//Madrasa student wins Indian civil service exam

Madrasa student wins Indian civil service exam

At a time when eyebrows are being raised on the kind of education being imparted in madrasas across the country, a maulana from the Darul-Uloom-Deoband in Uttar Pradesh has passed the country’s most elite examination, the Civil Services exam, in his fourth attempt. Moreover, for his interview, the maulana took training from the RSS-run institute Samkalp at Paharganj in New Delhi.
Maulana Waseem-ur-Rehman, 31, is the first madrasa product who has cleared the civil services exams in the country. Brother of a truck driver, Rehman comes from a poor family in Siddharth Nagar, Basti, UP. He stood 404th among the 734 successful candidates. Rehman, who took history and Persian as hisoptional subjects, wrote his answer paper in Urdu.
Speaking to TOI, Rehman said that he worked hard for four years to crack the exam. “In my three earlier attempts, I failed in the prelim exams. This time, it being my last chance, I worked harder and made it a point to pass the exams. By the grace of Allah I am among the successful candidates,’’ he said.
Rehman completed his five-year school education from a madrasa, Ahyaul Uloom, before joining the Darul-Uloom-Deoband, the most reputed Islamic institution in the country. He completed the three-year course in Islamic studies, Hadith (sayings of the Prophet), the Quran and Shariat laws from Deoband. “Our Deoband certificate is equivalent to graduation and on the basis of that I took admission in the Bachelor in Unani Medicine and Surgery course in Aligarh. Meanwhile, I realised that students from madrasas hardly think about joining the civil services and becoming part of the system. So I discussed this with my friends and teachers and started collecing books,’’ he said.
Maulana Waseem-ur-Rehman, who cleared the Civil Service Examination in fourth attempt, is the first madrasa product to pass the country’s most elite exam.

After completing his BUMS, he took admission in Master of Surgery, MD, and also passed this. Initially, he even did not know that there was a proper syllabus for this exam. “I had to collect the books and notes from several places and would study at night and early in the morning since during the day time I would attend my college for MD course,’’ Rehman said. While his eldest brother does odd jobs, the second is a truck driver and the youngest is doing his MA in Islamic Studies at Aligarh.
Was studying for the Civil Service Exam difficult, since he came from a different academic background? “Yes, but madrasa education has given me the power to think and I have a good knowledge of philosophy as it was explained properly in the madrasa. I worked hard and the rest was in the hands of Allah,’’ said Rehman. Those on the interview panel for the exam asked Rehman to explain why the ratio of males to females is more equal for Muslims than for other communities. “I answered everything in the light of Islam and they were convinced by my replies,’’ he added.

Talking about his experience at the RSS run Samkalp, Rehman said, “It was a great time. They even informed me that I was selected for the coaching class and called me up regularly until I joined them. I did not feel any biased attitude over there. They are doing a good job,’’ he said. Of 825 IAS aspirants trained by Samkalp, 295 have passed the exam this year.

Mateen Hafeez | TNN