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find the DFA which accept strings such that 2nd symbol from RHS is $'a'$ .

$w=\{a,b\}^*$
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Either construct NFA and then convert it into DFA. Or  If you want to construct directly then here is the Idea :

While constructing DFA, Whenever you see $a$, think of it as 2nd last symbol. So, After this $a$ you can allow $a,b$ and accept. But after this when you see $a,b$ you must make a transition to relevant state.

The DFA will look like this :