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

What is Matching Questions?: A matching question is two lists of related words, phrases, pictures, or symbols. Each item in one list is paired with one item in the other list. Matching question may be considered to be a variant of multiple-choice in which more than one choice is correct.
Why Matching Questions are Asked?: Matching questions are particularly good at assessing a student's understanding of relationships or used for recognition of relationships and making associations. They can test recall by requiring a student to match the elements.
How to Solve Matching 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 matching questions-
Step 1: Find One Exact Match: Out of the items in List-I and List-II, find out an item in List-I which matches to the item in List-II and then look into the answer options to find out the correct answer option. Kindly note that when you relied on single match, you should be 100% correct otherwise your mark may be skipped from your hand.
Step 2: Find Second Match: If your match item in List-I with List-II appears in two answer options, then find out second item in List-I that matches to the item in List-II and then look into the answer options. I am sure, your second match will solved most of the matching problems.
Example 1: (The following question was asked in the UGC NET Examination 2016 July, Paper II, and Question No. 33)
Match the following:
List - I
List - II
a. Pareto Chart
i. Pictorian representation of stages in a process
b. Fish Bone Diagram
ii. Tool of recording variables
c. Flow chart
iii. Identifies the intensity of each problem in the production line
d. Check-sheet
iv. Identifies the relationship between the defects or problems and their root causes
a b c d
(A) i iii iv ii
(B) iv i ii iii
(C) iii iv ii i
(D) iii iv i ii
Step 1: To be frank, we don’t know about the items in List-I except “Flow Chart”. So, we will look into the item in List-II that matches with the item “Flow Chart” in List-I. If you know about “Flow Chat”, you can easily arrive at the conclusion that it is “pictorian representation of stages in a process”. So, our item (c) in List-I matches with the item (i) in List-II. Now, we will look into the answer options whether (c) in List-I match with (i) of List-II. Interestingly, only option (D) list item (c) in List-I with item (i) in List-II. So, the answer might be (D). Here in this case, we able to solve the question by knowing only one item in List-I.
Step 2: Does not apply as the problem is already solved.
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 matching 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 excluding paragraph question where you need to score 8 or more, 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.

Badan BarmanDr. Badan Barman at present working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science, Gauhati University, Guwahati-781014, Assam, India. He is the creator of the LIS Links ( - India’s most popular social networking website for Library and Information Science professionals. He also created the Open Access Journals Search Engine (OAJSE) (, UGC NET Guide (, Assam Archive ( and LIS Study ( website.

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