'Remembering miseries of people secret behind our success'
At least 16 candidates from Jammu Kashmir cracked the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil service exam 2019, the results of which were declared Tuesday.
As per the successful candidates, struggle, consistency and remembering the miseries of the people encouraged them to crack the prestigious civil services exams.
Nadia Beigh, a Jamia Millia graduate from the frontier district of Kupwara cracked the civil services in her second attempt and ranked 350.
Nadia, 23, whose parents are working In the Education department has done B.A. Honors in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
She credited her family for her success and said hard work and dedication were key to success.
"All credit goes to my family, especially my brother, who encouraged me during my studies for civil services,” she said.
“During my main’s examinations, it was the toughest phase as I could not talk with my family following the communication gag in Kashmir,” Nadia said. "It was one of the crucial stages of my life."
Hailing from a remote village of Doda, Asrar Ahmad Kichloo, an MBBS from a Doda village got 248th rank.
He did his MBBS from Government Medical College Jammu but after doing his internship changed his mind and started preparing for the civil services.
Kichloo said people in remote villages were facing severe problems and he could do better for them in administration.
Asif Yousuf Tantray, a son of a teacher hailing from Hablish village of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district got 328th rank in the exams.
“During August 2019 lockdown, my father used to travel 20 kilometers to reach a PCO to talk to me about my preparation for the civil services, ” Tantray said.
Tantra did his B.Tech. from Lovely Professional University in 2015 and had been preparing for the civil services since then.
"It was my fourth attempt,” he said.
Rasool Malik from Trehgam Kupwara also qualified the UPSC civil services after years of hard work.
According to the UPSC list, 829 persons across India qualified the exams.
IRS officer Pradeep Singh topped the list.
Abhiskhek Augustsya of Jammu, who is ranked at 38, is at the top of the list among the successful candidates in J&K. He is followed by two other Jammu residents, Sunny Gupta at 148th rank and Dev Ahuti at 177th rank.
Parth Gupta (240), Asrar Ahmad Kitchloo (248), Asif Yousuf Tantray (328), Namgyal Angmo (323), Nadia Beigh (350) from Kupwara are also among the successful candidates.
Aftab Rasool (412) from Trehgam Kupwara, Sabzar Ahmad Ganie (628) hailing from Gheeboom Kokernag, Majid Iqbal Khan (638) of Shangus Anantnag, Stanzin Wangyal (716), Rayees Hussain (747), Mohammed Nawaz Sharafuddin (778), and Syed Junaid Adil (822) are the others.
It is the first batch of civil services officers from JK after Article 370 was scrapped last year and the state was bifurcated into two union territories.
The examination is conducted annually in three phases -- preliminary, main and interview -- to select candidates for the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and other central services.