In this course of action article, the following topics are discussed :

• Alphabet puzzle
• Golden rule the final word
• Steps to solve courses of action questions

## ALPHABET PUZZLE

Let’s do a sample together. You begin with a letter of the alphabet; in this case, B. You are then given clues in order. The idea is to add one letter, and only one, to the previous word, according to the clue. The position of every new letter will vary, of course.

B

(1) Exist

(2) Wager

(3) Hit, strike

(4) Sound made by sheep

Clock is ticking write or give your answers as fast as you can.

Time taken to solve the puzzle ———-

(1) BE

(2) BET

(3) BEAT

(4) BLEAT

Just to be sure the rules are clear, each clue requires you to add one letter to the previous word. So, E is the letter added to B according to clue (1): B+E = BE. T is added to BE according to clue (2): BE + T = BET. A is added to BET according to clue (3): BET + A = BEAT. Finally, L is added to BEAT according to clue (4): BEAT + L = BLEAT.

Now, another one just for you

H

(1) Pronoun that refers to a male

(2) Pronoun that refers to a female

(3) Perceive sounds

(4) The supposed organic seat of love

Time taken ———-

(1) HE

(2) HER

(3) HEAR

(4) HEART

So, we know that you would have come up with answers quicker than the previous one.

Hence, many times we predict out the future action with our past experiences.

## GOLDEN RULE THE FINAL WORD

Never allow our personal perceptions to come into play while evaluating the suggested courses of action. We should always give importance to the way public departments and systems function and we should accept them even if we don’t trust them. Our decisions and views should be impartial and impersonal.

Final Tips

In most of the cases, a situation has more than one course of action. But they are never exclusive to each other. So our answer should be always “both follow” and not “either of them follows”.

## STEPS TO SOLVE

#### What is the approach to solve the questions of this section?

1. Don’t make your individual perception.
2. Act according to the rules of any organization.
3. Go for impartial and personal thinking.
4. Existing practices are not effective Course of Action.
5. Whenever problem arises, it is always sensible course of action to find out the cause.

#### Important Points to proceed step by step to reach final courses of action

1. Extreme or strict action is not valid course of action.
2. The actions should be a positive step towards the solution of the problem, rather harsh and undemocratic.
3. Analyse course of action whether it will solve the problem or lessen it. For proper analysis check with

(i) Universal truth
(ii) Experience
(iii) Logic

1. Check out practical course of action. Simple problem must have simple course of action, not a complex one which might create more problem than to solve or reduce.
2. In most of the cases, a situation has more than one course of action. But they are never exclusive to each other. So our answer should be always “both follow” and not “either of them follows”.
3. If course of action and problems are properly balanced and if the course of action is also feasible than that action can be followed.