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Check if permutation of N exists with product of atleast 1 subarray’s size and min as K

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Given two integers N and K, the task is to check if it is possible to form a permutation of N integers such that it contains atleast 1 subarray such that the product of length of that subarray with minimum element present in it is K.

A permutation of size N have all the integers from 1 to N present in it only once.


Input: N = 5, K = 6
Output: True
Explanation: {4, 2, 1, 3, 5} is a valid array containing integers from 1 to 5. The required subarray is {3, 5}. 
Length of subarray = 2, minimum element in subarray = 3. 
Their product = 2 x 3 = 6, which is equal to K.

Input: N = 4, K = 10
Output: False


Approach: The problem can be solved based  on the following observation:

Suppose in a N size array having integers from 1 to N, there exist a subarray of size L, having minimum element M such that M * L = K. Therefore, M = K / L or K must be divisible by the length of the subarray. Also, M should be minimum element in subarray of size L

In a permutation of N integers, there are N – M + 1 elements, which are greater than or equal to M. So, for M to be minimum in subarray of size L, N – M + 1 ≥ L

Follow the steps mentioned below to implement the above idea:

  • Iterate the array from i = 1 to N
  • Let i be the length of subarray satisfying the required conditions.
    • Calculate the minimum element in the subarray.
    • As, L * M = K, so, M=K / L, (where M is the minimum element in current subarray)
  • Check if conditions stated in observation are satisfied or not i.e. M < N – L + 1.
  • If so, return true.

Below is the implementation of the above approach.



#include <bits/stdc++.h>

using namespace std;


bool isPossible(int N, int K)



    bool ans = true;


    for (int i = 1; i <= N; i++) {




        int length = i;






        if (K % length == 0) {



            int min_element = K / length;






            if (min_element < N - length + 1) {

                ans = true;







    return ans;



int main()


    int N = 5;

    int K = 6;



    bool answer = isPossible(N, K);

    cout << boolalpha << answer;

    return 0;


Time Complexity: O(N)
Auxiliary Space: O(1)


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