The Central Information Commission (CIC) has rejected the petition filed by of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for not disclosing the detail of its selection criteria. The CIC has reaffirmed its previous decision of asking UPSC to show cut-off marks and individual marks details to the civil service aspirants.
However, CIC has tried to act as advisory body only and it did not given immediate access to model answer papers and UPSC’s scaling system. It has given two-week time to provide details such as cut-off marks and individual marks to every applicant for the civil services preliminary examination 2006 in general studies and the optional papers.
The CIC also said that if the cut-off marks do not exist now, then subject wise marks given to the selected candidates should be made available.
The CIC has given one-month time to UPSC to show its scaling methodology within a month.
On the other hand, UPSC had argued earlier that the scaling system and the model answer sheets are its intellectual property rights. If it goes public, coaching institutions could misuse this information to give candidates shortcuts to be get selected.
However, Magsaysay Award winner and RTI activist, Arvind Kejriwal has said that simple recommendation made to UPSC to reveal its scaling system is not enough. The UPSC can easily exploit the recommendations.