Every year, hundreds of thousands of UPSC aspirants appear for the government exam, but only a lucky few pass it. The exam consists of a number of out-of-the-box questions that can be difficult to answer.
Recently, an Indian Forest Services (IFS) officer shared his experience of attending a government job interview where he was asked about India’s spending on space missions when the country was suffering from poverty. IFS Parveen Kaswan took to Twitter and revealed his answer. He even asked his followers how they would have answered the tricky question.
“My civil service interview!! ‘3rd board member: we spend millions on space missions and here we have such poverty, how do you see that??'” Mr Kaswan wrote.
My official interview!!
“3rd board member: we spend millions on space missions and here we have such poverty, how do you see that??
Me: Sir, I think both things are not competitive in nature. In 1928 Dr. CV Raman to the color of the sea…
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) June 2, 2023
“Me: Sir, I think both things are not competitive in nature. In 1928 Dr. C.V. Raman, when he inquired about the color of sea water, came up with the idea of Raman scattering and today Raman spectroscopy is widely used in many fields, including Medical science. It takes time, but research pays off,” the IFS official revealed.
Mr Kaswan shared the tweet on Friday morning and since then his post has generated several responses. Several users even shared their opinion.
“I would have used examples of geo-satellites that help with accurate weather forecasts. India’s largest population is still agricultural and they rely heavily on the weather. ISRO reaching for the stars would ultimately mean farmers are more aware of the weather,” one user wrote.
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“We can’t tackle poverty by reducing our costs in some area of research. People are poor because they don’t earn. They don’t earn because they aren’t educated. They aren’t skilled because our education system is flawed. That’s where we need to work on,” said another.
A third user commented, “Research multiplier is 100x, but returns come in 10 years. Space missions will help us diagnose problems caused by natural disasters and help eradicate poverty.” A fourth added: “This question arises when we don’t have enough resources for both areas. But poverty is due to the inefficient use of resources i.e. manpower or any other resource. The problem lies in Earth missions , not in space”.
Mr Kaswan’s tweet has been viewed more than 329,000 times and has nearly 3,000 likes.
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