[UPSC Interview 2020] – Transcript #210 : Sujata Mehta Board, Geology Optional

Date of interview: 16 September 2021
Board: Sujata Mehta
Background: Automation Engineering
Optional: Geology


  1. Introduce yourself
  2. You are from very prestigious institution, can you tell about its history?
  3. Do you know about automation? Tell me what automation could do to engineering, economy and society?
  4. What kind of jobs that automation will create? Will it be labour intensive?
  5. Less manual labour would Mean less labour intensive and hence lesser employment. So do you want to change your opinion that automation will create more employment in long run?
  6. Don’t a civil servant think ahead like 30 years or so?
  7. Do you know that looking after old age people is taken over by automation. What is your opinion on that?
  8. So human touch is needed?

Member 1

  1. Have you visited any mining towns?
  2. Can you compare any of these towns with towns in Tamil Nadu?
  3. Why chennai floods occur?

Member 2

  1. What is smart fencing?
  2. What is rat hole mining?
  3. Despite the ban why is it still operating? What should be done to stop it?

Unable to recall other questions

Member  3

  1. Where are India’s strategic petroleum reserves
  2. Are they underground or above ground?
  3. How are they built?
  4. Won’t such construction affect Geological stability?
  5. Has India’s foreign policy failed?
  6. What is the problem between India and Nepal

Member  4.

  1. What are the pitfalls of generic medicines?
  2. (Long question) China doesn’t allow dissent inside its country. What is your opinion?
  3. Have you heard of the bok argumentative Indian
  4. Is committed bureaucracy needed?
  5. Shouldn’t the bureaucrat be impartial? Won’t committed bureaucracy create partiality among bureaucracy?

Unable to recall other questions

(This transcript has been posted by a community member of ForumIAS)
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