UPSC Civil Services 2017: Supreme Court agrees to examine plea on ‘wrong’ questions in prelims

The UPSC had conducted the civil service preliminary exam 2017 on June 18. The preliminary examination consisted of two papers having objective type questions and they carried a maximum of 400 marks.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: July 28, 2017 11:19 am
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The Supreme Court on July 27 has agreed to examine a plea which has alleged that two questions in the UPSC Civil Services 2017 preliminary examination of the prestigious Union PublicService Commission (UPSC) were “wrong”.

A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, asked the petitioner, who was arguing the matter in-person, to serve a copy of the plea to the Centre’s counsel and fixed it for hearing on August 1.

However, when the petitioner asked the bench, also comprising Justices Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar, as to what will happen if the results of the UPSC prelims exam, 2017 is declared by August 1, the court said, “Do you think we will stay the result? We will see what is to be done”.

UPSC aspirant Ashita Chawla, who has filed the petition, claimed before the apex court that a “couple of questions” in the UPSC preliminary examination were “wrong”. “There are rules for determining whether the questions are wrong? The result is yet to be declared. It (result) will come out any day,” she told the bench.

However, UPSC has released the results on July 27 itself.

The bench observed that her plea cannot be treated as a public interest litigation (PIL) as she had only put forth her grievance in personal capacity. The UPSC had conducted the civil service preliminary exam 2017 on June 18. The preliminary examination consisted of two papers having objective type questions and they carried a maximum of 400 marks.

The petitioner has claimed that this year’s preliminary examination paper had questions with multiple answers and many of them could have been answered on the subjective interpretation of the examinees. She has also referred to earlier judgements of the apex court which had said that a question has two or more corrects answers should be considered as incorrect.

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    mukul saxena
    Aug 1, 2017 at 12:16 pm
    Upsc Civil Services Exam is more Ratan Vidhya and luck not Talent related Exam.How Can be Various Optional subjects and Languages considered to make merit list. For Example oprional Tamil letature and same language. Any Examiner in the world give more numbers due his regenalism. Same case wirh Sanskrit. And nowdays interview questions totally useless.
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      Manikant
      Aug 1, 2017 at 11:40 am
      An open letter to Hon'ble justice Mr Deepak Mishra..... I e- mailed this to Hon'ble justice ..... Pl guys, raise your hands in support of Ms. A a Chawla who is fighting this battle for us .... To, Dated : July 31, 2017 Hon'ble Mr. Justice Dipak Misra Judge Supreme Court of India Executive Chairman, NALSA. 10, Tughlak Road, New Delhi Sub : Request for considering W.P.(C) No.-564-/2017 PIL-W as Public Interest litigation Sir, This is to bring to your notice that a Writ Pe ion (Civil) No. 564/2017 filed by a law student named A a Chawla against Union Public Service Commission to raise objection against the wrong questions asked in Civil Services (preliminary) Examination ,2017 conducted by UPSC on June 18, 2017 as Public Interest Litigation .The information that brought into my notice from the sources of Print Media, Hon’ble Supreme court bench of three judges headed by you dismissed to recognise the pe ion in question as Public Interest litigation because of its no implication
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        viki
        Jul 28, 2017 at 6:32 pm
        i also find the same problem..either justice should be given or 2017 aspirants should be given extra attempt.upsc should itself reconduct the exam
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