[UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #30 : Smita Nagraj Board, Anthropology Optional, Quizzing, Reading Books Hobbies

Board: Smita Nagraj Ma’am
Background: Civil Engineering
Hobbies: Quizzing, Reading Books (did not ask)

President of Quizzing and Debating Society (Mentioned as there was a question by the chairman)


  1. You have a background in Debating and Quizzing. Do you think India is a Debating Society or a compliant society?

Member 2

  1. What is your take on EV? Are they free of pollution?
  2. I said something about coal.
  3. Coal washing and coal pollution leads to hazards in these areas? Don’t you think we should compensate these people?
  4. Counter questions and helped me achieve the correct answer.

Member 3

  1. What is your idea about Criminal Tribes? Certain neighbourhoods in USA are considered extremely dangerous from policing perspective? What can be done?

Member 4

  1. What is longitudinal studies?
  2. What is an ethnography? Can it be used to study people over long term?
  3. Has India Nepal relations become hijacked by China’s Influence?

Member 5

  1. What can centre do to stop freebies by state?
  2. All these scams, ILFS? What has RBI done for this? What about PMC bank?

No question on Civil or States, probably because my first preference was IFS. Mainly Current affairs. Lasted 25-30 minutes. Thanked them and exited.

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