UPSC Interview By Muthyala Raju
Interview Date: 7th April 2007
Raju: May I come in Sir?
Chairman: Yes, please.
Raju: Good morning, Sir. Good morning, Madam. Good morning, Sirs.
Chairman: You are Mr...
Raju: (Still in standing position), Matyalaraju Revu Sir.
(Chairman is writing something. Other members are keenly watching the
Member 2: Please take your seat.
Raju: Thank you, sir.
Chairman: Mr. Revu, You did B.Tech from REC Warangal, ME from IISc,
Bangalore. But why did you do diploma?
Raju: Sir, After completion of my 10th class, based on my financial background,
my father joined me in polytechnic. After completion of polytechnic, we do get
jobs. Also, since I will get scholarship, the amount of money spent on me is
Chairman: That means you will get job after diploma.
Raju: Yes Sir, I got a private job. Company is Cain energy limited.
Chairman: Then, why did you join B.Tech?
Raju: Sir, After completion of my diploma, I wrote ECET and I got state 1st
rank. So I convinced my father that I will join REC which is a premier
Engineering institute in our state.
Chairman: Then, you joined ME because your father insisted on that?
Raju: No Sir, It is based on my project guide ճ suggestion.
Sir, infact there are two streams to enter into B.Tech. One through EAMCET
after Intermediate and other is through ECET. After ECET...
Chairman: What question I have asked?
Raju: Sorry Sir, you have asked me why I joined ME after B.Tech.
Chairman: OK. Then stick on to the question.
Raju: Sir, I am explaining it.
Chairman: Be specific.
Raju: OK sir, during my final year I got all India rank 3 in Gate. My guide on
knowing this result suggested me to join IISc. He further told that this is the
golden opportunity for me. ԉf you miss it you will not get it again! ՠ he told
sir. Then, I informed about my career option as civil services. He then
convinced me by saying that I can write civil services after M.E. also.
Chairman: That means you are preparing for civil services while you are in
Raju: I beg to differ with you sir. I started my preparation only after
completion of M.E.
Chairman: You have written that you joined Railways in September 2004. That
is of which exam?
Raju: Sir, This is based on IES-2003.
Chairman: That means you are in IISc.
Raju: Sir, I completed my second semester at that time.
Chairman: That means you have prepared for IES in IISc.
Raju: Sir, I have given IES in my own background i.e., Electrical Engineering.
Hence I need not prepare much for this exam. I just gave the exam.
Chairman: For how many years you are in Railways?
Raju: Sir, I joined Railways on September 2004. Then I took leave for 1 year,
i.e., leave on loss of pay.
Chairman: What did you do in that year?
Raju: Sir, I have prepared for this exam.
Chairman: How many months you are in Railways?
Raju: Sir, roughly 5 months.
Chairman: That means you are in Railways till February.
Raju: Sir, I am in Railways till the result of civil services exam 2005 was out.
I was given leave for interview preparation in March.
Chairman: Then what did you do after the declaration of the result?
Raju: Sir, Once the result of out, I came to know that I will get IPS. So, I
convinced my director for leave to appear civil services again. My director gave
Chairman: When did you join IPS?
Raju: Sir, I joined IPS on December 18, 2006.
Chairman: Which part of training you missed?
Raju: Sir, I missed foundation training in Mussorie. At SVPNPA, training started
on December 18, 2006. So, I haven մ missed any training at Hyderabad.
Chairman: How many days you have taken leave for interview?
Raju: Sir, 4 days.
Member 2: How was your IPS training?
Raju: Sir, training is good and we are enjoying every aspect of training.
member 2: What are you learning in training?
Raju: Sir, our training is divided into two parts. Indoor and outdoor. In
indoor, we have subjects like police in modern India, criminology and law
subjects like IE Act, CrPC, IPC and other subjects.
Member 2: You are in IPS for 4 months. So I can ask some questions.
Raju: Yes, sir.
Member 2: Do you aware that the confession admitted to police is not allowed
as witness. Why?
Raju: Yes sir. Confession admitted to police is not allowed as witness. Since
there is always a possibility of getting the confession in the way the police
like, law doesn մ allow it.
Member 2: What is Res gestae?
Raju: Sir, All the circumstances leading to the same transaction are allowable
Member 2: You are on the line. Could you explain more?
Raju: (after 2-3 seconds), If some people wanted to commit dacoity and in the
process if they theft a vehicle, eventhough theft of vehicle is not connected
with dacoity but it is admissible as it forms the circumstance leading to
Member 2: Could you tell me the section which deals with Res gestae?
Raju: Sorry sir, I could not remember the exact section.
Member 2: Then how sections you were taught in IE Act?
Raju: Sir, In our academy our sirs are not teaching according to sections. They
are teaching the sections which are more useful for the police at first.
Member 2: Do you aware of RTI?
Raju: Yes. Sir. It is Right to Information Act.
Member 2: What are the provisions in RTI?
Raju: Sir, According to provisions of RTI, every government department has to
nominate one officer as information commissioner to give information about
duties, responsibilities and functions of various officers working in those
Member 2: Then what is the benefit to common man?
Raju: Sir, Common man can know the functions, duties & responsibilities of
various officers. They can know the status of their applications. This also
increases transparency and accountability of officers. Hence reduces corruption.
Member 2: How can you say that people will get required information?
Raju: Sir, There is a provision in RTI that any one who refuses to give
information or delays 30 days for giving information, they are liable for cut in
Member 2: How much salary cut?
Raju: Sir, I think it is 250 Rs./ day.
Member 2: It is not cut from salary. It is separately cut.
Raju: Thank you Sir.
Member 2: Can you tell me what is the maximum limit?
Raju: Sorry sir, I don մ know.
Chairman: Your hobbies are meditation, motivating others and Indian
Mythology. Don մ you think that all are inward looking?
Raju: Sir, Whenever possible I play cricket in addition my hobbies, which is a
Member 2: Tell me which countries will reach final in the present world cup?
Raju: Sir, I think Australia and Srilanka.
Member 2: Already two countries reached semifinals i.e., Sri Lanka &
Newzealand. What do you think about other two?
Raju: Sir, I beg to differ with you. Actually three countries i.e., Srilanka,
New Zealand and Australia reached semifinals. 4th team depends on the outcome of
the today ճ match between England & South Africa.
Member 2: Do you know about fly ash?
Raju: Sir, Thermal power stations produce fly ash while generating electrical
Member 2: Which state is using it more? Definitely it is not Haryana, My own
Raju: Sorry Sir, I don մ know.
Member 3 : (X-A) (X-B) has highest X power of 2. Do you agree?
Raju: Yes, Sir.
Member 3: (X-A) (X-B) (X-C) has highest X power...
Raju: 3, Sir.
Member 3: Then, tell me. What is the answer for (X-A) (X-B).... (X-Z).
Raju: (after 3-4 seconds), It must be Zero. Sir, because of the presence of the
Member 3: Whom do you think a greatest mathematician of all times?
Raju: Sir, Srinivasa Ramanujan, because even though he lived for only 33 years,
he contributed more to mathematics in the areas like Numerical methods, Solution
of algebraic equations, number theory like prime numbers etc.
Member 3: Can you tell me the formula for prime numbers?
Raju: Sir, exactly I don մ know but recently IIT, Kanpur professor along with
his students wrote a software program which gives whether a number is prime or
not within less time.
Member 3: You are an electrical engineer. Tell me where prime numbers are
Raju: Sir, they are used in coding.
Member 3: I am asking a question in your engineering only. Tell me how prime
numbers are used in coding?
Raju: Sir, exactly I don մ know. But to the best of my knowledge, if the code
length is prime, decoding and encoding are easy.
Member 3: You are on the line, but not exact answer.
Member 1: Your hobbies are meditation, motivating others and
Indian Mythology. What you do in motivation?
Raju: Madam, many of classmates and Juniors came to me for clearing their doubts
in subjects as I am the toper of my class. I usually listen to their problems
regarding their understanding of concepts as many have problems either in one or
many subjects. I tell them that every subject is easy if knew the concepts clear
and we should like the subject what we are studying...
Madam: Do your response same for all?
Raju: Madam, I usually spend more time with those who are very much lagging. I
take classes to clear their doubts.
Madam: Then do you call it motivation or strategic learning?
Raju: Madam, strategic learning may be the correct term.
Madam: What is the difference between these two?
Raju: Madam, motivation is a general term which includes not only academic
motivation but also others like psychological, etc., Madam, I don մ know exactly
the meaning of strategic learning.
Madam: Which books you read in Indian Mythology?
Raju: Madam, I read Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Madam: Since your hobbies are motivating others and Indian
Mythology, tell me how Krishna motivated Arjuna?
Raju: Madam, When Arjuna refused to fight with friends, teachers, Krishna told
him that it is the duty of the king to protect Dharma and fight wars for
protecting it. We should not move away from our duty. Since soul is immortal and
of which is born, death is certain, of which death happened, birth is certain.
Hence you should not think that you are committing crime. Also he motivated him
by saying that we should do our work only. We should not think about the results
of our actions. Otherwise, attachment to the results will occur which is a major
reason for unhappiness.
Madam: Do you practise it?
Raju: Madam, It is very difficult to practise.
Raju: Madam, for example, if we are about to play a cricket match, we will think
about the winning of the match which is actually the result of the playing that
Madam: One last question. What kind of training our team got during our last
year world cup?
Raju: Madam, exactly I am not able to recollect it. But it is like ҷe can do it
Madam: Sorry, It is not last year world cup but it is 2003 world cup. The
team was given psychological training.
Raju: Yes, Madam
Member 4: You studied your B.Tech. from REC Warangal and M.E.
from IISc Bangalore. Do you proud of your institutions like IISc?
Raju: Sir, I am proud that I have studied in a great institution like IISc,
which according UNESCO survey conducted in 1997 was in 18th place among world
universities. Recently a Chinese university conducted a survey in which IISc was
placed at around 250th position.
Member 4: Do you think that 250th position is a good position?
Raju: Sir, even though it is not a good position, the position depended on the
parameters they have taken into consideration like no. of nobel laureates
present, no. of research papers presented, etc.
Member 4: Who are nobel laureate present in IISc?
Raju: Sir, now there is no nobel laureate in IISc. Earlier Sir C.V.Raman worked
in IISc. Now, there are two internationally reputed professors working there.
Member 4: Last year government proposed to stop B.Tech entry
into IITs. Do you support that?
Raju: Sir, I support it. Sir, due to hectic schedule, the professors of IITs are
not able to concentrate much on research. Once the B.Tech entry is stopped, they
will get more time for research and quality of research will increase.
Member 4: Don մ you think the quality of B.Tech students will
reduce as IITs are known for better professors?
Raju: Sir, those students who are earlier eligible for entry into IITs, they
will join NITs. Since they are the core students I don մ think the quality will
reduce. But the professors in other institutes should get sufficient training to
reach the level of IIT professors.
Member 4: You agree to that proposal. But the government has withdrawn the
proposal due to very good argument against it. Can you tell me?
Raju: Sorry sir, I don մ know.
Member 4: What do you think is responsible for reduction in
Raju: Sir, IISc is not able to retain those students who completed M.E. and
other courses there. One reason is brain drain, Sir. Second one is that research
is not attractive in India, Sir. For example, in our batch out of 230 students
who completed M.E. only 2 joined for Ph.D. in IISc. At the end of our M.E. we
got campus placements. The minimum salary is around 6 lakhs/ annum. It is
attracting most of us. Those who are really interested in research, they are
going abroad as they will get more money and research is attractive there. Here,
a Ph.D. student gets 12,000 - 15,000 Rs per month. Also material considerations
have risen these days, sir. We have to include some compulsory courses in morale
& ethics to stop this.
Member 4: Instead of choosing job or research, why did you
choose services as career option?
Raju: Sir, The incident that took place in my village in November 2000, when I
am in 3rd year of B.Tech, has changed my career options. Nearby Engineering
college students came to our village for picnic as our village has excellent
beach. 7 of them drowned in the Bay of Bengal and all of them has taken sand
into their lungs in addition to water. Since our village is an island, there are
no transportation, medical & meagre educational facilities, it took 2 hours to
reach nearest town which is 16 Km away from my village. By that time, 6 out 7
were died, Sir.
Chairman: You are telling about an incident in your village. In that case who
will respond first?
Raju: (3-4 seconds silence)
Chairman: Whether it is Block development officer, Doctor, or Police.
Raju: Sir, It is the police to respond first.
Chairman: Then, you are in IPS. Why did you come?
Raju: Sir, even for police it took 2 hours to reach that place as there is not
enough transportation facilities.
Chairman: Thank you.
Raju: Thank you, Sir. Thank you, Madam. Thank you, Sirs.