[UPSC Interview 2020] – Transcript #176: Smita Nagraj Ma’am Board, Telangana Home State, Anthropology Optional

Board: Smita Nagraj Ma’am
Background: Electronics and communication technology,
Home State: Telangana
Optional: Anthropology


  1. What are you doing these days ? ( some follow up discussion on this )
  2. You’re the right person to ask, why aren’t many women getting into civil services ?
  3. What needs to be done to increase the induction of women into civil services?
  4. What difference will it make when women representation increases in civil services ?
Member 1
  1. Following on previous question, what difference in perception will women bring in administration ?
  2. What areas do u think women will bring a difference?
  3. Engineering colleges now have outdated curriculum. What used to be studied by your parents, you’re studying the same. Your opinion?
  4. If you have to design a new curriculum, what will u do?
Member 2
  1. What is the meaning of your name?
  2. So you’re from nizamabad ?
  3. Sugarcane farmers in nizamabad have been facing issues because nizam sugar factory was closed down in bodhan. What will u do to revive the factory?
  4. Still lot of crime against women, mainly domestic violence. How will u use technology to solve this ?
Member 3 
  1. Bodhan has been in lot of news during covid. Why is it so?
  2. If you’re SDM there, what will you do to solve this issue?
  3. Hyderabad Police is doing a lot for women safety. Still crime against women is increasing. What more needs to be done to address this and with technology?
Member 4
  1. Why did you choose anthropology after doing E.C.E ?
  2. But I don’t understand why after studying formally for 4 years, you would go for anthropology?
  3. Do you remember anything about E.C.E ? Just basics ?
  4. Okay, so think of me as a layman, how would you explain bandwidth to me ?
  5. Okay so based on what you said, if there is a certain bandwidth through spectrum auctions, will companies be able to use that band only for limited subscribers ?
  6. How do companies calculate this data ?
  7. (Asked chair if there is more time, ma’am said 1 min) what saree are you wearing ? ( after I answered another member told about the saree to him)
  8. Is it handloom ?
  9. I worked in textile sector a while back. So I am asking, how is handloom sector doing in Telangana?

Chairman – Thank you. All the best.

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