India’s Top B-School Question Paper Claims Atheists “Ignore” God

The Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi has been consistently ranked as one of the top business schools in India, right after the three top IIMs – Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta (the so called ABCs of Business schools in India). My friends who have applied to several B-schools in the past tell me that the selection process to get into FMS is even tougher than it is in the IIMs, although there is no way to say this for certain.

In the year 2009, question 148 of their entrance exam question paper asked the following question:

148. In which cluster all the words ignore the existence of God?

1) Pantheism, Agnosticism, Atheism

2) Agnosticism, Atheism, Secularism

3) Deism, Agnosticism, Secularism

4) Deism, Atheism, Secularism

The “correct” answer is between options 1 and 2, for “Deism” is a position that asserts the existence of “god”. But read the question again. Did they just imply that pantheists, agnostics and atheists “ignore” God?

This is testimony of the ignorance about what these terms stand for, and what atheists in India have to deal with. The question paper in question was probably set by a senior lecturer or professor from across one of the major universities in India. As is the system in India, entrance exam papers are usually set by senior academics from different universities and their names are usually not revealed to the public.

Anyway, back to this glaring error. By using the word “ignore”, the examiner is very obviously implying that “God” exists and that atheists, agnostics and atheists “ignore” the presence of such a “God”. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Atheists hold that the concept of “god” is imaginary, implying that such a being or force is non-existent.  The agnostic position is a position not on the existence or non-existence of god, but a position on knowledge itself, and it simply states that we cannot know either way. Pantheists claim that literally “everything” in this material universe is in fact “god”, and the secular position holds that religion must be separated from state.

In other words, there is no correct answer to this question!


Note: Thank you P. Katekar from our facebook community for pointing this out.