UPSC Civil Services Exam 2017, Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Claiming Question Ambiguity in June


On Tuesday, the top Court had rejected a plea concerning the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) preliminary examination. The plea sought for the grace marks or the removal of so-called wrong questions in the paper. A bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy, and A M Khanwilkar, said the court did not hold any merit and the petitioner did not provide any representation to the UPSC arguing that there was more than one correct answer to a question.

The advocate for the petitioners, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, said that there is a question that held multiple correct answers based on two different schools of thought. Appearing for the petitioner, Gonsalves also added that the UPSC had already declared the preliminary results, but the answer key will be published only after the whole process (main exam and the interview) is completed. However, the UPSC’s P S Patwalia said that the petitioner’s challenge is unacceptable as there were 35 candidates who submitted representations and the petitioner was not amongest them. He also added that there’s no vagueness found in the paper and that’s why all the representations have been rejected.

The bench, on the other hand, also suggested the candidates of the all-India services exam that they are supposed to go by the books and not by the theories of researchers. The apex court, prior to it, had concurred to inspect the plea which allegedly said that two questions in the 2017 preliminary examination of the UPSC were “wrong”. On June 18, 2017, the commission had conducted the civil services examination test. This preliminary examination consisted of two papers comprising objective type questions and carrying a maximum of 400 marks. The petitioner has stated that year’s s preliminary examination paper had questions with multiple answers and most of them might have been answered on the subjective interpretation of the examines. She has also described early judgments of the top court which had said a question had several correct answers is highly recommended as wrong.


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