Sopore shopkeeper’s son
cracks IAS exam
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For Handwara Boy Shah Faesal An Inspiration, KP
Girl Also Among Qualifiers
Srinagar, May 5: Twenty-five year old Bashir Ahmad Bhat has achieved the
inspiring distinction of being the first youth from the apple town of Sopore to
have cracked the prestigious All India Civil Services examination.
It was not an easy task for Bhat, hailing from Batpora area of Sopore town, to
make it to the All India Civil services. Bhat neither had the robust financial
background to get coaching from any top academy of the country nor mentoring of
any retired or in-service civil servant to get tips for cracking the
Curiously, nobody from Bhat’s family has ever served in the government in any
capacity till date. His father Ghulam Hassan is a shopkeeper while his mother
Rafiqa Begum is a homemaker. Before joining SKUAST Jammu for pursuing BVSC, Bhat
did his schooling from Islamic English Medium School Sopore and Sainik School
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Bhat, a veterinarian by profession, said that after
completing graduation in Veterinary Sciences in 2010, he started preparing for
the state and national level civil services examination. “I had an urge right
from my childhood to do something big in life,” he said.
“After studies, my first option was to join government service to support my
financially weak family. But I had to wait for the government to advertise the
posts of veterinary surgeons so that I could apply. During the period I was
looking for the job, I thought of preparing for the civil services examination,”
Luck supported Bashir and he figured at fourth rank in state level Combined
Services examination in 2010.
But, Bhat was not content with “limited success” and his aspiration for getting
into the prestigious All India civil services grew stronger after getting into
Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS).
And finally, his dream of making it to All India Civil Services came true when
he figured at 434th rank in the result declared by Union Public Service
Commission Friday Bhat credits his family for the marvelous success.
“My success wouldn’t have been possible without the support and prayers of my
parents. While I was undergoing studies my family faced the difficulties due to
financial constraints, but they did not let my studies suffer at any cost. They
sacrificed their comforts for my success,” he said.
According to Bhat, the Sopore youth, like their counterparts from other parts of
the valley, are not lacking in intelligence and can get through in any exam.
“Cracking civil services examination is not a difficult task. But what one needs
is perseverance and hard work. It pays,” he said.
While Bhat is presently in Kishtwar on state Darshan, as part of KAS training
program, there are celebrations at his Batpora home in Sopore.
His family is busy in attending people who are making beeline to congratulate
them over success of their son.
SHAH FAESAL IS MY INSPIRATION: SALMAN
28- year old Qazi Salman who secured 459th rank in All India Civil
Services Examination hails from Magam area of Handwara.
After his schooling from Wullar Public School, Muslim Education Trust (MET)
Sopore and Government Higher Secondary School Boys Jawahar Nagar, Salman joined
Model Institute of Engineering and Technology Jammu to pursue bachelors in
Son of Qazi Shamasudin (retired Divisional Engineer of BSNL) and Muneera Masoodi
(retired Teacher), Salman said his objective behind joining the civil services
is to work for uplift of the downtrodden people.
“A chance to work among common people on ground and to work towards the uplift
of marginalized people were the motivating factors for me to try for civil
services,” he said, adding that Dr Shah Faesal, IAS-2010 topper was the
inspiration for him. Salman was presently working with J&K Bank as a Banking
While crediting his family for the success, Salman is all praise for the
hierarchy of Jammu and Kashmir Bank for allowing him sufficient leave to appear
in the All India Civil Services examination.
“By the grace of Almighty Allah I have made it to civil services. My parents and
family members were pillars of strength during my preparation. My Uncle Dr Rafiq
Masoodi constantly exhorted me to appear in this exam and support of my friends
was really encouraging. I also want to thank the management of J&K Bank
especially Younis Patoo and Arshad Ahmad Guroo for their support,” he said.
KASHMIRI PANDIT GIRL MAKES IT AGAIN
Kashmiri Pandit girl Pooja Hali originally a resident of village Hall
in district Pulwama and presently putting up in Delhi has made it to the civil
services examination again this year and secured 169th rank. She had qualified
the examination last year also with 200th rank.
She is the second Kashmiri Pandit girl who qualified the All India Civil
Services examination. First KP girl is Priyanka Dhar who qualified the civil
services examination in 2008 bagging 385th position.
Pooja Hali is the daughter of Surinder Hali, who is Additional General Manager
in the commercial department of BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited). Her
mother, Indu Hali is a teacher with Kendriya Vidyalaya Ranipur Haridwar.
Pooja did her schooling from DPS Ranipur Haridwar. Later she graduated in
Electrical Engineering from College of Technology GBUAT Pantnagar, Uttaranchal.
Thereafter, she joined TCS, Bangalore. After serving there for two years she
left the job in 2009 and started preparing for the Civil Services examination.
Pooja Hali is the niece of High Court Judge Justice Sunil Hali and noted
neurologist Dr Sushil Razdan.
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