Indian Administrative Services (IAS) is one of the toughest examinations to crack in India. The whole process of getting through it is really tough and people who have studied for it or cleared it would tell you how competitive it can get. Every year, lakhs of candidates write the exam and once they cleared the written examination, they are called in for an interview session, so only the very best of the best make the cut.
Not only our technical knowledge helps, but also the presence of mind and the right answer at right time. This is very important during interviews, especially in IAS selection process. Some questions are unexpected and might demand weird answers. However what we fail to understand at that moment is that these funny and weird questions actually command an answer that judges your capability of maintaining your presence of mind in the most stressful situation. They just want to see if these situations make you uncomfortable or even nervous. Sometimes the reason for asking these questions can be literally to check your sense of humor or creativity.
Here, we have found 24 really quirky questions (and answers) that were asked in the two stages of the examination process. Check them out, see if you can solve them without checking out the answers (given at the end of the article). Not even toppers have been able to answer such questions in past. Civil Services Examination 2009 Topper Himanshu Kumar IAS who studies in Indira Gandhi National Open University according to ignou.guru, didn’t find Indian Administrative examination super easy to go through.
Q1: How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
Q2: What looks like half apple?
Q3: If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in the other hand, what would you have?
Q4: What will you do if I run away with your sister?
Q5: ( ) + ( ) + ( ) + ( ) + ( ) = 30 This is what you have for the equation. The following are the numbers that you can use to fill in the brackets: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15. You can repeat the numbers if required. The resulting sum should be 30.
Q6: How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
Q7: Jamie looked at his reflection on the window mirror of the 45th floor. Driven by an irrational impulse, he made a leap through the window on the other side. Yet Jamie did not encounter even a single bruise. How can this be possible if he neither landed on a soft surface nor used a parachute?
Q8: By using only one straight line, can you make the equation correct. 5+5+5=550?
Q9: If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become?
Q10: A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven’t eaten in 3 years. Which room is safest for him?
Q11: Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday?
Q12: What can you never eat for breakfast?
Q13: This is an