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Solving Linear Arrangement Questions

Notes on solving Linear Arrangement Questions, linear seating arrangement questions, linear arrangement tips and tricks

Linear Arrangement is the process of placing items in a specific order (in a single line). This type of question is sometimes referred to as “Seating Arrangement.” The term “seating arrangement” should not be misinterpreted; it should not be interpreted as a set of questions involving only people sitting in certain ways.

What is linear arrangement reasoning?

Linear Arrangement reasoning is a sort of Sitting Arrangement in which people or items must be arranged in a straight line in the correct order. According to the stated parameters, candidates must arrange people in a row or many rows.

Seating Arrangement Tricks and Solved Questions

First, figure out how many people will be in the seating arrangement.

Determine the number of rows in each seating arrangement, as well as the direction of each row (north to south or south to north). The third sort of notion is sometimes offered jumbled.

Then, in two or three illustrations, depict all conceivable combinations.

To begin, sort the members by positive hints (completed form) and disregard the negative hints (not having sentences).


A is sitting at the edge. (positive hint)

C is sitting 2nd left of A. (positive hint)

D is not sitting at an edge or not sitting between A and C. (negative hint)

After positioning members based on good hints, consider negative hints, and then finish the seating arrangement as quickly as possible.

Finally, you can locate one diagram that is not following the supplied instructions and compare it to the diagram of an arrangement that is following the given hints.

The most crucial thing is to remember the left and right sides of sitting members at all times; otherwise, write R for Right Side and L for Left Side on the chart.


1. The letters A, P, R, X, S, and Z are arranged in a row. The letters S and Z are in the centre. The letters A and P are at the very end. To the left of A, R is seated. Who is on P’s right side? 

A. A

B. X

C. S

D. Z

Option B is the correct answer.


The following is the seating arrangement:


As a result, the right of P is X.

2. On a bench, A, B, C, D, and E are seated. A is seated next to B, C is seated next to D, and D is not seated near to E, who is seated on the bench’s left end. C is in the second from the right position. B and E are to the right of A. A and C are seated next to one other. What is A’s sitting position? Between B and D is A.

B. Between B and C

C. Between E and D

D. Between C and E

Option B is the correct answer.



As a result, A is sandwiched between B and C.


A) A, B, C, D, E, F, and G are pointing north in a row:

1) F is directly to the right of E.

2) E is the fourth letter to the right of G.

3) C is B and D’s next-door neighbour.

4) The third person to D’s left is at one of the ends.

1. What is A’s current position?

A. Between the letters E and D

B. Radical left

C. Centre

D.Extremely correct

Answer: D

A is on the far right.

2. Who are B’s immediate neighbours?

A.C and D

B.C and G

C.G and F

D.C and E

Answer: B

The neighbours of B are C and G.

3.Which of the following statements is false?

D is just to the left of A.E.

One of the endpoints is B.A.

C.G is directly to the left of B.

D.F is the second-to-right of D.

Answer: A

4. Who stands to C’s left?

Only B B.G, A.

B and D

C.G and B D.

D, E, F and A

Answer: C

G and B are to C’s left.

B) The following information is used to answer each of these questions:

1) A, B, C, D, and E are five men looking south, whereas M, N, O, P, and Q are five ladies facing north in a second line parallel to the first line.

2) Q is opposite B, who is just to the left of D.

3) C and N are on opposing sides of the diagonal.

4) E is directly across from O, who is on M’s right.

5) P, who is to the left of Q, is on the opposite side of D.

6) M is at one of the line’s ends.

5. Who will be the second person to the right of the person opposite to the second person to the right of P if O and P, A and E, and B and Q switch places?





Answer: B

Earlier setup

Arrangement has changed.

6) Who will be the second to the left of the person opposite to O if B takes the place of E, E takes the place of Q, and Q takes the place of B?





Answer: A

Initial planning

Following the relocation, a new agreement was made.

B is the person to the left of O, and Q is the person to the left of B.

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 CAT linear arrangement-based logical reasoning problems needs you to align objects sequentially utilising knowledge about their placements. In the majority of circumstances, we must determine the unique position of each object or the relative position of one object to the others.