CAT 2003 Question Paper (Leaked) Question 60

Question 60

The sum of 3rd and 15th elements of an arithmetic progression is equal to the sum of 6th, 11th and 13th elements of the same progression. Then which element of the series should necessarily be equal to zero?


The sum of the 3rd and 15th terms is a+2d+a+14d = 2a+16d
The sum of the 6th, 11th and 13th terms is a+5d+a+10d+a+12d = 3a+27d
Since the two are equal, 2a+16d = 3a+27d => a+11d = 0
So, the 12th term is 0

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