Verbal Reasoning - Data Sufficiency - Discussion

In each of the following problems, there is one question and three statements I, II and III given below the question. You have to decide whether the data given in the statements is sufficient to answer the question. Read all the statements carefully and find which of the statements is/are sufficient to answer the given question. Choose the correct alternative in each question.


Question: Five persons - A, B, C, D and E are sitting in a row. Who is sitting in the middle?


  1. B is between E and C.
  2. B is to the right of E.
  3. D is between A and E.

[A]. Only I and II
[B]. Only II and III
[C]. Only I and III
[D]. All I, II and III
[E]. None of these

Answer: Option D


From I, the order is : E, B, C or C, B, E.

From II, the order is : E, B.

From III, the order is : A, D, E.

Combining the above three, we get the order as : A, D, E, B, C. Clearly, E is sitting in the middle.

Dev said: (Nov 8, 2011)  
2nd option does not matter,, the answer has to be 'E' whether the order is -"A D -E- B C" or "C B -E- D A"

So the answer should be [C]ONLY I AND III.

Amit said: (Jul 21, 2015)  
I have to find middle position. We can get middle position from I And III but not correct sequence of sitting arrangement but you can correct position of middle. Check it once.

Miami said: (Jul 22, 2015)  
From I, the order is : E, B, C or C, B, E.

From II, the order is : E, B.

From III, the order is : A, D, E (or the order can be E, D, A as well).

Combining I and III, we get two possible orders as:A, D, E, B, C and C, B, E, A, D.

Clearly, in both, E is seated in the middle, irrespective of whether E is seated to the right or left of B.

So the correct option should be "option [C]".

Abhilash Guha Roy said: (Mar 10, 2018)  
The third option says D is between A and E, which leaves us with two possibilities, ADE or EAD. So, even by combining all three statements the possibilities of sitting arrangements are ADEBC and EBCDA. So according to me, option [E] should be the correct answer.

Yash Nagar said: (May 11, 2018)  
By using 1 we can say that option is.
E B C or C B E.

By using 3 (without seeing 2).
We can say that it is.
A D E B C or C B E D A.


So, option C is correct.

Smriti said: (Oct 31, 2018)  
Is D the only person between A and E, right?

Ohm said: (Nov 6, 2018)  
If only (1) and (3).

The combination can be.


Andycandy said: (Jan 8, 2019)  
I think option C is the correct answer.

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