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Negative marking to be scraped in competitive exams like JEE Advanced said Madras High Court

By: Archana on February 06, 2019

In a remarkable recent order passed by Honorable Madras High Court, it is mentioned that the existing negative marking scheme of the competitive examination should be scrapped and a new format should be introduced. The court delivered this order addressing a petition raised long back in 2013 filed by a student of reserved category, who due to negative marking missed out on qualifying JEE Advanced.

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One of the portions of the high court order reads “Everyone comes across a situation in life where decisions are taken purely out of intuition. The threat of negative marks will never allow intuition to grow in a student.”

S Nelson Prabhakar, the petitioner had mentioned that how he lost the chance to pursue his dream to get enrolled in an IIT because of the negative marking. He pleaded for the perusal of the negative marking scheme being observed in almost all competitive examination of the country. He further added that he has to get his engineering degree from a private college.

In response to the petition, a combined counsel set by CBSE and JEE had mentioned that the negative marking ensures that only the deserving and meticulous candidates get through the selection procedure making the entire admission procedure spotless.

R Mahadevan, appointed justice for the concern had heard and evaluated the arguments presented from all the parties in this matter, he felt that no students who take the entrance examination must not be punished for the wrong answers as it would discourage them for a further attempt.

The respected Justice further shared his views in this regard and said that “The multiple choice tests are meant to assess the knowledge and nothing else. It is not supposed to be concerned about behavioral and attitude related aspects of the aspirants. It is also a known fact that the students differ in their guessing behavior. Some students dare to take more risks than others. The negative marking introduces concern about students' risk-taking attitude which is unrelated to the skill or knowledge level of the student.”

The panel formed by the court has observed the examination pattern of many developed countries around the world and also CMC Vellore, in the findings it was evident that most of the leading institution of the country don't have a negative marking concept in their examination pattern so the court is not very sure that why CBSE needs to follow the method of negative marking.

The court also dismiss the fact that there is a fine line between Intelligent and wild guessing and explaining the same court said that in every student there may come situations in which they need to take wild guessing and having a negative marking scheme will disable them to make a calculative guess in real life situations and infer their risk-taking abilities.

The honorable judge has further given his views on this topic and said “By awarding negative marks, the intuition of a student is crippled. Everyone comes across a situation in life where decisions are taken purely out of intuition. It may work or may not, but, an element of boldness comes along while making a decision through intuition. The threat of negative marks will never allow intuition to grow in a student.”

The students taking part in various competitive exams conducted across the country belong to the various status of the society and hence having an obstacle like negative marking is against the principles of equality and equity. “Those hailing from affluent families can afford to take private coaching and enhance their knowledge and techniques and the same cannot be expected from meritorious students coming from the economically weaker background. There has to be a level playing field in the examination in general, especially in competitive examination.” He added further before releasing the order.

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