UPSC exam papers can't be re-evalued:
Delhi HC,UPSC IFS exam 2012:
New Delhi: The UPSC cannot re-evaluate the civil service examination answer
sheets due to absence of any rule for it, the Delhi High Court has held, while
dismissing a plea to re-assess a candidate's answer scripts of the 2006 main
The ruling comes as a big blow to candidates who had the hopes of getting their
scripts re-examined and as a major reprieve for UPSC officials as it saves them
the extra trouble and embarrassment.
Dismissing the civil service aspirant Syed Shabbir Ali's plea, a bench of justices
B D Ahmed and V K said, "As regards re-evaluation of the answer sheet of
petitioner Ali, admittedly, there is no rule of UPSC entitling a candidate to seek
re-evaluation of his answer sheets.
We, therefore, find no merit in the contention that the petitioner is entitled to re-
evaluation of his answer sheets," the bench said.
The bench was hearing Ali's plea challenging the Central Administrative
Tribunal's (CAT) order which had dismissed his plea for re-evaluation of his
answer scripts in the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2006.
In his petition, Ali had sought the bench's direction to the Union Public Service
Commission (UPSC) to declare him successful candidate in the first rank in the
Civil Service (Main) Examination 2006.
According to the petition, Ali had cleared the 2006 preliminary examination but
had not been able to clear the main examination as he had not done well in
English, a compulsory paper.
The English paper was a qualifying paper, for candidates of all categories, for the
Civil Services Examinations 2006, as per the petition.
During the course of hearing, the bench had directed UPSC to re-total his marks
in English paper and inform the court about the cut-off marks for qualifying it.
"On perusal of the record, we found that the raw marks obtained by the petitioner
in English paper have been moderated and resultantly, he has been awarded
higher marks, but despite that he was well below the qualifying cut-off which
UPSC had prescribed in respect of the English paper.
We also found that all the answers had been evaluated by the examiner and
there was no totaling mistake," the bench said.
"We are, therefore, satisfied that no mistake has been committed by the
respondent in evaluating the answer sheet of the petitioner in respect of English
paper and the petitioner has failed to obtain qualifying marks in the said paper,"
the bench said and dismissed Ali's petition.
A competitive examination for recruitment to the Indian Forest Service will be
held by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) commencing from July 14,
2012 in accordance with the Rules published by the Ministry of Environment and
Forests in the Gazette of India dated April 14, 2012.
The number of vacancies to be filled on the results of the examination is
expected to be approximately 85. Reservation will be made for candidates
belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and
Physically Handicapped Categories in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by
How to apply:
Candidates are required to apply online only by using the website
Last date of submission of applications:
The Online Applications can be filled upto May 14, 2012 till 11.59 PM, after which
the link will be disabled.