Qualifying Kashmir Administrative Service exam is about hard work – Rameez Rashid

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Rameez Rashid secured the 3rd position in Kashmir Administration Service, but his passion for Police Services made him opt for it. Rashid is the second generation Police Officer as his father is already serving as a Senior Superintendent Service in J&K police. From the study table to a police academy, Rashid shares his journey with Hill Post.

Rameez Rashid

Q: To whom and to what do you give the credit for your achievement?

First and foremost thanks to Allah and his Prophet Muhammad (SAW) for this blessing. Among the people the credit for this achievement mostly goes to my late grandfather who always encouraged me to do something good in life and to my parents. Nothing would have been possible without their support and guidance.. Not to forget, my siblings -sister and two younger brothers- who always encouraged me.

Q: How should one assess oneself before deciding to go for civil services as a career?

If you have the will to go for it, you must not give it a second thought. Proper career counseling can give a person’s dream and will a proper direction.

Q: When should one ideally start the preparation?

Graduation is the best time to make a start. I personally did so. And then, dedicated six months’ of hard work before the exam.

Q: The first step is the most difficult; how to prepare? Which optional? When to read? How much to read? From where you got the right advice?

Single minded devotion matters, others things hardly bother you if you are prepared to take up the challenge. Guidance and careful analysis of the whole scheme will make things clear. What to chose, how much to read etc is finally your own call.

Q: What were your optional subjects and why did you select these?

My optional for the prelim was Zoology and for mains it was Kashmiri Literature and Anthropology. Change in the optional at mains had a game plan behind it. Kashmiri, especially, was a choice by heart for it gave an inner good feeling reading your own mother tongue literature. My decision to take up Kashmiri was opposed by many given my almost negligible experience with the subject. But I stood determined and didn’t let anything obstruct my way and proved myself right by becoming the first qualifier among top 5 rankers with Kashmiri as an optional.

Q: Does the place of preparation matter?

Environment does have an impact on the preparations and one should always prepare where one feels comfortable. Home seems to be the best place for some, while others prefer to prepare away from home. It’s completely one’s own mood and choice that should prevail. For me, it was a mixture of both.

Q: Is strategy more important than hard work?

Strategy plays an important role. Though ‘hard work’ can’t be ignored, i must say that it was ‘smart work’. By smart work I mean, working hard but not as hard as one would without a proper goal, and proper moves. Work well with dedication -that’s what constitutes ‘smart work’.

The strategy was to read as much as possible because KAS is an exam where you can’t risk to leave any portion untouched. As my dream was to qualify in the first go with a good rank, so i hardly left anything where i would have to repent if the case was so. Crafty selective reading after you’ve read almost everything needed, also helps to fetch a good rank.

Q: How many hours one should devote to crack this exam?

It’s not actually the quantity, rather the quality that matters. During the mains i would devote much time for the preparations, but before the exams it would be just 5 or 6 dedicated hours a study.

Q: Any particular books and reading material that you like to share with our readers?

NCERT texts and Spectrum Series got general studies; for Anthropolgy books by Nadeem Hasnain, Physical Anthropology by B M Das, General Anthropology by Amber and Amber, Anthropology by Indrani Basu Rai, Indian Society by S C Dubey, Anthropological Thought by Upadey and Pandey, NCERT Textbook of Sociology for XI and XII, Brain Tree Study material; and for Kashmiri I read the books prescribed by the PSC in the syllabus, plus some Kashmiri literary books like ‘Kasher Adbuk Tawareekh’ by Shafi Shouq, Research Journal ‘Anhaar’ by Kashmiri Dept Kashmir University, “Kashir Encyclopedia 4”, “Kashir Zabaan Te Adab” by Cultural Academy, “Kashiruk Grammar” By Shafi Shouq, “Kashmiri, English, Hindi Reader” by Shafi Shouq, Special “Sheraz” Editions by Cultural Academy etc.

Q: How did you cope up with the pressure both family and friends?

Faith in God and oneself is the factor that overcomes all kinds of pressure. Daily prayers and remembrance of God gave me the inner strength and courage to withstand evrything. Moral boosting and the ‘you can’ & ‘you will’ kind of encouraging words by parents, siblings and dear ones played a great part.

Q: Had you not been selected?

Did give this question a thought even though I was optimistic right from day one. It’s in my blood to ‘be positive’ as B+ happens to be my blood group as well. And, towards the end, if at all anything was like that, bouncing back and hard at that in the next attempt would have been the alternative.

Q: Any suggestion you want to give to future aspirants?

Set a goal, work for it with dedication and make it your aim by choice. Don’t be cowed into others choice. Work hard and let not anything distract you. Read whatever is helpful for the exam, be open to guidance from specialists, give your best and then leave it to God.

Having got here, I have decided to devote some of my time for other aspirants and guide them as much as possible. They can contact me anytime and I would only be to happy to help them.

Zahid Maqbool is a freelance journalist based in Srinagar.

88 Comments

  • manzoor bhat says:

    I want full information about kas examination

  • Masarat says:

    Salaam this is fara presently i m pursuing pg from sociology please give me some guidance about kas.

  • sofi says:

    Sir Could u please write to me at my email [email protected], the strategy to write the answers which fetchs good marks.

  • Murtaza manhas says:

    Sir Could u please write to me at my email [email protected] the strategy to write the answers which fetchs good marks.

  • Snober Malik says:

    A/A can plz write back on my email [email protected] I m an employee wt best strategy I should adopt to qualify KAS, as I have limited time at my disposal.Thank You

  • umar lone says:

    Shall i crack kas in physics

  • Pallavi anand says:

    I am doing B.A final year…with subjects psychology and economics…is psycholoy a good choice for KAS or should i go for some other subject..?

  • yasar sharief says:

    Sir I hve completed my bsc with zoology shoud I go with zoo?? Can I take other subject like sociology ???

  • Aseesdeep kour says:

    sir i am thinking of kas bt dont knw anything about it.. i actually need guidance how to prepare for it and what kind of work a kas officer does.. plz rply to me in mail

    • Mohammed Arif says:

      u should start with ncert books
      history 6th to 12TH
      geography 6- 12
      political science 6–12
      sociology 11—-12
      economics 9 11 and 12TH
      revise two times n make important notes.

  • jamid Gull says:

    I NEED UR HELP SIR
    MY PASSION IS PHYSICS AND I WANT TO CRACK THROUGH PHYSICS . REST U KNOW……

  • Mir Aaqib says:

    thank u sir for inspiration

  • suhail wani says:

    i am a student of class 10
    till today i have studied nothing but now on i want to study, can i crack the KAS exams
    if YES then

    which stream i should take in class 11
    and what i have to study from now for cracking kas exams

  • TARUN JOLLY says:

    Sir i m doing ba final my subjects political science Math Computer application and english sir what subject i will choose in preli. Exams and in main exams plzzz. Sir reply i will b very grace ful to u sir

  • ashfaq hussain says:

    Sir plz provide me all information about kas

  • Syed ibran rufaie says:

    Asalamu alikum… Sir i am the student of bsc 2nd year and i want to crack this exam but i dont know anything redarding this exam… Kindly help me

  • Faisal Sidiqui says:

    Sir I m bcom I want to know what subjects I can choose for kas I will be very thankful to u

  • Mehraj Bhat says:

    I have done graduation and now I want to crack KAS.Its my childhood dream but I need guidence. If you are serious then reply me..!
    Thank you

  • Abdul Rouf Naik says:

    A/A sir i am studying BA LLB second year from A.M.U Aligarh and now i want to need some guidelines for this exam so i request to u plz tell me some important tips for sucession my mession,?

  • Raashid says:

    sir i want to crack Kas exam .i dont know anything about it .please tell me what subjects to take in 11th and how to prepare plz

  • Mohmmmad Ali Khan says:

    Sir Could u please write to me at my email [email protected], the strategy to write the answers which fetchs good marks

  • zubair says:

    asalamu alikum first of all congratulations sir.,,, sir i have completed B A in pol science… Sir i need som help how to choose subjects in pre and mains… I m working hard but i m an employee, so i didn’t have much time … Sir plz guide me my email adress is…[email protected]

  • pawan jamwal says:

    congrats. sirr

  • radhika thakur says:

    Hi,i m radhika thakur and i did BSc with botany and zoology as one of my subject…..i just wana to kno can i choose these two subjects as optinal for both prelims(zoology) and main exam…….i also wana to kno how much time should i devote to study for cracking Kas exam……becoz currently i m pursuing MSc in botany as well…

  • Sarfaraz Ahmad says:

    Asalamualykum sir…. I am a b tech student not completed yet want to start preparing for KAS sir plz suggest me elementary books for preparation

  • noreen says:

    Aslaam alkium sir ,
    i am noreen i want to clear k.a.s exam could you please give me proper guidance for it…..i am doing b.a part 2 ,my sub are pol.science ,philosophy and EDUCATion pls suggest me …..u can also email me at [email protected]….pls sir i need guidance tc

  • Mosin Rasool says:

    A/A sir i am doing ba 1st year with subjects History Pol science urdu and i want to crak the kas exam sir plz suggest me the subjects and books

  • Sameer ahmad says:

    A.a sir my only dream is to qualify kas exam. Plz.give me gd.suggestion

  • AAQIB BHAT says:

    Sir,i have done BCA from kashmir university i am intrested in qualifying KAS,so please i want some guidence from you and also suggest me the subjects that i have to choose.

  • Tahira says:

    Salam….
    Hello sir,I’m Tahira. I want qualify K.A.S exam. But I don’t no anything about it, could u plz give me proper guidance for it!!!!!! I’m doing B.A 3year, my sub is Edu, urdu, Eng,sociology…plzzzzz suggest me the subject as well as books..
    Email address is [email protected].
    Thanks

  • saqib gull says:

    i am a medical student and i am doing B.sc .presently iam in Frist year .iwant to crack the KAS.i want to choose zoology as my optional subject.so sir please give some suggestions for my study plan..

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