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Model Interviews 6

Mr Kumar Vijay is a Candidate for recruitment to the Indian Armed Forces. He had graduated from Meerut University and has ­appeared for MA (Part II) examination. He is soberly dressed and reaches the venue some 20 minutes before the scheduled time.
 
Mr Vijay Good morning, friends. I am Kumar Vijay and I can make out that you are both here for the same purpose as I am.
Mr Vijay
Good morning, friends. I am Kumar Vijay and I can make out that you are both here for the same purpose as I am.
Candidate 1
Good morning, Mr Vijay, pleased to meet you. I am Amit Bhatnagar and this is Mr Aashish Paul. We both hail from UP. What about you, Mr Vijay?
Mr Vijay
It is nice meeting you both. I am also from UP.
Candidate 2
Mr Vijay, you are wearing a very smart new tie. Did you purchase it for the interview?
Mr Vijay
Thank you for the compliment, but this tie is not new. In fact, I purchased it last year, but did not get the ­opportunity to wear it because at present I am working in Chennai and you know the climate there.
 
(Mr Vijay is called in for the interview. Wishing good luck to the other Candidates, he leaves the discussion and goes for the interview.)
Candidate
May I come in, please?
Chairman
Yes, Mr Vijay, please come in.
Candidate
(Enters the room saying) Good morning, sirs.
Chairman
Good morning, Mr Vijay. Please take your seat and be comfortable.
Candidate
Thank you, sir. (He sits down, keeps his hands folded across his chest and gives the appearance of being ­comfortable yet relaxed.)
Chairman
I note from your dossier that at present you are working in Chennai but you had most of your education in UP. Don’t you find that UP is a comparatively backward state?
Candidate
Yes, sir. It is comparatively backward mainly because of its size and extremely large population.
Chairman
What about the standard of education in UP?
Candidate
Sir, there are several universities and affiliated colleges in UP. However, the standard of education especially in the junior classes is quite low.
Chairman
Before we proceed further, please let us know what prompted you to think of joining the armed forces? As a young and well-qualified person you can get a good job in the private sector.
Candidate
Sir, I have wanted to join the defence forces ever since I was a young boy. I was attracted by the personality and status in uniform and, above all, the discipline in the service.
Chairman
This shows that you must have gathered a lot of ­information about the defence services. Please tell us who has the supreme command of the defence forces and with whom does the responsibility of defending the ­nation rest?
Candidate
Sir, the supreme command of the defence forces is vested in the President of India. However, the responsibility for national defence rests with the cabinet.
 
Member Which was the highest rank available to Indians in the army before Independence?
Candidate
Sir, the rank of Subedar Major was the highest rank for Indians at that time.
Member
Mr Vijay, you said that you wanted to join the ­defence services since you were very young, but are you aware of the difficulties which one has to face in the military, especially relating to family life which gets disrupted during wars?
Candidate
Yes, sir, I am fully aware of these difficulties. I know in the event of war, life is full of risks and even during peace there are exercises and hard duties to perform. In spite of all this, I feel a career in the defence forces has its own charm.
Chairman
Please tell us how many commands are there in the Indian Army and which are those?
Candidate
Sir, the Indian Army now has six commands. Earlier there were only five commands, viz., the Western Command, Eastern Command, Northern Command, ­Southern Command and the Central Command. Now a sixth command has been added which is called the Training Command.
Chairman
Who is the head of each command? I am not asking their names but only the ranks.
Candidate
Sir, each command is under the control of a General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the rank of Lieutenant-General.
Member
Could you please tell us into how many commands the Indian Navy is organized?
Candidate
Sir, in the Indian Navy there are only three commands, namely, the Western Naval Command, the Eastern ­Naval Command and the Southern Naval Command.
Member
Who heads each of these naval commands?
Candidate
Sir, each command is controlled by a Flag Officer ­Commanding-in-Chief.
Member
Does this mean that the supreme command of the Indian Navy is under the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief?
Candidate
No, sir. It is the Chief of the Naval Staff who is the ­overall in-charge of the three commands.
Chairman
Suppose you are selected for the Indian Army. You know your rank would be the Second Lieutenant which is the lowest commissioned rank in the army. But if you were to join the Navy or the Air Force, what would be your rank as a commissioned officer?
Candidate
Sir, the lowest commissioned rank in the Navy is Acting Sub-Lieutenant and in the Air Force it is Pilot Officer.
Chairman
What can you tell us about India’s defence policy?
Candidate
Sir, briefly speaking, India’s defence policy is closely linked with the five principles of Panchsheel enunciated by the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. Our armed forces are there to defend the country from any foreign invasion. India has no design to capture the territory of any other country. Our country is peace-loving and believes in peaceful co-­existence. Our defence policy has slightly changed after the ­Chinese aggression of 1962. The new policy is to make ­India self-sufficient in the matter of defence ­materials so that we do not depend on other countries for ­defence ­equipment and material.
Chairman
You say India is a peace-loving country. Then why are we continuing with atomic research and not signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which several countries have signed?
Candidate
Sir, India is regarded as one of the countries that has acquired the capability of manufacturing nuclear weapons, but we stand committed to using our atomic research only for peaceful purposes. Most of lndia’s atomic research is confined to the use of atomic ­energy for power ­generation. India fully supports the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty but opposes any vertical or horizontal proliferation of nuclear weapons. India has not signed the treaty as it is discriminating and places restrictions on non-nuclear weapon states without imposing similar constraints on nuclear-weapon countries. Nuclear disarmament is a global issue and must be solved globally and not by establishing nuclear-free zones only in certain parts of the globe.
Member
What is your hobby?
Candidate
Sir, in my free time and on holidays, I enjoy cooking and reading magazines.
Member
Cooking. What do you cook?
Candidate
Sir, all sorts of Indian dishes—both vegetarian and non-vegetarian—except chapattis, in lieu of which I make rice.
Chairman
You’ve done well in the interview and we find you to be quite well-informed about the defence set-up of India. How did you acquire this knowledge? Do you have any relatives in the army?
Candidate
Sir, as I said in the beginning, I developed a craze to join the defence forces when I was quite young. To keep my knowledge up-to-date, I have been regularly reading the various features that appear in different magazines regarding the defence set-up of the country. I have no relatives working in the army but several of my friends are army men and we often discuss matters relating to the defence set-up and defence policies.
Chairman
That’s fine. You may go now, please.
Candidate
Thank you, sir. (Leaves the room with confidence and dynamic disposition)




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