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Faesal becomes first Kashmiri to top UPSC exam

Urvashi Sarkar
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Dr. Shah Faisal
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Dr. Shah Faisal

Transforming a hurdle into a moment of opportunity, Dr. Shah Faesal coped with personal tragedy to become the first from the Kashmiri province to top the Union Public Service Commission 2009 examinations.

The untimely death of his father in 2002 at the hands of “unidentified militants” days before his Pre-Medical Test did not deter Dr. Faesal from clearing the test or from becoming the first candidate from Kashmir in several years to be selected to the Indian Administrative Service through open merit.

Dr.Faisal who turns 27 on May 17 was only 19 when his father, a teacher, was killed in Kupwara.

As friends, well-wishers and the media on Thursday thronged the Hamdard Study Circle premises here where the doctor took coaching for the Civil Services examination, Dr. Faesal said: “I had only two choices — to be bogged down or to stand up and face the challenge.”

A festive atmosphere prevailed as Dr. Faesal, attired in brown formals, articulated himself in well thought out and measured words, surrounded by people eager to shake hands with him and feed him sweets.

Asked why he chose not to pursue medicine, he said: “I felt that I could not have made a change by being at a hospital and wanted to work with the government.”

Appearing resolved about which service he wanted to get into, Dr. Faesal said: “I have chosen the Indian Administrative Service already.”

He would like to serve from Kashmir, as he was familiar with the environment and had a vision for it. However, he would not mind serving in any part of the country.

Good luck......
God bless you.....

from:  Tushar
Posted on: May 23, 2010 at 00:08 IST

Really Faisal you have done what other people think inspiration and encouragement for our youth .... wish you best of luck

from:  HASEEB
Posted on: May 22, 2010 at 12:29 IST

We are really proud of you Dr. Faisal. I am sure you are a role model for everyone who wants to achieve what you have achieved.CONGRATES SIR!

Posted on: May 21, 2010 at 11:53 IST

well done. you have done a great job

from:  Sachin
Posted on: May 17, 2010 at 13:26 IST

Congratulations, young man. Go ahead!

from:  Mohan Dhas
Posted on: May 10, 2010 at 19:19 IST


from:  yogendra
Posted on: May 9, 2010 at 19:59 IST

We r proud of u.
Now its your responsibility to make our State free from militants.

from:  Akhil Singh
Posted on: May 9, 2010 at 12:45 IST


from:  monika
Posted on: May 8, 2010 at 16:51 IST

Dear faesal
Heard about the tragedy OF your father.

from:  MS FAROOQ
Posted on: May 8, 2010 at 16:39 IST

Being a Kashmiri guy, I know how many hardships Dr. Shah Faisal might has gone through to make it to the top. This will definitely inspire many Kashmiri to Dare to Dream Big. Congrats Faisal.

from:  Pervaiz Kashmiri
Posted on: May 8, 2010 at 10:51 IST

congratulation Mr Faesal. You are a real hero and role model for every muslim. wish u all the success

from:  obaid khan
Posted on: May 8, 2010 at 09:59 IST

Congrats. Please be an honest bureaucrat.

from:  Pranav Singh
Posted on: May 8, 2010 at 01:53 IST

Nothing is impossible! You proved it. Aap ke karname ko Hamada Salam

from:  Afroz Mir
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 22:44 IST

Many many congratulations to you on ur great achievement. You laid a new stone today ahead thousands of students aspiring to become IAS. your selection at the top position shows the unbiased nature & pure selection of deserved candidates by UPSC. i am sure you are a role model for everybody who want to achieve the post that you achieved. Congrates sir.

from:  Ravi Kumar
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 17:26 IST

Well done
i wish you all the success in future

from:  Hashim Malappuram
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 12:47 IST

Dear Dr. Shah Faisal,



K K Jha
(Candidate, UPSC)

from:  K K JHA
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 11:43 IST

I would like to congratulate Dr. Shah Faisal on his effort & success and also very proud on him that he got it after all those difficulties which not so easy for any normal human being .

from:  Prasanjit Das
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 11:33 IST

congratulation sir ...........

from:  paritosh mishra
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 11:32 IST

Congratulations for your great achievement.

from:  Arya
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 09:37 IST

Hats off to Dr. Shah Faisal. His success is indeed a heart-warming one. Hope he can remain independent and make good changes to the lives of people as he wishes. We need more people like him to come forward to join the ICS.

from:  Jagadeesh K.S
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 09:32 IST

Congrats Faesal you will be an ideal person for many. You fought very well against odd situation.

I wish u Gud luck

from:  Deepak Kumar
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 09:26 IST

Hats off to Dr Shah Faisal. All praise to Allah. He has shown the way. We have to learn from him the art of converting adversity into opportunity. The secret is never bogged down and have faith in Allah.

from:  T Azeez Luthfullah
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 08:32 IST

Bravo Dr. Shah Faesal

Congrats and All the Best for your upcoming decisions that you take in your services.

from:  Arun Sundar
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 07:03 IST

From our fabled Valley,an inspiring story of excellence over adversity.

from:  Chithra KarunaKaran
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 06:36 IST

Dr. Faesal,
You are a real hero.It would be so good if you could work on the education infrastructure of Kashmir so that the youth their finds a way to chanellize their energy.
A normal citizen like me can just hope that change come fast in the region.We lack the power to act but you dont.Please make a differnce on our part.
Best Wishes.

from:  bSingh
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 06:12 IST

He made the true story of Amir Khan in Sarfarosh. keep it up

from:  Ravi
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 03:44 IST

Congrats Faesal.. You really have created history..All the best for your future.

from:  Anuj Ambesh
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 03:19 IST

We are proud of you. Great job!

from:  Arvind
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 03:04 IST

well done

from:  rajesh
Posted on: May 7, 2010 at 02:27 IST
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