CAT 2002 Question Paper Question 4


Directions for the next two questions: Answer the questions based on the following information.

Each of the 11 letters A, H, I, M, O, T, U, V, W, X and Z appears same when looked at in a mirror. They are called symmetric letters. Other letters in the alphabet are asymmetric letters.

Question 4

How many three-letter computer passwords can be formed (no repetition allowed) with at least one symmetric letter?


If there are 3 symmetric letters, it can be formed in 11*10*9 ways

If there are 2 symmetric letters, it can be formed in 11C2 * 15C1 * 3! ways

If there is only 1 symmetric letter, the password can be formed in 15C2*11C1*3! ways

Total = 990+330*15+630*11 = 12870 ways

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