Customs Broker Exam which is also known as CBLR Rule 6 Exam, now changing its trends more frequently from 2017, since then new experiments being done in the exam, well before 2017 there was a set pattern and even division of marks, There were 6 question of 20 Marks (Sub questions was also there), out of which you need to attempt 5 questions. which makes a person predict the questions which had the probability of been asked and preparation was relatively easy. The Exam of 2018 was the toughest one as compared to any other previous subjective exams, since it has all the odd questions from topics which had never been asked in recent previous years.
From 2019 entire system of Examination was changed. Examination agency was changed from Director General of Performance Management (DGPM) to National Academey of Customs Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN) , the notable change was going ONLINE mode in place of subjective mode of examination. The Scheme of Examinaqtion Changed now candidates need not to take on Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) type instead of writing answers in manual mode. It was a sign of relief to candidates who had not in practice of writing for years because of excessive use of computer and mobile phones. Customs Broker Licensing Regulations was promulgated in 2018 however syllabus of CBLR exam remained same as previous.
Opting an online examination may have two goals of Authorities conducting exam as it is believed as they want it to be tougher, and secondly their aim may be that TECH-SAVVY people should only come forward for the examination. The first objective one was defeated because 2019 Ruel-6 Written Examination was so easiest one and the pass percentagge was the highest of all time , resulting in passing of only 36 candidates in the toughest interview of all time.
The exam of 2019 was the easiest one without any negative marking as compared to any other previous exams, since it was the first online mode exam, hence question paper was set easy. Candidate were at ease choosing amoung four alternatives provided in the exams. , the level of the questions was very basic and based on practical experience too, hence if somebody have a rough idea of core things he could have answered the questions. In total there were 150 questions for 2 marks each counting for 300 marks, and candidates need to secure 60 percent minimum counting for 180 marks in order to qualify the examination.
Although the aim of making the examination tougher, was ruled out. The NACIN Examination Authorities decided to implement the idea of negative marking, in CBLR 2020 Rule 6 examination, now aspirant will get positive three marks for each right answer and will have to lose minus one mark for his each wrong answer This came out to be a disastrous to the candidates resulting many of them failing . The result of written exam of CBLR Rule 6 , 2020 was the worst of all time only 128 candidates from all over India pass. Because of the under mentioned reasons:
- The First and foremost reason of failure was of course introduction of negative marking system in the exam, candidates was not well prepared to take on negative marking system, and could not limit themselves to go for only questions in which they feel confident enough.
- Some candidates were over confident and tried to attempt more than their intellect. And few eligible candidates from the trade , who have practical knowledge of years were in the conviction that they are unbeatable because of their experience of years.
- The standard of question paper was harder relatively , because of similar looking alternative in the options for the question.
- Questions were asked from the practical aspect of the trade, resulting many professionals failed the examination.
- Lack of conceptual understanding of provisions of Customs Act, EXIM Policy, Allied Acts , CBLR etc was also a reason.
- Direct questions were not asked instead of application of provisions of Customs Act and Allied Laws were asked, whereby many people were failed to apply their common sense to solve the questions.
- The Question paper was not evenly distributed among the all topics, Export Promotion Schemes and export provisions with their practical aspect has given more emphasis in comparison to other topics.
It is assumed that the exam of 2021 will likely to be easier than 2020 exam but nothing can be taken as fore granted. For right approach and smart study you can contact our institute for securing your positive result.
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