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UPSC Interview Transcript: B.S. Bassi Board, Yo_Yo_Choti_Singh

Name– YoYoChoti Singh (Forum User)

Background– ECE Graduate, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Hobbies– Try to motivate others especially youth, Online Knowledge sharing and learning

Chairman– B.S. Bassi

After completing all formalities finally at the door of Board…

 

Me- May I Step In sir?

Chairman

Yes please.

Me- (came in..stood in front of desk ).. Good morning Mam/Good Morning sirs.

CH- Good morning… please have a seat.

Me -Thank you sir.

CH- Is This you.

Me- Yes sir.

 

CH- Ok tell me.   How much of forest covers Haryana?

Me- 4% forest cover and 6% forest area ..ohhh sorry sir..4% forest area and 6% forest cover.

CH- What to do then..how to improve?

Me- Agro forestry, social forestry, trees along road sides…finally community awareness generation is key sir.

CH- why is the cover/area low? What has the govt done/ is doing?

Me- ( told normally with little bit fumbling )

Asked few factual info like first forest policy (1986/88 sir?)..Heard WPA ? (1972 sir!)…then was asked about relevance of it with forest cover.. ANSWERED but not so satisfactory.

 

Ch asks LADY member to ask next…

Member 1

M1-Do you have an Aadhar card? Tell me is it a good step?

Me- Yes mam! Definitely it is a very good step.

M1- How?

Me- Mam, firstly, it gives oneself an identity which  is unique. It creates identity infrastructure which is very important.

M1 (interrupts..)- NO I am not asking theory. You tell me HOW IT BENEFITED YOU PERSONALLY?

Me- (told although with little fumbling in between)..like Linked to my bank account.. linked with my family LPG connection…linked with my Ration card…linked with my Driving license. Many application forms now demand this. Now it is getting linked with MDM etcetc (Mam asked few questions in between..told quite satisfactorily like how benefit in LPG/PDS etc?)

M1- SC view on it?

Me- (told.. VOLUNTARY not mandatory ..nowAadhar bill also..)

M1- what it is about?

Me- (told but not so well.)

 

(Mam looked quite satisfied..baton handed to IR expert sir.. BAD TIME STARTS..)

 

Member 2

TELL ME few Conflict areas of world?

Me- started with India-Pak..Rohingya crisis in east..west Asia conflicts.. then USA recently protectionism rising!

M2- NO NO DON’T TELL ME ALL THE PROBLEMS of world..tell me conflict areas only?..okk in west asia tell me.

Me- (fumbled little..) Israel-Palestine issue…(yes what else ??..)..Syria..(what else..??).. Yemen crisis..(what others..)… Iraq-Iran !! (are they in conflict now?)…SORRY SIR I’M UNABLE TO RECALL NOW L

M2- Okk.. Have you heard about Arab spring? What is its current status? Was it successfull.

Me- told but with little hiccups.. (then asked me few factual questions..like tell me which of this area nations are DEMOCRACY ? ) ..Tried to tell few like Turkey….Syria…(went BLANKKKK …)…SORRY SIR I’M UNABLE TO RECALL MORE because definition of democracy is very subjective.

M2- Okk tell me Is Russia a democracy?

Me- Yes sir Russia is reasonably a democracy ! ..(HOW?)…sir Regular elections happening there..(yesgood..what are other elements of democracy?)..grass root participation..decisions by discussion and debates like in Parliament or by direct democracy devices like referendum etc..(okk good)

M2- IS CHINA A DEMOCRACY?

Me- although China claims it to be a democracy but in true aspects..( M2 INTERRUPTS….NO CHINA DON’T CLAIM TO BE A DEMOCRACY?.. THEY CLEARLY SAY THEY ARE SINGLE PARTY RULED STATE?)..Yes sir butttt they claim They have democracy within CPC so they are democratic..but as dissent or alternate views/ideologies is not permitted..thence not a democracy!!

M2-okkkk…!!!!!!.. LET’S MOVE TO INDIA..tell me Kashmir issue..External angles..Internal angles..relationship between them..?

Me- (told well..)

M2- Solutions?

Me-  DIPLOMACY ..“To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war” Churchill !!.. although irritants like rogue neighbour..PM said “Blood and talk can’t flow together..BUT STILL HAVE TO TALK SIR..BACK CHANNEL DIPLOMACY must go on !!.. (Good..what else we can do??).. told like Economic ties..culturalties..Developmentetcetc

 

(Reasonably satisfied he seems to be..but quite fumbled in these 7 8 minutes !!..2 3 times I DON’T KNOW USED !…Baton to member 3 from North East probably!)

Member 3

(One brief question on motivation Hobby)

Me- telling something..(INTERRUPTS..OKK leave it !!!L )

M3- tell me.. Global happiness index report.. India very dismal performance..only Africans behind..

Me- yes sir 122 rank !! (READ IN NEWSPAPER IN MORNING..JUST RANK I KNEW!)

M3- GOODDD !!..You read Newspaper today??..TOI??

Me- (smilinggg..) yes sir 3 Newspapers i referred today !!

M3- goodddd..tell me why we so unhappy? [AREY TAU YRR SIRFFF RANK PTA THI..ARTICLE NHI DEKHA THA YRRR..SHITTT !! 🙁 ]

Me- (trying to make few points..) sir firstly criterion subjectivity is there in such indexes.. then sir our aspirations are rising so now Basic needs only not sufficient…( WENT BLANKKKK AGAIN !!..)…

M3- so Srilankans happy with whatever they getting but Indians not? This is what you want to say?

Me- no sir..i mean as we are progressing towards MIDDLE INCOME group kind economy so aspirations are increasing fast !!

M3- okk..take your time tell me few more reasons why low?

Me- after thinking for some time.. Sorry sir I’m unable to recall now !!L

M3- unemployment..life expectancy at birth?? Aren’t these reasons of low socre?

Me- yes sir Unemployment is definitely a source of unhappiness !

M3- okkk tell me as a SDM how will you tackle this unhappiness/unemployment?

Me- told like skilling via ITIs/Vocationalsetcetc steps (FORGOT SKILL INDIA L )..

 

( DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH HE WAS SATISFIED !!…Baton moves to next member!)

Member 4

M4- Recently Merger and Acquisitions in news..two companies decided to merge yesterday..which one? Two- three factual questions about customer base/telecom subscribers numbers etc…ALL TOLD EXCEPT ONE !

M4- So why M & A?

Me- (smillinggg because now 1st time predicted and prepared area directly asked !).. Basically sir reason is that IN business 1+1=3 !..economies of scale.. efficiencies ..cut throat competition ..Jio entry etc..

( he asked 2 3 counter questions..replied quite satisfactorily like HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT 5 PLAYERS WILLL LEAD TO OPTIMUM COMPETITION/ USOF ?? etc..all done quite well)

M4- Should we promote companies like Jio..does these M & A trends good for market?

Me- Yes sir !currently it is good..but in long term we need STRINGENT regulations to prevent Monopolies etc..MARKET TENDS TO SERVE CLASSES RATHER THAN MASSES !!( M1 M2 from behind..GOODGOOD !!J )

M4- But why do we need regulators at all.. Why can’t we let market work freely?? SURVIVAL OF FITTEST isn’t it a good principle?

Me- (sixerrrtime !!..smilinggg hard)… SIR survival of fittest is good for market BUT FOR DEMOCRACY IT IS NOT !!..for democracy SURVIVAL OF ALL is necessary.. ANTODYA AND SARVODAYAA… SBKA SAATH SBKA VIKAAS.. !!.. and if it is not happening than STATE MUST CREEP IN AND REGULATE !!

 

( EVERYONE seemed IMPRESSED ON THIS SHOT including M4…Baton to Chairman sir again)

CH- okk let me ask you last question before you leave..what was UN resolution on Kashmir ?post independence when we went there.. do you know it.. can you tell me it’s 3 key points ??

Me- ( although knew few things..BUT STILL CHOSE TO DON’T LET LOSE IN A UNKNOWN TERRITORY IN END !!) … SORRY SIR I DON’T KNOW it in that details !!L

 

CH- OKKKKK..than tell me WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL OPINION ON CURRENT SITUATION IN KASHMIR??

Me- telling something..( INTERRUPTS..)

CH- NO NO TELL ME YOUR OWNNN PERSONAL ASSESSMENT..i know you must have been reading MANY magazines and newspapers .. BUT I WANT YOUR OWN PERSONAL OPINION..!!

Me- sir seeing the recent trend… ( INTERRUPTS AGAIN !! L)

CH- tell me your personal opinion..[ TO MATLAB CHHODOGE NAA TAU BCHE KO !!!.. ASLIYAT WALA SUN K HI MAANOGE ]

Me- ( told…!! ;).. PURE PERSONAL OPINION…BUT WITH GREAT CAUTIOUSLY CHOSEN WORDS)

CH- VERY GOOD !!… asked few counter questions.. replied QUITE GOOD ..!! ( HE SEEMED SATISFIED WITH THIS FINAL SHOW)


OKKK ….GET LOSTTTTTT NOW ;)..thanked everyone 🙂


TIME TAKEN– 30-35 minutes

 

SATISFIED..90% interview was from NOT PREPARED AREA AS SUCH..NO ECE/PUB ADM/HARYANA ISSUES..JAAT WALA/KHAAP WALA/SEX RATIO…NOTHINGGGG !!L …HOPEFULLY WILL NOT FALL BELOW MY MINIMUM MARGIN ie 165-170 marks.

JAIII HIND. Prelims preparation begins soon.

PS- DON’T EVEN ASK ME WHAT I SAID AS MY PERSONAL OPINION ON KASHMIR IN LAST..I WILL NO TELL TILL MY FINAL RESULT COMES. ATB to others !!

#HumHongeKamyaabEkDinJ 🙂


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