What are Seating Arrangement CAT Questions?
Before moving on to solving CAT questions based on seating arrangement, aspirants must briefly introduce themselves to the concept of seating arrangement. The basic concept is to arrange all the information based on the logical assumptions given in the seating arrangement questions for CAT.
In logical reasoning, when a piece of information is given about a group of people and the manner in which they are seated, such an arrangement is called a seating arrangement. This skill is highly acceptable in any type of management situation, where you have to handle multiple problems at a time.
Types of Seating Arrangement Questions for CAT
The aspirants preparing for the upcoming CAT exam can face two types of seating arrangement questions. Read the following section to get an idea of these questions:
Linear Arrangement Questions for CAT
The objects are placed around a square or rectangular table in these questions. The direction of the people is either towards the centre or away from the table. Thereby, the direction can be understood in the following way.
Circular Arrangement Questions for CAT
The objects are placed around a circle or a round table in these questions. There are only two possible directions of placing them: facing the centre and facing away from the centre. The following figure should help you understand better.
Approach To Solve Seating Arrangement CAT Questions
There is no definite set of formulas for these questions. The aspirants have to understand the concepts and question wordings to understand the logical approach of the questions. You have to practice a lot of seating arrangement CAT questions to improve your logical skills to answer accurately and quickly.
How to solve Seating Arrangement CAT Questions?
Seating arrangement questions for CAT are very easy to solve if you understand the concepts properly. You just need to apply your logical thinking and analyse the question by considering your position to solve these questions. Always think that you are facing towards the North direction.
Following are some expert tips from BYJU’S Exam Prep. Go through this and understand the approach you need to apply to solve circular seating arrangement CAT questions
- Always think that You are one of the group members in the question.
- Count the number of group members as mentioned in the question.
- Draw lines as per the direction given in the question. Arrange the members as per the direction mentioned in the question. You can check the following image for a better understanding.
- Always think of your position; you are facing towards the north, and your left hand and right hand are left and right, respectively.
- Be focused, whether it is clockwise or anticlockwise. If it is clockwise, then start arranging from left to right; if it is anticlockwise, then start arranging from right to left.
Seating Arrangement CAT Questions: Example
Following is an example of a solved seating arrangement question to give you an idea about what kind of questions are expected and what is the required approach to solve the problem. Practice a lot to enhance your accuracy to solve these questions in the upcoming CAT exam.
Question: 6 people are playing a card game sitting around a circular table. Suresh is facing Raghubir, who is to the left of Ajay and to the right of Pramod. Ajay is to the left of Dhiraj. Yogendra is to the left of Pramod. If Dhiraj exchanges his seat with Yogendra and Pramod exchanges with Raghubir, who will be sitting to the left of Dhiraj?
Solution: The correct original circular arrangement sequence in a clockwise manner in Suresh, Dhiraj, Ajay, Raghubir, Pramod, Yogendra. So, after the changes, Suresh will be to the left of Dhiraj.
The aspirants must read the questions first, analyze the meaning, and then solve seating arrangement CAT questions. Be focused on those lines, which consist of maximum clues to solve these questions. Join BYJU’S Exam Prep online classes and prepare for these questions in a scheduled way.
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