How to Deal with Negative Marking in Exams: CLAT/ NEET/ UPSC/ SSC/ BANK 2018

How to Deal with Negative Marking in Exams: CLAT/ NEET/ UPSC/ SSC/ BANK 2018

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How to Deal with Negative Marking in Exams: CLAT/ NEET/ UPSC/ SSC/ BANK 2018

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How to Tackle Negative Marking in Exams

With the increase in the competition, the subjective or written examination is loosing its trend. Now examination is on objective pattern where you are to choose the appropriate option among the given answers. This can be a big pain for individuals who like to write long answers in examination believing; “the more you write, the more you score”. This can not be a correct approach if you are planning to write one of these objective examination as most of them comes with negative marking. These questions just check your ability to find solution with whatever situation given in least amount of time. It does not consider how you reach to that answer.

Every year thousands of candidates apply for Bank Job vacancies, but few of them get selected. Applicants need to be aware of certain things before they attempt the exam which can help them to get success in the exam. It is important to minimize your negative marking while attempting the paper as it decreases your score and effect your score card a lot. Candidates should not blindly do the guess work while doing the paper as insteed of increasing it decreases their marks. Candidates should keep following points in mind while attempting the paper:

1) The first n foremost thing is practice well as practice makes a man perfect and hence u wont prone to frequent mistakes.
2) Read the questions carefully specially in maths regarding d digits.
3) Avoid blind guess work.
4) Solve the confident questions first.
5) Be calm and composed in the examination hall while answering or else you would mistake the known ones too.
6) Improve your speed before hand by learning tricks rather than being panic at the last moment.
7) Read all the options well before  jumping to a conclusion .
8) Have a look over the different sections in the extra time provided and select your section of excellence in which you can perform well and fast as you would save ample  time to focus on the tougher sections and would provide a mental peace which is the most important here.
9) Do try to solve the left questions by being attentive and using your IQ and inteligence as sometimes guess work also proves lucky!
10) Do not stick to a particular question or section if you are not able to solve it just switch to some other problem and try the left ones afterwards with some freshness in your brain !

If a student follows the above mentioned points before and during the exams he will surely minimize negative marks up to a great extent and will definitely do better in Bank Exams compared to others because most of the candidates do not pay attention in minimizing their negative marking.

Since the examination is divided into various sections, one may be asked to show a fair bit of competence in each section rather than showing excellence in any one particular section. While tackling with any of these examinations, there are a few helpful methods that can certainly help you for the same:

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BEFORE THE EXAMINATION:

PATTERN OF EXAMINATION:  Before giving any exam, be familiar with the exam pattern. This information is easily available from the internet. You should know the Number of questions, Time Limit, Expected Cut-off marks, No. of attempts required with a fair bit of accuracy.

IN DEPTH ANALYSIS and TIME MANAGEMENT: As one knows his/her strong domains, you can allocate time for yourself as to how much time is to be devoted to the particular sections. This would avoid you coming in the temptation of doing more than required question in any particular section.

MASTER THE SUBJECT: Just be familiar with formulas, short cut methods, theorems and all the necessary information. You can’t just afford to make guesses in the exam.

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DURING THE EXAMINATION:

Avoid FLUKES: There is nothing called “THE MAGIC DICE” that will tell you the right answer. If you continue to go by that approach, be mentally prepared for a disaster.

COUNT on your strengths: In the heat of the examination, people fail to locate easier questions or the type of questions they have already done. Just scan the paper and mark the questions which you could try to do.

Don’t be in HURRY:
 Panic and stress can lead you to this mistake. Instead of marking option A of Q.34 some people mark the option A of Q.33. While you think you marked a correct option, the result may be a little different than what you anticipated. So, don’t rush!!! Just check before you mark the options.

Avoid Erasing: Any kind of stray remarks can get you cancel your OMR sheet. Don’t keep erasing and changing your answers. Sometimes when they are not completely erased, these can be detected by the machine checking your sheet resulting in NEGATIVE MARKING!!!!

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STRATEGY FOR GUESSING

  • In the General Studies Paper, most of the candidates feel that they are poor guessers. However, there is no such thing as a poor guesser. For the sake of argument, however, suppose you were a poor guesser and that when you guessed on those 15 questions, you got twice as many wrong (10) as you got right (5). Even in this scenario, you would have received 5 marks for the correct ones (1 x 5) and lost 3.3 marks for the incorrect ones increasing your score by 1.7 marks.
  • Applying the same logic to the optional, if you attempt 15 questions and get 5 correct (5 x 2.5= 12.5) and 10 wrong ( 10 x 0.833 = 8.33) you would still end up with an added score of 4.17. Your score would have increased by 4.17 marks.
  • In most of the situations, you will be able to eliminate two out of four choices. In such a case, the law of probability dictates that there is a 69% chance of your answer being correct. Take a chance, you will profit from it.
  • What if you can’t eliminate 2 or 3 of the choices? Even then you can take a chance in a limited number of questions.
  • In the optional, do not take wild guesses in the Assertion and Reason questions. It is safer not to make even educated guesses between response ‘a’ and response ‘b’ as there is a thin line of difference between the two. Do not answer these questions, as such questions (where there is a confusion between the answer ‘a’ and the answer ‘b’ ) will be only 3 or 4 in number and will not make a significant difference in the final tally.
  • If it is really a wild guess, don’t agonize over it. Don’t spend too much time thinking ‘should I pick ‘a‘ ? The last time I guessed, I chose ‘a‘ : may be this time I should pick ‘d‘. I am really not sure, but I haven’t had too many ‘a’ answers lately; so may be its time. STOP : A GUESS IS JUST THAT…….. A GUESS. Take your pick and move ahead without wasting time.
  • Do not make wild guesses due to the lack of time i.e., if you have only 5 minutes and 20 questions to answer, do not answer all of them by shading the alternatives. Take calculated guesses and leave the rest.
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Negative marks in common bank exam can create a sense of tension especially with new rules.Earlier, english test was deemed only for qualifying purposes but now it has become a scoring subject with every answer carrying 1 mark.What this means is – the marks of this section will also be added to the final score.

65% of candidates chose to leave all unknown questions 

25% said they will decide after looking into the paper. 

5% wanted to run through all. 

Leave & Lose: The 65% of those who intend not to touch the unknown question are the biggest losers here.By fixing your mind not to attend such questions, the chances of improving your score is very low.What should these people do?

Three strategies based on a person`s capability could be employed in a test which threatens with negative marks.They are:

  • No risk
  • High risk
  • Calculative risk

Now, lets us see each of the approaches in detail

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No risk: In this approach, you are not interested to take any risk in trying to answer the unknown questions.The fear of losing marks haunts you more.

Leaving 4-5 questions wont matter, but not attending 30-40 can hurt you.

Since you are not willing to take risks,you are losing an opportunity to increase the scores.So following this approach is not good.

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High risk: This involves taking the risk by the throat.You are not bothered about the negative marks but rather look at the marks incase most of the guessed answers are correct.The probability of failure is high, as the success.

Incase there are 50 questions that you don’t know but plan to guess all.

With all of them turning out to be wrong – you will lose 12 marks!

So, this strategy will also not work as choosing answers blindly just for the sake of attending all the questions will only reduce more marks.

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Calculative risk: Most experts & coaching institutes recommend this method for competitive exams wherein you take some risk by guessing answers for few questions.For this, you must be sure of the choices made so far are correct. Only then it would be possible to calculate the amount of risk to take.

For example, lets say you are not confident enough to answer 50 questions.

As per the common clerk exam pattern, you will lose 50 marks of 250 which is definitely huge.The total would be 200 marks.

What if you try guessing the answer for atleast 40 questions.

If 20 are correct & rest are incorrect, you would gain 15 marks (20-5) which pushes your total score to 215 marks!

By calculating the risks involved, you have increased the score & this will surely help in ranking, considering the high number of candidates.

There are also certain things to be kept in mind,

  • Don’t make random guesses.If you have some knowledge of that subject & can relate the question to the closest choice, then go ahead.
  • Do not waste time in thinking about the right answer.Do it or move on & return at last.Time allocation is more important
  • The main reason why we favor calculative risk is – although the negative mark is 25% or 33%, you will be awarded 100% mark for correct choices.

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The author is the founder of a leading coaching institute of Delhi and hopes to guide students for success in various law schools. He wishes all aspirants good luck for the competitive examination and a bright future.

Author: Bharat Sharma (B.E. Delhi College of Engineering)
Students can contact at : 09891.344.571 for queries and doubts.

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