[UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #73 : RN. Choubey Board, Uttar Pradesh Home State, Geography Optional, Teaching Hobby

Date of interview: 12 April afternoon, 1st one to go
Board: RN. Choubey sir
Optional: Geography
Background: B.tech ECE
Home State: Uttar Pradesh
Service: (if any)- Commercial Tax Officer UP government
Hobbies: Teaching underprivileged children, listening to retro Bollywood music

Your experience in interview- very cordial, no unnecessary grilling and very nice atmosphere

Utility of mocks (if any)- Took only one mock. Got to know shortcomings about my body posture and expression.


  1. Explained about the process and told that it is not a police enquiry. Asked me to frankly tell if I don’t know the answer to any question. He also said that the board wanted to have a purposeful conversation with me.
  2. – introduce yourself in short by telling your background and academic details.
  3. – You work in Tax department. Tell me if GST Act is unconstitutional as it takes away the power of states to levy and collect taxes?
  4. – then gave a long monologue about some study which stated that income tax be replaced by taxes on banking transaction and asked my views on it

Member 1

(Seemed to have studied taxation a lot)

  1. – told some quote regarding taxation and asked if I knew who said it to which I told that I didn’t
  2. – at least you would have heard this quote? ( Again I told that I have not heard it ever)
  3. – changed the question and again quoted something to which I again told that I’ve not heard but allowed me to explain its meaning
  4. – why are educational institutions not taxed in GST?
  5. – some counter questions on this
  6. – Again quoted some lines which were something like : “the only legitimate child is one which is born out of a legal wedlock and is the only legitimate heir”. What do you think about it?

Member 2 

  1. – Quoted something and asked to explain (can’t remember now)
  2. – What do you think of skill India?
  3. – Why we need skilling?
  4. – Do you think private sector needs to be included in this?
  5. – Will private sector involvement bring better results?
  6. – we are skilling people in India for world also. Is that a good strategy? Should we keep skilling them for foreign needs?

Member 3

  1. – You have Geography optional, that’s interesting. Tell me if India and China can ever become friends?
  2. – If territorial issues are solved then do you see them becoming friends?
  3. – but what about Sphere of influence? Won’t that become an issue even if other issues are ironed out?
  4. – do you think Indo-China border issues will be resolved in next 100 years?

Member 4

  1. – what do you mean by  underprivileged children?
  2. – do you know about a Nobel laureate who works for underprivileged children ( about Kailash Satyarthi ji)
  3. – what kind of children does hi work for?
  4. – what is the name of his organisation?
  5. – how did you make sure that children didn’t drop out of school(DAF based)
  6. – What are the issues with Land Acquisition in India?
  7. – What are the features of Land Acquisition Act (LARR)?
  8. – How is the amended LARR better than previous Act?

Chairman :

  1. We enjoyed talking to you. Anything which you want to tell us?
  2. I said sir I have mentioned about Bollywood retro music in my DAF.
  3. He said that he doesn’t want to ask anything but if I want to tell I can go ahead. I told that when I’m not in good mood I listen to songs of 60s and 70s and feel better.
  4. He said that he was pleased to know that and other members also smiled on this

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