# Concept, Tips and Practice questions for Floor Based Puzzles

In banking exams, either in prelims level or mains level we can expect at least four puzzles. Among these puzzles, floor based puzzles is a common type. In this post, we are going to discuss some tips to solve this type of puzzle and look at an example.

## Tips and tricks to solve floor based puzzles:

1. Read the given information carefully
2. Understand the type of the puzzle (only floor based puzzles or floor with flats based puzzle)
3. Try to understand the difficulty level of the question
5. In floor based puzzles, we can also start with odd/even-numbered floors
6. Keep reading and arrange it so that we can easily solve the puzzle

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Let us look at some questions based on floor arrangements following the above approach for a better understanding.

## Floor based puzzles – Practice questions:

Ten persons are living in a ten-storey building in which the topmost floor is numbered ten and the bottommost floor is numbered one.

Five persons live between P and W. Two persons live between Q and W. Three persons live between Q and U. X lives immediately above P. P and U does not live on consecutive floors. V lives immediately above Y. Three persons live between S and Y. T lives below R. Not more than two persons live between T and V.

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1. Who lives immediately above T?

(a) Q

(b) S

(c) P

(d) W

(e) U

2. How many persons live between R and Y?

(a) Five

(b) Four

(c) Six

(d) Eight

(e) Seven

3. The number of persons lives between T and X is the same as between _____

(a) S and Y

(b) P and Q

(c) R and P

(d) U and Q

(e) Q and Y

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Solution:

Five persons live between P and W. Two persons live between Q and W. Three persons live between Q and U. X lives immediately above P. P and U does not live on consecutive floors.

Case   1   Case   2
Floor Person Person
10 X
9 P X
8 P
7
6 Q
5 Q
4
3 W
2 U W
1 U

V lives immediately above Y. Three persons live between S and Y. T lives below R. Not more than two persons live between T and V.

(By arranging it further following the information given, we can solve the puzzle)

Case   1 Case   2
Floor Person Person
10 X R
9 P X
8 S P
7 R S
6 Q T
5 V Q
4 Y V
3 W Y
2 U W
1 T U

Hence, case 1 is invalid.

So, the final arrangement is

Case   2
Floor Person
10 R
9 X
8 P
7 S
6 T
5 Q
4 V
3 Y
2 W
U