[UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #130 : M Sathiyavathy Board, Law Optional, Reading English Novels Hobby

Board: M Sathiyavathy
Optional: Law
Hobbies: Reading English Novels


  1. What kind of books do you read?
  2. Do you buy them in print or on Kindle?
  3. 3 to x. Insert intense grilling moot court style for 5 minutes on whether election manifesto can be treated as a contract?
  4. Answered in Negative. Asked to explain why. Cross questions on each element of contract formation.
  5. Asked to act as her lawyer and present a case to court to still enforce it and to make sure she wins. Some cross questions. Joked how lawyers always ask for time and adjournment when I asked for a few seconds before presenting final arguments.

Member 1

  1. What are some examples of void and voidable contacts.

No I didn’t like the example. Give me some other.

  1. Why do we say police must maintain Law AND Order. Why two terms.
  2. Define Public Order
  3. Judiciary has craftly expanded its role since 1990s. Is Judiciary overstepping
  4. React to my statement that judicial activism is due to failure of executive plus cross questions.

Member 2

  1. How can disputes in case of contract be solved?
  2. Follow up: difference between arbitration and conciliation
  3. Follow up: enforceability of conciliation award and 1 cross question
  4. Any mechanism of ADR for MSME?

Replied but wanted to refer to Samadhan portal so he indicated about the same. Asked about it it’s working in detail. Sorry sir.

  1. Share of industries in hometown. Which industries exist. Which will you introduce. How will you get money. (all asked in one breath- answered. Fumbled and used the term GDP for district. 🤦🏽‍♀️) when I came to last question. Took a pause. He made a joke that money will come from somewhere. We will see)
  2. Is there Mens Rea in contracts like criminal law.

Member 3

  1. Why is there liability of each member of a mob in case of riots
  2. Offences affecting Public order
  3. Answered 2/3. He kept saying No and asking for more. Till I stopped
  4. Difference between President rule and Governor Rule
  5. Maximum duration for Governor rule
  6. Was repeal of 370 correct?
  7. No. Governance perspective aside. Give me Constituional perspective
  8. 7? Was it a good decision.
  9. Chairperson asked me to adjust my slipping mask
  10. Article 35A
  11. Why removed. Impact of removal.

Member 4

Insert two minute rant on lack of punishment for judiciary. Use of contempt.

  1. Is Judiciary moving towards self destruction. React to this statement.
  2. Loooong Statement on Judicial appointment pattern disrupting separation of power and checks and balance. What’s your opinion.
  3. What can be done

Thank you. You may leave.
One question on hobby. One on home district. Everything else quite legal.

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