Permutation Combination  CAT 2016 Math Preparation
Question 4 the day:
July 10, 2006
The question for the day is a sample practice problem in Permutation Combination. The problem provides an understanding of the concept of selecting 'r' things out of 'n' things.
Question:
A college has 10 basketball players. A 5member team and a captain will be selected out of these 10 players. How many different selections can be made?
 1260
 210
 10C6 * 6!
 10C5 * 6
Correct Answer  1260. Choice (1)
Explanatory Answer
A team of 6 members has to be selected from the 10 players. This can be done in 10C6 or 210 ways.
Now, the captain can be selected from these 6 players in 6 ways.
Therefore, total ways the selection can be made is 210*6 = 1260.
Alternatively, we can select the 5 member team out of the 10 in 10C5 ways = 252 ways.
The captain can be selected from amongst the remaining 5 players in 5 ways.
Therefore, total ways the selection of 5 players and a captain can be made = 252*5 = 1260.
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