Seating Arrangement Questions with Answers: Tricks & Explanation

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Seating arrangement is one of the most important parts of REASONING in every exam. Every exam contains at least 2-3 questions of seating arrangement puzzles which carry 10-15 marks at least.


In this section some conditions are given in the form of instruction and after reading those instructions candidates have to arrange them in a particular manner . Basically there are three types of arrangements-

  • ROW or COLOUMN Seating Arrangement
  • CIRCULAR Seating Arrangement
  • SQUARE Seating Arrangement

In order to solve any arrangement a diagram should be made so that we can solve every question quickly.

  • In this article we will learn about Linear arrangement pattern:-




Linear Arrangement

  1. Before solving the linear pattern we must find out the direction of the elements so that we can find out left and right position of every elements. [For better reference please go through the above image.]
  2. Then place all the elements according to the question and try to form a diagram so that the question can be easily solved.


  • Six members P,Q,R,X,Y,Z are sitting in a row facing north. X is to the left of Q but on the right of P. Y is on the right of Q but is on the left of Z. Z is to the left of R. Who are sitting on the extreme ends?             options: (a) QZ   (b) PR    (c)XY    (d)QY

Answer:-   So, P and R are sitting at the extreme ends. Option (b) is correct.

  • There are five friends A,B,C,D,E are standing in a row facing south. E is to the immediate right of A. C is between B and D . D is between E and C. Who is in the middle?                                                          options:   (a)A   (b)B   (c)C    (d)D

Answer:- So according to the question D is sitting at the middle position. Option (d) is correct.



1)Study the following information carefully and answer the questions given below.

Six friends A, B, C, D, E and F are sitting in a row facing towards North. C is sitting between A and E. D is not at the extreme end. B is sitting at immediate right of E. F is not at the right end but D is sitting at 3rd left of E.


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#1. How many persons are there to the right of D?

#2. Which of the following is setting to the left of D?

#3. Who is at the immediate left of C?

#4. Who is at the right end?



2)Study the following information carefully and answer the questions given below.

Eight friends- E, I, K, L, M, O, S and R are sitting on the straight line facing north but not necessarily in the same order.

O sits third to the left of M. R sits at one of the extreme ends of the line. Only two persons sit between M and K. E is not an immediate neighbour of L. Only one person sits between S and R. K is not an immediate neighbour of R. Only three persons sit between S and L.


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#1. What is the position of R concerning E?

#2. How many persons sit between the one who sits to the immediate right of R and the one who sits to the immediate left of E?

#3. Which of the following statement is correct?

#4. Which of the following sitting arrangement is correct?

#5. Who among the following represents the persons sit at the immediate neighbours of M?





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