(Success Story) UPSC Topper 2015 - Sheema Qasba (AIR-209)
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
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
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