The penalties for cheating or attempting to cheat the UPSC can be severe. Candidates who are held by the UPSC to be guilty of attempting to commit or abetting the commission of cheating can be liable to criminal prosecution.
Q. What is Rule 14 of the Rules for the Civil Services Examination issued by the UPSC?
A. Rule 14 of the Rules for the Civil Services Examination issued by the UPSC deals with disciplinary matters. It spells out the punishments that can be awarded to candidates for improper acts.
Q. When does Rule 14 of the Rules for the Civil Services Examination issued by the UPSC come into play?
A. Rule 14 of the Rules for the Civil Services Examination issued by the UPSC comes into play when a claim made by a candidate is found to be incorrect. Thus, a false claim made by a candidate before the UPSC may render a candidate liable to disciplinary action under Rule 14. In addition, Rule 14 gets attracted when other improper acts are committed by a candidate.
Q. What are the specific conditions or actions which attract action under Rule 14?
Answer. There are 12 specific conditions or actions that attract action under Rule 14. These are as follows:
(1) If the UPSC deems that a candidate has obtained support for his/her candidature by:
i) Offering illegal gratification to, or
(ii) Applying pressure on, or
(iii) Blackmailing, or threatening to blackmail
any person connected with the conduct of the examination,
the provisions of Rule 14 will get attracted.
If the UPSC deems a candidate to have been guilty of committing any of the following acts, the provisions of Rule 14 will get attracted:
(2) Impersonation, or
(3) Procuring impersonation by any person,
(4) Submitting fabricated documents or documents which have been tampered with, or
(5) Making statements which are incorrect or false or suppressing material information.
If the UPSC deems that a candidate has resorted to any of the following acts in connections with his/her candidature for the examination, then the provisions of Rule 14 will get attracted:
(6) (i) Obtaining a copy of the question paper through improper means,
(ii) Finding out or trying to find out the particulars of the persons who are connected with the secret work relating to the examination.
(iii) Influencing or trying to influence the examiners.
If the UPSC deems a candidate guilty of any of the following acts, the provisions of Rule 14 will get attracted:
(7) Using unfair means during the examination, or
(8) Writing obscene matter or drawing obscene sketches in the answer sheets, or
(9) Misbehaving in the examination hall including tearing of the scripts, provoking fellow examinees to boycott the examination, creating a disorderly scene and the like.
(10) If the UPSC deems a candidate to be guilty of harassing or doing bodily harm to the staff employed by them for the conduct of their examinations, it is likely to invoke the provisions of Rule 14.
(11) If a candidate is in possession of or using a mobile phone, or a pager or any electronic equipment or device or any other equipment capable of being used as a communication device during the examination, the UPSC is likely to invoke the provisions of Rule 14.
(12) If the UPSC deems that a candidate has violated any of the instructions issued to candidates along with their Admission Certificates permitting them to take the examination, it is likely to invoke the provisions of Rule 14 will.
Q. What are the punishments that can be awarded by the UPSC for the acts that have been detailed above?
A. (1) A candidates who is held by the UPSC to be guilty of attempting to commit or abetting the commission of all or any of the acts mentioned above will be liable to criminal prosecution.
(2) In addition the candidate will also be liable:
(i) to be disqualified by the UPSC from the examination for which he/she is a candidate; and/or
(ii) to be debarred either permanently or for a specified period:
(a) by the UPSC from any examination or selection held by them;
(b) by the Central Government from any employment under them; and
(iii) if he/she is already in service under Government to disciplinary action under the appropriate Rules.
Q. Before the punishment is awarded under Rule 14, will the candidate concerned be afforded an opportunity to make a representation to the UPSC?
A. Before the punishment is awarded under Rule 14, the UPSC will:
(i) Give the candidate an opportunity to make, within a specified time, a representation, in writing, as he/she may wish to make in that behalf; and
(ii) In case the candidate submits a representation within the period allowed to him/her, then the UPSC will take the representation into consideration while taking a decision in the matter.