[UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #16 : RN. Choubey Board, History Optional, Blogging Hobby

Date of Interview: 7 April 2022 – Afternoon
Board: RN. Choubey Sir
Optional: History
Background: B.Tech in Electrical Engineering
Employee:  Worked in an Edtech Company
Hobby: Writing an opinion based Blog


  1. Introduce yourself in brief.
  2. Asked about my work experience and what I did on the job.
  3. How I managed my team which worked in different subjects although (he told me) you must not be master in all the subjects.
  4. How India got forex reserves (Sources)
  5. What’s the current forex reserve. – I said ‘Not able to remember and then he told me to make a guess.
  6. Who owns this Reserve?

Member 1

  1. What is Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
  2. Follow up Q. on it – Missile name, current status, why started
  3. What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  4. Two Follow up Q. – AI would bring unemployment

Member 2

  1. What is a reserve forest:
  2. Follow up Q. – percentage, Have I ever visited, Can we take roots of a tree (can’t recall the name of the tree) from reserve forest.
  3. Percentage of forest in India – current & target
  4. Follow up Q. – How to increase it
  5. Current Union Budget – Is it balanced or not? & Why?
  6. Follow up Q. – Some Schemes, What provision taken with regard to Covid (not particularly mentioned in the COVID?  My opinion on this.

Member 3

  1. Is the Indian performance in the Tokyo Olympics satisfactory or not? My opinion on this.
  2. Sell of Air India? My opinion on this?
  3. Service priority? But no Q. on that.
  4. One more Q. – not able to recall it.

Member 4

  1. What provision was made in the recent election for 80 plus elders to vote?
  2. NOTA – what it is, utility of it, situation based Q.
  3. What I will write on my blog regarding ‘Russia – Ukraine’ war.


  1. We have asked whatever we wanted to. Would you like to tell us something?
  2. Experience in PT – Good & Enjoyed it.
  3. Utility of Mock – Helped in practicing to express me.

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