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By Nikhat Fatima

The results of the  Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission Food and Sanitation Inspectors (UPPSC FSI) were declared on September 25, 2018, which listed that 127 candidates had cleared the exams. Among the 127 candidates selected are four Muslims, with Ahmad Nadeem securing the highest rank among them, at 32!
Nadeem, a 28-year-old from Darbhanga, Bihar, completed his B Tech (Biotechnology) from NIMS University in Jaipur, following which, he was working in the same city. His father is a private employee in Darbhanga and mother, a teacher in a government school. While the recent results have, of course, left Nadeem overjoyed, he does not wish to stop and instead wants to appear for the IAS exams which he had already attempted before, but could not clear.
He is keen to join civil services as he feels that though Bihar has manpower with skilled people, yet the State is still underdeveloped. Speaking to Twocircles.net, Nadeem said: ‘As an IAS officer, I want to be the change agent and will try to implement government policies as per need, empower and educate people for their rights, I find that only the government can change the situation of Bihar. I will try to become the connecting link between the grass root society and higher bureaucracy.’
Nadeem wrote the UPPSC exam in 2015 in Lucknow which had objective questions of general knowledge and those pertaining to Food and nutrition. The results were declared in 2018 and he was called to attend the oral interview in Allahabad in August in which he qualified. For the UPPSC, he revealed that he did not go for any coaching classes, but studied for 10 hours consistently every day. He also looked up at the IAS Forum, YouTube and other sites on the internet for helpful hints and tips.
Success for Nadeem has come after a lot of attempts he says. He failed to clear over 25 competitive examinations, sometimes at a preliminary stage, sometimes at mains and sometimes during the interview. However, he kept going because he knew his potential and had strong faith in the Almighty.
His advice to other aspirants: “Don’t stick to a rigid routine. Instead of studying unproductively for 15 to 16 hours daily, it is wise to study consistently for 10 hours a day. Don’t be too rigid or too flexible with your schedule, instead try to modify it as and when needed by studying previous years’ question papers and so on.” Although he has not gone to any coaching centre, he says, aspirants appearing for the first time can join a coaching academy, but success depends on your zeal and hard work.
Nadeem is waiting for his placement to join his posting in the food and sanitation department. He plans to prepare for the civil services along with his job. He is confident he can manage both.