[UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #117 : Smita Nagraj Board, Rajasthan Home State, Mechanical Engineering Optional, Gardening, sports Hobbies

Date of Interview: 21 April, Morning
Smita Nagraj Ma’am
Optional: Mechanical Engineering
Home State: Rajasthan
Hobbies: Gardening, had also mentioned cricket in sports

Utility of Mocks – As far as questions were concerned there was no such direct benefit but it gave me confidence. I had given 6 mocks.


  1. What do you do? (Some more questions on my professional experience)
  2. What are the initiatives that Rajasthan government has taken that can be implemented in other states?
  3. What is sustainable mining?

Member 1

  1. Asked question not from my district but from neighbouring district, prominent personalities from that district?
  2. What are the issues that you will face if you are posted in Northeastern states?
  3. Name of northeastern states, then asked about their capital.

Member 2

  1. Your city is a very beautiful city, will you not miss your home if you become civil servant?
  2. What is the utility of mechanical engineering in administration?
  3. What are the recent developments in mechanical engineering?
  4. Reasons for electric vehicles catching fire, how companies can prevent them?

Member 3

  1. What are the problems because of Indira Gandhi Canal, have you visited any district where it is extended, what is the length of it?
  2. Question on Jal Jeevan Mission, why are we providing water to every household and not at the community level and because of this will there be no problem of shortage of water because earlier people used to save water and own that, now they will relegate this responsibility to the government?
  3. If you are given an opportunity, what is that one area where you will work?

Some other questions I cannot remember.

Member 4

  1. What are the 2 positive and 2 negative aspects of Rajasthan?
  2. What is Damodar valley?
  3. IMF, why is it in news?

Other questions, I cannot remember.

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