ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Findings from Three States

Academic Performance of OBC Students in Universities

The academic performance of Other Backward Class students in professional courses in leading universities in three large states - Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh - gives a glimpse of the actual nature of their representation and marginalisation. This paper analyses university-level data on caste-based reservations in these states to show that the number of years since reservations were implemented has an effect on the representation and performance of OBC students in higher education. In addition, it uses large-scale surveys to argue that Hindu OBCs were adequately represented in higher education even before the central government's 2008 decision to implement 27% reservation for OBCs in centrally-funded universities.



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