Reasoning Circular-Inward & Outward Seating Arrangement Tips and Tricks
We will be covering “How to solve Inward-Outward Circular Seating Arrangement problem” and going forward we will cover complete Syllabus of Reasoning questions asked in SBI PO and IBPS PO . Mains.
In continuation with our article on Sitting Arrangement which we posted , here we are posting some tricks to solve more complicated questions from the topic which are becoming very common in the recent Banking Exams.
No matter what the model is, the following points are to be noted in order to solve the questions easily.
Read the entire puzzle and understand the statements correctly
- Identify the statements that give definite information.
- For instance let us take three statements and evaluate them
Statement 1: 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 2: 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.
Some important points to be kept in mind before solving the sitting arrangement puzzles are:
- If A is sitting immediate left of B, it means B is on immediate right of A.
- To avoid confusion of left and rights in circular and other shapes’ seating arrangement problems, you should assume that all people are facing to center (unless and until they specify the direction).
- It’s always better idea to assume you are one among them so that it will be easier for you to get an idea of the arrangement.
- If you are unable to get the idea from a line then better skip that line and go to next line. You can revisit to the skipped line after getting another clue.
For circular sitting arrangement those objects which are facing inwards to the center are favorable to us which means LEFT-RIGHT position are same to reference object and those objects which are facing outwards are unfavorable to us which means LEFT-RIGHT position are opposite to reference object.
Persons sitting in a CIRCLE or RECTANGLE or SQUARE facing AWAY from centre:
- Seated to the left = Take Anti-clockwise direction
- Seated to the right = Take clockwise direction
Such types are problems are solved in the same manner as the problems for the centre facing people are solved. The only change in this case is the direction of reference changes which confuses the candidates.
But now-a-days, questions of some different pattern are asked in Bank exams like Some people are facing inward while some of them are facing outwards.
Let us see how to solve such questions without getting panic.
P, Q, R, S, T, U and V are sitting in a circle. Five of them are facing the center while two of them are facing opposite to the center. R sits third to the left of S and both are facing the center. T is neither an immediate member of S nor of R. The one sitting exactly between S and U is facing to the center. V sits third to the left of P and V is facing opposite to the center. One of Q’s neighbors is facing opposite to the center.
STEPS TO SOLVE THE QUESTION
Draw a circle. Mark all position of objects in the circle.
Note: Five of them are facing center means favorable to us and then left two are facing outward means unfavorable to us.
Now put S on the middle bottom position of the circle and position R on left side (Clockwise direction) to S.
T is neither an immediate member of S nor of R. the statement leaves a single place for T to sit.
The one sitting exactly between S and U is facing to the center.
Then put U from left of S by leaving one position blank.
V sits third to the left of P and V is facing outside to the center.
In this case position of P and V is not discussed in reference to all other objects. So their position can be done by hit and trial method which is based on most convenient positions.
Now the left place is the only option for Q to sit.
As per the statement, one of Q’s neighbors is facing opposite to the center. This clearly tells us that T is facing opposite to the centre. And according to the question, since five of them are facing the centre, so U and Q also face the centre. So, the final diagram we get is
Now, since you have understood the Concepts and Shortcuts on Inward- Outward seating arrangement, you can attempt a quiz.
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