Disclose the criteria for selecting reserved category candidates over general category by UPSC
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) seeking information pertaining to 13 candidates who had been declared successful against general category such as, their birth date, age at the time of selection, the number of attempts they had taken, the total marks awarded to them and the minimum qualifying mark of the general category to which they had been converted in both the preliminary and main examinations. The Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) provided part information and observed that some of the details sought were not maintained in that form and the compilation of the desired information would disproportionately diverted the resources of the UPSC.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) observed that certain candidates belonging to various categories, such as, SC, ST and OBC are declared successful against general category posts based on certain criteria. The disclosure of such criteria in respect of such candidates would improve transparency about the entire examination process and would leave no doubts in anybody's mind about the correctness of the decisions taken by UPSC. The CIC held that the UPSC should compile such information after each civil services examination and place it in the public domain proactively so that nobody would need to seek such information under RTI. The Commission directed the PIO to place this order before the competent authority in the Commission to take an appropriate decision for the future examinations. The Commission also directed the PIO to furnish the remaining desired information to the appellant.
Citation: Shri Anand Kumar v. Union Public Service Commission in File No. CIC/SM/A/2012/001299
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/996
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