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1. In how many ways a four digit even number can be formed by using the digits 2,3,5,8 exactly once?

Correct Ans:12
Solution is

Four digit even number can be formed by using the digits 2,3,5,8
Since the number has to be an even number,the unit digit has to be 2 or 8.
First three places can be filled by remaining three digits.

= 3! + 3!

2. In a plane there are totally 8 points (no three points are collinear), how many lines can be drawn ?

Correct Ans:28
To draw a line we need 2 points. From the given 8 points , we need to choose 2 points Number of ways in which this can be done is 18C2= (8 x 7 ) / 2 = 28

3. How many 4 digit even number can formed by using the digits 1,3,7 and 8 only once ?

Correct Ans:6
We can form 24 numbers with digits 1,3,7 and 8 using only once. To be an even number, the units digit has to even number, in this case only 8 should come in the unit's place . The remaining places, 3 positions can be filled in 3! , that is 6 ways

4. How many words can be formed with or without meaning by taking all the letters from the word TAKEN ?

Correct Ans:120
There are totally 4 letters in the word TAKEN T, A, K, E and N. No. Of Words = 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 120

5. In how many different ways can the letters of the word 'OFFICES' be arranged ?

Correct Ans:2520
The word OFFICES contains O,F, F I, C, E, S contains 7 letters, in which 2 are identical. No. Of words that can formed = 7 ! / 2 ! = 2520

6. Evaluate: 25! / 23!

Correct Ans:600
25! / 23! = 23! X 24 x 25 / ( 23!) = 24 x 25 = 600

7. In a party there were totally 20 people, each person shook his hands with the other person. How many hand shakes would have taken place ?

Correct Ans:190
There are 20 people. Every person has to shake hands with the other person. Which means we have to find the number of ways of choosing 2 people from the 20. The number of ways it ca happen = 20C2 = ( 20 x 19 ) / (1 x 2) = 190

8. A letter lock consists of 4 rings, each ring contains 9 non-zero digits. This lock can be opened by setting a 4 digit code with the proper combination of each of the 4 rings Maximum how many codes can be formed to open the lock?

Correct Ans:9 x 9 x 9 x 9
9 x 9 x 9 x 9 = 94

9. How many words can be formed with or without meaning by taking all the letters from the word SMALL ?

Correct Ans:60
Number of letters in SMALL is 5, but there are 2 L?s Answer is 5! / 2! = 120 / 2 = 60

10. In how many different ways can the letters of the word 'OPTICAL' be arranged so that the vowels always come together?

Correct Ans:720
The word 'OPTICAL' contains 7 different letters.
When the vowels OIA are always together, they can be supposed to form one letter.
Then, we have to arrange the letters PTCL (OIA).

Now, 5 letters can be arranged in 5! = 120 ways.
The vowels (OIA) can be arranged among themselves in 3! = 6 ways.
Required number of ways
= (120 x 6)
= 720.

11. How many 4-letter words with or without meaning, can be formed out of the letters of the word, 'LOGARITHMS', if repetition of letters is not allowed?

Correct Ans:5040
LOGARITHMS' contains 10 different letters.
Required number of words = Number of arrangements of 10 letters, taking 4 at a time.
= 10P4 = (10 x 9 x 8 x 7) = 5040.

12. In how many different ways can the letters of the word 'DETAIL' be arranged in such a way that the vowels occupy only the odd positions?

Correct Ans:36
There are 6 letters in the given word, out of which there are 3 vowels and 3 consonants. Let us mark these positions as under: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) Now, 3 vowels can be placed at any of the three places out 4, marked 1, 3, 5. Number of ways of arranging the vowels = 3P3 = 3! = 6. Also, the 3 consonants can be arranged at the remaining 3 positions. Number of ways of these arrangements = 3P3 = 3! = 6. Total number of ways = (6 x 6) = 36.

13. In how many ways can the letters of the word 'LEADER' be arranged ?

Correct Ans:360
The word 'LEADER' contains 6 letters, namely 1L, 2E, 1A, 1D and 1R.
Therefore, Required number of ways = 6! / (1!)(2!)(1!)(1!)(1!) = 360

14. How many numbers greater than a million can be formed by using the digits 7, 4, 6 and 0 if 4 has to be used twice, 6 has to be used thrice and the rest only once?

Correct Ans:360
The given digits are 4, 4, 6, 6, 6, 7 and 0. Totally we have 7 digits. So numbers greater than a million can be formed by using all the digits. 4 occurs twice, 6 occurs thrice while 0 and 7 once, Therefore total number of arrangements = 7! / (3! x 2!) = 420 We have to avoid 0 in the starting place, Number of ways in which 0 can be in the first place is 6! / 2! X 3! = 60 Hence the total number of ways = 420 – 60 = 360

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