Athar Amir Khan, an IAS Officer, Entrepreneur, and writer is from Devipora, Mattan, Anantnag, Jammu & Kashmir, India. He is popularly known as the husband of the famous IAS Officer, Tina Dabi. Currently, he is posted as an IAS at Rajasthan cadre. Athar has been a brilliant student from his school days. Despite having local issues, terrorism, he never lost his interest and focus in his studies.
In 2007, he was awarded the ‘Best Young Scientist’ award when he participated in the National Children’s Science Congress. After doing his schooling, he appeared in many engineering entrance examinations, and cleared almost all of them, and got settled with IIT – Mandi. When he was doing his IIT, he came to know about Shah Faesal getting All India Rank – 1 in the UPSC Civil Services Examination, which motivated him to go for an IAS exam. Also, by reading Humanities subjects in B.Tech, he developed an interest in the IAS.
In 2014, he had cleared a railway exam and was offered a job in the Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS). Instead of accepting the offer, he joined the IAS training. He took Geography as his main subject for IAS. In 2016, he cracked the Civil Services Examination (UPSC 2015) with 2nd rank (1st was Tina Dabi), in his very first attempt, and secured 1018 marks out of 2025 (50.27%). He is the 2nd Kashmiri to top an IAS exam, after Shah Faesal who topped the IAS exam in 2009. For IAS aspirants, he recommends the book ‘Concrete Economics: The Hamilton Approach to Economic Growth and Policy’ by Stephen S. Cohen and J. Bradford DeLong. While undergoing their training at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy for Administration, they took a trip to Netherlands, Paris, and Rome. He had opted for Jammu & Kashmir cadre as his 1st preference as he wanted to work for the underdeveloped state. But, the vacancies in the underdeveloped cadre were already allocated, after which he got the Rajasthan cadre which was his 2nd preference.
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