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Cart puller’s son becomes first from Kashmir to crack prestigious IES exam

Tanveer Ahmad Khan, a 23 year old youth from far-off Nigeenpora in south Kashmir’s Kulgam pursuing M.Phil in Economics and was determined to crack the prestigious Indian Economic Service (IES) examination.

It was just 84 days left when Tanveer asked a guide to help him in the herculean task. The guide told Tanveer to give the examination a try to get an idea about the mammoth preparation required to crack this ‘dream’ examination.

Tanveer Ahmad Khan at his home. Pic courtesy: Greater Kashmir

However Tanveer has brought laurels for Jammu and Kashmir as he has not only cracked the exam but has scored 2nd topper in a selection list of a meager 15 candidates across India and the first to achieve the feat in the history of J&K.

Greater Kashmir reported that Prof Prakash Antahal at the Jammu University’s Economics Department and Prof Javid A Khan from the Kashmir University confirmed that Tanveer is the first in the history of J&K to have cracked the IES ever.

The examination, along with Indian Statistical Service (ISS)-2020, was held from October 16-18 last year while interviews for personality test were held in April and July this year. While 15 candidates were selected in IES, 50 made it to the list this year.

“I decided to work hard and channelize my energy in the right direction. I didn’t look back” Tanveer told GK.

Tanveer’s father shuttles between home and Punjab where he pulls cart during dormant Kashmir winters to earn a living.

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