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Record number of Muslims selected for UPSC

By Abdul Rashid Agwan

The UPSC 2014 civil services results have been declared. Top four positions went to women and a record 37 Muslim candidates cracked the exam.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced on 4 July the results of its civil services exam which was held on 24 August last year and it is for the first that within four days of the completion of the process of interviews the final list of future civil servants of the 2014 batch has been cleared.

Ira Singhal who topped the list is a physically challenged person but she succeeded under general category. She is presently working as an IRS officer and her success will be a kind of promotion to a higher rank.

A total of 9.4 lakh aspirants had applied for the 2014 examination, only half of them, 4.5 lakh, appeared in the preliminary. Nearly 17,000 candidates qualified for the interviews whereas 3,038 of the interviewed candidates were recommended for personality test and finally 1,236 fortunate ones got through the selection of the most sought after bureaucratic positions in the country.

According to Jamia Journal, 19 trainees of "Residential Coaching Academy (RCA) run by the Centre for Coaching and Career Planning (CC&CP), Jamia Millia Islamia, have been finally selected." Out of these candidates, 14 are non-Muslims by faith. Zakat Foundation said that of the  37 Muslims who cleared UPSC, 15 were sponsored by it.

It should be noted that for last few years the number of Muslim candidates getting through the UPSC civil services exam is slowly  increasing though their overall ratio remains almost the same -- just around 3 percent of all selections. In 2009, 21 Muslims got through the IAS and Allied exams which gradually went up to 34 last year and now this figure has further risen to 37.

Out  of the total Muslims selected, 5 are women including the topper of the community B. Fouzia Tarannum who ranked 31st in the overall list.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 July 2015 on page no. 13

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