Roshni Thomson, Score: 193
Optional: Public Administration; Hobbies: Reading Fiction, Volunteer for Palliative care.
Home State: Kerala; Interview Board: H.C. Gupta. Duration: about 30-35 minutes
-What ails the Dept. of Posts? How to improve efficiency?
– Is it a worthwhile idea to give banking to post offices when you cannot even deliver letters in time?
-When was telegraph discontinued?
Comments: Initial Questions related with her job in Postal Service (IPoS) to break the ice.
-Name an Annual sporting event which happens in Kerala?
Comments: She could not answer this and frankly admitted her lack of interest in sports. No further questions on sports.
– In Public Administration, what is the theory of “Long arm, short finger” and “short Arm, long finger”? (optional related)
Unable to recall. Admits it.
-Comparing India with Japan and South Korea, it seems that we have not progressed at all and have wasted the first thirty years after independence. What do you think? (typical Devil’s advocate type question)
Her Views after 3 continuous UPSC interviews:
‘I realize that the interview is all about one’s confidence. Your worst enemy (or the best friend) in interview is yourself. It is all about what you say and how confidently you say it. we need to be logically consistent in our thinking. No matter which board one goes to, if we are able to keep our cool, answer confidently and with consistency, we will be adequately rewarded.
I do not think there is much importance to the candidate’s background. I have attended mock interviews. During my first attempt, outside the interview room, I broke down due to anxiety and the burden of the moment when I was at the final frontier to my dream. I made the mistake of judging my own answers while answering and ended up contradicting myself many times.’
‘But this time, I could correct my mistakes and see UPSC interview with more maturity. I tried to check my own understanding of many fundamental aspects.
I answered confidently those questions that I knew, and did not feel bad about saying it when I did not know’.