[RTI] UPSC doesn’t comply with CIC’s order, goes to Delhi Highcourt to protect CSAT 2012 answerkeys

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Let’s recap the previous episodes:

  1. I had asked for CSAT 2012 answerkeys via R.T.I, but UPSC did not give it saying “examination process is not over.” (June 2012).
  2. I then appealed to CIC, and CIC ordered UPSC to give the answer key before examination process is over. (This happened on 1st March 2013). Click me for more
  3. But Today (30th March), I received a letter from UPSC, that basically says “We can’t give you the answerkeys and we are going to challange CIC’s order in Delhi High Court..”

Copy pasting the content of UPSC’s letter

F.No.1/1/(31)/68/2013-E-XXI
Dt. 25th March 2013

Subject: compliance of CIC decision no. CIC/SM/A/2012/001599 dated 1st March, 2013 in 2nd appeal filed by Mrunal under the R.T.I act 2005.

In compliance of above mentioned direction of the CIC, it is informed the public information officer (PIO) has not been provided the answer keys of all sets of Civil Service (preliminary) examination, 2012, by the custodian of the said records in the (UPSC) Commission’s Secretariat.  Hence the Public information officer (PIO) is unable to comply with the direction of Hon’ble CIC.
It is, however, further informed that the custodian of such information, have decided to challenge the decision in the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi, as the decision of CIC is contrary to the policy of Public authority.

Yours Faithfully,
Dr. Kulbir Singh
Joint.Direction (E) and C?PIO

—end of copy paste—Here is the link to scanned copy of original letter: click me

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68 Comments on “[RTI] UPSC doesn’t comply with CIC’s order, goes to Delhi Highcourt to protect CSAT 2012 answerkeys”

  1. What’s wrong with UPSC? Wasting tax payer’s money in useless court cases. I wonder little dirty secret they are hiding. Totally sucks.

  2. These people inside UPSC are so arrogant and very unfriendly…. My best wishes to u sir….hope High Court mein bhi inki watt lage…

  3. Brother, As I earlier expected the UPSC is showing its old callous attitude..let them challenge in delhi high court… you present the same grounds on which u relied and the point that
    ‘since prelims marks are not counted for merit..there is no harm in disclosing that’ it is by the efforts of people like you that we can expect the attitude change of UPSC.. so challenge it and all the best..

  4. they a do hide their mistake they can do any thing……………….they know when whole process will over then they will provide the key ….in that case even god and supreme court can not do any thing to correct their mistake

    no one can save civil services aspirant from upsc mistak…….

    they want to reform the system…………………but they dont do any thing to bring the transparency in their recruitment system…………

    hide and hide every thing hide.

  5. Hi Mrunal,
    I must say that you shall fought this battle to the end. Clearly, UPSC seems to be at loggerheads with strong denial and Who knows that this one incident (which might go in your favour) may set the new rules of transparency and accountability in coming era. So go ahead brother!

  6. “as the decision of CIC is contrary to the policy of Public authority.”
    when it is a public authority, public should be authorized to see its proceedings. this is crap,
    I think upsc want to prevent the court cases going to be lodged if they reveal the keys. It happen with state pscs often.

  7. I salute you first for going so ahead on behalf of all of us…we all are with you. You must be knowing that few states like Maharashtra State PSC give the carbon copy of the OMR sheet which we mark and the next day, the official answers are there on their site. It makes the process so much easier. As it is, it takes 1 and half year for a serious candidate to give CSE and keep waiting or rather “hanging” because it is so unpredicatble. The least they could do is provide answer keys so that the students know where they stand. With 2012 paper, there are many questions with ambigious answers, even with Decision making questions, there is subjectivity. I got 205 in 2012 according to vajiram key, 215 according to career launcher, 195 according to visionias. More than anything, the answer keys help us understand whether we are on the right track and stop wasting our time..Thanks Mrunal…for doing this for us…

    1. My point Exactly…..
      Remember
      “When UPSC (aka life) pushes you over….You push back Harder”

    2. Hi Simran. Did you qualify at this score? I just want to compare mine.

      1. seriously there is no point in the famous reply”key cannot be provided before exam process ends”… they must reveal the key on the very next day of the exam… it will be of immense help to all the aspirants..

        Yogesh has a point.! they are trying to avoid controversial answers debate.

        1. Moreover it serves no point in providing the key after 1 yr of the test…! Becomes mere formality..!

  8. “Nothing is settled till it is settled right” hope Delhi HC will upheld CIC’s Decision.

  9. I think same matter is already pending with Delhi HC. Where UPSC denied to disclose the answer keys citing them as their intellectual property. Rubbish…

  10. if ssc(cgl)and state public services commission can declare answer sheet why upsc can’t ?????

  11. As brilliant and courageous you are sir, I am sure this is not going to affect you in any manner..i think we should have faith in the Judiciary of our country… All the Best..we are all with you..

  12. Sir, as you are taking “Pangaa” with UPSC they will also blacklist your website and will not ask any question from the articles you published (as They have done with coaching centers). … Just ‘jocking’ sir… keep it up… Like+Love to read your articles..

  13. My point Exactly…..
    Remember
    “When UPSC (aka life) pushes you over….You push back Harder”

  14. Dude Hi,

    “Use your energy in something productive”. Wat a statement Sirjee………. Ha ha ha…..
    But Mr hi. you should b thankful to Mrunal Sir. Its him who has provided us with so many articles,clearing so many concepts in a simple manner as if he dint do anything productive…regarding the answer keys thing he did not file RTI thinking that his website followers are with him and he doesnt expect people to be with him…….its his time and let him think abt wasting it or doing something productive………

    1. Of course I am thankful to him. I was talking esp. about the RTI follow up. That wont come in exam.So why don’t you contact Mrunal personally and do him a favor by going to the RTI court proceedings.? So he can continue writing articles while you are busy with court proceedings on his behalf?

  15. @KP…I second you bro…some insane dude can’t teach productivity to mrunal…throwing light at sun…

  16. @KP.. You are right. Mrunal sir already given us much and much (free of cost).. and whatever he is doing its his wish.. and I Think we should support him… and regarding “hi”..Every great person has critics ..

  17. Can somebody tell me why going case in a court is always treated in a negative sense.mrunal’s intention are always bonafide ,court will upheld the stand of mrunal.
    Atleast this time we will clearly get the thoughts of UPSC which made it like a secret service organization.
    Mrunal sir tell us where to come and how to support we will be there….

  18. I dont understand logic of UPSC for hiding information and at the same time asking question on role of RTI-2005 in bringing transparency and accountability in govt.

  19. @ Mr.Hi I don think Mrunal bhai is wasting his time.. indeed is trying to bring a change which obviously needs a volte face..!

    1. Right , its not just about getting the answer keys. Its about making UPSC respect our right to know. Mrunal sir is doing this on our behalf, as we don’t have so much time to fight it through to the end, but we are with him definitely. As far as his time is concerned I feel he spends his entire day for the welfare of thousands of UPSC aspirants preparing articles that provide guidlines and explain concepts in the easiest manner possible. Can’t get any better than this.

    2. He writes informative and helpful articles, but filing RTI and the processes’ followup would not help in coming exam or ever. Volte face, lol. Why don’t you try filing an RTI for the same thing while we all study with help of Mrunal’s article and succeed , while you are busy speculating cut-off through the newly received answer key(which would be of no use)? Bye!

  20. Mrunal Bhai..U are a doin a noble thing and u lhave the love and respect of thousands

  21. logic is tht they want to complete the exam in stipulated time..if they provide answer key then student vl ask abt source regardng ambigious questns nd more nd more number of problms..and then upsc hv to delay exam procedure same as states pcs…so its gud to reveal answer key aftr mains

  22. coming months are going to be hectic…. I am preparing for this exam for the last 2 years and havent crossed the prelimns stage… UPSC not releasing answer keys amounts to violation of article 21 of the indian constitution(this is one advantage of preparing for this exam. An engineer like me can use all these fancy numbers and pretend to be a constitutional expert -) anyways, anyone wanting to go to temples and mosques to pray for my success in this exam, they are welcome to do so, because if I become an IAS officer i will be the saviour of this country. This country needs me. . .

    Too much non sense? I agree. . Anyways guys, wish you all the very best

    Mrunalbhai- my advice to you if you go to the high court is ” make upsc an offer they cant refuse” in marlon brando style. . UPSC deserves it

    1. If you don’t mind may i ask you how many attempts have you been through till now? And what do you think is the reason you are not able to get past prelims stage even after 2 years of preparation? Its just for my guidance.

      1. I wish i had known the answer :-)
        I have given two attempts and this will be my 3rd

  23. Seems Like Mrunal bhai following words of Salman,”ek baar jo maine commitment kardi ,phir may apne aap ki bhi nahi sunta’. :)…
    i believe this wil lead to some +ve results….

  24. UPSC epitomized colonial mindset for sure. This is unacceptable. Can’t understand what is secret about those answer keys. At the end of the day, they are just answer keys, not some DRDO protocol.

  25. General Studies- IV: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude
    Those bald status quo(ist) officers within the UPSC should be asked to write an essay on the above mentioned topic….Their replies then should be attached when the court proceedings take place for disclosing the answerkeys(Bloody Hypocrites)….One of the laziest, dullest, brash officers are on the rolls of the UPSC and they have an excuse for everything…If there is an essay to be written on the RTI in any exam, damn UPSC would be right example to give…THIS IS DEMO(N)CRA(Z)Y…

    1. UPSC officers are not lazy. They are the most cunning, crooked and scheming set of people in this whole world.. I wonder what is the criteria to be an officer in UPSC? I m sure one of the criteria is to be a saddist and have a natural tendency to find excuses and not to give replies for RTI

      1. “Gestapo” style of functioning,those skills are what they hone….The bubble in which they encapsulate themselves is what we know as Kafkaesque…

  26. I think ,UPSC is still in BRITISH ERA..Some one should tell them this is Republic country where people are supreme.. transparency is more important…UPSC is behaving like LORD CURZEN…..

  27. Now I smell fishy, what UPSC is upto why they want to hide, I think they just want to stand like a monarch untouched.

  28. Atleast UPSC will fm nw onwards be more cautious in evaluation and other related things…
    People like MRUNAL will definately lead to a change in the entire process.. i guess..
    m not very hopeful for the 2012 ans sheets but i hv a gut feeling that 2013 and onwards some transparency might come in…

    thanks sir for your genuine and kind efforts.

  29. Every change has come because somebody took the effort to bring about the change. It is very much in public interest that UPSC becomes more transparent with respect to the examination. It is very important that candidates know the exact answers and exactly how they have fared; and there is no logic in keeping them secret just because the exam is not over. If some candidate finds that he has got the adequate marks but is still not declared qualified, he must be able to challenge it BEFORE the exam is over, and not after it.
    This secrecy makes ordinary people doubt UPSC’s integrity, and hence transparency is in their interest too.
    In fact, we must congratulate Mrunal for his determination and perseverance in this regard. Somebody must be bold and brave enough to challenge the status quo.

  30. thats what i said you .. it happened before also like that only … they will move to supreme court if case is lost in high court … there only goal will be either applicant should give up or they shd prolong the decision so that candidate loses interest

  31. Mrunal,

    Bravo for your attempt. You can exemplify Kerala PSC’s method in dealing with answer keys((as i’m living in Kerala, I know only about it) also UGC’s latest method in NET exams. UGC and Kerala PSC give us opportunity to check whether our answers correct or not and also give time to point out the mistakes in their answer keys. They put provisional answer keys first and final answer keys after getting suggestions from the candidates who appeared for the exams. So as central agency UPSC is bound to give the answer keys for the exams they are conducting. It’s shame that UPSC lacks a central agency’s qualities in this regard.

    Go ahead friend if you can. I wish i had some money to give you in this fight for a common cause. sorry friend.

  32. Hi Mr/Ms “Hi”!
    Your such mean and limited perspective about your goal draws my sympathy and I would like to make an attempt to alleviate your malady (i.e. mental myopia if i may say!).

    The RTI by Mr Mrunal is not just about seeking an answer key or for speculating cut-offs, but it much more than that. It is about asking for the much needed “transparency”, which might be just another topic for you to cram up for the ‘Ethics’ GS paper/Pub.Ad etc. to write in an exam; whereas the true appreciation of it would be actually applying those values in your life and not just restrict to your answer script.

    Dear Hi, those who stand by the values don’t really care whether anyone is backing him/her up or not, because it is a war within and far ahead of fear/profit/loss. This is something we call “PUBLIC SPIRITEDNESS”. Aspiring to be a “Public Servant” and discrediting a public spirited attempt of RTI is nothing short of an unscrupulous behaviour.

    I hope I haven’t wasted much of your time…

    Good luck with your preparation,tc ;)

    1. Hi Ms/Mr “Hi”!!

      Though I’m not astounded by your guilty conscious hyper-reaction but I’ve full sympathy for your ‘MDR*-mental malady’, towards alleviation of which my generous sermon to you on public spirit, transparency etc failed to do any good. May be you should give a chance to quarantine therapy!

      I have no accolades to share with a masked person here in an anonymous ‘comment-chat’ anyway, neither this forum is meant for that, but yes you can still relieve yourself from the painful duty of wasting your time in replying to an “unsuccessful whining Inz” for your satisfaction :)

      I sincerely advice you to go and do “something more productive” for your own sake as this “wont come in exam”!! Leave this RTI activism, PIL etc for the “unsuccessful whining people”…(who are unfortunately those stupid public spirited people like Subhash Agarwal, Shehla Masood, Medha Patkar, Arvind Kejriwal, Julian Asange, Mrunal and many more…);”Hi” should just worry about his exam…lol

      I even have firm belief now that you are a perfect material for the UPSC…(I mean-as their office staff not because you are too dazzling but because you have the perfect closed, divisive, mean and status-quoist frame of mind most suited for the staffs employed there who just don’t understand the spirit of the most empowering law of the land(RTI) and continue to think that “secrecy is the law and transparency is an exception”).

      Don’t misunderstand me “Hi” but I persist with my suggestion that there is always a room for improvement. You can also make a difference by being the change you wish to see…and if I may quote MK Gandhi-“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”.

      Good luck tc ;)

      (*MDR= multi drug resistant…just for your revision ;) !!)

      1. I like your reply ..INZ

      2. luv d way u replied…thanx INZ

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    2. @ HI
      dude rather than dictating mrunal to do something productive, why don’t u do something more productive by keeping your mouth shut and let mrunal decide what he should come out with and what should be ignored. He is not charging you a single penny , nor he is having any assistant for writing his articles. He is managing and running this site all alone and free of charge. So plz spare him your stupid thankless remarks and suggestions.
      Bye Mr. Hi…

    3. Bye bye to mr hi
      toodle-oo my friend

    4. dear hi,
      u r such a intelligent fathead reveal ur name and rank n we ll see how far the transperency has help u!!
      So long even bigger suckr!!

  33. kab aa rahe ho delhi mrunal ??

    1. Kya pandey ji, aap abhi delhi mein hain

  34. Thanks followed by a Salute from the bottom of my heart to you Mrunal Sir, for helping our nation’s potential IAS aspirants which are struggling with the most opaque machinery of our country.

    Transparency is the only thing that lacks UPSC the most.

  35. Mrunal is UPSC’s Aravind Kejarwal ……..

  36. @ Hi
    What a bloodsucker you are man. Cant you see the voices of 100s on this post, 1000s on this website, 100000s of the country who wAnt a change in the system for the good and on the other hand is a person who is solely concern of his benefits by getting to read free articles written by mrunal.

    Mrunal himself take care of thousands of aspirants by helping in various exams and by this change, he will benefitting lacs of Civil Services aspirants throughout India, for years to come maybe( If SC gives a verdict in his favor- (because upsc is egomaniac)- there are chances of upsc directed by SC in light of transparency to disclose the prelims answerkeys for every future year.)

    And mind you, writing the articles in such an easy , interesting And understandable way is an art , which surely is absent with 99.9% of Indian authors but undoubtedly takes a lot of time. What he can read and understand in 15-20 min , he must be taking hours to jott down on this site and then reading to comments and replying . This itself is a mammoth task demanding hours daily.
    So if he were a selfish dude like you are, he would have definitely not started public spirited website like this.(for legal knowledge of Mr. Hi) Cases in HC or SC may run for years but take just a couple of hours when the hearing is scheduled ( if most of the matter is already prepared, like in this case). Hearing is usually scheduled monthly or so, depending on urgency of case in eyes of court.
    As far as mrunal sir is concerned, i am sure that we are and will always be with him morally and financially( if need be – in court fees and all, he can surely put up the cost here and we all can divide equally)
    Hats off to you sir for this contributions of yours for the aspirants.

  37. @ Inz
    Nice writing skills dude. Will surely bring you kudos in mains.. ;)
    And a Perfect reply. :)

  38. Mrunal,upsc ko iski aukat dikha do.they will have to change their attitude…

  39. @ Hi
    Wake up dude!!. Cant you see the voices of 100s on this post, 1000s on this website, 100000s of the country who wAnt a change in the system for the good and on the other hand is a person who is solely concern of his benefits by getting to read free articles written by mrunal.

    Mrunal himself take care of thousands of aspirants by helping in various exams and by this change, he will benefitting lacs of Civil Services aspirants throughout India, for years to come maybe( If SC gives a verdict in his favor- (because upsc is egomaniac)- there are chances of upsc directed by SC in light of transparency to disclose the prelims answerkeys for every future year.)

    And mind you, writing the articles in such an easy , interesting And understandable way is an art , which surely is absent with 99.9% of Indian authors but undoubtedly takes a lot of time. What he can read and understand in 15-20 min , he must be taking hours to jott down on this site and then reading to comments and replying . This itself is a mammoth task demanding hours daily.
    So if he were a selfish dude like you are, he would have definitely not started public spirited website like this.(for legal knowledge of Mr. Hi) Cases in HC or SC may run for years but take just a couple of hours when the hearing is scheduled ( if most of the matter is already prepared, like in this case). Hearing is usually scheduled monthly or so, depending on urgency of case in eyes of court.
    As far as mrunal sir is concerned, i am sure that we are and will always be with him morally and financially( if need be – in court fees and all, he can surely put up the cost here and we all can divide equally)
    Hats off to you sir for this contributions of yours for the aspirants.

  40. hellow mrunal bro every government related work in india is accompanied with full of mental agony and frustration.and the end result is we dont get the required service but extra added frustration ,so forget the answerkeys because after you get them and in case if any fault found in them then you would require to toil again to get it rectified .just keep on with your outstandingly excellent work of spreading useful knowledge .thank you very mucg for giving such nice articles to read for free on your blog

  41. Hi, Mrunal. Just some suggestions. Before, filing any counter in the court. I think you should file another RTI with U.P.S.C seeking the notings of the file in which subject matter has been dealt with. Secondly, you should also seek a copy of the policy which U.P.S.C follows for not supplying the information. After analyzing all the aspects than only we can infer anything about their stand. Otherwise, the entire exercise may prove to be useless.

  42. answer keys should be provided within week , and also in pre result marks of all qualified student should be provided as well otherlist of unqualified students should be prepared like in SSC , they provide answer keys of every exam as well as marks of every student

  43. and that is okay i think , but a sad news

  44. Mrunal keep up d gud work!! God knows with ur help we ll get the 2013 answer keys within this lifetime!!

  45. What is this public policy which want to hide the truth

  46. firstly, cheers to mrunal….fighting at the lead slot and leading us(aspirants) by example…
    I too wrote an RTI letter today,inspired by your article(deed) mrunalji…and told my friends to do so…to pose different questions to UPSC..
    thank you bhayya…your articles are in away awesome that they are very very clear and fundamentalistic and even a 6th standard kid could understand what you wish to convey…That’s a God-Gift…

  47. Hello Mrunal
    I have appeared in CS(Main)-2012 from Hindi medium, I did appear in CS(Main)-2011 and got 767 marks though didnt get call for interview. But in CS(Main)-2012 i was expecting a call but i got failed in both Compulsory paper of Hindi as well as in English, not qualifying in English may somehow be justified since i am from Hindi Medium but failing in Hindi is not justified however i doubt on my result, can you please suggest me the way to address my grievances. I just want to get scanned copy of those evaluated answersheets of Hindi and English.
    please do help me.

    Chandrakanta Rathore

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