# Circular Arrangements

Circular Arrangements

Today’s topic is Circular Arrangements.

In Circular Arrangement’s questions, we have to arrange the position of the given persons according to the conditions given in the questions.

There are two types of Circular Arrangements:

• Simple Circular Arrangements – in this we have to arrange the persons only.
• Complex Circular Arrangements – In this we have to arrange the persons as well as the associated variable given in the questions.

Before discussing the examples, let’s understand some important points related to this topic.

As we have already discussed, that we have arrange the persons in these types of questions, we must know how to take the directions of the persons i.e. which is the left/right side of the person.

Direction of the persons will depend on whether the person is facing the centre or facing outward.

Let’s understand this with the help of pictures-

Note – It is advisable to start from the bottom, if the person is facing the centre and start from top, if the person is facing outside. This is not any thumb rule, it will just make our work easy as person’s direction will be according to our direction.

Now, we will discuss about the different statements that are generally used in questions to give directions of the persons or associated variables.

Statements:

Whenever sentences are combined with Conjunction like and, but, while, whereas, etc. than it is in the reference of the first person given in the statement.

Whenever sentences are combined with Pronouns like who, which etc. than it is in the reference to the person preceding pronoun.

Let’s discuss Example of Simple and Complex Arrangement –

Simple Arrangement

Study the following information to answer the given questions:

P, Q, R, S, T, U, V and W are sitting around a circle facing the centre. Q is third to the right of U and third to the left of W. R is fourth to the left of P, who is not an immediate neighbor of U or Q. T is not an immediate neighbor of Q. V is second to the right of S.

Solution-

Once the positions are arranged, it takes very less time to mark the answers.

1) Who is to the immediate left of Q?

1) S

2) V

3) S or V

5) None of these

2) Who is to the immediate right of W?

1) P

2) T

3) U

5) None of these

3) Which of the following pairs represents the immediate neighbors of U?

1) RW

2) TS

3) WS

4) RT

5) None of these

4) In which of the following pairs is the first person sitting to the immediate right of the second person?

1) QV

2) VP

3) PW

4) WT

5) RU

5) Who is third to the left of T?

1) P

2) R

3) V

5) None of these

Complex Arrangement –

There are 8 members A, B, C, D , E, F, G and H, who are having their own one mobiles of the different colour- black, pink, blue, green, yellow, red, white and grey. They are sitting around a circular table facing the opposite to the centre.

A is sitting opposite to E who has yellow coloured mobile. One who has the white coloured mobile, is an immediate neighbour of whom having the blue mobile and pink coloured mobile. But neither D or A nor E. C is third to the right of one having black coloured mobile but both are not the immediarte neighbour of E. One having grey mobile is an immediated neighbour of A. F is neither the neighbour of A nor the E but he has green mobile. C is not the neighbour of A who has black mobile. The member who has pink mobile is an immediate to the left of E. One who has yellow mobile is between C and B who has pink and Red mobile respectively. G has white mobile is an immediate neighbour of one having pink mobile and one having blue mobile. D is not the neighbour of person having green mobile.

Solution-

As we can see, it is very time consuming. So, it is advisable to SKIP complex puzzles in exams.

If we have to try to solve this type of puzzle, then do it in the end after finishing the other questions.

With this, we will finish this topic. Please share your feedback in comment box.