Complex Arrangement Test

Complex Arrangement Test

The Complex Arrangement Test is a type of problem encountered in competitive exams, particularly in the logical reasoning section. It involves arranging multiple elements—such as people, objects, or events—based on multiple interrelated conditions or rules. Mastering this type of arrangement requires a deep understanding of the given conditions and the ability to organize information logically.

Key Concepts and Strategies

1. Read and Understand the Conditions:

  • Start by carefully reading and understanding the complex set of conditions provided for the arrangement. Break down the information into key points.

2. Visual Representation and Diagrams:

  • Create a visual representation using diagrams, charts, or tables to organize and visualize the relationships and constraints among the elements.

3. Identify Interconnected Clues:

  • Look for clues or conditions that are interconnected and impact each other. Analyze how changes in one condition affect others.

4. Work with Hypothetical Scenarios:

  • If allowed, work through hypothetical scenarios or possibilities to find the correct arrangement, keeping in mind the interdependence of conditions.

5. Eliminate Incorrect Options:

  • If the question provides multiple answer choices, evaluate each option based on the given interconnected conditions and eliminate the incorrect ones to narrow down the choices.

Types of Complex Arrangement

1. Interconnected Linear Arrangement:

  • Arranging elements in a linear pattern where conditions for each element are interconnected and affect the placement of others.

2. Matrix-Based Arrangement:

  • Organizing elements in a matrix with rows and columns based on various conditions and rules.

3. Circular Arrangement with Multiple Conditions:

  • Arranging elements in a circular pattern where each element's position is influenced by multiple interconnected conditions.

4. Multiple Attribute-Based Arrangement:

  • Arranging elements based on multiple attributes such as age, height, gender, etc., with conditions interrelated across attributes.

Tips for Solving Complex Arrangement Problems

  1. Read and Analyze Thoroughly: Understand the conditions and constraints provided. Do not overlook any details as they may be crucial for the arrangement.

  2. Visual Representation is Key: Create diagrams or tables to represent the conditions visually, aiding in a clearer understanding of the complex arrangement.

  3. Identify Interconnected Clues: Pay attention to clues that are interrelated and affect each other. Understanding these relationships is vital for a successful arrangement.

  4. Practice Regularly: Regular practice of complex arrangement problems will enhance your ability to tackle intricate conditions and arrangements effectively.

  5. Time Management: Allocate a specific amount of time for each question. If a question is taking too long, it might be beneficial to move on and revisit it later.

  6. Stay Calm and Focused: Maintain composure and stay focused while solving complex arrangement problems. Rushing can lead to errors.

This includes questions based on circular, rectangular, hexagonal and diagonal arrangements.

The most important point of concern in complex arrangement is to understand the problem and draw a matrix illustrating all the given points of the basic structure of the argument.


There are four friends A, B, C and D. They drink two soft drinks, Coke, Pepsi with favourite heroes’ beings Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. They drive a bike and a car.

  1. A drives a bike but not a car, drinks Coke and Pepsi and likes Brad Pitt.
  2. B drives both and drinks Pepsi and likes Tom Cruise.
  3. C drives car and drinks nothing but likes both Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise.
  4. D drives nothing, drinks nothing but likes both Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise.

Q1: A and D always go together so they watch ______ movie and go by ____.

1) Tom, car                                2) Tom and Brad, bike

3) Tom, Bike                               4) Brad, Bike

Q2: If D has to watch a Tom Movie, and has a bike, who does he go with?

1) C              2) A              3) B              4) (A) or (B)

Q3: Which of the following is true?

  1. A drinks Coke, because he likes Brad.
  2. Among the four friends, those who love Tom drink Pepsi.
  3. Among the four friends, those who drink Pepsi drive a bike.

1) (i)            2) (ii)            3) (iii)           4) (i) and (ii)

Q4: Which of the following is/are true?

  1. The person driving a car has Pepsi.
  2. The person who likes Tom drives a bike.

1) only (i) is true                         2) only (ii) is true

3) both are true                           4) neither is true

Q5: If C goes for Brad movie on bike, then he goes with:

1) A              2) B              3) D             4) A & D


For answer to examples 1 to 5:






C & P






B & C










1) D does not drive any vehicle, but A can drive a bike and the common actor that they like is Brad Pitt. So answer is [4]

2) The only person who can drive a bike and likes Tom Cruise is B. Hence, [3]

3) Only (iii) is true. Hence, answer is [3].

4) Neither of the statement is true. Hence, answer is [4].

5) The only person who like Brad and drives a bike is A. Hence, answer is [1]