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

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : November 9, 2022


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

Wondering how? surpriseRead through the post that will give you a complete insight into how to deal with negative marking in judiciary exams.

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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Brain Warming

The point made above is to be given attention. 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 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 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 aware of this question or not.

Only when you understand what the question is about, then start answering the question.

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 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, hot questions, and difficult questions.

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

Don't Panic

Many of you end up attempting more questions than required or the ones you aren’t sure about. 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.

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.

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.

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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Each one has a different strategy to attempt the 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the basics are taught in the bachelor's degree, however, candidates must study topics that are prescribed in the syllabus of the Judicial Service exam. Some of the important subjects are 

  • Indian Evidence Act
  • Constitution of India
  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Criminal Procedure code
  • Transfer of property act
  • Jurisprudence
  • Indian Penal Code
  • Procedural Law
  • Substantive Laws
It completely depends on you. If you are finding it difficult to understand concepts, then it is suggested to take up coaching. Through the best Judiciary Exam coaching, you can crack the exam with high score easily. 
Most of the questions asked in the Judicial Services Exams are from the illustrations of bare act. Hence, learning bare act is first step to clear the judicial services exam.

For the static GK use capsules available on the internet or any of Lucent or Arihant’s GK books and for Current Affairs preparation, reading the newspapers regularly is sufficient.

You must remember that after the prelims exam there will not be more time for preparation. So, it is better if you focus on the mains initially and proceed with preparation. Divide the subjects and study accordingly. 


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