New Delhi: A record number of 50 Muslims have cracked UPSC civil services exam this year. It makes around 4.6 percent of the total candidates who have cracked it overall. The ratio of the Muslim success pales compared to their total population in the country, but still higher than previous success of Muslim candidates in the same exam.
While Karnataka girl Nandini K R, already an IRS officer, topped the exams, Anmol Sher Singh Bedi and G Ronanki bagged the second and third positions respectively. A total of 1099 candidates have been recommended for appointment.
Union Public Service Commission’s IAS exams are still the most important administrative exams in the country. IAS officers hold key and strategic positions in the Union Government, States governments and public-sector enterprises. Along with the Indian Police Service and Indian Forest Service, the IAS is one of the three All India Services — its cadre can be employed by both the Union Government and the individual States. Upon confirming to service after probation as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, an IAS officer is given administrative command of entire district administration in the district as District collector after four years of service. On attaining the upper levels of Super Time Scale to Apex Scale, they can go on to head whole departments and subsequently entire Ministries of Governments of India and its states.
Final results suggest that out of a total 1,099 candidates — 846 men and 253 women — were recommended by UPSC for IAS (180), IPS (150), IFS (45) and other Group A and B central services (834).
The highest rank holder among Muslims this year is Bilal Mohiud Din Bhat from Kashmir who got the tenth rank. A Facebook post by DNA national Bureau Chief Iftikhar Geelani says that as many as 14 Muslims from Jammu & Kashmir have successfully cracked IAS, the highest number from the state thus far.
Reports suggest that as many as nine Muslim candidates have made it to the top 100 ranks. Those in top 50 include: Muzammil Khan (22), Sheikh Tanveer Asif (25), Hamna Mariyam (28), Zaffar Iqbal (39) and Rizwanbasha Shaikh (48). Seventeen Muslims feature in the Top 500. The candidates performing well are expected to be assigned important portfolios, a couple of years down the line. Last year only 36 Muslims had cleared the exams, while in the year 2015 it was around 38.