CAT 2001 Question 13

Question 13

A can complete a piece of work in 4 days. B takes double the time taken by A, C takes double that of B, and D takes double that of C to complete the same task. They are paired in groups of two each. One pair takes two-thirds the time needed by the second pair to complete the work. Which is the first pair?

Solution

A takes 4 days to complete the work.
So, B takes 8 days to complete the same work.
C takes 16 days to complete the work.
D takes 32 days to complete the same work.

In order to measure, let the total work be of 64 units. Hence, the speed of working of each of the four persons is given below.

A - 16 units/hr
B - 8 units/hr
C - 4 units/hr
D - 2 units/hr

From the given options, we need to find two pairs in such a way that their speeds are in the ratio 3:2. Note that A+D=18 while B+C=12 and the ratio is 3:2

Hence, the first pair is A and D and the second pair is B and C



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