[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. 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.

  2. 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!!

  3. kab aa rahe ho delhi mrunal ??

    1. Kya pandey ji, aap abhi delhi mein hain

  4. 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.

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

  6. @ 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.

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

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

  9. @ 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

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

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

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

  16. 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…

  17. 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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