It is described as one of the toughest competitive exams in India. Last year, out of around 500,000 candidates who took the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam for federal government bureaucrats, only 990 made the final cut - a rate of one out of 500.
The release of these exam results last month brought some cheer to Muslims in India, traditionally under-represented in government jobs, especially at the top level.
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