[UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #9 : Smita Nagraj Board, Physics Optional, Jogging Hobby

Date of Interview: 6th April morning session
Board: Smita Nagraj Ma’am
Optional:  Physics
Background: IIT mandi CSE
Work ex:  software engineer experience of 1 year
Hobbies: sci fi movies, jogging


  1. What have you been doing these days?
  2. Most important challenge that would come before IAS or IPS in coming years
  3. Why less importance or respect for civil servants in developed nations where as in India they are given so importance?
  4. Is reducing importance good?
  5. Why violence against doctors whereas no such thing against civil servants even when they are incompetent?

Member 1

  1. Why still development lacking in NE even after attempts by govt.? What would you do to ensure development there?
  2. Implications of China helping Sri lanka more as compared to India?
  3. Whats the issue in myanmar? Why army overtook?
  4. Neighbor with which we have best relations ( Bangladesh) ? Why such good relations?
  5. Why not such good relations with pakistan?

Member 2

  1. Whats the agreement between assam and meghalaya?
  2. Whats the difference between Taliban 1.0 and 2.0?
  3. What are some different polices undertaken by them? (Opium ban )
  4. How would afghan survive economically as it has banned opium plantation?
  5. What are some different policies w.r.t culture (wanted answer w.r.t bamiyan buddha, so gave a hint that its related to Buddhism when I said I can’t recall)

Member 3

  1. Demands in US for removal of police completely ?
  2. What would happen if we do so in India?
  3. Gun licenses are very liberal in US and there is no problem with it ? Why not do so in India as well
  4. Why issue of stubble burning has become so prominent these days as haryana punjab farmers have been planting paddy since very long? Some cross questions on the same

Member 4

  1. Why AFSPA was in news?
  2. Whats the issue of giving such powers to armed forces when police already have such powers?

( can’t recall other questions)

  • No questions from educational background, work experience, hobbies etc
  • Just one question from home state

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