Previous Year Questions: Circles

# Class 5 Maths Chapter 10 Previous Year Questions - Circles

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## Previous Year Questions 2024

Q1: The maximum number of common tangents that can be drawn to two circles intersecting at two distinct points is:     (2024)
(a) 4
(b) 3
(c) 2
(d) 1

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Ans: (c)

Q2: In the given figure, O is the centre of the circle. MN is the chord and the tangent ML at point M makes an angle of 70° with MN. The measure of ∠MON is:     (2024)

(a) 120º
(b) 140º
(c) 70º
(d) 90º

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Ans: (b)

Q3: In the given figure, if PT is a tangent to a circle with centre O and ∠TPO = 35º, then the measure of ∠x is       (2024)
(a) 110º
(b) 115º
(c) 120º
(d) 125º

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Ans: (d)

## Previous Year Questions 2023

Q4: In the given figure, PQ is tangent to the circle centred at O. If ∠AOB = 95o, then the measure of ∠ABQ will be           (2023)
(a) 47.5°
(b) 42.5°
(c) 85°
(d) 95°

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Ans: (a)
We have ∠AOB = 95°
In ΔAOB, ∠OAB = ∠OBA
Now, ∠OAB + 95° + ∠OBA =180° (Angle sum property of a triangle)

∴ ∠OAB = ∠OBA = 42.5° [From (i)]
Now, OB is perpendicular to the tangent line PQ
∠OBQ = 90°
OA = OB (Radius of circle)
So ∠OAB = ∠OBA
95 + 2x = 180 (Sum of angles of a triangle is 180)
2x = 85
=> x = 42.5
∠ABQ = 90 - 42.5
= 47.5

Q5: In the given figure. TA is a tangent to the circle with centre O such that OT = 4 cm, ∠OTA= 30o, then length of TA is           (2023)
(a) 2√3 cm

(b) 2cm
(c) 2√2 cm
(d) √3 cm

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Ans: (a)
Draw OA ⊥ TA.

In ΔOTA ∠OAT = 90° [∵ Tangent to a circle is perpendicular to the radius passing through the point of contact]
and ∠OTA = 30°

Q6: In figure, from an external point P, two tangents PQ and PR are drawn to a circle of radius 4 cm with centre O. If  ∠QPR= 90°. then length of PQ is    (2023)
(a) 3 cm
(b) 4 cm
(c) 2 cm
(d) 2√2 cm

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Ans: (b)
Join OR.
We know that tangent to a circle is ⊥ to radius at the point of contact. So, QQ⊥PQ and QR ⊥ PR.
Also, ∠QPR = 90°
Now, in quadrilateral OQPR,
∠QQR - 360o - (90° + 90° + 90°)
= 90°
Also, PQ - PR [∵ Tangents drawn from an external point are equal)
∴ PQQR is a square.
Hence, PQ = OQ = 4 cm

Q7: The length of tangent drawn to a circle of radius 9 cm from a point 41 cm from the centre is           (2023)
(a) 40 cm
(b) 9 cm
(c) 41 cm
(d) 50 cm

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Ans: (a)
OB ⊥ AB     [∵As tangent to a circle is perpendicular to the radius through the point of the contact]
In ΔOAB,

OA2 = OB2 + AB2    [By Pythagoras theorem]
⇒ (41)2 = 92 + AB2
⇒ AB2 = 412 – 92
= (41 - 9)(41 + 9)
= (32)(50)
= 1600
⇒ AB =
= 40 cm

Q8: In the given figure. O is the centre of the circle and PQ is the chord. If the tangent PR at P makes an angle of 50° with PQ, then the measure of ∠POQ is           (2023)
(a) 50°

(b) 40°
(c) 100°
(d) 130°

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Ans: (c)
PR is tangent which touches circle at point P.
So, ∠OPR = 90°
∠OPQ = 90° - ∠RPQ = 90° -  50° =  40°
In, ΔPOQ,
OP = OQ (Radii of circle)
So, ∠OQP = ∠OPQ=40°
⇒ ∠POQ = 180° - 40° - 40° = 100°

Q9: Case Study: The discus throw is an event in which an athlete attempts to throw a discus. The athlete spins anti-clockwise around one and a half times through a circle, then releases the throw. When released, the discus travels along tangent to the circular spin orbit.

In the given figure, AB is one such tangent to a circle of radius 75cm. Point O is the centre of the circle and ∠ABO = 30°. PQ is parallel to OA.

Based on above information
(a) Find the length of AB.
(b) Find the length of OB.
(c) Find the length of AP.

OR
Find the value of PQ.    (2023)

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OR

Q10: Two tangents TP and TQ are drawn to a circle with centre O from an external point T. Prove that ∠PTQ = 2∠OPQ.     (2023)

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Ans: Since, tangents drawn from an external point are equal.
TP = TQ
⇒ ∠TPQ=  ∠TQP    _(i)
Angles opposite to equal sides are equal)
In ΔTPQ,
∠PTQ + ∠TQP + ∠TPQ = 180º
⇒ ∠PTQ + ∠TQP + ∠TPQ = 180º    [Using (i)]
⇒ ∠PTQ + 2∠TPQ = 180º
⇒ ∠PTQ = 180º - 2∠TPQ   ...(ii)
Now, OPT = 90° (Tangent is perpendicular  to the radius through the point of contact)
∴ ∠TPQ - 90° - ∠OPQ
From (ii) and (iii), ∠PTQ = 180° - 2(90° - ∠OPQ)
= 180° - 180° + 2∠OPQ = 2∠OPQ

Q11: In the given figure, a circle is inscribed in a quadrilateral ABCD in which ∠B = 90°. If AD = 17 cm, AB = 20 cm and DS = 3 cm, then find the radius of the circle.      (2023)

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Ans: Given, ∠B = 90°, AD = 17 cm, AB = 20cm, DS = 3 cm
Now, DS = DR and AR = AQ [∵ Tangents drawn from an externa! point to the circle are equal]
∴ DR = 3 cm
AR = AD - DR = 17 - 3 = 14 cm
∴ AQ = 14 cm
Now, BQ = AB - AQ = 20 - 14 = 6 cm
OQ ⊥ BQ, OP ⊥ BP    (∵ Tangent at any point of a circle is perpendicular to the radius through the point of contact)
∴ Quadrilateral BQOP is a square
∴ BQ = OQ = r = 6 cm
Hence, the radius of the circle = 6 cm.

Q12: From an external point, two tangents are drawn to a circle. Prove that the line joining the external point to the centre of the circle bisects the angle between the two tangents.       (2023)

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Ans: Let P lie an external point, O be the centre of the circle and PA and PB are two tangents to the circle as shown in  figure.

In ΔQAP and ΔOBP.
OA = OB [Radius of the circle]
OP = OP [common]
PA = PB
[∵ Tangents drawn from an external point to a circle are equal]
So, ΔOAP = ΔOPB
So, ∠APO = ∠BPO
Hence. OP bisects ∠APB

Q13: Two concentric circles are of radii 5 cm and 3 cm. Find the length of the chord of the larger circle which touches the smaller circle.       (2023)

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Ans: Let the centre of the two concentric circlet is O and AB be the chord of the larger circle which touches the smaller circle at point P as shown in figure.
∴ AB is a tangent to the smaller circle at point P
⇒ OP ⊥  AB
By Pythagoras theorem, in ΔOPA

OA2 = AP2 + OP2
⇒ 52 = AP2 +32
⇒ AP2 =52 - 32 = 25 - 9
⇒ AP2 = 16 ⇒ AP = 4cm
∴ AB = 2AP = 8cm
In ΔOPB Since, OP ⊥ AB
AP = PB [∵ Perpendicular drawn from the centre of the circle bisects the chord]
∴ AS = 2AP = 2 x 4 = B cm
∴ The length of the chord of the larger circle is a cm.

Q14: Prove that the angle between the two tangents drawn from an external point to a circle is supplementary to the angle subtended by the line-segment joining the points of contact at the centre.      (2023)

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Ans: Let PA and PB are two tangents on a circle from point P as shown in the figure.
Let is known that tangent to a circle is perpendicular to the radius through the point of contact.
∠OAP =∠OBP = 90°
In quadrilateral AOBP,
∠OAP + ∠APB + ∠PBO + ∠BOA = 360°
90° + ∠APB + 90° + ∠BOA = 360°     [Using (i)]
∠APB + ∠BOA = 360° - 180°
∴ ∠APB + ∠BOA = 180°
Hence proved.

## Previous Year Questions 2022

Q15: In Fig, AB is diameter of a circle centered at O. BC is tangent to the circle at B. If OP bisects the chord AD and ∠AOP= 60°, then find m∠C.    (2022)

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Ans: Since, OP bisects the chord AD, therefore ∠OPA = 90° ....[∵ The line drawn through the centre of a circle to bisect a chord is perpendicular to the chord]
Now, In ΔAOP,
∠A = 180° – 60° – 90°
= 120° – 90°
= 30°
Also, we know that the tangent at any point of a circle is perpendicular to the radius through the point of contact
∴ ∠ABC = 90°
Now, In ΔABC,
∠C = 180° – ∠A – ∠B
= 180° – 30° – 90°
= 150° – 90°
= 60°

Q16: In Fig. XAY is a tangent to the circle centred at 0. If ∠ABO = 40°. Then find ∠BAY and ∠AOB   (2022)

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Given, ∠ABO = 40°
∠XAO = 90°  ...(Angle between radius and tangent)
OA = OB  ...(Radii of same circle)
⇒ ∠OAB = ∠OBA
∴  ∠OAB = 40°
Now, applying the linear pair of angles property,
we get
∠BAY + ∠OAB + ∠XAO = 180°
⇒ ∠BAY + 40° + 90° = 180°
⇒ ∠BAY + 130° = 180°
⇒ ∠BAY = 180° – 130°
⇒ ∠BAY = 50°
Now, In ΔAOB,
∠AOB + ∠OAB + ∠OBA = 180°
or, ∠AOB + 40° + 40° = 180°
or, ∠AOB = 180° – 80° = 100°
Hence proved.

Q17: In Figure, two circles with centres at O and O' of radii 2r and r, respectively, touch each other internally at A. A chord AB of the bigger circle meets the smaller circle at C. Show that C bisects AB.  (2022)

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Ans: Given: Two circles with centres O and O' of radii 2r and r respectively, touch each other internally at A, AB is the chord of bigger circle touches the smaller circle at C.
To prove: C bisects AB i.e. AC = CB
Here, for smaller circle (O' r)
∠ACO = 90°  (Angle in a semicircle is 90°)
∴ OC ⊥ AC
Now, in bigger circle (O, 2r)
Since. AB is a chord and OC ⊥ AB.
AB = CB
[∵ Perpendicular drawn from centre of the circle to a chord bisects the chord]
Hence, C bisects the chord AB.

Q18: In Figure, PQ and PR are tangents to the circle centred at O. If ∠OPR = 45°, then prove that ORPQ is a square.   (2022)

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Ans: It is given that ∠QPR = 90°
We know that the lengths of the tangents drawn from the outer point to the circle are equal.
PQ = PR ... (1)
The radius is Perpendicular to the tangent line at the point of contact.
∴ ∠PQO = 90°
and
∠ORP = 90°
In quadrilateral OQPR:
∠QPR + ∠PQO + ∠QOR + ∠ORP = 360°
⇒ 90° + 90° + ∠QOR + 90° = 360°
⇒ ∠QOR = 360° - 270° = 90°
∴ QPR = ∠PQO = ∠QOR = ∠ORP = 90°
It can be concluded that PQOR is a square.

Q19: In Fig., there are two concentric circles with centre O. If ARC and AQB are tangents to the smaller circle from point A lying on the larger circle, find the length of AC if AO = 5 cm.    (2022)

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Ans:  Given, AQ = 5 cm
AQ = AR = 5 cm {v Tangents drawn from an external point to the circle are equal)
Now, AC = AR + RC (∵ OR is a perpendicular bisector of AC AR = RC)
AC = 10 cm

Q20: In Figure, O is the centre of the circle. PQ and PR are tangent segments. Show that the quadrilateral PQOR is cyclic.   (2022)

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Ans: Given: PQ and PR are tangents from an external point P.
To prove: PQOR is a cyclic quadri lateral.
Proof OR and OQ are tlie radius of circle centred at O, and PR a ltd PQ are tangents.
∠ORP = 90° and ∠OQP = 90°
In quadrilateral PQOR, we have
∠OQP + ∠QOR + ∠ORP + ∠RPQ = 360°
90° + ∠QOR + 90° + ∠RPQ = 360°
180° + ∠QOR + ∠RPQ = 360°
∠QOR + ∠RPQ = 360° - 180°
So, ∠O + ∠P = 180°
∠P and ∠O are opposite angles of quadrilateraI which are supplementary.
∴ PQOR is a cyclic quadrilateral.

Q21: In Figure O is centre of a circle of radius 5 cm. PA and BC are tangents to the circle at A and B respectively. If OP = 13 cm. then find the length of tangents PA and BC.   (2022)

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Given, radius of circle =5cm
PA and BC are two tangent at point A and B
OP = 13 cm
Step1: OA is perpendicular on tangent AP (OA is radius of the circle)
In right angle triangle AOAP
(OP)2 = (OA)2 + (AP)2
⇒ (AP)2 = (OP)2 – (0A)2
⇒ (AP)2 = (13)2 - (5)2 = 169 - 25 = 144
AP = √144 = 12
AP = PA = 12 cm
Step 2: Let length of BC be x
But AC = BC= x (tangent from an external point)
So length of PC = 12 - x and PB = OP - OB = 13 - 58cm
(OB is the radius and length of OP is given)
OB is perpendicular on tangent CB , so ∠OBC = ∠CBP = 90 °
In right angle triangle ΔCBP
(CP)2 = (BP)+ (BC)2
⇒ (12 - x)2 = (8)2 + (x)2
⇒ 144 - 2x + x= 64 + x2
⇒ 144 - 24x - 64 = 0
⇒ 80 - 24x = 0 ⇒ x = 80/24 = 3.33cm
Hence, the length of BC is 3.33 cm and PA is 12 cm

Q22: In fig. PQ is a chord of length 8 cm of a circle of radius 5 cm. The tangents at P and Q meet at a point T. Find the length of TP.   (2022)

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Ans:  In the given figure,
PQ = 8 cm and OP = 5 cm

OR ⊥ PQ and so, OR bisects PQ. [ ∵ Perpendicular drawn from the center to the chord bisects the chord]
⇒ PR = RQ = 4 cm
In Δ POR ,
OP2 = OR2 + PR2
⇒ 52 = OR2 + 42
⇒ OR = 3 cm
In ΔTPO and ΔPRO,
∠ TOP = ∠ ROP [common]
and ∠ TPO = ∠ PRO [each 90º]
∴ Δ TPO and Δ PRO are similar. [by AAA Similarity]

[∵Tangents drawn from an external point to a circle are equal in length]

Q23: Prove that a parallelogram circumscribing a circle is a rhombus.   (2022)

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Ans: Given : A parallelogram ABCD circumscribing a circle with centre O.
To prove : ABCD is a rhombus.
Proof: We know that the tangents drawn to a circle from an external Doint are eaual in length.

⇒ AP = AS  [Tangents drawn from A]    ...(i)
⇒ BP = BQ    [Tangents drawn from B]    ...(ii)
⇒ CR= CQ    [Tangents drawn from C]    ...(iii)
⇒ DR = DS    [Tangents drawn from D]    ...(iv)
Adding (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) we get
AP + BP +  CR + DR = AS + BQ + CQ + DS
= (AP + BP) + (CR + DR) = (AS + DS) + (BQ + CQ)
⇒ AB + CD = AD + BC
⇒ 2AB = 2BC         [Opposite sides of the given parallelogram are equal ∴ AB = DC and AD = BC)
AB = BC = DC = AD
Hence, ABCD is a rhombus.

Q24: In fig, if a circle touches the side QR of ΔPQR at S and extended sides PQ and PR at M and N, respectively, then

Prove that       (2022)

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Ans: Given: A circle is touching a side QR of ΔPQR at point S.
PQ and PR are produced at M and N respectively.
To prove:
Proof: PM = PN  ...(i) (Tangents drawn from an external point P to a circle are equal)
QM = QS  ...(ii) (Tangents drawn from an external point Q to a circle are equal)
RS = RN  ...(iii) (Tangents drawn from an external point R to a circle are equal)
Now, 2PM = PM + PM
= PM + PN  ...[From equation (i)]
= (PQ + QM) + (PR + RN)
= PQ + QS + PR + RS  ...[From equations (i) and (ii)]
= PQ + (QS + SR) + PR
= PQ + QR + PR

Hence proved.

Q25: In figure, a triangle ABC with ∠B = 90° is shown. Taking AB as diameter, a circle has been drawn intersecting AC at point P. Prove that the tangent drawn at point P bisects BC.          (2022)

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According to the question,
In a right angle ΔABC is which ∠B = 90°, a circle is drawn with AB as diameter intersecting the hypotenuse AC at P.
Also PQ is a tangent at P
To Prove: PQ bisects BC i.e. BQ = QC
Proof: ∠APB = 90°  ...[Angle in a semicircle is a right-angle]
∠BPC = 90° ...[Linear Pair]
∠3 + ∠4 = 90° ...[1]
Now, ∠ABC = 90°
So in ΔABC
∠ABC + ∠BAC + ∠ACB = 180°
90° + ∠1 + ∠5 = 180°
∠1 + ∠5 = 90°  ...[2]
Now, ∠1 = ∠3  ...[Angle between tangent and the chord equals angle made by the chord in alternate segment]
Using this in [2] we have
∠3 + ∠5 = 90°  ...[3]
From [1] and [3] we have
∠3 + ∠4 = ∠3 + ∠5
∠4 = ∠5
QC = PQ  ...[Sides opposite to equal angles are equal]
But also, PQ = BQ  ...[Tangents drawn from an external point to a circle are equal]
So, BQ = QC
i.e. PQ bisects BC.

Q26: In figure, two circles touch externally at P. A common tangent touches them at A and B, and another common tangent is at P, which meets the common tangent AB at C. Prove that ∠APB = 90°.    (2022)

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Ans: Let common tangent at P meets the tangent AB at C. Since, tangents drawn from an external point to a circle are  equal

∴ AC = CP
and BC = CP
⇒ ∠CAP = ∠CPA = x (say) ...(i)
and ∠CBP = ∠CPB = y (say) ...(ii)
Now, ∠ACP+ ∠BCP = 180°  [Linear pair] ...(*)
In ΔACP, ∠ACP + ∠CPA + ∠CAP = 180° ...(iii)
and in ΔBCP, ∠BCP+ ∠CPB + ∠CBP = 180°...(iv)
Adding (iii) and (iv), we get
∠ACP + x + x + ∠BCP + y + y = 360°
∠ACP + ∠BCP + 2x + 2y = 360°   [Using (i) & (ii)]
= 2(x + y) = 360° - 180° = 180°[Using ('))
⇒ x + y = 90°
i.e., ∠CPA + ∠CPB = 90° => ∠APB = 90°

## Previous Year Questions 2021

Q27: In the given figure, PT and PS are tangents to a circle with centre O, from a point P such that PT = 4 cm and ∠TPS = 60°. Find the length of the chord TS. Also, find the radius of the circle.    (2021)

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Ans: Given TP and SP are tangents from an external point P.
PT = PS = 4 cm (v Tangents drawn from an external point to the circle are equal)
∠PTS = ∠PST
(∵ Angles opposite to equal sides are equal) In A TPS, by angle sum property
∠TPS = ∠PTS =∠PST = 60°
⇒ ΔTPS is an equilateral triangle.

∴ TP = PS = TS = 4 cm
∠OSP = 90º and ∠TSP = 60º
∴ ∠OSD = 30º

## Previous Year Questions 2020

Q28: In figure, PQ is tangent to the circle with centre at O, at the point B. If ∠AOB = 100°, then ∠ABP is equal to   (2020)

(a) 50°
(b) 40°
(c) 60°
(d) 80°

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Ans: (a)
Given that
∠ AOB = 100°
Since OA = OB
So  ∠ OAB =  ∠ OBA = 40°
Since PQ is tangent on the circle. So OB is perpendicular to PQ.
So,
∠ OBP = 90°
∠ OBA + ∠ ABP = 90°
∠ ABP  = 90 – ∠ OBA
∴ ∠ ABP  = 90° – 40°
∴ ∠ ABP  = 50°

Q29: In the given figure, PT is a tangent at T to the circle with centre O. If ∠TPO = 25°, then x is equal to   (2020)
(a) 25°
(b) 65°
(c) 90°
(d) 115°

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Ans: (d)
Since ∠TPO = 25° and ∠OTP  = 90°
x = ∠OTP + ∠TPO
= 90° + 25° = 115°
[∵ Radius is perpendicular to the tangent T]

Q30: In the given figure, QR is a common tangent to the given circles, touching externally at the point T. The tangent at T meets QR at P  If PT = 3.8 cm, then the length of QR(in cm] is   (2020)
(a) 3.8

(b) 7.6
(c) 5.7
(d) 1.9

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Ans: (b)
It is known that the length of the tangents drawn from an external point to a circle are equal.
∴ QP = PT= 3.8 cm and PR = PT = 3.8 cm
Now, QR = QP + PR = 3.8cm + 3.8cm = 7.6 cm

Q31: In Figure, if tangents PA and PB from an external paint P to a circle with centre O are inclined to each other at an angle of 80° then ∠AOB is equal to   (2020)
(a) 100°

(b) 60°
(c) 80°
(d) 50°

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Ans: (a)
In quadrilateral AOBP
∠AOB + ∠OBP + ∠APB +∠OAP = 360°
⇒ ∠AOB + 90° + 90° + 80° = 360°
⇒ ∠AOB = 360° - 260° = 100°

Q32: In figure, a quadrilateral ABCD is drawn to circumscribe a circle. Prove that AB + CD = BC + AD.       (2020)

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Ans: Let the circle touches the sides AB, BC, CD and DA of quadrilateral ABCD at P, Q, R and S respectively Since, lengths of tangents drawn from an external point to the circle are equal.

AP = AS    ...(1)    (Tangents drawn from A)
BP = BQ    ...(2)    (Tangents drawn from B)
CR = CQ    ...(3)    (Tangents drawn from C)
DR = DS    ...(4)    (Tangents drawn from D)
Adding (1), (2), (3) and (4), we get
AP + BP + CR + DR = AS + BQ + CQ + DS
⇒ (AP + PB) + (CR + RD) = (AS + SD) + (BQ + QC)
⇒ AB + CD = AD + BC

Q33: In figure, find the perimeter of ΔABC if AP =12 cm.      (2020)

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Ans: As we know that tangents drawn from an external point are equal in length.
∴ BP = BD and CD = CQ  -----(i)
Also, AP = AQ = 12 cm
⇒ AB + BP = 12 cm and AC + CQ = 12 cm
⇒ AB + BD = 12 cm
AC + CD = 12 cm ...(iii) [Using (i)]
Now, perimeter of ΔABC = AB + BC + CA
= AB + BD + DC + AC
= 12 + 12   [Using (ii)]
= 24 cm

Q34: In the figure, two tangents, TP and TQ, are drawn to a circle with centre O from an external point T. Prove that ∠PTQ = 2∠OPQ.      (2020)

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Ans: Since, tangents drawn from an external point are equal
TP = TQ
⇒ ∠TPQ = ∠TQP    ...(i) (∵ Angles opposite to equal sides are equal)
In ΔTPQ,
∠PTQ + ∠TQP + ∠TPQ = 180°
⇒ ∠PTQ + ∠TPQ + ∠TPQ = 180°    [Using (i)]
⇒ ∠PTQ + 2 ∠TPQ = 100°
⇒ ∠PTQ= 180° - 2 ∠TPQ    ...(ii)
Now, ∠OPT = 90° (∵ Tangent is perpendicular to the radius through the point of contact) ZTPQ = 90° - ZOPQ    -Oil)
From (ii) and (iii), ∠PTQ = 180° - 2(90° - ∠OPQ)
= 180° - 180° + 2 ∠OPQ = 2 ∠OPQ

## Previous Year Questions 2019

Q35: In the given figure, a circle is inscribed in a ΔABC having sides BC = 6 cm, AB = 10 cm and AC = 12 cm. Find the lengths BL, CM and AN.    (2019)

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Ans:  Let BL = x, BN = x

[∵ Tangents drawn from an external point to to the circle are equal in length]
CL = CM = 8 - x    [∵ BC = 8cm]
AN = AM = 10 - x    [∵ AB = 10cm]
But AC= 12cm[Given]
∴ AM + MC = 12
10 - x + 8 - x = 12
⇒ 18 - 2x = 12
⇒ 6 = 2x
⇒  x = 3
Length of BL = 3cm
Length of CM = 8 - 3 = 5 cm
Length of AN = 10 - 3 = 7 cm

Q36: Prove that tangents drawn at the ends of a diameter of a circle are parallel.   (2019)

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Given : A circle C(O, r)with diameter AB and let PQ and RS be the tangents drawn to the circle at point A and B.
To prove: PQ || RS
Proof: Since tangent at a point to a circle is perpendicular to the radius through the point of contact.
∴ AB ⊥ PQ and AB ⊥ R S
⇒ ∠PAB = 90° and ∠ABS = 90°
⇒ ∠PAB = ∠ABS
⇒ PQ || RS  [∵ ∠PAB and ∠ABS are alternate interior angles]

## Previous Year Questions 2017

Q37: The difference between the radii of the smaller circle and the larger circle is 7 cm and the difference between the areas of the two circles is 1078 sq. cm. Find the radius of the smaller circle.    [CBSE Delhi 2017 (C)]

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Ans: Given: r2 - r1 = 7 (r2 > r1) ...(i)

(From equation (i))
..... (ii)
Adding (i) and (ii), we get
2r2 = 56
⇒ r2 = 28 cm
Also, r1 = 21 cm (From equation (i))
∴ Radius of simaller circle = 21 cm.

Q38:  Prove that the tangent drawn at any point of a circle is perpendicular to the radius through the point of contact.    [AI (C) 2017]

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Ans: Given: A line T tangent to the circle at point T and O is the centre of circle.
To prove: OT ⊥ l
Construction: Take point T1,T2 and T3 on line l and join OT1, OT2, OT3
Proof: We observe that points T1, T2, T3 lie outside the circle, whereas point T lies on the circle.
Hence OT1 > OT
OT2 > OT
OT3 > OT
All distances OT1, OT2, OT3 are greater than OT.
Only OT is the shortest distance.
Also OT = r
Hence r is the shortest distance from tangent l of the circle to the centre as we know that shortest distance between the point on line is perpendicular distance
So, OT ⊥ l

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Q39: In Fig., PQ is a chord of length 8 cm of a circle of radius 5 cm. The tangents drawn at P and Q intersect at T. Find the length of TP.    [AI (C) 2017, Foreign 2015]
Ans: Given: PQ is a chord of length 8 cm
Radius OP = 5 cm. PT and QT are tangents to the circle.
To find: TP
OT is perpendicular bisector of PQ
∠ORP = 90°
(Line joining the centre of circle to the common point of two tangents drawn to circle is perpendicular bisector of line joining the point of contact of the tangents.

x2 = 16
⇒ x = 3

(OR + RT)2 = 25 + PT2
(3 + y)2 = 25 + PT2
9 + y2 + 6y = 25 + PT2         .......(i)
In ΔPRT, TP2 = PR2 + RT2
⇒ PT2 = (4)2 + (y)2       .......(ii)
Put value of PT2 in eq (i)
9 + y2 + 6y = 25 + 16 + y2
6y = 25 + 16 - 9
6y = 32
y = 32/6 = 16/3 cm
Putting y = 16/3 cm in eq (ii), we get

## Previous Year Questions 2016

Q40: If from an external point P of a circle with centre 0, two tangents PQ and PR are drawn such that QPR = 120°, prove that 2PQ = PO.      [CBSE Delhi (F) 2016]

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Ans: Given, ∠QPR = 120°
Radius is perpendicular to the tangent at the point of contact.
∠OQP = 90° ⇒ ∠QPO = 60°

(Tangents drawn to a circle from an external point are equally inclined to the segment, joining the centre to that point.)

Q41: In Fig. 8.42, AP and BP are tangents to a circle with centre O, such that AP = 5 cm and ∠APS = 60°. Find the length of chord AB.     [CBSE Delhi 2016]

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Ans: PA = PB (Tangents from an external point are equal)
and ∠APB = 60°
⇒ ∠PAB = ∠PBA = 60°
∴ ΔPAB is an equilateral triangle.
Hence AB = PA = 5 cm.

Q42: In Fig. 8.43 from an external point P, two tangents PT and PS are drawn to a circle with centre O and radius r. If OP = 2r, show that ∠OTS = ∠OST = 30°.      [CBSE (AI) 2016]

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Ans: Let ∠TOP = θ

Hence, ∠TOS = 120°
In ∠OTS, OT = OS    (Radii of circle)

Q43: In Fig. 8.44, are two concentric circles of radii 6 cm and 4 cm with centre O. If AP is a tangent to the larger circle and BP to the smaller circle and length of AP is 8 cm, find the length of BP.     [CBSE (F) 2016]

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Ans: OA = 6 cm, OB = 4 cm, AP = 8 cm
OP2 = OA2 + AP2 = 36 + 64 = 100
⇒ OP = 10 cm
BP2 = OP2 - OB2 = 100 - 16 = 84

Q44: From an external point P, tangents PA and PR are drawn to a circle with centre O. If ∠PAB = 50°, then find ∠AOB.      [CBSE Delhi 2016]

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Ans: ∵ PA = PB ⇒ ∠BAP = ∠ABP = 50°
∴  ∠APB = 180° - 50° - 50° = 80°
and ∠AOB = 180° - 80° = 100°

Q45: In Fig. 8.29, PQ is a tangent at a point C to a circle with centre O. If AB is a diameter and ∠CAB = 30°, find ∠PCA.      [CBSE (AI) 2016]

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Ans: ∠ACB = 90° (Angle in the semicircle)
∠CAB = 30° (given)
In ΔABC,
90° + 30° + ∠ABC = 180°
⇒ ΔABC = 60°
Now, ∠PCA = ∠ABC (Angles in the alternate segment)
∴  ∠PCA = 60°

OR
Construction: Jo in 0 to C.
∠PCO = 90° (∵ Line joining centre to point of contact is perpendicular to PQ)
In ΔAOC, OA = OC (Radii of circle)
∴ ∠OAC = ∠OCA = 30° (Equal sides have equal opp. angles)
Now, ∠PCA = ∠PCO - ∠ACO
= 90° - 30° = 60°

Q46: Two tangents PA and PB are drawn to the circle with centre O, such that ∠APB = 120°. Prove that OP = 2AP.       (Foreign 2016)

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Ans:  Given. A circle C(0, r). PA and PB are tangents to the circle from point P, outside the circle such that ∠APB = 120°. OP is joined.

To Prove. OP = 2AP.
Construction. Join OA and OB.
Proof. Consider Δs PAO and PBO
PA = PB [Tangents to a circle, from a point outside it, are equal.]
OP = OP [Common]
∠OAP = ∠OBP = 90°

Q47: In Fig. 8.62, two equal circles, with centres O and O', touch each other at X.OO' produced meets the circle with centre O' at A. AC is tangent to the circle with centre O, at the point C. O'D is perpendicular to AC. Find the value of      [CBSE (AI) 2016]

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Ans: AC is tangent to circle with centre O.
Thus ∠ACO = 90°
In ΔAO'D and ΔAOC
∠ADO' = ∠ACO = 90º
∠A = ∠A  (Common)

Q48: In Fig. 8.63, O is the centre of a circle of radius 5 cm. T is a point such that OT = 13 cm and OT intersects circle at E. If AB is a tangent to the circle at E, find the length of AB, where TP and TQ are two tangents to the circle.     [CBSE Delhi 2016]

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Ans:

(Tangents from an external point to a circle are equal)
In right ΔAET.
TA2 = TE2 + EA2
(12 - x)2 = 64 + x2        144 + x2 - 24x = 64 + x2
x = 80/24    ⇒ x = 3.3 cm
Thus, AB = 6.6 cm

## Previous Year Questions 2014

Q49: Prove that the parallelogram circumscribing a circle is a rhombus.      [CBSE Delhi 2014; CBSE 2019 (30/5/1)]

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Ans: Let ABCD be a parallelogram such that its sides touch a circle with centre O.
We know that the tangents to a circle from an exterior point are equal in length.
Therefore, we have
AP = AS             (Tangents from A)      ... (i)
BP = BQ             (Tangents from B)     ... (ii)
CR = CQ              (Tangents from C)     ... (iii)
And DR = DS      (Tangents from D) ... (iv)

Adding (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv), we have
(AP + BP) + (CR + DR) = (AS + DS) + (BQ + CQ)
AB + CD = AD + BC
AB + AB = BC + BC      (∵ ABCD is a parallelogram ∴ AB = CD, BC = DA)
2AB = 2BC ⇒ AB = BC
Thus, AB = BC = CD = AD
Hence, ABCD is a rhombus.

Q50: Prove that the lengths of two tangents drawn from an external point to a circle are equal. [CBSE, Delhi 2014, (F) 2014, Delhi 2016, (AI) 2016, (F) 2016, CBSE Delhi 2017, (AI) 2017, (F) 2017, Delhi 2017 (C)]

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Ans: Given: AP and AQ are two tangents from a pointed to a circle C (O, r).
To Prove: AP = AQ
Construction: Join OP, OQ and OA.
Proof: In order to prove that AP = AQ, we shall first prove that ΔOPA ≅ ΔOQA.
Since a tangent at any point of a circle is perpendicular to the radius through the point of contact.
∴ OP ⊥ AP and OQ ⊥ AQ
⇒ ∠OPA = ∠OQA = 90°    ........(i)

Now, in right triangles OPA and OQA, we have
OP = OQ    (Radii of a circle)
∠OPA = ∠OQA    (Each 90°)
and OA = OA    (Common)
So, by RHS-criterion of congruence, we get

Hence, lengths of two tangents from an external point are equal.

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## FAQs on Class 5 Maths Chapter 10 Previous Year Questions - Circles

 1. What are the key properties of circles that Class 10 students need to know for exams?
Ans. Class 10 students should be familiar with properties such as the relationship between the radius, diameter, and circumference, the concept of the chord and arc, the properties of tangents, and the angle subtended by chords at the center and circumference of the circle. Understanding these concepts is crucial for solving problems related to circles.
 2. How can I solve problems related to the length of a chord in a circle?
Ans. To find the length of a chord, you can use the formula derived from the Pythagorean theorem. If you know the radius of the circle and the perpendicular distance from the center to the chord, you can apply the formula: $$\text{Length of chord} = 2 \sqrt{r^2 - d^2}$$, where $$r$$ is the radius and $$d$$ is the distance from the center to the chord.
 3. What is the formula for calculating the area of a circle, and how is it used in Class 10 exams?
Ans. The area of a circle is calculated using the formula $$A = \pi r^2$$, where $$r$$ is the radius of the circle. In Class 10 exams, students may be asked to find the area given the radius or to calculate the radius if the area is provided. They may also encounter applications involving real-life problems, such as finding the area of circular gardens or fields.
 4. How do I find the angle between two tangents drawn from a point outside the circle?
Ans. The angle between two tangents drawn from a point outside the circle can be found using the theorem that states: the angle formed is equal to half the difference of the arcs intercepted by the tangents. If $$A$$ and $$B$$ are the points where the tangents touch the circle, and $$O$$ is the center, then $$\angle APB = \frac{1}{2} ( \text{arc } AB - \text{arc } A'B' )$$.
 5. What is the significance of the "angle in a semicircle" theorem in solving circle-related problems?
Ans. The "angle in a semicircle" theorem states that an angle subtended by a diameter at any point on the circumference of the circle is always a right angle (90 degrees). This theorem is significant in solving problems involving cyclic quadrilaterals and can help in proving other properties of circles, making it a commonly tested theorem in Class 10 exams.

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