Fact Check: Viral claim of mostly Muslims qualifying for NEET 2024 is false; image is misleading

The claim is false. The viral image is of an ad for a coaching centre in a Muslim-majority region.
(Source: Social media screenshot)
(Source: Social media screenshot)

An image of a newspaper advertisement showing the result of those qualified for NEET 2024 has gone viral on social media.

The image mostly featured Muslims in the ad. People were using the image to claim that only a group from a community has majorly qualified for NEET 2024, insinuating that the malpractices were mostly done by the particular community.

There were reports of malpractices and paper leaks in NEET 2024. Hence, many social media users are sharing the newspaper clip with a caption claiming that mostly Muslims have qualified for the NEET 2024.

A social media user shared the newspaper clip with a caption that reads, “The above photos are NEET ENTRANCE QUESTION PAPER LEAK BENEFICIARYS, JUST LOOK N GUESS WHO N WHICH RELIGION THER ARE? All Muslims only.”

Similar posts can be seen here and here.

Fact Check

SouthCheck found that the claim is false. We found that the ad was for a coaching institute located in a Muslim-majority area and most of its students belonged to the same community.

We found out that the viral newspaper clip was from the Mathrubhumi Trivandrum edition. On further observing the full length of the paper, we found that the advertisement was for a coaching institute named Universal Institute Kottakkal.

We further contacted the coaching institute and spoke to Dr Abdul Hameed, the principal of the coaching institute. He said, “The advertisement highlights the institution’s achievements for the year 2024. Since a significant number of students are from the Muslim community, the same is reflected in the results. However, the advertisement also shows students from other communities, who have contributed to the institution’s success.”

We also checked a list of the top 50 students who had qualified for NEET 2024 before the re-test and found that people from all religions were on the list.

Hence, we can ascertain that the claim associated with the viral image is false.

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