[UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #195 : TCA Anant  Board, Rajasthan Home State, PSIR Optional

Date of Interview: 2nd may,Afternoon session
Board: TCA Anant
Background: IIT ROORKEE,Computer Science
Home State: Rajasthan
Optional: PSIR
Hobby: Twitter, other(better not to mention:P)

Lady member  saw me sweating and requested chairman to lower the AC temprature.


  1. There is lot of stigma in the society about the hobby that you have mentioned and I appreciate that you have mentioned it here.It requires courage and risk taking ability.What are the reasons for such stigmas?

Member 1

  1. Some questions and counter questions on that particular hobby.
  2. Why civil services
  3. Ok you want legitimate authority but you can achieve it through other means also?
  4. I said I have interest in the subjects which are in the upsc syllabus and I think it was the most convenient path for me.
  5. Have  you been at the position where you used the authority  to change the ordinary people’s lives?
  6. I talked about position of leadership held in college
  7. She interrupted and said I am asking about any position held after your college
  8. I said no mam i was involved in civil services preparation so did not get time to involve in this
  9. She said “Ok thats a different discussion altogether”
  10. Why twitter is in news recently?
  11. Do you agree with Elon Musk free speech idea
  12. Anonymous accounts on twitter and what are your views on authenticating them?

Member 2

  1. What is the similarity between Roorkee and Kota
  2. Then I mentioned two similarity
  3. He asked about any particular physical feature.I could not answer,so he helped me out.
  4. Thanked him
  5. Should Indians seek apology from Britain for the excesses committed by them during the colonial rule.
  6. I said it would not result into any material benefits
  7. So do you think that only material aspects matter for any country?
  8. Do you remember any incidence where any country apologised for their past wrongdoings?

Member 3

  1. What are the tactical lessons that India can learn from Russia Ukraine war?
  2. Suppose there is a water crisis in your district and women have started violent protest.What steps will you take?

Member 4

  1. Long monologue(length of gs4 case study) about Russian Ukraine war.
  2. Lessons from the Ukraine war for USA and China?
  3. Long monologue:India’s foreign policy particularly in neighbourhood was questioned a year ago.Our neighbour’s behaviour started getting passive but now things have changed.What do you think are the reasons for this change?
  4. Again long monologue on Ukraine’s aggressive posture during the war.
  5. Is president Zelensky  right in helding aggressive posture during the war?
  6. Does this war opens a door for China to annex Taiwan?

Chairman: Your interview is over .You may leave now


  1. Cordial board.No grilling.
  2. Almost whole interview was opinion based .No factual questions.
  3. Half of the interview was on DAF and other half was on optional.
  4. Not much cross questioning
  5. M3 and M4 were asking questions in low voice and I think that was intentional.

All the best

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