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1) D7) D13) B19) C25) B
2) B8) A14) D20) C26) D
3) C9) D15) D21) A27) B
4) A10) A16) D22) A28) C
5) B11) B17) B23) C29) D
6) D12) B18) A24) B30) A
Problem 1

If $x=1+\sqrt[5]{2}+\sqrt[5]{4}+\sqrt[5]{8}+\sqrt[3]{16}$, then the value of $\left(1+\frac{1}{x}\right)^{30}$ is

(a) 2

(b) 5

(c) 32

(d) 64


$x=1+2^{1 / 5}+2^{2 / 5}+2^{3 / 5}+2^{4 / 5}$

Let $a=2^{1 / 5}$

$\therefore x=1+a+a^2+a^3+a^4$

$=\frac{a^5-1 i}{a-1}=\frac{1}{2^{1 / 5}-1}$

$\begin{aligned} & \therefore \frac{1}{x}=2^{1 / 5}-1 \ & \quad\left(1+\frac{1}{x}\right)^{30}=2^6=64\end{aligned}$

Problem 2

Let $j$ be a number selected at random from ${\{1,2, \ldots, 2024}\}$. What is the probability that $j$ is divisible by 9 and 15 ?

(a) $\frac{1}{23}$

(b) $\frac{1}{46}$

(c) $\frac{1}{44}$

(d) $\frac{1}{253}$



$\lfloor \frac{2024}{45} \rfloor,=44.$

So the set of favourable integers has 44 elements.

So, probability = $\frac{44}{2024}=\frac{1}{46}$

Problem 3

Let $S_n$ be the set of all $n$-digit numbers whose digits are all 1 or 2 and there are no consecutive 2's. (Example: 112 is in $S_3$ but 221 is not in $S_3$ ). Then the number of elements in $S_{10}$ is

(a) $512$

(b) $256$

(c) $144$

(d) $89$


12th Fibonacci Number




Problem 4

There are 30 True or False questions in an examination. A student knows the answer to 20 questions and guesses the answers to the remaining 10 questions at random. What is the probability that the student gets exactly 24 answers correct?

(a) $\frac{105}{2^9}$

(b) $\frac{105}{2^8}$

(c) $\frac{105}{2^{10}}$

(d) $\frac{4}{2^{10}}$


Binomial Distribution

$x$ be the R.V. of selecting unknown questions. (answer is unknown)

Then $x \sim \operatorname{Bin}(10,1 / 2)$

So, $P(x=4)=\binom{10}{4} \frac{1}{2^{10}}=\frac{105}{2^9}$

Problem 5

Let $T$ be a right-angled triangle in the plane whose side lengths are in a geometric progression. Let $n(T)$ denote the number of sides of $T$ that have integer lengths. Then the maximum value of $n(T)$ over all such $T$ is

(a) $0$

(b) $1$

(c) $2$

No integral solution for $r$

(d) $3$


$a, a r, a r^2$

Now, $a^2+a^2 r^2=a^2 r^4$

$\Rightarrow 1+r^2=r^4$

But $r$ has a positive solution

So, only $a$ can be an integer $\max (n(T))=1$

Problem 6

Let $x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_n$ be non-negative real numbers such that $\sum_{i=1}^n x_i=1$. What is the maximum possible value of $\sum_{i=1}^n \sqrt{x_i}$ ?

(a) $1$

(b) $\sqrt{n}$

(c) $n^{3 / 4}$

(d) $n$


Cauchy Schwarz

$\left(\sum\left(\sqrt{\left.x_i-1\right)}\right)^2 \leq\left(2\left(\sqrt{x_i}\right)^2\right)\left(\sum 1^2\right)\right.$

$\therefore \sum \sqrt{x_1} \leqslant \sqrt{n}$

Problem 7

The precise interval on which the function $f(x)=\log _{1 / 2}\left(x^2-2 x-3\right)$ is monotonically decreasing, is

(a) $(-\infty,-1)$

(b) $(-\infty,1)$

(c) $(1, \infty)$

(d) $(3, \infty)$


$f(x)=-\log _2\left(x^2-2 x-3\right)$

$f^{\prime}(x)=-\frac{\ln^2}{\log _2(x-3)}-\frac{\ln^2}{\log _2(x+1)}$

in $(3, \infty)$

$f^{\prime}(x)<0 \quad \forall x$

So, in $(3, \infty), f(x)$ is monotonically decreasing.

Problem 8

The angle subtended at the origin by the common chord of the circles $x^2+y^2-6 x-6 y=0$ and $x^2+y^2=36$ is

(a) $\pi / 2$

(b) $\pi / 4$

(c) $\pi / 3$

(d) $2 \pi / 3$


The length of the chord

$=2 \sqrt{36-18}$

$=6 \sqrt{2}$

So, ABC is an isosceles triangle. $ (\frac{\pi}{2}) $

Problem 9

In $\triangle A B C, C D$ is the median and $B E$ is the altitude. Given that $\overline{C D}=\overline{B E}$, what is the value of $\angle A C D ?$

(a) $\pi / 3$

(b) $\pi / 4$

(c) $\pi / 5$

(d) $\pi / 6$

Problem 10

If the points $z_1$ and $z_2$ are on the circles $|z|=2$ and $|z|=3$, respectively, and the angle ineluded between these vectors is $60^{\circ}$, then the value of $\frac{\left|z_1+z_2\right|}{\left|z_1-z_2\right|}$ is

(a) $\sqrt{\frac{19}{7}}$

(b) $\sqrt{19}$

(c) $\sqrt{7}$

(d) $\sqrt{\frac{7}{19}}$

Problem 11

Let $n \geqslant 1$. The maximum possible number of primes in the set ${\{n+6, n+7, \ldots . n+34, n+35}\}$ is

(a) 7

(b) 8

(c) 12

(c) 13

Problem 12

Suppose 40 distinguishable balls are to be distributed into 4 different boxes such that each box gets exactly 10 balls. Out of these 40 balls, 10 are defective and 30 are non-defective. In how many ways can the balls be distributed such that all the defective balls go to the first two boxes?

(a) $\frac{40!}{(10!)^4}$

(b) $\frac{30!\cdot 20!}{(10!)^5}$

(c) $\frac{20!\cdot 20!}{(10!)^5}$

(d) $\frac{30!-10!}{(10!)^4}$

Problem 13

The number of elements in the set
${\{x: 0 \leqslant x \leqslant 2,\left|x-x^5\right|=\left|x^5-x^6\right|}\}$ is

(a) 2

(b) 3

(c) 4

(d) 5


For $0 \leq x \leq 1$
$x=0$ is two solutions.
if $0<x<1$ then,
$\Rightarrow x+x^6=2 x^5$
$\Rightarrow 1+x^3=2 x^4$
$\text { Consider }=x^5-2 x^4+1=f(x)$
$f^{\prime}(x)=5 x^4-8 x^3=x^3(5 x-8)=5 x^3\left(x-\frac{8}{5}\right)$
$\text { So, } f^{\prime}(x)<0 \text { for } x \in(0,1)$
$\text { So, Now sloution for } x \text { for (1) }$
$\text { in } x \in(0,1) \text {. }$
$\text { if } x \in(1,2) \text { then, }$
$x^6+x=2 x^5$
$x^5+1=2 x^4$
$f(x)=x^5-2 x^4+1$
$f^{\prime}(x)=5 x^3\left(x-\frac{8}{5}\right) \quad \text { Here } x \in(1,2)$
So, at some point $f^{\prime}(x)$ changes sign for $x \in(1,2)$
$\text { Now, } f(1.5)<0$
So, by $I VT$, there is a solution for $f$.
$\text { So, for } 0 x \in(1,2)$
there is a solution.
Total 3 solutions

Problem 14

In a room with $n \geqslant 2$ people, each pair shakes hands between themselves with probability $\frac{2}{n^2}$ and independently of other pairs. If $p_n$ is the probability that the total number of handshakes is at most 1 , then $\lim _{n \rightarrow \infty} p_n$ is equal to

(a) 0

(b) 1

(c) $e^{-1}$

(d) $2e^{-1}$

Problem 15

The number of positive solutions to the equation

$$e^x \sin x=\log x+e^{\sqrt{x}}+2$$

(a) 0

(b) 1

(c) 2

(d) $\infty$


$e^x \sin x=\log x+e^{\sqrt{x}}+2$

$f(x)=e^x \sin x$

$f^{\prime}(x)=e^x \cos x+e^x \sin x$

Now, $-e^x<e^x \sin x<R^x$

$e^x \sin x$ graph

Now, $\begin{aligned} g(x)=\log +e^{\sqrt{x}}+2\end{aligned}$ is an increasing graph for $x>0$. So infinitely many.

Problem 16

Let $n>1$ be the smallest composite integer that is coprime to $\frac{10000}{9900 \%}$. Then

(a) $n \leqslant 100$

(b) $100<n \leqslant 9900$

(c) $9900<n \leqslant 10000$

(d) $n>10000$

Problem 17

Let $P={\{(x, y): x+1 \geqslant y, x \geqslant-1, y \geqslant 2 x}\}$. Then the minimum value of $(x+y)$ where $(x, y)$ varies over the set $P$ is

(a) $-1$

(b) $-3$

(c) $3$

(d) $0$

Problem 18

Let $A={1, \ldots, 5}$ and $B={1, \ldots, 10}$. Then the number of ordered pairs $(f, g)$ of functions $f: A \rightarrow B$ and $g: B \rightarrow A$ satisfying $(g \circ f)(a)=a$ for all $a \in A$ is

(a) $\frac{10!}{5!} \times 5^5$

(b) $5^{10} \times 5!$

(c) $10!\times 5!$

(d) $\binom{10}{5} \times 10^5$

Problem 19



Then the largest positive integer not exceeding $S$ is

(a) $200$

(b) $400$

(c) $600$

(d) $800$

Problem 20

The real number $x$ satisfies


if and only if $x$ belongs to

(a) $(-2,-1) \cup(1,2)$

(b) $(-2 / 3,0) \cup(0,2 / 3)$

(c) $(-1,-2 / 3) \cup(2 / 3,1)$

(d) $(-1,0) \cup(0,1)$

Problem 21

Consider points of the form $\left(n, n^k\right)$, where $n$ and $k$ are integers with $n \geq 0, k \geq 1$. How many such points are strictly inside the circle of radius 10 with centre at the origin?

(a) $11$

(b) $12$

(c) $15$

(d) $17$

Problem 22

Let $n>1$, and let us arrange the expansion of $\left(x^{1 / 2}+\frac{1}{2 x^{1 / 4}}\right)^n$ in decreasing powers of $x$. Suppose the first three coefficients are in arithmetic progression. Then, the number of terms where $x$ appears with an integer power, is

(a) $3$

(b) $2$

(c) $1$

(d) $0$

Problem 23

The limit

\lim _{n \rightarrow \infty} \frac{2 \log 2+3 \log 3+\cdots+n \log n}{n^2 \log n}

is equals to

(a) $0$

(b) $1 / 4$

(c) $1 / 2$

(d) $1$


$\lim _{n \rightarrow \infty} \frac{1}{n}\left[\frac{1 \log 1+2 \log \alpha+\cdots+n \log n}{n \log n}\right]$
$=\lim _{n \rightarrow \infty}$ $\frac{1}{n} \sum_{r=1}^n$ $\frac{r \log r}{n \log n}$
$=\lim _{n \rightarrow \infty}$ $\frac{1}{n} \sum_{\gamma=1}^n .$ $\frac{\left(\frac{\gamma}{n}\right)\left[\log \left(\frac{\gamma}{n}\right)+\log n\right]}{\log n}$
$=\lim _{n \rightarrow \infty}$ $\frac{1}{n} \sum_{\gamma=1}^n .$ $\frac{\left(\frac{\gamma}{n}\right) \log \left(\frac{\gamma}{n}\right)}{\log (n)}$ $+\lim _{n \rightarrow \infty}$ $\frac{1}{n} \sum_{r=1}^n\left(\frac{r}{n}\right)$
$=\lim _{n \rightarrow \infty}$ $\frac{1}{\log (n)}$ $\frac{1}{n} \cdot \sum_{r=1}^n\left(\frac{r}{n}\right) \log \left(\frac{r}{n}\right)$ $+\lim _{n \rightarrow \infty} \frac{n(n+1)}{2 n^2}$
$=\lim _{n \rightarrow \infty}$ $\frac{1}{\log (n)}$ $× \lim _{n \rightarrow \infty}$ $\frac{1}{n} \sum_{\gamma=1}^n\left(\frac{\gamma}{n}\right) \log \left(\frac{\gamma}{n}\right)+\frac{1}{2}$
$=\lim _{x \rightarrow \infty} \frac{1}{\log (x)} \times \int_0^0 x \log (x)+\frac{1}{2}$
$=0 \times 0+\frac{1}{2}$

Problem 24

Let $p<q$ be prime numbers such that $p^2+q^2+7 p q$ is a perfect square. Then, the largest possible value of $q$ is:

(a) $7$

(b) $11$

(c) $23$

(d) $29$


$p^2+q^2+r p q=x^2 $ with $x>p+q \in \mathbb{N}$
$\Rightarrow \quad(p+q)^2+5 p q=x^2$
$\Rightarrow \quad 5 p q=x^2-(p+q)^2$
$\Rightarrow \quad 5 p q=(x+p+q)(x-p-q)$
Considering $x+p+q>x-p-q$ & $q>p$,
Case 1:

$x+p+q=5 p ; 5 q$
$x-p-q=q \text p$
$\Rightarrow 2 p+2 q=5 p-q$ $\text { (or) } 5 q-p$
$\Rightarrow p=q,$ absurd
Case 2:

$x-p-q=5 p$
$\quad \Rightarrow \quad 2 p+2 q=q-5 p$
$\quad \Rightarrow \quad q=7 p$ not possible
Case 3:

$x+p+q=5 p q$
$\quad \Rightarrow$ $2 p+2 q=5 p q-1$
$\quad \Rightarrow$ $(5 q-2)(5 p-2)=7 $,
but $5 q-2>7$, not possible
Case 4:

$x+p+q=p q$
$\Rightarrow 2 p+2 q=p q-5$
$\quad \Rightarrow \quad(p-2)(q-2)=9$
$\Rightarrow \quad q-2=q, \quad p-2=1$
$\Rightarrow \boxed {\quad q=11, p=3}$

Problem 25

The set of all real numbers $x$ for which $3^{2^{1-x^2}}$ is an integer has

(a) $3$ elements

(b) $15$ elements

(c) $24$ elements

(d) infinitely many elements.


The maximum possible value of $1-x^2$ is 1 $(when =0)$ and the minimum value is $(-\infty)$. So,
$-\infty<1-x^2 \leqslant 1$
and it wan take any value in the intervene So,
$0<2^{1-x^2} \leqslant 2$
$1=3^0<3^{2^{1-2}} \leq 3^2=9$
Hence, $3^{2^{1-x^2}}$ an take all the putegors 2 to 9 and each of which has two corresponding valet for $x$ except when $x=0$. Thus, the number of such $x=2 \times 8-1=15$

Problem 26

Let $a, b, c$ be three complex numbers. The equation

$$a z+b \bar{z}+c=0$$

represents a straight line on the complex plane if and only if

(a) $a = b$

(b) $\tilde{a} c=b \vec{c}$

(c) $|a|=|b| \neq 0$

(d) $|a|=|b| \neq 0$ and $\bar{a} c=b \bar{c}$

Problem 27

In the adjoining figure, $C$ is the centre of the circle drawn, $A, F, E$ lie on the circle and $B C D F$ is a rectangle. If $\frac{D E}{A B}=2$, then $\frac{F E}{F A}$ equals

(a) $\sqrt{\frac{3}{2}}$

(b) $\sqrt{2}$

(c) $\sqrt{\frac{5}{2}}$

(d) $\sqrt{3}$

Problem 28

For every increasing function $b:[1, \infty) \rightarrow[1, \infty)$ such that

\int_1^{\infty} \frac{\mathrm{d} x}{b(x)}<\infty

we must have

(a) $\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \frac{\sqrt{\log k}}{b(k)}<\infty$

(b) $\sum_{k=3}^{\infty} \frac{\log k}{b(\log k)}<\infty$

(c) $\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} \frac{e^k}{b\left(e^k\right)}<\infty$

(d) $\sum_{k=3}^{\infty} \frac{1}{\sqrt{b(\log k)}}<\infty$

Problem 29

Consider the following two statements:

(I) There exists a differentiable function $g: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ such that $g\left(x^3+x^5\right)=e^x-100$.

(II) There exists a continuous function $g: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ such that $g\left(e^x\right)=x^3+x^5 $


(a) Only (I) is correct

(b) Only (II) is correct

(c) Both (I) and (II) are correct.

(d) Neither (I) nor (II) is correct.




differentiating both sides, we get

$g^{\prime}\left(x^3+x^5\right)\left(3 x^2+5 x^4\right)=e^x$

Note that the LHS is well-defined if $g(x)$ is differentiable substitute

$x=0 \Rightarrow 0=1$, which is absurd.

Hence, such a fraction $g(x)$ cannot be differentiable (I) is incorrect.



$g(0)=\lim _{x \rightarrow-\infty} g\left(e^x\right)$ because $\lim _{x \rightarrow-\infty} e^x=0$ and that $g$ is continuous.

But notice that $\operatorname{Lim}_{x \rightarrow-\infty} x^3+x^5=-\infty$

$\Rightarrow \quad \lim _{x \rightarrow-\infty} g\left(e^x\right)=-\infty=g(0)$, which is absurd if we assume "g" as continuous (bounded on compact sets)

(II) is incorrect

Neither (I) nor (II) is correct

Problem 30

Let $\psi: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a continuous function with $\int_{-1}^1 \psi(x) \mathrm{d} x=1$.
Let $f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a differentiable function. Then

\lim_ {\varepsilon \rightarrow 0} \frac{1}{\varepsilon} \int_{1-\varepsilon}^{1+\varepsilon} f(y) \psi\left(\frac{1-y}{\varepsilon}\right) \mathrm{dy}


(a) $f(1)$

(b) $f(1) \psi(0)$

(c) $f^{\prime}(1) \psi(0)$

(d) $f(1) \psi(1)$


$\lim_{\varepsilon \mapsto 0} \frac{1}{\varepsilon} \int_{1-\varepsilon}^{1+\varepsilon} f(y) \psi\left(\frac{1-y}{\varepsilon}\right) d y$

Substitute $\frac{1-y}{\varepsilon}=t$ $\Rightarrow 1-y=\varepsilon t$ $\Rightarrow 1-\varepsilon t=y$

$1-y=\varepsilon t$

$-d y=\varepsilon d t$

=$\lim_{\varepsilon \rightarrow 0} \int_{-1}^{1} f(1-\varepsilon t) \psi(t)$


$\left(x^{1 / 2}+\frac{1}{2 x^{1 / 4}}\right)^n$

General Term, $\binom{n}{r}\left(x^{1 / 2}\right)^{n-r}\left(\frac{1}{2 x^{1 / a}}\right)^r$

$\binom{n}{r}x \frac{2 n-3 r}{4}$

Put, $r=0,1,2$

$\binom{n}{0},\binom{n}{1}\left(\frac{1}{2}\right),\binom{n}{2}\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)^2$ are in A.P.

So, $n=1$ or 8

$\therefore n=8$.

Now simple calculation, gives (A)

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