Law Minister writes to UPSC on complaints of "irregularities"

With many civil services aspirants alleging irregularities in UPSC exams, Minister of State for Law K Venkatapathy on Friday wrote to the commission's chairman to look into the matter and help candidates whose career prospects are at stake.

New Delhi, Aug 25: With many civil services
aspirants alleging irregularities in UPSC exams, Minister of
State for Law K Venkatapathy on Friday wrote to the commission's
chairman to look into the matter and help candidates whose
career prospects are at stake.

Forwarding a joint representation submitted by a group of
youngsters to the UPSC, Venkatapathy told the body's chairman
Gurbachan Jagat that a number of candidates have sought
information under the Right to Information Act and "the reply
is not forthcoming".

"Since the matter involves the career prospects of the
aspiring candidates, an early action to resolve the issue is
requested," the minister said in his letter.

Alleging widespread irregularity in the 2006 preliminary
exams, over 200 candidates have filed applications under the
RTI Act asking the UPSC to publish subject cut-off and
individual marks and the answer key besides guidelines for
selecting SC/ST candidates.

The UPSC refused to give into all their demands except
publishing the answer key on August 17. But the candidates
allege that the UPSC has gone back on its promise and till
date it has not published the same.

The students had also met Chief Information Commissioner
Wajahat Habibullah yesterday complaining about UPSC's
reluctance to part with details.

"The main examinations are on October 13 and the last
date for applying is on August 31. We have just five-six days.
Our career is at stake and country's apex recruitment body is
not bothered about us," said Sameer Panda, one of the
complainants.

Bureau Report

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