12 from J&K, 3 from Ladakh crack Civil Services exam

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU/ SRINAGAR, Aug 4: A total 829 candidates including 15 from Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have qualified for the prestigious Indian Civil Services exam, including IAS, IPS and IFS, the result of which was announced by Union Public Service Commission today.
While IRS officer Pardeep Singh from Haryana has topped the list among 829, Jatin Kishore from Delhi and Pratibha Verma from Uttar Pradesh remained at second and third place, respectively. They are also serving officers.

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Bringing proud moment for the family and the people of their respective places, 15 youngsters from the erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir have also cracked the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil service exam-2019.
These include 12 from the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir, (5 from Jammu, 7 from Kashmir) and three from the Union Territory of Ladakh. They are- Abhishek Augustya from R S Pura in Jammu ranked at 38, followed by Sunny Gupta (148) from Old Jammu City, Dev Ahuti from Trikuta Nagar Ext (Marble Market) Jammu ranked (177), Parth Gupta Jammu (240), Asrar Ahmad Kitchloo (Rank: 248) from Qila Mohalla Bhaderwah, Asif Yousuf Tantray (328) from Hablish Devsar, Kulgam; Namgyal Angmo (323) from Ladakh, Nadia Beigh (350) of Kupwara, Aftab Rasool (412) from Trehgam Kupwara, Sabzar Ahmad Ganie (628) of Gheeboom Kokernag, Anantnag; Majid Iqbal Khan (638) from Shangus, Anantnag, Stanzin Wangyal (716) Ldakh, Rayees Hussain (747) from Gurez, Bandipora, Mohammed Nawas Sharafuddin (778) from Kargil and Syed Junaid Adil (822) from Kashmir.
Out of these candidates, one candidate Rayees Hussain from Gurez, Bandipora has already cracked Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) in the year 2018 and is currently posted in Ganderbal, while his father is a Zonal Education Officer (ZEO) presently posted in Uri.
Notably, the final list of selected candidates has been put out based on the result of the written part of Civil Services Examination, 2019 held in September 2019 and then the interviews that held in February-August, 2020. While talking to Excelsior one of the candidates who has secured the rank 638, Majid Iqbal Khan said that he was more than happy today. Basically, an engineer, Iqbal said that after completing his B.Tech from National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal in Telangana, he thought that he can do better. He hailed from far-flung Andoora village in district Anantnag.
“After my engineering, I did a job for one year, but then I thought that there has to be something else in store for me,” he said. He did his schooling (11th and 12th) from a local Government Boys Higher Secondary School. Then he cleared AIEEE and went to on pursue engineering only to come back and get the UPSC cracked in his third attempt.
The only girl from Kashmir who made it to the list of successful candidates this year was Nadia Beigh from Punzwa village of district Kupwara. She has done her Honours in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and was able to crack the UPSC exam in her second attempt. “It was a daunting journey and got cracking in my second attempt. I was not able to pass prelims in 2018, and was able to secure a place this time,” she said.
She said that this success has come her way after lots of sacrifices and hard work. “I am thankful to all. At the same time, I am sure that with my success a lot a people will feel inspired,” she said. Nadia did her schooling up to 12th from Kupwara district in Government schools and then went to New Delhi for further studies. Her parents are working Government teachers.
” I got 350th rank in IAS. I am feeling very much happy. Hard work and consistency is the key to crack this exam. I thank everyone who supported me to reach this goal. Special thanks,” Nadia wrote on her Twitter handle.
Another candidate Asif Yousuf Tantray from Habish Devsar, Kulgam who secured rank 328 said that he was thankful to Almighty and then his parents did who have provided him with every facility. Asif started his preparations in 2016 after he did engineering from Lovely Professional University. “Humility is a must and regarding UPSC exams, consistency is a must, the focus is a must,” he said.
Sunny Gupta of Jammu who ranked 148 had qualified KAS in 2017 and was posted as Tehsildar Basantgarh in Ramnagar. During 2018 he cracked UPSC exam but ranked 320 and presently is under training Indian Railways Traffic Service at Lucknow.
Abhishek Augustya, son of Lecturer Darshan Raina from the border town of RS Pura who scored 38 rank, has already qualified IAS with rank 268 in 2018 and was placed in Indian Audit and Accounts Services. Presently, he is under training at Shimla.
A B Tech from NIT Srinagar in Computer Sciences, Abhishek had his schooling from R S Pura and Ranbir Higher Secondary School Jammu. His sister is a doctor and mother teacher. Abhishek gave credit of his success to the family for the massive support.
UPSC conducts the Civil Services exam every year for the selection of candidates to Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and Other Central Services.
The Civil Services exam 2020 was scheduled to be held on May 31. The exam has been rescheduled to October 4 in view of the Coronavirus crisis.
The candidates who have cracked the prestigious UPSC exam have been commended and their hard work applauded by several IAS officers in various districts.
Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora Owais Ahmad, while congratulating a candidate hailing from Gurez area of district Bandipora wrote on Twitter: “Good news coming from Bandipora ! Rayees belonging to Gurez, Bandipora has qualified Civil Services 2020 with flying colours. You have set an example for youth of J&K. Congratulations and best wishes” Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara, Anshul Garg wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations to the Civil Services Achievers of this Frontier District for conquering New frontiers! Kupwara Youth have New Role Models to look upto, who have surpassed all challenges to emerge victorious through their grit and determination.”