The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Tuesday, has announced the civil services final results. A 23-year-old Nadia Beig, became the youngest candidate to crack UPSC CSE exams 2019 and scored 350th rank in her second attempt.
Nadia who hails from Kupwara district of Kashmir, moved to Delhi to pursue a graduate degree in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia after completing secondary school.
“I appeared for the exam in 2018 first. I had full preparation but was unable to crack even the preliminary. It was the first time that I was appearing for a national level entrance exam of such high competency. I was not confident despite devoting day and night to my studies. This year, I had worked on my weaknesses,” said Nadia to The Indian Express.
Speaking about her preparations, she said, “My preparation started on the first day of my college. I gathered information not only from books but also from many free resources available online. I was part of many groups on Telegram as well. Meeting people from different backgrounds at a university campus also helped in learning.”
During her personality test, the panel asked her questions ranging from Kashmir and the history behind its name, export of saffron which is cultivated widely in the Valley and the Shankaracharya temple.
Daughter of teacher parents, the 350th rank holder was part of the residential coaching classes for UPSC offered by the Ministry of Minority Affairs and run at the JMI campus.
Nadia believes that women should have the liberty to decide their future. “There is additional pressure on girls. Every human being has potential regardless of gender. Girls should be given the freedom to explore their potential and decide when they want to marry or which dreams they want to follow. No one should be made to feel lesser because of their gender.”
This year, 25 out of 46 candidates of Jamia Milia Islamia Academy have qualified the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2019. An official from the central university has also informed that five external candidates who appeared for Mock Interview training of the RCA Jamia Millia have also qualified the coveted exam.