[My success will be incomplete unless other students from my father’s coaching classes pass the coveted exams”, Nood Siddiqui said. (Photo: Special arrangement)]
Aurangabad: Mohammed Nooh Siddiqui is one of the 990 lucky candidates who have cleared the 2017 Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services exams. Son of Shoaib Siddiqui, who runs a coaching center for civil services aspirants in Aurangabad, Nooh Siddiqui now wants to emulate his success story at his father’s center for the benefit of other students.
“Fear is the key factor why most of the students fail or keep distance from the civil services exams. I decided to appear and crack the civil services to allay this fear and become a living example for other students, especially those from my father’s coaching center. I wanted to show them that cracking the Civil Services exams might be difficult but it is not impossible”, Nooh Siddiqui said while talking to ummid.com.
“However, my success will be incomplete unless other students from my father’s coaching classes pass the coveted exams”, he added.
Nooh’s father Shoeb Siddiqui runs a coaching class under the banner of Kawish Foundation in Aurangabad city of Marathwada region in Maharashtra. He established the coaching center after failing to find one for his son Nooh.
“Back in 2012, when Nooh completed B.Tech and it was decided that he should appear for the UPSC Civil Services exams, we ran from one place in Aurangabad to another for the needed guidance. There was however none in the city. We then travelled to Delhi. After a lot of efforts, Nooh finally got admission at the coaching center run by Zakat Foundation of India (ZFI)”, Shoeb Siddiqui recalled.
“Nooh got the admission but what about others in the city? This question kept me haunting for weeks. I shared my concerns with some of my friends and finally we decided to establish a Pre-IAS Coaching and Guidance Center for Civil Services aspirants in Aurangabad”, he said.
The center prepares Civil Services aspirants for the entrance exams conducted by Delhi’s premium institutions like Jamia Millia Islamia, Jamia Hamdard, ZFI and others. “This is for the first time that our students – Nooh Siddiqui and Shaikh Salman Patel, have cracked the UPSC Civil Services exams.
Besides them, there are more than 70 students from Kawish Foundation who are studying at different coaching centers in Delhi”, Shoeb Siddiqui said.
On the difficulty level of the Civil Services exams, Nooh Siddiqui, who cracked the 2017 UPSC CSE in his 5th attempt with All India Rank of 326, says focused study and suitable environment are the key to get success in the exams considered as one of the most difficult in the country.
“Besides proper coaching, a civil services aspirant needs a focused study plan and company of people with whom he can compete while preparing for the exams”, Nooh said adding that he and Salman Patel were both room-mates in Delhi.
In reply to a question about poor representation of Muslims in the Indian Civil Services, Nooh said, “Instead of pan-India effort, we need a group of people in every region to create awareness and run pre-IAS courses to develop the temperament needed for such a competitive exam.”
“Such efforts will make them familiar with the exams and allay their fear. Once this is done, they can then be shifted to good coaching centers in places like Delhi where they can concentrate on their preparation with full confidence”, he added.
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