UPSC Success story: Becoming an IAS officer is the dream of every aspirant who is preparing for UPSC exam. One has to work day and night to pass this exam, then thousands of candidates out of lakhs of candidates get selected for posts like IAS, IPS, IFS. Today we are going to tell you about such a person, who cleared the UPSC exam and became the youngest IAS officer in India.
The name of this person is Ansar Shaikh. Presently he is 28 years old but he became an IAS officer when he was 21 years old. Let’s know about Ansar Sheikh.
IAS officer Ansar Shaikh, a resident of Jalna village in Maharashtra, is the son of an auto driver. He saw a lot of tough times while growing up, but despite all the odds, he cleared the UPSC exam with good marks.
During his childhood days, Ansar Shaikh’s family asked him to drop out of school due to their poor financial condition. Once his father even reached Ansar’s school to take him out of school, but his teacher there convinced his father not to do so. The schoolmates explained to his father that Ansar was good at studies and should be given a chance to study further. However, due to financial condition, his brother dropped out in 7th standard and started working in a garage. Ansar, on the other hand, continued his studies and secured 91 per cent marks in the Class 12 board exams.
Ansar Shaikh later did his graduation in Political Science from Fergusson College, Pune. He secured 73 per cent marks during graduation. Let me tell you, when he was preparing for UPSC, during that time he did odd jobs at many places. Where he worked for almost 12 hours every day for three years.
After his college he joined coaching for UPSC preparation for one year. Considering his financial condition, the coaching academy had waived off a part of his fees. Let me tell you, despite facing so many difficulties, Ansar Sheikh was very clear about his goal. He secured 361st rank in his first attempt in UPSC exam in the year 2015. At that time his age was only 21 years. He is the youngest IAS officer of the country. No one has been able to break his record till now.
Ansar Sheikh followed this strategy during UPSC
current affairs: Current affairs is an essential part of IAS exam. Questions related to this are asked in both UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains. Ansar Shaikh told that candidates preparing for UPSC should have knowledge of current affairs. Current affairs after reading once should revise it many times and watch current affairs videos for in depth understanding.
Preparing the Syllabus Well: It is very important that the candidates cover the UPSC Syllabus thoroughly. Ansar knew that UPSC Prelims Syllabus and UPSC Mains Syllabus are integrated, hence they require completely different approach to understand.
Use the Internet Wisely: Ansar Shaikh said, the use of internet can do wonders in your preparation. If you are not able to buy NCERT Books or UPSC Books, they can be accessed online.
As per the latest figures, Tina Dabi and Smita Sabharwal are considered to be the two youngest women IAS officers in India. Both passed the UPSC exam at the age of 22.
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