Continuing with its tirade to bring in more transparency in examination system, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has now directed the University Grants Commission to reveal cut-off marks of its all-India examination for appointment of lecturers.
UGC conducts National Eligibility Test (NET), considered as basic criteria for appointment of teaching faculty in colleges and universities. The UGC just informs the examinees about whether they have cleared the NET examination or not and does not provide the cut-off marks for clearing the test.
Information Commissioner OP Kejriwal, acting on an appeal of Ravinder Kumar of Ghaziabad, directed UGC to reveal last five-year's of cut-off marks as sought by Kumar. The UGC, at the hearing in CIC, last week had contended that the cut-off marks are considered confidential and therefore, cannot be revealed.
On the question papers and model answers sheets sought by Kumar, the CIC directed UGC to provide the question papers for the last five years with the model answer sheets to the applicant.
Kumar had approached Public Information Officer of UGC seeking information about selection process in NET exams along with details of the cut-off. However, the CIC agreed with UGC that the selection process should not be disclosed as it is covered under the ambit of RTI.
The CIC order may open up floodgates for seeking similar applications under RTI as the NET examination was considered top secret in UGC. However, the UGC informed CIC that it would decide on the order only after discussing the issue at its next commission meeting.
The CIC had earlier directed the Union Public Service Commission to disclose cut-of marks to unsuccessful candidates in the civil service examination, a decision hailed as move towards bringing transparency in examination process. The UPSC has, however, challenged the CIC's order in the Delhi High Court.
Last week, Kejriwal directed Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to reveal question wise marks for class X board examinations. The CBSE only provides final subject wise marks or grades.