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Mukesh, Suresh and Dinesh travel from Delhi to Mathura to attend Janmashtmi Utsav. They have a bike which can carry only two riders at a time as per traffic rules. Bike can be driven only by Mukesh. Mathura is 300 km from Delhi.

All of them walk at 15 km/h. All of them start their journey from Delhi simultaneously and are required to reach Mathura at the same time.

If the speed of bike is 60km/h, then what is the shortest possible time in which all three can reach Mathura at the same time?


\(\dfrac{58}{7}\) hr 


\(\dfrac{65}{7}\) hr


$10$ hr


None of these

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Option(B) is correct

Mukesh starts from Delhi (say $A$). 

He has to take off the other two (say Dinesh) on his bike, take him up to a certain point (say $C$) drop him there and return for Suresh.

Meanwhile, Suresh starts walking. 

Suresh and Mukesh meet at (say $B$) Mukesh picks up Suresh at $B$ and turn towards Mathura. 

All of them arrive together at Mathura (say $D$).

$A$------------ $B$ ------------- $C$ ------------- $D$

As Mukesh drives at 60km/h and Suresh (as well as Dinesh) walk at 15 km/h. So Mukesh will travel 4 times the distance  $(60/15=4)$ Suresh has travelled in the same time.

Here Mukesh has travelled $=AC+CB$, while Suresh has travelled $=AB$ distance in the same time.

$\text{Distance by Mukesh} $ $= 4 \times \text{(Distance by Suresh)}$

$ \Rightarrow AC+CB=4(AB)$

$\Rightarrow (AB+BC)+CB=4(AB)$

$\Rightarrow BC+CB = 3(AB)$

$\Rightarrow BC=\dfrac{3}{2}(AB)$  -------- $(1)$

Similarly by the time Dinesh reaches point $D$ from $C$ walking, Mukesh and Suresh reach $D$ riding bike.

Here also distance travelled by bike $(=BD)$ is 4 times the distance travelled on foot $(=CD)$

$\Rightarrow CB+(BD)=4(CD)$

$\Rightarrow BC+(BC+CD)=4(CD)$

$\Rightarrow 2(BC)= 3(CD)$

$\Rightarrow CD= \dfrac{2}{3}(BC)$ -------- $(2)$

Now, it is given that total distance is given as $300 \text{ km}$

$\Rightarrow AB+BC+CD=300$

Using values from, equations $(1)$ and $(2)$,

$\Rightarrow AB+\dfrac{3}{2}(AB)+\dfrac{2}{3}(BC)=300$

$\Rightarrow AB+\dfrac{3}{2}(AB)+\dfrac{2}{3}\times \dfrac{3}{2}(AB)=300$

$\Rightarrow AB+\dfrac{3}{2}(AB)+AB=300$

$\Rightarrow \dfrac{7}{2}(AB)=300$

$\Rightarrow AB=\dfrac{600}{7}$

So, $BC$


$=\dfrac{3}{2}\times \dfrac{600}{7}$


Similarly, $CD$


$=\dfrac{2}{3} \times \dfrac{900}{7}$

Now, total time $(T)$ can be calculated using total time bike is used, since bike has been used for the whole journey.

$\Rightarrow T = \dfrac{AC+CB+BD}{60}$

$\Rightarrow T = \dfrac{(AB+BC)+CB+(BC+CD)}{60}$

$\Rightarrow T = \dfrac{AB+3BC+CD}{60}$

$\Rightarrow T = \dfrac{\frac{600}{7}+(3 \times \frac{900}{7}) +\frac{600}{7}}{60}$

$\Rightarrow T = \dfrac{600+3 \times 900 + 600}{7 \times 60}$

$\Rightarrow T = \dfrac{\bf{65}}{\bf{7}}$

Edit: Thank you Chirag Goyal for pointing out the error, and providing the alternate calculation. Solution has been updated and correct answer choice has been changed from Option C to Option B.

(5) Comment(s)

Chirag Goyal

To $\bf{Admin\ Solution}$

I Believe you $\text{missed a key piece of solution}$

Take a look at that when $Dinesh$ is Dropped by $Mukesh$ at Point $C$

& $Mukesh$ turns towards $B$ to pick up $Suresh$ Meanwhile $Dinesh$ had covered some part of $CD$ while $Mukesh's$ Journey over $CB$ alone.

I strongly suggest you to make an improvement.

Thank You.


Thank you Chirag for bringing it to my attention. I've updated the solution.

Chirag Goyal

Hi Guys, Correct Option is (B)

A------------ B ------------- C ------------- D

Here is the explanation that why Distance AB & CD will always be the same irrelevant to Speed of Bike and Pedestrian.

Proof: Let the ratio of Bike Speed to Walk Speed = x : y

Assume Mukesh along with Suresh rides with speed 'x' from Delhi at point A towards Mathura at point D

For the shortest time condition, Mukesh has to drop suresh Somewhere between A & D (say C) meanwhile Dinesh is walking with a speed 'y'.

Now time taken by Biker from A to C and back to B to pick up 'Dinesh'

is same as of time taken by Dinesh from A to B.


(AB + BC + CB) / x = AB / y here BC = CB

solving above we got, BC / AB = (x - y) / 2y

Flashback, when Mukesh has Dropped Suresh at point C

Now Time Taken by Suresh to cover distance of CD must be same as of time taken by Mukesh to go back to pick up Dinesh at point B and to reach Mathura and meets with Suresh at point D at the same time.

i.e. CD / y = (CB + BC + CD) / x here BC = CB

so BC / CD = (x - y) / 2y

Acc. to Ques. x = 60km/hr ; y = 15km/hr

putting altogether we got 3AB = 3CD = 2BC

AD = 300 km (given)


AB = BC = (600/7)km ; BC = (900/7)km

total Journey of Mukesh is AB + BC + CB + BC + CD

= (600 + 900 + 900 + 900 + 600)/7 km with speed of 60 km/hr

Shortest Time = Distance Traveled / Bike Speed = 3900/7*60 = 65/7 hr

Option (B) 65/7 hr is the Correct Answer.

Chirag Goyal

There is an error, Please correct this

'AB = BC = (600/7)km'

To this

'AB = CD = (600/7)km'.

Thank you.


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Thank you very much for the excellent job.