IBPS RRB exams test the ability of the candidate in various ways. One such way is through IBPS RRB Seating Arrangement Questions. When you went out with your group of friends to a restaurant and tried to decide who would sit next to whom, did you ever think that such a thing would be asked in the exam? Seating arrangement questions test many things at once. It tests your ability to understand the information, retain the information and process the information. But, wait! We are not here to talk about how good IBPS RRB seating arrangement questions are, are we? We want to know how you can solve the questions quickly and accurately? So, without wasting much time, let’s get straight down to it!

## Understanding IBPS RRB Seating Arrangement Questions

### What are seating arrangement questions?

Seating arrangement questions are exactly what they sound like. You would be given the relative positions of the people sitting at a table and you would be asked to deduce the entire seating arrangement.

### What are the common types of the IBPS RRB seating arrangement questions?

There are two main types of IBPS RRB seating arrangement questions asked in the exam. They are:

• Seating arrangements on a rectangular table: You would be given a case where a number of people are sitting on a rectangular table. You would need to find the seating positions based on the information given to you.

Example:

A, B, C, D, and E are sitting on a bench. A is sitting next to B, C is sitting next to D, D is not sitting with E who is on the left end of the bench. C is in the second position from the right. A is to the right of B and E. A and C are sitting together. In which position A is sitting?

A. Between B and D
B. Between B and C
C. Between E and D
D. Between C and E

• Seating Arrangement on a circular table: You would be given a case where a number of people are sitting on a circular table, facing towards the center or outwards. You would need to find the positions of a person/persons.

Example:

Six friends are sitting in a circle and are facing the center of the circle. Deepa is between Prakash and Pankaj. Priti is between Mukesh and Lalit. Prakash and Mukesh are opposite to each other. Who is sitting right to Prakash?

A. Mukesh
B. Deepa
C. Pankaj
D. Lalit

### How many questions come in the exam?

The number of questions varies from year to year. In some years, you would only get a couple of questions on the topic and in some other year, you might get as many 7! In the recent years, such differences have become somewhat rare. If you look at the past few years question papers, you would find that the numbers to be:

• The average number of questions for IBPS RRB PO exam (Scale I):
• Linear Seating Arrangement: 5
• Circular Seating Arrangement: 5
• The average number of questions for IBPS RRB Office Assistant Exam:
• Linear Seating Arrangement: 2-3
• Circular Seating Arrangement: 5

Therefore, as you can see, if you take both the types of questions together, you can expect to get 7-10 questions from this single topic. This makes the topic, quite important don’t you think?

### How Tough Are They to Solve?

IBPS RRB Seating Arrangement Questions are usually of moderate to high difficulty. There are two things that make the questions so difficulty. Firstly, it is a bit difficult to manage and process the data in a proper way. Candidates often get confused about who is sitting next to whom. Another thing that adds to the difficulty is the time taken. A lot of candidates spend a lot of time-solving these questions. In the end, they have less time to solve other questions.

### Could They Be Solved in a Better Way?

Yes, they can be. All you need to do is use the right method and put in some practice. If you do both of them, then solving the questions would become easier and comparatively quicker. However, the questions would still take a bit longer to solve compared to other questions. So, during the exam, you should strategize accordingly.

### How Much Should I Practice?

If you are serious about cracking IBPS RRB 2021, then you need score good marks on seating arrangement questions. This can be only be done with practice and lots of it. Yes, such questions do need a lot of practice. You should ensure that you solve 10-15 questions daily on this topic. This would help you build speed and accuracy.

## Methods for Solving IBPS RRB Seating Arrangement Questions

As we know, there are two main types of seating arrangement questions asked in IBPS RRB exam. We are going to take a look at each of them and see how to solve them in a step by step manner.

### Method for Solving IBPS RRB Linear Seating Arrangement

Let us take the case of the example we have cited before and let’s see we can solve the question in a step-by-step process.

Question: A, B, C, D, and E are sitting on a bench. A is sitting next to B, C is sitting next to D, D is not sitting with E who is on the left end of the bench. C is in the second position from the right. A is to the right of B and E. A and C are sitting together. In which position A is sitting?

Read the statement carefully and try to find if someone is sitting at an end of the bench. Here, E is sitting on the left end of the bench. So, we have

E—-

Also, we need to look for any other position which is mentioned explicitly. Apart from E, the position of C is also explicitly mentioned. C is the second position from the right.

So, we have

E–C-

Now, we have D who is sitting next C. So, it can be either

E-DC-

or,

E–CD

The first possibility is not plausible since we have A and B sitting together. So, the second one should be right. Now, we put A and B together. The final arrangement is:

EBACD

This is because A and B are sitting together and A and C are also sitting together. So, A must be in the middle.

So, A is between B and C

Solution: A is between B and C

### Method for Solving IBPS RRB Circular Seating Arrangement

Question:Eight people P, Q, R, S, T, U, V and W, are seated around a circular table facing each other. R is second to the right of P and third to the left of Q. Q is second to the left of V. S and V are diagonally opposite to each other. U is a neighbor of S. T is third to the left of W.

Solution: In this case, you need to start with a person who would be placed at the bottom of the circle. This could be preferably a person who is mentioned in the first line.

We would take P as our guy. Now R is second to the right of P. So, we have

Next, R is third left to Q. So, this means Q is third right to R. So, we have

Q is second to the left of V which means V is second to right of Q.  Again, S and V are diagonally opposite to each other. So we have

U is a neighbor of S. Now on one side of S, we already have R. So U must take the only available place next to S.

Finally, T is third to the left of W. This condition is only possible when W is placed between P and R. So, the final arrangement is.

## Practice Questions

Six friends are sitting in a circle and are facing the center of the circle. Deepa is between Prakash and Pankaj. Priti is between Mukesh and Lalit. Prakash and Mukesh are opposite to each other.

Question 1:

Who is sitting right to Prakash?

Options:

A. Mukesh
B. Deepa
C. Pankaj
D. Lalit

Question 2:

Who are the neighbours of Mukesh?

Options:

A. Prakash and Deepa
B. Deepa and Priti
C. Priti and Pankaj
D. Lalit and Priti

Question 3:

A, P, R, X, S and Z are sitting in a row. S and Z are in the centre. A and P are at the ends. R is sitting to the left of A. Who is to the right of P?

Option:

A. A
B. X
C. S
D. Z