UPSC Interview By Rajesh Meena : AIR 316 (Mr. K.K. Paul), IAS 2011
Name of Examiner : Rajesh Meena
IAS Interview Board : Mr. K.K. Paul
Your Native City : Dausa (Rajasthan)
Attempt No. : 2nd Attempt
"Hi, I am Rajesh Meena. I got AIR 316. My interview was on 23 April 2012,
morning half. The interview panel was that of Mr. K.K. Paul. I have tried to
keep it as original as possible so that the aspirants can get a clear idea.
CH Chairman (Mr. K.K.Paul). Members - M1, M2, M3, M4 (lady). CH sir
was more serous of them all, rarely giving a smile.
CH: What is your roll number?
Me: Sir, 303441.
CH: Date of Birth?
Me: Sir, 15 August 1987.
CH: (Smiling) so you were born on a very great day?
Me: (Smiling) yes sir (other members were also sporting smile on their
CH: So, your hobby is stamp collection. What stamp collection is known
Me: Sir, Philately.
CH: What is the oldest stamp that you have?
Me: (After long thinking) Sir, it is a 10 paise stamp which was
released many decades back....emm...after independence (I was not confident in
this answer as I was not able to recall the year, but when I came back home I
saw that those stamp at that time didn’t bear year of release, hence I was
CH: After 1957?
Me: (Puzzled)..emm,,,yes sir, I think it
was after 1957.
CH: Why 1957 is famous in philately.....?
Me: (Thinking) Sir, I don’t know.
CH: .........or for that matter any
Me: (Thinking) Sir, I am unable to
recall. (I was beginning to lose confidence by now as the starting was not that
good. :( )
CH: OK..(He was not looking very
satisfied). In 1957 government of India shifted from the ana system to decimal
Me: (Nodding) thankyou sir.
CH: Do you know what is the happiness
Me: Sir, it the index which measures the
happiness level of the people of a country.
CH: So how it is calculated?
Me: I don’t know exactly sir.
CH: If you leave this interview hall with
very good feelings, what will be your happiness index?
Me: (Smiling) sir, it will be very high.
CH: How HDI is calculated?
Me: Sir, it is calculated by taking an
average of three components like literacy level.....emm education....
CH: ...(interrupting) Why then we haven’t
adopted happiness index instead of HDI?
Me: Sir, I think HDI is a much broad
index and it include happiness index in itself. Hence it is also a reflective of
happiness level of the people.
CH: Which country has adopted happiness
Me: Sir, Bhutan.
CH: (Nodding.....now he was looking
little satisfied and passes it to the M1)
M1 was more friendly than the CH.
M1: Recently a bill is in the
parliament...the Pensions Bill...can you tell what are its provisions?
Me- (Thinking) I m sorry sir, I don’t
M1: Do you know what is a Param computer?
Me: Sir, It is a super computer, which
can perform very fast calculations, hence can be used in many places like
defence, research etc...........like SAGA 220 which was developed by
DRDO..(Actaully it was developed by ISRO :( )
M1: Can they be used in remote sensing?
Me: Yes sir, they can be used, because in
remote sensing huge amount of data has to be processed and analysed.
M1: OK..how can it be used in the
Me: Sir, in Agriculture, they can be used
for weather monitoring, crops monitoring, giving warnings etc, so that farmers
can be provided early and timely information. Hence they can play a great role
in increasing agriculture production.
M1: OK....(and passes the baton to M2. He
looked satisfied with my answers.)
M2 was also a little bit extra serious,
but his questions were simple.
M2: What is the difference between DRDO
Me: Sir, they are the two most important
institutes in the field of Defence and Space research. DRDO looks after the
defence of the country while ISRO manages the department of Space....
M2- (Interrupting)...so why do we need
two bodies for them....can’t a single body do it?
Me: Sir, both the departments are very
large and critical for our country, hence if one institute looks after one
department, they can give specific attention. (he looks satisfied now)
M2: You are from Allahabad, so what
places are there near Allahabad?
Me: Sir, there is the most famous Sangam...other
places are Anand Bhavan, Alfred park etc.....in the vicinity of Allahabad there
is chitrakoot at the border of uttar Pradesh and madhaya Pradesh.
M: Hmm (and passes on to M3)
M3 was more happy with himself and was
enjoying in imparting knowledge not only to me but to the entire panel.
M3: As we were discussing about
Allahabad.....what is the name of your college?
Me: Sir, it is NIT Allahabad.
M3: So it seems that its name has been
changed? When did it was changed?
Me: Sir, earlier it was a Regional
Engineering College....and in 2002 it was made a National Institute of
M3: .....(interrupts)what is this MNNIT
Me: Sir, It stands for Motilal Nehru
National Institute of Technology. Earler it was called Motilal Nehru regional
engg college and now it is called motilal Nehru national institute of
M3: So this motilal name was from earlier
Me: Yes sir, actually it was the name
given to it by Jawaharlal Nehru after Motilal Nehru who lived in Allahabad for a
long time and made it his home.
M3: What are other educational institutes
Me: Sir, IIIT, Medical college, Allahabad
M3: ok...so why IIIT is famous for?
Me: (Thinking) Sir, it is also a very
good technical college of India, but it gives degree only in computer science
M3: (With a victorious smile) no no it is
something to do with nobel prizes.
Me: (After mechanical thinking) Sorry
sir, I don’t know.
M3: (Highly delighted)...it is the only
college of the city ...infact one of the few colleges in the entire country
which attracts nobel laureates......there is somethings special about it (and
kept on imparting this knowledge to the entire panel)
Me: Thank you sir.
M3: Recently some person from allahabad
was in news...who was it?
Me: (after thinking) sir very recently?
M3: Yes, very recently (smiling)
Me: (Again thinking) sorry sir, I am
unable to recall.
M3: (Highly delighted again).there is a
girl from Allahabad who has won this years pantaloons famina miss India.
Me: Oh..thank you sir.
M3 satisfied with himself...and passes
the baton to the lady member. She was very cheerful and always had an
encouraging smile on her face which helped me in my interview.
M4: Rajesh what are these 2G, 3G, LTE
etc, which are so famous nowadays?
Me: Mam they are the generations of
telecommunications which are being used recently. For example 2G means second
generation of telecommunications, 3G means third generation of
telecommunications. 4G has also been launched in India very recently.
M4: What are the advantages of 4G over
Me: Mam, the most important is the speed
of operation, in 4G it will be about 20mpbs where as in 3G it was only 2mbps.
Hence it means that downloading, video chatting, video conferencing etc will be
much faster in 4G.
M4: You mean data streaming will be very
Me: Yes mam...(actually this was the term
I slipped and used ‘speed of operation’ instead....she did notice it)
M4: What is so special about the 2G?
which was also in the news for so long?
Me: Mam in 2G, there was a significant
amount of spectrum which was sold by the government at very low prices, hence it
resulted in to huge loss of revenue to the government.
M4: No no ...what is the special thing
about 2G...you know..which was in the media for quite a long time?
Me: (Thinking), I don’t know mam.
M4: It was that it helped in transmission
of voice and data...(bla bla bla.....i was not getting what she was
saying....she was actually trying to know the technical speciality of 2G, but
maybe I misunderstood the question...but still she looked satisfied with my
M4: Rajesh what do you do in your leisure
Me: Mam I do read novels, I also read and
M4: You also write poems?
Me: Yes mam...(with a broad smile)
M4: What type of poem you generally
Me: Mam I write poems which are rich in
Veer ras and Karunya ras.
M4: (Delighted and admiringly)..Karunya
(She happily handed it over to CH, I was more happy then her by now.)
CH: (With a little smile)There are
increasing news about eve teasing in the northern states in comparison to the
southern states...what do you think is the reason?
Me: Sir, I think the level of education
has to do a lot with this. The literacy rate in northern states is less in
comparison with the southern states....
CH: ....but even the well educated people
are also indulging in these activities?
Me: (Thinking) Sir, I think
administration has not taken sufficient steps towards this direction.....
CH: (Interrupts...seems little annoyed)
.......do you think we should deploy a policeman with every female members on
Me: (In a damage controlling mode) no
sir, what I feel is that if strong punishment is given to somebody involved in
this act, then it will act as reminder to the other people, hence it may play a
CH: (Nodding)...OK rajesh....(he looks
towards other members)...your interview is over you can go.
Me: Thank you sir.