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INTERVIEW PREPARATION SERIES: Science & Technology Questionnaire



5G countdown

  • Why are there so many security issues with 5G?
  • Is there any effect of high frequency radio waves on the environment?
  • How 5G will revolutionize your field of interest/profession?
  • Name a few things that you want to integrate with your smartphone. Why?
  • What type of infrastructure is required for 5G in India?
  • How does the voice call quality changes with successive generations?
  • Can 5G help in poverty eradication?
  • What are the security challenges created/resolved by the 5G?
  • Do you think 5G will make 4G redundant?

DRDO achieves milestone in key quantum technology

  • How does a quantum computer work?
  • What is quantum entanglement? Why is it fascinating?
  • What changes will quantum computers bring to computing?
  • How does quantum communication is established?
  • Do you know how DNA computing works?
  • How will Quantum Computing help in good governance?

AI & Robotics Technologies Park (ARTPARK) set up in Bengaluru

  • Do you foresee any role of AI in justice delivery?
  • How AI will disrupt your profession or industry of interest?
  • Do you think homo sapiens are threatened by the scale at which AI is evolving?
  • Why is the government investing in AI and robotics when it leads to unemployment?
  • Suggest some AI based reforms in the recruitment process of Civil Service Exam

The Fifth State of Matter

  • Why is the fifth state of matter fascinating?
  • Suggest a hypothetical engineered product made using the properties of 5th state of matter.

EU cyber sanctions

  • How will you impose a cyber sanction on a citizen in India?
  • Do you think we need Sec 144 for digital space rather than complete internet shutdown? How can we operationalize it?

The landscape of Cyber Security in India

  • Explain the cybersecurity infrastructure of the country?
  • Name a few governmental organisations in the field of cybersecurity.
  • Do you think that enactment of Personal Data Protection law is already delayed and irreversible damage has already been done to our privacy?
  • Suggest some changes in National Cybersecurity policy 2013.

Cyber attacks are on rise: INTERPOL

  • Explain these types of Cybercrime
  • DDoS Attacks
  • Botnets
  • Identity Theft
  •  Cyberstalking
  • PUPS (Potentially Unwanted Programs )
  • Phishing
  • Online Scams
  • What is deep web and dark web?

RPF busts Real Mango

  • Why are the autofill softwares/scripts for IRCTC booking illegal ?

TRAI releases recommendations for developing a ‘Unified Numbering Plan’

  • Do you think TRAI is responsible for the present condition of our telecom sector?

Aarogya Setu App

  • Did you install Arogya Setu in your phone? Why/ why not amid privacy concerns and the recent RTI response?
  • Do you think it was effective in contact tracing?
  • What features have you added in the app?

A Web 3.0 revolution that could relieve social dilemmas

  • Explain the evolution of the internet in the past few decades.
  • How will you see the integration of web and AI?
  • How web based apps will increase the dependency on the internet and escalate privacy concerns?


NASA's Artemis Project

  • Do you think Artemis mission is a precursor to space colonisation?
  • Will history repeat itself on the moon like scramble for Africa?
  • Do we need a new moon treaty?

NASA’s SunRISE mission

  • How solar particle storms are generated in space?

Asteroid 465824 (2010 FR) to cross Earth’s orbit soon: NASA

  • How will you respond to an impending asteroid crash in the capacity of Science & Tech Secretary?

Mars Opposition

  • What is Mars Opposition?

Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite

  • What changes are brought to the ocean by climate change?

China Launches Chang’e-5 Moon Probe to Bring Back Lunar Rocks

  • What is near and far side of the moon?
  • Why scientists are interested in far side of the moon?

United Arab Emirates celebrates its first mission at Mars

  • Why is the UAE moving towards a knowledge economy?
  • How can science and related developments bring peace in the Middle East?

IRNSS now part of World Wide Radio Navigation System

  • How is it advantageous to India?
  • What are your views on liberalisation of geospatial data?

Ariel Space Mission

  • What are exoplanets?
  • Do you think life exists beyond earth?
  • How will you detect exoplanets using gravitational lensing?

EOS-01, India’s latest earth observation satellite

  • How Earth observation satellites can be used in your profession/ field of interest?

Indian astronomers collaborated with Nobel laureate on Thirty Meter Telescope project

  • Do you think there is any relationship between technological advancement and balance of power?

Moon May Be Rusting Along Poles, Suggest Chandrayaan-1 Images

  • What inference can be drawn from this discovery about the moon?

Stardust 1.0

  • If given a chance, what could be your first destination as a tourist in space? Why?

GW190412: Mismatched Black Holes Merge

  • How black holes are located in outer space?
  • What is an accretion disk?

First-ever digital geological map of the moon

  • How will the geological map of moon help in astronomy?

Artificial Neural Networks based global Ionospheric Model

  • What is an artificial neural network? How is it used in decision making?

Discovery of Li-rich giant stars

  • What are the roadblocks in space mining?

 Starship spacecraft

  • Do you agree that the Starship spacecraft has been a turning point in the history of space launch vehicles?

Role of ISRO in development activities

  • Why is ISRO more efficient in its working as compared to other govt departments/organisations?
  • Highlight some activities of ISRO that fulfills the mandate under DPSP.

Space Security

  • Do you think the Outer Space Treaty should be amended?
  • What are some hits and misses of Outer Space Treaty

National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe)

  • Why has the government opened up the space sector for private players? What are the concerns arising out of this decision?
  • What mechanism should be put in place to eliminate such concerns?

Sun reportedly entering 'Solar Minimum’

  • Is there any relation between the amount of sunlight reaching earth and solar cycles?
  • What is Dalton minimum?

Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system

  • What are the different weapons mounted on a submarine?

India test-fires new version of nuclear-capable Shaurya missile

  • What do you understand about the nuclear triad?

US warns India over S-400

  • What is Indian Ballistic Missile Defence Program? What are its components?
  • Can you compare S-400 with THAAD?

Successful test-firing of Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV)

  • How does a scramjet engine function?

"New Bird in Arsenal": 5 Rafales Joins Indian Air Force

  • List some features of Rafale jets.
  • What is the new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020?
  • Can you compare these jets with their counterparts from the US and China?
  • Do you think that the way Rafale deal was mentioned in the PM's speech in 2015 was solely based on merit or it has some element of boosting India-France relations ?

Novichok nerve agent

  • Mention some chemicals in news that are potential weapons.
  • Mention some chemical attacks in the past.
  • What is the mandate of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons?
  • What is the name of legislation in consonance with the Chemical Weapons Convention? What are some of its mandates?

World’s largest solar tree

  • What is spiraling phyllataxy?

Transparent wood is coming

  • What are potential applications of transparent wood?

Desalination Plants

  • Why cant India use desalination plants to meet its water requirements?
  • What potential do you see in wastewater treatment?

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

  • What are some common methods of hydrogen production?
  • What is green,blue and grey hydrogen?
  • What do you understand about the hydrogen economy?

L&T Construction 3D prints India's first building with reinforcement

  • How will you implement 3D printing in your profession/area of interest?
  • What are the challenges posed by 3D printing to Original Equipment Manufacturer?
  • Do you think 3D printing has the potential to disrupt the globald supply chain?

Brain Fingerprinting technology

  • What are the limitations of this technology?
  • If given a chance, on whom will you use this technology and what will you try to find out?

Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI)

  • How does UV light kill viruses and bacteria?

The ethical questions that haunt facial-recognition research

  • Which states/countries have banned facial recognition technology?
  • What are other means of biometric authentication?
  • Do you think there is a strong case to ban “privacy visor” ?
  • What can you conclude from the movie ‘Snowden’?

Digital Quality of Life Index

  • Why is there a strong case to include access to the internet in fundamental rights?
  • How digital literacy will reduce poverty?

Ammonium nitrate linked to catastrophic Beirut explosion

  • What are the uses of Ammonium Nitrate?
  • What is the mandate of the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation?

ANtarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna

  • What is askaryan radiation?

National Science Day: What is the ‘Raman effect’?

  • Name some Indian scientist along with their discovery, especially in the field of your profession/interest.

Medical devices to be treated as drugs

  • Is it justified to change the definitions and make them inconsistent in general parlance?
  • Why has govt. changed the definition to treat medical devices as drugs? What will be its effect on the community of innovators?



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