Table of contents  
Introduction  
Most common patterns  
Type of Questions  
Some Examples and Solutions 
Inserting a missing figure problems are generally asked in various competitive exams, which mainly consist of a figure divided into various regions. In between these regions, there will be numbers, letters or it may be the combination of letters and numbers following certain sequence. They are in a series inside the given figure. The question may contain single figure or combination of two or more than two figures. The question figure may be any geometrical figure such as rectangle, triangle, circle or other any type of unusual figure to have set of numbers or letters in it. The figure may be divided into many parts according to logic and sequence behind the question. In question figure, the numbers or letters given will be changing in each step by following certain sequence or logic. Reader has to analyze sequence or number or logic and to choose correct answer from given options.
Questions, which ask to insert the missing number, come under this category. In most cases one of the following will be given.
A diagram or a set of diagrams
Or a matrix
Or any random figure e.g. star
Each of these has some characters. These characters can be numbers or letters or a combination of number and letters that follow a particular pattern. We need to crack the reasoning or logic behind this pattern so as to find the missing term.
Different types of patterns could be there, some of the patterns are as following
In this type of questions, a single figure will be given which consists of letters or numbers inside it following certain sequence or logic as explained by following example.
Example: 1
(a) 83
(b) 54
(c) 65
(d) 60
Ans: (c)
In this example, the question figure has four regions inside which there are numbers which are interchanging their position in next step so 56 may be written as 65 to replace question mark.
Example: 2
(a) 150
(b) 145
(c) 165
(d) 162
Ans: (d)
The numbers at the bottom row are obtained as (28  10) × 10 = 180, (29  17) × 11 = 132, (3524) × 14 = 154, therefore missing number is (54  36) × 9 = 162.
In type of figure, the question will consist of two or more than two figures of which 1st one or two figures giving information about sequence or logic of question, reader has to analyze them and choose the correct answer as explain by the following example,
Example: 3
(a) 36
(b) 40
(c) 45
(d) None of these
Ans: (c)
In the above figure, the numbers are related as from 1^{st} and 2^{nd} figure that 5 + 3 = 8 = 2315, similarly answer can be found as 34 + 11 = 45 = 90  45. Therefore missing number is 45.
Example 1: Insert the missing number in each of the following
(a) 185
(b) 126
(c) 239
(d) 145
Ans: (a)
The Pattern is 4 × 2 + 1=9, 9 × 2 +2 =20, 20 × 2 +3 =43, 43 × 2 +4 = 90, 90× 2 +5= 185. So missing number is 185.So answer is option A
Example 2: Insert the missing number in each of the following
(a) 5
(b) 6
(c) 14
(d) 8
Ans: (a)
The Pattern is 4 × 2 + 1=9, 9 × 2 +2 =20, 20 × 2 +3 =43, 43 × 2 +4 = 90, 90× 2 +5= 185. So missing number is 185.So answer is option A
Example 3: Insert the missing number in each of the following
(a)19
(b) 28
(c) 32
(d) 34
Ans: (b)
Going clockwise starting from 16, numbers are increasing by 2 every time. So the missing term is 28. So, answer is option A
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