Athar Aamir-ul-Shafi Khan, a young man from Kashmir, has finally achieved what he dreamt of. The 23-year-old has made it to the prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS) securing second rank in the country; he was offered an allied service because of a lower rank in his first attempt last year.
"I had appeared last year but my ranking was down and, therefore, I was offered Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS). I joined but IAS was my first love and I planned to do both – join the training and appear again."
Khan belongs to Devipora-Mattan village in Anantnag district, 60 km south of Srinagar. The son of a school teacher, he became interested in joining IAS after Shah Faesal from the Kashmir valley topped civil services examination in 2009.
"I did not have a great exposure to coaching classes but I was confident that I can do it. Extensive reading and complete dedication made me realise my dream," he said.
Besides this, Khan said said, he always wanted to be of use to the society by being "with the people" and doing something "for the people".