Mumbai: In yet another poor show, only five Muslims figured in the list of 435 candidates who cracked the 2014 Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) Mains exams. One of the five Muslims is a lady.
The five Muslims who cracked the 2014 MPSC (Mains) exam are: Aslam S Jumedar, Sameena J Shaikh, Tasleem Havaldar, Suhail Noor Mohd Shaikh and Shaikh Fasihuddin Mohd Rafique, according to the results declared on Sunday.
As per MPSC records, a total of 1,76,224 candidates from all across the state had appeared for the exams - a necessary qualification for different posts in the government sector.
While Abhay Mohite of Sholapur has topped the exam, Vishal Sakore from Bhosari is the topper in the reserved category. Mohite has already been appointed an assistant block development officer in Ahmednagar. He has worked as a sales tax officer briefly.
Rajendra Kachare, a 23-year-old engineering graduate from Ahmednagar, a handicape who moved to Pune in December 2013 to prepare for the competitive exam, is elated to have cleared MPSC in his first attempt. Kachare is from a farmers' family from a small village near Ahmednagar. He is partially visually challenged.
"I have seen social problems from close and always wanted to solve them. This will be my chance," he said. Kachare has also appeared for UPSC main examination and is awaiting the results.
The percentage of Muslims passing the MPSC exam is just 1.14%. The Muslim community is already under represented in the state and central government jobs. In some areas, the Muslim representation in government sector is zero.
The Muslims are about 11% of the total population of Maharashtra.