The Best Ways to Fill OMR Sheets ?
Filling up OMR sheets is an important part of an Objective Exam like the NEET. There are two aspects to filling an OMR sheet. Fill it quickly, and fill it correctly.
DON’T Try – Avoid Two Mistake:
first, let’s talk about what not to do. There are two extremes many students follow. They either fill the OMR near the end of the exam, or after solving every single question.
- Do NOT fill OMR in the last 15 minutes of exam:
It was 2018. I called a student after the exam. I was hoping that she would be happy to say that the exam was fine. Instead, he said, “I was not able to mark all the answers.”
It was shocking. Why? I asked and he replied that he tried to solve as many questions as possible. Resolved many of them, but, in the process, she believed that she could not fill OMR over time, resulting in all her hard work being wasted. Because she marked physics options in chemistry as she was in a hurry. Because he started marking at the end of the exam. So it is not enough to solve a question, you have to mark it as well. Clearly, this is NOT one of the best ways to fill OMR sheets.
2. Do NOT fill your options after every question:
This is the second extreme. To avoid the above mistakes, students give their answer after solving each question. While this may sound completely fine, the method has serious drawbacks.
- While solving some other question, you may realize that you have incorrectly solved a previous question. But there’s nothing you can do. You have already marked the answer!
- It is also very time inefficient.
The OMR needs to be out all the time and you may damage it.
Do it: The methods used by students to fill the OMR sheet are given below:
Method 1: The Time-Based Approach
I will give you the method first in steps.
- Solve questions for about 30 minutes.
- Now fill your OMR sheet.
- Go back to step 1 and repeat until you are done.
Sounds quite simple, but it is extremely efficient.
At various stages of the exam, your OMR sheet is not entirely blank. You do not have to keep it out all the time. And you are aware which section you are working, so the risk of marking Physics in place of Chemistry etc. is minimized. And so I find this method as one of the best ways to fill OMR sheets.
Method 2: The Question-Based Approach
For some people, keeping track of time adds to the pressure and anxiety level. If that sounds like you, you can follow the ‘question-based approach’. Here’s how you do it.
- Solve 10 questions. (You can adjust the number. Just don’t keep it too high or too low)
- Mark your answers.
- Go back to step 1 and repeat till you are done.
Once again, we are minimizing the risks of marking the wrong answer or being not able to mark anything at all.
Method 3: The Page-based Approach
Every question paper has a certain number of pages. What we can do in this method is:
- Solve every question you can in the first 4 pages. (Again, you can adjust this number)
- Mark your answers.
- Now, solve every question you can in the next 4 pages. Mark them in the OMR.
Do this till you are done.
According to us the best method to fill the bubbles on the OMR sheet is the second one i.e Question-based approach. This method does not ruin the students' time and also helps student to maintain the accuracy in the examination. At the same time, students can relax for some time while filling the bubbles.
According to us the best method to fill the bubbles on the OMR sheet is the second one i.e Question-based approach. This method does not ruin the students’ time and also helps student to maintain the accuracy in the examination. At the same time, students can relax for some time while filling the bubbles.