Permutations and Combinations Questions

FACTS  AND  FORMULAE  FOR  PERMUTATIONS  AND  COMBINATIONS  QUESTIONS

 

 

1.  Factorial Notation: Let n be a positive integer. Then, factorial n, denoted n! is defined as: n!=n(n - 1)(n - 2) ... 3.2.1.

Examples : We define 0! = 1.

4! = (4 x 3 x 2 x 1) = 24.

5! = (5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1) = 120.

 

2.  Permutations: The different arrangements of a given number of things by taking some or all at a time, are called permutations.

Ex1 : All permutations (or arrangements) made with the letters a, b, c by taking two at a time are (ab, ba, ac, ca, bc, cb).

Ex2 : All permutations made with the letters a, b, c taking all at a time are:( abc, acb, bac, bca, cab, cba)

Number of Permutations: Number of all permutations of n things, taken r at a time, is given by:

Prn=nn-1n-2....n-r+1=n!n-r!

 

Ex : (i) P26=6×5=30   (ii) P37=7×6×5=210

Cor. number of all permutations of n things, taken all at a time = n!.

Important Result: If there are n subjects of which p1 are alike of one kind; p2 are alike of another kind; p3 are alike of third kind and so on and pr are alike of rth kind,

such that p1+p2+...+pr=n

Then, number of permutations of these n objects is :

n!(p1!)×(p2! ).... (pr!)

 

3.  Combinations: Each of the different groups or selections which can be formed by taking some or all of a number of objects is called a combination.

Ex.1 : Suppose we want to select two out of three boys A, B, C. Then, possible selections are AB, BC and CA.

Note that AB and BA represent the same selection.

Ex.2 : All the combinations formed by a, b, c taking ab, bc, ca.

Ex.3 : The only combination that can be formed of three letters a, b, c taken all at a time is abc.

Ex.4 : Various groups of 2 out of four persons A, B, C, D are : AB, AC, AD, BC, BD, CD.

Ex.5 : Note that ab ba are two different permutations but they represent the same combination.

Number of Combinations: The number of all combinations of n things, taken r at a time is:

Crn=n!(r !)(n-r)!=nn-1n-2....to r factorsr!

 

Note : (i)Cnn=1 and C0n =1     (ii)Crn=C(n-r)n

 

Examples : (i) C411=11×10×9×84×3×2×1=330      (ii)C1316=C(16-13)16=C316=560

Q:

Out of 7 consonants and 4 vowels, how many words of 3 consonants and 2 vowels can be formed?

A) 25200 B) 52000
C) 120 D) 24400
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: A) 25200

Explanation:

Number of ways of selecting (3 consonants out of 7) and (2 vowels out of 4) = (7C3*4C2

= 210. 

 

Number of groups, each having 3 consonants and 2 vowels = 210. 

 

Each group contains 5 letters. 

 

Number of ways of arranging 5 letters among themselves = 5! = 120 

 

Required number of ways = (210 x 120) = 25200.

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A committee of 5 persons is to be formed from 6 men and 4 women. In how many ways can this be done when at least 2 women are included ?

A) 196 B) 186
C) 190 D) 200
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: B) 186

Explanation:

When at least 2 women are included.

 

The committee may consist of 3 women, 2 men : It can be done in  4C3*6C2  ways

 

or, 4 women, 1 man : It can be done in  4C4*6C1ways

 

or, 2 women, 3 men : It can be done in 4C2*6C3 ways.

 

Total number of ways of forming the committees

 

4C2*6C3+4C3*6C2+4C4*6C1

 

= 6 x 20 + 4 x 15 + 1x 6

 

= 120 + 60 + 6 =186

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In how many different ways can the letters of the word 'LEADING' be arranged in such a way that the vowels always come together?

A) 720 B) 520
C) 700 D) 750
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: A) 720

Explanation:

The word 'LEADING' has 7 different letters.

When the vowels EAI are always together, they can be supposed to form one letter.

Then, we have to arrange the letters LNDG (EAI).

Now, 5 (4 + 1) letters can be arranged in 5! = 120 ways.

The vowels (EAI) can be arranged among themselves in 3! = 6 ways.

Required number of ways = (120 x 6) = 720.

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How many integers, greater than 999 but not greater than 4000, can be formed with the digits 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4, if repetition of digits is allowed?

A) 376 B) 375
C) 500 D) 673
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: A) 376

Explanation:

The smallest number in the series is 1000, a 4-digit number.

 

The largest number in the series is 4000, the only 4-digit number to start with 4. 

 

The left most digit (thousands place) of each of the 4 digit numbers other than 4000 can take one of the 3 values 1 or 2 or 3.

 

The next 3 digits (hundreds, tens and units place) can take any of the 5 values 0 or 1 or 2 or 3 or 4.

 

Hence, there are 3 x 5 x 5 x 5 or 375 numbers from 1000 to 3999.

 

Including 4000, there will be 376 such numbers.

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In how many different ways can the letters of the word 'OPTICAL' be arranged so that the vowels always come together?

A) 360 B) 700
C) 720 D) 120
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: C) 720

Explanation:

The word 'OPTICAL' contains 7 different letters.

When the vowels OIA are always together, they can be supposed to form one letter.

Then, we have to arrange the letters PTCL (OIA).

Now, 5 letters can be arranged in 5! = 120 ways.

The vowels (OIA) can be arranged among themselves in 3! = 6 ways.

Required number of ways = (120 x 6) = 720.

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If the letters of the word SACHIN are arranged in all possible ways and these words are written out as in dictionary, then the word ‘SACHIN’ appears at serial number :

A) 601 B) 600
C) 603 D) 602
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: A) 601

Explanation:

If the word started with the letter A then the remaining 5 positions can be filled in  5! Ways.

 

If it started with c then the remaining 5 positions can be filled in 5! Ways.Similarly if it started with H,I,N the remaining 5 positions can be filled in 5! Ways.

 

If it started with S then the remaining position can be filled with A,C,H,I,N in alphabetical order as on dictionary.

 

The required word SACHIN can be obtained after the 5X5!=600 Ways i.e. SACHIN is the 601th letter.

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A college has 10 basketball players. A 5-member team and a captain will be selected out of these 10 players. How many different selections can be made?

A) 1260 B) 1400
C) 1250 D) 1600
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: A) 1260

Explanation:

A team of 6 members has to be selected from the 10 players. This can be done in 10C6 or 210 ways. 

Now, the captain can be selected from these 6 players in 6 ways.
Therefore, total ways the selection can be made is 210×6= 1260

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How many 4-letter words with or without meaning, can be formed out of the letters of the word, 'LOGARITHMS', if repetition of letters is not allowed?

A) 4050 B) 3600
C) 1200 D) 5040
 
Answer & Explanation Answer: D) 5040

Explanation:

'LOGARITHMS' contains 10 different letters.

 

Required number of words = Number of arrangements of 10 letters, taking 4 at a time.

 

10P4

 

= 5040.

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