[UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #142 : M Sathiyavathy Board, Management Optional, Swimming, cooking Hobbies

Date of Interview: 25th April, afternoon
Board: M Sathiyavathy Ma’am
Optional: Management
Background: NIT Hamirpur (B.Tech), IIT Madras (MBA)
Hobbies: Swimming, cooking, DIY repairs, Home workout
Your experience in interview- 1st

Utility of mocks (if any)- Useful as my main interview based on DAF

Almost 80% of interview based on DAF and even other questions were derived from it. Hence use this transcript with caution.


  1. What is difference between safety and security with respect to Vizag?
  2. Safety and security difference in respect to airplane?
  3. What are green building?
  4. What are green corridor?
  5. Why you are leaving your better paying job for civil services?

Member 2

  1. What is red corridor?
  2. Socio-economic similarity in these regions?
  3. Should we do something or leave it as it is? Steps to undertake?
  4. Budget- how will you tell someone how to read it?
  5. What is primary deficit?
  6. How much is it?
  7. What is fiscal deficit of India? How much it should be?
  8. Why is it so high?
  9. What is India’s debt to GDP ratio? How much it should be ?
  10. What is debt to GDP ratio for US and Japan?
  11. Then why should India keep it so low?
  12. Why is US$ the global currency?
  13. What are threats to US$ as global currency?
  14. Can Indian rupee in future be the global currency?

Member 3

  1. What are cryptocurrencies? Can they be a global currency?
  2. Can cryptocurrencies be hacked? Or is it individual broker issue?
  3. What could be other alternatives to a global currency?

Member 4

  1. You did mechanical engineering then MBA? Didn’t your engineering go to waste?
  2. Do you think Indian engineers are of lower quality?
  3. Why they are not so good?
  4. What is McKinsey ethical —( don’t know) and Darknet?
  5. Have used darknet?
  6. If a cyberattack on Indian stock exchange by China, what will be its implications?
  7. What triathlon you did and how is it different from Ironman triathlon?
  8. What are your favorite swimming strokes?
  9. What is difference between freestyle and crawl?

Member 5

  1. What is e-waste?
  2. What is polluter pays principle?
  3. You like cooking? What all dishes?
  4. How does cooker help in cooking?
  5. How you can maintain or improve nutrient of food by cooking?
  6. You did engineering and MBA and now civil services, isn’t it internal brain drain?
  7. Will you use your existing knowledge and improve system or come here to learn?

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