Verbal Reasoning - Data Sufficiency - Discussion

Discussion Forum : Data Sufficiency - Section 3 (Q.No. 2)
Directions to Solve

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.

Only I and II
Only II and III
Only I and III
All I, II and III
None of these
Answer: Option

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.

9 comments Page 1 of 1.

DEV said:   1 decade ago
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.

Anshi Jain said:   1 year ago

I want to say that B is between E & C doesn't mean EBC or CBE it can also be EADBC or EDBAC or EBADC or many more such combinations but why only take EBC or CBE?

Anyone, please explain to me.

Miami said:   9 years ago
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]".

Yash Nagar said:   6 years ago
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.

OHM said:   6 years ago
If only (1) and (3).

The combination can be.


Andycandy said:   5 years ago
I think option C is the correct answer.

Amit said:   9 years ago
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.

Abhilash Guha Roy said:   6 years ago
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.

Smriti said:   6 years ago
Is D the only person between A and E, right?

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