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Kashmir Girl Sheema Qasba Cracks UPSC, Dreams to Emulate Kiran Bedi

A lawyer with a leading private firm in Delhi for the last three years, Sheema is at the cusp of fulfilling what she set out to achieve - to be a police officer.

Mufti Islah | CNN-News18

Updated:May 15, 2016, 9:21 AM IST

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  • 10 candidates from Jammu and Kashmir cracked the Civil Service exams
  • Sheema Qasba secured 209th rank
  • Sheema is a lawyer with a leading private firm in Delhi

Srinagar: Union Public Service Commission-conducted Civil Services examination is considered to be the toughest to crack. Those who qualify are eligible for the elite All India Services and central services.

Every year just a few hundred out of lakhs of aspirants manage to clear the Civil Services exam. It takes several months, sometimes years to clear the exams.

But the toughest exams also bring out the best from the aspirants, many of whom struggle a lot, swim against the tide and overcome a lot of barriers to achieve their dreams.

One such story from the recently declared exams is of Sheema Qasba, who is among the 10 candidates from Jammu and Kashmir who have cracked the exams. A lawyer with a leading private firm in Delhi for the last three years, Sheema is at the cusp of fulfilling what she set out to achieve - to be a police officer.

My first attraction towards the civil services was the IPS from a very young age. I chose it as my top preferences. I will be more happy to serve in that capacity, the 27-year-old Sheema said.

Ranked 209th in the Civil Services results, if luck favours her, Sheema would get to take a shot at IPS.

As a child, she was inspired by India's first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi and over the last many years she nurtured the ambition. It was a tough drill managing a job and preparing for the top exams. Even as she prepared for the exam, she worked on law-related projects as well.

Supporting Sheema's endevours throughout this journey is her father Dr GN Qasba, a former city municipal commissioner, whose efforts to fight an epidemic-like situation during 2014 Kashmir floods were exemplary.

Ever since the results, celebrations have Benn going on in full swing at the Qasba residence.

"I felt very happy and greatful to Allah. She has been all through a hardworking daughter and very sincere in studies. I am happy that she has done well," said GN Qasba.

When it comes to success stories of young Kashmiri women, they are just a few. But as and when they happen, they set a benchmark and such aspirational shifts among the valley youngsters becomes an inspiration for several others too.

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