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Dr. Shah Faesal IAS Topper from Kashmir – A Role Model for Youth


Dr. Shah Faesal, a MBBS Doctor, the first Kashmiri who had topped the Union Public Service Commission’s Civil Services Examination and the first candidate from Kashmir in several years to be selected to the Indian Administrative Service through open merit. Faesal has become very popular among Indian youth, a new role model and an icon for Kashmiri youth.

Faesal says, “Real glamour should be associated with people who have done something for the country. They deserve all the attention. But in India we are more fascinated by the brightness of the picture than by the brightness of the character.”

Family Background

Shah Faesal was born in a remote village Sogam, of Lolab Valley in Kupwara district of North Kashmir. His father Ghulam Rasool Shah, a government school teacher who was killed by militants and his mother Mubeena Shah who is also a government school teacher.

His home town is well known for the scenic beauty, Lolab Valley is famous for having been the birthplace of the great Islamic theologian.

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Marks Obtained

 Total Marks  Marks Obtained
Total (Written)  2000  1136
 Interview  300  225
 Total  2300  1361  (59.17%)


Dr. Shah Faesal completed his graduation from Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science, Srinagar. He was a Doctor by profession before clearing Civil Services Examination.

People call Faesal a career chameleon, as he kept looking for new challenges, and believe in himself, if there would have been a more difficult exam in India he would have appeared for that as well. But, when he started preparing for IAS, there was the motive of serving the country in his mind.

Optional Paper

Shah Faesal first went for Public Administration and Geography but later on he changed and opted for Public Admistration and Urdu Language as his optional paper.

He chooses Urdu as his optional paper because the intention was to dispel the myth about Urdu being a downtrodden and a neglected language. He wanted to prove that Urdu too can fetch you laurels.

Faesal Said, “if you are well prepared, success can be achieved with any subject combination”.

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Faesal Shah cleared this prestigious exam in his very first attempt at the age of 27 year and topped the UPSC Examination in the year 2009.

Faesal says, Gandhiji had said the best way to determine the success of your actions is to think about the impact of that action on the poorest man in the country. If you will make plans and rules keeping that in mind, you will never go wrong.

Suggestions for Aspirants by Shah Faesal

  • Civil Services is not the end of the World.
  • Do not read for the examination read for the knowledge. And when you gain knowledge , any paper becomes easy to handle.
  • Be confident with the treasure of knowledge you are having within yourself.
  • Read as much as possible and complete the syllabus prescribed.
  • Read regularly newspaper and be updated with the current affairs and the happenings.
  • Expect the best but, be ready for the worst.

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Articles are written and edited by the Syskool Staffs.


  1. Dr Shah faesal is vary creative person… I salute him.
    But I think dr Shah faesal father had not died by militant… He is killed by terrorist because he didn’t give stay in his house. When I saw the video of dr Shah faesal he said…

  2. I love the suggestion given by mr faesal for the aspirant . realy inspired story.and sir plz other tell me. Thanks you

  3. Nice to have kashmiri boy topping civil services…. I am great fan of faesal sir……hats off to u sir……love my kashmir u are proud of my kashmir

  4. I m a great fan of Fasel sir……hope I meet him by face ….and shake hand with him….he is an inspiration for all of us …j and k students……

  5. I m a bds graduate
    Not working curently
    I m planning to crack ias in my mind
    Being a beginner
    Can u suggest me sum tips n materials too

  6. Dr shah faisal is not only the role model for kashmiri people but for the whole world.I am great fan of Dr shah Faisal…..and I wants to meet him .

  7. Facilitating teaching community of Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipora for their transfer to Srinagar in a selective manner. This is all being done by him to appease a former minister and motive behind such move will expose their designs. Faisal is a biased man and is unnecessarily creating a wedge between teachers and the administration. His IAS too is controversial for obvious reasons.

  8. assalamu alaikum Faesal bhai its to good to see u as ias officer hatts off to u
    one day i will meet u surely
    to gather info about upsc
    my contact no:-9953039348
    i will be very thankfull if u can spent ur bit of time with me
    allah hafiz

  9. I am inspired by Dr.Shah fasel.I want to become as an IAS officer like me as Dr. Fasel.

  10. I know this sir in my 10 th class when he cracked his civils exam I saw a photo of him in a newspaper, I am very much fascinated on his success…

    I am very big fan of him, may this sir, come to my state as an IAS..

  11. Assalamu aliakum to Faisal SIR.I am so desirous to qualify the UPSC exam. but i require the precautions through which i could go for prepration.I requet u sir confer me shortly.

  12. i shall like to meet him ( Dr. Faisel sir) to get motivation about IAS. Sir will you like to give me some portion of your life in the form of time?? I am from poonch and persuing civil engineering at Ganderbal.

  13. dr shah faisal is a good hardworks he really inspire his name and kaahmir…..i slute about the sucess of Dr. shah faisal

  14. I want to know smthing about d preparation frm u…I wnt to hear ur inspirational word…sir may Allah bless u in every step

  15. I like u sir i have a zeal that I will meet are the star of kashmir and I hope that with you consent our kashmir will become a great treasure in whole world…

  16. First of all Salute you sir for your success.
    I really inspired,,…
    Am the bsc student after I decide planning to crack ias in my mind.i want met you face to face.inshallah
    May allah bless your journey

  17. congratulations sir
    sir you are very talented and hard working person . I salute you .
    I really inspired by your suggestions .

  18. hatts off to uu sir u .. thnks sir ua golden suggestions & inspiring me more about #upsc #IAS

  19. thanks sir for inspiration …..plz tell some important books for this exam. I am also doing PG in Pub.Ad from IGNOU ,want to appear in UPSC exam .

  20. Dr.shah-faesal sir mujko ajj v yad h jab aap are pm of India manmohn sir dono hand milany ko bhara rahy ho.WO paper k cat ajj v pass rakh hu.are logo ko apky bry btata you are really hero sir.Jo app kiye na sir WO my dream t sir.but nhi ho paya .Jo apky father k sat hua Wo mery sat v hua sir.ghar ko sambhlty sambhlty upsc s umr nikal gya mera sir.but apko dekh ker hi khush ho jta hu

  21. I m ur fan sir
    My aim is also to qualify IAS, presently i m studying in 10th
    You showed the people the real kashmir

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