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AHMED ALI FAYYAZ


New Delhi, Oct 3: Twenty-four-
year-old Gazi Abdullah of Gun-
dana, a village at 9,000 feet above
sea level in the mountainous
Doda district, is one among the
70 youths who has been declared
qualified for the Union Territo-
rys most prestigious Civil Ser-
vices by the Jammu and Kash-
mir Public Service Commission
(JKPSC).


These are the first results after
the Commission was reconstitut-
ed as a legal requirement under
the J&K Reorganisation Act of
August 2019.
In the Combined Competitive
Examination held in 2018-20,
these 70 youth have qualified for
recruitment on the equal number
of vacancies in the Jammu and
Kashmir Administrative Ser-
vice, the Jammu and Kashmir
Police (gazetted) Service and the
Jammu and Kashmir Accounts
(gazetted) Service.


Those found fit in a medical
test will be appointed in the three
major services.
As many as 25,188 candidates
had appeared in the preliminary
exams in September 2018. On
August 25, 2020, the UT’s recon-
stituted Commission ratified
and confirmed the quondam
PSC’s decision and held the viva
voce of the 194 candidates who
appeared in the test in September

  1. Finally the selection of 70
    candidates was notified on Sep-
    tember 29.
    Gazi’s mother is an anganwadi
    helper working with the Centre-
    sponsored Integrated Child
    Development Scheme (ICDS)
    for a monthly honorarium of Rs
    3,000. She has never shared with
    her only child how her husband
    had died when he was just two-
    year-old in 1998.
    How did Gazi’s father die? “I
    don’t know. I have never asked
    my mother,” he told Indianarra-
    tive.com in a conversation.
    After receiving elementary
    education upto the fourth stan-
    dard at his village’s Rafeeq
    Memorial Academy, his mother
    managed Gazi’s admission in
    an orphanage at Bemina in Sri-
    nagar.
    He stayed at the orphanage’s
    boarding and lodging facility for
    seven years and passed his 11th
    standard exam before complet-
    ing his 10+2 from Srinagar’s Iqbal
    Memorial Institute.
    Thereafter, Gazi returned to
    his home across the Pir Panjal
    mountains and completed BSc
    from Government Degree Col-
    lege, Doda. His elementary
    schooling happened in the period
    of the peak of militancy in Jam-
    mu’s Chenab valley.
    “I knew that I was from a down-
    trodden family with no support.
    So there was no compromise on
    seriousness, perseverance and
    focus on the studies. I used to
    read interviews of the IAS and
    other UPSC exam toppers which
    gave me inspiration and confi-
    dence to crack the JKPSC exam.
    “I learned how to convert chal-
    lenges into opportunities with
    full self-confidence and dedica-
    tion. Finally it paid me off and
    I have made it to the civil ser-
    vices,” Gazi said.
    He revealed that the first
    sparks of success through com-
    petition came from the lec-
    tures some visiting officers and
    bureaucrats delivered at the
    orphanage from time to time.
    Unlike most of the successful
    candidates of his batch, Gazi has
    not received any coaching for the
    JKPSC exam.
    “After BSc, I completed MSc in
    Botany from the Aligarh Muslim
    University (AMU) where I devot-
    ed maximum time to my preps
    for the KAS exam. I am expecting
    the PG results from the AMU in
    a few days,” said Gazi, figuring
    at rank 46 in the JKAS final list.
    Hailing from a backward area,
    he has fourth rank in the RBA
    category.
    “I am lucky enough to be one
    of the youngest in my batch,” he
    said. With the age on his side, he
    would rise to the rank of a Prin-
    cipal Secretary in his 36 years of
    service in the UT.
    The batch’s topper Malik
    Kamila Mushtaq of Karan Nagar,
    Srinagar, is B Tech in civil
    engineering from the National
    Institute of Technology (NIT),
    Srinagar. Her father is a retired
    government employee and her
    mother is still in the public
    service. She picked anthropol-
    ogy as her optional subject and
    cracked the JKPSC exam in her
    first attempt.
    “I had coaching for just one
    month in the beginning but later I
    relied on self-studies. My mother
    is the only source of inspiration
    for my dreams of higher civil
    service. She is an embodiment
    of courage and dedication and
    commitment from day one. I have
    inherited many of her values and
    attributes,” Kamila asserted.
    Kamila’s younger sister has
    completed M Tech in electrical
    engineering from NIT Srinagar
    and her younger brother is cur-
    rently in the counselling process
    for B Tech.
    How did she trust the system
    in the wake of allegations of
    irregularities against the JKPSC
    which had to once cancel its
    declared results for the JKAS
    Preliminary? How was she con-
    fident that she would make it to
    the JKAS?
    “Cynicism and scepticism are
    cureless diseases. Once you enter
    a competition, you must have
    full faith in the system. I am not
    aware of the past practices but I
    had full faith in the system which
    I found completely transparent
    and flawless,” Kamila said.
    The number of the aspirants
    for IAS, IPS, IFS and the UT’s
    JKAS, JKPS and other gazett-
    ed service examinations has
    remarkably increased after Shah
    Faesal of Kupwara was declared
    as the IAS topper by the UPSC
    in 2010.
    Even as few candidates quali-
    fied for the All-India services
    from J&K in the first 20 years of
    militancy, over 60 youths have
    cracked the country’s most com-
    petitive and prestigious civil ser-
    vices exam in the last 10 years.
    Hundreds of others have entered
    the civil administrative servic-
    es, Police and Accounts service
    through the JKPSC exam during
    the same period.
    The UT’s youngsters have
    shown remarkable enthusiasm
    in all the all-India competitive
    exams as thousands of them have
    appeared in 2020 not only in the
    National Eligibility Entrance
    Test for medical and engineer-
    ing colleges and institutes but
    also for the tests of National
    Defence Academy which picks
    recruits for commissioned ranks
    in Army, Navy and Air Force.
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