Negative markings in competitive exams bad in law, rules Madras High Court

Negative markings in competitive exams bad in law, rules Madras High Court

The Madras High Court said that the negative marking system in competitive exams like JEE needed to be changed as it only plays the role of a bolt in the students' brain and prevented them from making smart guesses.
Justice R Mahadevan made the observation while disposing of a petition by S Nelson Prabhakar, who had appeared for the JEE (MAIN) examination under the SC category in 2013 and couldn't crack it due to a shortage of three marks because of the negative marking system.
The petitioner appealed the court seeking direction to the CBSE requesting to re-evaluate his physics and mathematics answer sheets and publish the marks to enable him to take up the JEE (advance) exams.
Though interim relief was granted by the court to allow the petitioner to appear for the exam, the CBSE declined to allow him following which he had joined an engineering course in a private college and completed it.

About the court judgment on negative marking

After observing that the developed countries do not follow the system of negative marking, the judge said that the court was not able to understand the reason behind negative marking in competitive examinations conducted by CBSE.
Though the petition had become unnecessary, the CBSE in its counter explained that for every right answer four marks would be given and for every wrong answer one mark would be deducted.
The petitioner had answered correctly 18 questions, for which he was allotted 72 marks and he had given negative answers for 25 questions, for which 25 marks were deducted and hence he had secured 47 marks, the board said.

'Negative marking doesn't help a student think rationally'

The judge of the Madras High Court said that the study material of many countries will support that negative marking does not help a student think rationally.
In other words, negative marking does not allow a student to develop an element of guessing. Intelligent guessing is an art.
"An individual will come across a situation, where he or she has to decide an issue not merely based on his knowledge, but with a little guessing," shared his observation with PTI.
He also said that the students come with preparations of various degrees and when they are not sure of an answer, they go for intelligent guessing.
"This type intelligent guessing should be permitted and encouraged as it would help the students in future, but the CBSE's negative marking system completely eradicates the habit of intelligent guessing from the students," he said to PTI. 
Q) Which high court has ruled against negative marking in competitive examinations?

[A] Delhi High Court
[B] Calcutta High Court
[C] Madras High Court
[D] Bombay High Court

Correct Answer: C [Madras High Court]

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