[UPSC Interview 2022] – Transcript #2 : M Sathiyavathy Board, Tamil Nadu Home State, painting, reading Hobbies

Date of Interview: 30/01/2023
Board: M Sathiyavathy
Background: Btech metallurgy from NIT Trichy
Home State: Salem ,Tamil Nadu
Employee: Sidbi
Hobbies: Mandala painting / reading fiction books


For female candidates ( please remove your chain / earring/ ring ) they are asking ur to remove all ornaments including watch.,
Satyavathi Mam read out the DAF loudly and asked the following questions :

  1. What are you doing currently ?
  2. why this gap of 3 years since your last job
  3. What made you choose civil service ?
  4. Civil service is not just about IAS,
  5. there are other services also ?
  6. You can do much better in your current job ,why this ?
  7. Why didn’t you go to Core ? Why IT ?
  8. Didn’t you appear for Gate exam ?
  9. Tell about Dravidian model of development that Tamil Nadu is talking about ?
  10. how is it different from other states ? Why call it Dravidian?
  11. What makes TN one of the leading states in economic and social indicators in the country ?

Member 1

  1. You become IAS and you are given a choice to choose between two districts – one where there is more communal tensions and another a border district with issues of drug and human trafficking- what would you choose ?
  2. I chose border district siting few reasons.
  3. Follow up question.but in case of choosing a communal violent district, if you bring communal harmony you can make a big difference.
  4. I agreed to his point,yet chose to stay with border district as i felt the scope of development is more there.
  5. Tell me the background of how Afghanistan evolved and what is the current relations of India with Afghanistan?
  6. Tell me 5 interesting things about Salem ?
  7. Tell me about mandala painting ?

Member 2

  1. What lifestyle choices do you have ?
  2. How will you lead your life in next decades ?
  3. Will you be able to find the right partner who will agree with your way of life ?
  4. Why dont you like a lavish lifestyle ? ( But many prefer it ,why don’t you ?)
  5. Tell me some new materials used nowadays ?

Member 3

  1. What schemes have Government brought for MSME’s?
  2. How is Mudra helping and how is it different ?
  3. What do you know about semiconductors ?
  4. What is opinion on Remote voting ?
  5. Do you support it or not ?
  6. What is it about ordinary residents and native residents ?

Member 4

  1. What do you do in Sidbi ? ( In your branch )
  2. What are steps taken by Sidbi for antimoney laundering ?


  1. what do you know about account aggregators ?
  2. follow up – it will be useful only if they voluntarily provide info..
    What would you do if people conceal info and how can you check money laundering?

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