Sixteen candidates including two girls, belonging to the remotest and border areas of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh on Tuesday cracked the prestigious Civil services examination-2019 with flying colors.
Topping the charts from Jammu region, Abhishek Augustya, secured AIR 38.
He comes from the family of POJK refugees currently settled in the border belt of RS Pura.
Abhishek is currently undergoing training at the Shimla based National Academy of Audit and Accounts. He had secured AIR 268 in UPSC 2018.
Three other candidates from Jammu, Sunny Gupta secured AIR (148), Dev Ahuti (177) and Parth Gupta 240.
Speaking to The Pioneer over the telephone from Shimla, Abhishek Augustya credited his success to the overall support extended by his family and close friends who motivated him throughout the long journey. Abhishek’s father is lecturer in government higher secondary school in Sai close to Indo-Pak border and his mother is a teacher in a private school. His sister is pursuing PG in surgery from GMC Jammu.
An alumni of National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, Abhishek completed his schooling from DAV school RS Pura and Higher secondary from Govt Boys school, RS Pura. After completing his Computer engineering he went to New Delhi to prepare for UPSC examinations. After failing in the first three attempts he cracked the exam last year securing 268 th rank and this year he improved his ranking and made it to the top 50. Two other candidates who made it to the list Dr Asrar Ahmad Kitchloo (248) and Asif Yousuf Tantray (328), come from distant areas of Bhaderwah and Kulgam.
Dr Asrar, son of a doctor cracked the prestigious exam in his third attempt. He considered Shah Faesal, topper from Kashmir valley, as his first role model along with other successful candidates from the erstwhile Doda district namely Dr Sehrish Asgar, Vimarsh Aryan and Abhishek Sharma. Sharing mantra of his success, Dr Asrar Kitchloo said, to crack UPSC examination the aspiring candidates should log out of the social media platforms and maintain consistency in their studies.
Several other successful candidates hailed from remote areas and made it to the final list of successful candidates by sheer dint of hard work. Instead of attending coaching classes of established institutes, the majority of these students preferred self study and focused on their goal from the very beginning.
They claimed they were inspired by the growing number of bright students making it to the UPSC civil service examination for the last several years.
Namgyal Angmo (323) from Leh, Nadia Beigh (350) from Kupwara are also among the successful candidates. From Kashmir valley Aftab Rasool secured AIR 412 .He hailed from Trehgam Kupwara, Sabzar Ahmad Ganie (628) hailing from a remote village of Gheeboom Kokernag, Majid Iqbal Khan (638), a resident of Shangus Anantnag, Stanzin Wangyal (716) from Leh Rayees Hussain (747), Mohammed Nawas Sharaf Uddin (778) from Kargil and Syed Junaid Adil (822) made it to the list of 829 candidates.
Names of successful candidates in Blue Shirt with a shake ( Abhishek Augustya AIR 38 in Brown shirt Dr Asrar Kitchloo Girl Nadia Beigh