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How to Solve Checkbox Questions of UGC NET Examination Conducted by NTA

What is checkbox questions?: Checkbox questions are a variation of multiple choice question in which the student is allowed to choose more than one choice or answer from a given choices. Checkbox questions are also known as multiple true / false questions (MTFQ) or multiple selection questions or multiple response questions (MRQ) or multiple choice-multiple answer questions.

Why checkbox questions are asked?: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) test factual recall rather than application of knowledge. However, checkbox questions can be designed to test higher levels of understanding and application of knowledge. This type of question has the advantage over MCQ in that the student must evaluate each possible answer, rather than selecting one correct answer. Unlike MCQs, there is little cuing of the student in checkbox questions, since all possible answers must be evaluated. Multiple response questions are normally more difficult to answer compared to multiple choice questions because the participant needs to simultaneously consider more information.

How to solve checkbox questions?: Kindly note that it is good to solve the question in the straight-forward ways. However, if you are having trouble in solving them in straight-forward way, the following steps will help you to solve the checkbox questions-

Step 1: Check what the question is asking: Check the question properly and note whether you are asked to indicate a specific number of answer choices or all choices that apply or the choice that does not apply.

Step 2: Find out one wrong choice: Out of the choices that are given, find out one wrong choice which in your knowledge is 100% wrong. Now eliminate the answer options where the wrong choices are there.

Step 3: Find out one correct choice: Out of the choices that are given, find out one correct choice which in your knowledge is 100% correct. Now look into the answer options that are given and tally the other choices which are clubbed together with the correct choice and look whether they can be correct or not.

Example 1: (The following question was asked in the UGC NET Examination 2016 July, Paper II, and Question No. 14)
Identify the persons who contributed to the development of TQM.
a. Philip B. Crosby
b. Kaoru Ishikawa
c. Joseph Juran
d. Michael Gorman
Codes:
(A) a, b, c are correct.
(B) b, c, d are correct.
(C) a, c, d are correct.
(D) a, b, d are correct.

Step 1: In this question, the two or more person who contributed to the development of TQM should be found out.

Step 2: I am 100% sure that Michael Gorman is not anyway related to the TQM. So, my wrong choice is (d). Now, I will look into the answer options. Interesting note that in the answer options, (B), (C) and (D) all are having the choice (d). So, (B), (C) and (D) cannot be correct. So, only one answer option is left which is (A). So, the answer will be (A). Here in this case without knowing the answer, I able to solve the problem.

Step 3: As the problem is already solved, so there is no need to go to the step 3.

Example 2: (The following question was asked in the UGC NET Examination 2016 July, Paper II, and Question No. 18)
Collection development principles are given by:
a. C.A. Cutter
b. Melvil Dewey
c. S.R. Ranganathan
d. B.S. Kesvan
Codes:
(A) a, b are correct.
(B) b, c are correct.
(C) c, d are correct.
(D) b, d are correct.

Step 1: In this question we need to find out the name of two or more person who proposes collection development principles.

Step 2: I am 100% sure that B. S. Kesvan no way related to the collection development principles. So, my wrong choice is (d). Now, I will look into the answer options. Interestingly, answer option (C) and (D) both have choices (d). So, they cannot be correct. So, only answer option (A) and (B) remains.

Step 3: I am 100% sure that S. R. Ranganathan proposes a book selection theory. So, my right choice is (c). Now, interestingly in the answer options out of (A) and (B), only option (B) is having the choice (c). So, the answer definitely will be (B).

Test Your Knowledge: The benchmark test is test of evaluating yourself by going through a set of prescribed questionnaire. The aim of this benchmark test is to determine your chances of qualifying the UGC NET Examination. It will help you to know your own weak areas or question type so that you can give more emphasis on it to improve further. Now that you know how to solve checkbox questions try the mock test. These questions are similar to the ones that were on the UGC NET Examination test. Kindly attempt the following questions without taking help from any other sources. If you able to score 14 or more in each of the series of questions, then there are chances of qualifying the UGC NET Examination. If you get lower than what is mentioned, you have to devote more time on those types of questions. After attempting the benchmark test post your score as comment below.



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