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# Important Question – Ranks of Alphabets questions for Bank/SBI/IBPS PO / Govt Exam

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Rank of alphabets is important section in various Govt / bank/ PSU/ Private Jobs. If you are preparing for these exam we recommend to prepare this section well as this is high scoring section and easy to solve.

## Basic concepts of Alphabetical Order

Generally, there is no need to understand rocket science to solve these types of questions. With enough practice, everyone can ace these questions. Like there may be questions to find the English letters between two English alphabets given in the question. You will also be asked to find out the place of English letter to the right or to the left of the one given in the question.

### Type 1: Alphabetical Order of Words

Alphabetical Order: Arranging words in alphabetical order implies ‘to arrange them in the order as they appear in a dictionary’, i.e., as per the order in which the beginning letters of these words appear in the English alphabet.

Ex.1. If the following five words are arranged in alphabetical order, which word will come in the middle?

(A) Draw

(C) Play

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(D) Back

(E) Want

Solution

Arranging the words in alphabetical order, we have: Back, Draw, Play, Read, Want. Clearly, the word ‘Play’ comes in the middle. So, the answer is (c).

Ex.2. Which of the following words will come fourth in the English dictionary?

(A) False

(B) Follow

(C) Faithfully

(D) Fool

(E) Fallible

Solution

The given words can be arranged in the alphabetical order as:

Faithfully, Fallible, False, Follow, Fool

Clearly, ‘Follow’ comes fourth. So, the answer is (b).

### Type 2: Letter-Word Problems

Ex.1. How many such pairs of letters are there in the words INSTRUCTION which have as many letters between them in the word as in the English alphabet?

(A) One

(B) Two

(C) Three

(D) Four

(E) None of these

Clearly, we have:

As depicted above, C and I have five letters between them in the given word as well as in English alphabet; N and T again have five letters between them and each of the pairs ( S and T) and (N and O) have no letter between them.

Thus, there are four such pairs. Hence, the answer is (d).

Ex.2. How many such pairs of letters are there in the word CORPORATE each of which has may letters in the same sequence between them in the word as in the English alphabet?

(A) None

(B) One

(C) Two

(D) Three

(E) More than three

Three pairs – (P, R), (R, T) and (P, O) have as many letters between them in the word as in the English alphabet. But since the letters must be in the same sequence in the word as in the English alphabet, so the desired pairs are (P, R) and (R, T) only.

### Type 3: Rule – Detection

Direction (Question 1 to 24): In each of the following questions, find out which of the letter-series follows the given rule.

1. Number of letters skipped in between adjacent letters in the series is two.

(A) MPSVYBE

(B) QSVYZCF

(C) SVZCGJN

(D) ZCGKMPR

### Type 4: Alphabetical Quibble

In this type of question, generally a letter – series is given, be it the English alphabets from. A to Z or a randomized sequence of letters. The candidate is then required to trace the letters satisfying certain given conditions as regards their position in the given sequence or the sequence obtained by performing certain given operation on the given sequence.

Ex.1. Answer the give question based on the following English alphabet:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

1. Which letter is fifth to the right of the eighteenth letter from your right?

(A) C

(B) D

(C) E

(D) M

(E) N

Solution

Counting form, the right end of the given alphabet – series, i.e., form Z, the eighteenth letter is I. Counting from I towards the right, the fifth letter is N.

Questions

Which should be the ninth letter to the right of 17th letter from the right, if second half of the alphabet is reversed? A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A.V B.T C.U D.S

A.V

B.T

C.U

D.S

C 17 – 9 = 8th  8th letter from your right is U

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