[UPSC Interview 2020] – Transcript #107 : Smita Nagraj Ma’am Board, Geography Optional, Uttar Pradesh Home State

Board: Smita Nagraj Ma’am
Optional: Geography
Home State: Uttar Pradesh


  1. Started with a lighter question on my alternative email id that had “Shahrukh” in it.
  2. Are you doing research to get a window for UPSC preparation.
  3. Is it good to announce a directed foreign policy. (My research is on Look East and Act East)
  4. Differences between JNU and University of Allahabad.
  5. Should student politics in university campuses be continued?
  6. Some schemes for BPL which you liked most.

Member 1

  1. Should UP be divided?
  2. Explain the statement “Geography is History” (I started but he interrupted me and explained himself)
  3. What is more important Geography or History for socioeconomic development of a country?
  4. What are gig workers? Give some examples.
  5. Are Zomato and Swiggy delivery partners gig workers?

Member 2

  1. How do you see Allahabad becoming Prayagraj?
  2. Doesn’t identity matter in such matters? (Counter question on previous answer)
  3. How do you see future of Physical classes after this trend of online classes? Then a question on digital divide.
  4. What’s your research methodology in your Ph.D.?
  5. What’s the universe/scope of your study?
  6. How did you conduct interviews for research? (Tried to grill me here)
  7. How much is plagiarism in your thesis and how much is permissible?
  8. What’s webliography?

Member 3

  1. How do you see National Monetization Policy?
  2. Would it not affect the existing employees?
  3. Biden said No more nation building now. What do you understand?
  4. How would Taliban in power affects India?
  5. 2 positive and 2 negative aspects of your personality.

Member 4

  1. Suggest 5 steps to become a 5 trillion economy.
  2. Why India at bottom in happiness index?
  3. Which countries are at top in happiness index?
  4. What’s your view on UP’s population control policy?
  5. Difference between Gatishakti and NIP.

Chairperson: Your interview is over.

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