Fact Check: Don’t Fall For Fake Posts Stating Speaker Om Birla’s Daughter Cleared UPSC Exam Without Appearing For It

Several social media users are sharing a post claiming that Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla’s daughter did not take any examination or appear for interview and yet cleared Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Examination in her first attempt.

A Facebook user shared a post with a Hindi caption, “बीजेपी के ओम बिरला लोक सभा अध्यक्ष स्पीकर की बेटी बिना परीक्षा दिए बिना इंटरव्यू दिए ही रिजर्व सीट पर IASबन गई । तड़ीपार का बेटा छक्का मारकर बीसीआई सचिव बन गया और देशद्रोही कहते हैं #विकास नहीं हुआ है.” 

(Translation: BJP’s Om Birla, Lok Sabha Speaker’s daughter became IAS in Reserve seat without giving any exam and interview. Tadipaar’s son became BCI (read BCCI) Secretary by hitting six and the traitor says #Development has not happened.)

Here’s the link to the above post.

You can see other such Facebook posts here, here, here, and here.

We also found such posts with the same claim on Twitter. You can check the Twitter posts here and here.

Fact Check

NewsMobile fact-checked the posts and found the claim to be false.

With ran a keyword search and found several news articles, stating that Om Birla’s daughter, Anjali Birla, cleared the UPSC exam in her first attempt.

The Times of India report below, dated January 5, 2021, states that Anjali cleared the UPSC exam.

We also found a similar Live Mint report on the same.

Furthermore, we checked the UPSC website and found a ‘Consolidated Reserve List‘ that the Commission released recently, recommending 89 candidates including 73 from General category, 14 from OBC category, 01 from EWS category and 01 from SC quota, to fill up the remaining posts based on Civil Services Examination, 2019.

We checked the list and found Anjali Birla’s name on 67th spot with roll number 0851876.

UPSC has also released a communique on the misleading information that is being shared on social media.

It says that along with the list of recommended candidates of the Main result, the Commission also maintains a consolidated Reserve List of candidates of general and reserved categories ranking below the last recommended candidate in the merit order under each of the categories for subsequent recommendation after concluding the exercise of service allocation of the recommended candidates of the Main result by the Government {Sub-rule 16(4) of the Gazette Notification of Civil Services Examination, 2019}.

Note: A candidate has to take a preliminary examination, then appear for a written mains examination (after clearing preliminary) and finally undergo a personal interview to clear the UPSC exam.

We found the same roll number (0851876) in the UPSC Main Examination 2019 Result list, which means she did take the 2019 mains examination after clearing the preliminary examination.

Hence from the above information, we can say that claims being made on social media about Anjali Birla clearing the UPSC exam without taking any exam or interview is false.

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