Imran Shah started his schooling in 2 No Dhai Ali Prathamik Vidyalaya (No. 2 Dhai Ali Primary School). In 1943 he joined Sivsagar Government School. After completing schooling in 1952, joined Cotton College, Guwahati for ISC course. In 1958, he completed his B.A. from Sibsagar College. Later he completed his M.A. from Gauhati University in Assamese language.
Imran Shah started his professional career as a temporary teacher at Kunwarpur High School, Sivasagar and after ompleted his ISC he joined Sivasagar High Madrassa School. After completed his B.A. he joined as a temporarily lecturer in Gargaon College, Sivasagar. He left this temporary job to complete his M.A. from Gauhati University. Again in 1962 after completing his M.A., he came back to the same Gargaon College to join the staff as a lecturer. In 1993 he joined as a lecturer in Assamese in Sibsagar College, from which he retired as Head of the Department, Assamese in 1993. After retirement, Imran Shah established Arunudoi College in Dhai Ali, a junior college near his home and served as its principal. His wife died on 12 February 1981. He has two daughters, Ema and Dima.
Imran Shah started writing from his school days. His first poems book Banvashi was published when he was in school. When he was in the X standard, his first novel "Sangeetor Hkhipare" published. He wrote poetry in Ramdhenu under the pen name Ishan Dutta. His first short story, "Aparicheeta" was published in 1958, in Natun Asomiya and edited by Kirtinath Hazarika. Ishan Dutta, Anamika Baruah, Kumbhakarna, Animesh Baruah are the pen names of this noted short story writer. Based on his novel "Rajanigandha", a film Rasmirekha was released in 1973, produced by Prafulla Baruah.
Some of his well-known works include Ishan Duttar Nirbachita Kabita, Nihsanga Dhusar, Dhou Bhagi Dhou, Bandi Bihangame Kande, Piyamukhchanda, Ityadi, Pora Matir Malita, Hiyar Phulanir Phul, Jonakar Chabi, Krantirekha, Kabi Police, Jabanbandi, etc. He also edited Bosoror Galpa – an anthology of selected.
His novel Jabanbandi was broadcast as a radio-recitation by All India Radio Statiom, Dibrugarh. Imran Shah has been chosen for the Assam Valley Literary Award for the year 2009 for his literary excellence. The award was formally presented to Shah on March 27, 2010, at a function at Guwahati. He was also awarded with Ajan Peer Award for the year 2008 by Assam Government.
Imran Shah was elected as the new president of Asom Sahitya Sabha, the State's apex literary body, for the session 2013-2015. He will be the president of Asom Sahitya Sabha at Barpeta Road.
Various Published works by Imran Shah
1) Banavashi (Book of Poems)
2) Sangeetor Hkhipaare (Novel)
4) Kranti Rekha (Novel)
5) Bondho Duwar (Novel)
6) Kreetodasor hahi (Translated novel)
7) Jabanbandi (Novel)
8) Mur Phulanir Phool (Prose collection)
9) Asomiya Sangskritiloi Musalmanor Avadaan (Lecture)
10) Dhou Bhangi Dhou
11) Nisanga Dhusar (Book of Poems)
13) Ishan Duttar Nirbachito Kavita (Book of Poems)
14) Shikhar Minoti
15) Sagarikaa Novel)
16) Barnali (Novel)
17) Kavi Pulish (Novel)
18) Banjyotshna (Novel)
19) Tansen (Novel)
20) Tathapi Sagar (Novel)
21) Inkilaab (Translated Novel)
22) Junakor Chobi (Translated Novel)
23) Bosoror Galpa (1962, 1963, 1964) (Editor)
24) Kalantoror Kothokotha (Editor)
25) Vishwa Bandhu (Biography)
26) Bandi Bihonggome Kaande
29) Piyamukh Chanda
30) Poora Maatir Malita
32) Imran Shahor Nirbachito Galpa