Probability - Aptitude Questions and Answers

Probability Questions and Answers

Learn and practice the chapter "Probability" with these solved Aptitude Questions and Answers. Each question in the topic is accompanied by a clear and easy explanation, diagrams, formulae, shortcuts and tricks that help in understanding the concept.

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1. A mother has 24 pairs of white socks and 18 pairs of grey socks for her twin children kept in a bag. In a hurry to send the children to school on time, she picks 3 socks randomly. What is the possibility of her picking up the matching pair?

a.1
108
b.1
36
c.7
36
d. 1

Answer: d. 1

Explanation:

Since a pair has 2 socks in it and there are just two colours - White and grey, when the mother chooses 3 socks, he will surely select 2 socks of same color - be it grey or white.

So possibility = probability = 1


2. You have a well shuffled deck of 52 playing cards. Find the possibility of drawing a Queen or hearts?

a.1
26
b.1
13
c.4
13
d.17
52

Answer: c.4
13

Explanation:

Probability =What we want
Total
OR = add        AND = multiply


We want queen OR hearts
There are 4 queens and 13 hearts cards
Total 52 cards
Also 1 queen is queen of hearts.
So probability =4+13-1=4
52525213

Remember - This subtraction is needed as queen of hearts gets counted twice - once in 4 queens and once again in 13 hearts.


3. Ramesh has a garments shop. He currently has 6 black, 4 red, 2 white and 3 blue shirts of same size in the stock. He picks 2 shirts randomly for the display. What is the probability that either both shirts are white or blue?

a.1
105
b.1
35
c.4
105
d.1
15

Answer: c.4
105

Explanation:

Probability =What we want
Total
OR = add       AND = multiply


Both white OR both blue
Total shirts = 15
There are 2 white and 3 blue shirts
Probability for 2 white shirts =2x1=1
1514105
Probability for 2 blue shirts =3x2=1
151435
Total Probability =1+1=4
10535105

Remember:
Here we reduce the denominator i.e. total number of shirts because once we remove a shirt from the box we do not put it back in the box.
So while removing the 2nd shirt, there are only 15 - 1 = 14 shirts in the box.


4. There are 2 yellow, 6 black, 4 grey and 8 red pebbles in a glass bowl. I pick one pebble randomly. What is the probability of me picking up a black or red pebble?

a.1
10
b.7
10
c.3
4
d.4
3

Answer: b.7
10

Explanation:

Probability =What we want
Total
OR = add       AND = multiply


We want black OR red pebble
There are 6 black and 8 red pebbles
Total pebbles = 2 + 6 + 4 + 8 = 20
So probability =6+8=7
202010


5. There are 2 bags. One has 5 white and 3 black napkins. The other one has 4 white and 2 black napkins. Find the probability of picking up a white napkin.

a.9
14
b.31
48
c.1
2
d. 1

Answer: b.31
48

Explanation:

Probability =What we want
Total
OR = add       AND = multiply


Here, one probability is to find which bag is selected AND other is for white napkin from the selected bag.
Probability of selecting 1 bag out of 2 bags =1
2
Say it has 4 white and 2 black napkins.
So, White napkin probability =4=4
4+26
So Probability 1 =1x4=4
2612
Similarly, Probability 2 =1x5=5
25+316
Total probability of white napkin =4+5=31
121648