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Here, you will find all the questions of ISI Entrance Paper 2010 from Indian Statistical Institute's B.Stat Entrance. You will also get the solutions soon of all the previous year problems.

**Problem 1: **

There are 8 balls numbered $1,2, \ldots, 8$ and 8 boxes numbered $1,2, \ldots, 8$. The number of ways one can put these balls in the boxes so that each box gets one ball and exactly 4 balls go in their corresponding numbered boxes is

(A) $3 \times\left(\begin{array}{l}8 \\ 4\end{array}\right)$;

(B) $6 \times\left(\begin{array}{l}8 \\ 4\end{array}\right)$;

(C) $9 \times\left(\begin{array}{c}8 \\ 4\end{array}\right)$;

(D) $12 \times\left(\begin{array}{l}8 \\ 4\end{array}\right)$.

**Problem 2:**

Let $\alpha$ and $\beta$ be two positive real numbers. For every integer $n>0$, define

$$

a_{n}=\int_{\beta}^{n} \frac{\alpha}{u\left(u^{\alpha}+2+u^{-\alpha}\right)} d u

$$

Then $\lim_{n \rightarrow \infty} a_{n}$ is equal to

(A) $\frac{1}{1+\beta^{\alpha}}$

(B) $\frac{\beta^{\alpha}}{1+\beta^{-\alpha}}$

(C) $\frac{\beta^{\alpha}}{1+\beta^{\alpha}} ;$

(D) $\frac{\beta^{-\alpha}}{1+\beta^{\alpha}}$.

**Problem 3:**

Let $f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^{2}$ be a function given by $f(x)=\left(x^{m}, x^{n}\right),$ where $x \in \mathbb{R}$ and $m, n$ are fixed positive integers. Suppose that $f$ is one-one. Then

(A) both $m$ and $n$ must be odd;

(B) at least one of $m$ and $n$ must be odd;

(C) exactly one of $m$ and $n$ must be odd;

(D) neither $m$ nor $n$ can be odd.

**Problem 4:**

$\lim _{x \rightarrow 2} \frac{e^{x^{2}}-e^{2 x}}{(x-2) e^{2 x}}$ equals

(A) $0$ ;

(B) $1$ ;

(C) $2$;

(D) $3$

**Problem 5:**

A circle is inscribed in a triangle with sides $8,15$ and $17$ centimetres. The radius of the circle in centimetres is

(A) $3$;

(B) $22 / 7$;

(C) $4$ ;

(D) none of the above.

**Problem 6:**

Let $\alpha, \beta$ and $\gamma$ be the angles of an acute angled triangle. Then the quantity $\tan \alpha \tan \beta \tan \gamma$

(A) can have any real value;

(B) is $\leq 3 \sqrt{3}$;

(C) is $\geq 3 \sqrt{3}$;

(D) none of the above.

**Problem 7:**

Let $f(x)=|x| \sin x+|x-\pi| \cos x$ for $x \in \mathbb{R}$. Then

(A) $f$ is differentiable at $x=0$ and $x=\pi ;$

(B) $f$ is not differentiable at $x=0$ and $x=\pi$;

(C) $f$ is differentiable at $x=0$ but not differentiable at $x=\pi ;$

(D) $f$ is not differentiable at $x=0$ but differentiable at $x=\pi$.

**Problem 8:**

Consider a rectangular cardboard box of height $3,$ breadth 4 and length 10 units. There is a lizard in one corner $A$ of the box and an insect in the corner $B$ which is farthest from $A$. The length of the shortest path between the lizard and the insect along the surface of the box is

(A) $\sqrt{5^{2}+10^{2}}$ units;

(B) $\sqrt{7^{2}+10^{2}}$ units;

(C) $4+\sqrt{3^{2}+10^{2}}$ units;

(D) $3+\sqrt{10^{2}+4^{2}}$ units.

**Problem 9:**

Recall that, for any non-zero complex number $w$ which does not lie on the negative real axis, arg $w$ denotes the unique real number $\theta$ in $(-\pi, \pi)$ such that

$$

w=|w|(\cos \theta+i \sin \theta)

$$

Let $z$ be any complex number such that its real and imaginary parts are both non-zero. Further, suppose that $z$ satisfies the relations

$$

\arg z>\arg (z+1) \text { and } \arg z>\arg (z+i)

$$

Then $\cos (\arg z)$ can take

(A) any value in the set $(-1 / 2,0) \cup(0,1 / 2)$ but none from outside;

(B) any value in the interval (-1,0) but none from outside;

(C) any value in the interval (0,1) but none from outside;

(D) any value in the set (-1,0)$\cup(0,1)$ but none from outside.

**Problem 10:**

An aeroplane $P$ is moving in the air along a straight line path which passes through the points $P_{1}$ and $P_{2}$, and makes an angle $\alpha$ with the ground. Let $O$ be the position of an observer as shown in the figure below. When the plane is at the position $P_{1}$ its angle of elevation is $30^{\circ}$ and when it is at $P_{2}$ its angle of elevation is $60^{\circ}$ from the position of the observer. Moreover, the distances of the observer from the points $P_{1}$ and $P_{2}$ respectively are 1000 metres and $500 / 3$ metres.

Then $\alpha$ is equal to

(A) $\tan ^{-1}\left(\frac{2-\sqrt{3}}{2 \sqrt{3}-1}\right)$;

(B) $\tan ^{-1}\left(\frac{2 \sqrt{3}-3}{4-2 \sqrt{3}}\right)$;

(C) $\tan ^{-1}\left(\frac{2 \sqrt{3}-2}{5-\sqrt{3}}\right)$;

(D) $\tan ^{-1}\left(\frac{6-\sqrt{3}}{6 \sqrt{3}-1}\right)$.

**Problem 11:**

The sum of all even positive divisors of $1000$ is

(A) $2170$ ;

(B) $2184$ ;

(C) $2325$;

(D) $2340$ .

**Problem 12:**

The equation $x^{2}+\frac{b}{a} x+\frac{c}{a}=0$ has two real roots $\alpha$ and $\beta .$ If $a>0,$ then the area under the curve $f(x)=x^{2}+\frac{b}{a} x+\frac{c}{a}$ between $\alpha$ and $\beta$ is

(A) $\frac{b^{2}-4 a c}{2 a}$;

(B) $\frac{\left(b^{2}-4 a c\right)^{3 / 2}}{6 a^{3}}$

(C) $-\frac{\left(b^{2}-4 a c\right)^{3 / 2}}{6 a^{3}}$

(D) $-\frac{b^{2}-4 a c}{2 a}$.

**Problem 13:**

The minimum value of $x_{1}^{2}+x_{2}^{2}+x_{3}^{2}+x_{4}^{2}$ subject to $x_{1}+x_{2}+x_{3}+x_{4}=a$ and $x_{1}-x_{2}+x_{3}-x_{4}=b$ is

(A) $\frac{a^{2}+b^{2}}{4}$

(B) $\frac{a^{2}+b^{2}}{2}$;

(C) $\frac{(a+b)^{2}}{4}$;

(D) $\frac{(a+b)^{2}}{2}$.

**Problem 14:**

The value of

$$\lim_{n\to\infty}\frac{\sum_{r=0}^{n} \left(\begin{array} {c} 2n\\2r\end{array}\right)3^{r}}{\sum_{r=0}^{n-1} \left(\begin{array} {c}2n\\2r+1\end{array}\right)3^{r}}$$ is

(A) $0 ;$

(B) $1$ ;

(C) $\sqrt{3}$;

(D) $\frac{\sqrt{3}-1}{\sqrt{3}+1}$.

**Problem 15:**

For any real number $x$, let $\tan ^{-1}(x)$ denote the unique real number $\theta$ in $(-\pi / 2, \pi / 2)$ such that $\tan \theta=x$. Then

$$

\lim _{n \rightarrow \infty} \sum_{m=1}^{n} \tan ^{-1} \frac{1}{1+m+m^{2}}

$$

(A) is equal to $\pi / 2$;

(B) is equal to $\pi / 4$;

(C) does not exist;

(D) none of the above

**Problem 16:**

Let $n$ be an integer. The number of primes which divide both $n^{2}-1$ and $(n+1)^{2}-1$ is

(A) at most one;

(B) exactly one;

(C) exactly two;

(D) none of the above.

**Problem 17:**

The value of

$$

\lim_{n \rightarrow \infty} \sum_{r=1}^{n} \frac{6 n}{9 n^{2}-r^{2}}

$$ is

(A) $0$ ;

(B) $\log \frac{3}{2}$;

(C) $\log \frac{2}{3}$;

(D) $\log 2$.

**Problem 18:**

A person $X$ standing at a point $P$ on a flat plane starts walking. At each step, he walks exactly 1 foot in one of the directions North, South, East or West. Suppose that after 6 steps $X$ comes back to the original position $P$. Then the number of distinct paths that $X$ can take is

(A) $196$;

(B) $256$ ;

(C) $344$;

(D) $400$ .

**Problem 19:**

Consider the branch of the rectangular hyperbola $x y=1$ in the first quadrant. Let $P$ be a fixed point on this curve. The locus of the mid-point of the line segment joining $P$ and an arbitrary point $Q$ on the curve is part of

(A) a hyperbolas;

(B) a parabola;

(C) an ellipse;

(D) none of the above.

**Problem 20:**

The digit at the unit place of $(1 !-2 !+3 !-\cdots+25 !)^{(1!-2!+3!-\cdots+25!)}$ is

(A) $0$ ;

(B) $1 ;$

(C) $5$;

(D) $9$ .

**Problem 21:**

Let $A_{1}, A_{2}, \ldots, A_{n}$ be the vertices of a regular polygon and $A_{1} A_{2}, A_{2} A_{3} \ldots \ldots$ $A_{n-1} A_{n}, A_{n} A_{1}$ be its $n$ sides. If

$$

\frac{1}{A_{1} A_{2}}-\frac{1}{A_{1} A_{4}}=\frac{1}{A_{1} A_{3}}

$$

then the value of $n$ is

(A) $5$ ;

(B) $6$ ;

(C) $7$ ;

(D) $8$ .

**Problem 22:**

Suppose that $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are two distinct numbers in the interval $(0, \pi)$. If

$$

\sin \alpha+\sin \beta=\sqrt{3}(\cos \alpha-\cos \beta)

$$

then the value of $\sin 3 \alpha+\sin 3 \beta$ is

(A) $0$;

(B) $2 \sin \frac{3(\alpha+\beta)}{2}$;

(C) $2 \cos \frac{3(\alpha-\beta)}{2}$

(D) $\cos \frac{3(\alpha-\beta)}{2}$

**Problem 23:**

Consider the function $h(x)=x^{2}-2 x+2+\frac{4}{x^{2}-2 x+2}, x \in \mathbb{R} .$ Then $h(x)-5=0$ has

(A) no solution;

(B) only one solution;

(C) exactly two solutions;

(D) exactly three solutions.

**Problem 24:**

Consider the quadratic equation $x^{2}+b x+c=0 .$ The number of pairs $(b, c)$ for which the equation has solutions of the form $\cos \alpha$ and $\sin \alpha$ for some $\alpha$ is

(A) $0 ;$

(B) $1$ ;

(C) $2$;

(D) infinite.

**Problem 25:**

Let $\theta_{1}=\frac{2 \pi}{3}, \theta_{2}=\frac{4 \pi}{7}, \theta_{3}=\frac{7 \pi}{12} .$ Then

(A) $\left(\sin \theta_{1}\right)^{\sin \theta_{1}}<\left(\sin \theta_{2}\right)^{\sin \theta_{2}}<\left(\sin \theta_{3}\right)^{\sin \theta_{3}}$

(B) $\left(\sin \theta_{2}\right)^{\sin \theta_{2}}<\left(\sin \theta_{1}\right)^{\sin \theta_{1}}<\left(\sin \theta_{3}\right)^{\sin \theta_{3}}$

(C) $\left(\sin \theta_{3}\right)^{\sin \theta_{3}}<\left(\sin \theta_{1}\right)^{\sin \theta_{1}}<\left(\sin \theta_{2}\right)^{\sin \theta_{2}}$

(D) $\left(\sin \theta_{1}\right)^{\sin \theta_{1}}<\left(\sin \theta_{3}\right)^{\sin \theta_{3}}<\left(\sin \theta_{2}\right)^{\sin \theta_{2}}$.

**Problem 26:**

Consider the following two curves on the interval (0,1) :

$$

C_{1}: y=1-x^{4} \text { and } C_{2}: y=\sqrt{1-x^{2}}

$$

Then on $(0,1)$

(A) $C_{1}$ lies above $C_{2}$;

(B) $C_{2}$ lies above

(C) $C_{1}$ and $C_{2}$ intersect at exactly one point;

(D) none of the above.

**Problem 27:**

Let $f$ be a real valued function on $\mathbb{R}$ such that $f$ is twice differentiable. Suppose that $f^{\prime}$ vanishes only at 0 and $f^{\prime \prime}$ is everywhere negative. Define a function $h$ by $h(x)=(x-a)^{2}-f(x),$ where $a>0 .$ Then

(A) $h$ has a local minima in $(0, a)$;

(B) $h$ has a local maxima in $(0, a)$;

(C) $h$ is monotonically increasing in $(0, a)$;

(D) $h$ is monotonically decreasing in $(0, a)$.

**Problem 28:**

Consider the triangle with vertices $(1,2),(-5,-1)$ and $(3,-2)$ . Let $\Delta$ denote the region enclosed by the above triangle. Consider the function $f: \Delta \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ defined by $f(x, y)=|10 x-3 y| .$ Then the range of $f$ is the interval

(A) $[0,36]$ ;

(B) $[0,47]$;

(C) $[4,47]$ ;

(D) $[36,47]$.

**Problem 29:**

For every positive integer $n$, let $\langle n\rangle$ denote the integer closest to $\sqrt{n}$. Let $A_{k}=\{n>0:\langle n\rangle=k\} .$ The number of elements in $A_{49}$ is

(A) $97$ ;

(B) $98 ;$

(C) $99$ ;

(D) $100$ .

**Problem 30:**

Consider a square $A B C D$ inscribed in a circle of radius $1 .$ Let $A^{\prime}$ and $C^{\prime}$ be two points on the (smaller) arcs $A D$ and $C D$ respectively, such that $A^{\prime} A B C C^{\prime}$ is a pentagon in which $A A^{\prime}=C C^{\prime}$. If $P$ denotes the area of the pentagon $A^{\prime} A B C C^{\prime}$ then

(A) $P$ can not be equal to $2$ ;

(B) $P$ lies in the interval $(1,2]$ ;

(C) $P$ is greater than or equal to $2$ ;

(D) none of the above.

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