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The question is from Permutation and Combination. Another question on counting. We need to find out the number of ways of placing toys in boxes. This section hosts a number of questions which are on par with CAT questions in difficulty on CAT Permutation and Combination, and CAT Probability.

Question 3: In how many ways 11 identical toys be placed in 3 distinct boxes such that no box is empty?

  1. 72
  2. 54
  3. 45
  4. 36

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Explanatory Answer

Method of solving this CAT Question from Permutation and Combination: Another wonderful question. A classic question that is from a standard template once a layer is removed.

This is nothing but the number of ways of having a, b, c such that a + b + c = 11, where a, b, c are natural numbers. By having them to be natural numbers, we ensure that no box can be empty. (no zeroes)

The question is similar to the previous one. 10C2 = 45 ways

The question is "In how many ways 11 identical toys be placed in 3 distinct boxes such that no box is empty?"

Hence the answer is "45"

Choice C is the correct answer.


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