UPSC Answer-sheets can be accessed under RTI: Supreme Court
In a landmark ruling on Tuesday, a Supreme Court bench said students had the right to access their answer-sheets under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The court held that evaluated answer-sheets were covered under the definition of “information” under the RTI Act, 2005. The bench,
comprising justice RV Raveendran and justice AK Patnaik, upheld a February 5, 2009 ruling of the Calcutta high court that examination conducting agencies were not exempted under the transparency law from disclosing the answer-sheets.
The verdict will benefit lakhs of students appearing for various examinations, including those conducted by the UPSC, as it gives a student the right to inspect answer-sheets by just applying to the relevant university, council, board or commission.