[UPSC Interview Transcript #18] :TCA Anand Board, PSIR Optional, Reading books and GIS mapping hobbies

Duration: 30 mins
Board: (TCA Anand)
Background: Civil Engineering & Mentioned helping out father in his shop.
Optional: PSIR
Hobbies: Reading books and GIS mapping


  1. Your hobby is reading. Which book did you read recently? What is it about?
  2. Your other hobby is GIS mapping. What is it about? How did it become your hobby?

Member 1

  1. What are the principles of store management?
  2. BS4 vs BS6
  3. When does it come into force? what will happen to the BS 4 vehicles that are running on the roads now?
  4. What are the techniques used for earthquake-resilient buildings?
  5. there is a special type of Steel that used for earthquake-resistant buildings. do you know about it?
  6. How to measure tensile strength?
  7. What is Narvik?

Member 2

  1. What is Pradhanmantri Awas Yojana? Why is it important? (Also asked about specific provisions regarding the scheme)
  2. What are the problems with it? What are the latest techniques that we are looking to imbibe in it?
  3. That’s a specific definition of affordable housing. Do you know that?

Member 3

  1. You have read books on anthropology. How differently did Adivasis of India and aborigines of Australia fire when they came into contact with mainlanders?
  2. What is a time zone? What is India’s? How many time zones does the USA have? Do you need another one?

Member 4

  1. Have you been to a village? Have you attended any gram Sabha/Panchayat meetings? What is the difference between both? Why are they important?
  2. My assessment of the interview: The interview was good and cordial. I didn’t get any challenging questions at all. Some were fact-based of which some I didn’t know. But broadly, it was a good conversation, and at no point was I put under any kind of pressure.

For more interview transcript, visit the Complete IAS Interview Preparation Guide

Print Friendly and PDF