[UPSC Interview 2022] – Transcript #34 : Lt. Gen. Raj Shukla Board, Chemistry Optional, leadership Hobby

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Date of Interview: 2nd Feb forenoon (4th to go)
Board: Lt. Gen. Raj Shukla (Retd.)
Background: dual degree (Btech + Mtech) in civil engineering from an old IIT
Optional: Chemistry
Hobbies: leadership, etc – no Qs asked
DAF keywords: patent granted in treatment of water using solar energy and a medical device presented in the festival of innovation, Rashtrapati bhavan, student head of innovation lab at the old IIT


  1. The technology involved in Russia Ukraine war?
    give examples.
  2. Is technology democratising war between small and big countries?
  3. Do you believe in luck?
  4. Is it hardwork and consistency?
  5. Give example from your life.
  6. Does atmanirbhar Bharat means indigenisation of technology or
  7. corporatisation of defense?
  8. Give example where both is happening?

Member 2

  1. What was novel in your patent?
  2. What is patent regime of India?
  3. Is it improving?
  4. What is hindering solar manufacturing in India?

Member 3

  1. Domestic violence on male. Should we have gender neutral law?
  2. Should courts hear such pleas from males?
  3. Why fires in buildings in urban area?
  4. What can be done to reduce them?
  5. Recent example of such incidents?
  6. What technology can be used to reduce urban fires ?

Member 4

  1. Explain your patent.
  2. Why we still import solar panels from China?
  3. Are we doing anything about it?
  4. Why we have not been able to reduce malnutrition in India?
  5. Suggest tech measures to reduce it?
  6. IITs have failed the nation. Do you agree?
  7. Okay they are contributing now. Why were they not contributing earlier?
  8. Their contribution to society and the economy?

Member 5

  1. At what height do we place reinforcement in a beam?
  2. Why it is much below the center of the beam?
  3. What is the use of reinforcement in the beam?
  4. How reinforcement is done at the joint of beam and column?
  5. Technology used in setting vertical alignment of Burj khalifa? Do you think we can use plumb Bob there also?

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