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Maths - Faculty Support Booklet (2008-09)
Ratio, Proportion, Variation,
Mixture and Alligation (Chapter 5)

Ratio and Proportion


1 1 1
Ø If pqr = 1 then −1
+ −1
+ is equivalent to
1+p+q 1+q+r 1 + r + p −1

1
(1) p + q + r (2) (3) 1 (4) p −1 + q−1 + r −1
p+q+r

Sol. From the given condition pqr = 1.


2 3
Substitute the values of p, q, r at random such as p = , q = , r = 1 . Ans.(3)
3 2

a b c
Ø If = = = r , then r cannot take any other value except
b+c c+a a+b
(1) 1/2 (2) –1 (3) 1/2 or –1 (4) –1/2 or –1

a b c
Sol. = = =r
b+c c+a a+b
1
By option, if r =
2
⇒ 2a – b – c = 0
2b – c – a = 0
2c – a – b = 0
⇒ 2(a + b + c ) – (a + b + c ) – (a + b + c) = 0
Similarly r = –1 is also satisfied. Ans.(3)

Ø A student gets an aggregate of 60% marks in five subject in the ratio 10 : 9 : 8 : 7 : 6. If the
passing marks are 50% of the maximum marks and each subject has the same maximum marks, in
how many subjects did he pass the examination?
(1) 2 (2) 3 (3) 4 (4) 5

Sol. Let his marks be 10, 9, 8, 7 and 6 in the five subjects. Hence, totally he has scored 40 marks. This constitutes
only 60% of the total marks. Hence, total marks 40/0.6 = 66.7 or 67 approx. , which is the maximum marks
in all 5 subjects. Since the total marks in each subject is the same, hence maximum marks in each subject
will be 67/5 = 13 approx. Out of this 50% is the passing marks . In other words to pass in a subject, he
needs to score 6.5 marks. We can see that only in 1 subject, he scored less than this viz. 6. Hence, he
passed in 4 subject. Ans.(3)

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Ø The cost of diamond varies directly as the square of its weight. Once, this diamond broke into
four pieces with weights in the ratio 1 : 2 : 3 : 4. When the pieces were sold, the merchant got
Rs.70,000 less. Find the original price of the diamond.
(1) Rs.1.4 lakh (2) Rs.2 lakh (3) Rs.1 lakh (4) Rs.2.5 lakh

Sol. Let the original weight of the diamond be 10x. Hence, its original price will be k(100x 2 ), where k is a
constant. The weights of the pieces after breaking are x, 2x, 3x and 4x. Therefore, their prices will be kx 2,
4kx 2 , 9kx 2 and 16kx 2 . So the total price of the pieces = (1 + 4 + 9 + 16) kx 2 = 30kx 2. Hence, the difference
in the price of the original diamond and its pieces = 100kx 2 – 30kx 2 = 70kx 2 = 70000. Hence, kx 2 = 1000 and
the original price = 100 kx 2 = 100 × 1000 = 100000 = Rs.1 lakh. Ans.(3)

Ø Three friends went for a picnic. First brought five apples and the second brought three. The
third friend however brought only Rs.8. What is the share of the first friend?
(1) 8 (2) 7 (3) 1 (4) None of these

Sol. The number of apples = 8, so the amount eaten by each of the three is 8/3 apples therefore first friend
should be paid for 5 – (8/3) and second friend should be paid for 3–(8/3) apples. They should distribute the
sum of Rs.8 in ratio 7/3 : 1/3, i.e., 7 : 1. Ans.(2)

Ø Total salary of A, B & C is Rs.350. If they spend 75%, 80% & 56% of their salaries respectively
their savings are as 10 : 12 : 33. Find their salaries.

Sol. A’s saving = 100 – 75 = 25% of his salary. B’s saving = 100 – 80 = 20% of his salary
C’s saving = 100 – 56 = 44% of his salary
25/100 of A’s salary : 20/100 of B’s salary : 44/100 of C’s salary = 10 : 12 : 33
or 25 × A’s salary : 20 × B’s salary : 44 × C’s salary = 10 : 12 : 33
or 25 × A’s salary / 20 × B’s salary = 10/12
or A’s salary : B’s salary = 2 : 3,
B’s salary : C’s salary = 4 : 5
Thus A : B = 2 : 3, B : C = 4 : 5 Now making B common we have
A : B = 8 : 12, B : C = 12 : 15, or A : B : C = 8 : 12 : 15
Total salary = 350 ⇒ A’s salary = 8 / (8 + 12 + 15) × 350 = 80
B’s salary = 12 / (8 + 12 + 15) = 120, and C’s Salary = 150 Answer.

Ø The ratio of the age of a man and his wife is 4 : 3. After 4 years, this ratio will be 9 : 7. If at the
time of the marriage, the ratio was 5:3, then how many years ago they were married?
(1) 12 years (2) 8 years (3) 10 years (4) 15 years

Sol. Man’s age = 4k, (say)


Wife’s age = 3k, (say)

4k + 4 9
∴ = ⇒ k = 8.
3k + 4 7
∴ Man’s age = 32 years
Wife’s age = 24 years. Suppose they were married x years ago.

32 − x 5
∴ = ⇒ x = 12. Ans.(1)
24 − x 3

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Ø Two full tanks, one shaped like a cylinder and the other like a cone, contain jet fuel. The cylindrical
tank holds 500 litres more than the conical tank. After 200 litres of fuel has been pumped out
from each tank the cylindrical tank contains twice the amount of fuel in the conical tank. How
many litres of fuel did the cylindrical tank have when it was full?
(1) 700 (2) 1000 (3) 1100 (4) 1200

Sol. Work backwards from the options. If the cylinder has a capacity of 1200 litre, then the conical vessel shall
have a capacity of 700 litres. Once 200 litres have been taken out from the same, the remaining holding of
each of them shall be 1000 & 500.
Alternate: Let the cylinder has a capacity of X litre, then the conical vessel shall have a capacity of
(x – 500) litres.
(x – 200) = 2 (x – 700) = x = 1200. Ans.(4)

Ø The reduction in the speed of an engine is directly proportional to the square of the number of
bogies attached to it. The speed of the train is 100 km/hr when there are 4 bogies and 55 kmph
when there are 5 bogies. What is the maximum number of bogies that can be attached to the
train so that it can move?
(1) 6 (2) 5 (3) 4 (4) None of these

Sol. Suppose Reduction in speed is R. Speed of the engine without any bogie = k
number of bogies attached = b, proportionality constant = c, Resultant speed = s
We have R = cb 2 and s = k – R = k – cb 2
100 = k – c (4) 2 or, 100 = k – 16c ...(i)
2
and 55 = k – c(5) or 55 = k – 25 c ...(ii)
Solving (i) and (ii) we get k = 180 and c = 5. Now we have S = 180 – 5b 2 . If we put b = 6, S = 0
∴ At most we can attach 5 bogies to the engine. Ans.(2)

Ø Arvind Singh purchased a 40 seater bus. He started his services on route number 2 (from Mahu
Naka to Dewas Naka with route length of 50 km). His profit (P) from the bus depends upon the
number of passengers over a certain minimum number of passengers ‘n’ and upon the distance
travelled by bus. His profit is Rs.3600 with 29 passengers in the bus for a journey of 36 km and
Rs.6300 with 36 passengers in the bus for a journey of 42 km. What is the minimum number of
passengers are required so that he will not suffer any loss.
(1) 12 (2) 20 (3) 18 (4) 15

Sol. The minimum number of passengers n, at which there is no loss and number of passengers travelling = m
and let the distance travelled is d, Then
P ∝(m – n)d
or p = k(m – n)d; k is a constant.
When P = 3600, m = 29 and d = 36, then
3600 = k(29 – n) × 36 ...(1)
Again, when p = 6300, m = 36, d = 42, then
6300 = k(36 – n) × 42 ...(2)
Dividing equation (2) by (1)

b g
6300 k 36 − n × 42
=
b36 − ng = 9
b g
3600 k 29 − n × 36 ⇒ b29 − ng 6 ⇒ 3n = 45 ⇒ n = 15

Hence to avoid loss, minimum number of 15 passengers are required. Ans.(4)


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Allegations
Ø A milkman mixes 20 litres of water with 80 litres of milk. After selling one–fourth of this mixture,
he adds water to replenish the quantity that he has sold. What is the current proportion of
water to milk?
(1) 2 : 3 (2) 1 : 2 (3) 1 : 3 (4) 3 : 4

Water Milk
Initially 20 80

Sol. After Selling one-fourth (20 – 5) = 15 (80 – 20) = 60

After adding water to replenish the quantity 40 60

Required ratio = 2 : 3. Ans.(1)

Ø An alloy contains 24% of tin by weight. How much more tin to the nearest kg must be added to
100 kg of the alloy so that the percentage of tin may be doubled?

Sol. Let X kg of tin be added to the alloy (24 + X) / (100 + X) = 2 (24/100) ⇒ X = 46.
Hence 46 kg of tin must be added to the alloy.

Ø Two containers contain equal quantities of milk and water respectively. Half the contents of the
first are poured in the second and then the same quantity is transferred back into the first
container. This is done three times. What is the ratios of milk to water in the two containers at
the end of the process?
(1) 5 : 2, 2 : 5 (2) 5 : 4, 4 : 5 (3) 14 : 13, 13 : 14 (4) None of these

Sol. Start with a litre of milk in 1st container and a litre of water in 2nd proceed. Ans.(3)

Ø A total of ‘a’ litres of pure acid were drawn from a tank containing 729 litres of pure acid and
was replaced by water. The result was thoroughly mixed to obtain a homogenous solution and
then another ‘a’ litres of solution was drawn off, and again replaced by water, and again
thoroughly mixed. This procedure was performed six times and thus the tank contained 64 litres
of pure acid. Determine ‘a’.
(1) 1/3 (2) 243 (3) 81 (4) 3

Sol. Here 729 × {(729 – a)/729} 6 = 64 or, (729 – a)/729 = (64/729) 1/6 or a = 243. Ans.(2)

Ø Three qualities of milk costing Rs.3, Rs.3.25 and Rs.2.60 per litre are mixed and the mixture is
then sold at Rs.3.54 per litre to earn a profit of 20%. In what proportion should the three
qualities of milk be mixed?
(1) 1 : 2 : 3 (2) 2 : 1 : 3 (3) 1 : 1 : 1 (4) 3 : 2 : 1

Sol. The mixture is sold at a profit of 20% at Rs.3.54 ∴ the actual value of the mixture is 3.54/1.2 = 2.95
Now, ratio in which they are to be mixed can be calculated by
3x + 3.25y + 2.60z = 2.95. Putting x = y = z = 1/3 we get, 1 + 1.0833 + .8667 = 2.95
∴ the three qualities should be mixed in the same ratio i.e. 1 : 1 : 1. Ans.(3)
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Ø In a laboratory experiment, a sample of Air, which is a mixture of only oxygen and water vapour
is taken. Water vapour contains hydrogen and oxygen gases. If Air contains a total of 70%
oxygen (including that contained in the water vapour) by weight while water vapour contains
2
16 % of oxygen by weight, how many kilograms of water vapour is present in 1 kilogram of
3
air?
(1) 0.3 (2) 0.36 (3) 0.34 (4) 0.25

Sol. Since 70% of air is oxygen, remaining 30% is hydrogen. In water vapour, if one unit is oxygen, i.e., five-
sixth is hydrogen.
⇒ water vapour = 30%
⇒ water vapour = 6/5 × 30% (of air)
∴ In 1 kg of air, water vapour is 0.36 kg. Ans.(2)

Ø In what ratio should two varieties of rice costing Rs.12 per kg and Rs.18 per kg respectively be
mixed so that the resulting mixture when mixed with another variety of rice costing Rs.20 per kg
in the ratio 4 : 3, would yield a mixture costing Rs.16 per kg?
(1) 5 : 1 (2) 7 : 2 (3) 9 : 4 (4) None of these

Sol. Let, the mixture of varieties of rice costing Rs.12 per kg and Rs.18 kg per kg is costing Rs.x per kg. It is
given that
16 − x 3
= ⇒ x = Rs.13 per kg.
20 − 16 4

12 18

13
5 1
Ans.(1)

Ø 20 litres of milk when added to a 60 litre milk and water solution increases the concentration by
same percentage points as decreased by addition of 30 litres of water to the same solution.
What is the ratio of milk and water initially?
(1) 1 : 2 (2) 2 : 1 (3) 3 : 4 (4) 4 : 5

Sol. Let k litres be the amount of milk in 60 litres of solution. So the concentration of milk = k/60. If 20 litres of
milk is added, concentration of milk = (k + 20) / 80. If 30 litres of water is added, milk concentration = k/90.
k + 20 k k k
So we have − = − or k = 180/7. So milk to water ratio = (180/7) : (240/7) = 3 : 4. Ans.(3)
80 60 60 90

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Ø In a milk Shop there are three varieties of milk, ‘Pure’, ‘Cure’ and ‘Lure’. The ‘Pure’ milk has
100% concentration of milk. The ratio of milk to water in the ‘Cure’ is 2:5 and in the Lure it is 3:8
respectively. Sonali purchased 14 litres of Cure and 22 litres of Lure milk and mixed them. If she
wanted to make the concentration of milk in the mixture of purchased milk to 50%. How many
litres of ‘Pure’ Milk she is needed?
(1) 6 litres (2) 8 litres (3) 16 litres (4) 18 litres

Sol. Pure Cure Lure


100% 40% 37.5%
1 2 3
1 5 8
Milk Water Mixture
Cure 4l 10l 14l

Lure 6l 16l 22l


New mixture Milk Water
10l 26l
+ 16l
26l 26l

Required mixutre 1 : 1

Since in the required mixture the ratio of milk and water is 1 : 1 so she has to add up 16 litre of more milk
(pure) to get it, for the fixed quantity of water. Ans.(3)

Ø In a mixture of petrol and kerosene petrol is only 99 litres. If this same quantity of petrol would
be presented in another mixture of petrol and Kerosene where total volume would be 198 litres
less than the actual mixture then the concentration of petrol in the present mixture would have
been 13.33% point less than that. What is the concentration of petrol in actual mixture?
(1) 20% (2) 16.66% (3) 26.66% (4) 8.33%

Sol. Petrol Kerosene Total Mixture


99 x 99 + x
99 (x – 198) (x – 99)

99 99
Again
bx − 99g × 100 − bx + 99g × 100 = 13.33
or 9900G
F x + 99 − x + 99 IJ = 13.33 or
9900(198) 40
=
H x − 99 K 2 2 x 2 − 992 3
⇒ x 2 – 99 2 = 99 2 × 15 ⇒ x 2 = (99) 2 × (16) ⇒ x = 99 × 4 = 396 litres

99
Therefore the actual concentration of petrol = = 20% . Ans.(1)
b 99 + 396g

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Ø A vessel of capacity 2 litre has 25% alcohol and another vessel of capacity 6 litre had 40%
alcohol. This total liquid of 8 litre was poured out in a vessel of capacity 10 litre and thus the
rest part of the vessel was filled with the water. What is the new concentration of mixture?
(1) 31% (2) 71% (3) 49% (4) 29%

Sol. Amount of alcohol in first vessel = 0.25 × 2 = 0.5 litre


amount of alcohol in second vessel = 0.4 × 6 = 2.4 litre
Total amount of alcohol out of 10 litres of mixture is 0.5 + 2.4 = 2.9 litre

Hence, the concentration of the mixture is 29%


FG = 2.9 × 100IJ . Ans.(4)
H 10 K
Ø Alloy A contains 40% gold and 60% silver. Alloy B contains 35% gold and 40% silver and 25%
copper. Alloys A and B are mixed in the ratio 1:4. What is the ratio of gold and silver in the
newly formed alloy is?
(1) 20% and 30% (2) 36% and 44% (3) 25% and 35% (4) 49% and 36%

Sol. Assume the weight of Alloy A is 100 kg.


∴ The weight of alloy B is 400 kg.
∴ Gold Silver Copper
A 40 kg 60 kg 0 kg
B 140 kg 160 kg 100 kg
total → 180 kg 220 kg 100 kg

180 200
∴ Ratio of Gold and Silver in new alloy = : = 36%:44%. Ans.(2)
500 500

Ø Dia and Urea are two chemical fertilizers. Dia is consists of N, P and K and Urea consists of only
N and P. A mixture of Dia and Urea is prepared in which the ratio of N, P and K is 26%, 68% and
6% respectively. The ratio of N, P and K in Dia is 20%, 70% and 10% respectively. What is the
ratio of N and P in the Urea?
(1) 27% and 63% (2) 33% and 67% (3) 35% and 65% (4) 70% and 30%

Sol. Urea Dia


N P K N P K
x y 0 20% 70% 10%
Mixture
N P K
26% 68% 6%

This 6% of K is obtained only from Dia.

∴ Urea Dia
N P K N P K
x y 0 120 60
Mixture
N P K
260 680 60

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N U + N D = N M ⇒ N U + 120 = 260 ⇒ N U = 140.
and P U + P D = P M ⇒ P U + 420 = 680 ⇒ P U = 260
U, D, M → Urea, Dia and mixture
∴ Amount of N in Urea = 140 and amount of P in Urea = 260
∴ Ratio of N : P = 7:13 ⇒ 35 : 65. Ans.(3)

Ø Last year in CAT, each section of the question paper had a different weightage. The weightage
of QA, DI and VA/RC sections was 8, 9 and 10 respectively. The maximum marks in all the three
sections together were 810. Wrong answer did not carry negative marks as a penalty. If Padma
had gotten 20% more marks in QA and 8% more marks in DI and 7.14% more marks in VA/RC,
then she must had gotten 100% marks in all the three sections. The total marks that Padma had
scored
(1) 730 (2) 700 (3) 750 (4) 775

Sol. 8x + 9x + 10x = 810


⇒ x = 30
Total marks in QA → 240
DI → 270

VA
→ 300
RC

240 270
Now her score in QA → = 200 Her score in DI = = 250
1.2 1.08

VA 300
Her score in = = 280 Her total score = 200 + 250 + 280 = 730. Ans.(1)
RC 1.0714

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