[UPSC Interview Transcript #120]: PK Joshi Board, Andhra Pradesh Home State, PSIR Optional

Date of Interview: 19th Feb 2020
Board: Prof. PK Joshi
Optional: PSIR
Home State: Andhra Pradesh
Employee: SBI
Hobby: Hackathon


  1. You passed out in 2016, what did you do from then?
  2. Tell me about your work experience at SBI
  3. Why did you shift from engineering to banking to civil services?
  4. It is said, farmers are born in poverty, live in poverty, and die in poverty. How can we change this?
  5. Farm loan waiver – good or bad?
  6. Should agriculture be taxed?
  7. What did you do in hackathons? (Hobby based)

Member 1

  1. Tell me the significance of 21st Feb and why. ( She told me, it was international mother tongue day. I didn’t know this)
  2. Banks often resort to harsh measures while dealing with loan defaulters. They even misbehave with farmers. What do you think?
  3. Industrial workers are also losing their jobs. But why are only farmers doing suicides? Are they faint-hearted?
  4. What’s your opinion on 3 capitals at AP
  5. Polavaram project is leading to flooding in some villages in Orissa. What do people of your state think? Are they concerned? (I messed this up a bit, and thus came the following question)
  6. What is nationalism? ( Some discussion around this )

Member 2

  1. Do SWOT analysis of India
  2. Is Indian youth contributing to industrial development
  3. Chinese model vs Indian model of growth

Member 3

  1. Tell me the love story of Urvashi and Pururav
  2. Do you know the reason for the insurgency in Burundi?
  3. Tell me about the difference between Asha worker and community health worker in Uganda
  4. Difference in approach of India and Israel in tackling the issue of flight hijack.
  5. Tell me about agricultural distress in Guntur.

Member 4

  1. Why is the Middle East always in a crisis situation?
  2. Should there be more private medical colleges? Problems?
  3. Is social media marketing ethical?

Thank You. Your interview is over.

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