Athar Khan From Militancy-hit Valley Secures the Second Rank in IAS Topper List

Athar Aamir-ul-Shafi Khan, a 23-year-old became the second Kashmiri to become an IAS officer by securing the second rank on the UPSC 2015 Topper list.

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UPSC Topper 2015 backstory

Athar completed his 11th and 12th from Tyndale Biscoe School in Srinagar.

He wanted to pursue BE so Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan did his engineering in IIT-Mandi and graduated with an Electrical engineering degree.

Athar Khan from Militancy-hit Valley Secures the Second Rank in IAS

  • IAS Topper Athar hails from Anantnag in South Kashmir and secured the second rank in his second attempt at the age of 23.
  • In his first attempt in 2014, he got selected for Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) for which he was undergoing training in Indian Railways Institute of Transport Management, Lucknow.
  • For Athar Khan, IAS was his first love and he planned to do both, so he joined the training and appeared for the IAS exam again.
  • These repetitive efforts by Athar got him into IAS. His determination and clarity resulted in Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan’s success. These efforts have taken him from a small village, Devipora, in Anantnag district to the corridors of power in Indian bureaucracy.

Athar Khan’s UPSC Success story

Many told Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan that he was silly to go for IIT after getting into medicine.

His different approach and steadfastness to fulfil his aim, Athar never gave up and didn’t look back and today here he goes to inspire India from a small militancy-hit valley.

Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan is not a bookworm. Here to all the aspirants, Athar one of the UPSC toppers says:

“It is not the hours you put into the study, but the study put into the hours that matter.”

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UPSC Topper 2015 marks

Subject Marks
Essay 125
GS 1 89
GS 2 118
GS 3 88
GS 4 147
OPTIONAL 1 134
OPTIONAL 2 124
TOTAL 825

Athar’s Interview Score: 193

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Athar’s mantras

  • Extensive reading and complete dedication made me realise my dream.
  • He always wanted to be of use to society by being with the people and doing something for the people.

For more IAS success stories, check out our Get inspired segment.

You can also read about the success story of Tina Dabi, who bagged the first rank in the CSE 2015 here.

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