[UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #196 : M Sathiyavathy Board, Mathematics Optional, Swimming, Sports, Music Hobbies

Date of Interview: 2nd May, Afternoon session
Board: M Sathiyavathy Ma’am
Optional: Mathematics
Background: Engineering Physics from IIT Delhi
Hobbies: Swimming, playing Badminton, listening to Rock Music

Experience of Interview : Overall a good interaction especially with M-4. Very cordial board. Questions asked from DAF & current affairs. Ma’am did not ask any last question and no personal questions asked in the interview.

Utility of Mocks : Beneficial for developing confidence, communication skills, mannerism and facing eminent people, some questions repeated in the real interview. However, real interview experience is very different (minimal cross questioning and no grilling).

Duration : 25 minutes

Masks and Gloves were mandated in board. Ma’am asked to bring mask down for verification and then asked me to wear it again. She started reading out DAF aloud for other members. Place of birth, optional, graduation subject, college, hobbies and achievements.


  1. What are you doing since 2020? (Graduation year)
  2. What do you understand by Engineering Physics? (Graduation)
  3. First you study engineering or physics?
  4. What is the difference b/w Science, Engineering and Technology?
  5. Differentiate b/w Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Technology.

Member 1

  1. Why you chose Mathematics optional?
  2. Since, you like to swim, what is the difference b/w Swimming and Synchronised Swimming?
  3. Lucknow is known as the cultural capital of India. Can you tell me the reason why Lko emerged as cultural hub since such pattern is not witnessed in other parts of Uttar Pradesh?

Member 2

  1. Do you know who is Boris Johnson?
  2. Why was he in news?
  3. Recently, he was fined by the local police. Why was he fined and what is your opinion on this issue?
  4. Should UP be divided?

Member 3

  1. Consider that you are an advisor to the Chief Minister. What advice will you give for retaining manpower in UP?
  2. How can industries be used for the same?

Member 4

  1. If you would like can we discuss upon the same issue as M-3 asked? (I said yes sir) What is the harm if people go out from UP to Tamil Nadu, Gujarat or other parts of country?
  2. Should people have the right to freely move across states?
  3. Recently, an emerging school of economics found out that global economy would flourish more had there been no borders between states. Do you agree with this?
  4. What is the Belt and Road Initiative? I have never heard about it. Can you explain?
  5. Why India not part of this huge infra drive and not leveraging the economic gain posed by CPEC?
  6. What is Mau famous for? (place of birth)
  7. You mentioned about the rich Awadh cuisine (mentioned with M-1). Give me some examples of the same. (I answered Kebabs, Biryani especially Dum Biryani).
  8. What is special about Dum Biryani?
  9. Recently some Electric Vehicles started catching fire. What impact does these incidents have on consumers and EV market and what can govt can do to tackle this?


  1. Thank you your interview is over

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