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Classification means ‘to assort the items of a given group on the basis of certain common qualities or characteristics they possess and to spot the stranger.’These types of questions are based on similar relationship that exists between the things, objects, words or letters. In this test, generally, you will be given a group of five items, out of which four are similar to one another in some way and the fifth is different. The candidate is required to choose the item which does not fit into the given group.
Types of Classification
Word classification: In this type similar groups are found among the names, places, things, nouns, verbs, different sexes, races or any other matter out of which four things are similar and one is not.
Alphabet classification: Here some groups of letters are formed according to a pattern and one of them is different.
Number classification: Here out of a given group of numbers four will be similar one will be strange.
Hints For Classification
Verbal classification aims to test your power of observation and ability to notice differences and similarities among various objects. So search for the relationship among the given items. Relationship may be based on meaning, interrelationship, consistency relationship etc.
Search for the similarities among alphabet groups. Particularly vowel-consonant relationship, capital-
small letter relationship, repetition and frequency of letters skipping pattern in alphabet groups.
Remember that in classification you are not searching for a stranger but you are classifying different items into a group and one item which refuses to be a part of the group is the stranger.
If you straight away search for a stranger, you may land in trouble because every item in the given group will be a stranger in some way or another. So think of the possible group in which you can group different items and find the stranger.
Example – Find the Odd Man Out from the following – (1) Ladder (2) Staircase (3) Bridge (4) Escalator (5) Lift ANS- (3) All except bridge are used for up and down movement.
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