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  1. Information sought with regard to marks in Civil Services Exam cannot be directed to be furnished mechanically. Furnishing raw marks will cause problems as pleaded by the UPSC which will not be in public interest. The Supreme Court has held that raw and scaled marks awarded to candidates in Civil Services (Prelims) examination cannot be revealed under the Right to Information Act and set aside the Delhi high court order asking UPSC to disclose the marks. The Commission contended that the corrections made in the answer book would likely arouse doubt and perhaps even suspicion in the candidate’s mind and this would not only breed grievances, but would likely lead to litigation.
  2. Can a PA give a preemptive denial to a RTI request - even before it is filed ? I was surprised to see a press release by UPSC, on the subject of Civil Services exam results, issued by the PIB. It is available here: http://www.upsc.gov.in/exams/written-results/csp/2014/csp2014finalcopy_Result_Eng.pdf Interesting part is in para 2 on page 2 of the press release: Candidates are also informed that marks, cut off marks and answer keys of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2014 will be provided only after the entire process of the Civil Services Examination, 2014, is over i.e. after the declaration of final result. Therefore, No application under RTI Act, 2005 or otherwise will be entertained in this regard. Can a PA preemptively deny information even before a request is made under RTI ? If yes, under which section of the RTI Act 2005 ?
  3. hi i want to have previous year question papers and official keys from tnpsc and upsc.. Whether this will come under section 8 and 9.. Whether my information will be provided by upsc and tnpsc. If anybody have applied for similar cases.. Help and guide me..
  4. Court upholds denial of information on IRS official Reported by newstrackindia.com on Nov 08, 2012 Court upholds denial of information on IRS official New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) The Delhi High Court has upheld the decision of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) not to share information related to disciplinary proceedings initiated against an Indian Revenue Service officer. A division bench of Chief Justice D. Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw Tuesday set aside orders of another judge and the Central Information Commission (CIC) that directed the UPSC to provide information related to the disciplinary proceedings initiated against a 1974 batch IRS officer G.S. Narang to RTI applicant R.K. Jain. The bench relied upon a Supreme Court verdict that held that "information on disciplinary proceeding against an officer is personal in nature and the RTI Act exempts the department from disclosure of such details". It also accepted the UPSC's argument that the commission could not conduct any disciplinary proceedings against the IRS officer but could only give its opinion to the central government.
  5. Hey, My Self Appa Rao want to know the status of my application submitted to UPSC under Recruitment by Selection. I enquired to facilitation centre, but they are not telling. So, I want to ask through RTI. Please mail me the application and other details which are mandatory. thanking you,
  6. As reported by Chetan Chauhan in hindustantimes.com on 11 July 2010: CIC asks UPSC to disclose merit list of candidates - Hindustan Times CIC asks UPSC to disclose merit list of candidates Transparency watchdog the Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to disclose merit list of persons and the criteria applied for selection in different government jobs. The CIC order can have implications for UPSC as now the candidates can seek information regarding the process of selection in the government jobs, which the commission had not been willing to disclose. The commission recruits employees for most of the Central government organizations. The UPSC has declined providing the merit list of the lecturers appointed in Medical College, Chandigarh, on the ground that the information pertained to “the core areas of the commission and the same will not serve any public interest or activity”. In a reply to an RTI application of Dr Ashok Kumar Singh, the UPSC also said that the information sought was held under a fiduciary relationship and is exempted from disclosure under the transparency law. The commission had rejected Kumar’s application for the job stating that he was over-age, following which he filed an application seeking criteria and merit list of the selected candidates. Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah did not agree with UPSC’s contention saying the information regarding the candidates selected did not fall under the definition of fiduciary relationship as defined by different courts. The CIC defined fiduciary relationship as the “one of moral or personal responsibility, due to the better or superior knowledge or training, or superior status of the fiduciary as compared to the one whose affairs he handles”. In case of information regarding the candidates, the CIC said, the fiduciary clause was not applicable, as UPSC was not legally bound to withhold the information. “The UPSC is, therefore, advised to review its policy on disclosure of information of this nature,” Habibullah said in his order this week.
  7. Upsc exam form EXAMFORM

    UPSC -EXAM FORM candidates fill up examform for various exams of UPSC and other competitive exams some candidates give false or in complete information in the exam form is it possible to get the copies of exam form filled by candidates which includes all the details of the candidates such as date of birth ,qualification experience etc. under RTI act ? if unsuccessful candidate submits fake wrong information , he can be debarred from future exams and if successful candidate submits fake information his appointment can be challenged BUT , this information is denied saying it pertains to third party and fiduciary, the disclosure of which would harm the competitive position of a third party,information which relates to personal information the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual are there any similar RTI judgements regading obtaining the above exam form filled by candidates information ? if i know a candidate as given false, incomplete information, how can i prove this unless i get copy of his exam form ? can anyone help ?
  8. Hi All I'm trying to get information submitted by an IAS officer at the time of enrollement with UPSC. The public information officer has turned down my petition stating personal information cannot be disclosed. I thought any information submitted to state at the time of information should be available to public domain. Could someone provide some inputs. Thanks ~ Aditya
  9. Upsc

    I want to know whether UPSC is under the purview of RTI regarding civil services preliminary examination results
  10. As reported by Mahima Puri, ET Bureau at economictimes.indiatimes.com on 25 March 2009 NEW DELHI: Nobody could have predicted it a year ago, yet it seems natural today: the aspiring Indian youth would rather serve the nation than drive the global markets. Call it the impact of the global slowdown or the lure of the increased paychecks for government employees, there's a 25% rise in the number of aspirants vying to be selected to the country's top administrative services this year, after three years of flagging interest. As per data received by ET, after filing an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, there are 4.09 lakh applicants for the first leg of the three-stage civil services examination, conducted by the Union Public Services Commission, to select officers for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), the Indian Police Service (IPS) and other government jobs. Indeed, the jump in the number of UPSC aspirants is coming after three consecutive years of decline. There were 3.83 lakh applicants in 2006, 3.33 lakh in 2007 and 3.25 lakh in 2008 — a steady decrease. "The recent developments in the private sector have triggered more youngsters applying for the civil services,said VP Gupta, director, IAS Study Circle, a New Delhi-based coaching institute that prepares students for the civil service exams. The institute saw a 20% jump in enrolments this year, he added. The decline in the number of civil services aspirants came in the wake of the country's booming corporate sector expanding full throttle, giving wing to global ambitions. There was a deluge of top-dollar jobs in the private sector, triggered by huge profits and bullish markets. But that was then, before the storm. By the end of 2008, what began as a subprime credit squeeze in the US had turned into a full-fledged global financial crisis that rocked virtually every corner of the world. India was no exception. Liquidity crunch and dwindling markets forced many companies to halt expansion plans and cut production. Many others had to shut shops. Companies across industries froze hiring, imposed salary cuts and even laid off employees inflicting the first reversal for the work-hard-party-harder generation of corporate execs, so used to frequent promotions and big salary hikes. The party ended almost overnight, and now there was an added sense of insecurity around private sector jobs. And the countrys economic growth is expected to slip to around 7% this year, after an average of over 9% growth in the preceding three years. No wonder then, there are some 465 applicants for every job, three times more than the rush to join the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), with 150 students taking the Common Admission Test (CAT) for each IIM seat. Another factor is the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations, which has hiked salaries of government employees, even at entry levels by at least 25-35%, according to a senior UPSC official, who did not wish to be quoted. “The lure of good salaries, perks such as chauffeur-driven car, house and above all job security have also helped in attracting youngsters to government jobs,said Mr Gupta of Rao's IAS Study Circle. Considered one of the most competitive and rigorous exams in the world, the civil services examination is conducted in three phases ”preliminary, main and interview ” spread over a year. This year, there are 881 UPSC jobs on offer; last year saw 700-800 jobs. The exact number of applicants for CAT is not disclosed, but 2008 estimates suggest there were 2.7-2.8 lakh applications for around 1,800 IIM seats, an increase of 15% compared to the previous year. The average pay packet offered to IIM graduates this year has shrunk by 20-30%. At IIM Ahmedabad, the average salary offered during campus placement declined from Rs 17.85 lakh last year to Rs 12.17 lakh this year. Source: Civil services witness 25% rise in aspirants- Education-Services-News By Industry-News-The Economic Times
  11. As reported by Rahul Mangaonkar , TNN at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 21 March 2009 AHMEDABAD: A student who appeared for the Union Public Services Commission’s (UPSC) civil services examinations, has been allowed access to the marked factual summary sheets (FSS) prepared by UPSC before his personal interview. The Central Information Commission (CIC) dismissed UPSC's arguments as “unacceptable” and allowed access to an applicant seeking copies of summary sheets of his exams under Right to Information (RTI) Act. The case pertains to city's Vinesh Singh Rore who appeared for UPSC civil services examinations in 1999 and 2000. Rore had sought certified copies of FSS submitted to civil services exam board under RTI. His application also asked other information about exams to get his grievances redressed. UPSC had submitted before CIC that summary sheet is filled as part of examination process and is technically a part of answersheet and cannot be made available for scrutiny by the examinee. The argument was in line with an earlier decision of the CIC where it had denied disclosure of evaluated answer sheets stating that it would render the system of examinations unworkable. However, in this case CIC held that disclosure of the summary sheet is unlikely to have the same effect. Before CIC, Rore appealed that while a blank copy of his summary sheet was provided to him, he was seeking a marked summary sheet of no third party but his own. On other hand, UPSC argued that disclosing the summary sheet would tantamount to disclosure of the answer sheet. Chief information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah held UPSC’s arguments as “unacceptable” and ordered a copy of summary sheet concerning his interview to be supplied to Rore within 15 days. Source: UPSC student gets access to factual sheets - Ahmedabad - Cities - The Times of India
  12. CIC has recently asked the FAA of UPSC to rehear a Appeal by the applicant requesting disclosure of marks in written test and interview (separately) of the first 100 successful candidates in the 1980 and 1982 batches of the Civil Services Exams. Applicant had applied for the above information on 28 February 2007. CPIO denied the information stating that the disclosure will affect the confidentiality and integirty of the examination process. First Appeal made on 17.4.2007 on the grounds that none of the exemptions claimed are stated in Sec 8 of the RTI Act. FAA ordered that information being sought belongs to third party and CPIO can invoke Sec 11 and remanded the matter back to the CPIO. On reconsideration CPIO took the plea that the marks are confidential and that since matter pertains to 1980 and 1982, sending notices to individuals (third party clause) will disproportianately divert resources of the Public Authority (Sec 7(9)). In the Second Appeal, the CIC has now remended the matter back to the FAA. But, very cleverly, CIC has also prempted any move by the UPSC not to disclose the information, by mentioning in the order itself: 1. No fees will be charged as per Sec 7(6) 2. The FAA should first consider whether the marks obtained by candidates appearing for a public examination have been given by third parties "in confidence" 3. FAA should bear in mind that Sec 7(9) does not allow the PA to not disclose the information, only mitigates the requirement of providing the information in the form that it is sought. The full order is attached to this post. WB-10022009-03.pdf
  13. CIC suggests UPSC file FIR to prove its case Reported in Business Standard New Delhi May 13, 2008, 13:51 IST Press Trust of India The Central Information Commission (CIC), has suggested to UPSC to file an FIR against an RTI applicant for allegedly submitting forged records relating to civil services exam candidates. On being denied information, the applicant Satya Narain Shukla, a Lucknow resident, submitted a list before the CIC, claiming that records containing details sought by him were maintained by the UPSC. However, the apex recruitment body claimed that such records were not available with it and the documents submitted by Shukla were forged. "This dispute goes beyond the realm of simply providing information....UPSC may consider filing an FIR to establish that the records submitted by him are forgeries and UPSC have no such records," Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said. Shukla has filed an RTI plea in June 2006 seeking names and addresses of wards of OBC and SC/ST category government officers, who got selected in civil services exams, along with the total marks obtained by each of them, father's name, designation and emoluments. He also sought information on names and addresses of the children of general category government officers who could not get selected despite having obtained more marks than the reserved category candidates. In response to his plea, the UPSC said it was not possible for it to provide such information as it did not keep profession-wise records of parents of the candidates. Regarding the details on general category candidates, it replied that the information could not be disclosed.
  14. career related

    i applied for a post in indian railways, published by upsc. I have a more than 15 years of experience. Upon contacting to UPSC. i was told that my application was rejected being lacking 14 yrs of exp. I represented the case to UPSC thru courier first flight for reconsideration of my application.But, there was a great setback, upsc returned the same without receving it.First flight in its memorandum indicated the reason for return as" consignee refused to accept it" Further, my department has deputed me in IT department, so the experience gained will not be accounted for in the experience of parent post. Shall the exp gained at deputation will not be treated as relevant.Can i put this on RTI to UPSC. kINDLY GUIDE. THANKS. KKTAL
  15. UPSC - Call for change

    As reported by Purnima S Tripathi on hinduonnet.com (frontline) : Call for change UPSC - Call for change VERY soon, the gruelling, year-long exercise to get into the Civil Services, the most prestigious administrative jobs in India, could change for the better: the entire process could become shorter and more transparent. The Central government is likely to take up the task of reformatting the civil service examination on the basis of recommendations made in a report by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice. The 31-member committee headed by Dr. E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan, which is looking into the functioning of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), has come across a number of petitions regarding the conduct of the civil service examination. Some of the suggestions made by the committee are truly revolutionary in nature. For instance, the committee has suggested that the preliminary examination be patterned on the GMAT examination system, in the sense that the test could be held online and that candidates would get to know their marks immediately after writing the examination. “The moment the cut-off marks are announced, candidates would know whether they have qualified or not. This would save them time and enable them to prepare for other things in case they have not qualified. This way, the gap between the preliminary and main examinations, which is six months at present, could be reduced to a few weeks,” Natchiappan told Frontline. He also said that the preliminary examination, which currently comprises two papers (General Studies and one optional subject), should have only one paper. This should be along the lines of the present General Studies paper but its scope could be widened to include topics about Indian culture, traditions, Indian history, and so on. “The idea is to filter out the non-serious candidates and this can be done with one screening paper also,” said Natchiappan. The committee is also of the view that there needs to be more transparency in the functioning of the UPSC. “There is no reason why they [the UPSC] should not tell [candidates] the individual marks as well as the cut-off marks,” says Natchiappan. According to him, even the scaling formula, which the UPSC applies to bring parity among different subjects, should be made public as there is nothing sacrosanct about it. The committee is also of the view that the model answer sheet should be made public by the UPSC so that candidates know where they stand. For the main examination also, the committee is of the opinion that all candidates should be told their individual scores and not just those who do not qualify, which is the case at present. Though the UPSC appears so far to be against any change in the format of the civil service examination, the government seems to be more serious about making the changes this time than in the past because the parliamentary committee has been very insistent that they be made. “Being representatives of the people, we cannot allow any institution to ignore the people’s interest, and we will ensure that the recommendations are implemented, if possible from this year itself, especially the transparency part,” Natchiappan said. S.N. Mishra, Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), said that the government would certainly consider the recommendations “at the right time”. As for the format of the examination, he said changing it would not be possible this year because the examination had already been notified, “but certainly, if it is in the interest of people, we will take it up urgently and bring about the necessary statutory changes”. This, however, is easier said than done. Umpteen efforts by Frontline to elicit a response from the UPSC remained futile, all the more so because the top-most executive post of the institution, that of Secretary, has been lying vacant for a long time and there was nobody in the UPSC who would speak to the press. But if past experience is any indication, it is going to be a tough job for the government to bring the UPSC round to implementing any changes in the system or making it transparent. The reluctance of the UPSC to part with information is now being fought in court. The controversy started in August 2006 when a group of civil services aspirants, who formed a group called Transparency Seekers, approached the UPSC for their individual marks and for the cut-off marks in the preliminary examination. When the UPSC refused their request, the candidates appealed to the Central Information Commission (CIC) for the necessary information under the then newly enacted Right to Information Act (RTI). CIC order On November 13, 2006, Wajahat Habibullah, the CIC, in his order, directed the UPSC to disclose within three weeks the marks obtained by the aggrieved candidates and also the cut-off marks for the successful candidates in each subject. If there were no cut-off marks, then the model answer sheets for each subject were to be made available to the candidates. Habibullah rejected the UPSC’s plea that disclosing the marks would make public the UPSC’s “scientific scaling system”, which was protected under the Copyright Act. The CIC said that disclosure of the scaling system too should be considered in the “larger public interest”. The UPSC, however, went to the Delhi High Court against the CIC order, saying that if the marks secured by the candidates were disclosed it could be misused by coaching institutes, and this would harm the interest of meritorious candidates. The UPSC also pleaded that its scaling system was too sensitive to be disclosed in open court. This argument was, however, rejected by Justice B.D. Ahmad, who directed the UPSC on April 17, 2007, to disclose the marks obtained by the candidates and also put the model answer sheet on the Internet. Justice Ahmad, in his order, said that the disclosures could not harm the interest of the UPSC or any third party and that the CIC order in this regard was in the “correct perspective”. The UPSC appealed against this order on May 3, 2007, saying its examination pattern and the evaluation process would be irreparably damaged if it was forced to reveal the various components of the process such as individual scores, cut-off marks in each subject, and the grading and scaling system. In its petition, the UPSC also contended that if the marks were disclosed it would lead to a mushrooming of coaching institutes of interested groups of aspirants. “Disclosure of the information sought for has the real potential to cause serious damage to the examination system,” said the petition. On May 22, 2007, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice M.K. Sharma and Justice Sanjiv Khanna suspended Justice Ahmad’s order until July 30 and directed the Commission to place all the original records in a sealed cover before it. Since then, there has been a stay on the CIC order. Interestingly, it is not only candidates that the UPSC has been ignoring; it has ignored its nodal Ministry too on various issues. The DoPT last year sought details about marks scored by general and reserved category candidates for the past four or five years, at least in the main examination and in the interview. The department had to furnish the details to the Prime Minister’s Office, which had received a complaint from a reserved category candidate alleging bias in the interview board. Despite repeated reminders from the DoPT, the UPSC has not parted with the information yet. The UPSC has also been ignoring previous parliamentary committees. Last year, when the Parliamentary Standing Committee tabled its report in Parliament on the sanction of grants, it took exception to the UPSC’s failure to be represented before it. The committee, in its report, said then that “the UPSC, under the pretext of constitutional status, is trying to hide its inefficient working due to which many governmental organisations are headless for years together because the UPSC has not bothered to recommend the right candidates. Many institutes of the Department of Culture are examples of apathy of the UPSC. There are even instances when the UPSC recommended some names for appointment but when the process of appointment started, it withdrew its recommendations. The National Archives of India and even the premier investigating agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation, are suffering shortage of staff due to the apathy of the UPSC.” The report further said that the UPSC, being a constitutional body, should uphold high standards of “transparency and accountability” but strangely it was projecting itself as being above the law of the land and it did not want to disclose information under the RTI Act. It did not want to reveal how it was spending the public money given to it and was accountable to none. The committee noted that “this attitude of the UPSC is reprehensible and falls within the purview of the breach of privilege of Parliament”. It recommended that the government deliberate upon the situation at the highest level and take the necessary action to ensure that such a subversion against the democratic norms set forth by the Constitution did not recur. The committee is thus pitted against various odds. But Natchiappan remains confident of pushing the reforms through. Terming the objections by the UPSC illogical, he says, “Bureaucrats are typically programmed to resist any change, but we as people’s representatives have to ensure that what is good for the people is implemented. This time I will ensure that as far as the transparency part is concerned, the UPSC does what is required this year itself, and then we will gradually take up other issues too.”
  16. New Delhi --- For all the popular acclaim received by the RTI Act and the transparency it promises, some of the most high-profile public authorities -- including the Supreme Court, UPSC, CBI and Delhi Metro -- have sought exemption from its purview. This came to light in the first annual report of the RTI regulator, Central Information Commission, due to be presented shortly to the government. CIC's report is based on the returns filed by 837 public authorities on the working of RTI in 2005-06. The plea to be exempted wholly or substantially from the ambit of the RTI Act has been made by eight of those public authorities, ironically, while offering their "recommendations for reform". Each cites a different reason for wanting out. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has sought a "general exemption" on the ground that it has undertaken a "time-bound exercise" of laying an extensive network in the Capital ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. CBI's pretext of seeking an amendment to the RTI Act is that it wants to be treated on a par with the 18 intelligence and security organisations which are statutorily exempted from disclosing any information other than information pertaining to allegations of corruption and human rights violations. Source : Times of India news dt 09 Jan 2007, as posted in Asia Media

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