**SSC CHSL Topic Wise Study Material – General Intelligence – Order and Sequence**

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The process of determining the position or place of a person or a thing on the basis of comparison or relative position of other person or thing is called ranking. In ranking test, relative position or ranking of different groups of persons/objects are given. Students are required to establish the ranking or position of other individual in the same group with respected to one another.

Two types of questions covered in this chapter are as follows

1. Sequential order of arrangement

2. Position test

**1. Sequential Order of Arrangement**

This type involves determining the sequential order of two or more persons/objects based on the comparison of parameters such as age, height, mark, salary, weight etc. Questions based on ranking are generally given with a set of information in jumbled form and based on that it is required to systematically arrange the given information and answer the questions asked.

**Example** In a group of five districts, Akbarpur is smaller than Fatehpur, Dhanbad is bigger than Palamu and Bara Banki is bigger than Fatehpur but not as big as Palamu. Which district is the biggest? **ssc (10+2) 2011**

(a) Akbarpur

(b) Fatehpur

(c) Dhanbad

(d) Palamu

**Answer:**

(c) Dhanbad > Palamu > Bara Banki > Fatehpur > Akbarpur

Hence, Dhanbad district is biggest amongst them.

**2. Position Test**

In this type, the rank or position of persons/objects from either of the two ends of a row/queue is given and it is required to determine the total number of persons in the group or the position of the persons from left or right side in a row/queue.

Different types of position tests will give you a better idea

**(i) Rank of a Person/Object from Top or Bottom from Left or Right**

In this type of questions, it is asked to determine the rank or position of a person/object in a group of persons/objects either from the left (or right) or from the top (or bottom) depending upon the arrangement.

The position or rank can be calculated with the help of following formulae

• Position (or rank) from the left end (or top) = (Total number of persons/students – Rank from the right end (or bottom) + 1

• Position (or rank) from the right end (or bottom)=(Total number of persons./students – Rank from the left end (or top) + 1

**Example** In class of 45 students rank of Ayush is 15 from top, then rank of Ayush from bottom is

(a) 30

(b) 32

(c) 31

(d) 35

**Answer:**

**(ii) Total Number of Objects/Persons in Queue**

In this type of questions, it is asked to Calculate the total number of persons when the rank of a person from both the ends is given.

Following formula is helpful in the calculation of total number of objects/persons in a queue

Total number of persons in a row or queue = (Position (or rank) of a person from the left end (or top or front) + Position (or rank) of the person from the right end (or bottom or last) -1

**Example** In a queue, Soham is 10th from left and 28th from right. How many people in the queue?

(a) 38

(b) 35

(c) 37

(d) 42

**Answer:**

**Reference Corner**

**1.P, Q, R, S and T are sitting together. T is at one extreme end. P is the neighbour of T and is third to the left of Q. Who is fourth to the right of T? SSC (10 + 2) 2017**

(a) P

(b) T

(c) Q

(d) S

**Answer:**

**2.Barun is taller than Sanjay. Bipul is taller than Barun. Krishna is also not as tall as Bipul, but is taller than Barun. Who is the tallest? SSC (10+2) 2013**

(a) Barun

(b) Bipul

(c) Krishna

(d) Sanjay

**Answer:**

(b) The information given in the question may be interpreted systematically as follow

Bipul > Krishna > Barun > Sanjay

So, Bipul is the tallest.

**3.Sunita is the 11th from either end of a row of girls. How many girls are there in that row? SSC (10+2) 2013**

(a) 19

(b) 20

(c) 21

(d) 22

**Answer:**

(c) The total number of girls = 11 + 11-1 = 22-1

= 21

**4.At a birthday party, 5 friends are sitting in a row. ‘M’ is to the left of ‘O’ and to the right of ‘P’. ‘S’ is sitting to the right of T’, but to the left of ‘P’. Who is sitting in the middle? SSC (10+2) 2013**

(a) M

(b) O

(c)P

(d)S

**Answer:**

**5.In a row of letters, a letter is 5th from left end and 12th from the right end. How many letters are there in a row? SSC (10+2) 2013**

(a) 15

(b) 16

(c) 17

(d) 18

**Answer:**

(b) Number of letters in the row = 5 + 12-1=16

**6.Lakshmi is elder than Meenu. Leela is elder than Meenu but younger than Lakshmi. Latha is younger than both Meenu and Hari but Hari is younger than Meenu. Who is the youngest? SSC (10+2) 2013**

(a) Lakshmi

(b) Meenu

(c) Leela

(d) Latha

**Answer:**

(d) According to the question.

Lakshmi > Meenu

Lakshmi > Leela > Meenu

Meenu > Hari > Latha

Lakshmi > Leela > Meenu

> Hari > Latha

Hence, Latha is the youngest.

**Practice Exercise**

**1.Nitin ranks eighteenth in a class of 49 students. What is his rank from the last?**

(a) 18

(b) 19

(c) 31

(d) 32

**2.Ram ranked ninth from the top and thirty-eighth from the bottom in a class. How many students are there in the class?**

(a) 45

(b) 46

(c) 47

(d) 48

**3.A class of boys stands in a single line. One boy is nineteenth in order from both the ends. How many boys are there in the class?**

(a) 27

(b) 37

(c) 38

(d) 39

**4.In a row of boys, A is thirteenth from the left and D is seventeenth from the right. If in this row A is eleventh from the right, then what is the position of D from the left?**

(a) 6th

(b) 7th

(c) 10th

(d) 12th

**5.In a class of 60, where girls are twice that of boys, Kamal ranked seventeenth from the top. If there are 9 girls ahead of Kamal, how many boys are after him in rank?**

(a) 3

(b) 7

(c) 12

(d) 23

**6.In a row of boys, Jeevan is seventh from the start and eleventh from the end. In another row of boys, Vikas is tenth from the start and twelfth from the end. How many boys are there in both the rows together?**

(a) 36

(b) 37

(c) 39

(d) 38

**7.Manoj and Sachin are ranked seventh and eleventh respectively from the top in a class of 31 students. What will be their respective ranks from the bottom in the class?**

(a) 20th and 24th

(b) 24th and 20th

(c) 25th and 21st

(d) 26th and 22nd

**8.Ravi is 7th ranks ahead of Sumit in a class of 39. If Sumit’s rank is seventeenth from the last, what is Ravi’s rank from the start?**

(a) 14th

(b) 15th

(c) 16th

(d) 17th

**9.In a class, among the passed students, Amisha is twenty-second from the top and Sajal, who is 5 ranks below Amisha, is thirty-fourth from the bottom. All the students from the class have appeared for the exam. If the ratio of the students who passed in the exam to those who failed is 4 : 1 in that class, how many students are there in the class?**

(a) 60

(b) 75

(c) 90

(d) Data inadequate

**10. Richard is fifteenth from the front in a column of boys. There were thrice as many behind him as there were in front. How many boys are there between Richard and the seventh boy from the end of the column?**

(a) 33

(b) 34

(c) 35

(d) Data inadequate

**11. Forty boys are standing in a row facing the North. Amit is eleventh from the left and Deepak is thirty-first from the right end of the row. How far will Shreya, who is third to the right of Amit in the row, be from Deepak?**

(a) 2nd

(b) 3rd

(c) 4th

(d) 5th

**12. In a queue, A is eighteenth from the front while B is sixteenth from the back. If C is twenty-fifth from the front and is exactly in the middle of A and B, then how many persons are there in the queue?**

(a) 45

(b) 46

(c) 47

(d) 48

**13. N ranks fifth in a class. S is eighth from the last. If T is sixth after N and just in the middle of N and S, then how many students are there in the class?**

(a) 23

(b) 24

(c) 25

(d) 26

**14. In a row of forty children, P is thirteenth from the left end and Q is ninth from the right end. How many children are there between P and R if R is fourth to the left of Q?**

(a) 12

(b) 13

(c) 14

(d) 15

**15. In a class of 35 students, Kunal is placed seventh from the bottom whereas Sonali is placed ninth from the top. Pulkit is placed exactly in between the two. What is Kunal’s position from pulkit?**

(a) 9

(b) 10

(c) 11

(d) 13

**16. Statement Rakesh is senior to Rajesh and Rajesh is senior to Rahul.**

**Conclusions**

**I. Rakesh is senior to Rahul.**

**II. Rahul is not senior to Rakesh. SSC (10 + 2) 2012**

(a) Only Conclusion I follows

(b) Only Conclusion II follows

(c) Both Conclusions I and II follow

(d) Neither Conclusion I nor II follows

**17. There are five friends Suresh, Kaushal, Madhur, Amit and Ramesh. Suresh is shorter than Kaushal . but taller than Ramesh. Madhur is the tallest. Amit is a little shorter than Kaushal but little taller then Suresh. If they stand in the order of their heights, who will be the shortest? SSC (10 + 2) 2010**

(a) Amit

(b) Madhur

(c) Ramesh

(d) Kaushal

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