Hyderabad: A social media post claiming that a 29-year-old civil service aspirant, Rajesh Tiwari, from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, has failed to pass the civil service examination despite scoring 643 because the cut-off for general category was 689 this year has gone viral on social media. The post has a picture of a man with a file in his hand.
The post was shared with the hashtag #BAN_CASTERESERVATION and focused on the caste and reservation system. Several posts with similar claims have been shared on LinkedIn as well.
The claim is false.
News Meter conducted a reverse image search and found that the man seen in the image is Sayeed Rimon, a textile engineer from Bangladesh, who runs awareness campaigns on social issues.
If we compare both these images (the viral image on the left and Sayeed Rimon's photo on the left), we can see that they are similar, proving that the claim is false.
Secondly, NewsMeter also found that the same claim had been circulated earlier in 2017. This proves that the photo and the claim are not recent.
Thirdly, Sayeed Rimon has posted an India Today fact-check report debunking the claim. He said he had been wrongly identified as Rajesh Tiwari in the viral posts and that the claims were false
Hence, the viral claim is false. Bangladeshi influencer Sayeed Rimon has been misidentified as Rajesh Tiwari.