[UPSC Interview 2022] – Transcript #53 : M Sathiyavathy Board, Psychology

Date  of Interview: 6th February, Afternoon, 3rd to go
Board: M Sathiyavathy
Optional: Psychology
Background: Industrial Psychology, IGNOU
Your experience in interview: Average
Utility of mocks or O2O: Learn to listen to the question, similar questions

Chairman reads out my DAF


  1. What is Industrial Psychology?
  2. The Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions, explain it in the context of industrial psychology?
  3. Usually, master’s degree is completed in 2 years, why are you taking more time?
  4. Name the industries where this is most applied? (she wanted more industries, my answer was quite shallow, but she moved on when she understood that I couldn’t recall)

Member 2

  1. Why is the age of marriage increasing in India, is the institution of marriage still relevant in the Indian society, also why are divorces increasing?
  2. What is your Plan B?

Member 3

  1. What was your entrepreneurial venture? (Based on my Plan 😎
  2. What are the ways to promote women empowerment and women entrepreneurship?

Member 4

  1. What is the status of women in Kerala? (Nudged about double burden, and I spoke about my MA research paper)
  2. Based on the findings of your research, what ways can we overcome this issue about women?
  3. What is the psychology of terrorism?
  4. Can these techniques be applied for the good of the society? How?
  5. What are skills needed for a civil servant from a psychology perspective?
  6. How are e-commerce companies using psychology?

Member 5

  1. I am giving you a situation, “In an industry, an accident occurred and an employee was injured. The employees with their rage and anger attacked the supervisor and injured him, what aspect of psychology is playing out here”? (I couldn’t reach the specific answer at first, but she gave me a clue )
  2. We have not condemned the Russia-Ukraine war, what are India’s reasons for doing it? (I replied that indeed we have condemned, but we have abstained due to our strategic autonomy and self-interest; she wanted more points, but let me free when I couldn’t recall)

M3 wanted to ask one more question
– You mentioned that empathy and compassion are important traits in a civil servant, can it be assessed in an interview like this?

Chairman: Thank you, your interview is over

Good luck to all, be calm and be yourself

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