# Faster & Better Approach For Coding and Decoding Questions for Government Exams

In this article, we shall learn a faster and better approach to attempt coding and decoding questions in Bank and SSC upcoming exams.

Coding and Decoding is one of the most complex chapters in the Reasoning section of the Bank and SSC exams. Even though the section is complex, you can score well if your concepts are clear.

The reasoning ability section is one of the most common sections which is included in all major Government exams conducted across the country.

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Many students find Coding-Decoding difficult to solve, and as a result, they avoid attempting these scoring questions and end up losing some easy and quick marks.

Last year some major changes were observed in the pattern of questions related to the topic of Coding-Decoding in various competitive exams. Hence, in this article, we are sharing some effective tips to attempt coding and decoding questions in the upcoming SSC exam, Bank exam or any other government exam.

## What is Coding Decoding?

This topic is included in the reasoning ability syllabus and as the name suggests, candidates have to decode a code given in the question and answer them accordingly. It is one of the most common topics from which questions are asked in competitive exams, especially bank exams.

There are various types of coding decoding questions which are asked. These include:

1. Alphabet Coding
2. Numerical Coding
3. Symbol Based Coding
4. Alphabet-Symbol-Numerical Coding
5. Values Coding
6. Substitution Coding
7. Decipher Coding

Questions for coding decoding may also be combined with other concepts. For example- blood relation questions may be asked, where the relationship between two people/values may be defined using symbols. Thus, having a clear understanding of this topic is a must.

### Preparation Tips for Coding-Decoding Section

To help the aspirants prepare well for the bank and SSC upcoming exams, we bring a few important tips to approach the exam questions of Coding-Decoding with the new pattern, in a faster and effective manner.

Candidates after learning these tips will be able to do the coding and decoding questions without any difficulty in the bank and SSC upcoming exams.

Given below are a few tips which will help candidates solve the coding decoding questions in the upcoming competitive exams:

• Read the question carefully and write down key codes
• Try to decode the coding given in the question. Candidates must note that similar type of decoding can be applied to various questions
• Try to simplify the code by using the elimination method and remove the unwanted values
• Solve more and more practise questions to understand the concept even better and to score more in questions based on this topic easily. For coding-decoding questions, candidates can visit the linked article and enhance their Government exam preparation.

Example (1-3)

Analyse the given information and answer the following questions:

In a certain code language

• ‘given  time  simple  plan’ was written as ‘@E4  &N4  %N5  #E6’
• ‘tired  solution  plant  great’ was written as ‘#N8  @D5  %T5  &T5’
• ‘sick  point  good  turn’ was written as ‘#K4  %D4  @N4  &T5’
• ‘garden  sister  phone  team’ was written as ‘&E5  #R6  %N6  @M4’

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1. What will be the code for ‘translate’?

• #E8
• @E9
• @E8
• #T9
• #T8

2. What will be the code for ‘plan’?

• %N5#E6
• @E4
• &N4
• %N5
• None of these

3. What does ‘%D4’ stands for?

• sick
• turn
• point
• good
• None of these

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Solution:

Points to Remember-

• These types of questions always have a concept which is needed to be found.
• In this question it is seen that all the steps have all 4 words starting with alphabet G, T, S and P, with that the codes start with symbols @, %, & and #.
• So now just the match between the first alphabet and the particular symbol is to be found.
• The next thing to observe is that the codes are ending with digits. This represents the total alphabets used in each word.
• Analysing the middle code in the word reflects the last alphabet of their respective word.

Now let’s solve:

Step I: First count the alphabets in the word ‘translate’ which is 9, put 9 at the end.
Step II: Put the last alphabet of ‘translate’ before the digit 9 so now the code is E9 till now.
Step III: As observed above in all phrases, the alphabet ‘t’ is represented by the code ‘@’. So now put ‘@’ at the beginning of the code so the answer is – @E9 that is option B.

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Code for the word ‘plan’ –

Step I: First count the alphabets in the word ‘Plan’ which is 4, put 4 at the end.
Step II: Put the last alphabet of ‘plan’ before the digit 4 so now the code is N4 till now
Step III: As observed above in all phrase the alphabet ‘p’ is represented by the code ‘&’. So now put ‘&’ at the beginning of the code so the answer is – &N4 that is option C.

The decoded word for ‘%D4’

Step I: The last number is 4, therefore, the word consists of 4 words ‘_ _ _ _’.
Step II: The Middle code defines the last alphabet of the word which is ‘D’ so put the last alphabet of the word as d, so now the word is ‘_ _ _ d’ till now.
Step III: As observed above in all phrase the code ‘%’ is used to represent the alphabet ‘G’. So now put ‘G’ at the beginning of the word so the word is – ‘G _ _ d’ which matches option d, so the word is Good, option D.

So now it’s clear how to approach such type of questions, let’s proceed further and give a try to these set of questions.

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Example (4-8):

Analyse the given information and answer the following questions:

In a certain code language:

• “login BYJU’s and scroll” was written as “&3d  @6l  *5n  %5s”
• “scroll for SBI exam” was written as  “@6l  @3i  $3r #4m” • “study exam-related notes” was written as “#4m @5y !7d =5s” • “read notes for best job” was written as “+3b !4d$3r =5s  %3t”

4. What will be the code for BYJU’s?

• *5n
• &3d
• %5s
• @6l
• None of these

5. What does code ‘!7d’ stands for?

• notes
• related
• exam
• study

6. Which of the following code is for “exam BYJU’S SBI job”?

• !4d $3r @6l &3d • +3b #4m %5s =5s • %5s +3b #4m @3i • %3t @6l @5y !7d • None of these 7. Which of the following code is for ‘banking’? • %7g •$7t
• &7h
• one of these
• can’t say

8. Which of the following code is for ‘Probationary’?

• #12p
• *13t
• ^12y
• %11n
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Now let’s solve:

As we can see in word BYJU’S
first letter b = %
total letter = 5
last letter = s
So, code is %5s

! is code for = r,

7 total Alphabets

d is the last Alphabet.
So, the option that matches is ‘related’.

Exam = #4m,

Byju’s = %5s,

SBI = @3i,

job = +3b

As we can see in word banking
first letter b = %
total letter = 7
last letter = g
So, code is %7g

The elimination method is to be used here.

The first Alphabet of Probationary is = ‘p’, It has no code assigned yet in any above sentence.

In options A, B, D and E, codes used are all already assigned as in the table above.

So options A, B, D and E gets eliminated.

The option left is C.

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Practice Questions for Coding and Decoding

Now that you have had some familiarity in solving coding-decoding questions, here are some practice questions with which you can try your luck with.

Directions (Q1 – Q5): The data given below represents a coded language for different colours, analyse it and answer the questions following it:

“black orange yellow purple blue” is written as “set jet let get bet”

“grey green red purple” is written as “get pet wet vet”

“purple blue red silver” is written as “vet set get tet”

“grey orange pink” is written as ” bet ret pet”

Q 1.  Based on the information given above, what is the code for red?

1. Vet
2. Pet
3. Ret
4. Wet
5. Get

Q 2. What will be the code for “Orange is Red”?

1. bet ret vet
2. bet vet zet
3. Wet get jet
4. Jet let vet
5. Pet set vet

Q 3. Which colour has been coded as “set”?

1. Yellow
2. Black
3. Green
4. Grey
5. Blue

Q 4. What is the code for the colour “Grey”?

1. Set
2. Jet
3. Let
4. Pet
5. Wet

Q 5. Which of the given combinations is correct?

1. Green-set
2. Orange-bet
3. Grey-set
4. Purple-bet
5. Purple-pet

Directions (Q6 – Q8): Based on the information given below, answer the following questions:

‘Balloons are blue’ is coded as ‘834’

‘Rainbow in sky’ is coded as ‘723’

‘Carpet is beautiful’ is coded as ‘629’

‘Box is heavy’ is coded as ‘325’

Q 6. What will be the code for ‘girls’?

1. 5
2. 6
3. 3
4. 76
5. 34

Q 7. What will be the code for ‘India is a beautiful country’

1. 4235
2. 52197
3. 12345
4. 63547
5. 234

Q 8. Which of the following can be coded as “35724”

1. Vacation in Italy
2. She liked the gift a lot
3. Taj Mahal located in Agra
4. Raj is excited about the party
5. Syllabus is vast

Q.9. Which of the following code for ‘translate’?

1. @E8
2. @E9
3. #E8
4. #T8
5. #T9

Q.10. Which of the following code for ‘plan’?

1. %N5
2. @E4
3. &N4
4. #E6
5. None of these

Q.11 In the given code language, what does the code ‘%D4’?

1. point
2. turn
3. sick
4. good
5. None of these

We hope that this small discussion on Coding-Decoding questions based on the new pattern will help you to prepare well for your bank and SSC upcoming exams.

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### What is coding and decoding with examples?

Example for Number/Symbol coding-decoding. If CHAIR is written as ‘12345’, RENT is written as ‘5678’, and then REAR is written as. In this question each alphabet is coded as a number. So that CHAIR is coded as 12345 and RENT is coded as 5678 and the REAR is coded as 5635.

### What are coding decoding questions?

Coding and Decoding questions, as the name suggests, are questions where candidates have to decode a condition or a code given in the statement and based on it answer the questions.

### What is an example of decoding?

Decoding relies on the rules of phonics. Most words in the English language follow those rules. But some words don’t. For example, if kids try to sound out the word of, they might pronounce it “off.” Or they might try to spell it “uv.”

### What is alphabetical coding?

The theory of alphabetical coding is a branch of applied mathematics that consists in the study of various mathematical models of communication channels using a variety of mathematical methods. The best studied are uniform or block codes, in which the coded combinations have fixed length.

### What is difference between encoding and decoding?

Differences between encoding and decoding involve the following: Encoding is essentially a writing process, whereas decoding is a reading process. Encoding breaks a spoken word down into parts that are written or spelled out, while decoding breaks a written word into parts that are verbally spoken.