How To Avoid Negative Marking In Competitive Exams:
How to Avoid Negative Marking in Competitive exams: The various Competitive examinations conducted by different recruiters and examination boards involve written exams, viva voice, personal interviews, and group discussions. Some positions also require skills and trade tests. The evaluators for these examinations allot marks according to a predefined scheme which may or may not include negative marking. The written examinations have multiple papers to test General Awareness, Writing Skills, English, Math, and Subject knowledge. The evaluators rely on negative marking to eliminate candidates. This scheme is usually used when a large number of applicants are appearing for the test.
The written test can have descriptive essays, multiple choice and objective questioning patterns. The multiple choice and objective questions are comparatively easy and negative marking is used to gauge the basic skill sets of aspirants. The marks scheme includes 1 mark for every correct answer and 1 mark is deducted as part of negative marking. The merit of candidates is based on the total maximum marks secured. Those who fail to secure less than 30 to 35 marks are usually eliminated from selection.
The following instructions and guidelines can be examined by the aspirants to avoid negative marking in exams –
Prepare With Care:
Preparation for the written exams involving negative marking has to be done with care. The aspirant has to take care not to prepare in a haphazard manner. Preparation should be done by taking following things into account –
- Study the previous papers thoroughly and make a note of frequent topics.
- Make a detailed note of number of sections, names of papers, marks allotment, and questioning patterns.
- The aspirant has to differentiate the easier topics from the difficult ones.
- Study material for one section should be completed and practise tests should also be finished.
- Easier sections have to be studied first to build confidence.
- The later sections for study should include more difficult subjects.
- Guidance and coaching can be taken for these to avoid negative marking.
- Make notes during different preparatory steps and attempt as many practise tests as possible.
- Revise the detailed and short notes and ensure completion of syllabus for successful performance
Arrive On Time:
- The examinee has to arrive at the exam centre on or before the scheduled time.
- It is advisable to reach the venue at least 30 minutes early.
- All the necessary stationery has to be brought along with the admit card/hall ticket.
- The above mentioned items have to be kept ready and last minute cramming should be avoided to reduce stress and anxiety.
- A brief discussion with a co-aspirant can be taken up and preparedness can be gauged before entering the designated room or hall.
Taking Care While Answering OMR Sheets:
Some exams use the OMR sheets for answering. Optical mark recognition or OMR technology uses computers for evaluation and the answers input by the human examinee has to be free from any overwriting and erasing. The correct answer has to be chosen and then marked appropriately otherwise the negative marking will take effect and the aspirant will lose valuable marks.
Leave Guess Work Aside:
Well-prepared candidates would have a fairly good idea as to what topic is difficult and what is easy. The easier topics have to be answered first and any difficult questions left for the end should be attempted with care. The aspirant can narrow down the choices by eliminating the answers which are least likely to be correct. He or she can than check and recheck the choice of answer once or twice before answering. Guess work should be avoided and answers should not be given in a casual and indifferent manner.
The Questions Have To Be Read Thoroughly:
The aspirants have to answer each and every question only after thorough reading. The core concept of the question should be grasped and a rereading should be taken up in case of doubt. Over-confidence should not be displayed when the question seems easy and familiar. The answers should be given in a professional manner with considerable seriousness.
Prioritize The Answering Strategy:
Success in Exams can be assured if the aspirant carefully plans his answering method. This can be done during the preparation stage and implemented correctly at the examination venue. The order of sections should be decided before hand and choice should be based on confidence in answering with accuracy. The time can also be allocated appropriately. More time can be allotted for difficult questions and easier questions can be answered first in a shorter period of time.
Take Risks Where Appropriate:
Despite thorough preparation and planning, The candidates some time face difficult questions in the examinations. Since negative marking plays an important role, the aspirant has to answer in a risk-free manner. But if risks are inevitable then they should be taken up in a sensible manner. If the question itself is beyond the scope of understanding then the probability of answering it is remote. Once the question is understood properly and the answering choices have been narrowed down to two, then the candidate can consider taking a risk by guessing the more likely answer. This has to be done in a judicious manner on inevitable occasions and should not be a part of the general answering strategy.
Do Not Make The Same Mistake Twice:
The desire to score merit marks can make the aspirant irrational. Some topics and questions are very difficult and the candidate may not be able to solve them despite repeated efforts during practice and preparation. If the confidence is not there, then it is not advisable to attempt such questions. A genuine attempt should be made only if the candidate is not sure about success in other comparatively easier sections. This is a difficult choice and guess work has to be employed. Negative marking will lead to low scores and the aspirant has to solve only relatively easier questions from difficult sections. More time can be allotted in solving fewer questions from such sections than irrationally ticking all the answers without being able to guarantee accuracy and correctness of answers.