[UPSC Interview Transcript #96]: ASR Bhonsle Board, Kerala Home State, Malayalam Literature Optional

Date of Interview: 28th Feb 2020
Duration: 20 to 25 minutes
Board: ASR Bhonsle
Background: MA in Political Science
Home State: Kerala
Optional: Malayalam Literature


  1. Reading out my profile and highlighted all the positives, made me comfortable.
  2. Tell me why not go into politics after learning political science and why into civil services?
  3. RTI is there for transparency and accountability – officers are not happy about it. What is your take?

Member 1

  1. What is the coffee club?
  2. Which all countries are there?
  3. What is the name for countries standing for reform?
  4. What are the qualifications based on which India asking for reform(told few, among them India’s largest democracy) Is Russia a democracy?
  5. Then, is democracy an essential condition?
  6. What we need to do then?
  7. Aren’t we trying to build consensus for the last 20 years? What else we could do?

Member 2

  1. Is the communist manifesto is a dead document? Why?
  2. Repeated the question(the answer may not be satisfactory for him)

Member 3

  1. You have a four-year gap after ur MA?
  2. Is Ph.D. a good platform. for preparing for civil services?
  3. Is that a problem with higher education?
  4. What are others? (said about curriculum)
  5. We have already had a choice-based credit system. So?
  6. What are the 3 reforms you suggest?

Member 4

  1. Who is your favourite Indian Political Thinker? (Said Gandhi) Why?
  2. What is gram swaraj?
  3. Is that practical at the time of globalisation to have self-sufficient village?
  4. Do the countries have local self-governments have higher level of peace? (based on earlier answer)

Chairman: What are your plans for today?
Counter questions made it a bit tough for me.

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