UP Assistant Teacher Recruitment 2020: Candidate with upper caste surname tops in OBC category, row erupts 

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UP Assistant Teacher Recruitment 2020: Candidate with upper caste surname tops in OBC category, row erupts 

Recently the marksheet of a supposedly OBC candidate, Archana Tewari, went viral on the social media for having secured highest marks in the written test for assistant teacher in primary schools under OBC category. The row prompted the Uttar Pradesh Basic Shiksha Parishad to issue a clarification on sunday.

The controversy arose as Tewari is usually reckoned as an upper caste surname, but the candidate had filled in her application in the OBC category.

Deputy Secretary of Uttar Pradesh Basic Shiksha Parishad said, "Caste details are filled by the candidates while applying for the recruitment and the results are declared on the basis of that. During the counselling candidates have to prove his/her eligibility to claim the benefits of the reservation."

The Allahabad High Court had stayed the recruitment process of 69,000 assistant teachers on June 3, 2020. It is done as certain questions and answers were ambiguous and wrong. Thus a fresh scrutiny by UGC is required.

The stay order came on the first day of counselling. Since then, the UP government has challenged the single-bench stay order. 

The special appeal has been filed by the Examination Regulatory Authority (ERA) for June 9, 2020, before a division bench comprising justice Pankaj Jaiswal and Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh. 

The appeal by ERA states that the single-judge bench order was unwarranted and illegal.

One of the officials said that irrespective of surname, if a candidate belongs to a reserved caste and proves it during the counselling, then he/she gets the benefit, or else their candidature is cancelled.