Scaling Method Used in UPSC Mains Exam Upheld by Allahabad HC

Allahabad High Court approves Scaling Method Used in UPSC Mains Exam

In the instant case, the petitioners had challenged the scaling method that was recently adopted in UPPSC Mains exam.

Further prayer was to quash the result of the UPPSC Mains exam which was declared on 23.06.2020. 

The Allahabad High Court held that the scaling method was applicable in the case, and the petition should be dismissed as there was a suppression of facts.

Anomalies in the exam

The petitioners stated that they had qualified for the Mains exams after successfully clearing the preliminary exam.

They contended that they were confident that they would clear the Mains Exam as well but were shocked to find that they were unsuccessful.

It is alleged that due to the scaling method that has been adopted, candidates whose marks have been scaled have been subjected to several anomalies

Example of the Petitioner No.1 was given whose raw marks were 951 but was scaled down to 934.06 due to which he was unable to crack the Mains exam.

Reliance was placed on Sanjay Singh case where the Apex Court held that the scaling method requires reconsideration and it leads to irrational results and does not offer a solution for examiner variability arising from strict/liberal valuation. 

A reference was also made to Manoj Kumar Yadav Vs. PPPSC where the Supreme Court held that the UPPSC should form the merit list based on marks allotted according to the judgement in Sanjay Singh case.

Counsel for the respondents submits that some petitioners were guilty of suppressing facts.

Learned Counsel for the respondents submitted that a similar petition (Civil Misc. Writ Petition No. 5302 of 2020) has already been filed before this very Court and petitioners No. 1,2,5,7 and eight were petitioners in that case as well.

Therefore, petitioners No. 1,2,5,7 and 8 were guilty of suppressing the facts, so this petition should be dismissed due to incorrect declaration.

Scaling Method Used in UPSC Mains Exam Upheld by Allahabad High Court. 

It was opined the facts of the Sanjay Singh Case were different from the present case. The ratio applied, in that case, cannot be applied in the instant case.

Also, there was no dispute or challenge to Rule 51 of PSC rules the petitioners cannot claim that the scaling method was unfair.

The petition was also dismissed on the ground that petitioners No. 1,2,5,7 and 8 did not disclose the fact they were a party in a suit where similar reliefs were requested.

A reference was made to Hindustan Transport Corporation vs State of Uttar Pradesh where it was held that non-disclosure and suppression would not only invite rejection of the petition.

Accordingly, the writ petition was dismissed and a cost of Rs. 10000 was imposed on Petitioners No. 1,2,4,7 and 8 for suppression of facts.

Case Details:-

Title: Alok Kumar Singh And 8 Others vs State of U.P. and Another

Case No.: WRIT – A No. – 6649 of 2020

Date of Order: 23.09.2020

Coram: Hon’ble Justice Vivek Agarwal

Counsel for Petitioner:- Anurag Tripathi, Gaurav Kumar 

Counsel for Respondent :- C.S.C.,M.N. Singh

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