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Question 17: Ram deposits Rs. P with a bank at r% compound interest and sees it reach Rs.16P in 20 years. If he had invested the same amount at r% simple interest for 20 years, what would be the amount?

  1. Between Rs. 2P and 2.5P
  2. Between Rs. 2.5P and 3P
  3. Between 3P and 3.5P
  4. Between 3.5P and 4P

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Method of solving this CAT Question from Simple and compound interest: Form the equation and simplify it.

P (1 + r)20 = 16P
(1 + r)20 = 16
((1 + r)10)2 = 42
(1 + r)10 = 4
((1 + r)5)2 = 22
((1 + r)5) = 2
In order for the money to double, the approximate formula for r = 72/n = 14.4% .
Rate of interest should be roughly 14 – 15%
If he had invested this in simple interest,
A = P + P * 20 *(14 to 15 %)/100 = 3.8P to 4P

The question is " If he had invested the same amount at r% simple interest for 20 years, what would be the amount?"

Hence, the answer is 3.5P to 4P.

Choice D is the correct answer.


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