My Civil Services Interview

Date – 03/04/2017, Forenoon Session

Board – BS Bassi Sir

  • Have you been to cancun..?! What was this competition about?
  • Don’t worry I am not going to ask you anything about greepeace. i know enough about them…
  • Where all have you travelled?
  • Have you been to Machu Picchu?
  • Tell me about Inca civilisation
  • You’ve been interested in environmental issues..Tell me what is biodiversity, what is biodiversity hotspots, and where are they in india?
  • High salary…low salary…why this cut?
  • Lot of talk about startup…but they have been facing issues…what issues?
  • What to do to help entrepreneurs?
  • Surrogacy…what do you think of it?
  • What is NSS? What did you do as NSS Secretary ?
  • You talked about commercial surrogacy..whats your opinion on it?
  • NPA…Why they are there?
  • What to do with them?
  • Lets talk about media…what do you think of it? do you think they are giving less news and more sensationalism ?
  • What do you think of media trial?
  • If there is an earthquake in the district where you are posted, what will you do?
  • What is the issue with finance bill?
  • What is a money bill?
  • Why is opposition saying that this finance bill is not money bill?
  • What is the difference between judicial review, judicial activism, judicial overreach? give example of each
  • Judicial review is based on what?
  • One example where judicial activism has been good?
  • What do you think of SC judgement on liquor ban on highway?
  • Does constitution provide for reservation based on economic criteria?
  • There was a judgement too? Mandal case…what the other name of the case…what was the verdict?
M4 (lady member)
  • What do you think of reservation?
  • Shouldn’t those communities who have benefited from reservation be now removed from the list?
  • Why civil service? You could have had a good life abroad?
  • Education…Lets talk about it…it is not making people employable..why? what to do?
  • Is there a mismatch between what engineering institution are offering and what companies are demanding?
  • How to fix this?
  • I have a problem yaar…I want a bulb outside my room..I have 3 meter wire…That one socket is there..I am using it for all out and i don’t want to use it for light…now what to do? take you time..have a good look..

Board was cordial. Except 1 or 2 supplementary, I answered almost all the questions.

Score – 173/275


IFoS Marksheet

Forestry I
Forestry II
Physics I
Physics II
General English
General Knowledge
Written Total
Final Total


Remarks: Recommended

I got below average marks in English which was bit surprising.

My Indian Forest Service Interview

Date – 02/03/2017, Afternoon session
Board – P K Joshi Sir
M1 – Chairman
  • Tell me about your work expereince. How was it?
  • Tell me about solar policy of India
  • How much land does it take to setup 1MW solar plant?
  • Where is the largest solar plant in India?
M2 – Lady member
  • Why people/students don’t take risk? Is it changing? Why? How?
  • Compare startup ecosystem from 2012 to 2017
  • What new policies government has announced?
  • Have you cleared CSE?
  • You do photography? What Kind? Why not wildlife? What equipment you would need to do wildlife photography?
  • Tell me about vegetations of  …… tiger reserve.
  • Tell me about corridors of ….. tiger reserve.
  • What tribes exist in….. tiger reserve
  • Why do we need corridors?
  • What dishes do you like to cook?
  • What species do we get from forest?
  • What medicinal plants do we get from forest?
  • How can finance industry help in forest conservation
  • How can finance industry help SHG of tribals?
  • How should CAMPA fund be used?
  • What is cultural ecology?
  • What do you like in Astronomy?
  • What is difference between Astronomy and Astrology?
  • Do you believe in Astrology?
  • Where do we find Very dense forest in Rajasthan? What is total area of very dense forest?
  • Tell me about vegetation and fauna of dessert national park
  • How do we know that a certain place had forest before?
  • Where do we find coal?
  • What is species?

Interview lasted about 20-25 mins. I was third one to go.  Board was extremely cordial. I couldn’t answer few questions related to forestry.

I got 201/300.