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Decoding the INI CET Ranks: How Many Correct Answers Lead to a Good Rank?

Oct 26, 2023


With the INI CET November session just around the corner, we’ve encountered a common question from aspirants - "How many questions do I need to get right to secure a good rank?" 

Considering the exam has negative marking, it's crucial to strike a balance between attempting enough questions and avoiding unnecessary penalties. Moreover, since the authorities don't release scorecards, it's hard to pinpoint the exact number of correct answers that top performers achieved. 

This lack of clarity often leads to varying estimates among students, adding to the confusion. But we understand that every mark counts. So, after analysing previous INI CET exam results, here’s some much needed clarity. 

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Understanding the Marking Scheme and Tie Resolutions

Before we jump in, let's grasp the basics. The INI CET format comprises 200 objective-type questions to be completed in 180 minutes. Each correct answer earns you one mark, while an incorrect answer incurs a deduction of one-third of a mark. 

It's essential to be aware that unanswered questions yield no marks. Furthermore, in the event of a tie, the candidate with fewer negative marks is allotted a higher rank. If that's tied too, the elder candidate gets the advantage.

Cracking the Numbers: What to Aim for?

To give you a clearer picture, let's break down the expected number of correct answers for various rank brackets:

  • Top 1 to 50 ranks: Aim for answering 160 to 185 questions accurately for a top rank between 1 to 50. There are always slight variations among the top scorers.
  • Ranks between 50 and 200: Target a score of at least 150 to 160 for a competitive standing.
  • Ranks between 200 and 500: Correctly answer 144 to 150 correct answers for a solid placement.
  • Ranks between 500 and 1,000: Strive for 140 to 144 correct answers to secure a decent rank.

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Note: The above break-down is a result of our previous year exam result analysis and may change depending on varying factors.

Strategic Guessing

In case the answers to some questions are not apparent you can make calculated guesses as well. This will require you to leverage your subject matter knowledge, eliminate wrong options, and understand the question's context. You can easily improve your chances of selecting the correct option even when uncertain.

So, strategically guessing a few questions can help you increase your score and ultimately your rank. However, you must remember that while it's tempting to mark some questions based on calculated guesses, the INI CET exam also has negative marking. Therefore, you must always practise caution and rely on logical deduction.

Insights from Previous Results and Topper Strategies

After thoroughly analysing previous years’ INI CET exam results and reviewing our topper interviews, we have noted that top rankers often attempt more than 200 questions, despite the risk of negative marking. This gives you insight about your competitors' strategies which is important if you are targeting a top rank.

Essential Exam Strategies and Precautions

Now that you have a rough idea about how many questions are targeted in the exam, it’s important to also consider answering them accurately. Before going for the final exam, make sure to keep the following tips in mind so that you get maximum answers right -  

  • Read all the questions carefully before attempting and avoid overthinking.
  • When in doubt, opt for the most logical and common-sense responses.
  • Stay calm and composed even if the questions paper seems challenging.
  • Aim to attempt more than 185 questions.

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Tips for Success 

While having a clear target is important, your mindset and exam approach are equally critical. Here are a few tips to help you ace the upcoming INI CET exam more effectively:

  • Trust your preparation and aim for your baseline target.
  • Stay positive and confident during the exam.
  • Understand that the real exam is often easier than the mock tests.
  • Maintain a steady pace and avoid getting disheartened by initial results.

So, approach your INI CET exam with confidence and a calm mind. Remember, every correct answer counts, and each step you take brings you closer to your goal. 

Lastly, to increase your score, don’t forget to go through INI-CET previous year question papers

Wishing you all the very best!

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