[UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #216 : M Sathiyavathy Board, Telangana Home State, Anthropology Optional

Date of Interview: 6th May, forenoon session, last to go.
Board: M Sathiyavathy ma’am
Background: MBBS
Home State: Telangana
Optional: Anthropology
Hobbies: Vipassana meditation, watching documentaries on climate change, awareness campaigns on Reproductive and child health and child labour
Duration: 25 -30 mins

Utility of mocks – have given limited number, helped in holding nerves(final interview was a whole different game, nerves went out of control in the initial 5 mins), formal interaction setup.

Read out my name loudly and asked me if she was pronouncing it right. Read out my DAF loudly

“So, you’ve finished graduation in 2019 and you’re into this preparation since then!” I said Yes ma’am.


  1. You’re a doctor already, why do you want to come into civil services, don’t you think you’re wasting a medical seat?
  2. You’re interested in child labour, define child labour
  3. Can you say something about 2016 amendment of Prohibition of child labour.
  4. What is the age till which child is not supposed to work in hazardous industries?

Member 1

  1. Now that I know why you want to be a civil servant, give me 5 reasons why you should be a doctor. (CW – laughed and said that’s what she’s trying to avoid.. I said, ma’am I’m sorry but that’s the only answer I have😅. She smiled
  2. Are you aware of Red Sanders? What is it, in which part of the world is it found?
  3. Can you tell me to which country does the smuggled product goes the most? What is it used for there? ( I said China and luxury items- musical instruments and expensive gifts) he added coffins and said they believe that souls of such bodies placed in such coffins go to heaven directly ( CW laughed and said really?)
  4. Increasing conflict between patients and doctors on self treatment and Google based treatment, your take on the same?

Member 2

  1. Are you from Telangana or Andhra Pradesh?
  2. Population of Telangana?
  3. Do you see any chances of reunification of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh?
  4. Why is diamond market of Hyderabad very famous?
  5. He asked some random dam name and said tell me something about it. ( I said, I’m not aware and will read about it)
  6. Naxalism status in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Member 3

  1. You like watching climate change documentaries?
  2. ( Erratic question framing) 😒😒 There’s a resolution in UN on climate change. What’s that resolution and did India accept or deny it? ( I said, I didn’t understand sir, can you be specific 😆😆)
  3. He repeated the same vague question. ( I said, sorry sir it very difficult to comprehend the question. I’m sorry) 😅😅
  4. What’s India’s promise to reduce emissions intensity.
  5. India denied it, tell me the reason.

Member 4

  1. What’s your opinion on PM -JAY?
  2. I’ll say that there’s an increase in C- sections in India after PM- JAY. What would you say?
  3. As a doctor, how is Vipassana helpful to you and other doctors?
  4. Food fortification and it’s side effects.
  5. When is Doctor’s day celebrated and why? When’s civil services day celebrated and why?

I don’t remember a few questions.
Ma’am said, your interview is over. You can leave now. All the best.
Overall, a cordial board, questions seemed very superficial but relevant.

All the best guys! 🙂

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