How to Handle Negative marking in CLAT…
Let us get some numbers here. In a perfect entrance test which has 200 questions with 4 options each (A, B, C, D), 50 right answers should be option A, 50 should be option B, 50 should be C and 50, D. Most of the entrance exams are near-perfect in this respect.
In CLAT, for every right answer you score 1 mark and for every wrong answer you get a – .25.
Let us do some calculations now: Say there are 4 questions to which you do not know the answer at all. You mark all the answers as option B. According to the law of averages, you will get one such answer right. With this, you score a mark. The rest of the 3 answers are wrong and -.25 marks are deducted for each. Overall, .75 marks are deducted. In the final calculations, you still gain .25 marks!
This brings us to a puzzling, but a possibly clever conclusion, that even with a .25 mark negative marking, you should attempt all the questions!
However, if you want to play it safe, there are some basic rules for handling negative marking in CLAT:
1. If you can eliminate 1 option out of the 4, attempt that question.
2. In case you have any confusion between two options, go with your hunch. Learn to trustyour gut feeling. Practice trusting your gut feeling in the mock test and get to know how it works for you.
3. B and C have the higher possibility of being the right option vis-a-vis A and D. This goesagainst our earlier assumption of a perfect test, but well, that is what the pundits say.
4. In case you are marking answers randomly, pick one option out of b and C (say C) and mark ALL the answers with that option (in this case, C) only. If you pick B, all your questions for which you are randomly answering should be marked as B. Avoid going like A, B, C and D and mark haphazardly. You may not be that lucky!