Athar Khan secures second position
Srinagar: Athar Aamir-ul-Shafi Khan, a 23-year-old youth from Anantnag district, has secured the second position in the coveted Indian Administrative Services whose result was announced on Tuesday.
Athar, who had studied engineering at IIT Roorkee has become the youngest from the valley to qualify the exam.
“I had appeared last year but my ranking was low and, therefore, I was offered Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS). I joined but IAS was my first love and I planned to do both — join the training and appear again,” he told a news agency.
Hailing from Devipora-Mattan village in Anantnag district, Khan, son of a school teacher, says he became interested in joining IAS after Shah Faesal from the Kashmir Valley topped civil services examination in 2009.
“I did not have a great exposure to coaching classes but I was confident that I can do it. Extensive reading and complete dedication made me realise my dream,” he said.
Khan, who did his 11th and 12th from prestigious Tyndale Biscoe School in Srinagar, said he had made it to the IIT but did not join as he was offered a B-Tech course when he wanted to pursue BE.
“I met Shah Faesal and took his advice on whether I should join the services. We had a long discussion and after that we arrived at a conclusion that I should join as well as appear again,” he said.
Meanwhile, an elated Mohammed Shafi Khan, who teaches economics at the Government Higher Secondary school in Anantnag, has a steady stream of visitors coming to congratulate him on his son’s success.
“I am a proud father today. The best moment in a father’s life is when he is known by his children and today my son has given me this happiness,” an excited Shafi Khan said.
“His hard work has paid rich dividends. Allah has listened to our prayers,” he said.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also congratulated Khan for the feat.
Besides Khan, who qualified the exam in his second attempt, Sheema Nabi Qasba, Dr Basharat Qayoom from Saturna Kangan, Vinay Kumar Langeh from Jammu and Bilalwal Shafiq Choudhary are among other successful candidates.
Sheema Nabi Qasba daughter of Dr G N Qasba, ex-SMC Commissioner, has qualified the IAS.
Sheema completed her B.A., LL.B. (Honours) from National Law University, Jodhpur. She worked with a leading law firm in New Delhi before qualifying IAS.
A total of 1,078 candidates cleared the exam — 499 from the general category, 314 from the other backward classes, 176 from the scheduled castes and 89 from the scheduled tribes