[UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #38 : TCA Anant Board, Reading books, listening to Carnatic music Hobbies

Date of Interview: April 11 Afternoon
Board: TCA Anant
Background: B.Tech Geoinformatics
Hobbies: Reading books, listening to Carnatic music


  1. What is Geoinformatics? What areas of specialisation?
  2. What have you been doing since graduation?
  3. What kind of books do you read?
  4. Tell me about your last book and follow up questions on that.

Member 1

  1. Can the problems of India-China border be solved by cartography? (Mentioned that cartography was one of the subjects in graduation)
  2. What books of fiction have you read?
  3. Any biography that has particularly influenced you?
  4. Do you think we value house wife’s contribution? (Follow up from the previous question)
  5. If you are in govt, what would you do to change the perception towards house wife?
  6. How do you see your learning curve from the entry through mid-career to the higher level in civil services?

Member 2

  1. If both parents are working, what happens to children’s upbringing?
  2. What do you think about having a system where mothers can take their children to workplace?
  3. Today is safe motherhood day. Are you aware of it?
  4. What do you know about safe motherhood?

Member 3

  1. He was very happy when I told member 1 that I liked Harry Potter. He shared his insight about JK Rowling 😀
  2. What Indian authors have you read?
  3. Don’t you think Indian English literature needs to get world recognition for its style?
  4. Why do you like Carnatic music? Do you play any instrument?
  5. What do you think of Obamas in the American trajectories? Did they come at an inflection point? (Follow up on my mention of Becoming by Michelle Obama)
  6. What do you think about Trump in one line?
  7. Do you think Trump’s election is a consequence of Obama’s time?
  8. Have you considered joining private sector?
  9. Why didn’t you consider NGOs? (Follow up on my answer)

Member 4

  1. What is the problem with our bureaucracy?
  2. Why don’t policies work?
  3. Do you think we need reforms in bureaucracy?

Chairman: Thank you. Your interview is over.

The board was extremely cordial. It was a purposeful conversation in every sense of it. Overall it was a very pleasant and enriching experience.

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