Question Bank - 100 Arithmetic Questions From Previous CAT Papers (Solved)



  • Look at the options. Length of the slower train is unique for every options. So we will go for it first
    Length of trains = x (Faster) and y (Slower)

    While they travel in same direction,
    Distance covered is y
    Relative speed = 60 - 50 = 10 kmph = 50/18 m/s
    Time = 18 s
    y = (50/18) x 18 = 50 m
    Only option C satisfies!

    If there were confusing options, let see how we could proceed.
    While they travel in opposite directions,
    Distance covered = x + y
    Relative speed = 50 + 60 = 110 kmph = 550/18 m/s
    time taken = 5 seconds
    (x + y) = (550/18) x 5
    x = (550/18) x 5 - 50
    x = 50 ( 55/18 - 1) = 50 x (37/18) = 102.77 m.



  • Q91. (CAT 1990)
    If equal numbers of people are born on each day, find the approximate percentage of the people whose birthday will fall on 29thFebruary.(if we are to consider people born in 20thcentury and assuming no deaths).
    (a) 0.374
    (b) 0.5732
    (c) 0.0684
    (d) None of these



  • Total number of days = 365 x 100 + 25 (25 extra days from leap years) = 36525
    We are asked to find (25/36525) x 100 = 100/1461 = 0.0684



  • Q92. (CAT 2001)
    Shyama and Vyom walk up an escalator (moving stairway). The escalator moves at a constant speed. Shyama takes three steps for every two of Vyom's steps. Shyama gets to the top of the escalator after having taken 25 steps. While Vyom (because his slower pace lets the escalator do a little more of the work) takes only 20 steps to reach the top. If the escalator were turned off, how many steps would they have to take to walk up?
    (1) 40
    (2) 50
    (3) 60
    (4) 80



  • Let number of steps in the escalator = N
    For a complete journey to top, Syama takes 25 steps and escalator takes N - 25 steps
    Vyom takes 20 steps and escalator takes N - 20 steps
    Ratio of speed of Syama and Vyom = 3 : 2
    25/(N - 25) : 20/(N - 20) = 3 : 2
    25 (N - 20)/20 (N - 25) = 3/2
    N = 50 steps

    Alternate approach from Chandra sir (takshzila)

    Since the ratio of speeds of Shyam and Vyom is 3 : 2 and the distance that each travels is 25 : 20, the ratio of the time in which they reach the top is (25/3) : (20/2) i.e. 5 : 6.
    Thus, if the escalator has a total of n steps, the escalator covers the balance (n – 25) and (n – 20) steps in time intervals in the ratio 5 : 6.
    Since speed of escalator is same in both the cases, the ratio of distances covered is same as ratio of time i.e. (n – 25) : (n – 20) is in the ratio 5 : 6.
    The difference of 5 parts and 6 parts i.e. 1 part corresponds to an actual difference between (n – 25) and (n – 20) i.e. 5. Thus (n – 25), corresponding to 5 parts, is 25 (or n – 20, corresponding to 6 parts is 30), giving n = 50.



  • Q93. (CAT 2001)
    Three math classes; X, Y, and Z, take an algebra test.
    The average score in class X is 83.
    The average score in class Y is 76.
    The average score in class Z is 85.
    The average score of all students in classes X and Y together is 79.
    The average score of all students in classes Y and Z together is 81.
    What is the average for all three classes?
    (1) 81
    (2) 81.5
    (3) 82
    (4) 84.5



  • Say a, b and c are the number of students in X, Y and Z respectively.
    We know 83a + 76b = 79 (a + b)
    => 4a = 3b
    Also, 76b + 85c = 81(b + c)
    => 4c = 5b
    => 4a : 4b : 4c = 3b : 4b : 5b
    => a : b : c = 3 : 4 : 5
    (83a + 76b + 85c) / (a + b + c)
    = (83 x 3 + 76 x 4 + 85 x 5)/(3 + 4 + 5) = 978/12 = 81.5



  • Q94. (CAT 2001)
    There's a lot of work in preparing a birthday dinner. Even after the turkey is in oven, there are still the potatoes and gravy, yams, salad, and cranberries, not to mention setting the table. Three friends, Asit, Arnold, and Afzal, work together to get all of these chores done. The time it takes them to do the work together is six hours less than Asit would have taken working alone, one hour less than Arnold would have taken, and half the time Afzal would have taken working alone. How long did it take them to do these chores working together?
    (1) 20 minutes
    (2) 30 minutes
    (3) 40 minutes
    (4) 50 minutes



  • Let t is the total hours to do the chores if all friends work together.
    Also x, y and z are the time taken by Asit, Arnold and Afzal respectively.
    t = x - 6 = y - 1 = z/2
    t = 1/x + 1/y + 1/z = xyz / (xy + yz + zx) = x - 6
    we know y = x - 5 and z = 2(x - 6)
    convert all in terms of x and solve for x.
    we get x = 20/3 and t = (20/3) - 6 = 2/3 hours = 40 minutes.

    Above solution is very calculation intensive and the smart way would be to use options and solve it. As options are all in terms of the total time (t)
    x = t + 6
    y = t + 1
    z = 2t
    1/t = 1/(t + 6) + 1/(t - 1) + 1/2t
    Substitute options and t = 2/3 hours (40 minutes) satisfies.



  • Q95. (CAT 2001)
    A train X departs from station A at 11.00 a.m. for station B, which is 180 km away. Another train Y departs from station B at 11.00 a.m. for station A. Train X travels at an average speed of 70 km/hr and does not stop anywhere until it arrives at station B. Train Y travels at an average speed of 50 km/hr, but has to stop for 15 minutes at station C, which is 60 km away from station B enroute to station A. Ignoring the lengths of the trains, what is the distance, to the nearest km, from station A to point where the trains cross other?
    (1) 112
    (2) 118
    (3) 120
    (4) None of these



  • It will take train Y 60/50 + 1/4 = 29/20 hours to leave station C (which is 60 km from B)
    In this time train X will travel 70 x 29/20 = 101.5 km
    So the total distance between A and B is now reduced to 180 - (101.5 + 60) = 18.5 km
    Relative speed of trains (travelling in opposite direction) = 70 + 50 = 120 kmph
    So they will meet after 18.5/120 hours.
    Distance travelled by X in this time = 70 * 18.5/120 = 10.8 km
    So they will meet at a distance 101.5 + 10.8 = 112 km (approx)



  • Q96. (CAT 2001)
    Fresh grapes contain 90% water by weight while dry grapes contain 20% water by weight. What is the weight of dry grapes available from 20 kg of fresh grapes?
    (1) 2 kg
    (2) 2.4 kg
    (3) 2.5 kg
    (4) None of these



  • Fruit content in Fresh grapes = Fruit content in dried grapes
    20 * 10/100 = x * 80/100
    x = 20/8 = 2.5



  • Q97. (CAT 2003 Leaked)
    In a 4000 metre race around a circular stadium having a circumference of 1000 metres, the fastest runner and the slowest runner reach the same point at the end of the 5th minute, for the first time after the start of the race. All the runners have the same starting point and each runner maintains a uniform speed throughout the race. If the fastest runner runs at twice the speed of the slowest runner, what is the time taken by the fastest runner to finish the race?
    (1) 20 min
    (2) 15 min
    (3) 10 min
    (4) 5 min



  • Q98. (CAT 2003 Leaked)
    At the end of year 1998, Shepard bought nine dozen goats. Henceforth, every year he added p% of the goats at the beginning of the year and sold q% of the goats at the end of the year where p > 0 and q > 0. If Shepard had nine dozen goats at the end of year 2002, after making the sales for that year, which of the following is true?
    (1) p = q
    (2) p < q
    (3) p > q
    (4) p = q/2



  • Q99. (CAT 2001)
    The owner of an art shop conducts his business in the following manner: Every once in a while he raises his prices by X %, then a while later he reduces all the new prices by X %. After one such up-down cycle, the price of a painting decreased by Rs. 441. After a second up-down cycle the painting was sold for Rs. 1,944.81. What was the original price of the painting?
    (1) Rs 2,756.25
    (2) Rs 2,256.25
    (3) Rs 2,500
    (4) Rs 2,000



  • Q100. (CAT 2001)
    Three runners A, B and C run a race, with runner A finishing 12 metres ahead of runner B and 18 metres ahead of runner C, while runner B finishes 8 metres ahead of runner C. Each runner travels the entire distance at a constant speed. What was the length of the race?
    (1) 36 meters
    (2) 48 meters
    (3) 60 meters
    (4) 72 meters



  • Let speed of the slowest runner be x and fastest runner be 2x
    Let d be the distance covered by the slowest runner in 5 min
    Then the distance covered by the fastest runner in 5 min is (d + 1000) metre
    d/x = (d + 1000)/2x
    => d = 1000 metre
    fastest runner covers (d + 1000) = 2000 metre in 5 minute
    therefore he needs 10 minute to cover 4000 metre



  • If we start forming equations here, we are trapped!

    If you increase and decrease by the same percentage (say x) then the final result will be always lesser than than the initial value (net change is -x^2/100%). So to get the same result the increase percentage should be greater than the decrease percentage. Answer is p > q

    Note - Number of years doesn't matter here. So it would be easy to just take one year and observe the trend. For example, let say he had 100 goats at the beginning and increased by 25%, to make the final count as 125. Now to bring it back to 100, we have to decrease by 20%. 25% > 20%



  • Let d = distance of race.
    Between A's finish and B's finish, B runs 12 meters while C runs 10 meters.
    B's rate to C's rate = 6/5.
    When B finishes, he is 8 meters ahead of C.
    6/5 = d/(d-8)
    d = 48 meters


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