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DJS exam: SC makes amazing common sense guidelines on how to avoid future DJS debacles

Future DJS exams might be much improved...
Future DJS exams might be much improved...

The Supreme Court has today issued guidelines to the Delhi high court on how to conduct future Delhi Judicial Services (DJS) exams, following a rejoinder petition by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) represented by Prashant Bhushan and co-petitioner and DJS candidate Sonal Gupta, represented by Sanjay Hegde, who both appeared pro bono in the case.

The guidelines include the following, in an attempt to increase transparency of future exams after 2014 DJS exam was held to have been marked incorrectly by the apex court in April:

  • That OMR answer sheets must be filled in pen and not pencil
  • That in the results the names of the candidates must also be mentioned
  • That the checked answer scripts will be made available via RTI requests as photocopies and not just for one time inspection
  • The apex court also suggested that the Delhi high court should keep in mind the checking procedure as laid down in the 2007 Sanjay Singh case, and the 2015 Sujasha Mukherji case, which includes the process of rationalisation.

A Supreme Court-ordered judicial inquiry held that the 2014 DJS exam was graded incorrectly, with most candidates’ marks increasing and 12 candidates also getting interviews.

Candidates had filed a writ petition last year via CPIL after having identified several discrepancies in the exam results.

Delhi high court affidavit re DJS exam (PDF)

Rejoinder of CPIL to Delhi HC affidavit (PDF)

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