Kashmir woman first cleared MBBS, then IPS and has cleared UPSC again Today

May 10: In 2013, Dr. Ruveda Salam from the remote Farkin village in the border district of Kupwara, made history by becoming the first woman from Kashmir to crack the UPSC exams.

Living in the Kashmir valley poses its own set of challenges. Political disturbances, strikes, curfews, and local stone pelting incidents are many and frequent.

Twenty-seven-year old Ruveda Salam had to face these issues on a day-to-day basis.

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Despite lack of professional coaching classes, limited access to newspapers and study material, Ruveda worked hard and successfully cleared the UPSC exams, not once but thrice.

It was Ruveda’s father who inspired her, giving her the confidence to work towards becoming an IAS officer.  Her mother helped by fending off all suggestions of an early marriage, letting Ruveda focus on building the life she wished for herself.

Ruveda began her career in 2009, after getting her medical degree from the Government Medical College in Srinagar. While still an intern, she applied for the J&K Public Service Commission examination. There were 398 posts advertised and Ruveda, with her state rank of 25, secured one of them. She quit medicine and joined the state civil services, working there for two years.

In 2013, she took the UPSC exams and cracked them to become the first woman from the Kashmir valley to do so. Her initial posting was in the Indian Police Services. She trained in Hyderabad and on completion of the training served as the Assistant Commissioner of Police in Chennai. But this wasn’t the real success she sought. She still had to fulfil her childhood dream of becoming an IAS officer. So, again in 2015, she cleared the UPSC exam for the second time and due to bad luck she was not on the IAS list.

She did not stop there and again appeared for the UPSC exam 2015 hoping for the IAS rank and even cleared that too. But had bagged 764 in over all ranking which means she will again not be given an IAS rank this year.

She has given motivational speeches on many platforms, where she discusses matters such as IPS training, her love for her work, and preparation for the Civil Services examinations.

She wishes to see more girls from Kashmir scale new heights, and encourages them to come forward to appear for these exams.

3 thoughts on “Kashmir woman first cleared MBBS, then IPS and has cleared UPSC again Today

  • June 14, 2016 at 11:48 am
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    Her father was from Farkian village, not her. Do little more research and find out where she studied. She has not qualified in open merit or General category for the MBBS or the UPSC but in the reserved category. I am not against reservation but she is second generation beneficiary of this facility. Her father retired at a very senior position (due to his reserved status) in the Prasar Bharti Corporation. In fact, people like her are the reason why the real benefits of reservation have not trickled down to the intended lot. The existing pattern of reservations has only created a new elite section who can ignore to work hard and yet get selected for coveted posts. Otherwise, try and explain why this woman has not been able to improve her rank beyond the 700s in the UPSC examination even after qualifying three times!

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  • March 14, 2017 at 2:51 pm
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    whatever she got is becoz of reservation, point to be noted is if she was studying medicine how she ended in civil services, she would have continued her research… it’s reflects nothing than stupidy/failure, most of engineering and medical students fail in their subjects and end up in civil services. well we challenge you all anti kashmiris come in mathematical and physical sciences and show your potential…….world waits scientific research in such branches from valley

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