[UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #39 : Bharat Bhushan Vyas Board, Geography Optional, Basketball, marathon, poetry writing Hobbies

Date of Interview: 5th April, Afternoon
Board: Bharat Bhushan Vyas
Optional: Geography
Background: B.Tech(CS) + MBA
Employee: (if any)- investment banking, software engineer
Hobbies: Basketball, marathon, mandala painting, poetry writing


  1. Where were you working?
  2. What is PayU?( work ex)
  3. What is a start-up?
  4. What is a unicorn?
  5. What is a megacorn?
  6. Why the name unicorn ?
  7. What is fintech ?
  8. What is FDI? Why is it important?
  9. How will FDI be managed along with atmanirbhar bharat?
  10. What is your view on privacy ?
  11. What about surveillance ?
  12. Laws under which surveillance is allowed ?
  13. What id bobble? Why is bay of bengal important?
  14. What is the difference between cyclone, hurricane, typhoon , haloween storms? Who names cyclones?

Member 1

  1. What is internal complaints committee( POR )? What were your responsibilities?
  2. If you are a district collector and a lady comes with sexual harassment complaint what will you do?
  3. What is your view on simultaneous elections?
  4. Is there scope for innovation in civil services ?
  5. What about non technological innovations ?

Member 2

  1. Why the name marathon ?
  2. Where all have you run ?
  3. What is the distance ?
  4. What is your service preference ? Why IAS over IFS?
  5. What is sea of Azov? Geopolitical significance ? Environmental concern ?

Member 3

  1. Which book has Abdul kalam written ?( answered : wings of fire)
  2. What is wings and what is fire ?
  3. One more book. Didn’t know
  4. Why is there corruption in services ?
  5. Why are you then leaving a high paying job? 2-3 follow up questions ?
  6. If your chief secretary is charged with sexual harassment and you are in ICC what will you do? 2-3 follow up questions

Member 4

  1. What are non tarrif barriers? Examples?
  2. What is PLI scheme? issue with WTO?
  3. What is China + 1 policy ?
  4. Do you feel we are moving towards localisation from globalisation ?
  5. Technology has been a facilitator as well as a bane ? Comments ?


  1. I want to ask one last question. Why do we call foreign dignitaries in our republic day ?
  2. Who was the chief guest this year and last year ?
  3. A lot of people come to visit the republic day parade. What are the 3 key takeaways they take with them.

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