[UPSC Interview Transcript #117]: M. Sathyavathy Board, Uttar Pradesh Home State, Geography Optional

Date of Interview: 26 Feb
Board: M Sathyavathy Ma’am
Optional: Geography
Schooling: JNV Allahabad
Background: BA MA (University of Allahabad) M.Phil & Pursuing Ph.D. in Political, Geography (JNU)
Home State: Uttar Pradesh (Allahabad)
Hobbies: Hindi Theatre and Compering


  1. What was the issue in JNU?
  2. What was the new fee structure?
  3. What would you do in dealing with the situation on this issue?
  4. Why did you join JNU for research and not University of Allahabad?
  5. What is Political Geography?
  6. What is your research topic?
  7. Explain Look East Policy and Act East Policy.

Member 1

  1. Tell me any movement in history which shaped Indian Society/Constitution?
  2. Difference between JNV and KV?
  3. How is JNV entrance done?
  4. Motto of JNV?
  5. How Sainik Schools are different?

Member 2

  1. 1857 is a Mutiny or War of independence?
  2. Is food subsidy justified? What about the food wastage in cold storages?
  3. Do you know Dicey?
  4. What is Rule of Law?
  5. What is the effect of WTO on MSMEs and Agriculture?
  6. What was 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act?
  7. What was Ashok Mehta committee related to?
  8. Where is India’s Mean Time Meridian?
  9. How many time zones are there in India?

Member 3

  1. Should anti national slogans be allowed in campuses? What is your take?
  2. You are doing research and want to join civil services. Is it not contradictory?
  3. Started asking another question on JNU and in between CP stopped him from asking any further questions.

Member 4

  1. What is Justice?
  2. What is economic justice?
  3. What is Gandhian philosophy in our constitution?
  4. What is the philosophy of the Indian Constitution?
  5. What are the pillars of Indian Culture?

Chairman: Thank you Kapil. You may go now.

Observations- Chairman was very gentle and cordial. She paid full attention to me. She also stopped a member from asking any controversial question. Overall I think the board members were very good.

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