Directions for the next two questions: The figure below shows the plan of a town. The streets are at right angles to each other. A rectangular park (P) is situated inside the town with a diagonal road running through it. There is also a prohibited region (D) in the town.

Question 11

Neelam rides her bicycle from her house at A to her office at B, taking the shortest path. Then the number of possible shortest paths that she can choose is

[CAT 2008]



The shortest route from A to B is via the diagonal OQ in the square P. One can travel from A to O in 4!/2!*2! ways. The shortest way from O to Q is through the diagonal only.From Q to B can be travelled in 6!/4!*2! ways.

The total number of ways is, therefore, (4!/2!*2!) * (6!/4!*2!) = 6*15 = 90

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