Microsoft Aptitude Questions

  1. Mike has $20 more than Todd. How much does each have given that combined they have $21 between them. You can't use fractions in the answer.(Hint: This is a trick question, pay close attention to the condition)

  2. Here are four dogs, each at the counter of a large square. Each of the dogs begins chasing the dog clockwise from it. All of the dogs run at the same speed. All continuously adjust their direction so that they are always heading straight towards their clockwise neighbor. How long does it take for the dogs to catch each other? Where does this happen? (Hint: Dog's are moving in a symmetrical fashion, not along the edges of the square)

  3. If you had an infinite supply of water and a 5 quart and 3 quart pail, how would you measure exactly 4 quarts?

  4. If you are on a boat and you throw out a suitcase, will the level of water increase?

  5. On an average, how many times would you have to open the Seattle phone book to find a specific name?

  6. There are 3 ants at 3 corners of a triangle, they randomly start moving towards another corner. What is the probability that they don't collide?

  7. If you look at a clock and the time is 3:15, what is the angle between the hour and the minute hands? ( The answer to this is not zero!)

  8. What new feature would you add to MS WORD if you were hired?

  9. Why did you pick the school you graduated from?

  10. How would you weigh a plane without using scales?

  11. How would you move Mt. Everest?

  12. MIT math graduates bump into each other at Fairway on the upper west side. They hadn't seen each other in over 20 years.

    The first grad says to the second: "how have you been?"
    Second: "Great! I got married and I have three daughters now"
    First: "Really? how old are they?"
    Second: "Well, the product of their ages is 72, and the sum of their ages is the same as the number on that building over there.."
    First: "Right, ok.. oh wait.. hmmmm.., I still don't know"
    second: "Oh sorry, the oldest one just started to play the piano"
    First: "Wonderful! my oldest is the same age!"
    Problem: How old are the daughters?

  13. Why are beer cans tapered at the top and bottom?

  14. Why is it that hot water in a hotel comes out instantly but at home it takes time?

  15. How many times a day a clock's hands overlap?

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  1. 15.
    1. Fill 5 qt. pail.
    2. Fill 3 qt. pail from 5 qt. pail leaving 2 qts.
    3. Empty 3 qt. pail and fill with 2qt. water from the 5 qt. pail.
    4. Fill 5 qt. pail.
    5. Pour water from 5 qt. pail until you fill 3 qt. pail, leaving 4 qts.

  2. 6. 1/4 is the probability to collide.
    In all each ant has 2 options for directions. So total 8 cases. Only 2 cases are valid for non-collision. so 2/8 = 1/4

  3. 7. 7.5 degrees.
    Hour hand moves 0.5 degrees in every minute.

  4. The clocks hands overlap 22 times a day. Refer "How would you move mount fuji" for more of these type of questions.... It's worth reading.. Here is the download link:

  5. 1. 2050 cents and 50 cents resp. .... i guess this is the only trick possible !!! ;)

  6. the centre in the time required to cover one side

    1. can you please explain it for me??

  7. 8) i would add voice recognition for ms-word

  8. 7) angle=11(m)/2-30(h)
    s0, angle=7.5 degrees
    15) 22 times
    8) the new feature for MS-WORD, should be able to give a template, for the topic user wants to write, so that he can use the relevant information he wants to, without typing the entire data..!

  9. 1. $20 and $1
    Its written, $20 more than Todd ,
    Yeah, $20 is more than $1.
    This could also be the trick.

  10. 1> mike ->31 , todd-> 11
    and 10 given by mike .

  11. 2. each dog will make a spiral so total time depend upon radius of field

  12. 3.first measure 5lit. then empty it it in 3lit quart pail and throw that 3lit measured water...add the remaining 2lit in 3lit quart pail..
    again measure 5lit..add that water in 3lit(which is already filled with 2lit)..Hence water left in 5lit quart is exactly 4lit.. :)

  13. anybody plz write the ans of ques 13

  14. 11 ques ans plz with reason....

    1. 11)
      No need to do anything
      It is already moving
      Rather the whole earth is moving

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  16. 11. By moving my self ;)