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# Verbal Reasoning - Arithmetic Reasoning - Discussion

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- Marie Curie
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An institute organised a fete and 1/5 of the girls and 1/8 of the boys participated in the same. What fraction of the total number of students took part in the fete ?

 [A]. 2/13 [B]. 13/40 [C]. Data inadequate [D]. None of these

Explanation:

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 Rawat said: (Thu, Aug 25, 2011 04:36:29 PM) Ans is "Data inadequate". Suppose ther are 18 students (10 girls, 8 boys). 1/5 of 10=2 (girls). 1/8 of 8=1 (boy). Total participation=2+1=3. Total students=10+8=18. Answer = 3/18 = 1/6. Answer cannot be determined until we have the "Ratio of girls to boys".

 Abhishek said: (Fri, Sep 2, 2011 06:33:36 PM) Suggest me if this logic is wrong. Let there are 5 girls and 8 boys. Then total no students=13 No of girls participated =1 No of boys participated =1. So, Total participation =2. Thus, ratio=2/13.

 Jojo Negi said: (Mon, Sep 12, 2011 02:22:49 PM) I think you are right Sundar, I have seen this question before where the answer was 2/13.

 Sundar said: (Mon, Sep 12, 2011 05:40:15 PM) Rawat and Abhishek examples are correct. For each different number of boys and girls, we get different answers. So we cannot obtain the required answers without knowing the ratio of boys and girls. So, from this we can conclude that "Data inadequate". Note: Previously the answer was displayed ans 2/13 in this page. But after getting the suggestions from various math experts the answer has been updated to "Data inadequate".

 Arun said: (Sun, Nov 20, 2011 12:25:20 PM) All the above are correct. Data is inadequate.

 Sajan said: (Mon, Nov 21, 2011 11:30:52 AM) Data is inadequate because 1/5 of does not mean that gals are only 5. Same is in boys also.

 Salai said: (Thu, Jan 5, 2012 10:32:50 AM) Sajan is correct. They dint give the total number of students. So data inadequate.

 Manika said: (Wed, Jan 18, 2012 11:11:58 PM) According to my opinion it should be 13/40, because 1/5+1/8 = 13/40, because the question only ask about the What fraction of the total number of students took part in the fete?.

 Harshita said: (Thu, Jan 19, 2012 05:07:47 PM) Ya Manika, I agree with u. Why we supposing the number? Question is only about the total numbers.......

 Amala said: (Tue, Jan 24, 2012 04:25:01 PM) According to my option it should be 13/40, because 1/5+1/8=13/40

 Askari said: (Tue, May 15, 2012 05:41:01 PM) According to me its 13/40.

 Rajiv said: (Mon, Jul 30, 2012 03:47:10 PM) Manika, Harshita the Answer is "Data Inadequate", because for answer to be correct, it has to be true for all values. But here it changes with values. Option A. Total girls 5, Total Boys 8, answer is 2/13, but Option B, 5 girls and 16 boys, it comes 3/21 which is equivalent to 2/14 (completely diff. from 2/13 derived earlier.

 Kannan said: (Wed, Aug 22, 2012 09:15:50 PM) Out of 5 girls one girl participated, out of 8 boys one boy participated. so out of 13 students 2 students participated. Therefore ans is 2/13.

 Siddique said: (Sat, Feb 2, 2013 08:09:57 PM) According to me, Let a=1/5 b=1/8 LCM =40. a=1/5*8/8=8/40. b=1/8*5/5=5/40. = 8/40+5/40 = 13/40.

 Sachin said: (Wed, Jun 5, 2013 12:18:45 PM) Siddique's method of taking LCM and getting the total number is correct. I have seen in many forums of this kind of strategy especially.