UPSC Interview By Aravind Menon : AIR -201 (Smt Alka Sirohi's Board), CSE-2011
Interview Date: 16/04/2012
Interview Board: Smt Alka Sirohi
Place: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Attempt No.: 2nd Attempt
Rank (CSE 2011): AIR 201
Interview Marks: 183 marks
Optional Subjects : Public Administration, Malayalam Language
Details of Graduation: B.Tech in Electronics & Communication from
College of Engineering,Trivandrum Extracurricular activities,
hobbies, achievements etc. : Cricket , Photography
My interview was on 16th in the afternoon session. There were only 6 boards
for our session , so each board had to interview 7 candidates each. As a result
, each interview lasted for 20-25 minutes.
My interview was no different. I was the third person to be interviewed by
the board chaired by Smt Alka Sirohi (CM) . When I was asked by the attender to
enter the room, I asked permission to do so from the board . I was granted that
and I went in. All the 4 members (M1,M2,M3 & M4) other than the chairman were
male members. So didnt had any confusion regarding how to wish. But even before
I could wish them , CM asked me to be seated . Anyway , I wished them and took
my seat. Everyone was busy doing something and was not giving much attention to
me. That informal nature eased my tension .
CM started the proceedings by asking me to list out 2-3 things that occurred
in the past decade which suited the description “Much ado about nothing” . My
mind went blank and even after she explained the question, I was not able to
recollect any such events. Later she told me that what she intended was Y2K and
M1 asked me about Chinmayananda Swami of Chinmaya Mission and his
contributions to the society(I had my schooling in a Chinmaya Vidyalaya). I
mentioned about his Jnana yajnas- spiritual knowledge to common man, opening of
schools, social activities of its volunteers etc. then he asked about the
essence of gita.
Me: man should do his duties(karma) without the expectation of any result as
it will lead to disappointment.
He was expecting Aham brahmasmi and it was his next Qn.
Me: Each soul is part of the universal soul. He was not completely satisfied.
Question: Bertrand Russel's statement that all human beings are rational but he is
yet to find such a person.
Me: most of the people I met were rational.
Question: then why world is like this
Me: a minority of people may be irrational causing hardships , but since
majority are rational world is still existing
Question: Current political situation in Arab Spring countries
Question : Is there any conflict of interest b/n india and china in indian ocean as
both are energy hungry nations.
I did not understand it completely. When he explained it , I thought it was
regarding string of pearls and replied accordingly. I told about protecting our
economic & security interests while maintaining a good relation with them. He
kept on repeating the same Qn and CM intervened and asked M3 to start.
Question: Current status of the 'treasure' in SreePadmanabhaswamy temple and how to
use it ( I am from kerala)
Answer: need to use modern techniques to open the vault B w/o destroying
anything else .
It cannot be used for developmental purposes as it is part of our culture and
Question: in case of bop crisis?
Me: in that case it can be used for pledging but has to recovered when
Question: will a 1991 type crisis recur in india
Me: No. diversity of trade, 300bn$ forex etc
M4 : Asked about the details of the recent SC judgement on RTE which I answered.
Question: satellites in india and their uses.
Me: didnt remember much . Told abt insat, metsat, risat.
Question: remote sensing and its uses.
Me: replied but not satisfactorily.
Question: rocket launching centre?
Me: earth's rotation aids the launch when it is launched in the easterly
Question: Any security aspects?
Me: in case of failure it will fall in ocean.
She smiled and said thank you.
I took a few seconds to understand that interview was over. Then I thanked
everybody and got out.
Though some members were not satisfied , I am happy that too much technical
Question were not asked. "