[UPSC Interview 2020] – Transcript #163 : Manoj Soni Board, Bihar Home State, PSIR Optional, Quora, European Football Hobbies

Board: Manoj Soni sir
Background: B.tech Mechanical
Optional: PSIR
Home State: Bihar
Achievements: published writer in a national daily
Hobbies: Quora, European Football


  1. You have a nice name. I have also heard about Satyam Shivam Sundaram. Do you know its essence?
  2. Why did you take psir as optional?
  3. Do you know about the constitution?
  4. What are DPSPs?
  5. Can you name some?
  6. Are they justiciable?
  7. Give me some examples of DPSP that you would have justiciable in nature?

Member 1

  1. What is post truth? Are we living in a post truth era?
  2. You write on Quora,but there’s no authenticity of information on Quora. Your views?
  3. You are a published writer in a national daily. Do you write regularly?
  4. What was your last article about?
  5. What is the reason behind so many custodial deaths?
  6. You studied in DAV school. Tell me about its founder.
  7. Name some social reformers from the 18th century.

Member 2

  1. Picking up from what you mentioned- grievance redressal. Do you know about citizen charter?
  2. Is it statutory or voluntary?
  3. It’s great that Bihar has brought RTPS Act. Tell me more?
  4. What goes in the back end while making something like citizen charter, RTPS as statutory?
  5. About custodial deaths, what do you think is the fountainhead of the problem why police has a negative image?
  6. Are you aware about some police reforms?

Member 3

  1. Did you follow Paralympics? Tell me about it.
  2. Do you think our efforts are decent or there’s scope for improvement?
  3. What has the government been doing for persons with disability?
  4. What more could be done?

Member 4

  1. You did NCC. You were in which wing?
  2. Tell me something about the Indian Army.
  3. What new has been done with respect to Indian army?
  4. Should we increase our military expenditure given we spend 62 billion dollars?
  5. Even with this much amount, we are constantly facing border issues. Shouldn’t we just accept LAC and LOC as international border and resolve the issue for the good?

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