Dr. Ruveda Salam hails from a small district of Kupwara and has successfully cleared the UPSC exam twice. That’s true! Once, she was recruited under IPS, and the next time, she bagged a rank for IAS.
She proudly became the first woman to successfully clear the IPS exam in 2013 from the then state of Jammu & Kashmir (Now declared a Union Territory by the Government of India).
Biography of Dr. Ruveda Salam
Dr. Ruveda is an MBBS graduate from Srinagar. She completed her graduation from the government medical college, Srinagar. After that, she did not seek further specialization in medicine. Instead, she ventured into preparing for the Civil Services Exam. She cleared the Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) exam before taking the UPSC exam.
She credits most of her success to her parents, especially her father. According to her, her father was the biggest motivational factor in her life amidst the not-so-healthy conditions prevailing in Jammu & Kashmir for a very long time. He motivated her to dream big of becoming an IAS officer right from her childhood days only.
It is truly inspiring to know that she cleared the exam on her first attempt. All this when in her state, there is violence and mob clashes every other day. After her recruitment to the IPS cadre, she flew to Hyderabad for further induction and training purposes. Later, she served as the Assistant Commissioner of Police in the Tamil Nadu state in Chennai.
According to her, the IPS tenure was very exhaustive, physically challenging, and tough and made for a very challenging career for her. Though she made it to the top cadre in the first civil service exam attempt, she always aimed for more. Hence, she took the exam and cleared successfully in a much higher ranking. So, she jumped to the IAS cadre.
Ruveda Salam’s tenure as an IPS officer
For eight months, she served as an IPS officer in Chennai. As part of her service as ACP, she performed night patrolling activity for almost three rounds per week. She begins her tasks early in the day, as early as 7 AM, by reporting to her senior police officials, gathering reports and miscellaneous records from her junior subordinates, and handling high-level meetings and traffic surveillance.
Everything a man does of her calibre and ranking, she performs with the same ease and earnestness. A top performer and tedious lady at work, she was approached by many women seeking help and support for their problems.
She was very proactive in guiding them and supporting them morally in her way. She handled women’s issues with a lot of sensitivity and extra care. As part of the Youth 20 summits held at the G-20 Nations meeting, she got the fabulous opportunity to present a paper in Sydney.
IAS Preparation Strategy by Ruveda Salam
Dr. Ruveda strongly believes that candidates shouldn’t be misguided by the myth that certain subjects in the IAS exam are scoring, whereas others are non-scoring. Every subject has its own beauty and standing, so none of them should be treated differently.
According to her, General Studies is one such paper that has been given more importance in recent years. So, that section needs to be given more importance. One good habit that should be taught to all children, irrespective of their educational backgrounds, is newspaper reading.
The best time to begin preparation for the IAS exam is for a student enrolling himself for graduation. Patience, perseverance and, most importantly, love and dedication for the subject will certainly take candidates to the top scores.
Apart from school studies, a candidate should also look into business news materials, editorials, chronicles, journals, and international news reports and keep himself updated with the latest trends in science and technology to stay ahead of the rest in competition.
She took up Public Administration and Sociology as her optional subjects. Apart from General Studies preparation, she spent 5 to 6 hours on the subjects in a day. A basic understanding of every subject the candidate chooses for preparation is essential.
Coaching centers are unnecessary for a student who believes in himself and his practice. But rigorous training in subjects chosen for the exam, in-depth understanding, internet searching for core concepts, and newspaper mining for every small detail are quintessential parts of preparation.
Recommended Book List
- NCERT Books
- Lakshmikanth’s Indian Polity
- Bipin Chandra’s Modern India
- Pratiyogita Darpan
- Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong
- Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – RS Aggarwal
Dr. Ruveda Salam’s Contribution to Women’s Empowerment
She has motivated many girls from her state to take up their careers seriously and live independently. She has guided many of them to take up training and coaching for IAS exam.
During her Hyderabad training, she conducted many workshops for women to encourage them and bring them in the right direction to build a prosperous career in the civil services.
Talking of her journey, she stresses balancing personal priorities and career calls. In her opinion, her personal and work lives need a good balance.
She talks about the need and privilege of women to become independent decision-makers and encourages them to step out of their comfort zones to achieve something in life. She is a tough taskmaster and explains that women need to venture out into the world to see and experience their lives in totality.
Latest Update: Dr. Ruveda works as Deputy Commissioner of the Income-tax department in Jammu.