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Interview with Shah Faisal, UPSC Topper

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IAS Toppers Interview 2010

He could “not have asked for a better birthday gift.” Just 10 days before he turns 27. Shah Faisal became the first Kashmiri and only the fourth Muslim (after Independence) to top the civil services. And this in his first attempt. Excerpts from a chat with the topper from Saugam (Kupwara) Kashmir:

Your thoughts at this moment.

I was expecting a poor rank, but didn’t see this com­ing. I am overwhelmed and miss my father the most.

What significance does this achievement hold for you?

My success has broken a stereotype about my commu­nity. I hope I have set a prece­dent far the people of my State and helped inspire more Kash­miris to appear for civils.

How do you plan to use this opportunity?

I would like to serve my state by reducing the gap between the people and admin­istration. My first preference will be IAS, then IPS and lFS. I have been a victim of insur­gency and understand Kash­mir’s problems. My father (Gulam Rasool Shah), a schoot teacher, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in 2002, just three days before my pre-medical exam.

Who would you give credit for your success?

I haven’t had any formal training. No coaching institute can use my picture or take credit for my success. My father, my biggest role model, and my mother, who was my rock after my father passed away, deserve all the credit.

You are a doctor. How and when did you decide to pursue civil services?

I pursued medi­cine as that’s the trend in Kashmir. I even topped my university (Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences). But I wanted something more challenging. I appeared for the prelims soon after finishing my MBBS. I moved to Delhi and prepared for the exam.

How will you celebrate?

I return to my family in Srinagar tomorrow. The first thing I’ll do is hug my mother.

Ritika Chopra, HT

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  1. Fazle
    May 7th, 2010 at 02:11 | #1

    Hope this would b the starting point for Kashmiris to rock Competitive exams…Faisal:we Medicos of kashmir are proud of you…

  2. mohsin
    May 7th, 2010 at 04:38 | #2

    congrate 2 faisel.keep it up & lift ur nation

    May 7th, 2010 at 04:40 | #3

    Heartiest Congratulations on your grand success ! Wish u continue to serve the nation as earlier…….

  4. Monty Bagati
    May 7th, 2010 at 05:38 | #4

    Congratulations Faesal Shah !

    Monty Bagati

  5. khan
    May 7th, 2010 at 23:37 | #5

    Great, It shows that in INDIA everey civilian is equal. I hope more muslim particularly kashmiri will develop faith that there is no discrimination on basis of state or religion.

  6. fatma
    May 8th, 2010 at 00:41 | #6


  7. Nirmal Joshi
    May 9th, 2010 at 03:24 | #7

    Hats off to you Mr. Shah. Your success story will inspire many IAS aspirants including me.

  8. Apparao
    May 10th, 2010 at 04:48 | #8

    Hats off to Shah Faesal! Your achievement is an inspiration to the youth in and aroud India

  9. May 12th, 2010 at 08:29 | #9

    congrats mr shah . we have the same dream that you achived. you became our ideal person. can you give us some guidence? please….. once again congrats

  10. May 12th, 2010 at 11:37 | #10

    even im an aspirant of civil service….its really a gr8 work of urs……i hope 2 bcum lik u

  11. shweta m
    May 13th, 2010 at 03:39 | #11

    u r a source of inspiration fr me……….gudluk……….i hope u vil bring needed changes in society……..

  12. yogita
    May 13th, 2010 at 05:24 | #12

    Heartiest congratulations on ur challanging achievment SIR

  13. vaishali
    May 13th, 2010 at 10:48 | #13

    cong…sir…..i wll try my hard luck …& follow d path

  14. krishan
    May 13th, 2010 at 23:56 | #14

    CONGRATES!!!!!!!!! mr.shah. i will write upsc examination as like you

  15. o p choudhary
    May 14th, 2010 at 05:47 | #15

    congrates Dr sahab for your grand success

  16. khemraj delhi
    May 14th, 2010 at 13:57 | #16

    badhai ho bhai jan ko

  17. May 15th, 2010 at 11:08 | #17

    hats off!!.man……great achievement..i’mtruly inspired by you..

  18. chirag shah
    May 15th, 2010 at 18:22 | #18

    hi faizal sir
    now i m inspire to you and now i m going to preparation for civil
    best luck

  19. May 15th, 2010 at 22:20 | #19

    Heartiest Congrats, Faisal..

  20. Lijin Idicula
    May 16th, 2010 at 02:22 | #20

    Heartiest congrats for your superb success,by claiming the 1 rank in the first attempt you indeed broke all stereotypes.Sorry for your dad,May his soul rest in peace.He is indeed very happy with you..

  21. rajesh#music lover#
    May 16th, 2010 at 03:44 | #21

    congrats faesal….

  22. August 19th, 2010 at 05:27 | #22

    Congrats Faisal for topping UPSC-2010.I am sure you will bring positive change in administration of this time.India require people of your background.

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