Gaurav Kapoor (Rank-190/CSE16):
Geography Optional, IIT-Guwahati
Q1. Who was the chairman of you interview board?
Shri Vinay Mittal
Q2. How long was the interview?
Maybe 30 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?]
Mainly because of ability to make meaningful impact in the society, offers one of the best career prospects and diversity of profile.
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.
I do not remember the exact answers I have given, but I do recollect that questions were like-
My job related: How can you use ISRO’s experience in administration, Cryogenic engine, Semi-cryo, what is PSLv and GSLV, how polar orbit differ from geo synchronous orbit, remote sensing
IR related: Indo-China issues, Brahmaputra damming by china, border dispute, simla agreement
Current related: inter-state water disputes
Optional related: why geography, why interest in geography increasing, climate change issue, paris summit
Society related: education sector, rte act
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?
I think some questions were on expected line and some were unexpected, but I think I handled them well. No it was not a stress interview and board was smiling and cordial.
Q6. Any side details about technicalities like “make sure you bring xyz document or do xyz thing, or you’ll face problem”?
No problems faced as such, just follow the instructions and check list given by UPSC. Infact, they make you feel comfortable with proper arrangement of tea and biscuits, in case you need.
Q7. Any word of wisdom / observations about medical checkup?
Ensure proper fasting before the medical to avoid unnecessary issues.