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That Reserved Seat You 'Lost' May Never Have Been Yours

Recently, a viral Facebook post described how a general category student had written a Quora answer about a reserved category student who worked less, scored even lower, yet could get what the first guy could not, because of reservation. The post had nearly 10,000 likes. This flawed logic has often been used to criticize reservations. There is definitely a lot to criticize in the reservation policy and the related politics, but moaning over the seat that couldn't be yours is misguided. Here's a simple calculation...