DESPITE SEVERAL FAILURES, I DIDN’T GIVE UP, SAYS JUNAID AHMAD FROM UTTAR PRADESH
Around 50 Muslims cracked the Civil Services Examination 2017. Caravan Daily talked to some of them to know why they opted for civil services and how they cracked one of the toughest examinations in the country. Their experience is being shared in a series of stories – Editor
MUMTAZ ALAM | Caravan Daily
From a small town in a backward district of Uttar Pradesh, Junaid Ahmad has had a high dream since childhood. And this kept him sticking to the ground on the path of his dream despite failures coming in his way one after another. Finally, he reached the destination Friday night when the Union Public Service Commission announced the final results of Civil Services Examination 2017.
Son of a lawyer in Bijnor district, Junaid did his schooling from Aligarh Muslim University and then graduation in electronic communication from Sharda University near Delhi. “In the final year of my graduation, I fully made up my mind to make my childhood dream true,” he told Caravan Daily.
It took him several years and as many failures, yet he didn’t give up and continued trying and ultimately got success. “During the preparation of civil services, I was struggling. There were ups and downs. I appeared in the exam and failed, appeared again and then failed in interview and finally I have cleared the interview now. The failures were part of the journey,” says Junaid. Among the 990 successful candidates, he got 352nd rank. “It was my fourth attempt,” he admits.
In the last leg of preparation, he was coached at the coaching academy of Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi. And he is full of praise for the institution.
“Jamia Millia provides a good platform for Muslim students who want to prepare for this exam. People who cannot afford costly coaching or who come from backward areas, they can come and join, they don’t have to pay anything here,” he says about Jamia’s Residential Coaching Academy. This year, around 40 candidates from the academy cleared the civil services exam.
For his success, Junaid wants to give credit also to his parents and teachers. “Firstly, my parents who stood behind me all the time and then my teachers who taught me a lot.”
Muslims’ representation in the civil services has been below 5 per cent for the last several decades.
In his message to the community youths, Junaid, who is set to join Indian Revenue Service, says: “The representation of the community in civil services is very low. My message to the youths is that they should come up, they should compete and do hard work.”
The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2017 was conducted on 18th June, 2017. Over 9.57 lakh candidates applied for this examination, out of which 4,56,625 candidates actually appeared. Only 13,366 candidates qualified for appearance in the Written (Main) Examination held in October – November, 2017. Of them, 2568 candidates qualified for the Personality Test conducted in February – April, 2018. The final results were announced on 27th April and 990 candidates were declared successful. Around 50 of them are Muslims.