[UPSC Interview 2022] – Transcript #59 : M Sathiyavathy Board, Law Optional, Journaling, watching Hobbies

Date of Interview: 6th Feb, Afternoon session (4th to go)
Board: M Sathiyavathy
Optional: Law
Background: National Law University, Lucknow
Profession (if any): Nope
Hobbies: Journaling, watching anime (no questions asked)

Your experience in interview- Based on what I had heard, I thought the board would be too cruel and would grill me a lot but nothing like that happened. They were smiling, asked me to be comfortable, offered me to have some water and were cordial.
Utility of mocks- Mocks did help me to gain confidence. It had reduced the fear of actual interview to a certain extent.


  1. What have you been doing since 2020?
  2. Why didn’t you become a lawyer?
  3. Should reservation be economic or social?
    (Cross questions. Many.)

Member 1

  1. NPAs are very high so what should we do to address that problem?
  2. What are the reasons for the long time taken in the resolution process of corporate debtors?
  3. Should appeals be allowed to the Supreme Court in resolution of such cases?
  4. What is the future of arbitration in India?

Member 2

  1. What do you think about India’s stance wrt neighbouring nations?
  2. Chinese infrastructure is better than NE. How should India prepare for clashes there?
  3. Attacks by chinese malware on nuclear plants. How can we strengthen our systems?
  4. What is your take on IT Rules, 2021?
  5. How sound is the IPR laws regime?
  6. The fees is very high and the time taken for filing of IPRs is too much. What are we doing to address this?

Member 3

  1. What are your views on the Collegium system? What should be the way forward?
  2. What is so different about Awadhi cuisine?
  3. Is Pakistan’s economic crisis like Sri Lanka’s? Why?
  4. Should India help Pakistan?

Member 4

  1. Darwin’s theory of evolution vs creation
  2. What is gene?
  3. What programs do we have wrt genes?
  4. Which tool is used for gene editing?
  5. What is fullform of CRISPR Cas9? Who invented it?
  6. (I couldn’t answer most of his questions however he seemed very chill and rexed and didn’t mind me saying ‘I don’t know’)Thank you! You may leave now.

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