UPSC IAS Toppers Interview 2010

shah  Interview with Shah Faesal, UPSC Topper

He could “not have asked for a better birthday gift.” Just 10 days before he turns 27. Shah Faesal became the first Kashmiri and only the fourth Muslim (after Independence) to top the civil services. And this in his first attempt. Excerpts from a chat with the topper from Saugam (Kupwara) Kashmir:

Your thoughts at this moment.

I was expecting a poor rank, but didn’t see this com­ing. I am overwhelmed and miss my father the most.

What significance does this achievement hold for you?

My success has broken a stereotype about my commu­nity. I hope I have set a prece­dent far the people of my State and helped inspire more Kash­miris to appear for civils.

How do you plan to use this opportunity?

I would like to serve my state by reducing the gap between the people and admin­istration. My first preference will be IAS, then IPS and lFS. I have been a victim of insur­gency and understand Kash­mir’s problems. My father (Gulam Rasool Shah), a schoot teacher, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in 2002, just three days before my pre-medical exam.

Who would you give credit for your success?

I haven’t had any formal training. No coaching institute can use my picture or take credit for my success. My father, my biggest role model, and my mother, who was my rock after my father passed away, deserve all the credit.

You are a doctor. How and when did you decide to pursue civil services?

I pursued medi­cine as that’s the trend in Kashmir. I even topped my university (Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences). But I wanted something more challenging. I appeared for the prelims soon after finishing my MBBS. I moved to Delhi and prepared for the exam.

How will you celebrate?

I return to my family in Srinagar tomorrow. The first thing I’ll do is hug my mother.



  1. u r really the real hero of kashmir sir i would not like to clear this exam i would like to top this exam plz suggest me my no is 9716829555

  2. sir, i am preparing myself for cse 2012. but i am not taking any coaching institute formaly but i take some material from insight ias academy. sir is there any mistake i have done by not taking coaching .

  3. sir, i need your guidence because i am so confused, i am a graduate with microbiology, and want to take medical science as optional can i ? sir kindly send me your response my no is 8800950914

  4. I met u in Delhi University ( Urdu dept.). i m a big fan of u . plz be in touch with us through blog

  5. Hi..A lot of congretulation for your astounding prove that for any exam the most important things are passion ,craziness,obsession and self direction .u prove that these r just excuses that i belongs to poor family, i haven’t oppotunity and many bla and bla things..congreates again and believe with same energy ,atitude and commitment u will serve to country ..thank u .

  6. HELLO,SIR. I am N.PUJITHA REDDY. I am studying in 10th,Andhra pradesh. SIR, You are my greatest ever inspiration. From my childhood, I have been very Considerate and Honest not only towards my nation ,but also world. Instead of so many major problems that you have faced in your life , you have successfully topped the Civils exam,Sir.That had made me to acquire strongest ever determination. MY WHOLE HEARTED CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. THANKYOU , MR.SHAH FAISAL.

  7. Hi NANPA (friend) My best wishes Mr. SHAH FAESAL. I love My country and I love My people. I wishes to you serve my country and my people. Once again My wishes and god’s plus with you. Thanks for your Interview.

  8. My best wishes Mr. SHAH FAESAL. I love My country and I love My people. I wishes to you serve my country and my people. Once again My wishes and god’s plus with you. Thanks for your Interview.

  9. Sir , First of all i want to congrats u to your success,
    Sir i m your biggest fan………
    Sir I m a MCA student of KRISHNA ENGINEERING COLLEGE GHAZIABAD(batch 2009-2012).
    I want to become a IAS OFFICER,PLZ suggest me whose subject are suitable for
    THANK YOU SIR………………
    I M WAITING……..

  10. congratulations mr.shah feasal..i share the same ambition that u dis and succeded sir,,i live in hyderabad and i’m badly lacking guidance..u are an ib=nspiration to 100’s like me,,,will be glad to receive any help and guidance for preparation sir..

  11. I am very inspired by you as you topped this exam inspite of major problems that you had faced in your life…thanks for inspiring all the aspirants….

  12. Very happy to listen this incredible success.Expecting your valuable guidence for other aspirants..

    Please get me your email Id..

  13. CONGRATS sir, i also want to be an IAS, but i need a your guidance. i,ll be very thankful to you if u can assist n guide me.

  14. hi sir, im anupriya singh .i wan to be an ias officer and it is my childhood aim.i am doing self preparation becoz my family can’t afford the coaching fees.i want a help from you,so please sir give me your email id

  15. congratulation sir… thank you for motivating me,as well as the future aspirants.
    you are one among the few right persons to this service. i would be most glad to have your guidance as i am an aspirant to this splendid service too…..

  16. Sir ,

    Myself Babli,2nd yr PhD(Agriculture)want to take up pub.Admin n Sociology 4 optional subjects. pls suggest me 4 coaching institutes, how to study, how to prepare 4 GS, pls provide ur official email i.d so that doubts can be clearified by you.Do reply me , thank u.

  17. shah faesal…plz i want to contact him as it wl decide my life…i want to crack dis exam at any cost….as ihve lost my parents…reasons i cnt disclose…just need his guidance…pls provide m any mode to conatct him..plzzzz

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