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High-Level Seating Arrangement | Notes + Concept Videos

Questions on seating arrangements have always been an integral part of the reasoning section of top-notch banking exams such as RBI Grade B, SBI PO, and IBPS PO. Following are some numbers that will highlight just how important this question type is. So, read along!

  • In RBI Grade B 2017, phase-I exam, about 6 questions of high difficulty level were asked.
  • In SBI PO prelims, about 8-10 questions based on seating arrangements can be expected.
  • The difficulty level for this question type in the SBI PO Mains is usually on the higher side.

In this article we’ll be covering the following:

  • Seating arrangement notes which will cover the basic concepts and list down some thumb-rules
  • reasoning video in which you can solve high-level seating arrangement questions along with the expert and understand the approach.

Without further ado, let’s move to the concept notes and then the solved high-level examples in the Oliveboard videos.

Seating Arrangement Notes | RBI – SBI – IBPS

In this question type, one has to place the elements in a particular order that is governed by the set of conditions given in the question. One of the things that can mark the difference between a correct and an incorrect attempt is the clarity of left-right positions for each direction. This is by far the essence of this particular question type. So, make sure you spend some-time perfecting that.

Let us now take a look at the different question types.

Seating Arrangement | Question Types | RBI – SBI – IBPS

This question type can be broadly divided into two major types:

a) Linear Seating Arrangement Notes

Here you will be asked to arrange / seat people in a straight line. What you need to pay attention to is the where the concerned person is looking. The following will simplify the same concept for you.

  • If the person is facing north then the side convention is: Left Side ——— Right Side
  • If the person is facing south then the side convention is: Right Side ———– Left Side

Remember the above as a thumb-rule for all these problems. Based on the difficulty of the question, you may get to see quite a lot of different scenarios like:

  • All seated in one row, facing north
  • All seated in one row, facing south
  • All seated in one row, facing different directions
  • All seated in two parallel rows, facing each other
  • All seated in two parallel rows, facing different directions

Whatever the situation may be, if you remember the above-mentioned thumb-rule and have practiced enough, you’ll be able to solve these questions with ease.

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b) Circular Seating Arrangement Notes

Here you will be asked to arrange / seat people in circular forms. Again where a person is facing will make all the difference here. The thumb rule for this particular question type is as given below.

  • For people facing the center: Right side is the counter-clockwise direction | Left side is the clockwise direction
  • For people facing outside: Right side is the clockwise direction | Left side is the counter-clockwise direction

You may find the following variations for this particular type:

  • All seated facing the center
  • All seated facing outwards
  • All seated facing different directions
  • All seated in concentric circles facing one direction
  • All seated in concentric circles facing each other

Please note that you may be asked to arrange people in a pentagonal, hexagonal etc. table, for this just remember, as long as it’s a closed figure the approach and thumb-rule will be the same as circular seating arrangements. Let us now watch a few videos to put the above into practice.

Seating Arrangement Notes | Concept Videos | RBI – SBI – IBPS

To make the best use of these video lessons, we advise you to follow the given steps:

  • Pause the video before every question
  • Solve the question on your own
  • Resume the video and compare your approach to the one taken by the expert
  • Try to understand which approach works better for you and would have taken less time to solve the question

Here, we will be looking at two videos. Let us first look at some linear seating arrangement problems.

For more videos and lessons


 The next video has some high-level seating arrangement questions. Watch to strengthen this topic.

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A Short Note The Reasoning Section

A few things to note regarding the reasoning section –

  1. There is no set rule to score high marks in reasoning; only continuous practice can help you ace the tests.
  2. Unlike Quantitative Aptitude where you must memorize formulas or English Language where you must be thorough with the grammar and vocabulary, reasoning section simply tests the way you think. To think exactly the way the paper-setter does, one must be familiar with all the various kinds of questions that appear in the section.
  3. There is nothing to memorize in this section; the key to scoring high in reasoning is by building the logic up to the point where the questions can be easily attempted without much thinking. 
  4. Not to mention, regular practice of diverse question types is the only way to get there.

So, just follow these 5 steps and you will be well on your way to success.

  • Step 1: Watch a concept video and build your basics.
  • Step 2: Solve the solved examples again
  • Step 3: Take Topic Test | Level 1 – Easy | Analyze your performance and accuracy
  • Step 4: Take Topic Test | Level 2 – Moderate |  Analyze your performance and accuracy
  • Step 5: Take Topic Test | Level 3 – Difficult |  Analyze your performance and accuracy

Hope this helps. All the best!