Saturday, May 09, 2015

UPSC Interview (CSE-2014)

Exam: Civil Services Examination - 2014
Date: May 7, 2015
Time: 11:10 am - 11:35 am
Board: Vinay Mittal Sir

My Profile:
Place of Birth: Surat (Gujarat)
Home State: Rajasthan
Education: Dual Degree (Computer Sc. & Engg.), IIT Delhi
Job: 1 year in management consulting
Optional: Chemistry
Extra-curricular: NCC, SPIC MACAY, and Volleyball
Hobbies: Chess, Reading non-fiction books

Interview Summary:
  •  Less pay than private sector. Would you be satisfied?
  • What were you doing for last 2 years?
  • What is SPIC MACAY?
  • What initiative did you take as Secretary of SPIC MACAY in IIT Delhi?
  • Tell me about musical instruments of India.
  • Did you participate in the Republic Day Parade?
  • What did you do in the Republic Day Camp?
  • Why didn't you continue NCC in college?What kind of government is there in India?
  • What constitutional provisions suggest that India has a federal system?
  • What is cooperative federalism?
  • What is competitive federalism?
  • A recent scheme which reflects competitive federalism?

  • What is happening in the economies of US, EU, Japan and China, and how is that affecting India? Tell one-by-one.

  • The growth of IT sector in India has come down in last few years. Why?
  • What are the services that IT sector in India provides?
  • What is Swachh Bharat Mission?
  • Have you visited any village? Have you noticed any change in cleanliness in last 10 years
  • The pit-type toilets which are constructed in villages – don’t they contaminate the groundwater?
  • High vegetable prices in market, but farmers don’t get enough – explain this paradox.
  • Which vegetables are not stored in cold storage units?

  • Consulting companies add no value, but make a lot of money. Should they be regulated?
  • What changes are required in India’s corporate governance system, so that corporate failures like Satyam can be prevented?

  • Use of chemistry in conservation of arts and heritage?
  • Which chemical was used for ‘white’ colour in ancient Chinese Buddhist caves? It has become dark now.
  • IIT Madras is doing an international project for arts conservation – in which country?
  • What is the difference between rock, jazz and rap?
dMarks: 157/275


  1. wat is competitive and cooperative federalism and examples f these ???

    1. Cooperative federalism means that Centre and State cooperate with each other to achieve common goals. Here, states play a greater role in decision-making. The new Niti Aayog is a step towards that.

      Competitive federalism means that States compete among each other for resources, such as investment. The smart cities initiative is going to adopt this model.


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