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Col 1 has four enteries. Col 2 has dropdown for each of the four enteries. Upto this it is working fine. Now in col 3 I want to add further dropdown for the dropdown options of col 2. Please suggest the steps to it

Simplified answer. If the choices in col 2 are a, b, or c, then you can use this as the data validation rule. Choose List, then for the list enter this formula (which assumes the choices for "a" are in cells I1:I2, for b are in I3:I4, and for c are I5:I6):
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