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Date  : 28 February, forenoon ,3rd to go
Board : Smita nagraj ma'am ,around 25mins
Optional : PSIR
Graduation: metallurgical and materials engg.
Hobby : socially relevant movies, cardio workout
Keywords: Unnat Bharat Abhiyan , Rajasthan
1.What  are you doing currently?
2.Are you not working anywhere ?
3.(long monologue)Looking from Delhi ( centre) ,what differences can u observe between North East and J &K.
4.Why do we require special provisions for NE?
5. What is the need of inner line permit ,other states for eg Maharashtra will also start demanding it .
6.Suppose you want to go there ,don't u think there is conflict between freedom of movement and fundamental rights
M1 ( female)
1. In Nagaland ,only one party comes to power everytime ,there is no opposition, is it good for democracy? more follow up Q on Nagaland, could not remember
3.Recently , lithium reserves have been found in J&K, what are the uses of it?
4. What are the other countries where it is found?
5. Recently, something happened in Assam regarding child marriage ,are you aware about it ?
6.Will you do the same in Rajasthan if u r made DM?
7.Will you also arrest young boys?
8. What about those young girls who are left behind?

1.What are multilateral development institutions
2.What is the difference between IMF and WB ?
3. Which countries are asking for loan from IMF
4.Why IMF is not giving loan to Pakistan?

1.Tell me about Unnat Bharat Abhiyan
2.Did you also adopt a village?
3.What kind of work you did over there?
4.How many students were selected in JNVST ( from previous answer)
5.What were the substantial changes you observed in village due to this initiative
6. Which institute coordinates Unnat Bharat Abhiyan?

1.What are socially relevant movies
2.Latest movie u watched
3.what is gender fluidity.
4.What are the benefits of cardio workout
5. People in India live a sedentary lifestyle , they don't do much workout ,what is ur view
6.Which movies were recently nominated for Oscar?
7.Have u visited any fort?
8. Have you been to chittorgarh fort ,tell me something about it. more Q related to bypass surgery ,could not remember now.

My Experience in interview:
overall  cordial board , some members were smiling ,others were sitting with serious faces.
Utility of mocks: good for confidence building ,articulation of answers .In actual interview,they ask follow up Qs based in your answer which is missing in most of the mocks
Had good experience in Vajirao and Reddy , Unacademy ,NextIAS mocks , chanakya Mandal ( worst experience , atleast for me )

Best wishes to everyone, no need to be nervous for actual interview, they are very friendly people😁
Date - 3rd March, forenoon, 5th to go
Board - Smita Nagraj ma'am
Optional - PSIR
DAF keywords - Maharashtra,   Marathwada
Hobbies - Yoga, meditation, playing harmonium

1. Why didn't you go for post         graduation and instead preferred upsc preparation
2. The world is becoming tech savvy then how will you be able to manage as you are from humanities background? (I said, I was an engineer for 2 years and then left it)
3. How did you convince your father? (3 idiots movie Farhan scene reference - they all laughed😅)
4. Caste violence and rivalry is more visible in Maharashtra. What do you think are the reasons?
5. Do you think government is favouring the privileged community in this ( I SAID A BIG NO) ( I later realised this was indeed a googly bcoz she tried very hard to get any reply which would be criticising the govt but thankfully I didn't)

1. Tell me the origin of yoga (DAF)
2. Tell me the 8 sutras of ashtanga yoga (I told all)
3. Then at which stage are you?
4. Difference between Hindustan and carnatic music (DAF)
5. How many notes are there? (DAF)
6. Some famous musicians who have contributed for both? (DAF)
7. What are these indian exercises? (DAF)
8. Who started this mallakhamb?
9. What do you play on harmonium? (DAF)

M2 (Female - full grilling mode)
1. You left engineering which shows that you run away from challenges. If you will get some post which you don't like then you will leave it too?
2. Tell me the types of martial arts? (Random)
3. How will you convince Agniveers who are serving for just 3-4 years to serve in dangerous battlefields like galwan?

1. Onion price issue in Maharashtra
2. Drought in Maharashtra reasons (DAF)
3. Many districts in Rajasthan receive less rainfall than Marathwada then why drought conditions are severe in Marathwada? (DAF)
4. Farmer suicides solutions (DAF)

1. What are FTAs
2. Is India having trade with China a good thing?
3. Should we be wary about annoying China? ( I said sir China will be annoyed anyway bcoz a thriving democracy in the neighborhood is a threat to its core existence as PPL of china might also demand democracy - he seemed to be impressed)
4. Growing trade deficit with China what India is doing?
5. Why countries are going for bilateral trade negotiations like FTAs and not for WTO led mechanism? ( Multilateralism on the decline was in the news)

Except the female member ( a bit grilling) everything went pretty smooth.

DAF - In my case more than 70% of the questions were directly or indirectly related to DAF ( I would say was lucky enough on this)

Mocks - KSG, Chahal (very good), Chanakya mandal, Vajirao and Reddy (very good)

In my case 70% was DAF & 20% were questions which got repeated from the mocks so the uncharted waters were like 10%
Name Homosapien
Date -22/2/23
Keywords - Rajasthan, NIT Bhopal, web series , reading self help books , PSIR , Electrical engineering

Smitha nagraj board
Why don't u just read books , web series gives a biased and narrow perspective?
Differentiate between movie and web series ?
Which part of your personality you want to improve?

U read books , name the book u read on IR
Don't u consider Brahma chellany as hypo realist or hawk ?
Why u read his books ?
Is India really have any foreign policy on Pakistan

RRR dekhi h ( nahi dekhi )
Pathan ha
Tum MP se ho kya controversy h
Kyu esi actor k sath Aisa hota h
My name is Khan me bhi esi k sath kyu ho rha tha
Movie is hit , don't u think as a society we are wrong
U r from Delhi why low voting in Delhi
Okkey u are from Rajasthan steps govt has taken to tackle solar e waste
2 priorities of u to popularise EV
Koi element Mila kya h , kaha Mila , lithium me kya special h
Don't u think we are late for Lithium , future me kya soch rhe h
Sodium ion battery ka kya jhol h
how u tackle loneliness in your long journey of preparation
Who is jon mearsheimer
Which big IR event is going to happen
Next day which summit is happening
What the agenda
Why despite will of West and East , we are not able to resolve debt crises
Which international mechanism to resolve debt crises
Are self help books really part of literature

Board - theek tha sajjan log lag rhe the , aaram se answer complete karne de rahe the

Utility of mocks - Dena chahiye, some repeatitive questions and framing of answers .

Note - mask utarne ko nhi bola , no intro , no. why IAS
Education - e&ece iit kharagapur
Optional - psychology
Hobbies - mindfulness meditation, podcasting on South Indian movies
Panel - shukla sir
Dt - feb 28th, forenoon

I entered the room filled with silence and nonchalant expressions from all panel members and the environment was bit intimidating at the start. I sat and started to try smiling when Shukla sir was going through my daf.

Chairman -
1. India's GERD has been only 0.7% but in the developed countries it's 1.8% of gdp. Why private companies aren't investing in r&d in India?
2. What is technology transfer vs knowledge transfer?
3. Is there gross underestimation in calculating Gerd?
4. What is NSTMIC?
5. Why india not getting nobel in physics? Last Indian to get Nobel Prize in physics?

1. What is sagarmala? What are the implications?
2. Approximate coastline of India?
3. What is logistic cost in india?
4. What was the year of iit kgp estb? Which foreign university it was associated to?
5. Any new halls of residence?
6. What is mindfulness meditation?
7. How to practice it?

M2 -
1. What are functions of TRAI?
2. What is Electronics communication privacy Act?
3. How will u use ECE in managing disasters?
4. Should yoga and meditation be made mandatory?

M3 - (mam)
1. What is positive psychology?
2. Is happiness measurable?
3. Who publishes global happiness index?
4. Which country measures happiness instead of gdp?
5. Why gdp as a measure is inadequate?
6. What is the rank of india in happiness index?
7. Which are the happiest countries?
8. What is positive psychology?
9. Do u think happiness be made a part of public policy?
10. Do you think democracy is the only form of govt that makes people happy?
11. What is the difference between sympathy, empathy and compassion?
12. What is rational compassion?
13. How do you apply rational compassion to a woman who lost her home and belongings in a fire accident?

M4 -
1. Have you ever taken employment?
2. If upsc cse didn't exist, what would be your career option?
3. Do you see hope in agri startup?
4. What is the difference between freud, adler and jung?
5. What is star(!?) personality?

Chairman - your interview is over and you can leave. All the best.

Mam reminded me about the mask. She wished me all the best too. I thanked them all and left the room with numerous thoughts and a sigh of relief.

Overall, the interview went on my daf and psychology to a large extent except hon chairman's questions. Reading 'all editorials' compilation for the last month was really helpful to locate the demand of the question. I liberally said 'I don't know' for some questions and they hinted me and asked me to guess. That way the board was cordial and cooperating. I felt the entire discussion chairman sir was trying to do was based on opinion piece appeared on 26th feb in the hindu.

Panel members especially Mam gave me enough opportunities to express my views freely. Overall the entire preparation for interview felt like a walking down the memory lane where every branch of our identity and personality kept on branching out to number of subsequent questions. However sticking to at least the basic things will pay much.

Mocks helped me rethink and rephrase my answers and led me to very important insights. Wish I started giving more mocks at the earliest.
Ksg panel with Khan sir, only ias, vajirao & ravi and chahal academy were good.

Interview preparation though challenging, felt like a rumination of the past and building a bureaucratic attitude for the future.
Board..chobey sir
Hobbies: basketball and badminton

1.tell about your academic background and work experience.
2.why you want to become a civil servant.

1.national dairy research institute  what it is known for.
2.How NDDB(dairy dev board)process work and hepled in operation flood. haryana cooperative works if compare to operation flood and where it happened.
4.other than research work,how nddb helping farmers and their income.
5.Is there animal census.

1.which day is today globally related to human health and how it is significant
2.when last census happened, how it is significant and when will be next. do u see sports participaion of women in haryana(daf).
4.which other states significantly doing well other than sports person from northeast state.
5.tell only one significant solution for correction of child malnutrition.

1.what is this balanced diet and components do u think people focused on it.
2.In recent years no.of cancer cases increased but death is not much,according to u which disease cause more no.of death globally and in india as well.
3.fires food awareness increasing more and more now a days...fibre biscuit and all...though it neither give nutrition nor absorb any nutrient..why then fibres are given
such importance.
4.whan eat antibiotics what impacts o n gut
5.which bacteria present in gut
6.what is probiotic and prebiotic what impacts of these products .
7.components of balanced diet
8.In india there is difference between food non-vegetarian and vegetarian diet  what is the source of vit.b12

M4 do u see agnipath schemes..tells its significance if any and if not as protest happened..should it be removed.
2.national education policy is being seen as a significant step still it has issues what are those
3.India and china relation how could be solved and if not what its impact
4.countries adjacent to India is being downfallling ,do u think India could save itself in such situations.

Chairman u want us to ask u anything else...i said no sir,thanku sir.
Sir said...your interview is over.

Mock utility....give you experience to speak but in upsc most of the questions from daf and current.
Smita nagaraj board
Work: faculty CTU
Current job where ru working and work experience any.
How India views different countries west, east and how it will balance in future.
I see you write articles on foreign policy where do you write?
Domestic we have have difficult and dirty politics and how are we speaking morally international.
Diaspora and emigration
Rise of right wing nationalism and how India should deal with it.

Member1 lady north east
She teams Telangana
How r they doing and its impact
Composition (unaware)
JNU is in news why
Is the ruling dispensation against JNU.
Compare JNU and osmania university.
Refugee boat sunk in medetarianan ?
Why this route is used.

Member 2

Migrants and refugee policy.
Assimilation of refugee
France vs India
Fears of migrants take over
Statistics used for false narratives (graduation).

Member 3
Tribal university
Compare north east and mainland tribes
Challges faced in teaching civil services to SC students.
Digitalisation access to resources can it be a leveler.

Member 4 ex SBI chairman
Compare Satya Nadella to sunder pichai
Leadership ability
Who are stakeholders in a corporation.
Date 24th February, forenoon 6th to go
Board- Smita Nagraj ma'am
Optional- Sociology
Graduation- Physics ( Fergusson college )
Profession- no work exp
State- Maharashtra
Hobbies- watching cricket, playing tabla( no question asked)
Chairman -1. You are from Sindhudurg so tell me about history of Sindhudurg and how it is linked to current times
2. Tell me, if someone speaks negative about personalities like Chatrapati shivaji maharaj then there erupts violence so do you think that our society has became intolerant?
3. Suppose you are commissioner of one municipality and there is illegal encroachment you have given orders to evict it, then what will you do?
4. Do you think laws favour powerful?

1. Member said that i read it somewhere during my graduation that Marathas knew how to destroy than to construct what are your views?
2. What you think battle of Panipat was it defeat of strategy or defeat of diplomacy?
3. Why India is not able to win test series in south africa?
4. Which book you have recently or in last month? ( i told three thousand stitches by Sudha Murthy) then he asked what was it about?

M2( he was in some grilling mood i thought)
Initially he told me you have good CGPA and academics is also good so you must be good in sociology too.. then he asked some concept related to sociology.. and I heard it for first time🥲 and then he seemed little surprised🫥..
2. Then he said ok and asked about tell me what are demographic challenges we are facing in India and is government doing enough to tackle those challenges? What other steps/policies we can take?
3. Are we agriculture surplus or agriculture deficit
4. What steps government taking for increasing oil production or two more questions i might be missing

1. Tushar you are from Fergusson college so tell me who were the founders of Fergusson college?
2. Who was Fergusson?
3. Tell me any one famous personality from your college
4. You have got inspire scholarship so suppose you have given opportunity to make changes in this policy what changes you will make?
5. Is this scholarship helping students? Shall we discontinue it?

1. There are incidents of  corruption in Maharashtra what steps you will suggest to reduce it?
2. Why south Indian movies are  more successful than Bollywood movies?
3. What was turning point in yesterday's match ( IND vs AUS T20 women's World Cup semifinal)
4. Was last over bowled by India also turning point?
5. What is current status of untouchability in Maharashtra? What steps you will suggest to reduce it?
Your interview is over, thank you

I said thank you.

Overall feeling cordial board , mostly from DAF and opinion based. Few questions repeated from mocks

Utility of mocks- I gave around 10 mocks just to get my presentation body language posture correct. In my opinion around 5/6 mocks would help to get acquainted with the formalities and also they help to improve presentation and structure of answers

I felt chahal academy's mock near to my actual interview. KSG especially one to one with Khan sir is also good. Apart from that vajirao and Reddy, unacademy were also decent.
Apart from that I used to discuss with my peer group!

All the best for others🤠
Board - shukla sir
no question on educational background
Hobby-poetry writing
Optional- sociology.
State Gurugram haryana.
Is civil service your childhood dream?
Why didn't you join private sector?
Why India lack on innovation?
Some counter questions on this

How sociology is impacting people?
Women empowerment, are women in today's world empowered?
So you write poetry say some couplets?

What all CSS schemes are reaching you village?
Pm kisan nidhi which installment is due?
Have you heard of ujjwala scheme?
What happened in Gurugram g20?

M3 - why india lack in innovation despite western nations advancing in it?
How would you rate gurugram as a smart City?
How has urbanisation impacted the society?

Why is g20 discussing war when it is not it's mandate?
Some counter questions.
Date and session of interview- 6th March 2023; Afternoon session
Board- Shri R.N. Choubey
Optional- Anthro
Hobbies- 1. Reading about defence related news
                 2. Following news media websites of USA

Told me to remove mask if I’ve no covid symptoms. I said I don’t have, but I’m suffering from cough, cold, fever since last few days. Sir told me to keep on mask on in that case
Asked me if I had lunch. What items in lunch
1. Forex reserve of India
2. Ways through which a nation earns Forex
3. Who owns forex: RBI, or Govt, or Banks?
4. Air India aircraft deal value
5. Should a company be allowed to use so much of our forex to buy aircraft? Would you have allowed it as RBI chairperson?
6. (some follow-up discussion on technicalities of aircraft pricing & purchase mechanism. Sir is ex-Aviation secretary & I’ve deep interest in aviation)
Member 1
1. If seniors in your office are critical of you, write a poor report of your performance, what will be your approach towards it
2. If you ever had to face a situation where you had to compromise on quality due to cost constrain
Member 2
1. Should we have large scale hydel power plants?
2. Environmental impact; Geological & engineering issues of such plants
3. Why should we invest in such plants, when Pakistan’s hydel projects are failing?
4. Defence manufacturing @ Atmanirbhar bharat (DAF Hobby)
5. Why Strategic partnership of Indian manufacturers with foreign OEM is failing
1. “Make-in-India” and “Made-in-India”
Member 3 (lady)
1. Too much protest around hydel projects. But nation needs such projects. Should we allow these protests?
2. Minerals mainly found in India
3. Why is India poor despite being rich in minerals
4. In which state XYZ mineral (don’t recall) is abundantly found ?
{I said sorry ma’am I don’t know. But she didn’t hear my response. Chairperson sir was very attentively listening. He told M3 that the candidate is saying he doesn’t know}
Member 4
1. Why media is called 4th pillar of democracy? Is it written in constitution (DAF Hobby)
2. What are other 3 pillars of democracy
3. Governors are sitting on bills passed by state legislature. {Here Chairperson sir told M4 that sir you gave a statement, what is your question for the candidate} M4 said he wants my view on the matter
1. Since you follow US media websites, what are your observations of US society, media, etc vis-à-vis India
1. US media often portrays India in poor light. Do you think they are biased ?

Your experience in interview- Board was cordial. Chairperson sir was very attentive. He was listening to every question of other members
Utility of mocks or O2O (if any)- Good for confidence building. But while mocks were heavily DAF based, in actual interview very little was asked from DAF

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