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IAS Ansar Shaikh and his Journey to Success

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Ansar Shaikh, the son of an autorickshaw driver cleared the IAS in his first attempt in the year 2016. He is from Jalna’s Shedgon Village in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra. However, as the youngest IAS officer of India, he broke all the previous records by clearing the toughest exam at the age of 21. He even broke the record of Roman Saini who was 22 when he became an IAS officer. Moreover, he did so with a score of All-India Rank of 361.

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Ansar Shaikh: Youngest IAS Officer

Family Background of Ansar Shaikh

His father is an auto-rickshaw driver. His brother Annes dropped out of school in class 7. He did so to support his family financially and so his brother could prepare for the IAS exam. Moreover, Anees worked in a garage of his uncle. His father married four times due to which the family faced the problem of scarcity of grocery. Even Ansar’s two sisters were married off at a young age.

The love life of Ansar Sheikh

Ansar Sheikh is currently serving as an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) at the department of MSME and Textiles, Government of West Bengal. He is now married to Waiza Ansari. He can be seen as quite active in his Instagram account. Even his account is a verified one. He has 237K followers and keeps on motivating young aspirants.

Ansar Shaikh’s father wanted him to drop his studies

After relatives of Ansar Shaikh suggested his father to stop him from studying, he agreed and talked about the same to his teacher. After knowing about the capabilities of Ansar Shaikh his teacher suggested not to do so. He assured that he will grow up and do good for his family. After talking to the professor his father never asked him to stop his studies.

His brother paid his fee

Ansar Shaikh completed his 12th from the Marathi medium with a 91% score. After his 12th he got a chance in the college of Fergusson College in Pune. The problem started here as Shaikh did not have the money to pay the fee. In that situation, his brother helped, and from his salary he gave Rs. 6000 every month. When he entered college, he had a set of slippers and two sets of the clothes. Ansar Shaikh was scared of English because of his education as well as the society he belonged to. But he never gave up. He secured 73 percent in his graduation.

A college professor of Ansar Shaikh suggested him to prepare for UPSC

Ansar Shaikh’s college professor during his first year suggested he prepare for UPSC. He completed his graduation and UPSC preparation at the same time. Moreover, he still faced the problem of paying the fee of coaching. He talked to the coaching head about his economic situation. The head supported him and omitted half of his fee. He credits his success to the efforts of Rahul Pandve, his 30-year-old teacher at Unique Academy who incidentally cracked the UPSC along with Mr. Shaikh, securing an AIR of 200.

Time devoted by Ansar Shaikh

Ansar Shaikh worked hard for 12 hours every day for three years to achieve his dream. Shaikh concentrated on his optional subject preparation which was political science. In the second six months, he focused on the general studies papers. He kept himself updated on current affairs. In the next three months, he completed his revision. Then he finished the remaining portions of the UPSC mains papers. In the next 9 months, Ansar Shaikh prepared for prelims. For the next hundred days, he worked for his mains paper. He then prepared for his UPSC personality test in 40 days. For the mains exam, Shaikh put in 14 – 15 hours daily.

Ansar Shaikh Facts

IAS posting: West Bengal cadre
Date of birth: June 1, 1995
The medium of Mains and Interview: Marathi
Native place: Jalna, Maharashtra
Optional Subject: Political Science
Ansar Shaikh salary – Now the basic pay of entry-level IAS officers is Rs. 56,100.

UPSC civil service exam is one of the toughest exams in the country. Lakhs of people take the exam and only a few qualify. Determined and zealously diligent candidates achieve success despite all odds stacked against them.


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