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Question Patterns

While creating a jumble, the examiners have four basic question patterns in mind. However, management entrance tests are dynamic in nature and the examiners can of course think of other innovative question patterns. But, be confident that if you practice on the four basic question types, given below, then you will be able to develop the general skills to handle other innovative question patterns.

In Pattern One, the examiner conforms to the example above. There are no fixed sentences; the whole paragraph is jumbled up, and the examinee has to unjumble the lot.


In Pattern Two, the examiner gives the examinee the first sentence in its proper position, and then jumbles the subsequent sentences. The examinee now has one anchor instead of two, but can still manage to find a link. An example of this type follows:

  1. To read the characters or the letters of the text does not mean reading in the true sense of the term.
    1. This mere mechanism of reading becomes altogether automatic at an early period of life.
    2. You will often find yourself reading words or characters automatically, while your mind is occupied with a totally different subject.
    3. This can be performed irrespective of attention.
    4. Neither can I call it reading when it is just to extract the narrative portion of a text from the rest simply for one’s personal amusement.
      1. BACD
      2. DCBA
      3. ADCB
      4. CBDA 

Pattern Three is a variation on Pattern Two. In this pattern, the examiner gives the last sentence as an anchor, and jumbles the preceding sentences. An example of this type follows:

  1. The recovery of faith is a crucial problem of our age.
  2. The deepest them of history is the conflict of faith and unbelief.
  3. With it we are destined to enjoy triumphant and splendid advance, and without it we suffer failure and ignominy.
  4. Those ages in which faith prevails, in whatever form, are noble and fruitful for the present and the future. 

5. All ages in which unbelief, in whatever form, wins an unhappy victory vanish and are forgotten by posterity.

  1. ABCD
  2. CDBA
  3. BCAD
  4. ACBD 

In Pattern Four, the examiner gives the examinee the first and the last sentence as anchors, and jumbles the sentences in the middle. This type of jumble is considered to be the easiest because the examinee has two fixed points to guide him/her. An example of this type follows:

  1. An important tenet is that managements must not confuse awards with salaries.
    1. An award is a one-time payment and could be anything up to 25% of the annual salary.
    2. These can never be retrieved if performance is not stable throughout.
    3. It would be better to introduce an increment-cum-award system based on the results.
    4. Some companies give enormous salary hikes for excellent performance in a particular year. 
5. In this system, the compensation becomes the hygiene factor, and the award, the motivator.
  1. DBCA
  2. ABCD
  3. CDBA
  4. BCDA

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