In these types of questions, some statements will be given which will indicate or illustrate a seating arrangement. The candidate is required to solve the given set of questions after identifying the actual positions from the statement.
The main advantage of these types of question is that if a candidate can properly realize the actual seating arrangement from the statements, the he / she can easily solve all the given set of questions. But if the realization is wrong, then all the questions in the set will be wrong.
There are two types of questions based on the Seating arrangement :
- Linear/Row Seating arrangement: Here floor based or problems involving single row are asked. Sometimes problems based on two rows are also asked.
- Circular seating arrangement: These will include Uni-directional as well as Bi-directional problems and sometimes may also have rectangular or other polygonal arrangements.
Example of Linear seating arrangement:
- A, B, C, D and E are sitting together in a row.
- D is seating second right to C.
- Only one person is seating between C and D.
- E is not in any of the extreme ends.
- B is seating third left to D.
Who is seating on the right of B?
- None of these
From the given statements, the seating arrangement is :
B C E D A or
A B C E D.
Example of Circular seating arrangement:
- 6 girls are standing in a circle and are facing the inside of the circle
- Rima is sitting to the right of Minnie but he is not just at the left of Katy.
- Aisha is between Bahny and Katy.
- Amaya is sitting to the left of Katy.
Who is sitting to the right of Minnie?
- None of them
It is always best to draw the pattern from the given statements as shown in the explanations. Sometimes it is seen that there can be two possible arrangement but the answer to the given question will always have to be the same.