Report Hilal Shah
As the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir completed a year after scrapping of the special status and its division into two Union Territories, 15 of its residents have qualified the prestigious UPSC civil services examination 2019. A result announced two day ago is based on mains exam conducted in September 2019 and interviews held in February 2020. A total of 829 candidates have been shortlisted for the appointment of IAS, IPS, IFS, or Group A or Group B posts.
Interestingly when 15 aspirants applied for the test, they represented a state of Jammu and Kashmir, but in their results, they belong to two separate Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Resultantly, of the 15 candidates who cracked the examination, Kashmir and Jammu has equal representations of six each, while three are from Ladakh UT- two from leh and one from kargil. Interestingly no candidate from Kashmir had cracked the examination in 2018.
In Kashmir region two aspirants belonging to north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, Nadia Beigh and Aftab Rasool qualified the top exam. Nadia Beigh 23, a resident of Punzwa village in vilgam qualified the exam in her second attempt. Initially, after losing in her first attempt in 2018, she got 350th rank this year.
Born and brought up in Punzwa village, Nadia whose parents are government school teachers has done her in schooling in light house public school in vilgamand twelfth from Government Higher secondary School Vilgam with non-medical subjects.“Keeping in mind the internet blockade and consistent strikes, I decided to go outside for further studies”, Nadia Beigh said. “In 2014, I landed in Delhi to pursue BA Honours in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia, it was my brother who suggested me to take admission in BA Honours”. “I was in second year when I started preparing for civil services, In 2018 it was my first attempt but could not make it”, Nadia said. Her two sisters are doing MBBS from Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science (SKIMS), Soura while her brother has completed BBA and is also preparing for civil services.
A resident of same belt, Aftab Rasool is from Trehgam Kupwara. He had completed his graduation from Delhi and got the rank of 412 in his third attempt. “it is not too tough to crack civil service but it needs stability, if you are studying six or seven hours, read consistently for two or three years”, said Aftab. Another candidate Rayees Hussain lone from Gurez area of north kashmir’s Bandipora District also cracked the exam and got 638 rank. He has already cracked Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) in the year 2018 and is currently posted in Ganderbal, while his father is a Zonal Education Officer (ZEO) presently posted in Uri.
Up south, Sabzar Ahmad Ganie 25, hails from a remote village of Gheeboom in kokernag area in Anantnag. Sabzar got 628 rank. “I completed my middle classes in Government Middle School in our locality. In 2017, I completed civil engineering from Government College of Engineering and Technology in Jammu”, said Sabzar. “My father is a former by profession and mother is home maker. I decided to prepare for civil services in 2017 and in 2018 I appeared in both KAS and IAS exams, in the first attempt in IAS I fell short of points but qualified prelims and mains in KAS, the interview is still pending.
“I want to make sure for those who are appearing for civil service examinations, they must start as soon as possible even in graduation classes because waits for none” Sabzar Ahmad suggested.Majid Iqbal Khan hails from Shangas Anantnag in south Kashmir. He said that he completed matriculation from an Army school and then, senior secondary from Boys Higher Secondary in Anantnag. Later, he went to Telagana where he did B Tech in Mechanical. He went Delhi where he did a job in a college for one year.
“During that time, I felt that I have more potential for what I was doing. Hence, I choose to prepare for IAS which is a valuable and prestigious examination”, said khan. He got 618th rank. Asif Yousef Tantry who got 328th rank hails from Hablish Devsar in South Kashmiris Kulgam District. “All one need is to work hard and show consistency while preparing for the exams. Besides, one needs to be highly motivated and then one can achieve any goal in his life”. Asif said.
He said that after completing his B Tech he shifted to Delhi for seeking coaching in 2016. “Since then I left no stone unturned and finally I achieved what I had desired for many years” said Asif. “It was the support of my family members since my childhood that I managed to attain this feat”.
“Reaching this stage was not an easy job without my family’s support and I thank them whole heartedly for supporting me in whatever the circumstances were”, Asif added. “It is not only about UPSC or any other examination. For each and every objective of life, we need to fight, work stiff and then luck also favours those who put in their pains as well”.
Abhishek Augustsya toped at 38th rank, followed by sunny Gupta at 148, Dev Abhuti at 177, and Parth Gupta at 240, all from Jammu region. Three aspirants from the UT of Ladakh who also cracked the examination anr Namgyal Angmo and Stanzin Wangyal from Leh, and Mohammmed Nawas sharaf U Din from kargil’s remotest Drass area.