[UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #17 : Smita Nagraj Board, Delhi Home State, Mathematics Optional, Cricket Hobby

Date of Interview: 7th april, afternoon 2nd last to go
Board: Smita Nagraj
Optional: Mathematics
Background: IIT Delhi
Home State: Delhi
Hobby: Cricket


  1. what have you been doing since 2018?
  2. you are from iit delhi, do you think inadequate attention is given to primary discipline(civil engg.), because of other activities that students do in college(extracurriculars)
  3. while at iit, were you ever told about any civil enginner alumni like you know about other alumni at high positions in the world?
  4. should we bring more cross disciplinary curriculum at iits?
  5. what do you think are qualities of iitians that take them to high places?
  6. Your best memory from iit days(non academic)?
  7. you say the society respects iitians more, do you think it is right?

Member 1

  1. what do you know about cryptocurrency regulation?
  2. is it right that government does not recognise crypto as legal and still wants to tax it?
  3.  what do you think about the central vista project?
  4. what do you think about the criticisms of this project?

Member 2

  1. I see your daf- cricket team…difference between a team and a group?
  2. what is a visible negative effect of freebies?
  3. what do you understand by superpower?
  4. what do you think can stop india from becoming a superpower?

Member 3

  1. (from earlier iit discussion reference) why do you think indians have to go abroad to become big ceo, etc?
  2. in ukraine crisis, there is one sided narrative of the west visible everywhere… why do you think that is?(i mentioned internet companies)
  3. why do you think they(internet compqnies) tow the line of their government?
  4. what can we do if tomorrow facebook decides to black out our media?

Member 4

  1. why was the farm bill issue?what was bad about it that the government rolled it back?was there something good about it?why only big farmers of punjab, haryana?


  1. What can india learn from the sri lankan push to organic farming and it leading to an economic crisis?
  2. do you think there was some motive behind banning the chemical fertilisers other than becoming an organic nation?
  3. (continued from sri lanka)how can army be called in for internal security in india?

Thank you, you interview is over.

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