Ansar Ahmed Sheikh became India’s youngest IAS officer by clearing the UPSC examination on the first attempt. By doing so, he has shown that even tough situations can be overcome with perseverance and dedication
Due to the lack of conditions, Ansar’s family struggled to meet the ends but he did not give up on his dreams. In 2016, he broke all the previous records by clearing one of the toughest exam with great success.
While Ansar is the son of an auto-rickshaw driver Yonus Sheikh Ahmad, his mother works in fields and the family lives in a rented home at Shelgaon village in Jalna dictrict in Maharashtra’s Marathwada region.
Belonging to an extremely poor family, Ansar worked extremely hard from his childhood in order to earn the bread and butter for his family. His family worked so hard to earn enough money for a day to feed themselves properly.
Education wasn’t a priority in Ansar’s family and they wanted him to quit his education due to lack of circumstances and start working. However, he always remained a bright student.
In spite of all the difficulties in his life, Ansar secured an All India Rank of 361 in his examination at the age of 21.
Before setting a record for being India’s youngest IAS officer, Ansar Sheikh had scored 91% in his X board examinations. In his graduation, he scored 73% and pursued Political Science degree from Fergusson College, Pune.
When he decided to take coaching for the UPSC examinations, Ansar’s family, though being poor, carried out all his expenses. But with his results, he showed how his hard work and dedication made him stand out of the crowd.