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How many ways can 4 prizes be given away to 3 boys (one boy can receive 1 prize), if each boy is eligible for all the prizes?








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Option(B) is correct

Let the 3 boys be $B_1, B_2, B_3$ and 4 prizes be $P_1, P_2, P_3$ and $P_4$.

Now $B_1$ is eligible to receive any of the 4 available prizes (so 4 ways)

$B_2$ will receive prize from rest 3 available prizes(so 3 ways)

Finally, $B_3$ will receive his prize from the rest 2 prizes available(so 2 ways)

So total ways would be: $4 \times 3 \times 2 =\textbf{24}$ Ways

Hence, the 4 prizes can be distributed in $\textbf{24}$ ways.

(16) Comment(s)

Piyush Tripathi

Guys, when an award is given to any of the students then next student has only three choices.

So, the answer is 24 only.

Abhinav Tyagi

there are 3 boys in question. is there a mistake in solution?


I guess they have made the correction, it's not there now.


answer is $3^4 = 81$ as every award has 3 choices of student and all of them are eligible. (also 1 boy is more in solution) the answer they posted is when 4 students receives 4 awards one each


This is incorrect method as 1 boy should not get more than 1 prize. Correct answer should be 24 (4x3x2).

Satish Kumar

yeah the solution provided is in contradiction to the question asked.

the question tell that 3 boys are eligible for all 4 prizes (practically illogical)

so we have 3 boys A B C and 4 prizes 1 2 3 4

So, A is elligible for all 1 2 3 4

B is again eligible for all 1 2 3 4

C is again eligible for all 1 2 3 4

so we have

4 * 4 * 4


$4^3 = 64$ ways


three student can get by 3! ways=6

and there can be another 4 ways as 4 prizes avail

So, total $3!*4=24$

Sudarsan K

No way!

If B1, B2 & B3 are boys and P1, P2, P3 & P4 are the prizes, then P1 can be given not only to B1, but can also be given to B2 or B3.

From the prize perspective;

P1 can be distributed to any 1 of the 3 boys, so 3 possibilities.

Similarily the P2, P3 & P4 also have 3 possibilities each.

So the answer should be $3\times 3\times 3\times 3=81.$

David K

I have to agree with Sudarsan.

I think that if there are 3 boys and 4 prizes then it is simply 3 raised to the power 4 which is the number of prizes available.


Had 1 person is allowed to receive multiple prizes, your solution could have been right.

For example, you are saying that boy $B_1$ is getting all the prizes i.e. $P_1, P_2$ and $P_3$, which I don't think is the desired possibility.


Hey I think ans must be $3^4=81$


I think the solution is probably wrong.

Any one prize can be given to any one of the 3 boys and hence there are 3 ways of distributing each prize.

Hence, the 4 prizes can be distributed in $3^4= 81$ ways.


Hey Relk, how is there a B4 when there are only three boys...


i thin that all 3 boys can get 4 awards so $4*4*4=64$ could be answer.

Antonio Banderras

I don't like this question, mainly because once you give a prize to a boy, that boy should stick with the prize, and the second boy would only have 3 prizes to choose from left.

I believe it should be a combination without repetition, hence my answer is 12.


Hey Antonio, I also feel the existing solution is incorrect. Let me explain with the help of an example:

Let's say boys are B1, B2, and B3 whereas prizes are P1, P2, P3, and P4.

Now B1 is eligible to get any of the 4 available prizes (i.e. 4 choices)

B2 will get from the rest 3 available prizes(i.e. 3 choices)

B3 will get prizes from the rest available 2 prizes (i.e. 2 choices)

So total ways would be:

$4*3*2= \textbf{24 Ways}$