I read in the answer section of the TOPIK exam that there are a few words "답란" and "결시 확인란". Why is there the word "란" in these words? What does this word "란" mean?
From naver dictionary:
형태 [+答-欄] 뜻풀이부 noun
- 시험지 따위에서, 답을 적는 난. 다음 문제를 읽고 보기에서 맞는 답을 골라 답란에 적으시오.
If we search for the meaning of 欄, this is specified as both 란 and 난 in Korean.
Meaning of 난 is
(신문등의) a column; a page; a section; (기입하는) a blank
So I suppose it means the blank space where you're supposed to fill in your answer, and the space where you're supposed to confirm your attendance.