Caste and religion still matter - big time
Many Indians seem to believe that caste and religion do not matter in modern India. The numbers, however, seem to show otherwise. Those in the so-called "upper" castes seem to do much better than average. At the same time, it is clear that Muslims lag far behind the rest of the country.
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Clearly, we can see that Muslim, North-Eastern, and 'backward' Hindu surnames like Khan, Gurung and Yadav tend to perform much worse than upper-caste Hindu surnames like Arora, Acharya and Goel.
What do we make of this? The data helps back claims that the reservation system in India is an injustice to merit, but it also shows that certain communities might be under-represented in universities if admission was based purely on merit.