[RTI] UPSC destroys mains answersheets, shows prelim marks of Prince Dhawan, keeps lid on Nigvekar Committee & Optional Subject removal

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India Yearbook
  1. Scores of Toppers in Civil Service (Mains)-2011
  2. Categorywise Highest scores in CSAT paper I and  II?
  3. Highest scores in Mains Exam of 2011
  4. Topper Scores in CSAT 2011 (GS+Aptitude)
  5. Mains Answersheets of toppers in CSM 2011
  6. Optional subject removal, Nigavenkar Committee Report
  7. Answerkeys for truckload of allied exams
  8. Indian Forest Service (IFS)
  9. Epilogue

Scores of Toppers in Civil Service (Mains)-2011

Q6. Please give the breakup of the marks scored by the candidates of the final merit list of the CSM Exam 2011, including the names of the optionals they had taken, and the marks scored in each written paper.

UPSC replies: Subject wise marks of the candidates is information personal to them, hence exempted under Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act is invoked. Moreover, no public interest is apparent. However, written, total/PT/final marks of the recommended candidates could be provided. For that, the Information seeker needs to be deposit Rs.42/- as the information comprises 21 pages.

Mrunal Comments

  • Public interest is totally apparent. What is ‘personal’ about subjectwise marks of toppers!

Categorywise Highest scores in CSAT paper I and  II?

Q7 What was the categorywise Highest mark scored in each Paper I and Paper II of Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2011 (CSE (Preliminary) 2011)

UPSC replies
There were no separate cut off for individual papers and the cut off marks were based on the aggregate marks obtained in both the papers put together. Data regarding highest marks obtained by any candidate in Paper-land Paper-ii is not compiled.

Mrunal comments: That doesn’t mean the data is not ‘available’ in your files.

Highest scores in Mains Exam of 2011

Q8. What was the categorywise highest mark scored in each paper of CSM 2011?

UPSC replies: Category wise highest marks scored in each paper of CS(M) Exam, 2011 cannot be provided as same is not available in a compiled form.

Topper Scores in CSAT 2011 (GS+Aptitude)

Q9. Provide the Marks scored by following candidates in CSE (Preliminary) 2011 (Mrunal to readers: these people are top 3 rankers in CSE-2011, I wanted to know their scores in prelims)

CSE (Preliminary) 2011
NameRoll No.Paper I (GS)Paper II (Aptitude)
Shena Aggarwal 233541
Rukmani Riar 27895
Prince Dhawan 1804

UPSC replies

CSE (Preliminary) 2011Total (Rounded Off)
NameRoll No.Paper I (GS)Paper II (Aptitude)
Shena Aggarwal (Rank 1) 233541110156.68267
Rukmani Riar (Rank 2) 2789569.34130199
Prince Dhawan (Rank 3) 180495.34146.68242

Mrunal comments

Wait a minute, why are you (UPSC) giving this information to me? Afterall if Subject wise marks of the candidates is information personal to them, hence exempted under Section 8/1/j of R.T.I (like you said in previous question), then these CSAT marks of each paper, should also be personal to them, because you make prelims cut off list after combining the marks!

Mains Answersheets of toppers (2011)

Q10. Please provide me the answer scripts of the top 5 candidates of the select list of Civil Service Mains (CSM-2011).

UPSC replies
The information cannot be provided as Answer Sheets of Civil Service (main) have already been weeded out as per the Record Retention Schedule approved by the Commission.

Mrunal comments: Too bad. These toppers’ answersheets could have served as lighthouse for future aspirants (especially since UPSC refused to give ‘model-answerkeys for mains exam’ in my previous R.T.I application.

Optional subject removal, Nigavekar Committee

Q11. Please furnish information on the status of the Nigavekar Committee appointed by the UPSC, including the copy of the mandate setting up the committee, and the copies of mandates giving extensions to the said committee, if any. However, if the Committee has submitted its report, please give a copy of the report. Has UPSC given any deadline/ time limit to that committee to frame its report?

UPSC replies
It is informed that Prof. Nigavekar Committee Report has been received by the Commission on 30.8.2012 and the recommendations of the Committee, after due consideration of the Commission have been forwarded to Govt. of India on 31.10.2012 and their response is awaited.

It is further informed that the copy of the report/recommendations have not been made available to Public Information Officer by the Public Authority. Thus, Seaion 8(1)(d) of the RTI Act, 2005 is invoked, Public Authority being affected third Party.

Mrunal Comments:
Well, I already knew that a week before (thanks to Mr.Partho). Seems UPSC is going to do everything to protect the Top Secret information related to optional subject removal, disregarding the fact that many candidates are in limbo and coaching factories are making a killing due to this uncertainty.

Answerkeys for truckload of allied exams

Q12. Please provide the official answer keys/ model answers, category wise cutoffs, mark sheets of the candidates securing the first and last ranks in his/her category of the following exams: Combined Defence Services (I) Exam, 2011; National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Exam (I), 2011; Engineering Services Exam, 2011; Indian Forest Service Exam, 2011; National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Exam (II), 2011; Combined Defence Services (II) Exam, 2011; Central Police Force (Assistant Commandant) Exam, 2011.

UPSC replies

  • Information in respect of CDS & NDA cannot be provided since the final selection of candidates is made by the Ministry of Defence.
  • Regarding CPF (Asstt. Commandant), it is that since the examination process is not yet completely over, the marks secured by the last recommended candidates cannot be disdosed.

(Mrunal edit- they only gave cut off marks of IFS exam)

Indian Forest Service (IFS)

CATEGORYMarks obtained by last selected candidate


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