[UPSC Interview 2022] – Transcript #314 : Manoj Soni Board, Anthropology Optional, Bihar Home State, Mountain Trekking

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Date of Interview: 27/04/2023, Afternoon Session, 1st to go
Board: Manoj Soni Sir
Optional: Anthropology (No Questions)
Home State: Patna, Bihar
Background: Chemical Engineering, IIT Delhi
Working with an influencer marketing platform
Hobbies: Mountain Trekking


  1. What does your company do?
  2. What are your roles and responsibilities there and how do you approach them there?
  3. It’s a very interesting and relatively new field. Recently there was a controversy around the same with the company Cadbury, are you aware of this? (Was talking about the Bournvita social media post incident)
  4. Does your company also get involved in legal battles like this?
  5. India is chasing the target of a 5 trillion economy but took a setback because of the Pandemic, like all other countries also did. What in your opinion can we do to achieve that target quickly and easily? – (Discussed a bit around the need to integrate ourselves more with the global value supply chain, gave a few examples as well)
  6. I wish we had more to time to discuss this more, but due to paucity of time I will have to pass on to other board members

Member 1

  1. Have you read the epic Ramayana or seen the program?Are you aware of the character Urmila there?
  2. What is your opinion about the thought that She is one of the most underappreciated characters of the epic?
  3. Which country has the best companies in the field of Chemical technology research?
  4. Do you think in India we have a segregation between the core chemical industry and the fuel based industry?

Member 2

  1. How many crores are there in a trillion?
  2. You are from Bihar, have you heard of the “Mountain man of Bihar”? What did he do? Where did he do it? Did he succeed?
  3. Tiktok was banned in India but we still see some videos from Tiktok
  4. circulating? What is the reason? Has the ban been lifted or have they circumvented the rules to operate?
  5. What happened to the people who were on TikTok in India? Are they not using such apps now?
  6. What is your opinion on the statement that the whole Social Media industry is going to disappear in the near future?
  7. But there is an example of MySpace which at one time was a prominent company but disappeared?

Member 3

  1. Are mountaineering and trekking the same thing?
  2. What was Lucknow Pact?
  3. Have you heard of SEBI? What does it do?
  4. How does it oversee the securities and trading markets?
  5. Name me some Small Savings Schemes

Member 4

  1. Is your company in any way involved in the work of Chemical Engineering also?
  2. With such an increased use of Social media, there is loss of money for parents
  3. whose kids overuse it, what would you say?
  4. Are there ill effects of Social Media?
  5. Are there also psychological impacts of Social media?
  6. I was surprised when you said about European companies doing best
  7. Chemical Technology research when we have companies in Gujarat and
  8. Hyderabad doing world class work in manufacturing of chemicals?
  9. A brief monologue on Chemical disaster in India; What chemicals leaked in
  10. Bhopal and Vizag tragedies?
  11. What are the reasons for such accidents in India?
  12. What is the status of compensation to be given to people who were impacted in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy?

Chairman: Your interview is over, Thanks a lot!

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