|Shah Faesal at Hyderabad|
|Indian Administrative Service|
2010 – Till Date
17 May 1983 |
Lolab Valley, J&K, India
|Residence||Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, India|
|Alma mater||SKIMS Medical College|
Shah Faesal (born 17 May 1983) is an Indian civil servant from the State of Jammu and Kashmir. In 2009 he became the first Kashmiri to top the Indian Civil Services Examination and the first candidate from Kashmir in several years to be selected to the Indian Administrative Service through open merit. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also congratulated him on his phenomenal success. He is a popular figure among Indian youth and is said to be a youth icon due to his active presence at public platform.
Childhood and education
Shah Faesal was born in remote village Sogam, of Lolab Valley in Kupwara district of North Kashmir, to Ghulam Rasool Shah, a government school teacher who was killed by militants and Mubeena Shah who is also a government school teacher.
He is greatly influenced by his father and considers him as his role model. A trained physician, Shah Faesal had to take his pre-medical examinations in 2002 only days after his father was killed by "unidentified militants". After his father passed away, his mother became his pillar of strength. He was always a topper during his school days and he was also a topper at university level while pursuing his MBBS at SKIMS Medical College. He gives credit of his success to his father who use to teach him personally. His success story is often referred to as a fairy tale and is considered larger than life because it was like achieving the impossible for him.Before the selection in IAS he used to write articles for newspaper s on governance and other diverse issues.
After successfully completing his training at LBSNAA, With his wish to serve in people of Kashmir, he was alloted to Jammu and Kashmir Cadre and is presently serving in Pulwama District of Kashmir Valley as under secretary (Assistant Commissioner, Revenue).
He is often credited with having started a new trend of Kashmiri youth vying for space in the local and the National bureaucracy. After his selection in 2010, many candidates from the State have made it to Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Foreign Service and the trend is picking up. His image as a Youth Icon all over India and Kashmir in particular has further grown in last two years with his unabated presence in the public space and his attempts to guide and engage with Kashmiri youth. He has earlier written middles for Kashmir-based English dailies but his command over the philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal has particularly fetched him intellectual recognition across the Country and many of his inspirational speeches are available on YouTube.