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    Important decision of CIC re Answer Sheets

    The CIC has given a important decision regarding the right of candidates to see their answer sheets after the results are declared. This decision also clarifies "fiduciary relationship" which has come up in many cases.

    Basically, the CIC says that in case of Public Examinations, the boards are correct in denying a look in at the answer sheets.
    However, when exams are conducted departmentally, then the answer sheets can be accessed.

    Full decision can be viewed at:

  2. Re: Important decision of CIC re Answer Sheets

    It now appears that the CIC has forgotten its own exhaustive full bench decision cited above.

    In a recent decision in respect of a departmental examination conducted by BSNL, the IC Prof M M Ansari has once again ruled that :

    "The disclosure of such documents is, therefore, barred u/s 8(1)(e) of the Act."

    Access to the answer sheet was denied by the Commission on the above ground. However the Commission felt that there was enough ground to inspect the answer sheets by itself, did so, and came to the conclusion that the allegations of the appellant are not justifiable and disposed of the appeal.

    Net result is: Even in departmental examinations, access to evaluated answer sheet has been denied on the grounds of fiduciary relationship.

    The full decision can be viewed at:

    Decision No. 1087/IC(A)/2007 dated 31/07/2007 on Complaint from Shri. Mukesh Chand Gupta Vs Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited

  3. Re: Important decision of CIC re Answer Sheets

    Status of the pending Appeal or Complaint is available on the website, but time of last update not mentioned. Don't you think this necessary at least for clear web-acess?

  4. Re: Important decision of CIC re Answer Sheets

    Dear Nitin Raval,

    I am unable to comprehend your query in connection with this thread. Will you please elaborate?


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