This is a thing that many students or aspirants dread off- The Negative Marking!

Negative marking is something students take unnecessary pressure off. They tend to ‘fight an undeclared war’ against negative marking which, they should understand that it is something they don’t have to touch. Instead, all they have to focus on is the topics in the examination which they know really well and concentrate upon attempting them.

To save themselves from negative marking, students need to keep in mind while preparing for Judiciary Exam at home; instead of attempting a maximum number of questions, it is even more necessary to skip or not attempt questions they are really unsure about.

How to Deal with Negative Marking in Judiciary Exams?

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


  • The point made above is to be given attention. It should be kept in mind while appearing for exams that a student goes through the paper in the starting itself and then decide which questions are related to the topics they are thorough with and try and attempt them first hand.
  • This has a positive psychological impact on the student as it slowly and steadily helps in building up confidence during the examination and further helps in building up the courage to attempt the questions which a student may not have the required confidence as they may not have studied that particular topic related to the question.
  • 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 students are quite 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 analyze which field of law, i.e. subject or topic, is related to. 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 attempting such questions as this is not the time to check your Capability.

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Read the last sentence in the previous point again.

  • Yes, this is why students end up attempting more questions than required or the ones they aren’t really sure about. I 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 they have to certainly understand that it is not about proving to anyone if they remember a certain topic or not at the time of examination. Rather it is all about saving yourself from negative marking and increase 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 channelize it in a much more productive manner.
  • It has been observed that students tend to panic when they cannot attempt many questions. The ‘solution’ they bring to this ‘first-world problem’ is that they start resorting to Guesswork to try their luck and start 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 important aspect that is needed to be taken care of is how a student reads the question. This is of utmost importance for anyone appearing for any exam who must read the question properly as there are words such as if, may, shall, etc., which can completely change the language or meaning of the question, thereby changing the essence of that particular question.
  • 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 analyzing process of the question mentioned above. Reading the question twice actually helps students get an idea of the topic the question may be related to and subsequently process their thinking in that direction.

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  • Another aspect while sitting for an exam, which is very important, is reading the options carefully. While attempting a question, students may mark an option in the excitement by reading a question. This overwhelming feeling of knowing the answer sometimes backfires, and the students end up marking the wrong option. This results in them falling prey to negative marking!
  • It should always be kept in mind that one should always ‘read all options carefully’ as other options which are given 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 the all previous 3 options can be the answer. Still, if the students haven’t really reached there and marked only one, the negative marking will come into play, thereby ruining the score.
  • So students need to go with a calm and controlled mind as the brain, due to the pressure of the exam, is hyperactive, due to which students may end up making mistakes that aren’t really called for.


  • Every student has a different strategy to attempt the exam, where they plan out things such as the number of attempts they have to get done, the target of how many they would be leaving or skipping to ensure a good score. It is essential to have a strategy to appear for an exam because it actually helps students to manage their time and energy during the examination. It helps ensure that they don’t spend their time on unnecessary questions and resort to only the ones they can.
  • But sometimes, students cannot plan out how to go with the paper and manage time so that we can answer with maximum accuracy and efficiently finish it within the stipulated time. We have formulated a plan that comprises 3 rounds that will prove beneficial to students in effectively and efficiently delivering their performance.
  • First-round is for ‘Easy Questions”. As mentioned above, these are the questions students will be well-versed with. Attempting these questions while the brain is fresh and hyperactive adds to one’s advantage of building a strong foundation for the rest of the exam that students will be sitting for. Students need to find and mark those in the first go, which they are sure-shot confident of.
  • The second round is that of “Hard Questions”. As the name suggests, this round will require students to go through those students they would have skipped in the first round, and now they may start recalling the concepts to which these hard questions are related.
  • The third round is Revision which is the most important thing to be done at the end of the exam. Keep at least 5-10 minutes, in the end, to go through all the questions marked till now so that one can spot if any wrong answer is not marked. Further, it must be kept in mind that rather than keeping a count of the number of questions attempted and skipped, it is more important about ensuring that the ones marked are correct because if those questions that have been marked are correct, then it will saving the student from negative marking.
  • Students can adopt one more technique to be more precise while marking answers, and that is “KBC 50-50”. It basically means a student must try to eliminate the options they find vague about the concept the question has asked. The technique, obviously not going to give you the answer, would certainly help narrow down upon the options. This actually proves to be a great aid while attempting any question you are not sure of as it can be later considered in the second round, and since the students know the direction into which they have to direct their thinking will be helpful.

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Is there any negative marking in judiciary?

Part 1 of the Uttarakhand Judiciary Prelims exam has 50 objective type questions with 1 mark for each correct answer and no negative marking for wrong answers.

Which state judiciary exam is easiest?

Because of the reduced workload, some individuals believe that the CHATTISGARH state judicial services test is simpler. Some believe that HIMACHAL PRADESH and JHARKHAND have a simple prelims syllabus but a more difficult mains syllabus. Some individuals believe that the Mains test in Tamil Nadu is a little simpler than the Preliminary exam.

What are the exams for judge?

To become a judge in India, a student must pass the Judicial Service Examination administered by the different states' Public Service Commissions (PSCs). This is an entry-level test for law graduates who want to join the lower judiciary.