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Profile Vice Admiral (Retd.) D.K. Dewan

Vice Admiral (Retd.) Dewan PVSM, AVSM, is an alumnus of National Defence


Academy, Pune and was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 1st July 1973
1973.

He qualified as a Gunnery Officer in 1978 and completed the advanced missile


course in Russia in 1983.

He is a graduate of the Joint Staff Course,


Course Paris, the Naval Higher Command
Course and the Royal College of Defence Studies,
Studies London.

He has had wide national and international exposure and has experience in
various fields such as operations, international relations and defence planning.

Having done his sea service in seven different ships, he took up duties of Deputy
Director Naval Plans at the Naval Headquarters and managed naval budget
for four years.

In Dec 2002, he was appointed Principal Director, Naval Plan at Naval


Headquarters and was responsible for plans, foreign cooperation and budget.

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After promotion to Rear Admiral in Nov 03,, he has held the appointments
of Senior Directing Staff (Navy) at National Defence College and Flag Officer
Commanding Maharashtra Area (FOMA).

The Flag Officer was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral on 20 Mar 07 and was
appointed as Controller Personnel Services (CPS) at IHQ MoD (N) and has been
the Chief of Personnel since 27 Jul 07.

His tenure as the VCNS is marked with some special achievements viz. he
ensured 100% utilization of naval budget in the last two fiscal years with
over 80% increase in capital expenditure.
expenditure

He was instrumental in the promulgation


promulgati of the 15 year Maritime Capability
Perspective Plan 2012-2027
2027.

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CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION-(201


EXAMINATION 2013-14)
INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS

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Arjun Pradhan
D. K. Dewan Board Chairman again:
Date: 9/4/2014 1. What constitutes national security?
2. What is cyber security and why is it
important?"
Questions:
Chairman: #2. ForumIAS Username -
1. What
hat happens if there is only 2 phase for GnR
a 3 phase motor?
D.K Dewan Board
2. How many Union Territories
erritories are there?
Date: 9th April 2014
And why are they UTs not states?
3. Difference between LED and LCDs?
LCDs
Background:
Member 1: Optional: Philosophy
1. Who is current Wadeyar
adeyar king? What is the
status now? Questions:
2. Where did Buddha die? Chairman:
3. Was Tipu a king? What
hat was his 1) Can centre interfere in the law & order
designation? matters of state?
2) Does India manufacture its own civilian
Member 2: aircrafts or does it procure them from
1. What is VSAT? Which band is used for abroad?
communication and what is transponder? 3) Which companies make civilian aircrafts
2. Which orbit for communication and who owns them?
satellites? 4) If you are standing on a hill and you have
3. In current scenario, are regional parties to find the depth of the valley, how will you
good - what is your opinion? do it without using any equipment?
5) What qualities does one learn from
Member 3: playing cricket?
1. China is building infrastructure in POK.
POK 6) What are the qualities of a good leader?
What
hat is it and how does it affect India?
2. Dams built by China- how does it affect Member 1:
us? 1) What is global warming? What is
3. Whole Ukraine issue - how does it affect greenhouse effect? What is ozone layer
India? depletion? (Asked
sked it all at once)
2) If a 3-phase
phase motor receives current in
Member 4: only 2 phases, what will happen to it
it?
1. What is man vs. animal conflict? 3) What is asynchronous motor?
2. What is difference between Bill, Act and 4) What are the advantages of AC over DC?

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Member 2: gaya! Anyways, duration was for about 25


1) What is the difference between a feature minutes. Thanks.
film and a commercial film?
2) What is the difference between
commercial cinema and art cinema?
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3) What is the unofficial name of Central
Board for Film Certification? Bhogendra Prasad
4) What ratings does it provide to the Date: 12.04.2014
movies and what does it mean?
Background:
Member 3: Merchant
erchant navy and Income tax
1) On what criteria does BEE award ratings Optional: Maithili Literature
for electrical appliances?
2) If I have to buy a refrigerator, would a Questions:
buy a 3 star rating one or a 4 start rating one
Many questions related to shipping
and why? 1) Questions on Piracy, armed guard, sea
3) What do you learn from travelling?
terrorism
4) What is MSP?
2) Question on challenges through Sea to a
5) Which ministry announces it?
nation
6) What is the full form of CACP?
3) Question on what leadership qualities
have u learned on ship?
Member 4: 4) Highest rank in Indian N
Navy.
1) What is the ultimate aim of life?
2) What is your ultimate aim of life? 5) Questions on Agriculture
griculture-- in how much
3) Why do we live? area?
4) Why do you live? 6) Amount
mount of food grain productio
production - break
up in Rice, wheat?
Chairman: OK that's it. Thank You! 7) Recent
ent trends in food grain prod
prod?
8) Relationship between
tween hectare, acre and
Self Evaluation: sq km?
Nowhere in the form, I had mentioned that
I like watching films or whatever. Questions 9) Anti defection law and
d why needed
needed?
seemed incoherent and no relation between 10) Question hour, zero hour
hour?
the previous question and the next, except 11) Why you want to join Civil Services?
at some places. No follow up questions. The
topics on which the questions were asked 12) English
nglish poem of Elliot and Wordsworth.
were simple and they didn't ask any (My optional Maithili Literature
erature)
question to seek my opinion on any issue.
I'm kind of disappointed as I feel that the 13) 2 great epics of India?
Board was disinterested in asking
interesting questions.
ons. Getting this feeling ki
bahaut mehnat ke baad team mein selection
hua aur phir final mein khelne hi nahin diya

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Rahul upsc1 Shar311
Background: Computer Science Background:
engineering Optional: Public Administration
ministration
Hobby: Watching Telugu
elugu movies Electrical engineering
Optional: Telugu literature Hometown - Noida
16th April 2014, Forenoon
orenoon session, last one
Questions: to go.
Chairman:
1) What is our national song? Questions:
2) Who wrote it in which year? Chairman:
3) How many colors are there in national CM - You are an engineer from IIT, why do
flag? you want to come to civil services?
4) Tell
ell the significance of those colors
colo CM - You are an electrical engineer, there is
why Asoka chakra? a 3 phase motor running and one phase
5) How many spokes? goes off, what will happen?
6) Why not 30 spokeskes why only a specific CM - What is the strength of the armed
number? forces of India?
7) How
ow to counter enemy missiles? CM - Where are ships built in India or we
are importing them?
Questions by other members: CM - Major problems in UK?
1) What technology is used in traffic?
traffic CM - Dispute between China and Japan?
(Question on Doppler Effect)
2) What type of movies youu watch?
watch M1:
3) Why movie stars are successful in Politics M1 - New IIT vs. Old IITs?
in south India? M1 - Qualitative
ualitative difference between them
them?
4) How you will use your
ur computer science M1 - You cook things or cook
cook-up things?
background in Administration? (Everyone
veryone started laughing)
M1 - Tell me about Odisha food, sweet-
5) Opinion on Telangana (belongs to dishes there?
Andhra) pros n cons?
6) Some
ome 3 achievements u can proudly tell M2:
about AP? M2 - What is Jugaad? Iss it fruitful?
M2 - IIT vs. civil services? W
Will your
Some more DAF relates questions
tions. education help you in civil services?
M2 - Name and describe 2 People led
movements?
M2 - Noida in news recently? Why?
Chairman also got interested and stastarted
asking technical details about it. Name of
the builder?

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M3 - Just name 3 problems of India in your Me: Sir,, but IAS is the most prestigious job
priority list? of our country and I aspire for that.
(Few cross questions on that) (Ch smiles and nods)
Ch: Ok, now tell me how ow does a Automatic
M4: Collision Avoidance Device works? Have
M4 - Tell me about power deficit situation you heard of it?
in India? Me: Sir, there are trackers installed in the
M4 - Name some sources of renewable loco (engine) of the trains and it is
energy. connected with GPS. When two locos are
travelling towards each other on a same
Thank you. We are done. track with a good speed, the system applies
emergency brakes.
Ch: But if the person is sitting 500 km away
how will he apply the brakes?
#6. ForumIAS Username Me: Sir, it is not manual, it is automatic. The
Oceanus brakes are automatically applied.
Background: Ch: If two trains are coming towards each
Work Experience: NTPC (14 months) and other at a speed of 70 kmph,
mph, then how much
now in Railways (not mentioned in DAF) distance will they cover in 1 minute?
Graduation: Electrical Engineering Me: (After thinking for few seconds) Sir it is
around 2 km.
I was second candidate to enter the room. Ch: Then how ow such fast information transfer
takes place?
Me: Good Afternoon Mam, Good Afternoon Me: Sir, it is through GPS only and no
Sirs. human is involved. So, it is fast enough.
Ch: Good Afternoon. Take your seat. Ch: But someone should be applying the
Me: Thank you sir. brakes.
Me: Sir, it is done via microprocessors and
microcontrollers only. No human being is
Questions:
involved in the procedure.
Chairman: (He didnt seem to be much satisfied with
Ch: So, you are working in NTPC? no human involved in braking process)
Me: No sir, I am working in Indian Ch: Ok, Do you have any idea how many
Railways. employees does railways have?
(Everyone got startled on this) Me: Sir, it is around 13 lakhs.
Sir actually I am probationer there. Ch: Ok. Can you tell me which country has
the fastest train?
M2: When did you joined
oined Railways? Me: Sir, I am not very sure, but I think it is
Me: Sir, in December 2013. Japan.
Ch: Ohhhh, byy last year civil services? Ch: Japan. Yes. And what is its name?
Me: No sir, by Engineering Services Me: Sir, it is called the bullet train.
Examination 2012. Ch: What is its speed?
Ch: So you are already in Class 1 service. Me: Sir, I am not very sure, but I think it is
Railway is really a very good job. Even
E then somewhere around 350 kmph.
you want to come in? M2: What is it called in Japanese?

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Me: Sorry sir, I dont know. private players go for profit only. The
M2: It is called (I dont remember now) biggest con is that Railways in India is one
Me: Thank you sir. of the biggest means of tran
transport and
Ch: What percentage of Indian track is dramatic rise in fares may render it out of
electrified now? reach for the lower strata of society. We
Me: Sir, it is around 36%. cant do that since we have a responsibility
Ch: What is Globalization? for them too, we cant run after profits
Me: Sir, it is the process in which the society blindly.
and the market of a country start reaching Ch: So, what solution do you propose?
to the outside world and start competing Me: Sir, I think the best possible
ossible solution is
with them. Also the outside market starts
start Public private partnerships. Already many
penetrating the market of the country. works are in process in this direction.
Ch: What do you mean by penetrating the Ch: But it will also increase the prices? Isnt
market? it?
Me: Sir, I mean that the global companies Me: Sir, Railways is a huge organization and
start investing and coming to. there are a number of sectors in it. We can
(Interrupting) allow private companies in those sectors
Ch: Who coined this term Globalization
lobalization? which are not directly related to train
Me: Sorry sir, I am not aware of that. operation like track maintenance, loco
Ch: 50 years from now, people used to visit maintenance etc.
foreign nations and talk on telephone to the Ch: What do you think of goods trains?
outside world. But this term Globalization Me: Sir, 67% of Railways income comes
has become famous in last 10-20 20 years or from freight only. For its expansion we
so. How come? should go for moreore initiatives like dedicated
Me: Sir, globalization is basically related to freight corridor.
the companies and corporations reaching to Ch: No. I am talking of privatization.
the outside world and many global Me: Yes sir. It should be done.
companies coming inside the country. Ch: But you yourself said that it is a very
Moreover, a countryy can have a closed good source of revenue then why to go for
economy in spite of the fact that its citizens privatization? Our revenue will get diverted
can visit foreign countries. In our country then?
too, globalization is still on a rise. There are Me: But sir entry of private players will
many sectors which are still out of the improve our efficiency and our haulage
purview of globalization, like Indian capacity. In recent times, we have been
railways. It is still
ill a government monopoly losing our customers due to falling prices of
and no global company is involved in that. other means of transportation and delays
Ch: Have you heard the name of any railway etc in railways. Improvement in railways
where globalization is done? facilities
ties will help us to improve our
Me: Sir, in European nations. Many private customer base.
players are running their train there. He handed over to M1.
(Ch nods)
Ch: Ok now tell me the pros and cons of M1:
privatization of Indian Railways. M1: Elections are going on and EC recently
Me: Sir, the pros are that it will increase banned exit polls. Do you think it is right?
efficiency and also the income will rise since Me: No sir.

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M1: Why so? to design a building, how to sleep, in which


Me: Sir, as far as the surveys are done in a direction to eat etc. The scientific
fare manner, there is no need to hide them explanation to it is given as the magnetic
from general public. Moreover, we have a field of the earth affects us and thus the
fundamental right of expression. direction
ection in which the building is made etc.
M1: Dont you think it will influence the M2: Do you believe in Vaastu? Is your home
voters in a wrong way? built according to that?
Me: Sir, the whole adult franchise is based Me: Sir, my parent believes in it but I dont.
on the basic assumption that every voter has M2: Can you say that it is scientifically
proper judgment
dgment abilities and can take explained?
his/her own decisions. Me: No sir, actually this explanation is give
given
M1: No I am not talking about metro cities. I by those who believe in it. But it is not
am talking of rural people. scientifically proven and hence cant be
Me: Sir, many political parties adopt petty called a scientific phenomenon
phenomenon.
strategies to influencee the rural voters. M2: Exactly, unless it is scientifically proven
Banning an Exit poll will not stop the rural
rura we cant say it has scientific explanation.
people from getting wrongly influenced. Me: Yes sir.
M1: So, you dont support ECs decision? M2: So, you dont believe in V Vaastu.
Me: No sir. Me: No sir.
M1: Ok. You know about Delhi MetroM (DM). M2: Have you heard of PQLM? (I dont
Have you heard of Mumbai Monorail
onorail remember whether it was PQLM or
(MM)? something else)
Me: Yes sir. Me: ..
M1: Tell me differences between the two. M2: PQLM- P.. Q L.. M.. Havent you
Me: Sir, One is the MM runss on single rail heard of it?
whereas DM runs on two rails. Two is that Me: Sorry sir. I am unaware of it.
MM runs on 750KV DC and DM runs on M2: OK.
25KV AC. Three is that MM has 4 coaches Over to M3.
whereas DM has 6 or 8 coaches.
Ch: But there is one more basic technical M3:
difference which you are missing. M3: It is said that private players kn
know how
Me:.. to make profit but it cant make difference
Ch: In MM, each coach is self propelled. between good and bad for society which is
Me: Thank you sir. the job of state. With reference to your
Over to M2. previous discussion w.r.t. PPP model what
do you think?
M2: Me: Sir, in PPP model, no doubt the private
M2: Have you heard of Vaastu? (It was players will try to make
ke maximum profit but
nowhere in my DAF. I think this question the public part of PPP will always oversee
came because of rings in my fingers.)
fingers that it is done for the good of the society.
Me: Yes sir. After all, the public sector is part of state
M2: Can n you define it? Any scientific itself.
explanations for it? M3: So you think that PPP can regulate
Me: Sir, it is related to energy and itself?
directions. It gives the instructions as how Me: Yes sir.

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M4: (Lady Member) about which we dont know. (Everyone


M4: Tell me what at do you mean by Gagar smiles)
me Sagar?
Me: Mam, it means to tell a lot in short Ch: Ok. Thank you. Your interview is now
sentence. To fill up a lot in a small thing. over.
M4: Ok.. So, do you think that you are the Me: Thankk you. Thank you mam. Thank you
type of guy who can fill Sagar in Gagar? sir.
(Smiling)
Me: Yes mam.. I think so. (Smiling
miling, she also Time: 20-25 minutes.
reciprocated)
M4: Have you read Munshi Premchand?
remchand?
Me: Mam, actually I write short stories but
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do not read much of them.
M4: But if you dont read them, how can you GKS08
write good short stories? Background:
Me: Mam, I have read many stories that Optional: Medical Science
were part of my curriculum
ulum which has Home state: Rajasthan
raised the interest of writing in me. I read
many non-fiction
fiction books though. These days Questions:
I am involved in two liner stories.
Chairman:
Everyone got startled.
1) Name ?
Ch: Two liner stories? What is it?
2) DOB?
M4: Can you tell us one now?
3) Is this your photograph?
M2: Yes, you will have to tell us now.
4) Why do you u want to join civil services and
Ch: Yes, lets see what it is.
leave medicine?
Me: Ok sir. Sir it is related to horror genre. I
5) What challenges will you u face as a civil
am telling one which I have read not the one
servant?
that I have written.
6) Will remain DC for sometime then move
Ch: Go on..
somewhere else. Who will then do the
Me: There was a small boy. He calls his
things u said just now i.e. policy
daddy and says Daddy, there is someone
implementation etc.?
inside my bed! Daddy looks inside the bed.
7) What will you do if you are asked to draft
He finds the same kid there who then says
a national security policy?
Daddy, there is someone on the top of my
bed!
Then moved on to Member
ember 1.
M2: Interesting!
Ch: So it is much shorter than a short story?
story
Member 1:
M4: So, you get these on SMS and
1) There was an earlier concept of a FAMILY
Whatsapp etc?
DOCTOR. Att that time it was easy to
Me: No mam. These are on websites and
interact with the Dr.. Now what has
blogs. Many persons are writing them these
happened to that concept, is it valid in the
days.
present scenario?
Ch: So, you call this?
2) What is medical negligence?
Me: Sir, a Two Liner.
Ch: So, this is a thing of new generation

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Sanjaygurjar
Time: 5 PM to 5: 35 PM on 5th May 2014
Member 2: (Lady member)
1) In how many seats, LS polls are being
held today? Background:
2) In how many states? B. Tech in ICT
3) Why was myantra.com in news recently? Job in Accenture, Income Tax Inspector and
4) Explain something about 'ship of the Assistant PF Commissioner
desert'?
Questions:
Then moved on to M3 1. You are already a Group A Officer in a
Specialized Service [Assistant PF
Member 3: Commissioner], Why you want to jjoin a
1) What is illegal mining? Generalist service?
2) What apart from no license obtained 2. There is very high demand of specialized
from authorities constitutes
titutes illegal mining? services in USA. Whyhy you still want to join a
3) Suppose you are the DM of Dhanbad,
hanbad, Generalist service? Dont you think this
where illegal mining is prevalent.
prevalent What will approach of India focusing on generalist is
you do about it? wrong?
4) Are you sure you willll impose a ban if the 3. What are the problems of Law and Order
allegation is found true? in India
ia and what are their solutions?
4. Why there are issues in Police
Then moved to M4 Administration in India and how will you
solve them?
Member 4: 5. What are provisions on President Rule
1) What is HDI? and what is recent judgment of Supreme
2) What are its constituents? Court on this?
3) Who gave this and when? 6. What is Judicial Activism?
4) India's position according to HDI? 7. Give any example of Judicial Activism in
5) Rajasthan's position according to HDI? Recent Times?
6) Why is it so low? 8. What is this Extra-curricular
curricular activity
7) What can be done by you to improve the Social Networking and Discussion on
HDI in Rajasthan? Social issues on Internet?
8) What is cloud computing? 9. What do you discuss on Social Issues?
9) Is it more economical than conventional 10. What is Cyber Space?
techniques? 11. Dont you thinkthis Cyber spaspace has
10) Roads or internet which can bring created a Digital Divide? We old people are
development? not that associated with this. What can be
done to fill this Gap?
12. What is Cyber Media?
13. What is the full form of WWW?
14. What is Domain name and how does it
Work?
15. What is Money Laundering?

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16. Is there any act on this by our Questions:


government? 1) Whyhy are there so many model C Code of
17. How Cyberspace help in Money Conduct?
Laundering? 2) Violations
iolations by different parties, why is
18. What did you do in Accenture? there so much mudslinging in this election
election?
19. What was the project all about and what 3) What
hat is a dummy candidate
candidate?
was your work? 4) Why do we say Vasco de G Gama
20. What did you work in Income Tax? discovered India - wasn't it already there
there?
21. What is the procedure for search and 5) What new element in the periodic table
seizure in Income Tax?? Sections of Income was discovered recently?
Tax and CRPC related to this? 6) Who are the C.M.s of Mizoram and
22. How can we increase Tax collection in Manipur? (My My background of Manipur and
India? Mizoram.)
23. There is some mechanism being 7) What
hat are the different tribes of Mizoram
discussed in last few years to increase the and Manipur?
tax collection? What is it? How
ow it can 8) Whyhy are so many Indian movies
movies, copies
increase the Tax collection? Direct
irect Tax of foreign films?
Code Bill 9) Is there any Indian movie Hollywood
24. What is your most priority for joining copied?
Civil Service 1. Power 2. Prestige 10) Who was Ferozshah
erozshah Mehta, what was
3. Service? his contribution to the national movement
movement?
25. By which comment nt you will feel most 11) Whyhy do we hail the moderates as
offended? national heroes? - They were stooges of the
a. You are so dull. British.
b. You are so lazy. 12) A building is burning and there are two
c. You are selfish. people inside - a healthy, ten year old girl
26. Suppose you become an IAS officer and and a blind-and-mute
mute baby boy
boy- you can
you came up with a great project,
project very only save one-whom
whom would you save and
useful to society and you designed it very why?
well, you presented it to the Minister.
Minister But he 13) Do o you think you are born lucky
lucky? (Born
out rightly refused it. What will
ill you do? on 7/7 birthday)
27. Even after you tried
ied everything. Minister 14) Whyhy do we continue to use the
is not ready to accept it. What will you do? Gregorian calendar?
28. Will you accept his choice? 15) Should Indiadia leave the commonwealth?
16) Do o you know what the straw man fallacy
May be few more questions.I am
a not able is? (Just committed it)
to recollect them. 17) Explain
xplain plutocracy in the Indian
context?
#9. ForumIAS Username 18) Some questions about my role in
Transcript organizing fests in school and college
college?
Background: 20) Some
ome simple questions about
Worked in Manipur and Mizoram hometown.

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#10. ForumIAS Username - M4: What are the responsibilities of HR in


an organization?
Bdebharma
M4: What is the key area of concern for HR
Background: today?
B. Tech, MBA M4: How would HR people be able to retain
Work Experience in IT. employees in today's world??
Presently: IRS M4: How to ensure the matching of skills of
Optional: Management individual and goals of organization
organization?

Questions: Member 5:
Chairman: M5: What do you feel is the difference
Q: Draw map of India. between your state and Punjab
Punjab?
Q: Show where is your state? M5: How is Punjab different from
Q: Complete the map showing islands.
islands Bangalore?
Q: Show nearest two countries in south?
south M5: What are other factors besides
Q: How far is Maldives from India
ndia? economic for better
etter condition of women in
Q: Whats the capital of Maldives
aldives? NE? Give analysis of customary laws
laws?
Q: Name
me 3 historical monuments from
South India? M1, M3 - Males
Q: Name 3 Freedom fighters from South. M2, M4 - Ladies
Q: Who was Bhagat Singh? Why was he
hanged?
Q: How would you measure depth of deep
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valley?
Q: Whats the speed of sound? Phoebes
Date: 16th May 2104,
Member 2 (Lady Member):
Member) Duration: 30 min.
M2: If u are a DC of a district what are your Background:
priority areas? 24 years old female
M2: How would you coordinate with police Mechanical Engineering
in your district? 1st attempt
M2: How would you control a mob in your Home state : Chhattisgarh
district? Optional : Public Administration
ministration

Member 3: Questions:
M3: Your state
tate has high social indicators. Chairman:
What are the factors for high social 1) What
hat does your name mean?
indicators for women in your state?
state 2) What should bee the 3 priorities for the
M3: Why is the condition of women better new Govt.?
in NE? Socio-economic reasons?? 3) Are international sanctions effective?
4) Tell me an example each where sanctions
Member 4 (Lady Member):
Member) have been effective and ineffective.
M4: Why is HR being preferred over 5) Name two historical monuments from
marketing and finance nowadays?
nowadays South India.

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Member 1: India. What will yourr priorities be as an


1) What is entropy? empowered woman if u r a DM in Maoist hit
2) Is it reversible? area?
3) What
hat is its use in communication? 5) Why
hy women education suffers today?
4) What is noise? 6) How
ow much percentage of GDP is spent on
5) What is idea cycle? education?
6) What is carnot engine?
7) If two waves are added, what is the Self Evaluation:
resultant? I was the first to go in. The panel was very
cordial and encouraging. Theyhey gave hints
Member 2: and were smiling throughout. I felt very
1) Is female infanticide a problem? comfortable. Theyhey let me articulate freely
2) What
hat are its social consequences? for most part. I had a very good and happy
3) How can we address it? experience, even though, there were some
4) What
hat is the % of women MPs? questions which i couldntt answer.
5) Whyhy is the representation low?
6) Howow can we increase representation? PS: its my first-postt here, but reading this
7) Why is the womens reservation bill not forum helped a lot. Thank you for everybody
being passed? who selflessly shared their questions and
8) Will
ill 50% women be elected if we have PR experiences. hope my post helps others too.
system instead of FPTP?
All the best to u all

Member 3:
1) Name Indian
ndian female authors?
2) How do new age Indian
ndian authors potray #12. ForumIAS Username -
India? Mynikhil15
3) What
hat is the name of last book written by Interview date: 23/05/2014
Dr. Kalam?
4) What will you do if in yourr office all your I had my interview today in afternoon
subordinates are lazy and dontt want to session and I was the second candidate to be
work. What can you u do at a personal level? interviewed by the panel.
5) What if you have to implement a law
which you think is wrong?
Background:
6) How will u inspire yourr workers?
Education: MBBS graduate
Work Experience: 15 months temporary job
Member 4:
as Junior Resident in Basaveshwara Medical
1) What are the 3 irritants in Indo
ndo-Pak
College Hospital, Chitradurga.
relations and in which order?
2) How many wars have Indiandia and Pak
As I stepped in, I wished two female
fought? Tell with year.
members first and then others. They talked
3) Who
ho was the head of state in 1971 and
something and laughed which I did not
1965 from India, Pakistan and Eastast Pakistan
understand.
(in 1971)?
4) Name two freedom fighters from South
S

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Questions: investments to enter India?


Chairman: 22. What are the differences between FDI
1. Is your name Nikhil? So you are a Doctor. and FII?
How many months of rural service have you 23. Which one do you favour and why?
done as a doctor? Tell
ell me what can be done
to get doctors go to the rural areas?
areas Member 3:
2. Tell me four reasons why health status
s in 24. Why there is increasingg incidences of
our country is so bad. cancer?
3. What can be done to improve it? 25. Which radiations can cause cancer?
4. What economic reforms are yet to be 26. How lifestyle can be a cause of cancer?
done? 27. How do you treat cancer?
5. What is GST? 28. Is cancer curable? Which cancers are
6. Why do we need GST? curable?
7. What is the problem we are facing to 29. What are the different modalities of
implement GST? cancer treatment?
8. What is this Crimean issue? 30. Name few anti-cancer
cancer drugs?
9. Why EU and Russia obsessed with 31. Which is the biggest Pharma
harma Company
Crimea? in India?
10. Importance of Black sea.
11. Draw the map of Black sea. Member 4:
32. Is polio eliminated from India?
Member 1: 33. How do you say so?
12. What are the health issues we are facing 34. How did we do that?
related to nutrition? 35. What all are factors responsible for
13. Difference between undernourishment eliminating polio?
and over-nourishment? 35. How as an administrator can you do the
14. How do we measure undernourishment same in eliminating other diseases?
in ICDS program?
15. What are the reasons for Chairman again:
undernourishment? 36. Name few communist countries in the
16. Why have the policies failed largely? world today.
37. Is China a communist country?
Member 2: 38. Where is Cuba? Itss Capital?
17. So Nikhil you talked about 39. What is the relation between USA and
unemployment
mployment (which I never did). Cuba?
Tell me some indices on Unemployment. 40. Do you know about Cuban ban crisis?
18. What other tax related issue is there 41. When did it happen?
under discussion and not yet implemented? 42. What happened there and how did it get
19. What exactly is DTC, what is the core resolved?
objective? 43. What is the Defense
efense expenditure of
20. What is the problem with the present India?
Income Taxax Act? When was it passed? 44. Your interview is over, you may go now.
21. You talked about foreign investments.
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Self Evaluation: done about it?


At the end of the interview, I felt I missed 4) How can we improve
rove the health sector?
some importantt points, could have 5) What is colour blindness? Explain the
answered better. In the areas which I was mechanism
nism behind it? Rods? Cons?
not comfortable, I told them little bit of Genetics basis?
what I know and I told them I wasnt
wasn sure,
so they avoided further questions on that. Member 2:
Whichever questions I answered, I 1) What is bioethics?
answered positively. Fingers crossed.
rossed. 2) What is medical ethics?
3) When can we say that a professional has
#13. ForumIAS Username - not followed ethical norms?
123lbsnaa 4) What was the controversy regarding use
of HPV vaccines in India?
Interview Date: 03/06/14
5) Are they still
till being given to people?
Background:
Place: Assam Member 3:
Graduation: Medical Science
1) What is the reaction of society to influx of
Hobbies: Reading and sketching work
illegal immigrants in your state?
Experience: 2 years
2) Separatist movements in NE Region -
why so prevalent?
Questions: 3) How are you going to counter illegal
Chairman: immigration? How do you plan to make
1) After all the money spent by government sure
ure that bonafide citizens are not harassed
in making you a doctor, and all the effort in such an operation?
you gave to be and work as a doctor over the 4) What was the issue regarding ILP
past 8-9 years, why do you wish
ish to become a implementation in Meghalaya?
ghalaya? Is it
civil servant? justified? Why?
2) Why late attempt after 2 years working
worki as 5) Reading as hobby? What do you read?
doctor and >1 years gap? Last couple of books you read?
3) How has technology affected medical 6) Have you heard
eard of Gurcharan D Das? Read
science? Explain in detail with specific anything by him?
examples.
4) Why is there a boom in the fertility Member 4:
industry? What are the novel methods? 1) List the three most important problems
5) What is IUI? of NRHM. What can we do about it?
6) What % of budget is allocated to health? 2) How did you like being and working in
Shillong?
Member 1: 3) How did you find the response of patients
1) What are the problems faced by the there?
health sector today? Chairman again:
2) How can doctors be made to reach out to 1) Describe the national flag to me.
remote and rural areas? 2) What
hat do the colours signify?
3) Lacunae in medical education in India-
India 3) What does the chakra signify?
only at the graduate level?
el? What can be 4) Why do you presume it has 24 spokes?

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#14. ForumIAS Username while he was in Rangoon


angoon spending his last
times.
Praween453 Ch: ok
Interview Date: 3rd June 2014 (forenoon
forenoon Me: sir he wanted to come back to India and
session) also wanted his remains
emains to be brought back
to India.
Ch: he said ek gaz zameen bhi naam mil
Got 187 in Interview in D K paayi..
Dewan Board and selected as
Ch: Suppose
uppose you are coming from India gate
IPS. to UPSC and a cop catches you over
speeding. Can you tell me what is the
technology behind this?
Background: Me: (with a smile): Yes sir it is the laser
Graduation: Delhi College of Engineering
ngineering. technology that they use. Shots of laser are
12th : DPS R. K. Puram. fired at you.
Work Experience: in Synopsys for few years. Ch:(interrupting):upon you?
Prizes and Awards: Won an international Me: I am sorry sir; I mean to say on my
moving car. So when laser beams are shot
award and few national prizes in robotics. they get reflected off the body of car and
Optional: Maithili literature delay in receiving reflected beams etc. are
Hobby: Playing guitar, Teaching.
eaching. used in mathematical equations to find out
the speed.

Me: may I come in sir? Ch: how is laser used?


Ch: yes come in and have your seat Me: Sir should I elaborate further about the
said technology?
Questions: Ch: First
irst of all laser is not at all used in
Ch: Iss there any specific reasons that you speed measurement. So you are wrong ((I
have w in your name instead of v?
v felt a bit angered d as well as anxious as the
Me: No o sir my parents wrote it in this way
wa technology which I mentioned does exist).
without any specific reason. Doppler technology is used.
Ch: Soo you have done your schooling and
college from Delhi and have been in Delhi Me: but sir it is both the technology that can
for a very long time. So you must be having be used and probably last technology might
a good idea about Delhi in terms of not be too much in use in India. They might
population or how big is Delhi? be common in developed countries.
Me: sir population of Delhi is 1.6 crore and (At this chairman passed a sarcastic smile).
it has three municipal towns viz NDMC,
NDMC (Also I got a little nervous and started
MCD and Cantonment Board. fumbling in my next questions)
Ch(interrupting me): tell me what is the Ch: what is technology used in Doppler
area of Delhi? radar and its use.
Me: (with a smile) I dont know sir. Me: (I fumbled and uttered 1 or 2 trivial
non-important
important facts. But I rrealized to regain
Ch: Okk can you tell me who was the last king my confidence and smile) sir can I take a
of Delhi? few seconds to recollect and organize my
Me: sir he was Bahadur Shah Zafar.
afar. thoughts.
Ch: Doo you remember his famous
quotation? Ch: sure
Me: (with a smile) sir I am unable to recall Me: sir Doppler technology works on
exactly but I know the zeast of what he said Doppler Effect and is used on ship

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navigation and measuring distances M1: why languages are added in 8th
underwater. schedule?
Ch: Do you know howow is the speed of Me: it should be the effort of government to
aircraft measured? enrich the vocabulary, grammar and styles
Me: (I didnt want to guess and with a of Hindi by taking such features from
smile) I dont know sir. languages mentioned in 8th schedule.
M1: (with a smile) I dont think so. What has
Ch: ok Praween,
raween, since you talked about laser Tamil to do anything with Hindi?
can you tell me what is laser and what are Me: but this is one of the reasons.
its applications? M1: I am a Keralite so I might agree with
Me: sir laser stands for light amplification you but a Tamil would not be happy with
by stimulated emission of radiation. Laser your answer (with a smile)
has property of being coherent,
monochromatic and high energy. So it is M1: so Praween
raween your hobby is teaching.
used in signaling etc. It is also used in Lasik What do you teach?
surgery. Me: before my college I used to teach
Ch: any industrial use?? physics, chemistry, mathematics etc. to my
Me: yes sir, it is used in cutting hard siblings. In college I taught robotics and
materials due to its high energy. automation to my juniors and students of
Ch: (with a smile) cant it cut soft other colleges.
materials??
Me: yes sir M1: can you tell me the difference between
preschool and school teaching?
Ch: any other specific reasons laser is used Me: in preschool we focus on behavior,
in industry. (I could not recall) so he teaching mother tongue etc. In short we can
mentioned about precision in cutting using say in preschool teaching there is more
laser. focus on non-cognitive
cognitive aspect while in
Me: thank you sir and I am sorry I could not school teaching it is more focused on
mention this property. cognitive aspect.

Member 1: M1: what is the difference between teaching


M1: So, Praween
raween tell me what is 92nd at university level and school level?
amendment act? Me: school level teaching is more
Me:(I dont know what made me so absent-
absent curriculum oriented while at university level
minded and I replied) sir it provided for it is more tilted towards research and
Panchayati raj institution) learning new things
hings as the professors
M1:(interrupting me) no Panchayati
anchayati raj themselves are involved in research.
institution is mentioned
ed in 93rd
amendment ( I was happy he didnt mention Member 2:
73rd amendment because it saved me a bit M2: you have won a lot of awards and have
from my blunder) significant achievements in robotics at both
Me: (interrupting in middle) I am extremely national and international level. So can you
sorry sir. Actually 92nd amendment tell me whether wont the use of robots
brought four languages in the 8th schedule create unemployment?
of our constitution. Me: no sir. Use of robotics will enhance
M1:: what other languages were added apart productivity of economy and hence more
from Maithili. generation of employment. Further robots
Me: sir they are bodo, dogri and santhali. can be utilized in hazardous situations also
minimizing the risk to human lives.

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M2: I am specifically asking about M3:: do you know Gabriel Marquez? He


employment.
oyment. If agricultural laborers are wrote in style of magical realism.
replaced by robots and soldiers also by Me: he was a Nobel Prize winner in
robots then where will they work? literature for his work 100 years of
Me: Sir it would be clearer if we talk in solitude.
holistic dimension rather than in isolated M3: where is he from?
sectors like agriculture or defense. We Me: Mexico
already have too much h pressure on land in M3: where was he currently living?
India in agriculture. Also certain tasks Me: I am not sure about it sir (wit
(with a smile).
should to be performed by robots in army as
well to enhance efficiency and minimize M3: you will be working as a bureaucrat and
risk. Use of robots in industry will enhance also will have to handle a lot of political
productivity. So any surplus labor could pressures and certain other odd situations.
easily be migrated to laborer
aborer deficit sector. How shall you handle them?
So it is the complete overview of economy Me: I would be following rule of law what is
that will give us an idea about increase in enshrined in our constitution. I will kkeep
employment. myself up-to-date
date and upright in written
communications and file notings. I might
Member 3: also discuss the matters with my seniors.
M3: Tell
ell me how approximate path of MH
370 was traced? M3: is it necessary to handle pressures by
Me: Aircrafts
ircrafts keep on sending their location discussing with seniors?
after certain duration to base stations. Me: it is in the order of priority in which I
Based upon this information approximate gave my answers. But I think there is
path of flight is determined. nothing wrong in discussing with seniors if
M3: you have opted for literature as an pressures become unmanageable and I need
optional you must be reading anything a wise advice.
else.
Me: sir I usually read and browse technical Member 4:
articles and latest developments in M4: can you tell me similarity and
technology. dissimilarity between robots and human
M3: so you only follow your syllabus for beings?
literature. Me: Thehe biggest dissimilarity is that robots
Me: sir I have read some Hindi literature cant respond perfectly in a situation for
also and particularly poems. which it has not been programmed and also
M3: Who do you like? they lack emotions. Robots also have the
Me: Ramdhari Singh Dinkarinkar and Harivansh ability to do fast calculations. In terms of
Rai Bachachan similarity both humans and robots can
move. There have been robots which can
M3: what do you like about them? climb stairs and run.
Me: Dinkars veer
eer ras and use of rhyming
words attracts me. Harivansh Raiai M4: can ever robots overpower man?
bachachans.. (M3 interrupts me) Me: No sir because robots dont have the
M3: They
hey (pointing to other board capability to respond in a new and unknown
members) might be knowing better about situations.
these poets (as M3 was from south). Do you M4: Inn our body if left side of body becomes
know what magical realism is? inactive then it is the right side of the brain
Me: No sir. which has malfunctioned and similarly for
right side of the body left side of brain has
malfunctioned. So what do you infer from
this?

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Me (I was totally perplexed but maintained earth anthem and the song is sung world
a smile on my face): sir that means for a over transcending countries, ethnicity, race
healthy body both parts of our brain should
shou etc and shows belongingness to earth.
work perfectly. Ch: this is very specific example that yo
you
Ch(with a sarcastic smile): perhaps M4 have. I want some general example for
didnt mean so. international solidarity.
Me: In that case I am sorry sir since I could Me: Sufi festivals are held in India and other
not get him. countries. Some other musical festivals are
also organized. This enhances people to
M4 (nods and tells some story about taking people contact and also tolerance among
point, vision point etc. in a brain which I people.
cannot recall. I just nodded in Ch: this iss also very specific.
affirmation)
firmation) you play guitar so can you tell Me (with a smile): sir in that case I am
me what is octave? extremely sorry that I am unable to explain.
Me:(since I could not explain music theory
in plain English I fumbled a little then I Ch: have you heard of the song we are the
decided to answer in a bit technical sense): one?
on guitar we have 6 strings and plucking a Me:: I have just heard about it but have no
string on a particular
lar fret generates a note. further idea about this song.
Half or twice that frequency of the same Ch: How come being a musimusician you have
note can be generated down or up the neck not heard the songng (I passed a gentle and
of guitar. The distance between these two apologetic smile). The song was performed
frequencies is called an octave. (TThe by around 40 singers and musicians at one
chairman gives a questioning nod to M4 and place. This shows solidarity.
M4 nods in affirmation regarding my Me: thank you very much sir.
answer).
Ch: your interview is over you can leave.
Chairman again: Me: thank you sir.
Ch: so praween you are a musician. How
can music be helpful for international peace
and harmony?
Me: sir I would like to give an example in
this respect. There is an Indian diplomat, I
cant recall his name, composed a song
which is sung on international earth day.
Even UN declared the song as international

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CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION-(201


EXAMINATION 2014-15)
INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS

#1. ForumIAS Username - 5. If you are the DM of Varanasi 3 years


from now, what steps would you take to
ABCD
curb the pollution of river Ganges?
Interview Date: 27th April 2015, After Noon
Background: Member 2: (Lady Member
Member)
Place: Bhagalpur, Bihar. She asked long questions, these
hese are the
Academics: IIT BHU (Metallurgical
Metallurgical shorter versions of the same.
Engineering)
Optional: History 1. You are from Bhagalpur. It was famous
Hobbies: Reading for the Bhagalpur
hagalpur blindings case (Of
Gangajal fame for the uninitiated)
uninitiated). The
police said that they did it because public
Questions: wanted it? Do you think the views of public
Chairman: should be taken by the judiciary while
1. Tell me about the elements of national deciding a case?
security. 2. India has Freedom of Expression
xpression with
2. What are the concerns about piracy? reasonable restrictions. Comment on this
3. What do you mean there are many types with respect to India's daughter
of piracy, what else? documentary.
4. Okay, tell me about sea piracy, why is it 3. Leaving aside the breaking of any
so important nowadays? Where is it rules/laws on the partrt of the filmmaker,
happening? comment on the issue.
5. Okay, what steps are being taken by the I said that allegations were made that the
international community to stop it? filmmaker paid the convict some money for
6. You are still working with ****, what do giving the interview, if that was the case, the
you do? authenticity of the movie itself goes up in
7. Oh, you are in quality control. the air.
Differentiate between Quality Control
ontrol (QC) 4. Yes, thats correct. But do you think we
and Quality Assurance (QA). should ban this movie just because it
portrays India
ndia in bad light, leaving
Member 1: everything else aside?
1. You are from
om "****" . Why didnt you join 5. Based on your views on the above
Defence? questions, comment on the recent decision
2. Tell me how metallurgy is related to by the cabinet about the Juvenile justice
pollution? system?
3. You talked about heavy metals, Name one
heavy metal which is banned in western
we Member 3:
countries but still being used in India?
1. Tell me how Varanasi
aranasi is related to
4. What are the major pollution issues of
Buddhism?
Varanasi?
2. You talked about subjectivity (I did while

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answering mams questions.)) Tell me about Self Evaluation:


subjectivity in History. Thats all I can remember for now. The
3. You are from BHU, your founder recently board was very cordial. I think I answered
won the.... them well. Didntt know Ravi Shankar's guru
I completed his sentence, he had stopped,
stoppe but then, can't win them all.
The Bharat Ratna sir.
4. Okay, Do you know 1 more person from #2. ForumIAS Username
Varanasi has won the he Bharat Ratna.
Ankitcheeta
I said:: Sir 5 people from Varanasi have won
Interview Date: 5-5-2015
this prize.
5. Ohhhhh, 5 people, who ho all are these
people? Background:
I also mentioned Pt Ravi Shankar and CN Graduation: B. Tech in computer science
Rao as people from Varanasi. Optional: geography
6. Are you sure CN Rao and Pt Ravi Shankar Work Experience: 4 years IT job
from Varanasi?
I said Sir CN Rao studied in BHU and Pt Questions:
Ravi Shankar stayed in Varanasi
aranasi and used to 1) One question about company
company?
play there (Missed out on his mother being 2) One about internal security and national
from near Varanasi). i). Got some head security?
nodding on CN Rao. 3) Land Acquisition Act issue
Chairman quipped in:Tum to sab logo ko 4) Farmer suicide issue
banaras ka hi bana do! 5) About marriage being sacrosanct
sacrosanct.
I said Sir people of banaras are like this 6) Cold desert characteristics and locations
only. They are very accepting. If you come to 7) Sustainable agriculture
Varanasi once, you become a Banarasi
anarasi 8) Nation or family,, which will have higher
forever. Smiles all around. priority.
9) Whats one thing if that happens US will
7. Okay, tell me who was Pt Ravi Shankar's
Shanka be devastated?
Guru? 10) Service preference why IFS at 5th
8. Tell me one famous civil servant and one preference?
famous sportsperson turned politician from 11) Question on Smart city
Bhagalpur? 12) Recited a poem and asked its meaning
meaning.
13) NGO issue as it was in my hobbies
hobbies.
Member 4: 14) Economic models of India ndia and China.
1. You have history? Okay tell me how did 15) What all qualities you haave so that we
Chandragupta Maurya die? select u for Civil Services.
2. What is the difference between history ...these r d once a can remember now
and mythology?
3. What is Bhagalpur
agalpur famous for? Self Evaluation:
4. Anga Pradesh,
radesh, but it had its capital in While answering I made a reference to one
Munger, not Bhagalpur? party. And after 5 minutes, in other
question, a panelist pointed out that he has
noticed reference to that party. (He meant

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to say that he has noticed that I am


a against 3) Asked me about blogs and opinion on
policies of that party). And I apologized for various issues.
the same. I said, it was slip of tongue.
tongue
Member 4:
Dont know how much negative impact this 1) Asked me about microwave
microwave.
will make to my interview. 2) Question on electronics and
communication?
3) Why we need specialized account services
#3. ForumIAS Username - (I am in IPTAFS).
Sahil_garg196 4) Question on double
ouble accounting
accounting.
Background:
Work Experience: LIC
Hobby: Basketball
#4. ForumIAS Username -
Presently working in IPTAFS.
Vinay11
Interview Date: 18 may 2015
Questions:
Duration: 30 minutes
Chairman:
1) Asked my Roll no.
2) Why IPS as first preference?
Questions:
3) Qualities of IPS? Chairman:
4) About National Police Academy
cademy out of 1. What is your roll number?
nowhere. 2. Why were you doing MBA for 3 yrs?
5) About training in LIC. (I worked in that.)
that 3. Since your
ur 3rd preference is IFS, your
question is: in the age of 21st century
century, there
Member 1: are well established communication
1) Sports like basketball , which level. systems, in this context whatat is the need of
2) Why problems with other sports?
sports establishing our diplomatic miss
missions
3) What will you do to improve sports if abroad?
made secretary in sports ministry?
ministry (I was explaining in historical context)
4) Then asked me about insurance. Do you 4. Just answer specific to my question?
think it is untapped? Why? 5. What is PPP?
5) What schemes have been launched 6. Which parties are involved in it?
recently for social security? 7. What is each partner contributing in it?
8. In a Partnership, parties should
Member 2: contribute equally, but gover
government is
contributing nothing,, what kin
kind of
1) Reasons for Climate change.
partnership is this?
2) Why now only climate change?
9. (Hee asked some other question which I
3) Asked about sociology in terms of
am unable to recall currently
currently.)
marriage and kinship in north and south
India and position of women?
Member 1:
Member 3: 1. What is your opinion on T
Telengana?
2. Do you
u support smaller states?
1) Asked about Dowry. Is it prevalent?
prevalent
3. Do you
u support dividing UP into smaller
2) Section 66A of IT Act and SC judgment.

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states? Member 4:
4. What are the reasons for violence against 1. Have you heard of turmeric issue in
women? intellectual property rights?
5. What measures are taken to control 2. Was the patent filed according to the
women violence in Hyderabad? Indian Act?
6. Do you think, separating the two genders 3. What are Geographical indications
indications?
from getting
g mingled would reduce 4. (Hee asked some other questions which I
violence? am unable to recall currently
currently.)
7. As a commissioner
mmissioner of Hyderabad what
would you do?

Member 2: #5. ForumIAS Username -


1. What is GST? Transcript
2. What central taxes subsume under it? Background:
3. Will it be beneficial? Optional: Geography
4. Tell me yourr opinion if its beneficial or Graduation: Engineering
not?
5. What is the criteria for determining
Questions:
nativity in Telengana?
1.You are already an IRS, why hy do you want
6. Chairman: (pokes in) Do o u think it goes
to be an IAS?
against constitution that gives me right to
2. Dontt you think there is more need of
settle anywhere across the country?
specialization than generalist IAS?
7. Chairman: Whathat do u think should be
I mentioned recognition
ecognition as one of the point
proper criteria for determining nativity of
in answer of 1st question.
Telengana?
3. Some of the finest brains working in
ISRO or other organizations do not get
Member 3:
recognition from people.. So how recognition
1. Recently there was an exhibition held in
is important?
Hyderabad conducted by museum
4. Tell me name of 3 scientists of ISRO?
authorities. It was praised by a country?
5. How is your training going on?
(Can I guess with yourur permission sir?)
6. Where is your training going on?
Ch: (he poked) If you u dont know u have to
7. You are collecting revenue ffor country, if
guess man, what is the need of asking for
u stop working then n nation can
cant work. So
permission?
how IAS is better than your ur service?
2. Tell me what are the three important
(I didnt say IAS is better!!)
qualities required for a good civil servant?
servant
8. Whatt is total tax collection of Indirect
Prioritize them according to you? u?
taxes?
3. Do youu think all these qualities are being 9. Do you think there is public contact in
tested in this examination process?
IAS after few yearsrs of service?
4. Chairman: (pokes in) do you u think
10. In IAS you will be transferred frfrom one
administrators govern people?
department to other in short time period, do
5. Chairman:: very tricky question isnt it?
you think you can n develop expertise in such
6. (Hee asked some other question which I
diverse field?
am unable to recall currently)
11. Do you know w India China border

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dispute? For which region it is going on? 8) Greatest challenge to Make


ake in India, Skill
12. Is there a solution forr this dispute? development, problems, reasons
reasons.
13. During Nepal earthquake there is 9) Your understanding of basic problem,
opposition developed ed against India what
wh suggestions?
was the reason? 10) As a DM how would you facilitate
14. Is there any Chinese role? industrial development in your district?
15. Where is Modi today? 11) Why would entrepreneur want to come
16. Where was he before that? to your district?
17. Whatt is the position of GST right now?
18. Why there is need of constitutional 12) Questions on GST - Issues
ssues, provisions,
amendment act for GST? advantages, problems, opposition
pposition.
19. What is the need for GST? 13) As an IT engineer how it would be
20. Tell me one of your ideal
deal person other operationalized?
than your parents? 14) Name of that IT infrastructure.
21. Why do you u think he is ideal for you? 15) Discussion on problem of unemployed
22. Do you think China is rich country? engineers?
23. What is the reason forr China's richness? 16) Why
hy not fit for employment
employment?
24. Why India is not as rich as China? 17) What
hat reasons do you see - personal
25. What are the problems ms in watershed experience, suggestionss if any?
management?
Self Evaluation:
Interview was over in approx 30 minutes.
min The running theme was basic understanding
rather some bookish or artificial view point
point.
Questions
uestions were rather general
general, asking you to
#6. ForumIAS Username - put forth your take on that.
Aspirant14 No troubling, very much cordial board. Be
Interview Date: 18th may 2015. Forenoon
F yourself and bring some originality in your
Background: answers. Be calm and composed.
IT engineer
Optional: Public Administration #7. ForumIAS Username -
Skarra
Questions: Interview Date: 02/06/2015
1) 2 factors which differentiate between Background:
advanced and poor countries? Optional: History
2) Status of science research in India? Hobbies: Watching Football, Playing
3) What are we doing? Basketball, Watching Movies.
4) What is the problem? Qualification: B. Tech ECE, MBA from a
5) What should we do? premiere institute (6 months exchange
6) Question on Malala case. program in Italy.)
Full discussion on this question. IsI there Present Job: Product Manager with an IT
similar problem in India? If yes, then where, firm.
to what extent, what are the reasons, what Past Jobs: Infosys, Bank of America,
are we doing, what should we do? do Thomson Reuters.
7) Female participation
rticipation in science field?

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Questions: Member 2:
Chairman: M2: What is corporate governance
governance?
CM: Your Roll Number? M2: What are the features of corporate
CM: 4 years of engineering, MBA and governance?
excellent job experience, why civil services?
services M2: What are your job responsibilities
responsibilities?
CM: But IT has put India on the world map,
m M2: Tell me about a recent
ecent project that you
why do you believe you have not contributed executed?
to society? M2: Can youou name any ICT initiative of the
CM: You might not have directly felt your government?
contribution to the country, but, you are I took
ook a lot of time explaining job
making an excellent contribution. responsibilities and project. So, less
CM: Does Japan have armed forces? questions were asked by M2 M2.
CM: Why only defensive?
CM: What has changed recently? Member 3:
CM: But, you said their constitution does M3: Tell me two people who were important
not support offensive operations. for Italian unification?
CM: So, why have they changed their M3: What is the recent issue between India
constitution? and Italy?
CM: What is the significance of Black
Blac Sea to M3: What is the status of the case?
the USSR, USA and EU? M3: In 3 minutes, tell me how Indian
CM: Ok. This explains about USSR but why National Congress was formed, their initial
is the U.S. interested. activities, role of Gandhiji?
CM: Does Black Sea control the M3: What is the recent movie you watched
watched?
Mediterranean
editerranean or is it the other way M3: Do you watch any regional movies
movies?
around? M3: What is the problem with Tamil movies
CM: Have you u seen the Black Sea on the recently? Their quality has gone down.
map?
CM: Have you seen the Mediterranean Member 4:
Ocean on the map? M4: Do you know about the Lombardy
region in Italy?? (As I was in Italy for
Member 1: exchange program, so lots of questions on
M1: Difference between Manager and Italy.)
Administrator? M4: Why is it more prosperous than the
M1: Difference between Administration and south of Italy?
Governance? M4: Do you know about Region A and
M1: Qualities of an Administrator?
Administrator Region B in Italy? (Do not remember the
M1: Some more qualities? region names and did not know that when
M1: Difference between management in the member asked)
theory and practice? M4: What is common between India and
M1: With your experience in technology, Italy?
how can you use them in civil services?
services M4: What are occupational hazards in the
Lots of cross questioning by the member. IT industry?
I just wrote the gist. M4: Do you know ow about this health problem
in the IT industry? (Did not know)

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#8. ForumIAS Username 7) Is YY in Africa or in Middle East?


Africa this
Vsec
Africa that
Background: Ok. Draw the map of Africa
Graduation: Economics
Post Grad: PGDM from a IIM M2 intervenes: If he can!
Work-ex:
ex: 2 years working with domestic Me: No, Sir. I can't.
private sector bank.
Hobbies: Tracking financial markets, Member 2:
solving Sudoku 1) What is the political scene in Bihar?
Home State: Bihar 2) What about Manjhi?
3) What is his party's name? Full form?
Questions: 4) Have you heard of Salwa Jadum?
Chairperson: 5) Who was the leader behind it?
1) Which flight did you take from Mumbai ? 6) What is the name of new organization his
2) Who manages airports? son has established?
3) I didn't mean security, who manages 7) Were they
hey paid a salary? Who paid it?
airports? 8) Were they government employees?
4) Where is it located and whom does it 9) SC observation on same?
report to? Define its responsibilities?
5) Who used 'Fakir' for Gandhi? Member 3:
6) Why did he hate Gandhi? 1) What has been happening to markets over
7) Tell me what has happened in Iraq in last past few days?
10 years? 2) Which are the stocks which have
8) What happened in between? corrected the most?
9) Who is in Govt.
ovt. in Iraq? Which are the 3) 52 week high of your bank
bank?
major political parties in Iraq? 4) Do you think Naxalism
axalism problem can be
10) Why is the army not able to respond
respon to solved?
IS?
M2 intervenes: Do you think Naxalism has
Member 1: (Lady, page 3 types) come down in AP?
1) Some quote by a British national, who
was he? Member 4:
2) Major disease outbreak in Africa? 1) IIMs don't offer specialization
specialization, how come
3) Which were the worst affected nations you have mentioned Finance?
from Ebola? Are you sure? 2) Difference between Principal
incipal Component
4) Where is Nigeria in Africa? Analysis and Factor Analysis?
sis?
3) What is Pareto's law?
Chairman:: Draw a rough map of Africa. 4) Difference between sales and marketing?
5) Difference between value chain and value
5) M1 intervenes:
venes: Which countries are the stream?
Neighbors of Nigeria?
6) Is XX country in Africa or in Middle-
Middle
East?

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Self Evaluation: Member 2:


I was not able to answer a single question Case Study
asked by M1. She and M2 were like what's 1. Suppose that you are an Officer in the
the point of continuing with interview? licensing department; would you prefer
I could answer 50% questions from preventive or punitive vigilance?
chairman and M4. 2. Suppose that you are the approving
Nearly all from M2 and M3. authority of gun licensing depa
department; how
M1 was big zero. would you ensure that nothing untoward
happens?
There were quite a few factuals which I
cannot remember now and did not know the Member 3:
answer then 1. Who invented electricity?
2. Difference between DC/AC? Voltage of
fan in room. Can we run all appliances in
#9. ForumIAS Username - room on DC?
3. Difference between Voltage rating of USA
Ryan Walenski and India? Why Different?
Date of Interview: 9.6.15 4. How amount of current will give you a
Session - Forenoon shock?
Duration- 25-30mins 5. Graduation Project related questions.
6.*Since you have Studied Engineering
Background: Drawing in B. Tech, So, scale the map of
B. Tech (Electrical) from ISM Dhanbad.
Dhanbad Syria
ria which you have drawn
drawn.
Hobby: Playing Cricket, Teaching;
Optional-History; Member 4:
Home state: Jharkhand 1.Why so many people from Ranchi,
Dhanbad, Bokaro and Jamshedpur qualify
Questions: IIT-JEE? Then, whyhy is Jharkhand under
under-
Chairperson: developed?
1.what is your roll no.? 2. Why parents don't support political
2. Name related question. career as an option?
3. Regarding Speed Gun used in detecting 3. Questions on Public Service Act and
over-speeding? where it has been implemented.
4. Syria Crisis
Draw a Map of Syria. Locate the important Self Evaluation:
places in News. Why Syrian Crisis
is? Board - Very cordial, no cross questioning,
Response of different World Leaders. ample time given to answer questions
questions.
Link to Arab spring etc.

Member 1:
1. What is Duckworth Lewis?
2. Who owns Mines? State or Centre?
3. About Coal Block Allocation

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#10. ForumIAS Username A: The patients are being tended to, but the
other lot of people is completely neglected
Unicorns19
and is put through unnecessary hardships.
Interview Date: 10th June 2015
Afternoon Session, 4th in Number
C: The mobility you talk about in the
services, isnt that a relic of the colonial era?
Arrangement of board Dont we need technical expertise in the
M1- Chairman, M2-(lady), M3 and M4. bureaucracy? (Doesnt let me counter this
Walk from the door to the table was 15-17
15 point) Any way, weve had civil servants for
feet. over sixty years, but the plight of people like
you have witnessed still is poor. What then
Background: can you do?
Doctor A: Sir, I will be an honest and hardworking
Hobby: Debating civil servant.

Questions: C: You mean to say that currently civil


Chairman: servants are not? Have we not improved
C: Why do you want to do civil services after over the last so many years?
becoming a doctor? A: The progress of the country has been
A: Sir, there are two independent reasons. greatly due the bureaucratic workers. I will
Firstly, I became a doctor because I waswa play my part as an efficient and honest civil
highly inspired by my father and also due to servant to further the direction of progress
the nobility of the profession; however, that we are set out upon.
during my college days I realized that what
really drove me was the plight of the C: Okay, tell me about the situation in Sri
relatives of the patients who would wait Lanka. What are the issues there?
outside on the walkways for days in the heat A: New Presidentnt wants to bring about
and cold. I wanted to do something for electoral reform. Curtail powers of the
them. I knew the canvas was large. I could President which were increased during the
work in Preventive healthcare or health previous heads rule. Rehabilitation of the
infrastructure. I wanted to work to improve people displaced during the civil war,
the quality of life of people at large and civil infrastructure development. At
services provide that platform. Secondly, the international relations level, we se
see a shift
versatility in the services. Being in one from their leanings towards China back
ministry or department today and in a few again to India.
months in another involves constant
learning, adaptability and creative problem C: And?
solving. All these aspects of the services A: Sorry sir, thats all I can think of right
greatly inspired me. now.

C: Let me come to thesee one by one. C: Have the electoral reforms


forms happened?
Shouldnt your priority be the patient and A: The twentieth amendment had been
not his relatives since the relatives are tabled. I cant recollect its passage with
healthy? surety.

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C: Can you name the President and PM of C: More rightist?


Sri Lanka? A: More extremist
A: Sorry sir, I dont remember.
(Blanked out) C: Name the President of Turkey
Turkey?
A: Mr. Reccep Erdogan
C: All right, tell me about Turkey?
Turkey
A: Turkey recently has elections in which C: Since how many years has he been the
the incumbent party lost absolute majority. President?
Though, it is still the largest party. A: I dont know, Sir.

C: What does this signify? C: Tell me about Egypt


A: This shows the dissatisfaction of the A: The president is General Fatteh al Sisi.
people with the President. He overthrew Mohd Morsy who had become
the President
esident through democratic process
C: Why? after the uprising in Egypt. He is currently
A: The president wanted to change the being incarcerated for his Human Right
governments system to a presidential one. violations and corruption charges
charges.
There was increasing concentration of
power. He was becoming autocratic. C: Are those the only reasons?
A: That is all I can remember at the
C: And.. moment.
A: Corruption and lack of development. A
want of opportunities for the youth. C: Was there a military coup?
A: Umm.. As far as I can remember
remember..
C: And..
A: Sorry, Sir, thats all the reasons I can C: Military coup?
think of at the moment A: Im not sure, Sir

C: What does this signify for the region? C: Do you know an NRI holds two
A: Since the president will now have some passports? Can you name them?
coalition compulsions and the result will be A: Indian passport and OCI
taken to mean concern with his policies, he
is likely to take a less extreme stand. C: What are the two terms
Moderation in his behavior will bode well A: OCI and PIO.
for the region especially at this time of many
extremist voices. C: What has happened recently?
C: And, he was leaning towards? A: Theyve
ve been merged into a single entity
A: Turkey was leaning towards Russia.
Some geo-politicians
politicians also suggest Turkey C: Is it already being implemented?
was playing a dual game in Syria which has A: Sorry sir, I dont know
escalated problems.
C: (points to M1)
C: And.. leaning towards.
A: The president was becoming more
rightist.

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Member 1: M2: Yes (after 30seconds)


M1: There is an officers son. A child. And You can also speak for
his drivers child. The two race. Who is A: May I speak both against and for?
likely to reach 100m first?
A: I beg your pardon, Sir. M2: Yes, of course
A: Should NGOs have greater transparency
M1: Repeats and accountability? Ill first present an
A: (I again clarify) argument for.
A: I would bet my money on the drivers The progress of a country needs
son. participation from its government, citizenry
(Everyone nods) and social sector, rather social
organizations. NGOs play an important role
M1: Correct, but then why is Amir Khan in raising concerns of the people and work
talking about shooing away malnutrition?
malnutrition for many objectives in the interest of
A: Sir, here an officers driver is likely to be society. However, they are not immune to
well paid and informed to give and afford vices. Some of them receive funding from
proper nutrition to his child foreign organizations which might have
ulterior motives. The NGOs can whitewash
M1: I am not talking about this case in their intentions and mislead the public.
particular. Another source of the funding is from the
A: Malnutrition is prevalent in India due to public who give NGOs money in good faith.
a variety of factors form impoverishment, This good faith must not be exploited and
poor sanitation, uninformed parenting, high hence greater transparency in their
disease burden. functioning should be present
present.
NGOs also receive money from the Govt Govt.
M1: What would you do to tackle this? and therefore they should be accountable to
A: I would take the following measures. it with regards to expenditure
expenditure.
Ensure mid day meals throughout the year, However, there is also argument against this
including vacations, floods, drought. Inform NGOs while pushing the cause of the people
mothers about the kinds of foods that might rub the Govt. of the day in the wrong
should be given to children of different age way. To prevent undue obstacles in its
groups.
ps. Conduct campaigns about course, the NGOs need to o have some
malnutrition. Involve the locals by means of autonomy and discretion which will come at
Gram sabha
abha for instance to have awareness. the cost of transparency.
And also, not segregate hygiene and They work selflessly for others and this
sanitation from the plan to eradicate should be recognized by giving them leeway
malnutrition and opportunity to work on their own terms

Member 2:(Lady
(Lady Member) Member 3:
M2: You debate? Ill give you a topic.
topic M3: We are not prepared for dealing with
NGOs should have greater transparency and natural calamities. If an earthquake comes
accountability. to Delhi, there will be large scale damage.
Speak against. Are we prepared for it? Are our hospitals
A: Mam,
am, may I take a moment to collect my prepared?
thoughts?

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A: Some regions of India have learnt how to comfortable?


manage disasters quite well, for instance A: Sir, if I were to walk the streets of Delhi
Orissa. In Delhi, yes, an
n earthquake would at 11 in night, I would definitely be
cause large scale damage. But it is correctly concerned for my safety.
afety. In Saudi Arabia,
said that earthquakes dont kill people, the concern wont arise because I am not
buildings do. Housing needs to be made allowed to walk the streets!
earthquake proof. So do hospitals. They (Everyone has a laugh)
need to be updated and upgraded to tackle
such calamites. M4: Why do you think this is so?
A: For two reasons, the serious curtailment
on freedoms and limiting interactions and
M3: Are hospitals prepared? secondly, archaic punishments.
unishments. Also, with
A: From personal experience, no sir. Even regards to violence against women, there is
during an off period we are running on severe under reporting because the women
full capacity. do not find the voice to submit complaints

M3: Do you know what Triage is? C: If you were given an option between
A: Yes, Sir having all the niceties of life with no
freedom and having subsistencetence sort of
living with freedom, which would you
M3: Do you have triage drills?
choose?
A; No, Sir.
A: Without a doubt sir, the situation which
provides me personal liberty. For the other
M3: Does your hospital perform triage? situation is akin to being a caged animal.
A: Yes, sir. In case we suddenly see a large
number of patients come in for example in a
C: Why is personal liberty so important to
road traffic accident, we do perform triage.
you?
A: It is the prime requirement for humans
M3: How will your hospital deal with a large
to lead a fulfilling life. It provided creative
calamity?
space. Allows for personal expansion and
A: We will perform triage and try to
development
accommodate as many patients as possible.
Refer the ones we cannot take in. Give first
C: And.. and
aid to those in need.
A: This creative space will find expression in
the form of inventions and discoveries
M3: To improve capacity? In New York,
when the WTC fell, the hospitals nearby which will help improve humanity
umanity.
discharged patients to make room for the
C: Yes. Personal liberty is very important for
trauma patients. Did you know this case
society.
study?
You interview is over
A: No sir, I did not know.
now. Thank you.
A: Thank you very much.
M4: In Saudi Arabia, there is a lot of safety. (Big
ig smile, look at everyone, get up, push
Low crime, whereas
hereas Delhi is very unsafe for my chair in and I walk out)
women. Where would you feel more

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#11. ForumIAS Username Delhi University?


18) What is famous about Rampur?
GreenPanda
19) Is it not Rampuri? (Anot
nother member)
Background: 20) Does it not manufactured in Rampur
Hobbies: Badminton, Poetry. anymore?
Graduation: B. Tech (Electrical)

21) You said something about IMF, some


Questions: question about it.
1) Your name is ------. (Pronounces
Pronounces wrong)
wrong 22) Is there any issue regarding MANIT
What does it mean? students?
2) Who gave it? 23) Is the problem still persists?
3) You passed out in 2010, what have you 24) If as a police officer you are reported of
been doing? such problem
roblem what will you do?
4) For five years? 25) But they are pelting stones. What is to
5) Have you heard about IMF. What does it be done?
stand for?

26) Recite a poem of Shubhadra Kumari


6) Are Asian countries forming any such Chauhan.
bank? 27) OK. Dinkar. ....... Take your time. ...........
6) What are the benefits? 28) Ok recite one of your poem?
7) Who is the founder and why are they 29) One question, no idea about that.
doing so? 30) Havee you heard about Look East Policy?
8) Who are the members? Are only Asian
31) Act East Policy?
countries its members?
32) What is the difference?
9) What is the controversy around IMF? Tell
33) Are there
re more countries added to it?
me three?
34) Who are the national poets?
10) What is quota?
35) Quickly name three?

11) What are the reform demands?


36) Have you seen Ardhasatya? Recited a
12) How many types are of generator?
poem. Asked me to identify the poet.
No...... Like diesel generator.
37) Do you know anything about
13) Are all these kind of generators available
interlinking of rivers?
in India?
38) No no, you are defining it
it. Tell me what
14) What are the benefits of Gas generators?
is being done?
15) What are the advantages and
39) What are the disadvantages?
disadvantages of gas generators and Diesel
40) But the advantages outweigh
generator?
disadvantages?

16) Is the only benefit of Gas generator is 41) What is line of credit?
during peak load? 42) Ok. Budget provision iss done to issue in
17) You said you passed out from MANIT? a time period? What is other special thing?
How did you organize a tournament in 43) Is it a grant or is it repaid?

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44) What are the three countries that line of and Kaifi Azami? Where did they belong
credit has been extended to? from?
45) What is privatization? 49) Do you know the meaning of Gudadi ke
Laal?

46) Who sales shares? Chairman again in Last:


47) Are you correct? Think for a moment.
50) What is LASER and SONAR
SONAR?
48) Do you know Suryakant Tripathi Nirala
51) Tell me full forms.

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