New Delh: India’s Central Information Commission (CIC) will soon rule on whether candidates who appear for examinations conducted by the government, government-bodies, or government-colleges can obtain copies of the corrected answer sheets by filing Right to Information (RTI) applications.
If the commission rules in favour of the move, candidates appearing for exams such as the common admission test (CAT), conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management, and the entrance test conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, will be able to get copies of their answer papers on filing an RTI application. According to chief information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, the decision will be announced very soon.
The application was heard by a full bench, which comprises all the five information commissioners, something that happens only for very important cases. “It has taken a bit of time for us to arrive at a decision within the commission,” Habibullah said.
The commission has clubbed together applications from several candidates appearing for entrance and departmental exams who wanted to check their corrected answer sheets, and rule on the issue. These applicants had unsuccessfully appeared for exams conducted by CBSE (Class X and Class XII), the postal department, railways and public-sector enterprises.
CIC’s decision will affect lakhs of students who appear for various competitive exams. Earlier this week, the Delhi high court upheld CIC’s order directing the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to reveal cut-off marks obtained by the candidates in the preliminary exams for entrance into the civil services. The court also told UPSC to disclose model answer papers that explained the scoring pattern.