Some Actual Questions Asked of UPSC Candidates
- Don’t you think you can serve your country better by remaining a doctor and treating poor patients? Why do you want to be a civil servant?”
It would be best to answer this question very practically rather than emotionally saying you want to serve the country, because even a doctor serves the people. A doctor from Kerala was asked this Question and her reply was – “Because I want to treat the primary malady that afflicts our country, that creates so many poor in India. As a doctor I can treat only secondary maladies.” She even came up with exact statistics and suggestions on a rubber plantation for poverty alleviation indicating that she had spent considerable time and thoughts on her future plans. She was awarded a score of 85 per cent.
- “What are the problems faced by wheat cultivators in your state?”
An M.Sc. (Agriculture) student from Palanpur was once asked. “The problem is not so much to do with agronomy but with the lack of a seed bank in Palanpur,” came the reply and the candidate walked away with an 80 per cent score.
- “Is there a law in physics, which is relevant to administration?”
A law graduate was prompted. “Yes. Newton’s third law of motion: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” He scored a cool 80 per cent.
The above questions can give you an idea of how relevant questions are asked from your subjects even as they are not directly from the syllabus.