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51 Muslims among 131 minority youth who crack 2017 UPSC Civil Services exams

Monday April 30, 2018 3:57 PM, News Network

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New Delhi: India has set a new record with the selection of 131 youth from minority communities, including 51 Muslims, in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Monday.

In percentage terms, 5.15 percent of the total 990 successful candidates are Muslims. This year, six Muslims secured ranks in top 100, which include three women. The 06 Muslims who figured among top 100 are Saad Miya Khan (Rank 25), Sameera S (Rank 28), Fazlul Haseeb (Rank 36), Jameel Fathima Zeba (Rank 62), Haseen Zahera Rizvi (Rank 87) and Azhar Siya (Rank 97).

Last year, 126 youths belonging to minority communities including 52 Muslims had been selected in civil services. A total of 1099 people were selected in the civil services, with Muslims constituting 4.5 percent of the total selected.

In 2015, 34 out of the total 1,078 candidates were Muslims, in 2014 38 out of the total 1,236 were Muslims and in 2013, out of the total 1,122 successful candidates 34 were Muslims.

In 2012, 30 Muslims were among the successful candidates, four of them were among top 100. Similarly in 2011, 31 Muslims were among the 920 successful candidates. In 2009, among the 875 successful candidates, 21 were Muslims with Dr. Shah Faisal of Kashmir topping the exam at the national level.

Durishetty Anudeep (Roll No. 156266) has topped the Civil Services Examination, 2017. He belongs to OBC category. He qualified the examination with Anthropology as his optional subject. He has graduated with BE (Electronics & Instrumentation) degree from BITS, Pilani.

Anu Kumari (Roll No. 48547) is the topper among the female candidates securing an overall Second rank. She has graduated with BSc (Hons) in Physics from Delhi University and has done MBA (Finance & Marketing) from IMT, Nagpur.

The top 25 candidates comprise of 17 men and 08 women.

Educational qualification-wise the top 25 candidates are from Engineering; Sciences; Anthropology; Management; Law; Mathematics; Medical and Commerce background graduating from premier Institutions of the country such as IITs, NIT, NLU, BITS Pilani, NSIT, DU, Mumbai University, PEC, ICAI, Pune University, etc.

Optional subjects of the top 25 candidates in the examination ranged from Anthropology, Commerce & Accountancy, Economics, Geography, Law, Maths, Physics, Political Science & International Relations, Sociology, and Malayalam Literature.

The recommended candidates also include 29 Physically Disabled persons (09 Orthopedically Handicapped; 08 Visually Challenged and 12 Hearing Impaired).

Saumya Sharma (Roll No. 3674), a Physically Disabled person, with hearing impairment, has secured an overall Ninth Rank.

The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2017 was conducted on 18th June, 2017. 9,57,590 candidates applied for this examination, out of which 4,56,625 candidates actually appeared. 13,366 candidates qualified for appearance in the Written (Main) Examination held in October – November, 2017. Of them, 2568 candidates qualified for the Personality Test conducted in February - April.

Naqvi has attributed this success to the Centre's policy of equitable development of all. "The Modi Government's policy of development with dignity without any discrimination has ensured that this year for the first time after the independence, record 131 minority communities youths including 51 Muslims have been selected in civil service," Naqvi said in an official statement.

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