[UPSC Interview 2022] – Transcript #30 : M Sathiyavathy Board, Sociology Optional, Punjab Home State, Gardening Hobby

Date Interview: 3rd Feb, afternoon
Board: M Sathiyavathy
Optional: Sociology
Home State: Punjab
Background: Electronics and communication.
Hobbies: Kitchen gardening, reusing plastic


  1. What have you doing since 2019 ?
  2. What is Cancer express ?
  3. Why so many cancer cases in Punjab ? And subsidiary discussion on that led to water table dropping and further to cropping pattern of Punjab.
  4. Should government pass a law to stop rice plantation in Punjab. A discussion on this.
  5. You are collector how will you convince farmers to not sow rice.

Member 1

  1. Challenges of a border district and what will you do to solve them ( in context of Punjab) ?
  2. Gave a monologue on freebies. Then asked how will you convince chief minister that it is wrong. A bit counter questions on that. Can’t recall anything else.

Member 2

  1. What do you think about beauty pageants ? Counter questions
  2. Had Tibet been independent of China would our border situation have been better?
  3. Social problems of Assam.
  4. Since I couldn’t answer both the above questions then sir said you tell me which area you are comfortable. I said environment.
  5. One general question on environment initiatives and one counter question on electric vehicles.

Member 3

  1. What do you envision future of electronics etc.
  2. Do you watch TV. I said no. From where do you get news then ?
  3. Do you know Doshi ? Who was he trained under?
  4. How are Punjab and Haryana sharing Chandigarh? It means no dispute between them ?
  5. Recent Supreme Court judgement on Chandigarh.

Member 4

  1. You are reusing plastic don’t you know it is banned ? A few counter questions on this ( I think many)
  2. When was single used plastic banned ? Are you sure ?
  3. Should ECI be given a role of censoring body for manifestos ( in light of excessive freebies? )
  4. What is G20 ? How is the president chosen ?
  5. If India has become president in alphabetical order only then why so much pomp and show on it ?

Then finally chairperson said thankyou and all the best.

  1. Your experience in interview-
  2. Members were counter questioning a lot. Mostly on opinions.
  3. Satyavati ma’am was nodding in between.
  4. Utility of mocks or O2O (if any)- Practice mannerism and staying formal through out the interview.
    But the variety and nature of questions in interview is quite different from mocks.

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