Dr Ruveda Salam, First IPS Officer from Kashmir – Inspiring Lady

A native of the Kupwara district, Dr Ruveda Salam made history when she became the first woman from the Kashmir Valley to qualify in the Union Public Service Commission examination in 2013.

She did her MBBS from the Government Medical College in Srinagar. Currently, she serves as an Assistant Commissioner of Police in Chennai. She passed the UPSC exam again this year. With an improved rank, she has fulfilled her dream of being an IAS officer.
She in her interview has said that when she was growing up in Kashmir her father often used to advise her to for becoming an IAS officer. It is from that day that the idea of becoming an IAS officer has stuck her mind. This kept on inspiring her and then she decided to move ahead with this aim.

She cleared UPSC exam in her very first attempt. She was selected to the Indian Police Service cadre. Then she had gone for training to Hyderabad. Talking about her training, she said it was very straining. Physically it was very hard. After finishing her training, she was posted in Tamil Nadu as an Assistant Commissioner of Police in Chennai.
Before applying for UPSC, she got into medical college. Even at that time, she used to read a lot. She even cleared the Kashmir State Administration Service exam which is not as tough as the IAS.

She didn’t do masters in medicine. Instead of that, she had started preparing for the UPSC.

Dr Ruveda Salam, First IPS Officer from Kashmir

Now she had been working in Chennai as an ACP for eight months. As an ACP, she goes night rounds thrice a week. Her day used to start at 7 am. She had to report her seniors. After that, she used to gather reports from juniors. Then they had to go for traffic monitoring.
There also used to be regular weekly and monthly meetings.

As she was a lady officer she used to receive more petitions from women. Even though the starting time of day was at 7 a.m but no one could say when it would end. Sometimes it would end at 10 pm or sometimes at midnight.

She also had to undergo training and pass departmental exams too. When the G-20 Nations meet, there is also a Youth-20 summit. Five young people from each country are chosen to attend and present papers. She was chosen and she attended the summit in Sydney last year.She mentioned in her interview that being a young ACP is a challenging role. It carries a lot of responsibility. She was lucky to be in a state where people respect the police. She liked being in Tamil Nadu.

Whenever she used to get time, she used to give motivational speeches to the youth, particularly to girls. She encourages the young girls in Jammu and Kashmir to appear for the IAS exams. She had conducted a workshop for girls in Hyderabad. The girls who attended said they wanted to join the IPS, but were apprehensive about whether their parents will support them.
She sharing her part of life which she lived in Kashmir said that’When she was a child, tourism was booming in Jammu and Kashmir. Everything was okay. That changed in 1989. In the nineties, the situation was very bad. Since 2000, it has improved. But anything can happen at any time. The Internet breaks down. Civil services are affected and the information is hard to get when this happens.

In the last 5 to 6 months, it looks like it (the situation) is going out of control. It should not happen. Kashmiriyat is important. They should not lose our Sufi tradition. The return of the Kashmiri Pandits is very important.

Dr Ruveda Salam, First IPS Officer from Kashmir

The last two years she has not been living in Kashmir because of her training, but she knows what is happening in Kashmir because my family lives there. Nowadays when strike calls are given by disruptive elements, the impact is less. People carry on with their day to day routine.

In Jammu and Kashmir, development will lead to peace. Peace and development go together. We should look to the future. Living outside has helped me understand the situation better. Last year we lost a lot to the floods that wreaked havoc in the state.

The state has not become urbanised yet. She loves the culture and the food. The environment is good because the air is fresh to breathe. Everything is green and there are so many trees. The weather is good, but it does get very cold in the winter.

In her free time, she read a lot. She even writes poems and like Robert Frost and William Wordsworth. She jogs to keep fit. She also likes to explore new restaurants and speak to locals about their culture. On becoming IPS, she has been bestowed with the fitness habit.
Having served in Tamil Nadu for the past 8 months, she had realised my job is about serving humanity. It does not matter which state you are posted in.
She likes Chennai because it is culturally very diverse. Operas are still held here which she had attended. Music festivals are held here with pomp and show. National Geographic says it is the second best place in the world for food.

There is a lot of difference in the weather between Kashmir and Chennai. In Kashmir, it is spring with temperatures of 17 degrees. Chennai is plus 30 degrees. At the beginning for the first few months, I found it very difficult as it was hot and humid.

Talking about her personal dream, she said she wants stability in her life. She wants a balance between career and her family. She also wants to do social work.
Being a Kashmiri she has experienced that as they venture outside their state, some people think they are anti-Indian. Others feel that we cannot compete, we can change that by proving our mettle.

She had seen that people received Kashmiri with affection all over the country. It all depends on how you relate to them.
It was in her second attempt that she had achieved her ultimate aim of becoming an IAS officer.

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  1. irshad ahnad wani says:

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  2. Ar. Aateesh Kumar says:

    You are really a hero of our nation. I have also just started for the preparation for become an IPS Officer and you are such a great motivation to me. Thank you so much for inspiring me and providing me good motivation towards humanity, serving our country and growing up with our country.

  3. Mahendra khandekar says:

    My daughter want to become An IPS officer but she don’t know about how to prepare for this exam because she is now in STD sixth so I kindly request to you please guide my daughter.

  4. Hariom Raj says:

    i want tell you mam please…

  5. SHIV DEV SINGH says:

    Very much inspiring ….

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