Ashutosh Dwivedi (Rank-208/CSE-2015)
Sociology, GAIL Engineer, Raebareli
Q1. Who was the chairman of you interview board?
Ans- Alka Sirohi Madam
Q2. How long was the interview?
Ans- 14-15 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?]
Ans- I am very happy in my current job as an engineer. I have learnt a lot during my tenure in GAIL as an engineer and I think I am now ready to move to the next level. I am serving currently by providing green energy to the nation (I am in GAIL) and now I wish to serve my nation on a broader level.
It is true that social service can be done through private sector too. In my opinion if anyone is doing his or job properly in his/her own capacity, he is serving the society. I am a very social person and am inclined towards being directly involved with people and want to solve their problems. Civil services will give me that opportunity. Here, a whole tested and trusted system has been designed where by just by doing one’s daily job, a person can contribute towards making a better society and a better nation.
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. (Earlier some toppers only tell me their question but not their answer. I would appreciate if you give both Question + your original answers)
Ans- My interview was on 16th March Forenoon session. Incidentally, I was the last person in the forenoon session (the same was the case last year). So, I was aware that the board would be tired and hungry by then L . I don’t know whether it worked in my favour or not.
After document verification and other formalities, we were waiting in the waiting hall and were told that we had Madam Alka Sirohi’s Board. Now I will narrate the interview, focusing more on the thought process going in answering the questions as I think that is more important than the actual answers. The thought process is given in the brackets.
I was waiting outside the room and my heart was racing like hell! Already I was pretty much confused about the specific decorum regarding whether to sit with the button of suit open or not? I was sitting outside with button open and had planned to close it before entering and open again while sitting and close again on getting up after interview. Confusing?? Believe me, I was way more confused !!!
The attendant signaled to enter and I entered and was just bowled by seeing the setting of the room as I entered from the side of the chairperson. Again confusion – to proceed from which way? It was entirely different from the previous board room and completely unexpected. I moved and finally went near my chair and she signaled me to sit.
“scccrreeeccchhhhh” the chair backrest made a particularly annoying sound by rubbing against my back. (Damn , I am done here, now)
Chairperson (C)- So, Ashutosh..you work in GAIL?
Me – yes, maám (with a smile, trying to be as genuine as possible)
And she signaled towards first member.
(I was like “what”??? Madam, is that it?? aap ko hi to marks dene hain, kuchh aur pooch lijie na..(you only have to give marks ,please ask something more)
M1- So, what is the KG- D6 issue?
Ans- I narrated the issue and he seemed satisfied.
M 1- So how can India get more gas?
Ans- I talked about shale gas, CBM, etc.
M1 – Where is the CBM pilot project going on?
Ans- (I did not know but I had seen a CBM block of reliance in Shahdol when I visited my friend there) Sir, there is one block of reliance.
(he didn’t seem satisfied. I think he was asking about some other block)
M1- why has US not explored shale gas earlier?
Me – I talked about environmental concerns and opposition from certain group.
M1- what is the impact of US shale boom on world economy?
Ans- I talked about lower oil and gas prices and related impact.
He then transferred the ball to M2’s court
M2- have you heard about TAPI pipeline?
Me- yes, sir.
M2- what are the technical issues?
Ans- I started talking about the security problems, lack of funding, etc.
M2- no, no, I am talking about technical problems like temperature is so low, etc..
Me- (oh, sir..you are actually considering me a pipeline engineerJ)Ok sir. On the technical front, the temperature variation is a problem as it passes through various areas.
Secondly, the terrain is very varied, so maintaining pressure profile would be an issue and we will have to put multiple compressor stations in between.
(he hinted about temperature. I added pressure and somehow I managed the question)
M2 – Suppose, you are working in a factory and there is labour unrest . How will you manage it?
Ans- Sir, I will call a few labour leaders and listen to their demands. I would agree to their reasonable demands and about the demands that cannot be met, I will explain to them that because of so and so reasons, these demands cannot be met. By explaining them the actual situation, I would try to help them consider themselves as equal stake holders.
M2- but would you not do something to ensure that the production does not suffer?
Me – (damn, I again failed to think like an engineer) yes sir, I will ask them not to hinder the production as it would harm the interest of all.
The, he passed the baton to M3.
M3- what is integrity?
Me- (ohh, I should have revised lexicon before interview L) I answered something, which I don’t remember now. Somewhere it contained the word “honesty”
M3- what is honesty?
Me – ( Maar hi daaloge kyaa sir ) I again said something with puppy eyes. It contained the word “efficiency”
M3- A handicapped person cannot perform a job as well as someone else. Is he less efficient?
Me- (I wanted to say sir, the term is specially abled but refrained from being obersmart J) sir, efficiency is a subjective phenomenon and if a person is giving his or her own best, he or she is efficient.
He ended GS paper 4 and handed over the baton to M4
M4 – what are your suggestions about improving higher education?
Ans- I talked about a few things, I can’t recall now.
M4 – what about faculty?
Me – ( do I have a pathological problem of missing important point) yes sir, faculty crunch is one of the major problems and it needs to be handled properly by attracting and retaining the best talent.
(then the chairperson took over)
CP – So , Ashutosh, I will ask just two questions from your own field of mechanical engineering.
Me – (I am a dead man now! No issues, beta! You have attempts left stillL)
CP- what is augmentative loco?
Me- pardon , ma’am??
CP – augmentative loco?
Me – sorry ma’am, never heard of it. (I tried to give a disarming smile saying sorry. But seeing the next question, I don’t think she was disarmed )
CP- why do railway lines buckle?
Me – (I don’t know how I passed my Strength of Material course in B.Tech. Didn’t know it will haunt till nowL. I had to answer, could not say “never heard of it” for this.)
Ma’am, when the stress and strain profile goes beyond the design parameters, it may lead to buckling.( tried to throw some mechanical engineering jargon )
CP- Stress profile or strain profile?
Me – (Can’t throw jargon here, dude) ma’am , stress profile.
CP – No, something very basic, Ashutosh???
Me – ma’am , nowadays, the coaches are getting increased and it increases the load on the rail and because of it, the rails may buckle.
CP – NO
Me – ( now, I wished I should not have wished for her to ask more questions in the starting ) sorry , ma’am, I cannot think of anything else at this time (attempted disarming smile)
CP – If the gap between rails is not appropriate, it would expand and buckle.
Me- (oh, man!! It was actually so basic to the level of class 9th and I had always thought that the railway guys would have been leaving the gap by proper calculation)
Thank you ma’am.
CP – Ok, Ashutosh. Thanks a lot.
Me – thank you ma’am. Thank you, sirs.
(and I came out after another round of “sscccccrreeeeaaacccchhh)
I was very sad that I could not answer any question of the chairperson and just hoped that she would give due consideration to my answers to the members. I just hoped that I would have sounded positive and confident)
P.S. – I completely forgot about the suit button. Went with open button. Sat with open button. Came back with open button J
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?
Ans – I did not have any expectations regarding interview. There was no stress element and all the members were very cordial. I was maintaining eye contact with everyone. And whenever I looked at the chairperson, she gave a very pleasant smile (except when I was answering her questions ) and that was very encouraging.
Q6. Any side details about technicalities like “make sure you bring xyz document or do xyz thing, or you’ll face problem”?
Ans- 1. Your call letter.
Original degree and certificate
Anyways, if you don’t have anything, you can give an undertaking. So, no issues.
Q7. Any word of wisdom / observations about medical checkup?
Ans- Nothing as such