SUCCESS STORIES: Medico from sleepy Kangan village cracks UPSC
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KANGAN: Dr. Basharat Awan, an MBBS doctor from Sutrina village in Kangan tehsil of Ganderbal district has become the first IAS from the tehsil by cracking the prestigious civil services exam results for which were declared yesterday. Basharat has been ranked at 273.
All roads seemed to be leading to Basharat’s home in Sutrina village on Wednesday as people made a beeline to congratulate his parents over his success. Phones too failed to stop ringing at Awan household since the news about his success broke.
“It is the will of God that he cracked the exams. Nothing is impossible with the will of Allah. He was a brilliant student right from his childhood,” says a cousin of Basharat. Excited Basharat says he has cracked the mother of all exams.
“I faced a number of hardships for cracking this exam,” said Basharat adding he grew up in a family where there was no concept of civil services. “So it was never my childhood dream to qualify IAS. It came to my mind very late,” he said adding he got interested in IAS while pursuing his post graduation in Srinagar.
“With consistent hard work, a strong self belief and tremendous support from my parents, I managed to crack the exam in my second attempt. My parents and my grandparents always wanted to see me on top. I dedicate this success to them,” said Bashrat.
Qayoom Awan, Basharat’s father, who retired as a Veterinary employee, was very emotional while talking about the success of his son. “It was Basharat’s grandfather’s dream to see him at the top.He has fulfilled his dream,”he said. Awan said that they belong to a downtrodden community and his wish was that his son should work for the welfare of the community.
Basharat’s uncle Shabir Ahmad Awan, who is the first doctor from the family, while sharing his feeling said that he wanted a son of the family to be the first IAS officer from the tehsil.
Meanwhile Principal Sindh Valley Education Institute Kangan conveyed special congratulatory message for the Basharat, who is a product of this school.

YOUNG ACHIEVERS SPEAK

NAME: Sheema Nabi Qasba
ATTEMPT: Second
RANK: 205
“Hard work, motivation and faith in my abilities were the mantras for my success. Although I was determined to qualify the exam when I was in school, but finally I took the call in 2014, three years after I finished my studies. The same year, I made my first attempt but did not succeed. However it was a good learning experience. I cultivated from that experience brick by brick until I succeeded. I left for Delhi to study law after I finished my schooling in the Kashmir Valley. Later I picked a job as a lawyer. For prelims, I made a self study and for the mains I opted for coaching classes. I was working also during my preparations but sometimes I took off as well. My optional subject was Sociology but for the exam the study level was an advanced one. A constant study of five hours a day cracked the hard nut for me. I overcame the feeling of tiredness and stress by motivation.
I would love to join Indian Foreign Services but I won’t mind to serve in any other service either. I was a sheltered child since my childhood and the ongoing conflict had no affect on my life.

Name: Dr Basharat Ahmad
Attempt: Second
Rank: 273
With consistent hard work and tremendous support from my parents, the success kissed my feet. It was never my childhood dream but it developed when I was in the medical college. The reason was that there was no civil officer in my family. I studied in Government Medical College, Srinagar. I was working on a house job while preparing for the exams. This situation made me to face hardships. The successes came late but in introspection I believe it was a good learning experience. I learned how to succeed in life.

Name: Shakeel Ahmad Ganie
Attempt: first
Rank: 278
With the help of Almighty Allah I made it to civil services. Patience and dedication was the key. The feat has made me to believe that success is a process which comes in at an appropriate time. My parents and family members supported me. My brother, who is a doctor was the inspiration. I would say that it is not something difficult provided one has patience and great dedication. It is a long process and one needs strong will power.
I did schooling from my native village in Ganderbal. After I finished MBA, I got a job in Jammu and Kashmir Grameen Bank. Unsatisfied, I called it a day and began preparing for civil services examination.