DIG cheers as proteges crack civil services exam

Srinagar: A year after one of his proteges topped the civil services examination, IPS officer Abdul Gani Mir has reason to cheer this time also with two of his students making it to the prestigious career.

Syed Abid Rashid Shah and Abid Hussain Sadiq are among the six aspirants from Jammu and Kashmir who have cracked the All India Civil Services Examination-2010, the results of which were declared yesterday.

Shah and Sadiq were trained at Initiative for Competition Promotion in JK, a non-profit making coaching centre started by Mir two years ago to provide conducive atmosphere to students preparing for civil services examination.

"We wanted to contribute to the society, so we started this initiative," Mir, a 1994-batch IPS officer who is now posted as central Kashmir DIG, said.

Shah Faesal, who was a student of the academy, had topped the civil services examination in 2009.

"We contribute from our own pockets. We provide free lodging and coaching to the students," Mir said.

Mir said eight IAS and KAS officers impart training to the aspiring candidates but now those who have made it to the civil services exam since last year are also part of the initiative.

At present 25 aspirants are undergoing coaching for the state-level and national-level exams.

A total of 920 candidates, including 203 women, have been selected for the Civil Services this year, which attracts the largest number of candidates from different states.

Chennai-based law graduate S Divyadharshini topped the prestigious examination. The second position was also secured by a woman, Sweta Mohanty, a computer engineer, while R V Varun Kumar, a dentist from Chennai, got the third rank.