[UPSC Interview 2020] – Transcript #71 : Manoj Soni sir Board, Kerala Home State, Sociology Optional

Date of Interview: 26 August
Board: Manoj Soni sir
Background: BTech in mechanical engineering
Home State: Kerala,
Optional: Sociology


  1. Why were you named meera? Is it connected to Mirabai?
  2. Who was Mirabai?
  3. Why sociology? Have you tried internalising the discipline?
  4. Sociologically analyse the relevance of Mirabai
  5. Why was her reformative approach in caste and gender not sustained in the future?

Member 1

  1. Why corona is spreading so much in Kerala- give 2 main reasons.
  2. What is happiness index?
  3. Is spirituality an important aspect of happiness? If so, how?
  4. Given a choice, between a totalitarian government with a very high economic development and democracy which one would you pick?
  5. It is said that a poor man can do any crime. What’s the point of democracy if people are not safe from crimes?
  6. Do you think China will have a revolution in the next 10-20 years?
  7. Has there been any pro-democratic movements in china?

Member 2

  1. Why did you choose mechanical engineering? how was your experience?
  2. What are brownfield projects?
  3. What is the government trying to do in the monetisation plan?
  4. What do you mean by vision?
  5. How do you define yourselves with your strengths?
  6. What are your weaknesses?

Member 3

  1. How would you use your mechanical engineering knowledge to bring about mechanisation of agriculture in your district?
  2. Where will you source the money from?
  3. What is the recent IPCC report about? What is the rate of warming?
  4. How will it impact Kerala?

Member 4

  1. Opinion on girls in NDA
  2. Sexual violence against prisoners of war
    Is newspaper social media?
  3. Give 3 reasons to regulate social media and 3 reasons not to
  4. Do you think social media can really be controlled? If so, how?


  1. If given a chance would you change your name- pick a name from the 3 Yashoda, Rukmini, and Radha.

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