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Model Interviews 4

Mr Surinder Paul is a Candidate for the IPS interview. He enters the interview hall and offers his salutations to the Chairman and the members of the board. When asked to sit down, he looks around for the chair and not finding any chair near the desk of the ­chairman, he looks at the rest of the room. He finds the chair in one corner of the hall. He walks towards it with confidence, brings it near the chairman’s desk and sits down thanking the chairman.
Chairman
I see from your record that you have passed your BA from Panjab University with very good marks.
Candidate
Thank you for the compliment, sir.
Chairman
We note that in your BA you opted for sociology and economics. While economics is quite useful, I wonder how sociology is going to help you in your career. Could you throw some light on this?
Candidate
Sir, sociology is the science of human behaviour in a group. We live in a society and interact with people. Sociology teaches us the behaviour of an individual in society. It is said that all problems arise from within the fabric of society and their remedies are also found within society. This helps to solve both major and minor social problems which every officer has to deal with in his day-to-day functioning. In the police force, one has to deal with criminals and law breakers. In sociology one reads about crimes, their causes and how to find remedial measures. If I am selected in the police force, I am sure I will find my ­knowledge of sociology very useful.
Chairman
In a country like ours, don’t you think politicians interfere quite a lot, especially in the duties of the police?
Candidate
Yes sir. It is a fact that we all witness it in our everyday experience.
Chairman
Suppose you are selected for the IPS and are asked to maintain law and order in your area. However, you find some political leader comes and interferes in your work each time. How will you tackle the situation?
Candidate
Sir, as an IPS officer my foremost duty is to control the law and order situation without allowing political ­leaders to interfere in my work. I have to be strong and firm in my ­action rather than show any partiality towards any ­particular political leader, even if he happens to be from the ruling party. I have to be unbiased and take action against all those who break the law.
Chairman
That’s good, Mr Paul. We expect this from all our police officers.
Candidate
Thank you, sir.
Chairman
Could you briefly explain the main function of the police?
Candidate
Sir, the police force in the country is enjoined with the ­responsibility of maintaining law and order, ­preventing and detecting crimes and providing safety to the ­people.
Member
As you must know, the police is a state subject ­under our Constitution. Tell us why is it that the examination you have passed is called IPS or Indian Police ­Service?
Candidate
Sir, no doubt the police is under the state, but recruitment for all senior positions is made on an all-India basis.
Member
Who is the head of the police force?
Candidate
The head of the police force in a state is the Inspector General of Police called IG.
Member
Then this should mean that every district in a state should have a Deputy Inspector General of Police ­reporting to the IG. Is it correct?
Candidate
Not exactly, sir. In fact, a number of districts constitute a “range”. The state is divided into convenient territories or ranges and the DIG has administrative control of a range or division.
Member If the IG is the state head of police and DIG is the head of a range or division in a state, then what about the ­Commissioner of Police?
Candidate
Sir, the police set-up in big cities like Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai is under the control of a police commissioner who enjoys magisterial powers as well.
Chairman
What is the name of our national police academy and when was it established?
Candidate
Sir, it is known as the SVP National Police Academy. SVP stands for Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It was established in 1948.
Chairman
Have you heard about the ‘third degree method’ used by the police? What is meant by that?
Candidate
Sir, it is used by the police while interrogating criminals in which terror and violence is used to get to the truth. Sir, no criminal readily accepts the crime he has ­committed unless he is terrorized or frightened to some extent by the police.
Member
What is your opinion about the legality of the third ­degree method, especially in a democratic country like ours?
Candidate
Sir, this method of interrogation is not permitted under the law. In an ideal and modern society this method is not popular because by using third degree, the police sometimes forces people to admit or confess to crimes which they might not have committed. In my opinion, everyone is equal in the eyes of the law and a person should be treated as innocent until his or her crime is proved and there is no doubt left about his or her involvement.
Member
Then why should the police use this method for interrogating criminals?
Candidate
The police generally terrorizes criminals mercilessly. This sometimes helps bring to book the right culprits as well as terrorize others who have not committed any crime. While I fully support the use of this method for hardened criminals, I am against its indiscriminate use.
Chairman
Suppose you are a senior police officer and are ­informed of a large mob heading towards the Civil Secretariat.
 
You order your junior officers to take all possible measures to disperse the mob and stop their entry into the Secretariat building. The mob is being led by a political leader of the ruling party. Your people resort to lathi charge and the use of tear-gas shells which ­result in some injuries to the political leader. You receive a complaint from the Deputy ­Commissioner against your police force. What action will you take against the ­erring DSP or any other officer whom you had ordered to control the situation?
Candidate
Sir, I will definitely not act in haste. When facing a crowd, it is not possible for policemen to discriminate between law breakers. They have to deal with law breakers as offenders of the law, irrespective of their social or political status. Keeping this in mind, I will analyse the situation and then act. In other words, I will not condemn the action of my officer simply on the basis of the complaint but study the situation, ­keeping in mind how I would have acted had I been in his ­position.
Chairman
Let us come to more personal things now. What games do you play, Mr Paul?
Candidate
Sir, hockey is my favourite sport and during my final year in college I was the captain of the college hockey team. 
I also play cricket and badminton.
Chairman
How are you able to play three outdoor games ­together?
Candidate
Sir, I said that hockey is my favourite sport. Cricket and badminton are of secondary interest.
Member
When do you find time to play cricket and badminton?
Candidate
Sir, I usually play badminton in the evenings. As far as cricket is concerned, I mostly play it on Sundays or ­holidays.
Member
What’s your hobby, Mr Paul?
Candidate
Sir, I like to do some gardening in my spare time.
Member
Do you have big lawns around your house for indulging in your hobby?
Candidate
Sir, I have a kitchen garden in my house where I grow some seasonal vegetables. We also have some flower pots which are my responsibility.
Chairman
That’s all Mr Paul. You may go now.
Candidate
(Gets up, saying) Thank you, sir (and leaves the interview hall with grace and dignity).




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