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Easy Level

These questions are targeted to improve your knowledge of basic concepts, though easy questions are rare in CAT. These are extremely important for conceptual understanding at the foundation level.

Directions for Example 1 to 4 and Question 1: (Question Category: Matching Puzzle) Study the following information and answer the questions that follow:
(i) Six picture cards P, Q, R, S, T and U are framed in six different colours – blue, red green, grey yellow and brown and are arranged from left to right (not necessarily in the same order).
(ii) The pictures are of the king, princess, queen, palace, joker and prince.
(iii) The picture of the palace is in the blue colour frame but is not on card S and card P which is of the queen is in the brown frame and is placed at the extreme right.
(iv) The picture of the princess is neither on card S nor on card T and is not in either the green or the yellow frame. Card R has a picture of the king in a grey frame and it is fifth from the right and next to card Q having the picture of the prince.

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:If the princess’s card is immediately between the cards of the palace and the prince, then at what number is the joker’s card placed from left?

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Which is the correct combination of card and frame colours?

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:The picture of the palace is printed on which card?

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:If the photo frame of the prince and joker is interchanged, then the colour of the frame of the prince is:

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:The picture of the joker is in which colour frame?

Directions for Q. 5, 6 and Question 2: Study the following information and answer the questions that follow:
A company is planning to organise 8 lectures—A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H for 3 subjects—Quants, D.I. and English. The lectures are spread over three days. Quants is to be covered first in 3 lectures followed by English and then D.I. in 2 lectures. Lectures A, C and D have to be different days. (Lectures B and F have to be on the same day), but lecture B cannot be clubbed with A or G or D. Lecture G and H should come on the same day. Lecture A is a lecture on Quants and Lecture C cannot be on the last day. It is also known that there are at least 3 lectures on day 1.

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Which combination of lectures was arranged on the second day of the series?

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Which of the following lectures were for D.I.?

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Which of the following pairs of lectures can go along with lecture ‘A’ on Quants?

Directions for Q. 7, 8 & Question 3: Five courses — A, B, C, D and E, each of one-month duration are to be taught from January to May one after the other though not necessarily in the same order by lecturers P, Q, R, S and T. P teaches course ‘B’ but not in the month of April or May. Q teaches course ‘A’ in the month of March. R teaches in the month of January but does not teach course ‘C’ or ‘D’.

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Which lecturer’s course immediately follows course B?

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Which course is taught in the month of January?

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Which course is taught by S?

Medium Level

Directions for Q.9 to 11 and Question 4: The annual gathering of a college was organised on a day. Six different programmes—drama, singing, mimicry, speech, story-telling and dance are to be performed by six students A, B, C, D, E and F, not necessarily in the same order. The programme begins with a song not sung by B and ends with a dance. C performs mimicry immediately after the speech. E performs drama just before the dance. D or F are not available for the last performance. The speech is not given by A. An interval of 30 minutes is given immediately after mimicry with three more items remaining to be performed. D performs immediately after the interval.

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Who performed the dance?

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Who was the first performer?

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Who was the last performer?

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Which item is performed by F?

Directions for Q. 12, 13 & Question 5: Six persons—Akshay, Bobby, Celina, Dimple, Esha and Faisal took up a job with XYZ Consultants in a week from Monday to Saturday. Each of them joined for different posts on different days. The posts were of Clerk, Officer, Technician, Manager, Supervisor and Sales Executive, though not in the same order. Faisal joined as a Manager on the first day. Bobby joined as a Supervisor but neither on Wednesday nor Friday. Dimple joined as a Technician on Thursday. The officer joined the firm on Wednesday. Esha joined as a clerk on Tuesday. Akshay joined as a Sales Executive.

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Who was the last to join the firm?

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:On which of the following days did the Sales Executive join?

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Who joined the firm on Wednesday?

Directions for Q. 14, 15 and Question 6:
(i) Six friends A, B, C, D, E and F are sitting along the sides of a hexagonal table for playing a game, though not necessarily in the same order.
(ii) F, who is sitting exactly opposite A, is to the immediate right of B.
(iii) D is between A and B and is exactly opposite to C.

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Who is sitting opposite B?

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Three of the following are alike in a certain way on the basis of sitting positions and so form a group. Which is the one that does not belong to the group?

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Who are the people sitting next to A?

Hard Level

Directions for Q. 16, 17 and Question 7, 8: A group of five boys—Abdul, Bony, Chandan, Devdas and Eram, and a group of five girls—Paro, Queen, Reena, Saifali and Tulika are standing in rows facing each other (not in the same order). The group of girls is facing north. Eram is not at any of the ends. Chandan is to the immediate right of Bony and Devdas is to the immediate left of Abdul, who is facing Paro. There are as many girls between Paro and Queen as between Reena and Saifali. Abdul is second to the left of Bony. Saifali and Reena are not facing either Bony or Devdas.

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Which of the following is definitely true?

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Who is standing to the immediate right of Abdul?

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Which pair of boys is standing at the ends of the row?

Question for Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements
Try yourself:Who is facing Bony?

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FAQs on Practice Questions: Seating Arrangements - CSAT Preparation - UPSC

 1. What is the purpose of seating arrangements in an exam?
Ans. Seating arrangements in an exam are done to maintain order and prevent cheating. By assigning specific seats to students, it ensures that they are seated away from distractions and have an equal opportunity to focus on their exams.
 2. How are seating arrangements usually determined in an exam?
Ans. Seating arrangements in an exam are usually determined by the exam organizers or invigilators. They may consider factors such as alphabetical order, student preferences, or random allocation to ensure fairness and prevent any bias.
 3. Can I request a specific seat in an exam?
Ans. It depends on the exam regulations and the policies set by the exam organizers. Some exams may allow students to request specific seats due to personal reasons or special accommodations. However, in most cases, seating assignments are predetermined and cannot be changed.
 4. What should I do if I have a problem with my assigned seat during an exam?
Ans. If you have a problem with your assigned seat during an exam, you should approach the exam invigilator or a designated staff member immediately. They will assess the situation and try to provide a solution or alternative arrangement if possible.
 5. Are there any specific rules or guidelines to follow while sitting in an exam?
Ans. Yes, there are usually specific rules and guidelines to follow while sitting in an exam. These may include maintaining silence, avoiding communication with other students, not looking at or copying from neighboring answer sheets, and following any additional instructions provided by the invigilator. It is important to adhere to these rules to ensure a fair and ethical examination process.

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