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IAS exam No. 2 ranked Atahar Khan of J&K in love with Lakhnavi Kebabs

Six months stay in Lucknow at Indian Railways Institute of Management at Para has made him a great fan of the city in general and of course the yummy kebbabs. But that certainly has not played on Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district resident Atahar Akir Gul Shafi Khan’s mind in keeping UP cadre as an option.
Ever since the news of Khan getting second rank in civil the services examinations broke in, his phone hasn’t stopped ringing. The intelligence in him has not been proved once or twice but on many occasion. Khan has cleared all the competitive exams that he had appeared for. After doing his B Tech from IIT, Himanchal Pradesh, Khan cleared civil services exams in the same year. IMG-20160510-WA020But because of high rank of over 500, he chose to give it another try next time. In the meantime, he was selected in Indian Railway Services and carried on with his preparation while undergoing training at IRITM.
“The credit for my success goes to my grand father. He has been a great inspiration for me,” Khan said and added that his grand father Ghulam Ahmed Khan was not well educated and is into fruit farming business. Despite being less educated, he kept on motivating me to go for higher education, Khan told TosNews. Adding to it, his grandfather, despite being less educated, made it a routine to keep coming to school and talk to his teachers to know his progress.
Other members in his family include dadi Jaina Begum, Khan said and added his father Mohammed Shafi Khan is economics teacher Girls Higher Secondary School and his mother is a homemaker. Khan has three younger siblings — one brother and two sisters.
“No one from my family had ever been into civil services but ever since Shah Faisal stood first rank in Civil Services 2009, there has been race among youths including me to clear civil services,” Khan said and added youths are the assets of the nation and urged them to contribute in the society whole-heartedly so that the country can tread the path of progress.
On priority state for his appointment, Atahar said that no wonder since he is from Jammu and Kashmir, he would always prefer to serve people in his home state. However, he said that there was lot to do in various other parts of the country. After which, his preferred cadre state also includes Uttar Pradesh, Khan said.