Abhishek Singh (Rank-181/CSE16)

Abhishek Singh (Rank-181/CSE16):

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Q1. Who was the chairman of you interview board?
Bhonsale Sir
Q2. How long was the interview?
35-40 minutes
Q3. Why do you want to join civil service? Why don’t you continue in your graduation field? Social service can be done from private sector too.  [Since I don’t know whether they ask you this question or not. But if they had asked- what will be your reply?]
My potential and expertise shall be used for the greater benefit of my country. Was already in Technical cadre of govt but Civil Services provides an opportunity to work in much more diverse areas that govt service can provide.
Social service can also be done from private sector but the platform that civil services provides with opportunities to do good is unmatched this is why my decision to join civil service.
One can also mention the respect for civil services, power to good (that in a positive way), social prestige also influenced in taking this decision.
Q4. Please narrate your entire interview- what questions did they ask and what did you reply and other pleasant or uncomfortable experiences during the interview.
Air vice Marshall Mr.bhosale panel
Entry at 17:45 PM….left at 620 evening.. Last to go in
So late in evening… How was the wait?
You must be aware of all the questions then?
-Then I explained how the people at UPSC were preventing from people to meet others after the interview not even revealing the panel…so I was a blank slate and not aware of the questions asked. To which the panel had a good laugh, so starting on a lighter note reduced the tension a bit.

Academically you have done so well…is Abhishek all work and no play…a dull boy?
-Explained my interest and participation in sports and other extra curricular activities.

Difference between Argentina and German football team?
Explained their team strategies in brief, starpower vs team effort , ultimately 2014 Fifa WC final between Germany vs Argentina won by Germany ultimately showed who the better team was.

You made manager of Argentinian team… What will you do?
Member 1 —
Mid may meal scheme? Why?
To arrest drop out rate and improve nutrition status of the children.

Swachh bharat? What’s so special? What would you do?
Basic objectives of the scheme; Especially the awareness that it has created makes it special; keep my surrounding clean, organise people to spread awareness, report manual scavenging, pressurise local bodies in order to ensure that dustbins are kept and toilets are built.
Member 2 —
Telecom related.
Internationally who decides spectrum allocation……….ITU
Defence has so much spectrum… Kaise loge….By establishing a secure communication infrastructure that will replace the one which was earlier functioning on that spectrum.
Telecom PSUs not performing well..why? legacy manpower issues, much of revenue goes off in paying salaries, less aggressive marketing, always catching up with the market rather than leading, poor customer care.
Vodafone Idea merger and impact of new aggressive players…good for customers but also need to make sure that in long run sector does not get hurt.
Free basics..Supported net neutrality
Vidarbha issue…regional disparity…governance and admin. Deficit…need for region specific schemes.
Importance of western ghats…….monsoon,micro climate, biodiversity, endemic species, sacred groves, also a storehouse of natural and mineral wealth, number of tribes reside (counter question: what is endemicity?)
Member 3-
Power generation.how to make it efficient…efficient appliances, low losses in transmission, ultra critical technologies at the generation end.
One technology that can change power sector…use of SCADA in smart grid explained
Nuclear power..does it have a future? Yes but more stress should be given on solar, wind, biomass etc since no need for international obligations like NSG,IAEA,etc, inherent advantages in solar, wind energy and positive externalities involved vs Nuclear Energy….(Counter: What about the 3 stage nuclear power strategy, since we have lots of thorium?……But the earlier stages need Uranium, procuring which involves a number of issues and also involves a number of negative effects so instead should stress more on solar, wind etc.)
Member 4:
Mobile tower Radiation and health effects…Presented government stand that there does not exist one to one correlation between the two..even supported by WHO study.
Fear of interception of call..There exists a number of legal provisions safeguarding the same…however Indian Telegraph Act 1885 empowers authorised government officials for interception..CMS developed by Dept of Telecom explained.
Why anthropology….No option of Electronics Engineering, Concise syllabus, linked to other GS syllabus
Chairman again:
Name global problems…Global warming, water crisis, Terrorism, refugee issue, etc.
Questions regarding Russia-Crimea issue, South China Sea.
Why IFS? Representing India, Great diversity of challenges presented in this service, Opportunity to explore and experience number of cultures

You are in pmo…how would you advance relations with west Asia considering their closeness to pak!
India…a big market for oil..large investment potential..
Large diaspora
Terrorism and radicalisation
Co operation in naval domain
Have to balance relationship between Israel and middle east
Israel…Partnership and leverage their expertise in Water, agriculture, technology, defence

Q5. Was your interview on the expected lines of what you had prepared or did they ask you totally unexpected questions?  Was it a stress interview, did they ask any uncomfortable questions? If yes, how did you handle it?
Not totally on the expected lines.
It was not a stress interview, it was a conversation that went on smoothly.

Q6. Any side details about technicalities like “make sure you bring xyz document or do xyz thing, or you’ll face problem”?
UPSC does inform about what documents, how many photos you need to bring along with their photocopies. So just follow their instructions.
Q7. Any word of wisdom / observations about medical checkup?
Few of the candidates face an issue regarding blood pressure wherein due to stress it shoots up resulting in delaying the checkup wherein they call you the next day otherwise it goes on smoothly.
So stay calm..there is nothing to worry.