[UPSC Interview Transcript #42] :P.K. Joshi Board, Maharashtra Home State, Geography Optional, Watching Football & match analysis Hobbies

Interview Date: 17 Feb 2020, afternoon session
Duration: 4.05 – 4.35
Board: P.K. Joshi
Background: BE mechanical
Optional: Geography
Home State: Maharashtra
Hobbies: Watching Football and match analysis.
Extracurricular: Event for Acid attack victims, drought relief work – Paani foundation


  1. Why did you choose mechanical engineering and then why the turn towards civil services?
  2. Do you think the technical domain will help you in generalistic civil services?
  3. As a geography student tell me the difference between geography and geology?
  4. tell me about the evolution of the Himalayas and Shivalik?

Member 1

  1. You are DM of the district. How will you address the case of mob lynching?
  2. What are the problems of Vidarbha and Marathwada? Do you think separate Vidarbha demand is the solution?
  3. Swami Vivekananda’s quote about football. Do you know it?
  4. What is India’s rank currently in football?

Member 2

  1. What is the meaning of your name?
  2. You are from a technical background. What do you think are the necessary changes to make in the India program and skill development?
  3. As a geography student tell me about the significance of Tibet and POK for India?
  4. Why Is India lacking in football and not cricket? Can you name Some states known for football?
  5. Chappak movie? What message it gave and why did it did not become successful?
  6. Tell me about the contribution of Mahatma Phule and Shahu Maharaj.
  7. Tell me something about Maharashtra – Karnataka border dispute.

Member 3

  1. What are the reasons for economic slowdown in our country?
  2. how will you increase the investment in the economy?
  3. Do you think corporate tax cuts has really lead to the infusion of money into the economy?
  4. Why are foreign countries reluctant to invest in the manufacturing sector?

Member 4

  1. You come from Karad. Tell me about Karad in 3-4 lines.
  2. How will you stop the sale of acids?
  3. Do you know the Beed district? What is it known for?
  4. Hint – lowest sex ratio. What do you think are the reasons? How can female foeticide be addressed?
  5. Sugarcane is a water-guzzling crop? Why is it being promoted still? Why is govt not moving away from sugarcane?

Thank you

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