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

What is Paragraph Questions?: In paragraph question, one or more paragraph are provided to the students to read and comprehend and based on that paragraph a few questions are asked. Paragraph question of UGC NET Examination is entirely multiple choices, with each comprehension question having four possible answers with only one being the correct one. Paragraph questions are also known as Reading Comprehension Tests Paragraph. Types of questions in the Paragraph Comprehension test include: deductive questions, aim of the paragraph and vocabulary questions.
Why Paragraph Questions are Asked?: The paragraph questions are asked to measure your ability to understand what you read. Main idea questions test your understanding of the whole passage rather the individual parts. Specific detail questions are based on the supports presented in the reading. Inference questions ask you to draw a logical conclusion from what you read in the passage. The answers to these types of questions are not explicitly stated. Vocabulary questions ask you the meaning of a word or phrase within the context of the passage. Questions about the organization of the passage, the author's point of view, analogy are also asked.
How to Solve Paragraph Questions?: The following steps will help you to solve the paragraph questions-
Step 1: Comprehending the Paragraph: Comprehending the paragraph is key to solving paragraph question. Quickly read through the paragraph so you can see what they say. More than 50% of the time, the main idea of a passage is stated in the first sentence of the paragraph. Sometimes the main idea or topic sentence comes at the end of the paragraph and, on occasion, anywhere in the paragraph. Sometimes, the idea may not be stated at all, but simply implied. Make a habit of reading the opening and closing statement of each paragraph. The most effective way to answer the main idea question is to ask yourself what the whole passage is about, not just a portion of it. The answers that cover specific details are either too narrow or too broad. The correct answer is usually a restatement of what is said in the whole passage; therefore, the options that have the same words from the reading are almost always incorrect.
Step 2: Go to the Question and Locate their Answer in Paragraph: In the next step, you should consult the question with the answer options and then should go back to the paragraph to locate the sentences where your answer is there. It simply means scanning the passage to spot the key words for the specific details. Now re-read the sentence(s) carefully and solve the problem.
Example 1: We don’t feel the need to provide an example of paragraph questions as they are purely based on your understating of a paragraph or reading capacity on the subject.
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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 paragraph 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 8 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.

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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