Fact Check: 2017 Image of a Couple Clearing UPSC Exam Together Goes Viral As Recent

A post has gone viral on social media claiming that a couple recently cleared the UPSC examination together.

The cation of the image reads:  इतिहास में पहली बार ऐसा हुआ है कि किसी दंपति का एक साथ IAS में चयन हुआ हो ! बहुजन समाज के दोनों बच्चो को गर्व से – जयभीम बधाई दीजिये ! एकसाथ चयनित हुए पति-पत्नी
डॉ. अवलोकिता अशोक रैंक 915, डॉ. योगेश कुमार सागर रैंक 223.

Here’s the link to the above post.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post, and found it to be old.

Running a keyword search, we found an archive report by Hindustan Times Lucknow in 2017, carrying the same image.

According to the report, Dr Yogesh Kumar Sagar and Dr Avlokita Ashok both cleared the UPSC exam in 2017. Yogesh secured 223 rank and his wife Avlokita got 915 rank in the examination. It has also mentioned that Yogesh completed his MBBS from KGMU in 2012 and Avlokita did her MBBS from Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi.

“For me, it was the third attempt. I qualified during the second attempt in 2014 and secured 877th rank. I am undergoing training of Indian Revenue Services. For my wife, this was the first attempt and I am glad she made it,” said Yogesh.

Multiple media outlets like Dainik Bhaskar and Amar Ujala had also reported the same in 2017. Both their names were found in the 2016 UPSC Examination results.

Hence, it is clear that the news is quite old.

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