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Saturday, July 11, 2009 03:15:35 PM, Aleem Faizee

Dr. Bibi Fatema, First Lady MPSC of Malegaon has joined Malegaon General Hospital as Medical Officer. (

Bibi Fatema alias Bushra Ansari was aware of the fact that after MBBS once she completes DCH, the post graduation course for children, the tag of First Lady Pediatrician of Malegaon would remain to her credit for ever. But a person of great talent and courage, she had an even bigger plan. It was the coveted civil services she was eying for. Hence while doing DCH she decided to appear for the MPSC exams, the civil services tests for Maharashtra cadres. Owing to the euphoria that normally surrounds these exams however she was so uncertain of clearing in her first attempt that she did not even take any care to open the envelope containing the MPSC results the postman had dropped in her house. The envelop remained lying as it is for weeks when suddenly she received a phone call.


Bushra! Congratulations! You have done it! The caller was almost bellowing into the phone. It was her friend who was disclosing Bibi Fatema’s MPSC results to her. After receiving the tag of being the First Lady Pediatrician of Malegaon, Dr. Bibi Fatema was now the First Lady MPSC of the town. Rest all is the story even more fascinating than this.


Bibi Fatema’s desire since childhood to become a doctor was perhaps influenced by her father who was also a doctor. However it was the talent she had in plenty when combined with the hard work that found her on the right track. That she attained her primary education from a corporation school was not of any problem to her. Once she was at Swes High School, one among the top notch schools in Malegaon there was absolutely no looking back. And when the SSC board announced its results in 1997 she was on top in the list of girls in Nashik Division and at the 6th position in all Maharashtra merit list. To make her results even sweeter, she had topped the state in General Science and Marathi/Persian grabbing a gold medal each as subject topper. Moreover her results guaranteed her the first position in the list of the students who were selected for the National Merit Scholarship in 1997.


Two years down the line, Bibi Fatema repeated her success when results of the HSC exams were declared in 1999. Besides scoring a scintillating 87% aggregate marks, she grabbed one more gold medal, this time scoring the highest marks in the Arabic language. Though her HSC result was more than enough to guarantee her a seat in any medical college, she needed to clear the Common Entrance Test (CET), introduced first time in Maharashtra, to get the admission. Had it not been for the goof up by the examiners, she would have repeated the wining spree once again.


“Since it was the first time a CET exam was conducted in Maharashtra, the examiners at the Nashik center were not fully ready of the situation. Hence in the exams where every single minute counts we were given the Physics question paper twenty minutes later than the scheduled time”, Bibi Fatema recalls before adding with a smile, “And when the results were out, I was one mark short of what the topper in the state had scored.”


The stage was now set for her to complete MBBS. After completing MBBS from Pravra Education Society’s medical college near Ahmednagar, she took the admission at JJ Medical College in Mumbai to finish DCH. It was during this period that she decided to give MPSC exams a chance.


“Dr. AD Rathod, the Head of the Department of JJ Pediatric Section used to encourage everyone of us to opt for civil services. Somewhere in my mind was also hidden the strong desire of my maternal grandfather who wanted someone in his family in the civil services”, Bibi Fatema says, “Dr. Rathod’s persistent appeals and my Nana’s desire, it did not take me a long to decide for the MPSC exams.”


Having decided so easily was not actually easily done. But it is what Bibi Fatema is known for. While doing DCH, she simultaneously prepared herself for the MPSC and finally appeared in the exams. “I had the night shift before the day I was supposed to appear for the MPSC exams. Yet I managed to coolly finish off my papers.”


Though quite satisfied with her performance, she was not confident of actually passing the exams. “It was because of the accounts of those who had appeared for the tests in the past. Therefore I was not even willing to open the envelope that contained my result till it was disclosed to me by my friends”, she says.


The First Lady Pediatrician and First Lady MPSC of Malegaon, Dr. Bibi Fatema has now been  appointed as Medical Officer at Malegaon General Hospital that was recently been inaugurated by UPA Chairperson and Congress President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi.  


“I would have opted for an even bigger town or a metro. But I chose Malegaon because I want to work for the deprived and poor people of my town”, asserts Dr. Bibi Fatema with the same gist and determination with which she has reached to this position.





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