Circular Arrangement

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Circular Arrangement

A circular arrangement can be defined as an arrangement having a closed loop. Typical examples include situations where in we need to make a seating arrangement around a table. The table can be of any shape and need not necessarily be circular. This can be understood by looking at the following diagrams.


Though the above diagrams look very different in terms of their structure, there would be minimal deviations in the interpretation of some common clues for all these diagrams.

For example, in all these diagrams we can find that the following things are true.

  • A is sitting opposite to D
  • B is sitting to the immediate left of A
  • B is sitting between A and C

Hence, it is fairly clear that as long as the arrangement has a closed loop, it can be interpreted as a circular arrangement. The following will be the differences which should be applied to circular arrangements when compared to the linear arrangements.

  • Statements like “A and B are sitting farthest from each other” or“A and B sit across the table” imply that A and B sit opposite each
  • Unlike straight-line arrangements, the words “immediately” and “directly” do not have any significance in circular arrangements because there is no “left”, “right”, “ahead of”, “behind” etc in circular arrangements unless we are talking about immediate right or left of a
  • Move anticlockwise if anybody’s right has to be located and move clockwise if anybody’s left has to be
  • If in a rectangular table, it is mentioned that two people are sitting diagonally opposite to each other, which would imply that the two people are sitting in the opposite For example, in the rectangular arrangement figure given above, B and E are sitting diagonally opposite to each other and so are C and F.