[UPSC Interview Transcript #81]: Smita Nagraj Board, Sociology Optional, Spending time with pet, Badminton Hobbies

Interview Date: 25 February 2020
Board: Smita Nagraj madam
Background: B. Tech (IT)
Optional: Sociology
Hobbies: Spending time with pet, Badminton


  1. What are you doing right now?
  2. You have mentioned quite a different hobby of spending time with pet and badminton, why so?
  3. Is seems quite different at your age to involve in such things?
  4. How much time you use phone?
  5. Recently there is something going on in telecom sector. Do you know?
  6. What are the issue with 5G spectrum, what is that?
  7. Why US is asking India not let Huawei to participate?
  8. What should India do?
  9. Why Indian companies are not able in participate in trail as you said?
  10. What is this AGR you are telling about?
  11. Why the companies are not agreeing to pay?
  12. What should the government do?
  13. Why should government help these companies?
  14. Is there any body which can assure free competition in India?
  15. What has the Competition Commission of India said on this?

Member 1

  1. Which dog do you have? (some light moment on it)
  2. What is majoritarianism? Is it there in India?
  3. The democracies where there is no majoritarianism?
  4. Isn’t Brexit due to majoritarianism?
  5. Isn’t this majoritarianism that Scotland not allowed to be separated?

Member 2

  1. We have a goal of $5 trillion economy. Is it realistic?
  2. But efforts have been done in past also, so what’s new now?
  3. There is reduced demand and lack of participation by private sector, so how could economy expand?
  4. What has been the maximum growth rate till now and can we jump from that to 15%?

Member 3

  1. You have said to mam that there are nominal and realised profits. Explain to me what are these terms?
  2. When the company earns the profits it is all it’s, but when losses then why should government bear them?
  3. If you would be telecom secretary, what would you do?
  4. What can we do if Jio reduces prices in unfair manner?

Member 4

  1. What is data localisation and why do we need that? Tell me in 3 lines.
  2. The spectrum that would be bidder, is that new or old one is it shared….?( many questions within a single question)
  3. There are different kinds of frequency bands like S, L, Ka, Ku, etc. So what is the frequency of these bands?
  4. Chairperson: Your interview is over
  5. Interview revolved around 2/3 issues and depth discussions on those issues with cross-questioning.
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