Board: M Sathiyavathy
Duration: 20-25 minutes
Background: Civil engineering from an IIT
Hobbies: Football, Non-Fiction, Fitness.
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- *Skipped her favourite question cause I graduated in 2022 only.*
- Why didn’t you work as a civil engineer?
- Did you not apply for the placements?
- Do core firms visit your campus?
- Tell me about the technologies that were used in Qatar World cup?
- Did you go to Qatar?
- Why are so many bad things happening in sports? (Very open ended question, wasn’t ready for it but learnt from the question for the rest of my interview)
- Is our media getting less ethical everyday?
- Something about money in sports?
- When did you start your preparation?
- Something about my marks in final year and UPSC preparation.
- How did you start your preparation?
- How did you cover political science in such a small time?
- Do you get time to read books while being in college and also preparing?
- Tell me about the books you’ve read.
- What is Abhijeet Banerjee’s methodology?
- So it’s something about facts, do you favour facts or intuition?
- Will you never trust your intuition then?
- What is fitness for you?
- Difference between fitness and health?
- Do you have like a childhood dream to become a civil servant?
- Let’s talk about financial fitness, What’s your take on the issue of freebies? and suggest me a solution.
- What would you choose between free electricity, free food and a Health and wellness centre?
- World is looking towards India but India lacks basic infrastructure, how do you see it? (Very open ended question again, without any closure..but I gave an elaborate answer learning from my previous mistake)
- If you can become secretary of MoD or MoW&C what will you choose?
- Tell me something that stood out for you in “Pakistan: at the helm” (a book I mentioned earlier.)
- Tell me things that you think general people won’t know about Pakistan but you do.
- What was Musharraf’s role in Kargil?
- What happened to Musharraf recently?
- Is his body being brought back to Pakistan?
- What is Gross happiness index and the country that introduced it?
- What other growth indicators are there? (Agreed with me when I said GHI is about development and not growth. Suggested some other indicators too.)
- Tell me some growth indicators then!
- Difference between GDP and GNP?
- What do you think is more for India?
- *Caught me smiling for no good reason*
- You’ve lived in North East for FIVE years, right? I hope you know about the place. You do right??
- Tell me about some of the development initiatives in NE?
- What’s happening under PM Devine? What are the projects?
- Something apart from the bridges?
- Two factual questions that I don’t even remember smh
- Many states in NE are going to polls, can you name some?
- Nagaland too is going right?
- What is Naga peace accord?
- If the accord was entered into in 2015 why hasn’t it been implemented yet?
Chairperson – thank you… your interview is over!
Be ready for some vague and open ended questions, adapt to them and give a closure on your own.
Don’t fret over the excercise, board members are so kind and welcoming.
Mocks : Gave around 8 mocks.
Good ones : Vajirao and ready(I fell into an argument but they reviewed me well and helped me), Unacademy, Subhra Ranjan (closest to interview in my case, more like a conversation between experienced people and a young naive boy), Next IAS (covers DAF well), Samkalp(Quality of questions was good)
Won’t suggest: KSG (khan sir is not sitting for the mocks and chairman is too hostile, felt like some personal grudge tbh)
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