Showing posts with label Past Year Questions.. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Past Year Questions.. Show all posts

## Friday, May 30, 2014

### XAT 2014 Solved Question Paper : Video Solutions.

Today we look at a few questions that appeared in XAT 2014 exam. Note that XAT 2014 questions are also a good set of practice questions for CAT 2014.

The questions below have the question followed by a Video Solution!

1.Evaluate the following:
The solution to this problem is explained in the Video below:

2. Two numbers, 297B and 792B, belong to base B number system. If the first number is a factor of the second number then the value of B is

11
12
15
17
19

3. Aditya has a total of 18 red and blue marbles in two bags (each bag has marbles of both colors). A marble is randomly drawn from the first bag followed by another randomly drawn from the second bag, the probability of both being red is 5/16. What is the probability of both marbles being blue?

4. The probability that a randomly chosen positive divisor of 1029 is an integer multiple of 1023 is a2/b2, then 'b - a' would be:

8
15
21
23
45

5. The number of the possible values of X in the equation |X + 7| + |X - 8| = 16 is

0
1
2
3
4

6. A polynomial ax3 + bx2 + cx + d intersects x-axis at 1 and -1, and y-axis at 2. The value of b is:

-2
0
1
2
Cannot be Determined

7. S = ax/(b+c+x) where all parameters are positive. If x is increased and all other terms are kept constant, S will

Increase
Decrease
Increases and then decreases
Decreases and then increases
Cannot be determined

8. x, 17, 3x - y2 - 2, and 3x + y2 - 30, are four consecutive terms of an increasing arithmetic sequence. The sum of the four number is divisible by:

2
3
5
7
11

In our future posts, we will be adding more questions from XAT 2014, which should be also be a very good practice set for CAT 2014.

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## Thursday, May 29, 2014

### CAT 2014 : Number Systems - Solutions to Questions that have appeared in Previous CAT Papers.

In our previous blog post, we had picked 3 questions from previous CAT paper. Today we will look at solving these questions. In the process, we will be doing a deeper dive into a couple of important concepts.

Question 1: If x = -0.5, which of the following has the smallest value?
21/x , 1/x, 1/x2, 2x, 1/√-x

Solution: In solving this problem, we will first need to understand a couple of important concepts on Powers of numbers for CAT 2014. The video below explains all the concepts and basics related to it.

Now that we have the concept clear, we can look at the solution to this particular problem.

Question 2: Which among the following is the largest?
21/2, 31/3, 41/4, 61/6, 121/12

Solution: The solution relies on another basic concept of Number systems to compare different numbers with different exponents . The concept and the solution are given below.

Question 3: How may 2 digit numbers increase by 18 when the digits are reversed?

Solution: Note that 2 digit numbers can be expressed as ab, where a,b are digits. So the original number is 10a + b, reversed number 10b + a.

The complete solution along with a few more basics for CAT 2014 can be viewed below.

We will be returning with our next post in a couple of days time! Happy Learning!

## Sunday, May 25, 2014

### CAT 2014 : Number Systems - Questions that have appeared in Previous CAT Papers.

In Today's post, we try to look at 3 problems that have appeared in past CAT papers, and provide clues to solve them.

The complete solution will be available in our next post.

1. If x = -0.5, which of the following has the smallest value?
21/x , 1/x, 1/x2, 2x, 1/√-x
2. Which among the following is the largest?
21/2, 31/3, 41/4, 61/6, 121/12
3.  How many 2 digit numbers increase by 18 when the digits are reversed?

Hints:
1. A positive number raised to any real number will always be positive. For eg, 4-1/10 will be greater than 0.
2.  Convert all numbers to have the same exponent. Then compare the numbers.
3. Let the number have digits a,b. Original number is 10a+b, reversed is 10b+a. Take the difference and try to solve it :)
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