[UPSC Interview Transcript #89]: BB. Vyas Board, Hyderabad Home State, Mathematics Optional, Ted talks & Cricket Bobbies

Aspirant 19
Date of Interview: 28/2/2020 (A/N)
Board: BB. Vyas Sir
Background: Mech Engg, IIT Delhi
Home State: Hyderabad, Telangana
Indian Postal Service
Hobbies: Ted talks and Cricket
Optional: Mathematics


  1. So you worked for HUL? ( I said that I did and intern and currently working in IPoS)
  2. Quickly give me 3 most important initiatives going on in the Postal Department.
  3. What is the use of IPPB? Is it necessary? Whats the purpose?
  4. Tell me the impact of trade war between USA and China on India and the world.
  5. Can you name some specific products/sectors ?
  6. Why was Huawei Chief was arrested? Do we need to worry about 5G?
  7. What are green crackers? How are they different from normal crackers?

Member 1

  1. Which areas of ted talks you watch generally?
  2. Can you tell me about a talk that you liked? (related to education)
  3. Can that model be replicated in our country. What measures need to be taken?
  4. Do you know Jack Ma?
  5. He is concentrating on education now. Can you tell me what are his plans in this sector?
  6. There have been great mathematicians in our country. So tell me what scientific literature has India produced that benefitted the world?

Member 2

  1. You are from IIT Delhi. Tell me what is Spic Macay?
  2. What is difference between ADHD and dyslexia?
  3. What is your evaluation of Bretton Woods institutions working so far ?
  4. Can you tell me what is Sridharacharya equation? ( He gave an hint that it was related to solution of quadratic equations)

Member 3

  1. What is the project on rural artisans that you did? (DAF based)
  2. So have you heard of Kala Kumbh?
  3. What qualities do you think make you more suitable for civil services than an engineering career?
  4. What are your service preferences?
  5. Can you suggest me 5 places of interest in Hyderabad that you want us to visit?

Member 4

  1. Can you tell me how country benefitted from Demonetization?
  2. But all the notes have been returned! They have even introduced 2000 notes. Wont it be easier to store black money? I don’t understand the logic behind the move.
  3. In what way people of Kashmir got affected with internet shutdown? Tell me positive and negative both.
  4. Don’t you think trade also got affected?
  5. Can you tell me what is the maximum runs a batsmen can score in a T20 match hypothetically (no extras counted :))?

Member 5

  1. Last question. You were talking about black money. Can you tell me the how to identify the black
  2. money notes. Can we identify that by the colour of the notes? What is this white and black money?
    Ok, your interview is over!
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