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UPSC Civil Services 2018 Topper Junaid Ahmad had ranked 352 in 2017

Junaid Ahmad had started preparing for Civil Services in 2013

Saturday April 6, 2019 0:45 AM, Zohair M Safwan, ummid.com

Junaid Ahmad IAS Interview

[Junaid Ahmad IAS (first in second row in black shirt) with Nooh Siddiqui (next to him), Salman Patel and others in a file photo. (Nooh Siddiqui/Facebook)]

UPSC Civil Services 2018 Result: Junaid Ahmad, who ranked 3rd in the UPSC Civil Services 2018 exam result of which was declared today, had secured 352nd position in the UPSC Civil Services 2017 exam. He was recommended for a posting under Indian Revenue Services (IRS).

However, he wanted to become an IAS. Hence he decided to give the Civil Services exam one more chance to improve his rank. For, to become an IAS a candidate should be among top 100.

While appearing for the UPSC Civil Services 2018 exam Junaid Ahmad, son of a lawyer from Nageena town in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh, was sure to improve his rank and secure a place among top 100. But, he had never thought he will be among the top 03.

"I appeared for the 2018 Civil Services exam to improve my rank so that I could become an officer of IAS rank - my dream. I tried my best to achieve a rank needed for the cadre. But, 3rd rank... Its certainly a pleasant surprise", Junaid Ahmad said after the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) announced the UPSC CSE 2018 result.

Junaid Ahmad had started preparing for Civil Services in 2013. He had studied at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Jamia Millia Islamia and also at Haj House Civil Services Coaching Center in Mumbai.

"All these institutions have played great role in my success", he said.

Regarding the UPSc Civil Services exams, Junaid says they are tough. But, they need preparation with utmost determination and concentration.

"The main thing for the UPSC Civil Services exams is that you learn a lot of things during preparation itself. Then there are exams. The exams are tough but if you are determined there is no reason to fail", he said.

Junaid Ahmad comes from a town of Uttar Pradesh which lacks in basic facilities and has only 02 schools, both government owned. He himself was not a very good scoring student. But, after graduation he decided to try for civil services and got success in 2008 in his 4th attempt.

"For UPSC Civil Services exams it doesn't matter which school you have studied in. What you need to crack the civil services exams is hard work. If you are hard working and committed, nobody can stop you from getting success in the exam", he said.

The 2019 Civil Services exam was Junaid's 5th attempt when he improved his rank from 352 in 2017 to 3rd rank in 2018.

"UPSC 2018!!! Many Congratulations to Junaid Ahmad for All India 3rd Rank!!! Congratulations to Gauhar Hasan 137,Zaib Zakir 225 And All other Our friends!! We have seen You tiring day and night, You Deserved this!! Jamia rocked Again!!", his colleague Nooh Siddiqui (IRS) who had cracked the 2017 Civil Services exam wrote on Facebook.

Along with Junaid, a total of 27 Muslims have found their names in the list of 759 candidates declared passed by the UPSC. KANISHAK KATARIA (Roll No. 1133664) has topped the Civil Services Examination, 2018 whereas AKSHAT JAIN (Roll No. 1104407) came 2nd.

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