Ovessa Iqbal, JK’s First Muslim Girl To Crack All India Civil Services Exam

Ovessa Iqbal, JK’s First Muslim Girl To Crack All India Civil Services Exam

12 May 2011
Greater Kashmir
Umer Maqbool

Srinagar: Despite having failed to qualify the All India Civil Services examination in two earlier attempts, 25-year old Ovessa Iqbal didn’t lose heart and made it to the coveted post in her third attempt to create a history of sorts by becoming the first Muslim girl from Jammu and Kashmir to achieve the feat. Hailing from Chachoot village of Leh in Ladakh, Ovessa was in dilemma over choosing her career, after completing bachelors in chemical engineering from Chandigarh in 2007. “I had options to either go for MBA or masters in chemical engineering or go for the civil services. My colleagues would often talk in campus about the financial packages, they would get after pursuing MBA, but I was not interested in it. I had a desire to do something different and made up my mind to try for the civil services,” Ovessa told Greater Kashmir. In her first attempt in 2008, she failed to clear the prelims. But in second try she qualified the prelims, but couldn’t make it to the final stage of interview. “But I didn’t feel disheartened and appeared in the examination third time in 2010 and luckily I made it this time,” she said. Ovessa’s father is a farmer by profession, while her mother, a lecturer, died few years back in a tragic train accident in Hyderabad. “The credit for my success goes to my family and without their efforts it would not have been possible for me to crack the examination,” she says. Her message to the Kashmiri youth is to appear in the coveted civil services to “stop injustice being meted out to them”. “To stop the exploitation of people, youth should come forward to make a change through civil services,” she adds. Ovessa, who had also qualified Kashmir Administrative Service examination in 2009, says it is not difficult to crack the civil services exam and one “needs determination and consistency to qualify it.” Lastly, she has a word of caution for the students appearing for these examinations. “Don’t follow coaching blindly as it restricts aspirants to traditional mindset of preparing the exams,” she added. KISHTWAR YOUTH ALSO SELECTED 24 -year old Vimrash Aryan, has also qualified the prestigious civil service examination of which results were declared on Wednesday Vimrash, who hails from the Kishtwar region of Jammu, holds a degree in mechanical engineering from National Institute of Technology, Srinagar. He was presently working as a junior engineer in the state’s PHE Department till 2009 when he qualified KAS examination.


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