A management institute was established on January 1, 2000 with 3, 4, 5, and 6 faculty members in the Marketing, Organisational Behaviour (OB), Finance, and Operations Management (OM) areas respectively, to start with. No faculty member retired or joined the institute in the first three months of the year 2000. In the next four years, the institute recruited one faculty member in each of the four areas. All these new faculty members, who joined the institute subsequently over the years, were 25 years old at the time of their joining the institute. All of them joined the institute on April a) During these four years, one of the faculty members retired at the age of 60. The following diagram gives the area-wise average age (in terms of number of completed years) of faculty members as on April 1 of 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003.

Question 34

What was the age of the new faculty member, who joined the OM area, as on April 1, 2003?


As the average age for OM area decreases in 2001, we can infer that the new faculty member joined OM on 1st April 2001. As his age was 25 on that date, his age on 1st April 2003 would be 25+2 = 27 years. Thus, the new faculty member would be 27 years old. Hence option C.  

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