RTI application seeking copy of the reserve list prepared by UPSC
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) seeking certified copy of the consolidated reserve list prepared in accordance with Civil Services Examination Rule 16(4) and (5), including the category wise rank and aggregate marks of the candidates. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided part information and denied the disclosure of the reserve list under section 8(1)(j) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, there shall be no obligation to give any citizen, information which relates to personal information the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual unless the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Officer or the appellate authority, as the case may be, is satisfied that the larger public interest justifies the disclosure of such information: Provided that the information which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature shall not be denied to any person. of the RTI Act.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) stated that the consolidated reserve list of candidates can be disclosed along with the marks of only those candidates who were eventually recommended. The Commission held that disclosure of any information concerning any examination process, the marks and other details of those candidates should not be disclosed who are not recommended for employment or career promotion as it could cause unwarranted invasion of their privacy, on the other hand the same can be disclosed for the recommended candidates. The respondent submitted that the list prepared by the UPSC did not contain the rank of the candidates. The Commission directed the PIO to provide the copy of the Reserve List severing from that the marks awarded to those candidates who had not been recommended by the UPSC eventually for appointment.
Citation: Shri Chandan Kumar v. Union Public Service Commission in File No. CIC/SM/A/2012/900881
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1006
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