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Shah Faesal (IAS) Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Hometown: Kupwara, J&K
Age: 35 Years
Education: MBBS

Shah Faesal

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Profession(s)Former Civil Servant (IAS), Doctor (Physician)
Famous ForBeing the first Kashmiri Muslim to top the UPSC Examination
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in feet inches- 5’ 8”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 70 kg
in pounds- 154 lbs
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
Civil Service
ServiceIndian Administrative Service (IAS)
Batch2009
CadreKashmir
Personal Life
Date of Birth17 May 1983
Age (as in 2018)35 Years
BirthplaceVillage Sheikh Nar in Sogam area, Lolab Valley, Kupwara, J&K, India
Zodiac sign/Sun signTaurus
NationalityIndian
HometownKupwara, J&K, India
SchoolGovernment High School, Sogam, Kupwara (Urdu Medium)
College/UniversitySher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science (SKIMS), Srinagar, J&K
Educational QualificationMBBS from SKIMS Medical College, J&K
ReligionIslam
Caste/SectSunni
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
Political InclinationNational Conference
HobbiesDoing Group Discussion, Listening to Music, Travelling, Reading, Writing
Controversies• In April 2018, he drew the ire of the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) after his Tweet- “Population+patriarchy+illiteracy +alcohol +porn+ technology+anarchy = rapistan." His Tweet came in the context of the Kathua Rape Case.
Shah Faesal's Rapistan Tweet
• He attracted another controversy when he compared Article 35-A of the Constitution to a marriage deed between India and Jammu and Kashmir, “I would compare Article 35A to a marriage-deed/nikahnama. You repeal it and the relationship is over. Nothing will remain to be discussed afterwards."
• In 2018, he was also criticized for being on a long holiday to study at Harvard Kennedy School, Massachusetts, USA.
• On 9 January 2019, he attracted a controversy after his resignation as an IAS Officer to join politics.
Relationships & More
Marital StatusNot Known
Affairs/GirlfriendsNot Known
Family
Wife/SpouseNot Known
ParentsFather- Ghulam Rasool Shah (a government school teacher; killed by militants in 2002)
Mother- Mubeena Shah (a government school teacher)
Shah Faesal With His Family
SiblingsBrother- Shah Nawaz (younger; Doctor)
Sister- Talat Shah (younger; Library Assistant)
Favourite Things
Favourite Civil ServantAbdul Gani Mir; a 1994 Batch IPS Officer
Favourite Politician(s)Arvind Kejriwal, Imran Khan, Omar Abdullah
Favourite FilmLa La Land (2016)
Favourite Leader(s) Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru
Favourite Singer(s)Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Richa Sharma, Maha Ali Kazmi
Favourite Music GenreSufi
Favourite History TeacherMoshik Temkin
Favourite Poet(s)Dr Iqbal, Oscar Wilde
Favourite Book(s)Imagining India by Nandan Nilekani, Glimpses of World History by Jawaharlal Nehru
Money Factor
SalaryNot Known
Net Worth Not Known

Shah Faesal

Some Lesser Known Facts About Shah Faesal

  • Shah Faesal has been an Indian Civil Servant from Jammu & Kashmir who is best known as the first Kashmiri Muslim to top the UPSC Examination in 2009.

    Manmohan Singh Congratulating Shah Faesal After His Success in The UPSC Examination

    Manmohan Singh Congratulating Shah Faesal After His Success in The UPSC Examination

  • Dr. Shah Faesal belongs to Sheikh Nar Village, a remote village in Kupwara district of J&K.
  • He grew up watching the bloodshed in Kashmir, which also took his father’s life who was killed by some unidentified militants in 2002; at that time, Shah Faesal was just 9-year-old.
  • In an interview, Shah Faesal’s mother said that her husband was killed because he refused shelter to militants.
  • He did his schooling in the vernacular language, i.e., Urdu, from a government school in Kupwara.
  • It was his father who taught him English and Mathematics in his school.
  • His family moved from Kupwara to Srinagar; after his father’s killing.
  • After his schooling, Shah Faesal went for his MBBS from Srinagar’s Sher-i-Kashmir Medical College.

    Sher-i-Kashmir Medical College Where Shah Faesal Did His MBBS

    Sher-i-Kashmir Medical College Where Shah Faesal Did His MBBS

  • After completing his MBBS, Dr. Shah Faesal became an RTI activist in Srinagar, and soon, he became a popular RTI activist in the area.
  • It was during his RTI activism that he had realised to serve the country at a larger scale and decided to prepare for the Civil Services.
  • During an interview, Dr. Faesal revealed that he was inspired by Abdul Gani Mir, a 1994 Batch IPS Officer from Kupwara. Dr. Shah Faesal has been in touch with him since 2007.

    Abdul Gani Mir IPS Officer

    Abdul Gani Mir IPS Officer

  • Dr. Faesal was so confident of his success that he had decided to give just one attempt to the UPSC Examination, and that too, only after preparing in just one month; without the aid of any coaching centre.
  • He also decided not to go to Delhi for his UPSC preparation; rather, he decided to prepare for the examination by staying in Srinagar.
    Shah Faesal
  • When Shah Faesal had emerged as the topper of the UPSC Examination; held in 2009, he became the poster boy of UPSC in Kashmir.

    Shah Faesal UPSC Marks

    Shah Faesal UPSC Marks

  • After becoming a UPSC Topper, Dr. Faesal became a role model to the UPSC aspirants across India. He also started delivering motivational lectures to the UPSC aspirants.

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  • He was also the Deputy Commissioner at Bandipora District of Kashmir Valley.
  • On 9 January 2019, the 35-year-old Shah Faesal resigned from the Indian Administrative Service, on his Facebook account he posted that his decision was-

    “to protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir, and lack of any sincere reach out from the Union government.”

    Shah Faesal's Facebook Post on His Resignation

    Shah Faesal’s Facebook Post on His Resignation

  • Dr Faesal went on to launch a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre, saying-

    “subversion of public institutions like the Reserve Bank of India, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the National Investigation Agency has the potential to decimate the constitutional edifice of this country and it needs to be stopped.”

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