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Negative Marking in State Judiciary Exam - Procedure and Tips to Deal with it

Author : Yogricha

Updated On : August 24, 2023


Negative marking is something that most law aspirants take unnecessary pressure of. However, you can easily tackle negative marking in the judicial services exams.

Here is how you can deal with negative marking in judiciary exams. In this Article we will see:

  • Strategy to handle negative marking in Judiciary Exams
  • How to attempt the questions with negative marking.
  • What is guess work and should we guess the answers?
  • Everything about negative marking and states with negative marking.

Best Strategies to Deal with Negative Marking in Judiciary Exams

When you are Preparing for the Judiciary Exam, you should keep in mind that avoiding answering questions that you are not sure about is more important than trying questions that you are unsure about. 

Here are a few tips that can help you score better when there is negative marking in Judiciary Exams. 

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How to attempt the questions with negative marking?

Stay Mentally Prepared

Negative Marking can always affect your performance in your exam if you have not dealt with it strategically. It should be kept in mind while appearing for exams that you must go through the paper in the starting itself and then decide which questions are related to the topics you are thorough with and try and attempt them first hand.

It has a positive psychological impact on you as it slowly and steadily helps in building up confidence during the examination. It also helps in building up the courage to attempt the Questions Asked in the Judiciary Exam.

This technique of attempting exams is called Brain Warming. It means you warm up your brain in a positive manner by finding those topic-related questions with which you are pretty familiar.

This is so because initially, the brain is quite active and fresh, which would help you answer questions with surety.

Now, how it is to be done is the question. Firstly, while looking at the question, try to analyse whether you know the concept/answer of the question or not.

If it is something you are well-versed with, then attempt it, and if you are not sure of it, you should surely abstain from trying such questions as this is not the time to check your capability.

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Read the Question Twice

Before you start attempting the paper, read the question carefully and then decide whether you are sure about the answer or not before marking it. If you know nothing about the answer refrain from taking a chance by guessing the answer.

Therefore, it is always recommended to read the question TWICE to grasp the objective of the question that has been asked in it. This is a part of the analysing process of the question mentioned above.

Reading the question twice helps you get an idea of the topic the question may be related to and subsequently process your thinking in that direction.

Take Three Rounds

Dividing the paper into three sections is one of the best methods for scoring good marks in the Upcoming Judiciary Exams.

You have to divide the question paper into three rounds i.e., easy questions, hots (high order thinking skills) questions, and difficult questions.

Firstly, you try to attempt the questions that you are very confident about and then move to the hots questions which are a little tricky and time taking.

Don't Panic when you are unable to answer a few questions with surety

Many of you end up attempting more questions than you know in a hope of getting the answers write by deducing the answers. However this trick does not work most of the times if you know nothing about the answer.

Do not stick to one question. We have seen how students start questioning their ability during the exam if they cannot answer a few questions and stick to that particular question.

But you have to understand that it is not about proving to anyone if you remember a specific topic or not at the time of examination. Instead, it is all about saving yourself from negative marking and increasing your score because, in the end, nobody is going to ask the number of attempts; instead, all that they would focus on is the MARKS.

Try and save your energy to channelise it in a much more productive manner.

What is guess work and should we guess the answers?

Avoid Guess Work

It has been observed that most of you tend to panic when you cannot attempt many questions. The ‘solution’ you bring to this ‘first-world problem’ is that you start resorting to guesswork to try your luck and attempting questions that can prove to be “lethal” because if those guesses go wrong, the scores will certainly be pulled down to a great extent.

One crucial aspect that should be taken care of is how you read the question. This is of utmost importance for anyone appearing for any exam who must read the question correctly.

The Art of Deducing

You can get your answers right only when you learn the skill of selecting the questions in which you can take the chance of answering by smartly guessing the answer using the art of deducing.

Note the below mentioned pointers while deducing the answers:

  • Never Attempt Questions: When you know nothing about the answer and are confused with all the options or 3 options out of 4. DO NOT take chances with these questions.
  • Intelligent Guess Questions: You can make intelligent guesses for questions in which you are confused with two options . Make sure you trust your instincts. Often the first option you have chosen is the right answer.

Read the Options Carefully

Another aspect while sitting for an exam, which is very important, is reading the options carefully. While attempting a question, you may mark an option in the excitement by reading a question.

This overwhelming feeling of knowing the answer sometimes backfires, and you may end up marking the wrong choice. This results in falling prey to negative marking!

You must ‘read all options carefully’ as other options may be more accurately related to the topic of the question. Moreover, there are some questions where the last option is “All of the Above”, which means all previous three options can be the answer.

Still, if you haven’t reached there and marked only one, the negative marking will come into play, ruining the score.

Take a note of "not", "neither", "nor" and similar words in all the answer for negative marking in Judiciary exams.

So, you must have a calm and controlled mind as the brain, due to the pressure of the exam, is hyperactive, due to which you may end up making mistakes that aren’t called for.

Opt for KBC 50-50

You can adopt one more technique to be more precise while marking answers, and that is “KBC 50-50”.

It basically means you must try to eliminate the options you find vague about the question's concept. The technique, obviously not going to give you the answer, would certainly help narrow down the possibilities.

This proves to be a great aid when attempting any question. If you are not certain as it can be later considered in the second round. If you know the direction into which you have to direct your thinking, it will be helpful.

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Strategy for dealing with Negative marking in Judiciary Exams

Everyone has a different strategy for their exam, where you plan out things such as the number of attempts you have to get done, the target of how many you would be skipping to ensure a good score.

It is essential to have a strategy that helps you in time management during the examination.

It helps ensure that you don’t spend your time on unnecessary questions and resort to only the ones they can.

Here, we have formulated a plan that combines three rounds that will prove beneficial to you in effectively and efficiently delivering your performance.

First-round is for ‘Easy Questions”

As mentioned above, these are the questions you will be well-versed with. Attempting these questions while the brain is fresh and hyperactive adds to one’s advantage of building a solid foundation for the rest of the exam that you will be sitting for. 

You need to find and mark those in the first go, which you are sure-shot confident of.

The second round is that for “Hard Questions”

As the name suggests, this round will require you to go through those questions you would have skipped in the first round.

Now, you may start recalling the concepts to which these hard questions are related.

The third round is Revision

It is the most important thing to be done at the end of the exam. Keep at least 5-10 minutes, in the future, to go through all the questions marked till now so that one can spot if any wrong answer is not marked.

Furthermore, it must be kept in mind that rather than keeping a count of the number of questions attempted and skipped, you must ensure that the ones marked are correct. Those questions will save you from negative marking.

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Negative Marking in any exam can obviously affect your performance but your effective preparation and how you deal with the questions you do not know answers to can make a lot of difference. Follow the tips given in this article to ensure that negative marking does not affect your performance and marks much in your exams. And for a detailed approach you can always reach out to your mentors for Negative Marking in Judiciary Exams.


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