[UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #105 : Smita Nagraj Ma’am Board, Jharkhand Home State, Economics Optional, Sports Hobby

Date of Interview: 19/04/2022, Morning first person to go
Board: Smita Nagraj Ma’am
Optional: Economics
Background: B.tech Mechanical
Home state: Jharkhand
Hobbies: Defence enthusiast, watching football


  1. How long have you stayed in your hometown
  2. what are the 2 things you have seen that you would like to change
  3. are the people of your hometown politically empowered?
  4. (based on previous discussion) what is civil society?
  5. are they always on the right side of things?
  6. (based on previous answer) should we censor them?
  7. how to incorporate their suggestions?

Member 1

  1. what were the headlines of today’s paper?
  2. what happened in Jehangirpuri?
  3. why are communal incidents rising these days
  4. (based on previous answer) how should we control social media?
  5. why would big global giants like twitter alter their algorithm for us
  6. what are the prominent democracies of this world
  7. what’s the difference between US and indian democracy
  8. don’t you think 2 party system is better?
  9. aren’t regional parties hurting us in progress?
  10. didn’t china grow faster than us because of lack of democracy?
  11. how much free speech should be restricted

Member 2

  1. What is BRICS?
  2. (based on previous answer) why hasn’t it lived upto its hype?
  3. what are the recent developments
  4. what is the difference between a summon and a warrant
  5. whats the difference between custody and jail

Member 3

  1. what is your opinion on private coaching
  2. where there any attempts to curtail coaching that you know of
  3. what do you know about telecommunication sector
  4. (wanted to know about a specific development in the sector which i couldn’t recall)

Member 4

  1. who is ruling Afghanistan
  2. what is their history
  3. how is taliban of now different from 90s
  4. is the taliban brutal
  5. should we contact them
  6. what is the difference between public and private health sector
  7. why do you want to be an ias officer?

Chairperson: Your interview is over.

Experience: nothing from optional, graduation, hobbies, home state. They just had a constructive conversation and they knew what they were looking for

Mocks: helps a lot in practicing etiquettes and predicting some common questions

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