CAT Quadratic Equation Questions PDF [Important]

CAT Quadratic Equation Questions PDF
CAT Quadratic Equation Questions PDF

Quadratic Equations is one of the important topics in the CAT Quants (Algebra) section. These questions are usually not very tough, and hence you should not miss out on the questions from Quadratic Equations. Firstly, understand the concept of Quadratic Equations, including all the Important Formulas. Solve & practice more questions from CAT Quadratic Equations so that you can solve these questions in the exam. You can check out these CAT Quadratic Equations-based questions from the CAT Previous year’s papers. In this post, we will look into some important Quadratic Equations Questions for CAT. These are a good source of practice for CAT preparation; If you want to practice these questions, you can download these Important CAT Quadratic Equation Questions (with detailed answers) PDFs along with the video solutions below, which are completely Free.

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Question 1: The number of integers that satisfy the equality $(x^{2}-5x+7)^{x+1}=1$ is

a) 3

b) 2

c) 4

d) 5

1) Answer (A)

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There can be a solution when $\left(x^2-5x+7\right)=1$ or $x^2-5x\ +6=0$

or x=3 and x=2

There can also be a solution when x+1 = 0 or x=-1

Hence three possible solutions exist.

Question 2: Suppose hospital A admitted 21 less Covid infected patients than hospital B, and all eventually recovered. The sum of recovery days for patients in hospitals A and B were 200 and 152, respectively. If the average recovery days for patients admitted in hospital A was 3 more than the average in hospital B then the number admitted in hospital A was

2) Answer: 35

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Let the number of Covid patients in Hospitals A and B be x and x+21 respectively. Then, it has been given that:







Hence, x=35.

Question 3: If r is a constant such that $\mid x^2 – 4x – 13 \mid = r$ has exactly three distinct real roots, then the value of r is

a) 17

b) 21

c) 15

d) 18

3) Answer (A)

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The quadratic equation of the form $\mid x^2 – 4x – 13 \mid = r$ has its minimum value at x = -b/2a, and hence does not vary irrespective of the value of x.

Hence at x = 2 the quadratic equation has its minimum.

Considering the quadratic part : $\left|x^2-4\cdot x-13\right|$. as per the given condition, this must-have 3 real roots.

The curve ABCDE represents the function $\left|x^2-4\cdot x-13\right|$. Because of the modulus function, the representation of the quadratic equation becomes :


There must exist a value, r such that there must exactly be 3 roots for the function. If r = 0 there will only be 2 roots, similarly for other values there will either be 2 or 4 roots unless at the point C’.

The point C’ is a reflection of C about the x-axis. r is the y coordinate of the point C’ :

The point C which is the value of the function at x = 2, = $2^2-8-13$

= -17, the reflection about the x-axis is 17.


$\mid x^2 – 4x – 13 \mid = r$ .

This can represented in two parts :

$x^2-4x-13\ =\ r\ if\ r\ is\ positive.$

$x^2-4x-13\ =\ -r\ if\ r\ is\ negative.$

Considering the first case : $x^2-4x-13\ =r$

The quadraticequation becomes : $x^2-4x-13-r\ =\ 0$

The discriminant for this function is : $b^2-4ac\ =\ 16-\ \left(4\cdot\left(-13-r\right)\right)=68+4r$

SInce r is positive the discriminant is always greater than 0 this must have two distinct roots.

For the second case :

$x^2-4x-13+r\ =\ 0$ the function inside the modulus is negaitve

The discriminant is $16\ -\ \left(4\cdot\left(r-13\right)\right)\ =\ 68-4r$

In order to have a total of 3 roots, the discriminant must be equal to zero for this quadratic equation to have a total of 3 roots.

Hence $\ 68-4r\ =\ 0$

r = 17, for r = 17 we can have exactly 3 roots.

Question 4: Suppose one of the roots of the equation $ax^{2}-bx+c=0$ is $2+\sqrt{3}$, Where a,b and c are rational numbers and $a\neq0$. If $b=c^{3}$ then $\mid a\mid$ equals.

a) 1

b) 2

c) 3

d) 4

4) Answer (B)

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Given a, b, c are rational numbers.

Hence a, b, c are three numbers that can be written in the form of p/q.

Hence if one both the root is 2+$\sqrt{\ 3}$ and considering the other root to be x.

The sum of the roots and the product of the two roots must be rational numbers.

For this to happen the other root must be the conjugate of $2+\sqrt{\ 3}$ so the product and the sum of the roots are rational numbers which are represented by: $\frac{b}{a},\ \frac{c}{a}$

Hence the sum of the roots is 2+$\sqrt{\ 3}+2-\sqrt{\ 3}$ = 4.

The product of the roots is $\left(2+\sqrt{\ 3}\right)\cdot\left(2-\sqrt{\ 3}\right)\ =\ 1$

b/a = 4, c/a = 1.

b = 4*a, c= a.

Since b = $c^3$

4*a = $a^3$

$a^2=\ 4.$

a = 2 or -2.

|a| = 2

Question 5: For all real values of x, the range of the function $f(x)=\frac{x^{2}+2x+4}{2x^{2}+4x+9}$ is:

a) $[\frac{4}{9},\frac{8}{9}]$

b) $[\frac{3}{7},\frac{8}{9})$

c) $(\frac{3}{7},\frac{1}{2})$

d) $[\frac{3}{7},\frac{1}{2})$

5) Answer (D)

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If we closely observe the coefficients of the terms in the numerator and denominator, we see that the coefficients of the $x^2$ and x in the numerators are in ratios 1:2. This gives us a hint that we might need to adjust the numerator to decrease the number of variables.


= $\frac{x^2+2x+4.5}{2x^2+4x+9}-\frac{0.5}{2x^2+4x+9}$

= $\frac{1}{2}-\frac{0.5}{2x^2+4x+9}$

Now, we only have terms of x in the denominator.

The maximum value of the expression is achieved when the quadratic expression $2x^2+4x+9$ achieves its highest value, that is infinity.

In that case, the second term becomes zero and the expression becomes 1/2. However, at infinity, there is always an open bracket ‘)’.

To obtain the minimum value, we need to find the minimum possible value of the quadratic expression.

The minimum value is obtained when 4x + 4 = 0 [d/dx = 0]


The expression comes as 7.

The entire expression becomes 3/7.

Hence, $[\frac{3}{7},\frac{1}{2})$

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Question 6: Consider the pair of equations: $x^{2}-xy-x=22$ and $y^{2}-xy+y=34$. If $x>y$, then $x-y$ equals

a) 6

b) 4

c) 7

d) 8

6) Answer (D)

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We have :
$x^2-xy-x\ =22\ \ \ \ \ \ \left(1\right)$
And $y^2-xy+y\ =34\ \ \ \ \ \ \left(1\right)$               (2)
Adding (1) and (2)
we get $x^2-2xy+y^2-x+y\ =56$
we get $\left(x-y\right)^2-\ \left(x-y\right)\ =56$
Let (x-y) =t
we get $t^2-t=56$
(t-8)(t+7) =0
so t=8
so x-y =8

Question 7: A shop owner bought a total of 64 shirts from a wholesale market that came in two sizes, small and large. The price of a small shirt was INR 50 less than that of a large shirt. She paid a total of INR 5000 for the large shirts, and a total of INR 1800 for the small shirts. Then, the price of a large shirt and a small shirt together, in INR, is

a) 175

b) 150

c) 200

d) 225

7) Answer (C)

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Let the number of large shirts be l and the number of small shirts be s.

Let the price of a small shirt be x and that of a large shirt be x + 50.

Now, s + l = 64

l (x+50) = 5000

sx = 1800

Adding them, we get,

lx + sx + 50l = 6800

64x +50l = 6800

Substituting l = (6800 – 64x) / 50, in the original equation, we get


(6800 – 64x)(x + 50) = 250000

$6800x+340000-64x^2-3200x = 250000$


Solving, we get, x= $\frac{225\pm\ 375}{8}=\frac{600}{8}or-\frac{150}{8}$

SO, x = 75

x + 50 = 125

Answer = 75 + 125 = 200.

Alternate approach: By options.

Hint: Each option gives the sum of the costs of one large and one small shirt. We know that large = small + 50

Hence, small + small + 50 = option.

SMALL = (Option – 50)/2

LARGE = Small + 50 = (Option + 50)/2

Option A and Option D gives us decimal values for SMALL and LARGE, hence we will consider them later.

Lets start with Option B.

Large = 150 + 50 / 2 = 100

Small = 150 – 50 / 2 = 50

Now, total shirts = 5000/100 + 1800/50 = 50 + 36 = 86 (X – This is wrong)

Option C –

Large = 200 + 50 / 2 = 125

Small = 200 – 50 / 2 = 75

Total shirts = 5000/125 + 1800/75 = 40 + 24 = 64 ( This is the right answer)

Question 8: Let m and n be positive integers, If $x^{2}+mx+2n=0$ and $x^{2}+2nx+m=0$ have real roots, then the smallest possible value of $m+n$ is

a) 7

b) 6

c) 8

d) 5

8) Answer (B)

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To have real roots the discriminant should be greater than or equal to 0.

So, $m^2-8n\ge0\ \&\ 4n^2-4m\ge0$

=> $m^2\ge8n\ \&\ n^2\ge m$

Since m,n are positive integers the value of m+n will be minimum when m=4 and n=2.

.’. m+n=6.

Question 9: The number of distinct real roots of the equation $(x+\frac{1}{x})^{2}-3(x+\frac{1}{x})+2=0$ equals

9) Answer: 1

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Let $a=x+\frac{1}{x}$
So, the given equation is $a^2-3a+2=0$
So, $a$ can be either 2 or 1.

If $a=1$, $x+\frac{1}{x}=1$ and it has no real roots.
If $a=2$, $x+\frac{1}{x}=2$ and it has exactly one real root which is $x=1$

So, the total number of distinct real roots of the given equation is 1

Question 10: How many disticnt positive integer-valued solutions exist to the equation $(x^{2}-7x+11)^{(x^{2}-13x+42)}=1$ ?

a) 8

b) 4

c) 2

d) 6

10) Answer (D)

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if $(x^{2}-13x+42)$=0 or $(x^{2}-7x+11)$=1 or $(x^{2}-7x+11)$=-1 and $(x^{2}-13x+42)$ is even number

For x=6,7 the value $(x^{2}-13x+42)$=0

$(x^{2}-7x+11)$=1 for x=5,2.

$(x^{2}-7x+11)$=-1 for x=3,4 and for X=3 or 4, $(x^{2}-13x+42)$ is even number.

.’. {2,3,4,5,6,7} is the solution set of x.

.’. x can take six values.


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