Tips to Reduce Negative Marking in NEET – Shikhar Dabas (Scored 624 in NEET)

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Reduce negative marking in NEET.

The total marks in NEET-UG examination is 720. The negative marking in NEET is -1 (one mark will be deducted for each wrong answer). To score higher in the exam, you need to reduce negative marking in the NEET.

Getting lots of negative marking in NEET tests?

First of all, ask yourself, why do you end up getting so many negative marks in NEET? Let’s look at some of the possibilities and solutions to avoid negative marking in NEET.

How to Reduce Negative Marking in NEET?

Here are some of the reasons for negative marks in NEET and the solutions to avoid these problems.

1. You are making a lot of silly mistakes in tests

Problem: You might be doing a lot of silly mistakes like misreading the question, darkening the wrong bubble, ticking an answer different from what you got, wrong calculations etc.

Solution: Getting slower. Yes, getting faster is not always the key to success. We try not to think about the question and just jump onto getting the answer. This is wrong. You should think before solving and eventually your speed will increase. You need to pet the question, not kill it.

While marking answers in the NEET OMR sheet, try marking one section at a time instead of the whole paper at once. Marking one question at a time also can lead to silly mistakes, so section-wise is, according to me, the best approach.

2. Attempting questions that you are not sure of

Problem: You get stressed if you have attempted less and end up doing even those questions that you are not sure about.

Solution: Work on efficiency, overall attempt will increase in the NEET exam, because most of it would be something that you have seen already. Remember, attempting more doesn’t make you succeed in the initial levels, but your attempts will increase on its own with time.

3. You get the answers using the correct method but the wrong concept

Problem: Sometimes you end up using the wrong concept for answering the questions.

This is the most serious problem. We try to make our own ways to solve questions, which is a good thing but not if your way is wrong.

Solution: Your aim should not be learning all the questions (especially in Physics) but to understand them. NEET coaching classes are quite helpful in this field. Self study can be helpful only if you are comfortable with huge theory books. I preferred to brainstorm and confirm my understanding of the concept from my teacher instead of assuming it or asking it without thinking about it.

4. Exam stress

Exam stress can actually destroy one’s  NEET paper. Being the most common problem makes exam stress weirdly comforting as you are not alone in this. Lakhs of candidates are also having the same problem.

Solution: The things that help me with stress in NEET preparation are meditation (I did it for 10 minutes a day), energy food (eating nuts, dark chocolate and I know many don’t recommend it but coffee too was very comforting) and a good sleep. Also taking half a day’s rest, once a week, watching a movie (not a series as it would be addictive) is a good stress buster.

Stress is common, but remember, beating the syllabus is not enough, you need to get over your weaknesses to become a better person and hence an amazing doctor.

I hope these points will be helpful for you in reducing negative marking in NEET.

Shikhar Dabas
Scored 624 in NEET

Related Post : Tips to Avoid Silly Mistakes in NEET


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About Shikhar Dabas

Shikhar Dabas is pursuing MBBS from Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital. He scored 624 in NEET 2019 and got AIR-79 in NISER.