Meet Jammu and Kashmir’s shining star Athar who was in Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir’s Athar Aamir ul Shafi Khan, who is from South Kashmir’s Anantnag district was in Delhi on Sunday.He with other colleagues from the minority community was felicitated by the Zakat Foundation of India at an Eid Milan event held at India Islamic Cultural Centre at Lodhi Road in New Delhi on Sunday.
Introducing him to the audience, ZFI informed the packed hall that Khan, who was coached at ZFI-run Civil Services Centre, was ranked second in 2015 national civil services exam. By cracking the prestigious exam, Khan has become the youngest IAS officer from the State at the age of 22 last year. He had cracked the UPSC exams in 2014 but was not satisfied with his 560 ranking and took another attempt in 2015 and came out with flying colours.
When asked about any message for the civil service aspirants, he told OKHLATIMES that one should have faith in oneself. “Come out of your shell,” he said. Khan has the distinction of successfully cracking all the competitive exams he appeared from. A graduate from IIT in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, Khan also had a few offers from multinational companies.
“My biggest inspiration is my grandfather. His hard work, passion and enthusiasm have been a great source of motivation for me. I will keep working hard and serve the country to the best of my ability as a civil servant. In the last year of my BTech, I was very clear that this is what I wanted to do. I would have been paid better in an MNC but money is the last motivation for me. The IAS comes with roles and responsibilities that can actually change the lives of people. The youth are the heart and soul of a nation. With their energy and vigour, they can act as catalysts of change and bring in a long-lasting transformation that has more impact,” he had told HT earlier.