[UPSC Interview 2020] – Transcript #244 : RN Choubey Board, Sociology Optional, Madhya Pradesh Home state, Reading Bhagwat Geeta & Holy Quraan

Date of Interview: 27th Aug 2021.
Board: RN Choubey
Optional: Sociology
Home State:  Madhya Pradesh
Background: B.Com, MBA (HR+Marketing), M.A. in Sociology from Ignou. Twice  NET-JRF in Sociology.
Work Experience: Four years in the organized sector and a few months in the unorganised sector.
Hobby: Endurance Running, Reading Bhagwat Geeta & Holy Quraan.


  1. You can take your mask off since you have an RT-PCR negative report.
  2. Be relaxed, It will be a nice conversation and we will learn from you.
  3. Tell us about your academic qualification and work experience.

Member 1

  1. Concept of Natural Justice. Provisions in the Indian Constitution and Law for it.
  2. ‘Nal se Jal’. (I drank water before answering this question. They said- Don’t be in a hurry)
  3. How much the Government of India allocated for it in this year’s budget?
  4. Why river interlinkage remains a non-starter?

Member 2

  1. How Bangladesh could surpass India in its per-capita GDP?
  2. Constitutional provisions for National Emergency?
  3. What changes were made in the Article 352 and why?
  4. How many times was ‘Emergency’ provision applied in India?
  5. Chairperson: Which subject among all the subjects that you have studied, should we ask you the questions from?

Member 3

  1. What was ‘Himalayan Blunder’? There is also a book by this name.
  2. Which service is your first preference?
  3. How would Sociology help you in that service?
  4. Anyone, even with no Sociology can tell about the Women and Caste. I am not satisfied.
  5. I asked for one more chance and gave a concrete Socio+HRM answer.
  6. What is your opinion on the new Drone rules considering that two months ago (in June) there was a drone-attack on an airport base in J&K?

Member 4

  1. Your citizenship status?
  2. One of your hobbies is to read Bhagwat Geeta. So, I will be asking you on Mahabharata.
  3. Question on ‘Yakshaprashan’.
  4. Muslims have been roughed up. Have they received what all they have been promised during partition days in India?
  5. Kept asking me followup questions until I said – “I am sorry Sir, I don’t follow politics”.
  6. Earlier, I counted the Constitutional provisions, PM’s 15-point programme and the Sachchar Committee report. Then a follow up question was the name of the report giving Committee’s chairperson which I correctly answered.
  7. Here the Chairperson Sir kindly reminded the honorable member that I have already given the answer he was seeking, two questions ago.
  8. I said thank you to the Chairperson.

Chairperson: Is there something you want to share with us?

I gave my observations on Patriarchy.
Your interview is over.

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