QAZIGUND — A youth from Qazigund area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag has brought laurels to Jammu and Kashmir by qualifying Indian Engineering Services (IES) exam, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), with an All-India Rank of 26.
Mir Adfar Aaghaz, 22, a resident of Katran Mir Bazar area of Qazigund, who is a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) pass out of National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar, has qualified the exam with flying colours without any coaching.
While talking to KNO, Adfar said that he has done his schooling in his native area. However, due to the financial crunch, he had to move to his maternal home in Kamad Achabal to continue his studies.
“My maternal uncle has been bearing all my expenses. I am thankful to him along with my family who has supported me every time despite facing many problems financially,” he said.
Adfar said that before completing B.Tech. in Civil Engineering in the year 2019, he appeared in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) exams and secured 427th rank after which he got various offers for Master of Technology (M.Tech.) in many IITs across India but he preferred to prepare for IES.
“Since 2019, I have been preparing for the exams and finally I have achieved my dream. I was expecting to be part of the list but 26th rank was a surprise,” he said.
“Three months after I completed my B.Tech. from NIT Srinagar, the notification for IES exam was issued,” he said. “Our Preliminary exam was conducted on January 5, 2020, and Mains was scheduled in June 2020. Then due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the interview was delayed to March 2021.”
He said that due to the financial crunch, he studied on his own without any coaching.
“I used to study for around 10 hours daily and qualified the exam with ease,” he said. (KNO)