Steps To Tackle Negative Marks

Steps to Follow to Tackle Negative Marks

Negative Marking is one of the biggest hurdles in any type of competitive exam. Candidates hesitate to answer questions because of the fear of negative marks. As the Bank Exam is becoming more and more competitive over the years due to the perks of Bank Jobs, the candidates should overcome the fear of negative marks and find appropriate ways to tackle this condition. A poll was taken based on the candidate’s opinion to answering a question with the condition of negative marking.

  • 62% of the candidates responded to “I will not attend if I do not know the answer
  • 7% of the candidates responded to “I will attend all the questions, irrespective if the answer is known or not
  • 31% of the candidates responded to “I may or may not attend such question. Depends on my performance

The candidates, who have fixed their mind in not answering the questions that are unknown, end up being the biggest loser here. This is because the chances of improving your score become very low. The candidates should learn strategies that will help improve their performance.

Three Important Strategies based on a person’s capability to help tackle negative marks.

  1. No risks
  2. High risks
  3. Calculative risks

Let us see each of the approaches in detail.

1. No Risks

In this approach, the candidate is not interested in attempting the questions that the answer is not known. The fear of negative marks haunts you.

  • Leaving 3 – 4 questions won’t matter much but not attending 20 – 25 questions can hurt you.  

Since the candidate is not willing to take a risk, the chances of increasing scores reduce. Hence, this approach isn’t the best approach to be followed.

2. High Risks

In this approach, the candidate is least bothered about the fear of losing marks and attempts all the questions. The probability of failure in this approach is high.

  • In Case the candidate attempts 50 questions and all of them turn out to be wrong, the candidate will lose 12 marks in total.

The probability of scoring well with this approach is very less, hence this strategy is also not recommended.

3. Calculative Risks

This is the most recommended strategy that is followed to tackle negative marking. In this approach, the candidate selects the answer based on certain calculations. The candidate is willing to take some risk. This approach goes as follows:

  • The candidate can select the option that they think is closest to the right answer.
  • Eliminate options that you think is surely wrong.

For example, let’s say the candidate is not confident enough to answer 50 questions.

  • As per the CWE pattern, you will lose 50 marks out of 250.
  • If the candidate attempts 40 out of those 50 questions through the calculative risk strategy.
  • Approximately saying 20 are correct and the rest incorrect.
  • The candidate would gain 15 marks which would increase the overall score to 215/250

By this approach the total score can be increased to a certain extent, which will help the candidates to crack the upcoming bank exams.

Points to Remember:

  • Do not make random guesses
  • Do not waste time

So, What is your approach?

Stay tuned with Byju’s to get more tips and strategies to crack Bank Exams.