# CAT Quantitative Aptitude Questions | CAT Ratios, Mixtures, Alligations and Averages Questions

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The question is from CAT Ratio, Mixtures and Averages. It is a simple question. When two mixures are mixed, what would be the ratio in the resultant mixture? CAT exam is known to test on basics rather than high funda ideas. A range of CAT questions can be asked from Ratios and Proportions, Mixtures, Alligations and Averages. Make sure you master the topics. 2IIMs CAT questions bank provides you with CAT questions that can help you gear for CAT Exam CAT 2019.

Question 34: Two tanks of similar volume are full of a mixture of oil and water. In the first, the ratio of oil and water is 5:8 and in the second, it is 7:19. If both these tanks are poured in a larger tank, what would be the resultant ratio of oil and water?

1. 1:3
2. 17:52
3. 151:304
4. 17:35

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### Explanatory Answer

##### Method of solving this CAT Question from Ratio, Mixtures and Averages: When we mix two mixtures in a particular ratio, we get a third mixture. Given the third mixture how does one find the ratio in which they were mixed.

In this type of questions, take one of the components and find its proportion in the overall mixture.
In first tank, Oil/Water = $$frac{5}{8}\\$ therefore, Oil/Mixture = $\frac{5}{13}\\$ In second tank, Oil/Water = $\frac{7}{19}\\$ therefore, Oil/Mixture = $\frac{7}{26}\\$ Therefore, => $\frac{7}{26}\\$ – x = x – $\frac{5}{13}\\$ => $\frac{7}{26}\\$ + $\frac{5}{13}\\$ = 2x => 2x = $\frac{$7 + 10$}{26}$ => x = $\frac{17}{52}\\$ Therefore, Oil : Mixture = $\frac{17}{52}\\$ => Oil : Water = $\frac{17}{$52-17$}$ = $\frac{17}{35}\\$ The question is "If both these tanks are poured in a larger tank, what would be the resultant ratio of oil and water?" ##### Hence, the answer is "17:35". Choice D is the correct answer. ###### Best Online CAT CoachingSignup and try 9 classesfor free Signup Now! ###### Already have an Account? ###### CAT Coaching in ChennaiEnroll at 26,000/- Next Weekend Batch Starts Sat, August 17th, 2019 ###### Best CAT Coaching in ChennaiRegister Online, get Rs 4000/- off Intakes Closing Soon! ##### Where is 2IIM located? 2IIM Online CAT Coaching A Fermat Education Initiative, 10-C, Kalinga Colony, Bobbili Raja Salai K.K.Nagar, Chennai. India. Pin - 600 078 ##### How to reach 2IIM? Phone:$91) 44 4505 8484
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