How To File RTI Application Under The RTI Act, 2005


Right to Information Act, 2005 was enacted on 15th June 2005 for setting out a practical regime to enable citizens to secure access to information with the”public authorities” in order to ensure transparency and accountability. The Act ensures greater and more effective access to information and makes the Indian democracy more participatory and meaningful. Right to Information Act 2005 mandates timely response to citizen requests for government information. Here’s how to file an RTI application.

To read more about the Right to Information Act, 2005, click here.

Online Application for RTI:

The government of India has launched a portal ( for online filing of
applications seeking information. This is a portal to file RTI applications/first appeals online along with payment gateway. Payment can be made through internet banking of SBI, debit/credit cards of Master/Visa and RuPay cards. Through this portal, RTI applications/first appeals can be filed by Indian Citizens for all Ministries/Departments and other Public Authorities of Central Government. RTI applications/first appeals should not be filed for other Public authorities under Central/State Govt. through this portal.

This Web Portal can be used by Indian citizens to file RTI applications online and also
to make payment for RTI application online. The first appeal can also be filed online.

Guidelines for filing online application:

  1. An applicant who desires to obtain any information under the RTI Act can make a request through this Web Portal to the Ministries/Departments of Government of India.Right to Information Act
  2. On clicking at “Submit Request”, the applicant has to fill the required details on the page that will appear.                                            The fields marked * are mandatory while the others are optional.
  3. The text of the application may be written at the prescribed column.
  4. At present, the text of an application that can be uploaded at the prescribed column is confined to 3000 characters only.
  5. In case an application contains more than 3000 characters, it can be uploaded as an attachment, by using column “Supporting document”.
  6. After filling the first page, the applicant has to click on “Make Payment” to make payment of the prescribed fee.
  7. The applicant can pay the prescribed fee through the following modes:
  • Internet banking through SBI;
  • Using credit/debit card of Master/Visa;
  • Using RuPay Card.

8. Fee for making an application is as prescribed in the RTI Rules, 2012.

9. After making payment, an application can be submitted.

10. No RTI fee is required to be paid by any citizen who is below poverty line as per RTI            Rules, 2012. However, the applicant must attach a copy of the certificate issued by the        appropriate government in this regard, alongwith the application.

11. On submission of an application, a unique registration number would be issued, which        may be referred by the applicant for any references in future.

12. The application filed through this Web Portal would reach electronically to the “Nodal          Officer” of concerned Ministry/Department, who would transmit the RTI application              electronically to the concerned CPIO.

13. In case additional fee is required representing the cost for providing information, the         CPIO would intimate the applicant through this portal. This intimation can be seen by         the applicant through Status Report or through his/her e-mail alert.

14. For making an appeal to the first Appellate Authority, the applicant has to click
at”Submit First Appeal”and fill up the page that will appear.

15. The registration number of original application has to be used for reference.

16. As per RTI Act, no fee has to be paid for first appeal.

17. The applicant/the appellant should submit his/her mobile number to receive SMS alert.

18. Status of the RTI application/first appeal filed online can be seen by the
applicant/appellant by clicking at “View Status”.

All the requirements for filing an RTI application and first appeal as well as other provisions regarding time limit, exemptions etc., as provided in the RTI Act, 2005 will continue to apply.

Offline Application For RTI:

Procedure of filing RTI application offline

Step 1: Write your application. The application can be handwritten or typed in English,Hindi or in the official language of your area. Although there is no specific format for RTI application sent to the central government public authorities but some states have a proforma which needs to be followed while writing / typing an RTI application.

Step 2: Address your application to the Central or State Public Information Officer (PIO) or Assistant PIO. In the application the subject line should be “Request for Information under RTI Act, 2005”. You should also write the name and full address of
the office from which you are seeking information.

Step 3: Write your questions or request for information in detail. For example, give details of the year, period etc. from which the information is required.

Step 4: Provide your full details like name, address, contact details, email address (if any) and sign the application along with date.

Step 5: Pay Rs. 10 as fee to file application. It can be paid in any form i.e. cash, money order, bank draft or court fee stamp. Applicants below the poverty line need not make the payment but have to attach a copy of the BPL certificate along with the application.

Step 6: Keep a photocopy of your application before sending it to the authority.

Step 7: Send your application by post or submit it personally to the department concerned. Get an acknowledgement for future reference.

How much time it takes to receive information sought under RTI Act?

  1. You must receive information within 30 days if the application is filed with the PIO.
  2. Information has to be made available within 35 days if application is filed with the
    Assistant PIO.
  3. Information has to be made available in 48 hours in case the information sought affects the life and liberty of an individual.

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