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Negative Marking in Competitive Exams ruled out by Madras High Court

Published on February 07, 2019
The Madras High Court has ruled against negative marking in competitive examinations saying that they are "bad in law".
Negative Marking in Competitive Exams ruled out by Madras High Court

Observations that the Honourable Madras High Court made:

  • The Madras High Court while hearing a petition filed by an IIT JEE aspirant who failed to clear the Mains due to negative marking has made the following observations:
  • The Madras High Court has accepted the petitioner's argument that negative marking is not prevailing anywhere else in the world.
  • The court said that negative marking acts only as "a bolt in the brain development" of students and prevents them from making intelligent guesses.
  • Deducting marks for wrong answers would not in any way help in analysing the intelligence, aptitude or knowledge of the candidates.
  • Every candidate could not be expected to know all answers for sure. In such circumstances, the practice of negative marking would hamper brain development and create a fear psychosis among students.
  • The court rejected the CBSE counsel's argument that in Indian context the practice is necessary.

One must know:

  • The judge stated that "Intelligent guessing is an art. It is very useful in our life. One cannot be sure about all things at all times. An individual will come across a situation where he/she has to decide an issue not merely based on his knowledge but with little guessing. While intelligent guessing requires an amount of prior knowledge on the subject, wild guessing is a decision taken just like that".
  • The Madras High Court ruled not to give negative marks for wrong answers and directed the CBSE to communicate the order to the National testing Agency which conducts the JEE (Main) exam.

Question:

Q. Which court has ruled against negative marking in competitive examinations saying that they are "bad in law"?
a. Madras High Court
b. Bombay High Court
c. Delhi High Court
d. Karnataka High Court
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