The Delhi High Court rendered a significant decision by opting to reconsider the practice of disclosing answer keys. Specifically, they are exploring the feasibility of releasing answer keys after the UPSC preliminary examination round, rather than waiting until after the final results are announced. This pivotal decision was prompted by a plea submitted by 17 UPSC aspirants who unfortunately did not succeed in the recent exams conducted earlier this year.
The aspirants had sought the publication of answer keys as part of their plea. This move suggests that the court recognizes the importance of transparency and fairness in the examination process. By contemplating the possibility of releasing answer keys earlier, the court is acknowledging the candidates' legitimate expectations and their right to access information that can help them assess their performance in the preliminary examination. This decision marks a step towards ensuring a more equitable and transparent selection process in UPSC exams.
Justice Chandra Dhari Singh, rejecting UPSC's stance that the petition pertained to recruitment matters and was outside the purview of the High Court, asserted that the case involved the adjudication of legal and fundamental rights of the candidates. These rights encompassed aspects such as fair play, legitimate expectations, and the right to know. Justice Singh stated that simply requesting the answer key, which could be utilized to evaluate candidates' performance, does not constitute interference in the recruitment process.