JAMMU: At least seven candidates from the Jammu region are confirmed to have made it to the latest batch of All India Civil Services while Kashmir Valley has been drawn completely blank.
It is the first time in the recent memory that no one from the Kashmir Valley has been able to crack the Civil Services Exam, results of which were declared by the Union Public Service Commission this morning.
As many as 685 candidates have qualified for the prestigious examination. Among those from Jammu and Kashmir, all seven are from the Jammu division. No candidate, till the filing of this report, is confirmed from Kashmir Valley. We will update this story when there is any confirmation.
Those selected from the Jammu region include Partha Gupta, Asrar Ahmad Kichloo, Namneet Singh, Shivani Jerengal, Mohammad Shabir, and Anjeet Singh. Asrar is from Kishtwar while Shabir is from Poonch. None of those selected from the Jammu region has figured in the first 100.
Of the total successful candidates, 244 are from the general category, 73 from Economically Weaker Sections, 203 from Other Backward Classes, 105 from Scheduled Caste, and 60 from the Scheduled Tribes, the Commission said.
The civil services examination is conducted annually by the UPSC in three stages preliminary, main, and interview to select officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and the Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.