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Want Mewat youth to focus on studies, not crimes, says Rajasthan’s first Meo Muslim to clear civil services exams

Abdul Jabbar, who secured rank 822 in the civil services exams this year, wants to change the image of Mewat region and motivate its youth to take up education seriously

education Updated: Jun 02, 2017 18:40 IST
Suresh Foujdar
Suresh Foujdar
Abdul Jabbar, 28, cleared the civil services exams in the fourth attempt. We wants to see young people in the Mewat region to study and not indulge in criminal activities.
Abdul Jabbar, 28, cleared the civil services exams in the fourth attempt. We wants to see young people in the Mewat region to study and not indulge in criminal activities.(Sourced)

Bharatpur: Fourth time lucky, Abdul Jabbar of Rundh Khoh village in Deeg block of Bharatpur in eastern Rajasthan, took time to crack the Union Public Service Commission’s civil services examination, 2016. He is the state’s first Meo Muslim to clear the tough exam, though it took him four attempts to do so.

This 28-year-old secured rank 822 in the Other Backward Class (OBC) category. In his first attempt, Jabbar failed to qualify for the main examination; and in both the second and third try, he flunked the personality test.

Jabbar now wants to motivate the youth in the Mewat region to study. “The region is infamous for criminal activities and backwardness; students either don’t go to school or drop out early to get into crime. I want this image of Mewat to change,” he said after learning he had cracked the exam.

Among Rajasthan’s most backward areas, the Mewat region – covering Alwar and Bharatpur districts – records poor social indicators, including education. The literacy rate in Bharatpur district is 70.1% which is higher than the state Average (66.1%) but less than the national average (74.04%).

After securing rank 10 in the Class 10 exam merit list in his state Jabbar decided to become an IAS officer. He graduated in Humanities from a government college in Alwar in 2008 and did a postgraduate course from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. In 2011, Jabbar, who has also cleared the University Grants Commission’s junior research fellowship exam, was selected for a Group C central government job, and was posted to Alwar, where he remains.

His elder brother, Ayub, is a government teacher and younger one, Abbas, is studying for a bachelor of education degree.

Mewat, Jabbar says, is infamous for loot, chain-snatching and cheating. “Only education can control crime in the region. People are poor and need a source of income,” he said.

Jabbar’s parents are illiterate. Father Sumer Khan tills land that the family owns. He is not aware of the civil services but is happy that his son will soon become an officer.

The UPSC has recommended a total of 1,099 candidates for appointment to civil services. As many as 180 successful candidates will be appointed in the IAS, 45 in the IFS, 150 in the IPS and 834 in other central group A and B services.

First Published: Jun 02, 2017 18:38 IST

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