Zainab Sayeed who works as an editor in Telegraph newspaper cleared Civil Services prelims and mains exam and appeared for the final interview round. Zainab appeared for interview in which she acquired 220 marks out of 275 in total, scoring 80 percent in total. Having ranked 107 in UPSC, she was declared the topper in interview round.
She is lately been in news due to her great achievement and also due to among few peoples to qualify UPSC exam from east India. West Bengal is not considered much popular when UPSC exams are considered. Not many candidates qualify from this state in this prestigious though toughest exam comparing to any other states in India.
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Zainab, the girl from North Kolkata has yet proved that Kolkata is a city of excellence. She hailed from Chitpur in North Kolkata and appeared for the exam in 2012 and 2013 but failed to clear the preliminary round. Without losing her hope to become a civil service officer, she appeared again for the exam third time this year. She topped the interview round which is considered to be the toughest round and proved that nothing can be impossible if you have the target fixed.
Zainab graduated from St. Xavier’s College and completed her post graduation from Jamia Milia Islamia University, Delhi. She also took coaching classes from ZFI (Zaikat Foundation of India) which is a non-government organization. According to Zainab Sayeed, the success in any examination is the combination of brilliance and hard work. She told the local news channel that she used to spend 6 to 7 hours daily excluding the coaching classes for her studies. She expressed her interest to become an Indian Administrative Officer (IAS), her first preference and then Indian Revenue Service (IRS), which will be her second preference.
About her interview
She said that her interview lasted for 25 minutes during which questions on various current affairs were asked. She was also inquired about European Union disintegration and FDI and she was confident while answering the interview questions. She was also asked questions from literature portion and lastly about her hobbies.
Ms. Zainab belongs to a section, which is considered as minority in India but this doesn’t make her feel low. Her aim to serve the nation served as the ultimate inspiration and the reason behind her ultimate success. She has now become inspiration to thousands of UPSC aspirants.