[UPSC Interview Transcript #59]: Smita Nagraj Board, Punjab Home State, Commerce Optional, Puppetry, Chess Hobbies

Interview Date: 25 feb, morning slot, 5th in line
Duration: 40 mins
Board: Smita Nagraj
Home State: Punjab
Optional: commerce
Hobbies: puppetry, chess


  1. Why no masters in commerce?
  2. Three problems facing Punjab? And solution
  3. How to handle political pressure, administrative pressure in drugs?
  4. Ground water crisis? Should we ban crops?

Member 1

  1. Physical education? What did you learn?
  2. Role of physical education in life?
  3. Why Punjab is being pulled back in sports?
  4. Infrastructure was worse in other times? Like lala amarnath era, why still we are going down, despite better infrastructure?

Member 2

  1. What types of chess you play?
  2. Vishwanath anand?
  3. Culture and civilization difference?
  4. Indus Valley civilization, hall marks? Sites?
  5. What is, special about lothal?

Member 3

  1. Privatization of railways, your opinion?
  2. Types of puppetry in South East Asia?
  3. No one watches it anymore, what is the future like?

Member 4

  1. Mercantilism
  2. Commodity trading IBC
  3. Rule of law? Which article?
  4. How to increase investment
  5. Ground water crisis, dichotomy, allow farmers to sow, ground water going down?
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