[Bilal Mohiud Din Bhat of Kashmir ranks 10. More than a dozen Muslims who are in the list of successful candidates are from Kashmir. (Photo: kashmirlife.net)]
New Delhi: Fifty-two (52) - a record number of Muslims in recent years have found place in the list of a total of 1,099 who have been declared successful and recommended by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for different top civil services posts in India on Wednesday.
Among the 52 Muslims who figured in the list of 1,099, a total of 10 are in top 100.
Nandini KR of Karnataka is the topper whereas Anmol Sher Singh Bedi and Gopalkrishna Ronanki came second and third respectively.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) recommends posting of the successful candidates on the basis of their ranks. Top ranked candidates are recommended for Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service, and Central Services, Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ in that order.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Wednesday declared the results of the 2016 Civil Services examination based on the results of the written part of Civil Services Examination 2016 conducted by the Union Public Service Commission in December, 2016 and the interviews for Personality Test held in March-May, 2017.
According to the list of the successful candidates released by the UPSC, among the 10 Muslims who figured in top 100 are Bilal Mohiud Din Bhat (Rank 10), Muzammil Kkhan (Rank 22), Shaikh Tanveer Asif (Rank 25), Hamna Mariyam B A (Rank 28), Zaffar Iqbal (Rank 39) and Rizwan Basha Shaikh (Rank 48).
Other four Muslims among top 100 are Sheik Abdul Rahaman S (Rank 62), Tanai Sultania (Rank 63), Arif Ahsan (Rank 74) and Syeed Fakhrudin Hamid (Rank 86).
Also among the succesful Muslims are 16 candidates of Zakat Foundation of India (ZFI) - a charity organisation running free coaching for Civil Services Exams.
Other important aspect of the UPSC Civil Services 2016 result is that more than a dozen Muslims who are in the list of successful candidates are from Kashmir.
The candidates have been recommended for appointment to different posts including Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Central Services, Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’, the release said.
The number of Muslims passing the UPSC Civil Services is the highest in recent years.
A check of last few years of results shows that 34 Muslims were among the 1,078 candidates recommended by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in 2015 whereas 38 Muslims were in the list of total 1,236 candidates in 2014.
In 2013, a total of 34 Muslims had cleared the exam, whereas in 2012, 30 Muslims were among the successful candidates, four of them were among top 100.
Similarly in 2012, 30 Muslims were among the successful candidates and in 2011, 31 Muslims were among the 920 selected for the civil services.
Likewise, in 2010 among the 875 successful candidates 21 were Muslims with Dr. Shah Faisal of Kashmir topping the exam at the national level.
In 2009, a total of 31 Muslims were in the list of 791 successful candidates.
Some Muslim organisations are running a persistent campaign since 2007 to increase the representation of Muslims in Civil Services and other government sector jobs.
Their efforts followed the release of Sachar Committee Report in November 2006 which highlighted the dismal picture of Muslims in India and expressed concern over the poor representation of Muslims in government sector jobs.