Detail DAF questions

DAF questions

What is the meaning of your name?

  • Do you think you justify the meaning of your name? Please provide us with some examples, if you can.
  • Does the meaning of your name justify your personality?
  • What is happiness for you? What constitutes happiness? Is happiness just a state of mind?
  • Tell us five things that happened in the past couple of years in India for you which made you happy.
  • How is happiness related to prosperity?
  • Can happiness be made a metric for national growth? Can it replace GDP?
  • What are the challenges?
  • Happiness curriculum in schools.
  • World happiness report
  • Who publishes this report?
  • What are the parameters?
  • Why is India ranked lower on this list than many underdeveloped and poor countries?
  • How are you going to use happiness as a concept in public policy and administration?
  • What do you think motivates people?
  • Implication in policy making and implementation?


  • What is special about your date of birth? Any important event took place that year?
  • Can you tell us something about the Revolutions of 1989? (dissolutions of communinst govts)
  • Is the US-Mexico wall feasible?

Mother tongue: Oriya

  • Famous poets of the Oriya language.
  • Classical language status- what are the criteria to define classical language?
  • How relevant it is to give classical status to any language?
  • Who compiled Odia grammar? How different it is from Hindi grammar?
  • How many speakers of Odia language are there in India?
  • What are your views on one particular language as our National Language?
  • Why do some states oppose it?
  • What can be an ideal solution for linguistic nationalism?
  • Has linguistic reorganisation of states strengthened or weakened Indian federalism?
  • What are the constitutional provisions regarding languages and Hindi particularly?

Place of residence: Odisha

  • Tell us something about Konark Sun Temple?
  • Strengths and Weaknesses of your state?
  • Tell us something from your state which you find unique and why?
  • Odisha is one of the Empowered Action Group States or eight socio-economically backward states of India. It has done remarkably well in health and nutrition outcomes over the past two decades. What do you think are the reasons for such improvement?
  • What lessons can other states learn from Odisha?
  • Third largest population of Scheduled Tribes. Protest by Dongria Kondhs against Posco steel plant. Reasons for such protests? What steps will you take as the DM of the state to avoid such development and displacement issues?
  • Panchsheel policy for tribals? Do you think it was the best strategy or something else is needed?
  • Cyclone phailin: what will be your priorities while going for Evacuation in case of such disasters?
  • AWACS system
  • How to maintain law and order in such a situation?
  • Similipal Biosphere Reserve:
  • What is the difference between a national park, wildlife sanctuary and biosphere?
  • Which tree is this biosphere reserve named after? Uses? 
  • Man Animal conflict?
  • Why is it increasing?
  • What steps can be taken to avoid?
  • What are Bio- fences? What is a wildlife/habitat corridor? Do we have any in Odisha?
  • What is Plan Bee of NE Indian Railways?
  • Who owns Rasgulla- Odisha or West Bengal? GI tag issues. How are they different?