Try this problem from I.S.I. B.Stat Entrance Objective Problem based on Arbitrary Arrangement.

Arbitrary Arrangement ( B.Stat Objective Question )

Let \(a_1, a_2, ….,a_{11}\) be an arbitrary arrangement (ie permutation) of the integers 1,2,….,11. Then the numbers \((a_1-1)(a_2-2)….(a_{11}-{11})\) is

  • necessarily \(\leq\) 0
  • necessarily even
  • necessarily 0
  • none of these

Key Concepts



Even and Odd

Check the Answer

But try the problem first…

Answer: necessarily even.

Suggested Reading

B.Stat Objective Problem 119

Challenges and Thrills of Pre-College Mathematics by University Press

Try with Hints

First hint

necessarily \(\leq\) 0 case

taking values (2-1)(3-2)(4-3)…..(10-9)(1-10)(10-11)

here all the terms except last two terms are positive and there are 2 negetive terms whose product will be even

then product > 0

then not necessarily < 0 or = 0

Second Hint

necessarily even case

by contradiction

we assume that the product is not necessarily even

that is each of the factor have to be odd

then the arrangement look like


but only one odd number left which will pair with 11 that a contradiction

Final Step

\(\Rightarrow\) product is even

\(\Rightarrow\) necessarily even.

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