Dr Syed Abid Rasheed, is at the 23 rank in the Indian civil services – highest than any other from J&K qualifying the coveted services this year.

Last year, Abid had also qualified the exam and was allotted police services (IPS), but his inclination towards administration made him try again.

“My desire was to be in administration than in police,” Abid said.

Though an medical doctor, Abid opted Sociology and Urdu literature as optional subjects.

Dr Abid had the ambition of becoming a doctor while he was a child which later turned into becoming civil servant after completing his medical degree from Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Science (ASCOMS) Jammu.

For Dr Abid this feat is not the limit. He intends to do much more. “For me it is not the final destination, success is like a journey and it has just started. My ultimate dream will be to work for the welfare of people in the best way possible I can do,” he said.

The credit to this success, Abid says, goes to his mother and sister who helped him to win against heavy odds throughout his life.

Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar


After toping KAS last year, Dr syed Sehrish Asga, is the second female from Jammu and Kashmir to have qualified the civil services. She secured 118th rank. While pursuing MBBS from Batra Medical College in 2003, Sehrish developed a liking for the civil services. “It was a long thought process and I found my aptitude best suited for  civil services.” she said.  “Administration is the field I can serve the society on a much larger platform. It was a process of set actualization in my college which brought me here.” Hoping for serving the society she says, “I believe it is better to treat elements of society rather than the elements of a single individual which would affect thousands of people.” Hailing from Kishtwar district, Sherish believes hard work and planning put together bring successes.

Mohammed Aijaz

Hailing from a small remote village Dharna of Mahandhar Poonch, Mohammed Aijaz, 26, is a Mechanical Engineer from IIT Delhi.

He had already passed the civil services exams  and was working as Assistance Commissioner of Income Tax. But Aijaz wanted to improve his rank and he gave it another try.

He has got the 268th rank this year. His subjects were psychology, literature and Urdu.

“While pursuing engineering I realized my interest in serving people. This is because of which I opted civil administration and skip my engineering,” he says.

Dr Inam ul Haq,

Dr Inam ul Haq, 25, of Shopian wanted to go into administration. His father wanted him to do the masters. But he stuck to his dream and now is among the handful of individuals from the state who have succeeded in making it to the civil services. This was his second attempt at cracking the exam.

“It went all wrong in my first attempt, then I decided to put in maximum efforts for the next chance,” he said. He qualified getting the 280th rank. “I followed my instincts and never gave up.”

He chose Urdu, Literature and Geography for optional subjects.

Dr Inam had cleared the CET (Common Entrance Test) 2003 with third rank.

However, he never wanted to be a medico but went into the field on the insistence of his parents.

His advice to youth: “Never act like robots who run on set programs. Do what you are interested in and follow your instincts.”

Bashir Ahmad Bhat
Bashir Ahmad Bhat, 25, qualified with 434th rank. He is from Batapora Sopore.

Being a Veterinarian from SKUAST Jammu, his choice of subjects where Animal Husbandry Veterinary Science and Urdu. It was his first attempt at the civil services exam.

According to him it was not his choice to go into Veterinary Sciences. “Nevertheless that too helped me a lot though my entire focus has remained on civil services and administration,” he said. “I always desired to crack IAS exams, which now has happened. I worked hard for it.”


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