How to get VLOOKUP + 1 value?

Posted on June 25th, 2013 in Excel Howtos - 41 comments

How to find VLOOKUP + 1 value using Excel formulas.Here is a question someone asked me in a class recently.

I know how to use VLOOKUP to find a value based on search term. But I have a slight variation to it. I need to extract value below the cell VLOOKUP finds.

This is simpler than it sounds.

We can use INDEX + MATCH formulas to do this.

The syntax is like below:

=INDEX( value column, MATCH (search what, search column, 0) + 1 )

Why it works?

MATCH formula finds the position of what you are searching. By adding 1 to it and extracting the corresponding “values column”, we can get VLOOKUP + 1 value.

Homework for you

If you think finding VLOOKUP+1 is easy then I have a challenge for you.

Find the last match. Lets say in a table you have multiple items matching lookup value. How would you find the last item. Assume what you are finding is in A1, list is in C1:D20 and we want the value in 2nd column.

Go ahead and post your answers in comments section.

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41 Responses to “How to get VLOOKUP + 1 value?”

  1. WholesomeGoodness says:

    This seemed to work for me:


    Array entered

    vData is the values to pull out, and vIndex is the data to match up, and iValue is the data you're searching for in cell A1.

    • WholesomeGoodness says:

      Oh, and I guess, so long as you're pulling numerical/date information out, this should work too:


  2. Whiskeychief says:

    Question is ambiguous -- match "below" the key -- does that mean the finding the "row located below" the match, or "the next value in ranked-order", or the "previous value in ranked order"?

    11 Apple
    33 Pear
    55 Corn
    22 Banana
    44 Orange
    66 Grapefruit

    If you are looking for "55", do you want to return (Banana -- next one down) or (Grapefruit -- next one in ranked order) or (Orange -- the one ranked "below" in ranked order)?

  3. Debraj says:

    I would like to use Array Formula..



    • Debraj says:

      OOPS.. its in a challenge section.. ๐Ÿ™

      then One more try.. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Luke M says:

    Array formula:

    Non-array formula:

    • Luke M says:

      One more array formula:

    • Roy says:

      A Boolean variation, instead of IF, of Luke's array formula (plus a typo correction: "=A1", not "=C1")
      (this is the same Boolean as in his non-array formula)

  5. Andrew says:

    Chrome crashed so Luke M has beat me to it!


    However I've also come up with a formula for returning the nth match (n in A2):


  6. Elias says:

    One more



    • Laksiri says:

      Amazing Elias. Could you explain be a bit why did you say "2" for lookup value and how 1/(C1:C20=A1) works?

    • Viral says:

      Please explain this!

      • Jude says:

        if we check the series of 1/(C1:C20=A1) the array will be like this:{#DIV/0!;#DIV/0!;1;#DIV/0!;#DIV/0!;#DIV/0!;#DIV/0!;#DIV/0!;#DIV/0!;1;#DIV/0!;#DIV/0!;#DIV/0!;1;#DIV/0!}.
        i.e. the maximum value can be 1.9999
        lookup of "2" will pick the maximum value among these which is more close to 2.
        there is no significance for 2. try any number grater than 2 will give the result.


  7. Jason M says:



  8. Kevin says:

    Do these work? I don't get it. are you meant to be getting the last item value in the D:D column no matter what the value A1 is.

  9. Elias says:

    Kevin, are you asking me? If so, yes my formula works. It returns the last value in range D1:D20 when value in range C1:C20 is equal to A1.


  10. Laksiri says:

    "Max-If" approach with a third column (F). Formula is in B2.


  11. zurman says:


  12. Viral says:


    Although I think many people beat me to this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Cyberorbital says:

    dont know the answer, can't wait to see it pusblished, I do have a challenge right now with this exact scenario where I need to find the last value associated to a match value

  14. Cheri says:


    Appreciate all these formula inputs; chandoo must be having a tough time house keeping these comment session.

    Let's try this way.

    Sample table:-
    A 40000
    B 3
    c 4
    C 5
    c 89
    C 45
    d 7

    Sort the table in ascending order
    With the table in ascending order, the last parameter will give you the two different results:
    VLOOKUP("C", table_name, 2, 1) returns the last match, 45
    VLOOKUP("C", table_name, 2, 0) returns the first match, 4

    Isn't that the simplest option?(IF you can sort parent table data)..
    Otherwise I would certainly go with Elias(But the Q was to use VLOOOKUP and not LOOKUP)

  15. SPrasad says:

    Dear is evolving.. requirements are changing and challenging ..why don't you guys introduce vlookup2.0..which is smart enough to hunt and grab the Nth value in a table unlike the current one which picks only the boring first value? dream vlookup2.0 would look like...VLOOKUP2(this value, in this list, and get me value in this column, [is-my-list-sorted?, Nth Position)..hope to see soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Raza says:

    I think the question/challenge is asking to match the value in a1 with the values in range c1:c20 and return the value of next row from range d1:d20. If my understanding is correct then this formula works well '=INDEX(D1:D20,MATCH(A1,C1:C20,0)+1)'

  17. benishiryo says:

    i'm with Raza. the other formulas seem to be giving the results of the same rows. since he already provided the same solution i'm thinking, here's another:

  18. benishiryo says:

    missed the portion where it has multiple values. this would help:

  19. jm says:

    Hello, what a nice post!
    Simply trying to apply this vlookup+1 to a multi-sheet case.
    My syntax gives error:
    =+INDEX(Sheet2!Where_to_look;MATCH(Sheet1!Ref_Iam_searching;Sheet1whole column;0)+1)
    Anyone for a solution? Thanks!

  20. Trang says:

    I used a 'helper' column in column E with formula:
    Then used index formula as follow:

  21. Kattekola Narasimha Rao says:

    Dear Chandoo,


    The answer is 01.04.0003 if add. How to add the above three values. Please furnish the formula.

    Thank you sir

  22. sandip says:

    Sheet1 Sheet2
    ID type id 1 MONTH type Jan13 DATA
    NAME Disply Name INDIA ID NAME Month Value1 Value2
    1 INDIA JAN13 252 357
    2 China FEB13 25 95
    Value 1 Display Value as 252
    Value 2 357

  23. Fausto says:

    Dude, thanks, that was awesome and simple!

  24. Imelda7 says:


  25. Rushil says:

    Sr B R
    1 40 28
    2 50 36
    3 63 45
    4 80 45
    5 80 56
    6 100 56

    With respect to the above example, I am trying to do the following,

    - The user has to input one value of 'B' and one value for 'R' only in the above combinations of 'B' and 'R'. For Eg. If 'B'=40, 'R' can only be 28. However if 'B' is 80, 'R' can be either 45 or 56.

    -If 'B' is 80 and 'R' is 45, I want the value returned to be 4. However if 'B' is 80 and 'R' is 56, I want the value 5 to be returned. If 'B' is 63 and 'R' is 56, return a error as this combination is not one of the pairs above.

    Please help!

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  27. Banu says:

    Such a helpful website. I went through all the replies however I think my question is a bit more unique.

    I've got dates as seen below:

    QTR 1 QTR 2 QTR 3
    2016 Q2 2016 Q3 2016 Q4

    I need a formula that when you input QTR1, the result is 2016Q2. I am struggling to get this to work. I've used Index Match and others.

    When I use the formula below, assuming QTR 2, I get the result of 2016 Q2

  28. Banu says:

    This thread is very helpful. My request is a bit unique. I have the following data set.

    Q1 2016_Units Q2 2016_Units Q3 2016_Units Q4 2016_Units

    I have a blank field for which I entered ACTIVEQTR2. And I need a formula that will spit out Q2 2016_Units based on the ACTIVEQTR2 input. How would I go about that. I tried the following formula:

    Unfortunately the above formula when using ACTIVEQTR2 as my input spits out Q1 2016_Units instead of Q2 2016_units.


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