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UPSC exams made transparent

The CIC, Wajahat Habibullah, rejects UPSC objections on revealing individual marks, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2006 02:43 IST

Candidates who take the civil service examinations can now insist the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) inform them exactly how they fared.

The Central Information Commission (CIC) on Monday ruled in favour of a group of students who had appealed to it in August, seeking to know, under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, their scores in the civil service preliminary exam this year, which the UPSC had refused to reveal.

Central Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah directed the UPSC to disclose within two weeks the marks each applicant had obtained in the general studies and the optional papers. “As it is a full-bench order, it will be applicable to all the civil service examinations,” Habibullah said.

The UPSC has also been asked to disclose the cut-off marks of each general studies and optional paper. In the absence of a cut-off, the subject-wise marks of the successful candidates should be made public.

The UPSC might appeal against the order. At the full-bench hearing on November 3, UPSC lawyer SK Mishra had said the marks should not be revealed as it would make public the UPSC’s ‘scientific’ scaling system which is protected under the Copyright Act.

The CIC said disclosure of the 'scaling system' too should be considered in the larger public interest.