Logical Sequence of Words: Theory & Tricks

Verbal reasoning forms an essential part of a number of exams. Various types of questions are asked in this section. One of these is ‘logical sequence of words’. In this article, we will discuss the concept and tricks to tackle the related questions.
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What is ‘Logical Sequence of Words’?
As the name suggests, in this type of questions, a group of words are given and you are asked to arrange them in a meaningful and logical order. It may sound easy but sometimes the questions are tricky to answer. Let’s discuss about various kinds of sequences and strategy to handle them well.
Tricks & Strategy for ‘Logical Sequence of Words’
  1. Sequence of stages of a process or series of events
    In this type, the given group of words signifies the stages of development of a process or a series of events that led to a major happening. You are required to spot the order that goes from ‘start to finish of the process’. E.g. the events that led to a war, the stages of manufacturing, etc.
  2. Sequence of increasing or decreasing value/ size/intensity
    This type of sequences are easy to arrange in one go. You are asked in arrange the group of words in a decreasing or increasing order. The criteria may be: age, size, value, area, intensity, cost etc.
  3. According to dictionary
    In this type of sequence, you need to arrange the words as per the order given in dictionary. In other words, you are required to arrange them alphabetically.
  4. Sequence of objects/things from ‘part’ to ‘whole’
    In this type of sequence, the given words belong to a particular group or class of things. You need to arrange them in an order that shows the basic part of something to the whole. E.g. an arrangement may start with ‘cell’ being the basic unit and proceed to end with a ‘living being’.
Sample Question
Directions: Arrange the given words in a meaningful sequence and choose the appropriate option from amongst the options.
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Question: 1. Bihar    2. Universe    3. Patna    4. World    5. India
  1. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  2. 3, 1, 5, 4, 2
  3. 3, 4, 2, 1, 5
  4. 4, 1, 5, 3, 2
Answer is Option 2.
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