[UPSC Interview 2022] – Transcript #184 : Preeti Sudan Board, PSIR Optional, Delhi Home State, Reading, Travelling, Meditation Hobby

Date of Interview: 9 March forenoon session
Board: Preeti Sudan
Background: Btech in ECE
Home State: Delhi
Optional: PSIR
Sports: Badminton
Hobbies: Reading English fiction, traveling and meditation.


  1. Why PSIR after ECE?
  2. National Social Entrepreneurship Idea Challenge- what did you do (DAF)
  3. I talked about our initiative where we tried
  4. manufacturing sanitary napkins so she asked if it is being manufactured on a large scale

Member 1

  1. Assess beti bachao beti padhao
  2. Why Gurugram has developed and not Faridabad?
  3. How has noida helped development of your district
  4. What changes have you seen in your area?

Member 2

  1. Last novel you read
  2. Have we come full circle in foreign policy?
  3. What is the essence of our foreign policy?
  4. Why no job since 2019?
  5. Why did you choose PSIR optional? Was it forced on you?

Member 3

  1. Gender equality and gender equity?
  2. How will u explain it to a layman?
  3. Role models in badminton for women and how enthusiastic are young
  4. women when it comes to badminton?
  5. Which company is top manufacturer of badminton racquets?
  6. Name some authors you have read
  7. Biggest obstacle to EV adoption in India
  8. What can we do if we do not have lithium reserves required for manufacturing EV batteries?

Member 4

  1. Travelling and meditation are two opposite things- travelling unsettles you and meditation settles you, so how did you develop these two hobbies together?
  2. What did you learn from a place that you travelled to?
  3. Where did you travel last?
  4. What kind of meditation do you do?
  5. Have you practiced under a guru or doing it by yourself?

Member 5

  1. Committed bureaucracy vs permanent bureaucracy(?)
  2. When bureaucracy is not aligned to the policies of permanent executive, refuses to cooperate then it creates problem. What do you think?
  3. But bureaucracy leads to red tapism corruption etc, so then? ( this was a follow up on my answer)
  4. world no 1 in men and women in Badminton
  5. Some other questions which I am unable to recall.

Mocks: I gave 4- 5 mocks and got excellent review in all, namely- Chahal, Vajirao and Reddy, Unacademy, O2O with Ravindran sir.
Also, I gave NextIAS practice mock ( based on DAF only) which helped me a lot in terms of giving a direction to my interview preparation since this was my first interview.
Would also definitely recommend Chahal because they gave me a very detailed feedback.

The questions asked in my actual interview were way simpler than the mocks. The board was very cordial. Now rest depends on what the board felt

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