JEE Circles and System of Circles Previous Year Questions With Solutions

JEE Previous year questions with solutions on circles and system of circles are provided on this page for the perusal of JEE aspirants. Some of the topics which are covered under this chapter are the definition of a circle, general equation of the circle, equation of a circle with the endpoints of diameter, equation of a tangent to a circle, equation of normal to a circle, equation of a circle passing through a line and touching a line, length of a tangent from an external point, equation of chord and orthogonal circles.

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JEE Main Past Year Questions With Solutions on Circles and System of Circles

Question 1: Circles x2+y22x4y=0{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}-2x-4y=0 and x2+y28y4=0{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}-8y-4=0

A) Touch each other internally

B) Touch each other externally

C) Cuts each other at two points

D) None of these


C1(1, 2), C2(0, 4), R1=5, R2=25C1C2=5 and C1C2= R2R1{{C}_{1}}(1,\ 2),\ {{C}_{2}}(0,\ 4),\ {{R}_{1}}=\sqrt{5},\ {{R}_{2}}=2\sqrt{5}\\ {{C}_{1}}{{C}_{2}}=\sqrt{5} \text \ and \ {{C}_{1}}{{C}_{2}}=\ |{{R}_{2}}-{{R}_{1}}|

Hence, circles touch internally.

Question 2: The locus of the centre of a circle passing through (a, b) and cuts orthogonally to circle x2+y2=p2,{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}={{p}^{2}}, is


Let equation of circle be x2+y2+2gx+2fy+c=0{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}+2gx+2fy+c=0 with x2+y2=p2{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}={{p}^{2}} cutting orthogonally, we get 0+0=+cp2c=p20+0=+c-{{p}^{2}}\\ c={{p}^{2}} and passes through (a, b), we get

a2+b2+2ga+2fb+p2=02ax+2by(a2+b2+p2)=0{{a}^{2}}+{{b}^{2}}+2ga+2fb+{{p}^{2}}=0\\ 2ax+2by-({{a}^{2}}+{{b}^{2}}+{{p}^{2}})=0

Required locus as centre (−g, −f) is changed to (x, y).

Question 3: The equation of the line passing through the points of intersection of the circles 3x2+3y22x+12y9=03{{x}^{2}}+3{{y}^{2}}-2x+12y-9=0 and x2+y2+6x+2y15=0,{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}+6x+2y-15=0, is


Common chord =S1S2={{S}_{1}}-{{S}_{2}}



Question 4: If two circles (x1)2+(y3)2=r2{{(x-1)}^{2}}+{{(y-3)}^{2}}={{r}^{2}} and x2+y28x+2y+8=0{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}-8x+2y+8=0 intersect in two distinct points, then

A)2<r<8B)r=2C)r<2D)r>2A) 2<r<8\\ B) r=2\\ C) r<2\\ D) r>2


When two circles intersect each other, then

Difference between their radii < Distance between centers

⇒ r − 3 < 5 ⇒ r = 8 …..(i)

Sum of their radii > Distance between centres …..(ii)

⇒ r + 3 > 5 ⇒ r > 2

Hence by (i) and (ii), 2 < r < 8

Question 5: The length of the chord joining the points in which the straight line x3+y4=1\frac{x}{3}+\frac{y}{4}=1 cuts the circle x2+y2=16925{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}=\frac{169}{25} is

A) 1               B) 2                C) 4                    D) 8


Length of the perpendicular to the line 4x + 3y = 12 from (0, 0) = 125\frac{12}{5}

Radius of the circle is 135\frac{13}{5}.

Required length =21692514425=2=2\sqrt{\frac{169}{25}-\frac{144}{25}}=2

Question 6: The equation of the chord of the circle x2+y2=a2{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}={{a}^{2}} having (x1,y1)({{x}_{1}},{{y}_{1}}) as its mid-point is

A)xy1+yx1=a2B)x1+y1=aC)xx1+yy1=x12+y12D)xx1+yy1=a2A) x{{y}_{1}}+y{{x}_{1}}={{a}^{2}}\\ B) {{x}_{1}}+{{y}_{1}}=a\\ C) x{{x}_{1}}+y{{y}_{1}}=x_{1}^{2}+y_{1}^{2}\\ D) x{{x}_{1}}+y{{y}_{1}}={{a}^{2}}


T=S1T={{S}_{1}} is the equation of desired chord, hence

xx1+yy1a2=x12+y12a2xx1+yy1=x12+y12.x{{x}_{1}}+y{{y}_{1}}-{{a}^{2}}=x_{1}^{2}+y_{1}^{2}-{{a}^{2}}\Rightarrow x{{x}_{1}}+y{{y}_{1}}=x_{1}^{2}+y_{1}^{2}.

Question 7: From the origin chords are drawn to the circle (x1)2+y2=1.{{(x-1)}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}=1. Find the equation of the locus of the middle points of these chords.


The given circle is x2+y22x=0.{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}-2x=0.

Let (x1, y1)({{x}_{1}},\ {{y}_{1}}) be the middle point of any chord of this circle, then its equation is S1=T.x12+y122x1=xx1+yy1(x+x1){{S}_{1}}=T. \\ x_{1}^{2}+y_{1}^{2}-2{{x}_{1}}=x{{x}_{1}}+y{{y}_{1}}-(x+{{x}_{1}})

If it passes through (0, 0), then x12+y122x1=x1x12+y12x1=0x_{1}^{2}+y_{1}^{2}-2{{x}_{1}}=-{{x}_{1}}\Rightarrow x_{1}^{2}+y_{1}^{2}-{{x}_{1}}=0

Hence, the required locus of the given point (x1, y1)({{x}_{1}},\ {{y}_{1}}) is x2+y2x=0.{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}-x=0.

Question 8: The radius of the circle, having a centre at (2,1) whose one of the chords is a diameter of the circle x2+y22x6y+6=0{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}-2x-6y+6=0 is


The centre of the given circle is (1, 3) and radius is 2. The diameter of the given circle has its midpoint as (1, 3). The radius of the required circle is 3.

Question 9: If xα+yβ=1\frac{x}{\alpha }+\frac{y}{\beta }=1 touches the circle x2+y2=a2,{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}={{a}^{2}}, then point (1/α,1/β)(1/\alpha ,\,1/\beta ) lies on a/an

A) Straight line

B) Circle

C) Parabola

D) Ellipse


y=βαx+βy=-\frac{\beta }{\alpha }x+\beta touches the circle,

β2=a2(1+β2α2)1α2+1β2=1a2{{\beta }^{2}}={{a}^{2}}\left( 1+\frac{{{\beta }^{2}}}{{{\alpha }^{2}}} \right)\\ \frac{1}{{{\alpha }^{2}}}+\frac{1}{{{\beta }^{2}}}=\frac{1}{{{a}^{2}}}

Locus of (1α,1β) is x2+y2=(1a)2.\left( \frac{1}{\alpha },\frac{1}{\beta } \right) \text \ is \ {{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}={{\left( \frac{1}{a} \right)}^{2}}.

Question 10: Find the number of common tangents to circles x2+y2+2x+8y23=0{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}+2x+8y-23=0 and x2+y24x10y+9=0{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}-4x-10y+9=0.


x2+y2+2x+8y23=0 therefore C1(1,4),r1=210{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}+2x+8y-23=0 \text \ therefore \ {{C}_{1}}(-1,-4),{{r}_{1}}=2\sqrt{10}

Again x2+y24x10y+9=0C2(2,5),r2=25{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}-4x-10y+9=0\\ {{C}_{2}}(2,5),{{r}_{2}}=2\sqrt{5}

Now C1C2{{C}_{1}}{{C}_{2}} = distance between centres.

C1C2=9+81=310=9.486{{C}_{1}}{{C}_{2}}=\sqrt{9+81}=3\sqrt{10}=9.486 and

r1+r2=2(10+5)=10.6r1r2=25(21)=2×2.2×0.4=4.4×0.4=1.76C1C2=210>r1r2r1r2<C1C2<r1+r2{{r}_{1}}+{{r}_{2}}=2(\sqrt{10}+\sqrt{5})=10.6\\ {{r}_{1}}-{{r}_{2}}=2\sqrt{5}(\sqrt{2}-1)=2\times 2.2\times 0.4=4.4\times 0.4=1.76 \\ {{C}_{1}}{{C}_{2}}=2\sqrt{10}>{{r}_{1}}-{{r}_{2}}\\ {{r}_{1}}-{{r}_{2}}<{{C}_{1}}{{C}_{2}}<{{r}_{1}}+{{r}_{2}}

Two tangents can be drawn.

Question 11: The area of a triangle formed by the tangent, normally drawn at (1,3)(1,\sqrt{3}) to the circle x2+y2=4{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}=4 and positive x-axis, is


Tx+3y4=0T\equiv x+\sqrt{3}y-4=0

Hence, the required area =12×4×3=23=\frac{1}{2}\times 4\times \sqrt{3}=2\sqrt{3}

Question 12: A tangent to the circle x2+y2=5{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}=5 at the point (1,2) and the circle x2+y28x+6y+20=0{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}-8x+6y+20=0

A) Touches

B) Cuts at real points

C) Cuts at imaginary points

D) None of these


Tangent is x − 2y − 5 = 0 and points of intersection with circle x2+y28x+6y+20=0{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}-8x+6y+20=0 are given by 4y2+25+20y+y216y40+6y20=05y2+10y+5=0y=1,x=34{{y}^{2}}+25+20y+{{y}^{2}}-16y-40+6y-20=0\\ \Rightarrow 5{{y}^{2}}+10y+5=0\\ \Rightarrow y=-1, x=-3 i.e., touches.

Question 13: If a circle passes through the points of intersection of the coordinate axis with the lines λxy+1=0\lambda x-y+1=0 and x2y+3=0,x-2y+3=0, then find the value of λ\lambda.


Points of the intersection with coordinate axes are (1λ, 0) ,  (0, 1) and (3, 0), (0, 32).\left( -\frac{1}{\lambda },\ 0 \right)\text{ },\text{ }\ (0,\ 1) \text \ and \ (-3,\ 0),\ \left( 0,\ \frac{3}{2} \right).

Equation of circle through (0, 1), (3, 0) and (0, 32)\left( 0,\ \frac{3}{2} \right) is x2+y2+7x25y2+32=0.{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}+\frac{7x}{2}-\frac{5y}{2}+\frac{3}{2}=0.

It passes through

(1λ, 0)1λ272λ+32=03λ27λ+2=0λ=7±49246=7±56=2, 13.\left( \frac{-1}{\lambda },\ 0 \right)\\ \Rightarrow \frac{1}{{{\lambda }^{2}}}-\frac{7}{2\lambda }+\frac{3}{2}=0\Rightarrow 3{{\lambda }^{2}}-7\lambda +2=0\\ \Rightarrow \lambda =\frac{7\pm \sqrt{49-24}}{6}=\frac{7\pm 5}{6}=2,\ \frac{1}{3}.

Question 14: If a > 2b > 0 then the positive value of m for which y=mxb1+m2y=mx-b\sqrt{1+{{m}^{2}}} is a common tangent to x2+y2=b2{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}={{b}^{2}} and (xa)2+y2=b2,{{(x-a)}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}={{b}^{2}}, is


Any tangent to x2+y2=b2{{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}={{b}^{2}} is y=mxb1+m2.y=mx-b\,\sqrt{1+{{m}^{2}}}.

It touches (xa)2+y2=b2,{{(x-a)}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}={{b}^{2}}, if

mab1+m2m2+1=bma=2b1+m2m2a2=4b2+4b2m2,m=±2ba24b2.\frac{ma-b\sqrt{1+{{m}^{2}}}}{\sqrt{{{m}^{2}}+1}}=b\\ ma=2b\sqrt{1+{{m}^{2}}}\\ {{m}^{2}}{{a}^{2}}=4{{b}^{2}}+4{{b}^{2}}{{m}^{2}}, \\ m=\pm \,\frac{2b}{\sqrt{{{a}^{2}}-4{{b}^{2}}}}.

Question 15: The lines 2x −3y = 5 and 3x − 4y = 7 are the diameters of a circle of area 154 square units. The equation of the circle is


Centre of circle = Point of intersection of diameters = (1, ­1)

Now area =154πr2=154r=7=154 \\ \Rightarrow \pi {{r}^{2}}=154\Rightarrow r=7

Hence, the equation of required circle is

(x1)2+(y+1)2=72x2+y22x+2y=47.{{(x-1)}^{2}}+{{(y+1)}^{2}}={{7}^{2}}\Rightarrow {{x}^{2}}+{{y}^{2}}-2x+2y=47.



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