The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to disclose the marks obtained by a candidate in Civil Services Exam (CSE) Prelims,now CSAT,in case he or she has failed the first stage of the three-tier examination.
The CIC rejected all doubts raised by UPSC and said this would help candidates make an honest assessment of their performance so that they can prepare better for the next prelims.
This generates hope for nearly four lakh aspirants who appear every year,most of whom are rejected at the Prelims-level.
Chief Information Commissioner Satyanand Mishra on Tuesday directed,If the marks are not disclosed immediately after the preliminary exams is over and the candidates are made to wait for nearly one year before accessing these marks,they would lose a whole year in the process and would not know why they performed the way they did.
Earlier,there were such directions also by the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court,but the UPSC,even during legal battles with candidates,did not disclose the Prelims marks. In the present case,after going through all directions given by the HC and SC,the CIC said in its order,dated March 27,that,these marks should be disclosed.
The appellant,Shipra Sud,who failed the CSE Prelims 2011,had filed an application seeking the marks obtained by her. But the UPSC had denied it,saying that the CSE is an integrated three-tier examination system in which each tier leads to the next stage and the examination is said to be complete only when all the three tiers are completed. It contended that disclosure of information about the marks in the preliminary exam has the potential to derail the smooth conduct of the further tiers of the examination as the information can be used to cause frivolous complaints and objections,including court cases.