Muslims add up to 3% in IAS, IPS list

The country has one IAS or IPS officer among every 5.73 lakh Muslims, compared to one among every 1.08 lakh non-Muslims.

Written by ZEESHAN SHAIKH | Mumbai | Updated: June 27, 2014 11:35 am

Muslims make up 3.46 per cent of the country’s 8,417 IAS and IPS officers. Of 292 Muslim officers, 160 are among 5,862 who had cracked the UPSC exams, while the remaining 132 are among 2,555 who were promoted to the IAS or IPS from the state civil services on the basis of seniority and performance.

Muslims represented 13.43 per cent of the population in the 2011 census. By that yardstick, the country has one IAS or IPS officer among every 5.73 lakh Muslims, compared to one among every 1.08 lakh non-Muslims.

Two states, interestingly, account for more than half the Muslim officers who cleared UPSC. Uttar Pradesh has over 34 per cent of them and Bihar nearly 22 per cent, a total of 90 Muslim officers. Uttar Pradesh leads the Muslim officers’ count with 55, followed by Bihar with 35, Kerala with 16 and Jammu and Kashmir with 15. Another trend is that the first two states account for the bulk of the senior Muslim IAS officers come from the northern states of the country while J&K and Kerala have been sending more and more Muslim officers since 2000.

“The northern belt  was the cultural and educational belt of the Muslim community before Independence. The community in these parts has historically been more conscious about making an entry into the services, which explains the high number of Muslims from those states joining the civil services,” says Dr Abdus Shaban, deputy director at Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

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    Dharma
    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:28 am
    Why is such an analysis needed based on religious lines ?
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    Ninad
    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:53 am
    Its their own creation as the focus has been more on potion growth to overtake majority and create disturbance. Less numbers in a family should lead them for better quality life through education. Indian system doesn't hinder prospects for those who have caliber.
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    s p
    Jun 27, 2014 at 9:46 am
    how abt Christians, parsi, jains , buddhist, ...even they are minorities right..?
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    guptadkj
    Jun 27, 2014 at 5:50 am
    Education is the key.Education cures hunger and many many social evils.
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    krishna rao
    Jun 27, 2014 at 10:29 am
    This is not the way to analyse - what is important is % of Muslims taking interest to compete for these exams -if they don'f take initiative to compete how can their numbers be more.
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    awan
    Jun 27, 2014 at 9:57 am
    Analyses can be done based on caste but not on basis of religion.
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    AK Singh
    Jun 27, 2014 at 10:18 am
    Will some one please publish a similar study for CHRISTIANS & SIKHS too who are SMALLER MINORITIES?? If INDIAN MUSLIMS are not getting educated failing to be compeive what can rest of India do.
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