Primary school teacher, Seerat Fatima cracks UPSC exam

Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh): A Primary school teacher and daughter of an accountant, Seerat Fatima is one among UPSC achievers in 2017 exam whose result was declared on Friday.

Seerat’s father Abdul Gani Siddiqui being an accountant in a government office was hurt by the way bureaucrats treated their subordinates, and it is when he decided that his eldest daughter would become an IAS officer. “All power resides only with officers, I used to think. This is why I wanted Seerat to become an IAS officer”, Siddiqui said to local media as per a report by Ummid News.

Despite less salary even to run the household properly, Siddiqui made sure that he gets his daughter study at St. Mary’s Convent School in Ghoorpur, which is around some 15 km from Allahabad.

After completing her graduation and B.ed from Allahabad Central University, Seerat joined a school. “I started working as a teacher because it was becoming difficult day by day to sustain on my father’s salary”, she says.

Seerat on her return from school every day would prepare till late in the night for Civil Services examination. Meanwhile, Seerat started becoming discouraged and almost decided to quit. “It was during this distressing period I watched Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Manjhi. The film rejuvenated me and the result is in front of you all”, she says.

Seerat Fatima has cracked the 2017 UPSC Civil Services exam in her 4th attempt, with a rank of 810th from the list of 990 candidates. However, she now wants to better her rank and plans to reappear in the examination.