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Negative Marking - UPSC opts for cleaning the froth

Introduction of ‘Negative Marking’ is one such bold step which is intended to provide help to serious candidates and will require core understanding of the topic and the subject.

UPSC has clear agenda of selecting and recommending the talented and most suitable candidates for new look civil services in 21st century through this combined examination. Identified as fair, unbiased and successful, still, UPSC has introduced changes from time to time and has adopted and implemented forward looking approach in recruitment system.

Introduction of ‘Negative Marking’ is one such bold step which is intended to provide help to serious candidates and will require core understanding of the topic and the subject.
UPSC has made it apparent that random guessing should be discouraged in Preliminary Examination and has signalled that non-serious and candidates with superficial knowledge should be left out and only those who have thorough knowledge and understanding of the subjects should move forward to Mains level.
The high calibre, talented and higher ability candidates clearly stand to benefit as they honesty prepare for this examination. The clarity and understanding of the subject/topics/issues enables you to zero in on correct answers. Still, if stuck or some doubt in finding the correct answer, even the partial knowledge helps in making some educated guesses. But, this trait may vary from person to person.
The best way to counter this lies in your preparation. It is recommended for Prelims to go for wide-extensive and for Mains select-intensive approach. Now, in the emerging scenario one doesn’t need to grasp but understand the concepts and able to correlate the issues. Your level of preparation should be such that you should be in a position to recall the facts and figures when needed in the examination hall.
More care required in Optional Subjects
In optional subjects, it is easier to manage as most of the information related to syllabus is available within study material aspirant use during preparation. Care should be taken while preparation if you have some similar concepts and clear understanding should be developed.
In basic principle of attempting Multiple Choice Questions is to read full question carefully. Reading question again gives you clue and understanding of what is being asked. Again, while attempting MCQ’s in Negative marking environment, it is advice to take risk only if you require doing so.
Excellent preparation helps you guess and trend of questions being asked in previous year’s question papers of optional subject indicate the nature of questions being asked. It has been observed that in optional subjects in many a questions, on is able to eliminate two wrong ones. When choice is to be made between two seemingly right answers, one can take risk as risk-reward ratio is favourable.
So, being careful, by applying common sense, sharp memory and good recall you can surely and safely tackle ‘Negative Marking’.


Last Update Sunday 17th February 2019     

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