Civil Services Preliminary Exam, being the first stage of yearlong 3 staged examinations, is indeed challenging and requires good preparation, guidance and practice. The question paper in the preliminary exam is a booklet which consists of many pages. There are 100 questions in paper 1, which is GS (General Studies) and 80 marks are allotted to paper 2, which is CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test). All the questions are objective type with four options under each question. The time allotted to each paper is 2 hours and there is 1/3rd negative marketing on every wrong answer. One has to read 20 to 25 pages of the questions booklet and mark the correct answers, and since the time is limited, one cannot invest much time in a question; and the pressure of attempting all the questions would also be there during the examination.
Point to note
- Since each question carries 2 marks, for every wrong answer, one-third of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as a penalty, which means 66 marks.
- If the candidate chooses more than one option, the answer will be considered as wrong, even if one of the selected options is correct.
- If the candidate leaves the question unanswered, there will be no penalty applied for that question
Do not worry, we are not at all scaring you or discouraging you, but we are trying to give you a clear picture before you sit for the examination, so that you face the examination well and do away the chances of negative marking as much as possible.
Civil Services Preliminary exam is scheduled to be held on June 2nd, 2019, which is hardly a few months away now, and therefore, every single day is crucial for the aspirants who are going to appear for the preliminary exam.
In this article, you will get some important tips to avoid negative marking and make more effective use of your existing knowledge.
- Get a fair idea about examination pattern, questions pattern and probable questions: First of all, before you go for the preliminary examination, make sure you not only cover the entire syllabus but get a fair understanding about examination pattern and questions by solving previous year question papers and mock tests. Do not just jump in; rather, experience that pressure beforehand, so that you make the best use of your knowledge.
- Read all the questions carefully: while reading the question paper during the examination, be very careful with reading every question and recall what all possible knowledge you may have about the topic and how sure are you to be able to answer the question, correctly. Make a mental note of the questions, you are extremely sure of and mark them with a pencil
- First, solve the question you are sure about: After going through the entire paper and all the questions, solve those questions you are 100 percent sure about.
- Intelligent guessing technique: Now, come to those questions, where you can connect some topics or previous knowledge and can eliminate the 2 wrong choices. Suppose, you are confused between the option A and option C; mark both the options with a pencil very lightly and then try to connect the topics and see if you can eliminate the final option and choose the right one. Or you can come back to such questions again, after solving the other questions to invest some more time in those questions. But remember, you are not making a wild guess here, but taking a calculated risk.
- Do not attempt question you have no idea about: Since there is 1/3rd negative on every wrong answer, and there is no penalty on leaving the question unanswered, the wise decision is to leave the question unanswered if you have no idea about it. But make sure the numbers of questions you are 100% sure about are way more than the questions you leave unanswered.
- Read the paper again, if the time left: After attempting all the questions, if you still have some time left, then go through the entire paper once again. See, if something is left unintentionally, and see if you still can make some intelligent guest and attempt the questions which you have left unanswered because of having no clue. In case you can connect them with the topics you have knowledge about, and can gain some idea about it, you can employ the intelligent guessing and elimination technique and can take a calculative risk.
These are only some basic things you might feel you are already aware of, but fail to understand their importance. Trust us, little things may seem just normal, but cost us the real value of a dream. Respect these simple little things; leave no room for negative marking by preparing and attempting the exam with a clear plan and purpose.