At The Top

With the goal of alleviating the ills, the larger society in the state is facing, Neha Sharma of Jammu jumped into the fray and emerged as topper in the latest state level civil services examination, bidding farewell to her career in medicine. Mudasir Majid talked to the BDS doctor who is all set to be an inspiration for civil services aspirants in the state. .

Raman Bhalla felicitating Neha Sharma in Jammu.
Raman Bhalla felicitating Neha Sharma in Jammu.

In 2009 it was Shah Faesal, who gave up his career in medicine, opted for civil services and emerged as the first Kashmiri who topped Indian Administrative Services. But this year there is one more doctor from the state who too tried her luck in civil services at state level and emerged as the topper.

Neha Sharma, 26, a resident of Trikuta Nagar Jammu topped the recently conducted Kashmir Administrative Service examination. Neha’s delight sees no bounds as she had not at all thought that she would emerge as KAS topper.

“My joy is inexplicable. I cannot put it in words. I hadn’t a faint idea that I would top the KAS examination. But it is finally truth that I haven’t just got selected but topped as well”, says exhilarated Neha Sharma.

After passing the 12th class from Model Academy Jammu, Neha got selected for BDS in Indra Gandhi Govt Dental College Jammu. She says that it was due to the limited opportunities in the field of medical sciences that she had to make her mind for civil services. The KAS topper further says that every year around 200 students complete BDS but there are only 12 postgraduate seats, that too, in Kashmir.

 “Due to the limited opportunities and the desire to bring some major changes in the existing setup, I realized that if I made it to the civil services, I can cure the ills plaguing the administrative setup, which wasn’t possible as a dentist. I decided to crack the civil services examination and I am happy that I have accomplished my aim,” Neha says.

Immediately after finishing the BDS, Neha joined a coaching academy in Gandhi Nagar Jammu. “I took my coaching from The Civils in Jammu. Being a graduate in dentistry it was difficult for me to make the right optional subject choice. But all my worries ended when I talked to teachers in my coaching academy. I took sociology and psychology as my optional subjects and they ensured it that I don’t feel any difficulty in holding a grip over them”, Neha says.

Neha topped the KAS examinations in her second attempt. She says, “My eyes are now on Indian Administrative services. I am hopeful that I will make it through. But for now I am joining the Kashmir Administrative services”.

The KAS topper says that she has always been a top-rank holder. She credits her all achievements to the support, love and care she had from her parents. “Nothing is difficult if you have your parents supporting your goal. My father reposed unflinching faith in me. Today I made him proud”, Neha says while attributing her success to her parents.

  Neha got married to an agriculture officer in 2011.  She says she has no hindrance from her husband and in-laws to pursue her dreams. “My parents, husband and in-laws have no qualms with my plans of going for higher levels in the administrative services. They have always encouraged me. So my decision to prepare for the Indian Civil Services is one more chance. If I get selected I will get a bigger role to play,” she says.

It was Shah Faesal and Sherish Asgar who kept inspiring Neha when she was preparing for Civil Services. While calling the two IAS qualifiers as her inspiration, she says, “They inspired and continue to inspire me. I hope this inspiration helps me to achieve one more goal”.

Neha says that it took her nearly two years to make it to civil services. She says that hard-work and perseverance was the key to her success. While giving her message to civil service aspirants she says, “Civil service is all about a smartly done hard-work. Anyone can be a hard-worker, but one has to be a smart-worker as well. To all civil service aspirants —give your best and show the commitment to your goal”.

 The final results of J&K Combined Competitive Examination– 2012 conducted for filling up 65 posts in Junior KAS, J&K Police and Accounts Services was declared on 23-July. The preliminary examination was held in August, 2012 in which 14309 candidates participated. The mains exam was held in March – April, 2013 and interviews of 226 candidates were conducted from 01-07-2013 to 19-07-2013.  Out of 65 candidates 14 female candidates qualified the examination.

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