“The world’s greatest achievers have been those who have always stayed focussed on their goals and have been consistent in their efforts.”

Anjum Bashir Khattak, a 24-year old youth from Jammu and Kashmir’s Surankote cracked the Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) exams in his first attempt open merit list and for him, it means a lot because he had to sacrifice many things to achieve his dream. The young boy had to face the wrath of insurgency. His house was set on fire by terrorist and his father was asked to give his one son for militancy.

Surankot, the village he belongs to was back in 90s a militancy hub. Large number of youth from the area joined militancy in 90s and crossed over to Pakistan to get arms training.

“In 1990s, Surankote had been in the grip of peak insurgency, and in 1998, my ancestral house was torched by terrorists at Mohra Bachai (in Poonch district’s Surankote),” Khattak told HT.
But Anjum had a dream that he harboured since his school days. He wanted to become a KAS officer, but topping the exam has come as a cherry on the cake.

After completing his engineering course in computer sciences from Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) in Rajouri in 2012, Anjum started preparing for civil services. He did not go to any coaching centre and did all the preparations on his own.

“One must be consistent and should study topics. I never studied after 11 in the night.”

Anjum attributed his success to his parents who are both in academics. His father Mohammad Bashir Khan being a retired lecturer and his mother Ghulam Fatima a government teacher helped Anjum a lot to pass the difficult exam.

The Poonch boy, who teaches math in a local government school, said while completing his degree at BGSBU, he developed an interest in current affairs, politics and public administration. He did not go for Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams because he is the only child of his parents and wants to be their support.

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