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MCI halts negative marking system

Students can breathe a sigh of relief with the decision of the Medical Council of India to do away with the system of negative marking from the proposed National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test,to be conducted from 2012 onwards.

Written by Pupul Chatterjee | Pune |
October 18, 2011 4:48:00 am

Students can breathe a sigh of relief with the decision of the Medical Council of India (MCI) to do away with the system of negative marking from the proposed National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET),to be conducted from 2012 onwards. The decision was taken at a meeting of Union Health Ministry officials,MCI and other stakeholders on Monday evening in New Delhi.

Rajiv Yervadekar,member,MCI board of governors,said,“At the meeting,it was decided that negative marking will be done away with as earlier decided by the National Board of Examinations. Instead,the percentile system of marking will be introduced for all medical colleges governed by MCI. Also for some states,question papers are likely to be printed in the vernacular language,although the final decision is yet to be taken.” The details of all new decisions will be hosted on the MCI website in a day or two,added Yervadekar.

“The whole purpose of multiple choice questions in the exam gets defeated with negative marking pattern. It is really a welcome change to have it removed. Till now students would lose one mark for every wrong answer. As a result,at times even if one knows the correct answer,we would be scared to risk losing a mark and end up not answering the question at all,” said Pravin Shinde,a Std XII student of a city school who will appear for the entrance exam in 2012.

Ajay Chandanwale,dean,BJ Medical College,said,“I have been against the negative marking system. Already students are under a lot of stress while appearing for competitive exams. With the negative marking system,not losing marks rather than scoring marks becomes top priority for a student,which is a wrong approach.”

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