[UPSC Interview 2022] – Transcript #62 : M Sathiyavathy Board, Economics Optional, Sketching Hobby

Board: M Sathiyavathy
First to go, morning session
Background: IRTS, Investment banking, Startup
Optional: Economics
Hobby: Sketching


  1. Why did you join when you were making $$$ before?
  2. What was the favorite startup you have worked with?
  3. What was the business model
  4. Opinion on IRMS and Cross questions
  5. Battery swapping failing why? (Daf) cross questions

Member 1

  1. What kind of bulbs do you know? (Random)
  2. What bulb is the best?
  3. Some other questions can’t recall

Member 2

  1. If so leveraged then why were people buying it?
  2. As a broker how will you convince me to buy it?
  3. Cross questions
  4. Since you liked startups, why couldn’t you work in social sector through startups? Why this domain?
  5. Couldn’t you make a startup, sell it and keep working in diverse sectors?

Member 3

  1. Are you nervous?
  2. What did you do to manage the nervousness ( I said deep breathing, so he said what type and I said Anulom-vilom and then he just laughed the entire time)
  3. What is the diff between art and science
  4. Is a history study a science or an art
  5. Should policy making be done scientifically or humanities based
  6. You do pencil sketching? Isn’t it just copying?? I said it is but perspective is involved and depends on who is drawing, outcome will be diff
  7. But he said it’s still copying isn’t it – I said sir it does involve some techniques l
  8. ike hatching which can again be innovative
  9. Said he doesn’t think it’s art cuz it’s a copy.. – I said it is sir, but again copying
  10. is not entirely bad. He smiled.
  11. Which question would you like to answer – How does a plane fly or how does a refrigeration cycle work ( out of syllabus for me cu no engineering background but I said Airplane)
  12. Went on to explain in the most basic and crude form. He said this was very basic but ok

Member 4

  1. What is green hydrogen?
  2. How will you incentivise the bottom of the pyramid to take it up?
  3. What do you think will be RBI stance today ?
  4. On in head we are promoting MSME and on the other we are increasing the credit interest?
  5. Why are we doing this? Cross questions
  6. Third interview with Sathyawati Ma’am. May God help me !

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