The first woman IAS officer from Kashmir valley Ruveda Salam is a doctor, who has cleared UPSC twice

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Being a Kashmiri when you venture outside your state, some people feel we are anti-India. We can change that perception with our attitude. Others feel that we cannot compete, we can change that by proving our mettle. As a Kashmiri girl it is more difficult as people think we don’t venture out. With the right attitude this can also be overcome.

With an utmost positive spirit and a mindset to serve humanity, Dr. Ruveda Salam came out from the remote Farkin village in the border district of Kupwara to have cracked the prestigious IAS examination back in 2013. With this, she wrote history by becoming the first Muslim woman IAS officer from the Kashmir valley. Ruveda’s hard work and perseverance, let her fulfilled a goal that she and her father dreamt together.

When I was growing up in Kashmir, my father often used to say that I should become an IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer. That’s when I first thought of becoming one. It inspired me and I decided to go ahead and aim for it.

Ruveda Salam got her MBBS degree from the Government Medical College in Srinagar, before qualifying UPSC in 2013. She had also cleared the Kashmir State Administrative Service exam. Ruveda Salam made the valley proud by clearing the UPSC exam twice. She was trained in Hyderabad and has been posted in Chennai as an ACP for the past few months.

I have also given motivational speeches to the youth, particularly girls. I encourage them to appear for the IAS exams in Jammu and Kashmir. When girls see me in uniform they look at me with admiration. I had conducted a workshop for girls in Hyderabad. The girls who attended said they wanted to join the IPS, but were apprehensive about whether their parents will support them.

Now, as she has cleared UPSC exam once again with an improved rank, this lady from the beautiful valley of Kashmir has fulfilled her long cherished dream of becoming an IAS and has set an exemplary inspiration for many others to follow.


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