Kishtwar district in Jammu region has achieved its second success in two years in the All India Civil Services Examination, this year through Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar, 25.
Sehrish has bagged the 118th rank and is the first Muslim woman from Kishtwar, 230 km northeast of Jammu, to clear the examination whose results were announced on Friday.
Last year, Kishtwar's Vimarash Aryan was selected in the examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.
“I owe everything to my family for this achievement. My success wouldn’t have been possible without their support and prayers,” said Sehrish, who is the second Muslim woman from J&K — after Ovessa Iqbal of Leh in 2010 — to clear the examination.
Sehrish said her ranking had made selection for the Indian Administrative Service “a touch-and-go” case. “I will definitely go for the Indian Police Service.” Sehrish, who did her MBBS from Batra Medical College, is the daughter of Syed Asgar Ali and Syed Irshada Begum.
Her father, the first person from the district to clear the Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) in 1977, is a member of the state legislative council. Emulating her father, Asgar had topped the KAS examination in 2010.
“Nothing is impossible. Work hard, success will touch your feet,” she said.