Reasoning Seating Arrangement shortcuts [How to Solve] Complete Explanation

Seating arrangement Types and Tips to solve with Example...
Hi aspirants we have seen so many are struggling to solve Seating arrangement, actually it is one of the important, logical and easy topic in the on going SBI, IBPS, other banks PO, clerical and Competitive exams. Anyone can score if you just remember these tips we specified below.
There are various models in the seating arrangement like
  1. Single row arrangement
  2. Double row arrangement
  3. Circular arrangement
  4. Rectangular arrangement
No matter what the model is, the following points are to be noted in order to solve the questions easily.
1. Read the entire puzzle and understand the statements correctly
2. Identify the statements that give definite information.
For instance let us take three statements and evaluate them
Statement (a): A is to the left of B.
The data in the statement is basic but not definite as the statement ONLY says that A is to the left of B. but, it does not specify where A is located from B.
Statement (b): A is second to the left of B. The data in the statement is definite as it clearly states that A is placed second to the left of B.
Statement (c): T is between Q who plays football and P in order of seating in a row. It can be understood as 'T is between Q and P. So, they may be seated as QTP or PTQ (so, the data is not definite) and 'Q plays football'.
3. Search for the connecting information.
4. Figure out the seating arrangement by clearly identifying the directions
Persons sitting in a ROW all facing same direction:

Persons sitting in two ROWs facing each other:

Persons sitting in a CIRCLE or RECTANGLE or SQUARE facing the centre:
Seated to the left = Take clockwise direction
Seated to the right = Take Anti-clockwise direction



Persons sitting in two CIRCLE or RECTANGLE or SQUARE facing away from centre:
Seated to the left = Take Anti-clockwise direction
Seated to the right = Take clockwise direction

Now let us discuss this with an example:
A, B, C, D, E. F, G and H are sitting around a circle facing the centre.
a) E is to the immediate right o A, who is second to the right of G.
b) D is not an immediate neighbour of C or H.
c) F is third to the right of C and second to the left of H.

Now, let us discuss how to understand the statements correctly:
The statement (a) says: E is to the immediate right of A. A is second to the right of G.
The statement (c) says: F is third to the right of C. F is second to the left of H.
Normally, we will be tempted to solve the question by picking up point by point from first. But, that is not correct. We should be careful in selecting the points to solve the puzzle by searching for definite information. Here, though (a) and (c) are definite points, we have to pick up (c) first as this point is connected to the point (b) (as 'C' and 'H' are discussed in both the points). In case, we take point (a) it is difficult to solve the question.

Though you find it difficult at first after practicing a few you will play with them as you did with other topics. Now fear not for seating arrangement. All the best...

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76 comments:

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    1. Hi Sathish,
      Not a problem and very glad to hear from you

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    2. ok first of all let me thank you,love this site.i need a favor,how one should approach the banking exam,i mean i can solve almost all the question but couldn't find a single success,in every exam system says "dude you are running out of time " and approx 30 to 35% question remain unseen.so please if i get a job i'll invite you in marriage

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    3. Hi Ram, Thanks for the advanced Invitation... :-)
      First can you tell me more like how your are attempting the test, also time allotment for each section I can help you based on that,

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    4. hello
      thanks first of all.this is really useful.i have a doubt in the relation ship problms also give clear notes for that also

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    5. Hi Kishore,
      I'm glad my efforts came in handy to you...
      Please see below link for Blood Relations Topic
      http://www.dreamjobadda.com/2014/11/reasoning-blood-relations-topic-explained-examples.html

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    6. do you have any seating arrangements pzle

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    7. Hi,
      There are so many seating arrangements in this blog search them using appropriate terms...

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    8. BUT MAM IT SEEMS TOO TOUGH FR ME

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    9. Hi Prit,
      what causing you trouble?

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    10. mam can u explain the concept of siting arrangement of persons having different sun sign.....i m bit or u can say totally confused

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    11. I want some more explanation and shortcuts for sitting arrangement

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  2. Hi,
    If the sum is regarding 12 members sitting in parallel rows how would we solve it. Can you help me with regarding this type of sum.

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  3. Thank you very much.............................

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  4. Seated to the left = Take Anti-clockwise direction
    Seated to the right = Take clockwise direction

    u r doing just opposite of above...

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    1. Hi,
      Suppose take 'C' in above example if you asked to place 'A' which is 2nd Left of C which direction you will go - Clockwise right
      Similarly again place 'F' which is 3rd to the right of C, you will start counting in Anti-clockwise direction from C.
      Does this cleared your confusion?.

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  5. nice collection of questions. can u collect few more questions ple...

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    1. Hi,
      Thank you...
      These are just few examples, you can find many more in this blog just search them with appropriate names...

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  6. can u explain by taking two questions one at clerk level and another at po level and elaborate the answer in step by step manner so that we walk through how we have to think in logical way .Thanking you in advance dreamjob adda team

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  7. Hello ....can you say IBPS PO - 5 preliminary pattern

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    1. Hi Prasanth,
      I will post it in the evening please check back again...

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  8. What a great article, i am searching for this many days, but did not find any great way, but my search came to an end after visiting your website. Can you share some more for preparation.

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  9. how to crack ibps po in my first attempt ...as i am basically from a science background .which areas do i need to focus to find success....

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    1. Hi,
      I believe you can manage English, Computers and Reasoning...
      You have to concentrate more on GA, Current Affairs (good score in less time) and if you're not from maths back ground you have start practising Shortcuts from now itself...
      Lost but very Important Time Management (Only Practice Helps you to achieve it)

      All the Best.

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  10. It’s great that you show us all the samples which would be helpful to get practice. It gives me some new ideas! Thanks

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  11. Superb problems, too tricky mind lured experience. ......

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    1. How to sit person clockwise or anticlockwise direction? What is its sitting rule? Please clear my doubt.

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    2. Hi Vinod,
      I will update above post to clarify your doubt...

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  12. What about inside out problems

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    1. Are you asking about Example for facing outside model

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  13. How to solve circular puzzle with profession and gender?

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  14. how to start puzzles having inward outfard facing direction in circular arrangmnt?

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  15. How to solve puzzles in less time ? In ibps po pre time is less and whenever I try to solve any puzzle it is taking a lot of time. Also if I leave it I m getting less marks because I am not good in maths. So need to solve more of reasoning section.

    Please guide to do such problems in less time.

    Thank you

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    1. Hi Anjali,
      Before giving my advice I want to know few more details from you please send your gmail id to my mail dreamjobadda@gmail.com

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  16. I want to score more marks in English section . give me some tips and shortcuts

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  17. Thank you so much,It helps a lot.
    Can you please tell me How to solve puzzles quickly?

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  18. Can u help me in understanding input output concept in reasoning..

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  19. Can you explain circular seating arrangement puzzles in which one sits towards the center and another sits away from the center?

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  20. thanks for your valuable support sir.but i have found difficulty in two layer circular arrangement puzzle...plz provide how to solve two layer circular arrangement puzzle.

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    1. Very glad to hear from you Maidul Islam

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  22. ur tips r quite helpful thnku for it :-) i hv a doubt in some sitting arrangements we get like group of 8 people sitting in a circular manner n A is not 3rd to right of B .C is noot 6th to th left of D..plz help me wid dis

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    1. Hi Pooja
      you're asking me to help you in arranging their positions?
      If so
      A is not 3rd to right of B means
      A can be in any position other than 3 from B that may be 2nd,1st,4th etc
      same for the next also...
      Is there anything else bothering you?

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  23. hi first of all tips r good..but want some more tips for sitting arrangement for some facing outside n some inside in a circular arrangement as well as in a two row concept if there r lots of things given example persons like colors as well as their profession..i hav given ibps po mains recently n got stuck with 3 of the tricky puzzles.

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  24. hi i also face the same problems like anupriya and i also want these type of questions which contains puzzle questions with blood relations involved in it.

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  25. Every que. In d blog r unique.....
    Its helps me alots for my CAT preparation....
    Thank u jobaddaaaaaaa .......

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  26. wow! that was a great article.I always used to make the mistake of not choosing the appropriate point.you made the concept so clear in such a brief article.thanks alot :)

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    1. Hi Aspire,
      Very glad to hear from you...

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  27. i have a question rather say it as a confusion. is there any difference between A IS LEFT OF B and A IS IMMEDIATE LEFT OF B.

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  28. Hi so-called "Unnamed Well Wisher" thanks for the (useless) suggestion, if you want to talk about authentication first write your whereabouts then talk about it...
    Another important thing to remind you is that, it is my blog (not any small fragment belongs to you right) I will do it my own way...

    If you don't like it just leave don't waste my time and your valuable time on giving unnecessary advices (which are mere a waste of time to give reply for me too).

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  29. Hi Admin,

    Thanks for the material but I want to know about the tough ones. I mean those which are not given directly but in some relation like http://www.dreamjobadda.com/2014/10/reasoning-circular-in-out-seating-test-3.html
    Kindly reply ASAP

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  30. Helo mam ..i have a problem in one sum..can u plz explain it with the help of diagram.
    1.mr. A sits opposite to cook
    Miss B sits right to the barber.
    The washerman is on the left of the tailor.
    Miss D sits opposite mr. C .
    What are the trades of A and B?

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  31. Helo mam ..i have a problem in one sum..can u plz explain it with the help of diagram.
    1.mr. A sits opposite to cook
    Miss B sits right to the barber.
    The washerman is on the left of the tailor.
    Miss D sits opposite mr. C .
    What are the trades of A and B?

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  32. hello mam....can u plz help how to crack sbi so 2016...plz give me the previous year question

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  33. hello mam...plz suggest how to solve a puzzle in which 2 directions are there.

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  34. Mam how to solve circular arrangement when the persons wife and profession is given... i mean when profession is added how to solve... i find it very difficult. .. will u provide any video notes for that...

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  35. Very helpful ...can you please show some guidance on problems related to people on different floors.

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  36. Very helpful information,please remain guide every us time thank you

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  37. Very helpful information given by you please remain guide us in every step thank you.

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  38. Hi. A.B.C.D lives on different floors. A lives in 1 floor n likes black colour.........to which chapter does this problem belong to.

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  39. Eight friends M, N, O, P, U, V, W and X are sitting in two circles in such a manner that each member of the inner circle sits exactly opposite the member of the outer circle. The members sitting in the outer circle are U, V, W and X and all of them are facing towards the centre while the members of the inner circle are M, N, O and P and they are facing away from the centre. Each of them likes a different colour, viz Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, White, Black, Orange and Purple, but-not necessarily in the same order.

    P likes neither Yellow nor White and faces W, who likes neither Black nor Purple. The person who likes Orange faces the person who likes Red. M, who likes Green, faces the immediate neighbour of the person who likes Blue.
    W sits second to the left of X. The persons who like White and Red are in separate circles. The person who likes Black sits on the immediate left of X. V, who does not like Blue, does not face M.
    The persons who likes Black and Purple are immediate neighbours, and one of them faces N, who likes Yellow. The persons who like Orange and Green sit in the same circle but they are not immediate neighbours. plzs mam explain dis step by step

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