Hi friends !
Those of us who work in CIL, L&T, BHEL, NTPC, PGCIL, Adani, Alstom, JPL, NHPC, DISCOMS and so on, are all united by one common thing - POWER SECTOR.
It is such a field, where every member of interview panel, will have knowledge - general and specific. Each day in newspapers, there is some or other news related to Power Sector. And if we, who work in power sector, are not able to answer some basic questions which even an ordinary candidate is expected to know, it will reflect very poorly on us.
Due to the above reasons and due to our profile, the chances of such questions being asked to us is very high and so we must be well prepared !
Say someone among us is working in CIL, then it is very likely that one or more questions can be asked to him from the following issues: coal scam, methods to improve mining, imported coal - sources, quality, price and so on, types of coal - bituminous, lignite and so on, investment needed to overhaul obsolete machinery, recent issues of dividends being used by Govt to bridge FD, difference between coaking/non-coking coal, imp methods of mining (open-pit and so on), environmental effects, restructuring of coal india - making regional units autonomous, labour unions opposing disinvestment, etc.
For someone in NTPC or BHEL or NHPC or PGCIL : Supercritical technology, Power outlook in country - today and in 2020 or 2025, anti-dumping, Chinese competition in boilers and other power equipment, one-grid and related issues, pricing of power to industries and homes, T&D losses, environmental issues of thermal power plants and Hydro Projects, JNN Solar Mission, etc.
But, even if we don't work in CIL or BHEL, we need to know issues that are worrying these companies because somewhere we all are related in this close-knit value chain from CIL to DISCOMS. And we also need to have an overall understanding of Power Sector and the general issues, irrespective of our organisation or job profile.
I don't know how many of us here at ForumIAS work in power sector. If we have a few people here, we can atleast make a list of imp things to prepare for interviews. More focus should be on the kind of issues written above, which are of general interest, have been in news recently and are important for the nation and its energy needs. I just hope that we are able to finalise a list of imp issues (atleast) and then may be discuss them too.
ATB to everyone. May we all clear CSM'14.