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Time and Work is an important topic in the Quantitative Aptitude section of the CAT exam. The questions related to time and work are asked every year and holds a good weightage as the various applications of time and work.
The problems on Time and Work fall into two categories:
Work is defined as something which has an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected. The basic concept of Time and Work is similar to that across all Arithmetic topics, i.e. the concept of Proportionality.
Efficiency is inversely proportional to the Time taken when the amount of work done is constant.
i.e. Efficiency ∝ 1/Time taken
A man can complete his work in n days.
His one day's work = 1/n
His percentage capacity = (1/n) x 100
These type of problems can be solved through two methods:
The unitary method is obsolete due to its difficult calculations.
Note:
 More men less days and conversely more days less men.
 More men more work and conversely more work more men.
 More days more work and conversely more work more days.
Example.1. A contractor adopts a work to complete it in 100 days. He employed 100 workers. But after 50 days it was found that only 1/3rd of the work has completed, How many more workers he should employ to complete the work in time.
(a) 100
(b) 125
(c) 150
(d) 175
Correct Answer is Option (a).
 100 men in 50 days can do 1/3rd of the work.
 No. of men required to complete 2/3rd of the work in 50 days will be:
 Hence, x = 100
Example 2: If 25 men can do a piece of work in 36 days working 10 hours a day, then how many men are required to complete the work working 6 hours a day in 20 days?
(a) 65
(b) 75
(c) 84
(d) 92
Correct Answer is Option (b).
 M_{1} x D_{1} x H_{1} = M_{2} x D_{2} x H_{2}
⇒ 25 x 36 x 10 = M_{2} x 20 x 6
⇒ M_{2} = 75 persons Alternatively:
 By percentage change graphic, when time is decreased by 2/3 ( i.e., 66.66%), the number of men is increased by 2 times (i.e., 200%)
Example 3: A contractor employed a certain number of workers to finish construction of a road in a certain scheduled time. Sometime later, when a part of work had been completed, he realised that the work would get delayed by threefourth of the scheduled time, so he at once doubled the number of workers and thus he managed to finish the road on the scheduled time. How much work had been completed, before increasing the number of workers?
(a) 10%
(b)
(c) 12 %
(d) 15 %
Correct Answer is Option (b).
 Let he initially employed x workers which works for D days and he estimated 100 days for the whole work and then he doubled the workers for (100  D) days.
 D * x + (100  D) * 2x = 175x
D = 25 days Note: 175 = 100 + (3/4) x 100, Since required number of days are 75% i.e (3/4) more than the estimated number of days.
 Now, the work done in 25 days = 25x
Total work =175x ∴ Work done before increasing the number of workers =
Example 4: A and B can do a piece of work in 12 days, B and C in 15 days C and A in 20 days. How long would each take separately to do the same work?
(a) A = 20 days, B = 30 days, C = 50 days
(b) A = 30 days, B = 20 days, C = 60 days
(c) A = 20 days, B = 20 days, C = 50 days
(d) A = 30 days, B = 40 days, C = 30 days
Correct Answer is Option (b).
 A + B can do in 12 days, B + C can do in 15 days, and A+ C can do in 20 days.
 2(A+ B + C) =
 ∴ A+ B + C can do the work in 5 x 2 =10 days. (less men more days)
 Now,
⇒ A can do the work in = [As, A =(A+ B + C)  (B + C)]
⇒ B can do the work in =[As, B = (A+ B + C)  (A+ C)]
⇒ C can do the work in =
Example 5: A can complete a work in 10 days B in 20 days and C in 25 days. If they work together in how many days they can complete the work.
(a)
(b)
(c)
(d)
Correct Answer is Option (a).
Example 6: The rate at which tap M fills a tank is 60% more than that of tap N. If both the taps are opened simultaneously, they take 50 hours to fill the tank. The time taken by N alone to fill the tank is (in hours):
(a) 90 hours
(b) 110 hours
(c) 130 hours
(d) 150 hours
Correct Answer is Option (c).
 If the rate at which Tap N fills the tank is 10 units per hour, the rate of Tap M would be 16 units per hour.
 Hence,
⇒ the capacity of the tank would be 26 x 50 =1300.
⇒ Time taken by Tap N alone would be 1300 /10 =130 hours
Example 7: A takes 16 days to finish a job alone, while B takes 8 days to finish the same job. What is the ratio of their efficiency and who is less efficient?
(a) 1 : 2
(b) 1 : 3
(c) 2 : 3
(d) 3 : 4
Correct Answer is Option (a).
 Since A takes more time than B to finish the same job hence A is less efficient.
Efficiency of A = 100/16 = 6.25 %
Efficiency of B = 100/8 = 12.5 % Ratio of efficiency of A and B,
Hence, B is twice efficient as A.
Note:
∴ Efficiency * Time taken = Constant workWhole work is always considered as 1, in terms of fraction and 100%, in terms of percentage. In general, the number of days or hours = (100 / Efficiency)
Q.1. A can complete a work in 10 days, B in 12 days and C in 15 days. All of them began the work together, but A had to leave the work after 2 days of the start and B 3 days before the completion of the work. How long did the work last?
(a) 5
(b) 6
(c) 7
(d) 8
Correct Answer is Option (c).
 See the diagram and then interpret the language of the question
 Since initially for 2 days all of them A,B and C work together so they complete he 50% work and for the last 3 days only C works which is equal to 20% work.
 Thus, the remaining work = 30%[100  (50 + 20)]
 This 30% work was done by B and C in 2 days = (30/15)
 Note:
Efficiency of A =10%
Efficiency of B = 8.33%
Efficiency of C = 6.66% So, the total number of required days = 2 + 2 + 3 = 7 days.
Q.2. Arun and Satyam can complete a work individually in 12 days and 15 days respectively. Arun does work only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while Satyam does the work on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Sunday is always off. But Arun and Satyam both work with half of their efficiencies on Friday and Saturday respectively. If Arun started the work on 1st January which falls on Monday followed by Satyam on the next day and so on (i.e., they work collectively on alternate days), then on which day work will be completed?
(a) Tuesday
(b) Thursday
(c) Friday
(d) Saturday
Correct Answer is Option (b).
 {This pattern continued for total 2 weeks only till 75% work got completed.}
 Thus in 2 weeks they will complete 75% work.
 Now 15% of the remaining (25% of the work) will be done in the third week on Monday and Tuesday. Again 10% work remained undone. Out of this 8.33 work will be done by Arun on Wednesday and remaining 1.66% work will be completed on Thursday by Satyam.
 Hence the work will be completed on Thursday.
Q.3. Boston, Churchill and David are three workers, employed by a contractor. They completed the whole work in 10 days. Initially, all of them worked together, but the last 60% of the work was completed by only Churchill and David together. Boston worked with Churchill and David only for initial two days then he left the work due to his poor health. Also Churchill takes 20% less time to finish the work alone then that of David working alone. If they were paid ₹ 3000 for the entire work, then what is the share of least efficient person?
(a) 33.33%
(b) 33%
(c) 33%
(d) 33%
Correct Answer is Option (a).
 From the above diagram it is clear that efficiency of C and D is 7.5%, since C and D complete 60% work in 8 days and efficiency of B,C and D is 20%. It means efficiency of B alone is 12.5%= (20 – 7.5).
 ∴ Efficiency of C and Efficiency of D. Thus D is the least efficient person.
 Now share of work done by David (D) = 3.33% x 10 = 33.33%
 Hence, his share of amount = 33.33% of ₹ 3000 is ₹ 1000
Q.4. In the ancient city of Portheus, the emperor has installed an overhead tank that is filled by two pumps X and Y. X can fill the tank in 12 hours while Y can fill the tank in 15 hours. There is a pipe Z which can empty the tank in 10 hours. Both the pumps are opened simultaneously. The supervisor of the tank, before going out on a work, asks his assistant to open Z when the tank is exactly 40% filled so that the tank is exactly filled up by the time he is back. If he starts X and Y at exactly 11:00 AM and he comes back at A : B. Then find the value of A + B.
(a) 40
(b) 41
(c) 42
(d) 43
Correct Answer is Option (b).
 Let the total capacity of the tank be 180 litres:
Efficiency of X = 15 l/hr.
Efficiency of Y = 12 l/hr.
Efficiency of Z = 18 l/hr. Time taken to fill the tank to 40% of it's capacity (i.e., 72 litres) = 72/27 = 2 hours 40 minutes.
 After 2 hours 40 minutes, Z starts working.
 The rate at which the tank would be filled after this would be : 15 + 12 – 18 = 9 litres per hours.
 The total quantity to be filled in order to fill up the tank = 180 – 72 = 108.
 This will take 108/9 = 12 hours to complete. Hence, the supervisor comes back after: 12 hours + 2 hours 40 minutes = 14 hours 40 minutes.
 Hence, he is supposed to come back at: 1:40 AM (the next day).
 The value of A + B = 41.
Q.5. Three water pipes, A, B and C are all used to fill a container. These pipes can fill the container individually in 6 minutes, 12 minutes, and 18 minutes, respectively. All the three pipes were opened simultaneously. However, it was observed that pipes A and B were supplying water at 2/3rd of their normal rate. Pipe C supplied water at half of its normal rate for first 3 minutes, after which it supplied water at its normal rate. What fraction of the tank is empty after 2 minutes?
a) 18/36
b) 19/36
c) 20/36
d) 21/36
The Correct Answer is Option (b).
Let the total capacity of the container be 108 litres. The pipes A,B, and C would
respectively fill the container at the rates of 18 litres per minute, 9 litres per minutes, and 6 litres per minutes. Thus, in the first two minutes, the container would get
12 + 6 + 3 +18 + 9 + 3 = 51 litres of water. The fraction of the tank that would be empty would be 57/108=19/36.
Q.6. A contract is to be completed in 72 days and 104 men are set to work, each working 8 hours a days. After 30 days, only 1/5th of the work is finished. How many additional men need to be employed so that the work may be completed on time. (If each man is now working 9 hours per day)?
a) 153 men
b) 155 men
c) 158 men
d) 161 men
The Correct Answer is Option (d).
Using the work equivalence method we know that 1/5th of the work =104 x 30 x 8
manhours.
Thus, the remaining work = 4 x 104 x 30 x 8. Since this work has to be done in the remaining 42 days by working at 9 hours per day, The number of men required would be given by : ( 4 x 104 x 30 x 8) ÷ (42 x 9)= 264.12 = 265 men. This means that we would need to hire 161 additional men.
Q.7. Two pipes can fill a cistern in 14 and 16 hours respectively. The pipes are opened simultaneously and it is found that due to leakage in the bottom of the cistern, it takes 32 minutes extra for the cistern to be filled up. When the cistern is full, in what time will the leak empty it?
The Correct Answer is Option (c).
The 32 minutes extra represents the extra time taken by the pipes due to the leak.
Normal time for the pipes → n x (1/14 +1/16) = 1→ n =112 /15 = 7 hrs 28 minutes.
Thus, with 32 minutes extra, the pipes would take 8 hours to fill the tank.
Thus, 8(1/14 +1/16) 8 x (1/L) =1 → 8 /L
= 8(15 /112) 1
1/L=15 /112 1/8
=1/112.
Thus, L =112 hours.
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