[UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #212 : RN Choubey Board, Anthropology Optional, Jammu and Kashmir Home State

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Date of Interview: 06 May (Afternoon session)
Board: RN Choubey Sir
Optional: Anthropology
Home State: Jammu and Kashmir
Background: Delhi Technological University (DTU)
Hobbies: Budget travelling and trekking, watching documentaries on himalayas, Reading thrillers


  1. Introduce yourself to the board members
  2. There has been no revolution in agriculture after Green Revolution. Suppose there is Green Revolution 2.0 , which one technology would be used .. (rambled something about Drones, since I was stumped by the question)
  3. What is a Smart City? (I mentioned that about my city being a smart city)
  4. What are my observations about my city as a smart city

Member 1

  1. Industry-academia linkage- what is the scenario in India
  2. Types of drones
  3. Who gives licence to drones
  4. Size of drones used in Agri (Didn’t know)
  5. Asked about Digital Manufacturing
  6. One more question was asked which I was unable to understand and didnt answer (At this point Chaubey sir said, it’s okay, we are not testing your knowledge, you are not supposed to know everything)

Member 2

  1. Tributaries of Indus
  2. Which tributaries flows to Pakistan
  3. What is the arrangement of water sharing ? Can India use all the water for itself
  4. PM Modi said blood and Water can not flow together, so will India stop supply of water to pakistan in likelihood of a war?
  5. Is there any water sharing dispute between India and Bangladesh? How is India tackling that?
  6. Rohingya Issues- what is the policy of myanmar, Bangladesh and India
  7. Why did rohingys flee from the country
  8. Role of myanmar military
  9. Nobel laureaute from myanmar? What was her response towards this?
  10. What should prevail- Essential religious practices or Social reforms
  11. Sabarimala Case- what is your opinion

Member 3

  1. So you are into trekking, what route have to trkked to? (Basically wanted to know the areas where I have trekked)
  2. Which pass is there in Manali?
  3. Name of the tunnel there
  4. What are Electromagnetic waves
  5. Do they need a medium to pass
  6. Sequence of Elctromagnetic spectrum(arrange in increasing order of frequency or wavelength)
  7. Which wave has lowest frequency
  8. Which wave has more frequency- X ray or Gamma
  9. What are meteorites

Member 4

  1. So you like reading thrillers, name some authors
  2. What do you like the most about thrillers
  3. You organised industrial tour, which plant did you visit?
  4. Was it a thermal or a hydro power plant?
  5. Did you go through the details of how the plant works or just walked around?
  6. Finance minister said that after making a UT, J&K ‘s financial status has improved. Do you agree? (I said yes)
  7. How has the situation improved ?
  8. Fiscal policy purpose (I began answering and mid way realised that i began talking about inflation rather than fiscal targets, all the members including me laughed at that time, so I continued from the start and rectified my answer)
  9. During Covid-19, govt was unable to pay GST compensation on time, did the govt agree to NITI ayog’s suggestions regarding GST compensation to the states?
  10. What changes did you see in education in Jammu and education in Delhi?
  11. So you have done Electronics, why do you think India missed the bus?

I might have missed a few questions.

Your experience in interview- Very Cordial board which helped me in relaxing.

I was a scared candidate in all the mocks, my second last mock (at KSG) scared the S**t out of me.. But today I was calm and confident. Smiled throughout.

Utility of mocks (if any)- Helped in pointing out flaws in body language, which I rectified today. I tried to implement all the feedback that I had received .

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