Multi-choice questions (MCQ) are used in objective type examinations. Here, students do not have to write a long answer for every question, but choose the right answer from the answer options provided per question. Most entrance examinations, recruitment tests and competitive exams use MCQ based questions. To make checking easier and quicker, most exam committees prefer using OMR sheets for such tests or examinations.
The OMR design with MCQ block has bubbles in the place of answer options. Students or candidates have to fill these bubbles to answer the questions. There are three different types of MCQ bubbles found in OMR answer sheets. They are simple ABCD type of MCQ OMR blocks, integer type blocks and matrix type blocks. Each of these blocks is used for specific functions.
The simple ABCD type blocks are seen in almost all OMR answer sheets.
Four to five options are provided for every question. The options are given as ABCD and ABCDE.
Students have to choose one among the four or five options.
In some complex examination patterns like IIT JEE, students would have to mark two options for certain questions to secure the full score for those questions.
Integer type OMR blocks are used in case of mathematical questions, where the answer is always a number.
There are usually one or two rows of integer blocks depending on the answer.
If the answer is in single digit integer, one column of ten rows containing numbers 0-9 is provided.
In case of double digit integer as answer, two columns with ten rows each, containing numbers 0-9 per column, are provided.
Matrix type blocks are used for column matching type questions.
It has four to five rows in one question and each of this has four to five answer options.
Such OMR blocks are also used for answering passage comprehension questions.
For your understanding, we have provided an IIT JEE OMR sheet for practice. This sheet has all three types of OMR sheet blocks. You can download them for free and practice on them to get used to the exam paper pattern.