### #1 - UPSC Interview Question

Bay of Bengal is in which state?

Liquid :-)

How can a man go eight days without sleep ?

No Probs, He sleeps at night.

If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in the other hand, what would you have?

Very large hands.

How can you make the following equation true by drawing only one straight line: 5+5+5=550 ?

Draw a line on the first plus sign. This turns it into a 4! The equation then becomes true: 545+5=550.

Four people need to cross a dark river at night.They have only one torch and the river is too risky to cross without the tourch. if all people cross simultanoesly then torch light wont be sufficient.Speed of each person of crossing the river is different.cross time for each person is 1 min, 2 mins, 7 mins and 10 mins. What is the shortest time needed for all four of them to cross the river ?

The initial solution most people will think of is to use the fastest person as an usher to guide everyone across. How long would that take? 10 + 1 + 7 + 1 + 2 = 21 mins. Is that it? No. That would make this question too simple even as a warm up question.

Let's brainstorm a little further. To reduce the amount of time, we should find a way for 10 and 7 to go together. If they cross together, then we need one of them to come back to get the others. That would not be ideal. How do we get around that? Maybe we can have 1 waiting on the other side to bring the torch back. Ahaa, we are getting closer. The fastest way to get 1 across and be back is to use 2 to usher 1 across. So let's put all this together.

1 and 2 go cross

2 comes back

7 and 10 go across

1 comes back

1 and 2 go across (done)

Total time = 2 + 2 + 10 + 1 + 2 = 17 mins

On a magical land of Narnia , all the animal in the land are rational.

There are 10 tigers and one goat.

Tiger can eat goat but since its a magical land , the tiger who eats the goat , turns into goat and then can be eaten by the remaining tiger(s).

If we leave them for some time then how many goat and tiger will be there , when we come back ?

9 tiger and one goat

since all animal are rational , once 1st tiger eats the sheep all the rest of tiger would know about this.

I have 100 coins in my wallet.

What is the minimum number of coin(s), i would be required in order to make sure each coin touched exactly three other coins.

4

3 placed flat on the table in a triangle(touching each other) and put the fourth one on top of them in the middle.

A Sweet girl purchased a book from a bookkeeper and give him Rs. 100.

The cost of book is Rs.30 but the bookkeeper had got no change, so he get the change from next shop and return the girl her 70 Rupees.

After some time time the next shopkeeper comes with the 100Rs note and told the bookkeeper that the note is fraud, so he takes money back.

How much loss did the bookkeeper face ?

100Rs

A man was gazing through the window of the 33rd floor of the building. He suddenly opened the window and jumped on the other side of the window. On landing the floor, there was not a sheer mark of injury on him.

How can that be possible if he did not use any kind of parachute and did not land on a soft surface ?

The man is a window cleaner who jumped inside of the window after finishing off on the 33rd floor.

Anabelle is a clever trader of rare artifacts. Each day she carries three boxes with each filled with thirty artifacts. The boxes cant hold more than that. She travels far of northern lands to sell these artifacts but on way, she comes across thirty checkpoints where she has to shed one of the artifact for each sack to the authorities for letting her pass.

How many artifacts will be left with her when she reaches her destination crossing all the check points ?

Anabelle is no dumb trader and she knows the strategy with the help of which she will be able to save 25 artifacts even after passing 30 check points.

All she will focus on is getting rid of the boxes as soon as possible.

To shed the first sack quickest possible, she will start filling artifacts from one box to other two. Assume that she is able to do that after passing through A check points.

(Space in first box) A + (Space in second box) A = (Remaining artifacts in third box) 30 -A

A = 10

Therefore, after 10 check points, she will be left with two boxes with 30 artifacts each. Now to get rid of the second box, she will start filling artifacts from second box to first box. Let us assume that she is able to get rid of the second box after B checkpoints.

(Space in first box) B = (Remaining artifacts in second box) 30 - B

B = 15

Therefore, after fifteen check points, she will be left with one sack with thirty artifacts in it.

Since she has five more check points left, she will have to give five more artifacts and after passing them all, she will still have 25 artifacts.