[UPSC Interview 2020] – Transcript #118 : Smita Nagraj ma’am Board, Uttar Pradesh Home State, Anthropology Optional

Date of Interview: 2nd September
Board: Smita Nagraj ma’am
Background: B.Tech (ECE)
Optional: Anthropology
Home State: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh


  1. What are you doing these days?
  2. Did you notice any change in the ethos of your city after its name was changed?
  3. Govt says that it makes decisions based on people’s will, how does the govt get to know what people want?
  4. Recently, T.N. govt made a decision to appoint female priests. What’s your take on that?
  5. Should the state intervene in religious matters?( 2-3 minutes discussion )
    You can answer yes/no.
  6. Should the will of the majority override the will of minority?
  7. How will you decide whose voice is to be heard?

Member 1

  1. The literacy levels are low in india.
  2. What can you do about adult literacy?
  3. Tell me about Nirbhaya scheme.
  4. What are the challenges with it’s implementation.
  5. Online Gaming affects young children, in several ways.What can be done about it.
  6. Should the state regulate it?

Member 2

  1. We see the situation in Afghanistan, the blasts at Kabul Airport, how do you see the future of Afghanistan?
  2. Should India recognise Taliban?
  3. Tell me about maritime security being talked about at UNSC?
  4. US transgressed India’s maritime boundary. Was India’s stand just?
  5. What does UNCLOS do?
  6. How can we control the pollution in Delhi?

Member 3

  1. You’ve studied Anthropology, it is often said that women anthropologists did not make enough efforts to study women-centric issues.
  2. Your take on that?
  3. Since you mentioned Ruth Benedict, do you recall her contribution and study about WWII
  4. What did the female Anthropologists study in India’s context?

Member 4

  1. Western scholars say that marriages in India are imposed.
  2. Your take?
  3. Digital divide.
  4. Did covid pandemic create this divide, or it existed earlier?
  5. Take on live-in relationships.
  6. Does it happen in rural settings too?
  7. There’s a possibility that it does, but we don’t know about it?

Chairperson: Your interview is over.

  • No questions from hobbies and graduation subjects.

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