Pervez Naikwadi has
always kept very close to his heart '786', the number considered
auspicious by many in the Indian sub-continent. And when the results of the 2012 UPSC Mains exams were
declared on Friday, he was not only in the list of the successful
candidates but his rank was also the same - his lucky number
You may call it superstition or
sheer coincidence. But Pervez believes that the number is lucky for him
and helped in
cracking the Civil Services exams considered as one of the
toughest in India.
Pervez is not alone who thinks so.
In fact when he met Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan
first time after cracking the exam on Monday, he too was impressed
by his rank.
"Pervez you are blessed by Allah", a
smiling Chavan said the moment Pervez said about his rank.
But that doesn't mean Pervez denies
the hard work needed for cracking the tough exam.
"Hard work and determination is the
primary requirement for achieving any small or big thing", he
24-year old Pervez Naikwadi hails
from Satara district of Maharashtra. His father, Azeez Naikwaid is
Deputy Commissioner of Police in Patan district.
Pervez is so fond of '786' number is
that almost all his belongings and electronic gadgets have its
mark. His cell number has 786 and the registration number of his
motor-bike too has 786.
He says that the number has become
part and partial of his life. He says many times when he bought
railway tickets, the ticket number had 786 as three digits. "Even
my HSC board exam seat number had '786' in it", he said.
Pervez had benefited from the free
coaching provided by Maharashtra's Minority Development
Interestingly, due to some technical
reasons, Pevez was unable to get admission at this centre.
However, timely intervention by Minority Development Minister Arif
Naseem Khan helped him in getting the admission at the government
A total of 30 Muslims have cleared
the civil services exams from all across the country this year.
Pervez Naikwadi and Shakeel Ansari are the two Muslims who are