Court asks UPSC to declare cut-off marks

September 3rd, 2008 - 11:14 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday directed the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to make public the cut-off marks in the preliminary test of the civil services selection examination. A division bench of Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar upheld the order passed by a single judge bench, which had held that disclosure of information pertaining to cut-off marks would not harm the interest of the UPSC or any third party.

“We observed that the documents submitted by the UPSC in a sealed cover are not of such nature that can be characterised as secret or of a type the disclosure of which would not be in public interest,” said the bench.

It also dismissed the contention of the UPSC, which submitted that if the information regarding the marks was given to the candidates, it would be misused by coaching institutes and hamper chances of meritorious students.

Upholding the April 17, 2007, order passed by the single judge bench favouring the Central Information Commission (CIC)’s decision, which had held that disclosure of information pertaining to cut-off marks would not harm the interest of the UPSC or any third party, the bench dismissed a petition filed by the UPSC against the single judge’s order.

It also dismissed the UPSC’s apprehension that by disclosing the working of the scaling methodology for the preliminary examination, merit can be compromised and candidates with less merit would be selected. It said: “We are of the view that the apprehension of UPSC is not well founded.”

The UPSC had approached the court against the Nov 13, 2006 order passed by the CIC allowing the pleas of candidates seeking details of the marks obtained by them in preliminary exam and sought separate details of cut-off marks for every subject.

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