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Shah Faesal (IAS) Biography, Age, Wife, Family & More

Know Politician Shah Faesal Height, Age, Wiki, Biography Family & more. Shah Faesal is an Indian Politician. She was born on 17 May 1983 in Kupwara.

Shah Faesal (IAS) Biography

Shah Faesal (IAS) Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Profession Former Civil Servant (IAS), Doctor, Politician
Famous For The first Kashmiri Muslim to top the UPSC Examination
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) in centimeters– 173 cm
in meters– 1.73 m
in feet inches– 5’ 8”
Weight (approx.) in kilograms– 70 kg
in pounds– 154 lbs
Eye Colour Dark Brown
Hair Colour Black
Civil Service
Service Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
Batch 2009
Cadre Kashmir
Personal Life
Date of Birth 17 May 1983
Age (as in 2018) 35 Years
Birthplace Village Sheikh Nar in Sogam area, Lolab Valley, Kupwara, J&K, India
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Taurus
Nationality Indian
Hometown Kupwara, J&K, India
School Government High School, Sogam, Kupwara
College/University Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science (SKIMS), Srinagar, J&K
Educational Qualification MBBS from SKIMS Medical College, J&K
Religion Islam
Caste/Sect Sunni
Food Habit Non-Vegetarian
Political Inclination National Conference
Hobbies Doing Group Discussion, Listening to Music, Travelling, Reading, Writing
Controversies • In April 2018, he drew the ire of the DoPT after his Tweet- “Population+patriarchy+illiteracy +alcohol +porn+ technology+anarchy = rapistan.” His Tweet came in the context of the Kathua Rape Case.

• He attracted another controversy when he compared Article 35-A of the Constitution to a marriage deed between India and Jammu and Kashmir, “I would compare Article 35A to a marriage-deed/nikahnama. You repeal it and the relationship is over. Nothing will remain to be discussed afterwards.”
• In 2018, he was also criticized for being on a long holiday.
• On 9 January 2019, he attracted a controversy after his resignation as an IAS Officer to join politics.

Relationships & More
Marital Status Not Known
Affairs/Girlfriends Not Known
Wife/Spouse Not Known
Parents Father– Ghulam Rasool Shah (a government school teacher; killed by militants in 2002)
Mother– Mubeena Shah (a government school teacher)
Siblings Brother– Shah Nawaz (younger; Doctor)
Sister– Talat Shah (younger; Library Assistant)
Favourite Things
Favourite Civil Servant Abdul Gani Mir; a 1994 Batch IPS Officer
Favourite Film La La Land (2016)
Favourite Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Favourite Singer(s) Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Richa Sharma, Maha Ali Kazmi
Favourite Music Genre Sufi
Favourite History Teacher Moshik Temkin
Favourite Poet(s) Dr Iqbal, Oscar Wilde
Favourite Book Imagining India by Nandan Nilekani
Money Factor
Salary Not Known
Net Worth Not Known

Some Lesser Known Facts About Shah Faesal

  • Shah Faesal has been an Indian Civil Servant from Jammu & Kashmir who is best known as the first Kashmiri Muslim to top the UPSC Examination in 2009.
  • Dr. Shah Faesal belongs to Sheikh Nar Village, a remote village in Kupwara district of J&K.
  • He grew up watching the bloodshed in Kashmir, which also took his father’s life who was killed by some unidentified militants in 2002; at that time, Shah Faesal was just 9-year-old.
  • In an interview, Shah Faesal’s mother said that her husband was killed because he refused shelter to militants.
  • He did his schooling in the vernacular language, i.e., Urdu, from a government school in Kupwara.
  • It was his father who taught him English and Mathematics in his school.
  • His family moved from Kupwara to Srinagar; after his father’s killing.
  • After his schooling, Shah Faesal went for his MBBS from Srinagar’s Sher-i-Kashmir Medical College.
  • After completing his MBBS, Dr. Shah Faesal became an RTI activist in Srinagar, and soon, he became a popular RTI activist in the area.
  • It was during his RTI activism that he had realised to serve the country at a larger scale and decided to prepare for the Civil Services.
  • During an interview, Dr. Faesal revealed that he was inspired by Abdul Gani Mir, a 1994 Batch IPS Officer from Kupwara. Dr. Shah Faesal has been in touch with him since 2007.
  • Dr. Faesal was so confident of his success that he had decided to give just one attempt to the UPSC Examination, and that too, only after preparing in just one month; without the aid of any coaching centre.
  • He also decided not to go to Delhi for his UPSC preparation; rather decided to prepare for the examination by staying in Srinagar.
  • When Shah Faesal had emerged as the topper of the UPSC Examination; held in 2009, he became the poster boy of UPSC in Kashmir.
  • After becoming a UPSC Topper, Dr. Faesal became a role model to the UPSC aspirants across India. He also started delivering motivational lectures to the UPSC aspirants.

  • On 9 January 2019, the 35-year-old Shah Faesal resigned from the Indian Administrative Service, he said that his decision was “to protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir, and lack of any sincere reach out from the Union government.”
  • Dr Faesal went on to launch a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre, saying the “subversion of public institutions like the Reserve Bank of India, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the National Investigation Agency has the potential to decimate the constitutional edifice of this country and it needs to be stopped.”
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