T Shahid, madrasa-educated man from Kerala, clears UPSC exam, says he wanted to break terror stereotype

Battling severe financial crisis at home, T Shahid, who studied at a madrasa, has secured rank 693 in the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2017 in his sixth attempt.

FP Staff May 01, 2018 13:41:27 IST
T Shahid, madrasa-educated man from Kerala, clears UPSC exam, says he wanted to break terror stereotype

Battling severe financial crisis at home, 28-year-old T Shahid, who studied at a madrasa, has secured 693rd rank in the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2017. It was his sixth attempt.

The son of a madrasa teacher, Shahid was forced to opt for a madrasa education because of a dire financial situation at home.

News18 reported that Shahid wanted to break the stereotype of madrasas being a breeding ground for terrorism. He wanted to show that even madrasas can contribute civil servants.

Shahid, a native of Thiruvallur village in Kozhikode district, has also taught at a madrasa for two years. After 12 years of religious education, he got the religious hasni degree, a course which equipped him to become a madrasa teacher, The Indian Express reported. While studying for his hasni, he completed Class X and Class XII, and also got a degree in English — through distance courses.

T Shahid madrasaeducated man from Kerala clears UPSC exam says he wanted to break terror stereotype

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"From 2010 to 2012, I worked as a madrassa teacher in Kannur for Rs 6,000," Shahid was quoted as saying in the report.

Union Public Service Commission had released the final result of UPSC Civil Services Exam 2017 on 27 April.

A total of 990 candidates — 750 men and 240 women — have been recommended by the commission for appointment to various central government services, UPSC said in a statement. Of the candidates recommended for appointment, 476 are from the general category, 275 from OBC, 165 from Scheduled Caste and 74 from Scheduled Tribes category.

The civil services examination is conducted annually in three phases — preliminary, main and personality test or interview — to select officers for Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service and Indian Police Service, among other civil services.

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