Aptitude questions and answers on Alligation and Mixture
1) A 60liter mixture of milk and water contains 10% water. How much water must be added to make water 20% in the mixture?

8 liters

7.5 liters

7 liters

6.5 liters
The Correct answer is 2
Answer with explanation:
The mixture has 10% water, so the milk would be 90% of 60 liters.
Milk = * 60 = 54 liters
100
∴Water = 60  54 = 6 liters
Let water to be added = x liters
Now, 6+x* 100 = 20
60+x
6+x=1
60+x5
30 + 5x = 60+x
30  60 = x  5x
 30 =  4x
x =30=7.5 liters
4
2) An alloy contains14 parts of tin and 100 parts of copper. What is the percentage of tin in the alloy?

12.3%

13%

11.5%

11%
The Correct answer is 1
Answer with explanation:
In 114 parts of alloy, tin = 14 parts
∴Percentage of tin =14∗100=12.3%
114
3) A 20liter mixture contains 30% alcohol and 70% water. If 5 liters of water is added to the mixture, what will be the percentage of alcohol in the new mixture?

22%

23%

24%

25%
The Correct answer is 3
Answer with explanation:
Initially, the mixture contains 30% alcohol =30 ∗20=6 liters of alchol
100
And, 70% of water =70 ∗20=14 liters of water
100
After adding 5 liters of water, the mixture contains (14+5) 19 liters of water and 6 liters of alcohol.
∴Percentage of alcohol = 6 ∗100=24%
25
4) In what ratio water must be mixed with milk costing Rs. 48 per liter to get a mixture worth Rs. 32 per liter ?

2:3

3:2

3:4

1:2
The Correct answer is 4
Answer with explanation:
Apply allegation rule:
∴ Water _{=} 16 _{=} 1
Milk 322
Required ratio; water:milk = 1:2
5) A shopkeeper mixes 60 kg of sugar worth Rs. 30 per kg with 90 kg of sugar worth Rs. 40 per kg. At what rate he must sell the mixture to gain 20%?

Rs. 30 per kg

Rs. 34 per kg

Rs. 43.2 per kg

Rs. 38 per kg
The Correct answer is 3
Answer with explanation:
Total cost price of (60+90)150 kg of mixture = (60*30+90*40)
= 1800+3600
= Rs. 5400
Cost Price per kg of mixture = 5400 _{=} Rs. 36 per kg
150
Now, Required gain = 20%
∴Required selling price per kg of mixture = 120 ∗36 = Rs. 43.2 per kg
100
6) 700 ml of a mixture contains water and milk in the ratio of 2:8. How much water must be added to the mixture so that the ratio of water and milk becomes 3:8?

75 ml

65 ml

70 ml

60 ml
The Correct answer is 3
Answer with explanation:
Milk in the 700 ml of mixture = 700 ∗ 8 =560ml
10
So, water in the mixture would be = 700  560 = 140 ml
Let water to be added = x ml
Now, 140+x _{=} 3
560 8
1120+8x = 1680
8x = 1680  1120
8x= 560
X= 560 = 70 ml
8
7) A rice dealer bought 60 kg of rice worth Rs. 30 per kg and 40 kg of rice worth Rs. 35 per kg. He mixes the two and sells the mixture at Rs. 40 per kg. What is the percentage profit in this deal?

18%

21%

23%

25%
The Correct answer is 4
Answer with explanation:
Total cost price of (60 + 40) 100kg of mixture = (60*30 + 40*35)
= 1800 + 1400
= Rs. 3200
Now, selling price of the mixture = 100 * 40 = Rs. 4000
Profit = 4000  3200 = Rs. 800
∴Required percentage profit = 800 ∗ 100 = 25%
3200
8) 1/2 and 1/4 parts of two bottles are filled with milk. The bottles are then filled completely with water and the content of bottles is poured into a container. Find the ratio of the milk and water in the container?
 3/5
 4/5
 2/3
 5/3
The Correct answer is 1
Answer with explanation:
Let the capacity of each bottle = 1
Total capacity of two bottles = 1+1= 2
Quantity of milk in the first bottle =
Quantity of milk in the second bottle =
∴The total quantity of milk in the two bottles =
Hence the amount of water in the two bottles =
∴The required ratio of milk and water =
9) A bottle of whisky contains 40% alcohol. If we replace a part of this whisky by another whisky containing 20% alcohol, the percentage of alcohol becomes 28%. What quantity of whisky is replaced?

3/5

3/4

4/5

2/5
The Correct answer is 1
Answer with explanation:
∴The ratio of first and second whisky in the mixture
= 8:12 = 2:3
Now, the quantity of whisky replaced is equal to the quantity of the second whisky added.
∴The quantity of whisky replaced = 3
5
10) An alloy has copper and zinc in the ratio of 6:3 and another alloy has copper and tin in the ratio of 8:6. The equal weights of both the alloys are melted to form a new alloy. What will be the weight of tin per kg of the new alloy?

4/14kg

3/14kg

3/12kg

2/10kg
The Correct answer is 2
Answer with explanation:
Let 1 kg of both the alloys is melted together to form a new alloy.
Total weight of the new alloy = 1+1= 2 kg
Tin is present only in the second alloy.
Weight of tin in the second alloy =
Now, 2 kg of new alloy contains kg of tin.
∴Tin per kg of new allow would be = kg
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