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Saturday, June 10, 2017
UPSC Interviews: 2016-17
Debotosh Chatterjee, AIR 406 (2015-16) & AIR 486 (2016-17)
UPSC CSE 2016-17
Board : Dr Arvind Saxena
Duration : 40 mins
Afternoon session, 1st to go.
Chairman (Took a major chunk
of my interview, must be at least 15 to 20 minutes) (Read out my DAF. You
graduated in 2015, and cleared exam that year itself!).
1. How do you know you are the “Most viewed
writer” on Quora? (hobby)
2. Regarding GSTN,
why has the government not kept 100% stake
3. A long question,
with several branches and interpretations, but it
boiled down to this - Why do
we not sell our products to domestic
market, but export instead? Why Make in
India is important in this
context, and not Make for India?
4. What is our top
import? How to reduce use of petroleum in cars, buses, transport sector?
5. How to use
electricity to reduce use of petroleum?
6. Why is India
running after nuclear energy while rest of world is
rejecting it, and
manufacturers are going bankrupt? Do we
need nuclear energy and disasters?
1. Why did Agatha
Christie choose her detectives from France and
not England? (hobby)
2. Is it true that
Christie used to implement her ideas before
penning them down?
3. The ‘views’ you
get in Quora - are they from a localised region,
or the entire world?
4. Can India generate
and distribute piezoelectricity? Which
countries have done it successfully so
5. What is the
national game of India? Which game has potential to be India’s national game?
6. What is national
animal of India? National bird?
1. What is the motto
of Society of Jesus? What differentiated SJ
from other Christian orders?
2. What comes to your
mind when you think of Customs and trade
3. Do you think
C&CE department will improve in GST regime?
4. Even in GST
regime, human factor is going to be present - in
adjudication, etc. Why not
completely eliminate it?
1. You like IR? Which
part you like? (optional)
2. India is having to
rethink its border strategies in last couple of
years - why?
3. What can you tell
me about Bismarck? About Chanakya?
1. Has UN been
successful? What are the successful areas?
2. Smaller states -
he gave a long statement. Should Gorkhaland be
separated from Bengal?
3. Stretched the
issue of Gorkhaland further.
End of Interview.
Shekhar Kumar Chaudhary: AIR 624 (UPSC 2016-17)
Board: Sujata Mehta
Intw Panel : Chairman (C)+ Four Members(M1,M2,M3,M4)
I entered the room and greeted everyone and was asked to
C: So you are working as Commercial Tax Officer. Tell me
something about GST.
A: GST is a revolutionary indirect tax reform with multiple
benefits like one nation one market, less tax evasion, boost to GDP, ease of
doing business etc.
C: Why Jute industries are in negatives?
A: Mam it is mainly because of 1. Partition of India with
jute cultivated land going to erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh),
introduction of plastics and trade unionism.
C: There is strong resistance from certain State govts to
the Centre. Do you see cooperative federalism materializing in near future?
A: Mam ultimately as more people will get education and move
to middle class. They will start demanding good governance thereby making
cooperative federalism a success. They will not easily get swayed by
politicians and will create the push for it. For example GST which was a result strong push provided by
the corporate lobby.
C passed on to M1 (Lady Member)
M1: What according to
you are the 3 most important problems the global economy is facing?
solution for any one of them.
A: 1. Rise of
Environmentally unsustainable economic growth.
Solution for 1st problem:
institutions especially WTO should be respected and strengthened. India should aggressively pursue her interest
in WTO in having free trade in Services sector.
M2: How would you ensure communication in a remote area?
A: I will go for satellite communication e.g usage of VSATs.
M2: What is its limitation?
A: We can only have limited speed as at higher frequencies
there will be more atmospheric attenuation of signals due to water molecules.
M2: How would you ensure communication to cope up with the
situation of nuclear bomb explosion at Delhi?
A: I would study the
depth below ground surface till which nuclear bomb will have any impact.
I will construct a
bunker below that depth for installation of communication equipments.
M3: What is shifting cultivation?
M3: How would you ensure education of these tribal children
whose family shifting cultivation?
A: I will identify
leaders from themselves and guide them, coach them so that they can pass on the
same to their community. These identified people will be remunerated for that
which will act as a motivation for the whole group.
M4: What is Piltdown man?
A: I don’t know sir.
M4: What is RRI and SSI?
A: Route Relay Interlocking and Solid State Interlocking.
M4: How would you identify if an animal is a monkey or an
A: (Anthropology related question) Explained.
C said your interview
is over and best of luck.
Note: No counter
question by anyone except M4. Never expected such a cordial board. C said good
multiple times and kept on writing certain points in between.