions.- especially about health indictors like IMR,MMR, human development index, human poverty index,Millennium goals etc and various national health programmes.

Give important to the Infection and Laboratory investigation sections in Practice of Medicine.

To put it straight the board can ask anything from anatomy to medicine. But questions are asked usually from clinical subjects.

You must have a brief idea about AYUSH, NRHM,ASHA,CCH,CCRH, RBSK,NHM, Healthy mother & Happy childprogrammes. Various Five year plans. Details about recently allotted dispensaries in your state.

Structure of Local self government such as Panchayati raj, Jilla Panchayat, Gram panchayat

Structure of Department of Homeopathy and Homeopathy Education and History of Homeopathy in your state & India. Name of the director of Homeopathy, controlling Officer of Homeopathy, Principals name, name of planning commission chairman in your state and Centre.

Role of a medical Officer at Dispensary & Hospital, dealings with local self Government and various health programmes by the local self Government

Expect questions on management of common ailments that a Medical Officer usually encountering at dispensary – both Homeopathic and General management.

Forensic Medicine – Ethics in Medical Practice, legal procedures

Method of tapering allopathic medicine. Management of diseases in patients using allopathic medicines.

A brief idea about the various records to be kept by a Medical Officer or Registered Medical Practitioner or a clinic or a hospital and the rules and regulations to be observed by them.

We are giving some clues to prepare for interview. You prepare a list of faqs and prepare answers for that participating in mock interviews to perfect your skills also will be of advantage.

Visit  for  the details about various records  kept by a Medical Officer or Registered Medical Practitioner or a clinic or a hospital and the rules and regulations to be observed by them.

You have to expect questions related to ESI act also

Minimum space 500 cu.ft
Hrs of work – total shall not exceed 60/wk incl OT, 9/d, ½ hr rest after 5hr work.

ESI ACT,1948 –
PROVIDES CERTAIN CASH AND MEDICAL BENEFITS to the industrial employees in case of sickness, maternity and employment injury.
ESI corporation is an autonomous body entrusted
Chairman – Labour minister, V.C –secretary labour ministry.
Chairman medical  benefit  council – Director general of health services.

ESI [amtmt] act of 1975 extended to
Small power using fact c 10-19 empl, non- power above 20 empl, Shops, Hotels & restaurants, Cinema, Road motor transport, News paper est.


Employer – 4.75,  Employee – 1.75, Govt state – 1/8 of total cost of med care, ESI corporation 7/8 of total med care
Sickness benefit – max period of 91 days in any continuous period of365 days daily rate of 50% of average daily wages.

Extended sickness benefits – is payable for 309 days for the following[34 diseases]
Tb, leprosy, chronic empyema, AIDS, psychosis, aplastic anemia, immature cataract [vision 6/60 or less affected eye], DM, parkinson’s d, >20% burn, CRF, Raynauds etc.
Maternity – full wage
Confinement -12wks, mis carriage – 6wks, sickness arising after confinement – 30days.

Questions on Research in Homoeopathy
Must visit CCRH Website : and collect basic information, parameters etc. on research in homoeopathy.

Study Clinical Establishments Act in detail
The Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010 has been enacted by the Central Government to provide for registration and regulation of all clinical establishments in the country with a view to prescribing the minimum standards of facilities and services provided by them.

The Act is applicable to all kinds of clinical establishments from the public and private sectors, of all recognized systems of medicine including single doctor clinics. The only exception will be establishments run by the Armed forces.
Website :

Visit Ayush Research Portal
Evidence Based Research Data of AYUSH Systems at Global Level
Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India
Link :

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Men are born to succeed, not fail. –Thoreau

With best wishes
Dr Mansoor Ali
Associate Professor. Govt. Homoeopathy Medical College. Calicut


  1. Thanks a lot. It is really useful and informative. what is the selection criteria in an interview of such kind??

  2. This is indeed an informative and courageous article . I found it very comprehensive. Can u let me know, what is the selection criteria in an interview of such kind.

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