May 2016 News

From A Young Scientist To IAS Officer, Athar Aamir Makes Kashmir Proud

11 May 2016

Srinagar: A 23-year-old IIT graduate has made the militancy-torn Jammu and Kashmir proud by earning the envious second rank in the civil service exams for which the results were declared on Tuesday. Athar Aamir ul Shafi Khan of Devipora village of Mattan in south Kashmir's Anantnag district has become the only third Kashmiri to secure his place in the first three ranks in civil service exams. Shah Faesal had created history when he became the first Kashmiri to top the civil services exams in 2010. He is currently director education Kashmir. Earlier, Khursheed Ahmad Ganai, former IAS officer who was also the advisor to governor, had earned second rank in the civil services. It has been second time in a row that Athar has cracked the civil services. Last year he cracked the UPSC but earned the rank of 560. 'I was in the last year of BTech in IIT Mandi Himachal Pradesh when I qualified the UPSC. I was given the Indian Railway Traffic (IRT) service. Currently I am in Lucknow training for the IRT,' Athar told dna from Lucknow. Working for the grassroots and doing something for the society was the prime reason behind Athar to write civil service exams. 'Civil services give us the opportunity to work very closely for the people. Civil services has a distinction that you can not only work for the grassroots and the people but also with them,' he said. Son of a lecturer at Government Girls Higher Secondary School Anantnag, Athar had an inclination for higher studies from his childhood. Such was his brilliance that he was awarded by the late president APJ Abdul Kalam as young scientist when he was in class 10. And that brilliance continued through his youth when he cracked prestigious IIT. Despite being the science student, he chose Philosophy as optional subject for civil services. 'Last time my optional subject was Philosophy and I continued with this subject in my second attempt too. In my first attempt I started studying seven months before the preliminary exams. And by the grace of God and blessing of my parents I cracked it,' he said. All roads seemed to be leading to Athar's home in Devipora villageon Tuesday as people made beeline to congratulate his parents over his success. Phones too have not stopped ringing at Khan Household since the news about his success broke in the area. 'It is the will of god that he cracked the exams. Nothing is possible with the will of Allah. He was a brilliant student from the childhood. He was awarded best young scientist award when he had participated in Science Congress. He later cracked IIT and then UPSC. But now he has earned second rank,' Mohommad Shafi Khan, father of Athar, told dna.