The Allahabad High Court on Thursday directed the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) to release the revised answer-key list for the PCS (Pre)-2015 examination by June 22, examinations for which were held on March 29. Following the leak of the first paper, it was re-conducted on May 10 and the prelims result was declared on June 5.
A division bench of Justices Arun Tandon and Sunita Agarwal passed the order on a petition filed by Vishal Kumar Mishra and four others, through their counsel Alok Mishra.
“The court has directed the UPPSC to release the revised answer key by June 22. It has also said that if the aspirants were not satisfied with the answer key, they would be free to challenge the same in the court,” said Mishra.
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UPPSC counsel Ajay Kumar said: “The Commission has always brought out the revised answer key. It could not be done this time due to some technical glitch. We have no problem in releasing the answer key on June 22, as directed by the Court.”
A detailed order was not yet available. As per the rules, the UPPSC releases the answer key after every competitive examination and invites objections. These are then referred to expert committees and the wrong answers are factored in while preparing the final result. The rules also say that the revised answer key ought to be disclosed along with the result so that the aspirants are aware of the changes made.
“Our contention was that the same is not being done in this case. As a result, there is no transparency as to whether the answers objected to have been accounted for while preparing the result,” said Mishra. All the five petitioners have scores of 278, while the cut-off was 279. “Our argument before the court is that there were objections on at least 11 questions — eight in the first paper and three in the second. If the correct answers to these questions are factored in, then the cut-off merit is likely to change. This, in turn, may lead to the petitioners qualifying for the main examination. Therefore, we prayed before the court to direct the UPPSC to release the revised answer key,” Mishra said.