The Madras High Court has asked the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) to review the negative marking scheme of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). The Madras HC has sought a review on the same as it is of the opinion that negative marking is working as a constraint for the candidates attempting the examination. This, in a way, prevents them to think about the guess that can eventually turn out to be an intelligent way of finding out the right answer.
An observation in this regard was done after a petition was filed by S Nelson Prabhakar under the courtship of Justice R Mahadevan. The petition sought re-evaluation of the Physics and Mathematics answer copy, as the candidate was held back by just three marks in the cut-off list due to the negative marking scheme of the JEE (Main). According to the plea, the petitioner wanted re-evaluation and a chance to attempt the JEE (Advanced) examination.
Considering this case as an example and noting the fact that a developed nation does not usually follow the negative marking system, Justice R Mahadevan said that it is difficult for the court to understand why CBSE is still following the negative marking scheme for the entrance examinations. It was also noted that such a scheme will, in no way, help the mental growth of the candidates attempting such examinations. This will restrict students from thinking rationally and intelligently that can possibly derive innovative thoughts of action.
For the growth of the students, it is required that they are given the provision of guessing so that they can be encouraged for an intelligent attempt. This way the students will not only be enabled to take up rational thinking, increase the capability of intelligent thinking for an examination but will also help them to do the same in real-life situations.