Pir Panjal Valley Boy tops JK’s IAS-2014 List

Riyaz Ul Khaliq



Baseer-Ul-Haq, from remote village of  Thannamandi in Rajouri has topped the list of ten candidates from Jammu and Kashmir who successfully made it to IAS-2014 list. The result of the prestigious examination was declared by Union Public Service Commission Saturday afternoon.

A look at yesterday’s IAS results suggests that two out of ten candidates from J&K shall get the IAS cadre: Baseer-Ul-Haq (46) and Prayati Sharma (136). Others shall be adjusted in other union allied services. Three out of ten had already qualified KAS while two of the ten are serving the prestigious service at present, respectively.

Baseer Ul Haq

Coming from Pir Panjal Valley’s Rajouri district which houses BGSBU, Baseer stands at 46 rank amongst 1236 candidates across mainland India. Baseer, 33,  is son of Munir Hussain – a non-gazetted employee in PHE department.

An in-service KAS officer (2013), Baseer hails from  a remote village Kalas in Thannamandi. He has done MTech from IIT Delhi after which he completed PG in Public Administration. He is serving state government as BDO in Ramban.

Baseer did his basic schooling from a private school in his hometown. He is an Computer Science engineering graduate from Government College of Engineering and Technology, Jammu.

Among the ten candidates who qualified IAS-2014, Baseer’s rank is best; he is one of the two to get into administrative service. Moreso, he might be getting J&K cadre as three IAS officers are retiring this year making way for him in the state adminsitration.

Athar Khan
Athar Aamir-ul-Shafi Khan

Youngest of all in the list is Athar Aamir-ul-Shafi Khan. He is 22. Athar is a talented guy. His name figures in all the professional exams a 12 pass student wishes to see himself/herself in. In 2009-10, Athar passed CET, AIEEE, BITSAT exams. He joined Government Medical College, Jammu for MBBS in 2010 but he was eyeing IIT. And soon, he figured in the IITJEE list and joined IIT Roorkee later migrating to IIT Mandi in Himachal Pradesh where from he graduated in last summer. He ranks at 560 in the list.

Coming from Devipora village, Mattan in South Kashmir’s Islamabad district, Athar’s father is a senior lecturer in school education department and teaches Economics at Government Higher Sceondary School, Islamabad. He did his basic schooling from Iqbal Memorial Institute, Islamabad before shifting to Tyndale Biscoe, Srinagar wherefrom he passed 12th class in 2009.

This year’s list from valley inlcudes candidates from North and South Kashmir only. Again, a KAS officer (2011), Deeba Farhat is posted in Islamabad’s Rural Development Agency. She hails from Chinar town, Bijbehara. She ranks at 553.

Deeba Farhat
Deeba Farhat

She did her schooling from Iqbal Memorial Insititue, Islamabad before cracking JKCET and completed Computer Science engineering from Government College of Engineering and Technology, Jammu.

Last year’s September deluge hit their home and Deeba’s all books got damaged; she might have done well if floods had not consumed her reading material. Since then they have been putting at their grand parents’ house.

An Urdu literature passionate, Deeba interests in reading Allama Iqbal and Mirza Ghalib and had opted for Urdu in the civil services.

A middle class family daughter, Deeba lost her father in early childhood: Nazir Ahmad Vaid, a Junior Engineering in Public Works Department (PWD); she has mother, a brother and a sister in her family. Her rank in IAS-2014 results suggest that Deeba may continue with her present posting as KAS officer.

Ruveda Salam 1
IPS Ruveda Salam speaking an event in Australia in 2014.

An inspiration in the list is Ruveda Salam. She too is a former KAS officer. She ranks at 878. She has drifted down from her earlier rank.

A girl from frontier district Kupwara from North Kashmir, Ruveda became the first female candidate in 2013 to crack IAS. She got a South Indian state cadre. Daughter of a former Broadcaster, Ruveda was a medical doctor before getting in to civil services.

An IPS officer, she earlier as KAS worked as a senior officer in J&K State Government and is presently posted in Maharashtra. The last day’s result suggests that Ruveda shall continue her job as IPS.

The 10 IAS-2014 J&K list includes three daughters of restive state. Besides Ruveda and Deeba, Prayati Sharma, 24, hails from Jammu. She could not make it to KAS but cleared IAS in her first attempt. She ranks at 136.

Prayati Sharma
Prayati Sharma

Prayati’s parents are working in government sector. Her father, J P Sharma, is deputy director Horticulture (Planning and Marketing Department) and her mother, Neelam Khajuria, is a government teacher.

Prayati’s family is settled at Sector 5 of  Channi Himmat in Jammu. They basically hail from Bishnah.

She did her schooling from Presentation Convent School Gandhi Nagar, Jammu after which she studied Medical Science at Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar and secured third rank in final results.

A gold medalist MSc in Zoology (2011-2013 session), Prayati too is slated to get IAS cadre. She follows Baseer-Ul-Haq in the state list.

Irfan Hafiz
Irfan Hafiz

Hailing  from modest Kalai village in Poonch, Irfan Hafiz, sone of Hafiz-ur-Rehman, is BTech from NIT, Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh. He ranks at 1183.

Irfan did his basic schooling from main Jammu city: matriculation from Little Flower Higher Secondary School Greater Kailash and 12th from Ranbir Higher Secondary School, Parade, Jammu.

Choudhary Mohammad Yasin who ranks at 459 hails from  Mendhar in Poonch while Ankit Kaul is presently putting up in Jammu and is ranked at 414.

Kannav Sharma, a BTech from NIT Srinagar stands at rank 473.

Hailing from Mohinder Nagar Canal Road Jammu, it was Kannav’s third attempt.

Kannav Sharma
Kannav Sharma

As he completed his engineering in 2010, Kannave got an in-campus placement in Mahindra & Mahindra. But he had to return his home only half a year later. “My father had met accident and my mother was TB patient,” he said while speaking to Kashmir Life from Jammu Sunday evening.

Following, Kannav looked after his family business located at Canal Road upto 2012 ending. “Then I left for New Delhi as my father let me pursue my dream,’ he added. “This sucess is result of efforts of my parents.”

Afaq Giri is presently going under probation in allied central services. He had qualified IAS-2013 as well at rank 585. He has has bettered his rank and ranks at 457 in IAS-2014 list. If he is able to get IRS, Afaq may rethink his present cadre.

Afaq Giri
Afaq Giri

An engineering graduate, Afaq did his basic schooling from Sainik School Nagrota. He hails from Chenab Valley’s Ramban district. An E&C engineer, Afaq worked with Siemens (Nokia) before joining Jamia Milia Islamia for IAS coaching.


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