[UPSC Interview 2023] – Transcript #96: Bidyut Behari Swain Board, PSIR Optional, IFS

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Date of Interview: 05/02/24, Forenoon Session (9 AM – 1 PM)
Board: Bidyut Behari Swain
Optional: PSIR
Service Preference: IFS
Keywords – Reading Culture, Social Media, ASER Report, Peshwa History, Chess,  I2U2, Fiscal Target, Corruption, World Wars, Asymmetric Warfare, Hybrid warfare, Viral Rumours


  1. What do you exactly mean by ‘fostering the culture of avid reading’ (DAF Entry)

Member 1

  1. – Does the Govt have enough presence on social media?
  2. – Are govt initiatives enough?
  3. – What are social media platforms on which the govt lacks presence?

Member 2

  1. – ASER Report, What should be done as DM?
  2. – Rise & Fall of Peshwas,
  3. – Peshwas before Bajirao and Balaji Vishwanath.
  4. – What’s I2U2 Grouping?
  5. – Why is Saudi not a member?
  6. – Current Indian Chess Players.
  7. – Praggananda vs which player?
  8. – Latest Fiscal Deficit Targets
  9. – When it was the highest & why?

Member 3

  1. (Long monologue about Corruption Index)
  2. – Why is India ranked lower?
  3. – Causes for corruption in india
  4. – What would you do about it in your office?
  5. – Similarities between WW 1 and 2
  6. – Name of the groupings/axis

Member 4

  1. – Scenario about viral rumours regarding poisoning of Wells in your area, the mob is outside of your office, your course of action using social media..
  2. – What’s Hybrid Warfare, Asymmetric warfare…
  3. The board was cordial and attentive.
  4. There were a lot of situation based questions and sub questions.

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