[UPSC Interview 2020] – Transcript #146 : Manoj Soni sir Board, Andhra Pradesh Home State, Sociology Optional

Date of interview: 07-09-2021
Board: Dr. Manoj Soni sir
Background: ICAS
Home State: Andhra Pradesh
Optional: Sociology


  1. Have you ever been to Delhi earlier?
  2. What places did you visit?
  3. Select anyone. I’ll ask questions.
  4. What is the significance of India gate?
  5. Tell me some architectural aspects of India gate.

Member 1

  1. Need for Central Vista project
  2. Courts permitted the Central Vista project to go on. What is the one specific argument which won the case for govt?
  3. A special kind of marriage is practiced in AP and Telangana. What is it?
  4. Isn’t it a violation of our laws?
  5. What are the reasons for decline in marriage system these days?
  6. A follow-up question
  7. Andhra Pradesh was formed as per linguistic reorganisation. Isn’t the formation of Telangana a violation of this?
  8. Isn’t the bifurcation of states violation of federalism?

Member 2

  1. What will be the responsibilities after you join your first posting in the service?
  2. If you handling an office, what steps would you take to minimise costs?
  3. A technical word to describe what you mentioned?
  4. Do you know Rajat Gupta?
  5. What is insider trading?
  6. Recently, one person was fined for insider trading in India. Do you know the name?

Member 3

  1. What is needed for India: large scale manufacturing or MSMEs?
  2. Why do we need to move people out of agriculture?
  3. Do you think our MSMEs can become competitive, vis-a-vis other countries like China?
  4. Do you think MSMEs could address the problem of regional imbalance in the country?
  5. Give me an example from you state in One district-one product scheme?

Member 4

  1. Inland waterways in Andhra Pradesh
  2. Need for inland waterways
  3. Impact of climate change on seas
  4. Name some Islands which are affected.
  5. What do you know about Diego Garcia?

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