[UPSC Interview 2020] – Transcript #186 : Smita Nagraj Board, Bihar Home State, Geography Optional

Date of Interview: 2nd Sept
Board: Smita Nagraj
Optional: Geography
Home State: Bihar
Work Exp: service in railways, Bathinda.


  1. What is the highlight of your 6 months in Bathinda?
  2. Talked about 3 reforms I did there. Absenteeism in disaster management, coordination between the yard and sick line, vaccinations of my employees at office premises.
  3. She told vaccinations are your duty and it is not reform as such.
  4. I told about empathy part
  5. She asked whether I should be awarded for this or not?
  6. I told no mam and said as it is normal routine work
  7. Is less salary reason for inefficient in govt sector
  8. Reforms in railways are enough to improve it?
  9. What are the ground-level reforms you suggest?

Member 1

  1. Nuclear summit recently (No idea)
  2. Preplanning required in railways disaster?
  3. Reason for corruption?
  4. What is honesty
  5. one quote on honesty (till power is not there everyone is honest,
  6. difference between empathy and sympathy

Member 2

  1. bullet train ,hyperloop
  2. bullet train caters to rich only what about poor (if u r made commissioner of Bihar Sharifa) implement SBM, financial inclusion, health schemes, skill development, agriculture reforms
  3. how will you confirm that the toilet is constructed on ground and not only on paper
  4. how do you see railways  in 5 years

Member 3

  1. Bihar floods
  2. govt efforts on Bihar flood
  3. Pradhan Mantri adarsh gram yojana,prasar bharti ( said sorry sir )
  4. technology in policing

Member 4

  1. how to increase enrolment in higher education
  2. discusses on that
  3. issues in policy or implementation
  4. issues of human trafficking
  5. Solutions for human trafficking
  6. privatisation in railways
  7. I talked about issues of increased tariff
  8. How to balance tariff and and social
  9. Talked of limited privatisation of higher-end train like Tejas,vande Bharat

Thanks by chairman

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