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All 121 illiterate candidates failed to win LS election, says ADR

All 121 illiterate candidates failed to win LS election, says ADR

A recent ADR report reveals that 19 per cent of Lok Sabha winners have educational qualifications ranging from class 5 to class 12, while 77 per cent possess a graduate degree or higher. The analysis highlights a potential preference for more educated representatives among the electorate.

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  • 19 per cent of Lok Sabha winners have qualifications from class 5 to class 12
  • 77 per cent of winners hold a graduate degree or higher
  • All illiterate candidates failed to secure a win

In the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, a significant number of winning candidates have educational qualifications ranging from class 5 to class 12, as reported by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR). This demographic constitutes about 19 per cent of the total winners, equating to 105 candidates.

Further analysis by ADR reveals that a substantial majority, 77 per cent or 420 candidates, have declared possessing a graduate degree or higher. Additionally, 17 winners hold diplomas, and one winning candidate is categorized as "just literate."

Interestingly, the data also shows a clear correlation between educational attainment and electoral success. All 121 candidates who identified as illiterate did not secure a win in these elections. This trend suggests a possible electorate's preference for more educated representatives.

The findings from ADR underscore the diversity in the educational backgrounds of the country's elected representatives, reflecting a broad spectrum of the populace they represent. 

For more detailed insights, refer to the Association of Democratic Reforms' comprehensive report on the educational qualifications of Lok Sabha candidates.

Edited By: sanchayaita roy
Published On: Jun 06, 2024