After years of rigorous preparation, lakhs of candidates from all over the country appear for the exam every year. But only few of them are selected from the final exam. Only a strategy of hard work, direction and determination can help UPSC candidates crack the exam. Ansar Shaikh created history in 2016 by becoming the youngest IAS at the age of 21. In UPSC 2016 he secured All India Rank 361 in his first attempt.
Ansar Sheikh’s father Yonas Sheikh Ahmed worked as an autorickshaw driver in Marathwada, Maharashtra. His mother used to work in the fields. Ansar Shaikh was brought up in a family that faced many hardships. His younger brother dropped out of school in the seventh grade and worked in a garage to support the family and helped Ansar prepare for the UPSC exam. Ansar Sheikh’s childhood was a struggle. But despite all these challenges Ansar worked hard to achieve his goal.
Ansar Shaikh graduated in Political Science from Fergusson College, Pune. He faced discrimination while in PG. He had to change his name due to lack of accommodation. ‘I had said my name was Shubham, which was actually my friend’s name. Now I don’t need to hide my real name’, Ansar had said in an interview.
Ansar never deviated from his goal despite many hardships. Instead of following in his father’s footsteps, Ansar chose a different path and created history. Ansar Sheikh is currently posted in West Bengal.