Tuesday, 14 May 2013

My CSE-2012 Interview

Since one of has requested me for the interview script, am posting what I wrote down right after but didnt complete. I wasnt too happy with the interview. There were many moments when I felt the board was exasperated with me.
Am sure the interview score will give a better indication.
Hello Friends,

Hope your interview prep is going good. And those of you who have attended the interview did a fine job of it. Am just reproducing below the questions that were asked to me in the interview.

It was Ms. Rajni Razdan's board.

Rajni Razdan: Name?

Rajni Razdan: Roll Number?

Rajni Razdan: Then she picked up my passsport photograph and showed it to me indicatively asking if it was my picture.
Me(S): I smiled and said, yes ma'am.

Rajni Razdan: So, Spurthi you have written reading as a hobby, what do you like to read?
S: I like to read non-fiction mainly, but also other kinds of work like most recently I read Outliers by Malcom Gladwell. And I also like reading literature about historical monuments.

She then indicated the first panel member to ask questions.

Member1: Since you have mentioned visiting historical monuments as a hobby, which places have you visited recently?
S: Sir I have recently visited Bidar and revisited Qutb Minar in Delhi.

M1: Which monuments in Bidar did you visit?
S: The Bidar Fort and Madarsa of Mahmud Gawan who was the Persian Prime Minister of the Bahmani kings.

M1: Which monument did you like the best in Bidar Fort?
S: Sir, I liked the Solah Khamba mosque. It was among the earliest mosques  to be built in the Deccan. It had cylindrical pillars which were quite unique. And Aurangzeb also offered prayers at the mosque when he conquered Deccan. Else, it is plain like other mosques with a large courtyard.
And, I also liked Mahmud Gawan's madarsa as it is very impressive in scale. And it housed a library with 30000 books, which in the 13th century indicates that scholastic aptitude was appreciated.

M1: Have you heard of "double jeopardy"?
S: Yes Sir, it refers to the principle that a person cannot be sentenced twice for the same crime/offence.

M1: So which article does this come under?
S: Sir, Article 22?

M1: No. Article 22 covers the period after arrest.
S: (thinking... and in  the meantime he said)
M1: Article 20

M1: Okay, Vijender Singh is in the news. Can you tell me why?
S: Yes Sir. A large drug haul was captured and the prime accused has given a statement that Vijender Singh was a client. Also Vijender Singh refused to give his samples to the police stating that he would rather give them to the sports authorities as they have better equipment for testing.

M1: So do you think he was within his rights to refuse?
S:(i thought for 2-3 seconds)....Sir, if he is directed to do so by the court then he cannot refuse.

M1: Yes, but otherwise he can refuse. Can you tell me which article?
S: (i again was thinking and in the meantime he said)
M1: (in an almost exasperated tone) Article 20!


  1. I don't know whether I am wrong. But there must be a mistake. How does Vijender's case come in Article 20. I mean he cannot deny such a sample because taking blood sample by a trained medical practitioner on request of a police officer will not come under the ambit of 20(3) [Anil. A. Lonkhade vs State of Maharastra 1981]

  2. Sorry Julian- will try and find time to complete it but cant promise :) The rest of the interview was equally disastrous :D

    Abpout Vijender's case: I think the interviewer took a very literal understanding of Article 20(3):
    "No person accused of any offence shall be compelled to be a witness against himself"
    The courts surely can give different interpretations but unfortunately for me I didnt know much to argue otherwise. Was this a Supreme Court judgement?

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    2. This is Bombay High court order. But we have many orders of similar kind. Kindly read http://books.google.co.in/books?id=FLKBUxnsVcsC&pg=PA200&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false