MSPE Interview sample questions

Following are the questions which were asked during the Master of Science in Power Engineering Programme at Technische Universität München (TUM). Keep in mind that the technical questions are just for having an idea about your basic knowledge. I think the decisive factors for your selection in interview would be how effectively you convince them about your motivation to come to MSPE, TUM and Germany. Your confidence and attittude matters a lot. If you have cleared the first stage, 75% of your work is done. You need to be positive for clearing or scoring good on the interview.

Dont expect that if you are from mechanical background you will only be asked mechanical questions or vice versa. They expect you to have a very basic idea of the other related subjects also.

2015 questions

1- Why you want to join power & energy sector?

2- What was your favorite subject in your B.Sc Engineering and Why?

3- Tell us about your Bachelor thesis?

4- Do you have any internship experience?

5- What were your responsibilities during your internship?

6- What are your strengths and weaknesses?

7- What is diode?

8- Explain characteristic curve of diode?

9- Name some semiconductor materials used in electronic devices?

10- What is complex ohm’s law?

11- What is high pass filter?

12- How to design high pass filter?

13- What is the driving force for steam in mechanical side of power plant?

14- What are advantages and disadvantages of HVDC?

15- Anything which you want to tells us more about you before we take final decision?



General Questions

These are the most important questions and they should be answered confidently and precisely.



1- Your motivation to come to germany

2- Your motivation to select the Power & Energy sector

3- Your motivation to select TUM and MSPE

4- Why should you be selected?


Other questions related to your CV and your motivation letter. Write down the answer of the above questions on a piece of paper and while giving interview on skype, you can keep that with you in order to answer the questions confidently and in a prepared style.



Technical Questions



These are also from your cv and the basic concepts of important terms of the subjects related to your degree. Last time there were also questions from Mathematics regarding integration or derivaties of very common funtions.


– Mechanical



1- Rankine cycle

2- Combined cycle

3- Renewable energy sources

4- Power Generation capacity in Pakistan / Germany

5- Share of conventional and renewable energy in total generation capacity for Pakistan / Germany (see wikipedia for all the statisctics)

6- Modes / Sources of Power production in Pakistan / Germany (in terms of fuel)

7- Carnot efficiency and Rankine cycle efficiency

8- Problems in integration of Renewable into main grid.

9- Vibration system

10- Newtons law of mechanics


– Electrical / Electronics



1- Ohm’s law

2- Difference b/w synchronous and asynchronous machines

3- Basic electronic devices and their functions (transisitor, diodes, thyristors etc.)

4- Power factor (its correction)

5- reactive, active, apparent power

6- Components of control system

7- poles and zeroes and how the stabilty of the system is defined by poles

8- How to change the direction of a running motor?

9- Photovoltaics and Fuel cells (just operating principles)

10- What is transfer function? (control systems)

11- Main Component of Control Loop.

12- Main electrical component of the model of transmision line

13- Resonance Frequency

14- Difference between Induction motor and synchronous motor

15- Nominal voltage level in Pakistan

16- PID controller

17- Servomechanism

18- Generator principle


– General Mathematics



1- Integration of (1/x)

2- Derivative of (e^x)

3- Fourier Transform

4- Integral of cos x

5- How to check whether the square matrix has inverse ?


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  • Marsya

    I am invited for an interview in MSPE in TUM, and asked whether or not I want a student who already commence a study in TUM to take part in the interview. My question is, will that student be allowed to help me answering the questions from the interviewer? Or he/she only attend the interview to answer my questions regarding MSPE in general?

    Thank you!

  • admin

    I think , its not for your help. But if you have some questions regarding student life etc.

  • hadassah

    hi, am about applying for the mspe program. Pls any advice, info n tip on how to package my apalication, especially on letter of motivation, will be welcomed. Tnx.

  • Kingsley

    Please I have been invited for interview, I applied for Msc in Applied and Engineering Physics. Please is there any sample of questions I should be expecting. Please I really need it.

  • Nick Pl

    When they usually call for the interview after the phase 1 deadline ? The deadline of phase 1 this year is 15th March 2016 for Non-EU students.

  • Kevin

    I’ve been invited for an Interview for MSPE 2016 in one weeks time. I’m comfortable answering the general questions, however, as I’ve been working for 3 years since getting my B.Sc, I’m a bit rusty on theory and mathematics at this point in time. Do you think that my weaker theoretical knowledge (at this point) will affect the interview process.

  • Hadassah

    hi, please does anybody have any sample of any interview questions for the masters program in applied and engineering physics, and for the 2016 mspe interview questions…….. thanks

  • Zeeshan Ahmad Khan

    I have received the call for MSPE 2016 Interview, please suggest some likely questions???

  • Satheesh

    After completion of MS power Eng. from TUM. , what’s the scope of job opportunities?
    I am a Indian candidate.

    • Hi ,

      Most of the job requires you to speak Good german. If you dont have that ,regardless where you study from your options are always limited.


  • Shafahat

    Kindly give me interview questions of mspe 2019.

  • Sadiq

    Did you give your interview? How did it go? Hope it went well.
    Can you please share the interview questions? I have my interview in 2 days. I would be really grateful for your help

  • Jitendra Jana

    Please share after 2016-2022 interview question for TUM MSPE program?

  • Hannah

    Please I received a mail for an interview for Msc Economics.. can anyone be of help with some of the likely questions?

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