Tips to Avoid Negative Marking in JEE Exams


The Joint Entrance Examination or JEE is one of the toughest competitive examinations conducted at all India level for facilitating admissions into various undergraduate courses offered at highly prestigious engineering colleges in India. Students would be eligible for admissions into NITs, IIITs and other GFTIs on the basis of scores obtained in JEE Mains whereas for being eligible in IITs and ISM students need to score well in JEE Advanced.

Several competitive examinations likeIIT JEE, NEET, etc. generally ask multiple choice questions where, out of given four options, the students need to select either one or more than one correct answers. With just four options, it is likely that students would definitely try to guess random answers in order to make attempts which might result in their success in these types of examinations. Therefore, for discouraging students from doing any guess work several competitive examinations like JEE employ negative markings.

Some important tips that could help students in avoiding silly mistakes and negative markings while appearing for JEE exam are described below:

  • Read all the Instructions very Carefully:

Most of the students are generally aware of the set of instructions given in the question paper and therefore they start solving the questions even before reading the instructions provided in the very beginning. Still, however, do not be overconfident and skip this section. It is advisable that the students should read the instructions very carefully before beginning the paper.

  • Proper Management of Time is very important:

Before appearing for the exam every student should make a proper analysis of their preparations and they should know about their strengths and weakness so that you could have a proper idea about the order in which you would be starting your paper. However, it is advisable that the easier questions should be solved first so that there is ample of time left to solve the difficult and tricky questions. This will not only boost your confidence but would also help you in attempting your weaker sections calmly. Starting with harder questions will decrease your level of confidence and as a result, easier questions might also go wrong.

  • Do not Panic:

Students should not answer any question in a hurry without ignoring the other given options. Several times the questions are framed in such a way that the students usually get confused by reading the given options. Therefore, all the options should be read well before marking any answer. Overconfidence might lead to silly mistakes and the students could lose their valuable marks.

  • Do not just get stuck with a single question:

Students are advised that they should not be in a hurry and impatient for quickly solving all the questions. But, since there is a time limit do not panic or spend a lot of time on one question even if you don’t get the answer. Attempt the easy ones first and come back later, once the question paper has been completed. In JEE Mains, there are total 90 questions which are to be answered in just 3 hours, therefore strategically allocating of time is very important.

  • Be careful of negative markings:

For each incorrect answer attempted by the student, 1 mark will be deducted as a penalty from the main score in both the JEE Mains and JEE Advanced exams. Therefore, the students are advised to answer each and every question very carefully without doing any guesswork.

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