JKAS-21 Result Speaks For Itself

JKAS-21 Result Speaks For Itself

Aspirants must know that success is a reachable target if one is determined and works very hard to achieve the goal

Every human being has the potential to do something great. Everyone possesses a hidden talent, which needs to be explored. Jennifer Young has rightly said: “Pause and remember – Slow and steady will get you where you want to go. If you put too much pressure on yourself for results too quickly, you will quickly give up.”
Today we are living in a world which has been rightly described as the age of the internet, IT and ICT. Despite this all, only a small percentage of students apply for national-level competitive exams like IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS, IES, CDS, etc. In the same way, a very low percentage of educated youth opt for J&K Administrative Services (JKAS). It may be due to their different priorities. Some prioritise MBBS over engineering and some civil services over MBBS and Engineering. The Kashmir Valley-based candidates prioritise MBBS and Engineering while as Chenab Valley prioritise Civil Services. That is the main reason to have a maximum selection from that side.
The fact is that the number of candidates from the Kashmir division participating in civil service exams was always less as compared to the Jammu division. So selections will be accordingly. While as for various other posts having Graduation as minimum eligibility criteria (which are mostly advertised by the J&K SSB) like Panchayat Accounts Assistant, Finance Accounts Assistant (FAA) and Sub Inspector, there were maximum candidates from the valley for the same.
No doubt, there are many such reasons; however, the lack of interest in civil services, fear of competition, unawareness about eligibility and syllabus and a myth that it is not everybody’s “nut to crack it”can be counted as the main reasons. When we analyse this latest notification of J&K PSC (advertised on 26 Feb 2021), only 20790 candidates appeared in Prelims in Oct 2021; out of which (as per the criteria fixed by the Commission), 4462 candidates were declared as qualifiers for the Mains. Out of these, only 3916 candidates appeared in all papers and among these (as per the criteria fixed by the Commission in accordance with the rules under SRO 103 of 2018), only 648 candidates were declared to have qualified for the interview/ personality test. As per rules on the subject, by order of their aggregate merit in the written examination as well as interview, 187 candidates belonging to different categories have qualified for Medical Examination prior to their final selection.
It is pertinent to mention here that J&K Civil Service Exam is a three-tier examination. The first stage of the exam is the Preliminary Exam for screening purposes only, comprises two papers of General Studies-I and GS-II (MCQs). The Second stage is the Main Examination, which consists of a written examination with a total of eight papers of conventional essay type (out of which one is a language paper, five core papers are of General Studies and the last two papers are optional subject based). The marks obtained in all the other compulsory papers (Paper I-VII) will be counted for ranking and also to determine who moves on to the third stage. The third stage is the Interview stage and is also known as the personality test.
As soon as the Jammu Kashmir Administrative Service (JKAS)-2021 result was declared on 19 Jan, the merit and transparency with nonintervention recruitment in the selection list and celebrations of qualified candidates showed many such stories that can be inspirational and motivating for a lot of youngsters and CCE aspirants to do something big in their life.
All were surprised to know that siblings (two sisters Huma Anjum and Ifra Anjum along with their brother Sohail Ahmad Wani) cracked this prestigious examination under the RBA category. They come from a distant village, Kahra Trankhal of district Doda. Sohail, the youngest of the three siblings, secured 111th rank with 1055 points, while Huma secured 117th with 1050.5 points and Ifra secured 143rd with 1034.5 points.
Huma, the elder sibling, has pursued M.Sc. Physics and qualified it on her second attempt. While Sohail and Ifra (both having Masters in Political Science) qualified for it on their first attempt. Going through their personal interview published by the different news channels on social media platforms brings tears to the listeners. Their painful struggle, hardships, financial constraints, determination and dedication motivate the listeners to do big in life. When their father lost his investments made by him, it was only their mother who came in support of the family. As per the reports, their mother sold all her jewelry and other possessions, to get them books and study materials that encouraged and motivated these three siblings to achieve their goal.
Despite sharing books and reading in a single room, their path to success remained smooth. They had always been in-house competition that always kept them consistently motivating and encouraging. Sohail along with her sisters together carries a common message for aspirants that they should prepare for competitive exams with consistency, hard work and dedication. They should understand their hidden capabilities and trust themselves.
Ishwer Dev’s success is an inspiration in itself. Hailing from a remote village in the Chilly of district Doda became the first officer in his area. After knowing the result, his parents shed tears for almost two hours. His father is a handicapped person and runs a kirana shop. Ishwer’s family was residing in a Kacha house till his elder brother became Sub Inspector in 2017. Ishwer is currently residing in a single small rented room at Jammu since his 8th standard. After his consistency and hard work, he cracked CCE in his first attempt under the RBA category. Without any coaching, he secured 103rd rank with 1064 points. It was his illiterate parents who became his role model. And despite poverty, he didn’t let his dreams go.
Saqib Rashid Dar of Natipora Srinagar secured 10th rank with 1122.50 points in the OM category. Saqib was trying to crack the examination for the past eight years. Despite appearing in interviews and rejections before, he never thought of giving up on his goal. Now this time his hard work, patience and determination yielded results. He shared his mantra of success in these words: “There are no hard and fast rules. Preparations are not bound to the hours of the day. One has to study dedicatedly and patiently.”
Aabid Hussian Lone is another successful candidate hailing from Udipora village of Handwara (north Kashmir’s Kupwara district). His father was a tea seller and died in 2021. He cracked this prestigious examination in his second attempt under the EWS category, secured180th rank with 1008.50 points. He is currently working as Panchayat Finance Accounts Assistant (FAA). It was his mother who became his role model. After his father’s death, she took all the responsibilities on her shoulders along with her daughters, and today she is a blessed mother. Sharing his success story, Aabid expressed his views that he kept chasing his father’s dream of becoming an administrator. Poverty can never be an obstacle; if one has dreams to chase. One needs to work hard and have faith in Allah.
In the same way, defying all odds, Nadia Shameem of Adoora, Baramulla became another successful one. She quit her regular studies at SKUAST at a very early stage. She chose a lowly paid job of Class-IV (Orderly) in Civil Secretariat only to support her family. But she didn’t give up her studies completely (after getting a Class-IV job) and has done her BA (Hons) in Sociology through the distance mode of IGNOU. She proved that financial crisis, hardships and adversity cannot stop you from achieving your goal.
Nadia cracked this prestigious examination in her maiden attempt under the OM category and secured 80th rank with 1079.50 points. It was her joining the Civil Secretariat that got more insights and inspiration to be part of the administrative service and prepared simultaneously for doing something great in life. Being very difficult for her to balance her job and studies, but she managed it successfully. She shared her story of success and the motivation behind her journey was her mother, her teachers and her colleagues who had faith in her. Today she proved to be a proud daughter of her proud mother.
Lateef Ahmad Mantoo hailing from Kisrigam village of Pulwama became another inspiration. After his father’s death in 2014, Lateef take the responsibility on his own shoulders. Now eight years later, his son is making him feel proud by fulfilling his dream. He cracked this prestigious examination in his second attempt under the EWS category and secured 138th rank with 1037 points.
Darfshan Aiman Shakeel from Tral qualified for this prestigious examination in her first attempt after her successful cracking of the Assistant Registrar Cooperative examination earlier. She secured 42nd rank with 1093.50 points. Similarly, Nazir Ahmad Bijran of the ST category hailing from Poshkar village of Ganderbal secured 110th rank with 1055 points. He is currently serving as Assistant Registrar Cooperative, Ganderbal.SeeratBaji belonging to the tribal family of Doda also cracked this exam with consistency under the ST category with 150th rank securing 1029.50 points.
The main aim of narrating all these stories is to let our youngsters and aspirants know that success is a reachable target if one is determined and works very hard to achieve his/her goal. Even a person with average talent can achieve success through his/ her persistent efforts. It must be kept in mind that nobody is born a “champion”, but champions practice regularly until they reach their destination with flying colours. Besides transparency, merit and non-interventional recruitment under the new chairman of veteran IAS officer Satish Chandra and overall leadership of Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha deserves all praises.
It is rightly said that if one is unable to fly or run, then it is better to walk; and if one is unable to walk smoothly, then try to crawl, in order to move ahead in a race and say ‘Yes I can do it’ with confidence.

Author hails from Tral and can be reached at [email protected]

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