Date: June-15,2017 | Read: 1502
Mohammad Rafee Rather of Ganderbal district showed strong determination and overcame all odds to emerge successful in the all-important Civil Services examinations and proved that there can be no hurdles in way when one has a clear vision and strong resolve to make a mark. The 31 year old Rafee, son of a clerk, cracked the Civil Service Exam in his 3rd attempt, ranking at 70th position, and did what his family had long dreamed of.
This feeling of standing in queue with others to compete for this administrative post, he says, was too alluring as well as challenging. Knowing the financial status of his family, he had made up his mind that if he had to do something, it must be administrative position. His background however acted as a ticking clock for him and he couldn’t afford a slightest diversion. He did take some classes but never went for coaching formally. It is, therefore, his personal voyage through books that ultimately led him to his destination.
Hailing from Village Kangan of Ganderbal district, Rafee received his early education from Sheikh-ul-Alam Public School Kangan. Later, he joined Govt. higher Secondary School, Kangan, where he completed 10+2 and went on to completed his bachelor’s degree in Science from Islamia College Srinagar. After Graduation he went to Kashmir University to pursue LLB where he came across a few career counseling sessions organized by Law Department with some IAS and KAS officers.
“This was a turning point in my life and I was motivated to crack civil services examination. I would like to mention here that the Interviews of some IAS and KAS officers published by Kashmir Images and other magazines helped me to crack this exam as their struggles, motivations and hard work encouraged me and added in my determination to prepare for civil service”.
Having resolved to stride on this path only, he Rafee first began his preparation for the exam of Naib Tehsildar. Here, he required reading material and in it seemed quite unlikely to find that in Ganderbal. Finally he had to reach Kashmir University for preparations. Later he was shortlisted for consultations but was dropped from the selection list.
“Though I was crestfallen by this shock but I didn’t lose my heart and now I wanted to do something big, even bigger than the previous choice- I decided to prepare for KAS.” He says adding that he attended some general studies classes at SN Das Gupta College and qualified the Prelims. But he failed to qualify the Mains exam and believes that Law and Anthropology, his optional subjects were not quite friendly with him.
“I took a break of one year and planned my studies in a better way,” he added.
Saying that the choice of optional was a crucial decision for every aspiring candidate, Rafee believes that besides hard work, one must also make sure that the subjects one chooses are subtly grasped.
“Now I chose Anthropology and Kashmiri as my optional subjects but despite performing extremely well in Anthropology and General Studies, I could not score well in Kashmiri. So, this time I studied Kashmiri comprehensively so as to fetch fairly good marks,” he added.
In ‘Mains’ this times, he focused on second optional i.e. Kashmiri and General Studies.
“For interview I attended ICP mock interviews and I am extremely grateful to Shah Faesal and Shahnawaz Ahmad who encouraged me by appreciating my performance there while he continued to attend some counseling classes,” Rafee added.
He further said that after completing his LLB in 2008, he was working as a Government Teacher in Govt. Higher Secondary School Kangan and found it challenging to manage time for KAS preparations. This time, he chose Anthropology and Kashmiri as his optional subjects and scored very well in both.
When asked why he left teaching profession he said “teaching is a good profession but the opportunity provided by Civil Services to serve common masses in different aspects was one of the main reasons and motivations behind the shift. Meanwhile His family and friends have been inspiring for him as he found support and tremendous love in them. When asked about his message to our young readers and aspirants who too might have ambitions like he had, Rafee says that one should dream big and have determination dedication to achieve the goal. He further said that there would be difficult times in one’s life but nothing is permanent and so the difficulty too has to pave way for betterment.
“Nothing can defeat you in this world save your own will,” he concluded.