HYDERABAD: A screenshot of a news report by News18 is viral on social media. Users claim that recently promoted Class 10 and 12 students in Uttar Pradesh will have to write a special exam for government jobs.

The claim in Hindi upon translation reads: "Congratulations on this gift of Yogi Ji dedicated to all the students who passed 10th and 12th class of Uttar Pradesh (sic)".

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The claim is false. UP did not pass such a rule.

NewsMeter searched for the News18 report. We found a report which states that this decision was taken by the Assam government. According to the new order passed by the state government, the students who were promoted in their 10th and 12th and who wish to apply for state government jobs would have to write a special exam.

The same was also reported by Indian Express. The state government announced its evaluation criteria for the exams. Marks sheets as per the new scheme would not be valid for state government jobs. Students aspiring for teaching or other state government jobs would have to appear for a 'special exam' after the pandemic situation improves.

However, a few days later, the Assam government announced that it will withdraw the controversial clause of students writing a special exam. "After detailed discussion, a consensus was reached regarding the alternative evaluation method. As per the decision taken, clause 5 of the government notification issued regarding alternative evaluation formula on the basis of the expert committee report would be removed," a CMO statement said.

The same was also reported by the Times of India.


Nowhere was it mentioned that Uttar Pradesh had issued such a directive. If this was the case, many news organizations would have reported it.

Clearly, a decision by the Assam government (which was changed later) was passed off as the Uttar Pradesh government's decision.

Thus, the claim is false.

Claim Review :   Uttar Pradesh passed a rule that the 10th and 12th students who wish to apply for government jobs must write a special exam.
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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