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UPSC IFoS Interview Transcript: Arvind Saxena Board, Computer Science, PGDM



Background: BE(Hons) Computer Science, PGDM
Hobbies:
Chess, Table Tennis, Listening to music
Optional:
Maths and Forestry
Interview Date:
01/03/2017
Board: Arvind Saxena


Related to my work experience (finance)
Some questions on 2008 financial crisis
Free basics and net neutrality
How could Google help Hillary Clinton in supporting her for Presidential Elections
US withdrawal from tpp good or bad for india
Is globalization coming to end due to protectionism
As a public servant how would you increase public trust
2 people from instrumentals side and 2 from vocals who received bharat ratna (my hobby listening to music)
Impact of climate change on farming in India
H1b visa issue and impact on India
difference between question hour and zero hour
What is operating system
Difference between iOS and android
Insecticide should we use them in forest?
Exotic vs indigenous tree species advantages and disadvantages
Tree species for natural dyes
What is watershed
What is sandal
How to use computer science in forest management
Unesco man and biosphere programs
What is buffer areas
Sal vs teak which is indigenous
How many Tiger reserves
Latest tiger reserve
Why climate change monitoring difficult
Why poverty areas overlapping with forest area
Advantage and disadvantages of monoculture


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UPSC Interview Transcript: Arvind Saxena Board, 24/03/17



24/03/17

Arvind Saxena Board


  • Mechanical, PGDM Finance
  • Work Ex: 2 months FMCG
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Geo
  • Semi classical music, Volunteering for teaching school kids


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UPSC Interview Transcript: P.K Joshi Board, 30th March (Already in Service)



30th march
Board– Prof P.K Joshi- Afternoon session…First to go
Background– IIT Kanpur- Civil Engg, Already in Service- IRAS
Optional – Public administration.
Hobbies– Playing the Tabla, Dance
State, city- Jaipur, Rajasthan


Chairman
1. Graduated in 2013. What have you been doing since then?
2. Who is Rajarshi Tandon?
3. How can you use agriculture waste in civil engineering?
4. Questions on geography
• Relationship between land, water, vegetation
• Water quality parameters
• How air quality is monitored?


M1
1. What do you think abt HRD policy on IIT?
2. What about the autonomy? Do you think more autonomy should be given?
3. More questions related to problems in IIT- told them about shortage of teachers.
4. How much amount is spent in IITK on teachers’ salaries and on education- tell me proportion- didn’t know. He told 68% on salaries.
5. Government does not have that amount to fill in shortage and if it does the amount spent on education will get reduced? What should be way forward?


M2
1. India vs China comparison in construction of infrastructure? Why china is way ahead?
2. String of pearls? Obor, Why india is not joining? Leaving aside Cpec, India can join as china is welcoming India. Still why negative response from India?
3. Does Obor is not just China policy to Increase exports?
4. What India is doing to counter Obor?
5. Chabahar port…Recent India cautioned its companies to go slow? Do you think its right?


Chairman– What are the parameters for setting of railway freight rates for different commodities?


Lady Member
1. Question on hobbies…which type of dance? What music accompanies that dance style?
2. When you are indulged in policy making and cabinet disapproves of your policy? What will you do?
3. Tell me about your personality?
4. What are your achievements?


M4
1. What is 3d printing? Can we build house using 3d printing?
2. Why not we are constructing houses using 3d printing? Tell pros and cons.
3. What are design parameters for house construction in Antarctica?
4. Traffic and air pollution. What will you do as public administrator?


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UPSC Interview Transcript: Vinay Mittal Board, 27th March (Left PSU Job)



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Interview date: 27-03-17, Forenoon session
Interview board: Sh. Vinay Mittal
Background: B-tech, Electrical Engineering,IIT
Employment and work-ex : joined and left IOCL
Domicile: Agra
Hobbies: Astronomy, Cricket.


I was first one to be interviewed. It started around 10am and lasted for 25-30 min.


Chairman
1. So you have worked in IOCL for some months, Why?
2. Then why you joined it in the first place?
3. Why you want to join civil service?
4. What you want to do for public service. Can you give some example.
5. Can you tell me the district which was changed after good administration
6. What is wireless power transformation, asked me to explain, further cross questions
7. Tell the about the volt/wattage of power lines
8. What is the percentage of losses from transmission to destination, Reason for losses ?
9. Tell me about the percentage of power from different sources
10. Tell me the projection of power demand in India


M1
1. Recently in rajasthan money allocated for women is not being used, who is faulty state or district administration?
2. If you are DM of Bastar and you come to know that heavy firing will take place during encounter, will you go with police?
3. Why after so much beauty and heritage, Agra is not able to compete
4. Chairman interrupted and ask what I will do as DM/commissioner?


M2
1. There are so many cases of sexual harassment at work, what are government steps ?
2. What is the case from which this legislation started?


M3
1. Asked name of some organization related to space similar to NASA & ISRO ?
2. What is NRSC
3. Greatest policy of Akbar the great ?
4. Why fatehpur sikri famous ? chairman asked why it was abandoned ?


M4
1. Which book do you recommended me for astronomy?
2. Is there a place for AFSPA in democracy?
3. Chairman again asked, what is AFSPA & related provisions?
4. Which is the case in which conviction done in AFSPA ?
5. What is the problem with AFSPA?
6. Do you read foreign current affairs?
7. Which reforms you propose for civil services?


Chairman
1. Do aliens exist?
2. Recent event related to it?
3. What were the counter arguments?
4. Stephen hawking on aliens?
5. What Is doing in that field?


Your interview is over


My observation:

Most of the time members were not looking at me and looking in their note book or whatever and only chairman was observing me. Except for 2 cases when chairman nodded in affirmative nobody nodded in yes or no. In the very beginning I had some nicks but after that I was able to middle the ball. Lets see if those shots went to the boundary or not! 


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UPSC Interview Transcript: Arvind Saxena Board, 27th March (Left PhD in US)



Interview date: 27-03-17, Afternoon session
Interview board: Arvind Saxena
Background: Graduate in Geological sciences from IISER Kolkata
Employment and work-ex (if applicable): Joined and left PhD in US
Domicile: Jaipur, Rajasthan
Hobbies: Rajasthani folk and bollywood dancing


Chairperson:
â—‹ What is integrated BS-MS?
â—‹ So you were in Brown? (I said no, I got a call from there but joined Rice university)
â—‹ Why did you leave your PhD?
â—‹ What was your thesis project on?
â—‹ What would you do as DM?
â—‹ Why IFS your second choice?
â—‹ If you get IFS, would you leave it?
â—‹ Do you think, foreign officers are as important today as they wre20-25 years ago?
â—‹ In this digital age where you issue e-visas, do video conferencing, do you think we still need officers?
â—‹ Don’t you think India is shouting to much terror-terror when so many people are dying in road accidents (I mentioned cooperation on international terrorism etc for my relevance of IFS question)?
â—‹ Why does India need cooperation on terrorism


Member 1:
â—‹ What is the literacy situation in Rajasthan?
â—‹ What is diplomacy?
â—‹ Have you ever been to village?
â—‹ How would you communicate to people the importance of Swacch Bharat?


Member 2:
â—‹ When were IISER’S established?
â—‹ Why were they founded?
â—‹ Why IISERs when we already have IISc?
â—‹ Why do we need to study basic sciences?
â—‹ Do you know about medicines which are cheap?
â—‹ Why generics are cheap?
â—‹ What is the main thing you would focus on if you are made a health secretary?


Member 3:
â—‹ What is the status of women empowerment?
â—‹ What is gender inequality?
â—‹ What are the parameters to test that?
â—‹ And many other questions on this which I cannot recall?


Member 4:
â—‹ How old is earth?
â—‹ Different stages of earth evolution?
â—‹ Do you know about anthropogenic? What is it? Do you agree with this theory and why?
â—‹ What to do to reverse it?
â—‹ Can earth fight back? (he mentioned the name of this theory and asked me on it )
â—‹ So you do folk dance.. Do you listen to music?
â—‹ What is the music on which north Indian dances are based?
â—‹ Name some thumri singers
â—‹ Name a famous Rajasthani classical singer


I don’t remember all the questions. They didn’t ask me anything on geography, current affairs or even my hobby per se. The questions asked were very general and therefore unable to judge my performance. Scared but optimistic :)


Best part was I didn’t fumble, was not nervous and there was no awkward movement. The board was way too cordial than I expected except the lady member who was busy staring up and down.


All the best everyone !! :)


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UPSC Interview Transcript: Vinay Mittal Board, 29th March



Date– 29 March- Forenoon
Board– Vinay Mittal
Background– IIT ( Mechanical)
State-UP
Employment– Manufacturing Consultancy Firm
Hobbies-Teaching, Table Tennis, Optional– Geography


Chairman
Why did you choose geography?
Why not make it compulsory to opt for graduation subject in optional?
Why did hockey lost its prominent position? ( played hockey in school as well as college)
Isn’t the sprouting up of sports leagues is leading to commercialization of sports?
Robotics utility for India? ( Captain of Robotics team in college and had won several medals)


M1
Use of robotics in anti terrorist operations.
Isn’t there a mismatch between rates of taxation and quality of public service delivery​?
Why did you choose to opt for job which offer lower salary than your previous one? ( Had 2 years of gap between jobs and started working in present firm from last year with lower salary)


M2
Labour laws reforms are needed for export promotions? If yes, why and what government has done about it?
What is your opinion about removal of limits for companies funding to political parties?
Gazi attack issue in 1971 war.


M3
Linkages between mechanical engineering and geography.
What are INSAT?
Uses of such satellites for India.
Can we track animals, humans with help of these satellites?
Agro climatic zones and there utility.
Why does Punjab and nearby areas don’t follow such cropping patterns and why are such patterns developed? What can be done to improve these?


M4 (Lady member)
Why were iits formed?
Isn’t large no of iits is hampering iit’s brand value?
What is the use of permanent address in aadhar?


Overall board was very cordial and almost all the questions were asked from the DAF.



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UPSC Interview Transcript: B S Bassi Board, 28th March



Interview Board: B S Bassi
Date: 28 march Forenoon
Background: BTech Biotech
Employment: Solar Sector


Chairman
What are the current prices in solar sector
Do you think they are sustainable?
Are they cheaper than coal based generation
Cooking your hobby or out of necessity?
Tell me some dishes of awadhi cuisine


Member 1
How to keep vegetables green in the process of cooking?
What is biotechnology?
What are GMOs
Name some GMOs
Types of biotechnology
What is LMO


Member 2
You also mentioned spending time with pets
Are you worried about wild life?
Threw some light regarding 50%fall in number of species.
What are the reasons of this fall in population
What can be done to arrest this fall?
What can be done to prevent cruelty against animals?
What were the targets of demonetization?
Were they fulfilled?


M3
You make a pitch to convert my home into solar rooftop system.
Chairman also asked question regarding it


M4
Asked some biotech industries but i was not aware about them.
Then asked question pertaining to parents IPR compulsory licensing


Chairman
Tell me what were the reasons of failure of Arab spring
Told some point but then said think about 2-3 minutes and then give a talk of 2 minutes on the topic
Then had some discussion about dictatorship and dictatorial regime


Overall cordial board!
Some fumbling regarding pitching for solar project
Also Arab spring took many aspects



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UPSC Interview Transcript: Sujata Mehta Board – Computer Science Background, 27th March 2017



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Sujata Mehta Board (Noon session)

27.03.17

Lasted 30 mins roughly

Home state: U.P. (Varanasi)

Background: B.Tech Comp Science,

No Work-ex

Optional: Geography

Hobbies: Reading crime and Fantasy fiction and Writing fanfiction, Calligraphy, Board Games


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UPSC Interview Transcript: Vinay Mittal Board – 27th March, 2017



Interview date: 27-03-2017
Interview board: Vinay Mittal
Background: IIT (Metallurgical Engineering)
Employment and work-ex (if applicable): IT
Domicile: UP
Optional: Sociology
Hobbies: Playing Cricket, Listening Ghazals


Chairman:
1. You have a long career in IT. What innovative work you have done there?(i have got few awards in various IT companies)
2. You must have seen new UPSC website?Do you like it?
3. What improvements you will make to new upsc website?
4. What qualities you learnt from your work ex which would be applicable to civil services?
5. Civil servants have the perception of being elitist? Why it is so?
6. Why do we need ethics at all?
7. What are your ethical values? How would you use?
8. What are the important sectors where india needs improvement?(I told one as education)
9. What is the issue with our education? How should we improve education system? What reforms you would make to it?
(Chairman took 12-15 minutes asking various questions)


M1:
1.Which is your favourite ghazal singer?
2. Which is your favourite ghazal?(M1 had very low voice so i thought he was asking me to sing. I said shall i sing? Chairman replied no it is not a singing competition and entire board including me burst into laughter). But M1 asked to recite few lines.
3. What is river bed mining?
4. Some other question related to mining?(I said i dont know to 2 of them).


M2:
1. What is AFSPA and its future in Manipur after Iron Sharmila?
2. AFSPA related to Kashmir?
3. What is matriarchy?
4. Is matriarchy related to religion?


M3:
1. Again one question on mining which i said i dont know.
2. What is Indus water treaty?
3. What is the issue?
4. Are we having similar treaty with china?
5. What is prestige?
6. What is power? Some follow up on this
7. Can ganga be cleaned?How can it be done?


M4: Lady
1. Suppose you are made an IPS officer. How will you reform the system.
2. What is sex ratio?
3. Why sex ratio is poor in india?
4. Why patriarchy is prevalent in India?
5. H1B issue. She said it is good na that brain drain will stop :)


Overall 35 minutes, board was cordial and they never tried to grill me and hence a good feeling after coming out of the interview room. Rest marks will tell.


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UPSC Interview Transcript: Arvind Saxena Board – 28th March, 2017



 

Interview date: 28-03-17
Interview board: Arvind Saxena
Background: IIT (Chemical Engineering)
Employment and work-ex (if applicable): 1 yr work ex in petroleum refinery
Domicile: Jaunpur, UP
Hobbies: Playing Cricket


CHAIRMAN

  1. Why you quit your previous job?
  2. Skill India Mission is not working well. Only 2% of the institutions can provide marketable skills. This hampers Make in India. For Make In India to be successful we need to raise import duties. How do you see such step?
  3. Should corporates be brought under RTI as they are using taxpayer’s money through PSBs? (Suppose “public office” clause is redefined)
  4. Already India is having so much tension with Pakistan. Should we have raised the Baluchistan issue front? Why we raised it?

MEMBER 1

  1. Why is *** exporting petroleum products when there is already shortage in India?
  2. Yesterday I read an article that crude oil prices will stabilize at $40/barrel? What are the chances?
  3. How do you perceive a world where there is no petroleum products? Will that be good?

MEMBER 2

  1. What is the significance of sports in India?
  2. Reason for poor performance of India in international sports event?
  3. Lodha committee 3 recommendation?
  4. Reason for contempt of court charges against Anurag Thakur?

MEMBER 3

  1. Why should India promote sports when there is already so much socio-economic problem in India?
  2. What is the role of Supreme Court?
  3. Why is judiciary telling people how to live, what food to eat, questioning the cultural practices (Jallikatu)?
  4. How you as a lawmaker can ensure that every pillar of democracy work in its domain?

MEMBER 4

  1. Has Panchayati Raj Institutions failed in india?
  2. Few days back Gram Panchayat burnt a women, so you are saying that it is strengthening grassroot democracy?
  3. What transition do you see in Village Market (Haat) in India? Reason?

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