New Delhi, June 2 (IndianMuslims.info) Controversy about the number of Muslims in Indian Armed Forces may have died without any indication of their actual number; but the latest results of the Combined Defence Services Examination may provide us some clues.
The UPSC has declared the results of Combined Defence Services Examination – II, 2005. The selected candidates have qualified on the basis of the results of the written examination and interview for admission to the 121st Course of Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Naval Academy, Goa and 180th (Pre-Flying) Training Course of Air Force Station, Begumpet, Hyderabad. The number of vacancies for Indian Military Academy is 250, for Naval Academy is 20 and for Air Force Academy, the vacancies are 36.
Of the 347 candidtes who have qualified for Indian Military Academy, Dehradun; there are 4 Muslims, a repersentation of about 1.2%. None of the Muslims are able to qualify for Naval Academy, Goa and Air Force Station, Hyderabad.
Results of 2004 were little bit better for Muslims as there were 6 Muslims out of 330 qualified candidates (1.8%). None were able to qualify for the Naval Academy but 4 Muslims found their way to the Air Force Academy. That year also saw Najmuddin Saify ranked at number 29, this year the top Muslim is at rank 227.
List of successful Muslim candidates for 2005:
RANK : NAME
227 : SHAFIQ AHMED KHAN
229 : ATIQUE UZZAMAN
237 : MOHD ASHRAF MIR
294 : MD HAYAT