Negative Marking in UPSC
There are three stages in UPSC Exam- UPSC Prelims, UPSC Mains, and Personality Test. UPSC Prelims is the screening test where, and the marks scored here won't be considered in the final result. However, this round is very difficult due to the negative marking. Negative Marking in UPSC Prelims is ⅓ of the total marks allocated to that question. The UPSC Prelims include two papers, namely, General Studies-1 and General Studies 2 (CSAT). Let's take a look at the Negative Marking in UPSC Prelims for both papers.
Negative Marking in UPSC Prelims for General Studies-1
The general studies-1 carries 200 marks, and 100 questions will be asked. It means each question carries 2 marks, and the duration is of two hours. As we have mentioned above, for every wrong answer Negative Marking in UPSC Prelims is ⅓ of the total marks allocated to that question. So, in the case of General Studies-1, for each wrong answer, 0.66 marks will be deducted.
How to Calculation of marks for Paper I:
Suppose one has answered 75 questions correctly and 25 incorrectly out of 100 questions in the GS -1.
- For each correct answer you will be reward 2 marks= 75 x 2 = 150 marks.
- However, you have also given 25 incorrect answers. So, for each incorrect answer, 0.66 marks will be deducted. The deducted marks will be 25 x 0.66 = 16.5.
- As a result, 16.5 marks will be deducted from the correctly answered question, and you will be left with a final score for Paper 1: 150 - 16.5 = 133.5
CSAT Negative Marking
CSAT is also known as General Studies Paper-2 in UPSC Prelims exam. Just like paper-1, there are negative marks on the UPSC CSAT paper as well. UPSC Prelims GS-2 has 80 questions for 200 marks, and each question carries 2.5 marks. For each correct answer, 2.5 marks will be rewarded; on the other hand, for each incorrect answer, 0.83 marks will be deducted. As we have mentioned, the Negative Marking in UPSC Prelims is the ⅓ of the total marks given to that question.
How to Calculation of marks for Paper II:
The CSAT negative marking is 0.83 marks for the question.
Suppose one has given 65 correct answers and 15 incorrect answers out of 80 questions in CSAT. so as per CSAT negative marking, the total score of the candidate would be:
Correct answer- 50 x 2.5 = 137.5 marks
Incorrect answer- 15 x 0.83 = 12.45 marks
Final Score- 137.5 - 12.45 = 125.05
Note: CSAT is a qualifying paper, and it requires only 66 marks for a candidate to pass.
Negative Marking in UPSC Mains
There is so much hype about negative marking in the UPSC Prelims, so many candidates fear and get confused if there is UPSC negative marking for Mains. The good news is, that there is no negative marking for Mains. Unlike Prelims, Mains are not objective in nature. Mains is subjective in nature and involves long writing questions.
How to Reduce Negative Marking in UPSC?
The negative marking is a big problem for every UPSC aspirant. UPSC includes something unexpected every year, and especially the current affairs section can be highly unpredictable. In that case, reducing the negative marks in UPSC can be a huge challenge. However, we have provided some tips that will help you to reduce the UPSC Prelims' negative marking.
- The paper is designed in such a way that every option will seem correct. There is no room for guesswork and half-knowledge in UPSC prelims. The questions need to be answered with utmost precision to avoid negative markings. So if you are not sure about a question, leave it.
- Maintain written notes, as it will help you create visual memory in your brain. Try to gain in-depth knowledge on the subject.
- For the questions you are feeling confused about, use the strike-out strategy. Cut out the options that you think are incorrect, and answer the one you think is the most accurate.
- Keep a calm head and try to relax because panicking will make things worse.