Internet Ban Robbed Her of Family Support, Says Kashmiri Girl Who Cracked UPSC Exam

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Nadia said that she chose to sit for the UPSC exam because she wanted to do something big in her life and she felt that she can use her potential in this field. She wants to do good work for people through this service

Waquar Hasan | Clarion India

SRINAGAR – Kashmiri girl Nadia Beigh (23), who cleared the UPSC civil services examination 2019, says that the political instability in Kashmir and the consequent communication and internet ban had created a lot of hurdles in her education.

Nadia, who ranked 350th in the coveted exam, the results of which were declared on Tuesday, also said that the communication restrictions in Kashmir had deprived her of the support of the family just when she needed it the most at the time of her examinations.

Last year on 5 August, the government imposed a ban on communications when the special status of the erstwhile Jammu & Kashmir state was revoked. These restrictions continued for months. The qualifying mains exam of the UPSC in 2019 was held in September.

“Had I made preparations for the UPSC living in Kashmir, it wouldn’t have been possible. Nowadays, any study is almost impossible without the internet. Therefore, I made my preparations living in Delhi. The situation of Kashmir is volatile. In Delhi, I got a conducive atmosphere for this. When the internet was banned in Kashmir, we were making preparations for our mains exams. I was not able to talk to my family for 40 days. That period was very difficult for me. At that time, one needs family support which I did not get due to the communication ban,” said Nadia, who hails from Kashmir’s frontier district of Kupwara, while talking to Clarion India.

Nadia’s parents are government teachers. She did her primary and secondary education from her native village of Punzwa, which is close to the Line of Control. She studied up to Class X at Light House Public School and studied further in a government higher secondary school in Punzwa.

Then, she moved to Delhi and graduated from Jamia Millia Islamia in Economics (Hons) in 2017. After graduation, she started preparing for the civil services exams from Jamia’s Residential Coaching Academy and she cracked the 2019 UPSC exam in her second attempt after the first unsuccessful attempt in 2018.

Nadia said that she had decided to join the civil services when she entered the college. While studying for the degree course, she gathered all the information about the UPSC exam and constantly focused on clearing it.

Nadia said that she chose to sit for the UPSC exam because she wanted to do something big in her life and she felt that she can use her potential in this field. She wants to do good work for people through this service.

“It was a long journey. There were many ups and downs. At that time, one has to remain strong. People around you should extend support to you. In this way, there was some struggle. But overall, it was an interesting journey,” she said.

Apart from Nadia, there are 15 candidates who cleared the UPSC this year from Jammu and Kashmir.

Sunny Gupta (rank 148) and Dev Ahuti (177) (residents of Jammu), Parth Gupta (240), Asrar Ahmad Kitchloo (248), Asif Yousuf Tantray (328), Namgyal Angmo (323), Aftab Rasool (412) from Trehgam area of Kupwara, Sabzar Ahmad Ganie (628), a resident of Gheeboom village of Kokernag in Anantnag district, Majid Iqbal Khan (638) from Shangus (Anantnag) and Stanzin Wangyal (716), Rayees Hussain (747), Mohammed Nawas Sharaf Uddin Sharafuddin (778), and Syed Junaid Adil (822) from Ladakh.

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