[UPSC Interview 2022] – Transcript #35 : Lt. Gen. Raj Shukla Board, History Optional, Hosting quizzes, pencil sketching Hobbies

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Date of Interview: 01/02/23 Afternoon
Board: Lt. Gen. Raj Shukla (Retd.)
Optional: History
Background: IIT Madras
Hobbies: Hosting quizzes, pencil sketching
Your experience in Interview: No pleasantries to make the interviewee comfortable. Expressionless faces. Slight smiles at times. Entire board was attentive to the answers. Overall good experience.
Utility of mocks or O2O (if any)- Reduces the fear of facing the real board, expands the number of probable questions.


  1. Difference between hosting and participating in quizzes {DAF}
  2. Difference in skillset for quizzes and spellbee
  3. Agniveer programme: is it good (few crossquestions including militarisation of society)
  4. Why is USA an economic superpower?
  5. Like like USA, should not India also bring in talents from across the globe to work for India (few cross questions)

Member 1

  1. Questions on development – my graduation subject)
  2. Difference between economic growth and economic development (few cross questions like which should be given more importance)
  3. How to bring down inequality in society?
  4. What measures will you take to bring down unemployment?
  5. Is full employment possible?
  6. What are the types of unemployment?
  7. What is India’s current unemployment rate? How much is this per cent in numbers?
  8. How much is the educated unemployment in India?
  9. Relationship between unemployment and khalistan movement in Punjab?

Member 2

  1. (questions on optional history and DAF pencil sketching)
  2. What do you mean by rewriting history?Do you agree with that? Any examples
  3. History is always written by victors. Elaborate
  4. What is your take on Malabar rebellion of 1921?
  5. Where the mind is without fear and head is held high, to that freedom let my country awake? What do you understand by this?
  6. What is the role of cartoons in society?
  7. Name any Indian cartoonist and his famous cartoon

Member 3

  1. (questions on Kerala and IR)
  2. What methods can be taken from Kerala’s promotion of tourism to improve tourism in India?
  3. What are the problems faced by migrants in gulf countries?
  4. What steps are being taken by the government to alleviate such problems?
  5. Name the latin american leader who came back to power recently after jail term over corruption charges? What are his contributions?
  6. What is BRICS?

Member 4

  1. (12th standard science questions)
  2. What is the use of a transformer?
  3. Why does it take more time to cook food in higher altitudes
  4. What is the principle behind a pressure cooker?
  5. What is escape velocity? How much is it?

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