Pipes and Cistern


  1. A pipe can fill a cistern in 12 minutes and another pipe can fill it in 15 minutes, but a third pipe can empty it in 6 minutes. The first two pipes are kept open for 5 minutes in the beginning and then third pipe is also opened. In what time is the cistern emptied ?









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    Part filled in 5 min. = 5 x (1/12 + 1/15) = 5 x 9/60 = 3/4

    Part emptied in 1 min. (when all the pipes are opened) = 1/6 - (1/12 + 1/15) = (1/6 - 3/20) = 1/60

    Correct Option: D

    Part filled in 5 min. = 5 x (1/12 + 1/15) = 5 x 9/60 = 3/4

    Part emptied in 1 min. (when all the pipes are opened) = 1/6 - (1/12 + 1/15) = (1/6 - 3/20) = 1/60

    Now, 1/60 part is emptied in 1 min. 3/4 part will be emptied in (60 x 3/4) = 45 min.


  1. A leak in the bottom of a tank can empty the full tank in 6 hours. An Inlet pipe fills water at the rate of 4 litres per minute. When the tank is full, the Inlet is opened and due to the leak the tank is empty in 8 hours. The capacity of the tank is ?









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    Part filled by intel in 1 hour = (1/6 - 1/8) = 1/24
    So, the inlet can fill the tank in 24 hours

    Correct Option: B

    Part filled by inlet in 1 hour = (1/6 - 1/8) = 1/24
    So, the inlet can fill the tank in 24 hours
    ∴ Capacity of the tank = Water that flows in 24 hours = (4 x 24 x 60) liters = 5760 liters



  1. Two pipes X and Y can fill a cistern in 24 min. and 32 min. respectively. If both the pipes are opened together, then after how much time Y should be closed so that the tank is full in 18 minutes ?









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    Let Y be closed after T min
    Then, T x (1/ 24 + 1/32) + (18 - T) x 1/24 = 1

    Correct Option: B

    Let Y be closed after T min
    Then, T x (1/ 24 + 1/32) + (18 - T) x 1/24 = 1
    ⇒ (7 x T)/96 + (18 - T)/24 = 1
    or 7T + 72 - 4T = 96.
    ∴ 3T = 24
    or T = 8 min.


  1. A water tank is 2/5th full pipe A can fill the tank in 10 minutes and the pipe B can empty it in 6 minutes. If both the pipes are open, how long will it take to empty or fill the tank completely ?









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    Time taken to fill or empty the whole tank = (6 x 10) /(6 - 10) = - 15 minutes
    - ve sign shows that the tank will be emptied.

    Correct Option: A

    Time taken to fill or empty the whole tank = (6 x 10) /(6 - 10) = - 15 minutes
    - ve sign shows that the tank will be emptied.

    ∴ 2/5th full of the tank will be emptied in 15 x 2/5 = 6 minutes



  1. Top A can fill a water tank in 25 minutes, tap B can fill the same tank in 40 minutes and tap C can empty the tank in 30 minutes. If all the three taps are opened together, in how many minutes will the tank be completely filled up or emptied ?









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    Required answer = (25 x 40 x 30) / (40 x 30 + 25 x 30 - 25 x 40)

    Correct Option: D

    Required answer = (25 x 40 x 30) / (40 x 30 + 25 x 30 - 25 x 40)
    = 600 / 19 = 3111/19 minutes