More Muslims in India making it through elite bureaucrat exam

Of the 51 successful Muslim candidates this year, 26 came from a programme run by the Zakat Foundation of India.
Of the 51 successful Muslim candidates this year, 26 came from a programme run by the Zakat Foundation of India. PHOTO: AFP

For the first time, they make up over 5% of successful candidates

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 15, 2018, with the headline 'More Muslims in India making it through elite bureaucrat exam'. Print Edition | Subscribe