For the first time in history, a Muslim from Nandurbar - a tribal
district in North Maharashtra, has cracked the Civil Services
Examination results of which were declared on Friday.
Shakeel Mehmood Ansari hails from
Shahada - a small and backward town in Nandurbar district having a
population of 55,000 people. It was his second attempt to crack what is
considered as one of the toughest exams in the country.
Speaking to ummid.com, Shakeel Ansari, who belongs to a family
which deals in readymade garments, thanked Allah - the Almighty
for the success, and his family and teachers for the support they
extended in his long career.
"I belong to a family which is not
financially so sound. But, my family always extended the support
needed for such a challenging career", he said.
What makes his success more sounding
is the fact that Shakeel Ansari completed his early education and
schooling in Urdu medium school before doing M.Sc in Physics from
a college in Pune, and also opted Urdu as the language in the
"What matters in civil services
exams is your caliber, talent and confidence, not the language.
Though I had written the UPSC Mains exams in English, I opted Urdu
as the language for the final interview", he said.
Stating that cracking the Civil
Services exams was his childhood dream, he said, "While I was
studying at Nishat High School in Shahada and Vikas High School &
Junior College in the same town, I converted slowly and with
consistent and determined effort this dream into a mission."
"By the time I completed M.Sc. from
Garware College of Pune, I had enough knowledge and study material
needed for the coveted exams. However, it was Haj Committee's
study centre which supported me immensely in preparing and
appearing for the UPSC exams", he said.
Elaborating further he said that
living in a tribal district was the main reason he wanted to be in
the civil services. "I have closely watched the issue and problems
of tribals, and thought I would be able to do something for these
downtrodden if I am in the civil services", he said.
Shakeel is now preparing to try for
one more attempt and would appear for the exams staring May 26. "I
have secured 507th rank in the exams. I want to become IAS and
hence will try to improve my rank", he said.
Meanwhile, Shahada town is in
celebrating mode since Friday when the results were declared, and
are anxiously awaiting to welcome the local hero to the town.
"It is a historic moment for us.
Shakeel has made everyone of us proud by his success", Ahmedbhai
Noorani, a local community leader and president of local
"We pray that he improves his rank
in the forthcoming exam", he said.