[UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #236 : Manoj Soni Board, PSIR Optional, reading, Travelling Hobby

Date of Interview: 10.5.22
Board: Manoj Soni
Optional: PSIR
Hobbies: books on India, travelling to rural areas.


  1. You were waiting outside for 5 hours. What were you doing ? (I said i talked to people and tried to learn from their experience and learnings )
  2. What did you learn?
  3. BRI : does it excites you as a IR enthusiast or civil engineer ?
  4. Why is china building BRI ?
  5. Is there a possibility of collapse of chinese regime ?
  6. India is often accused for carrying out covert operations in Baluchistan. Should india try to induce regime change in China ?
  7. How India is countering BRI ?
  8. Travelled to rural areas : why ?
  9. What books on India have you read recently ?

Member 1

  1. Challenges in rural areas ?
  2. As a DM, how will you solve this ?
  3. What is Srijan and Swadesh in your DAF ?
  4. How is policymaking done ?

Member 2

  1. I will give you name of 3 books, tell me the author and we will discuss one of them: letters from father to daughter, the wonder that was India and India won freedom.
  2. Why is India won freedom controversial ?
  3. India is having large deficit . You are posted in NITI aayog. What is your advise to bring down deficits ?

Member 3

  1. You said ‘property tax’,how will it bring down india’s fiscal deficit ?
  2. What happened in Doklam ? Did india statitioned its troops in Bhutanese territory ?
  3. What’s going on in Ladakh. Has China taken India’s territory ?

Member 4

  1. What is urban naxalism?
  2. Reasons for urban naxalism?
  3. How to prevent youths from subscribing to such ideology ?
  4. Why Delhi provides such env. for Urban naxalism ?
  5. Should sedition law be struck down ?

(This transcript has been posted by a community member of ForumIAS)
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