How to Solve Simplification Questions Using the Digits in the Units Place for IBPS PO Exam

Simplification Questions can be solved in just a few seconds if you work backwards and use the number at the units place in IBPS PO Exam

Simplification, unlike its name, was not taught to us in a simple way but in a complicated way because of which we take long to solve Simplification Questions in  IBPS PO Exam. But this smart method where you have to smartly use the digits in the units place will simplify this problem for you.
The 19th smart method in this series of blog posts will help you solve simplification questions in 5- 10 seconds that would otherwise take 30- 45 seconds.

Simplification

Simplification is one of those easy topics from our school text book that has made its way to the syllabus of most competitive exams. PEDMAS is an acronym we all swore by in school- Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction and followed to the hilt while solving questions. However the only glitch that we often faced was that of big complicated calculations.

Example of Simplification Questions Asked in IBPS PO Exam

(?)2 + (65)2 = (160)2 - (90)2 - 7191
1)75      2)77      3) 79      4) 81      5) None of these

Conventional Method to Solve Simplification Questions

The Quintessential approach would involve following the acronym and solving the expression

Step 1:
652 = 4225, 1602 = 25600,  902 = 8100
(?)2 + 4225 = 25600 – 8100 – 7191

Step 2:
(?)2 = 25600 – 8100 – 7191 – 4225

Step 3:
(?)2 = 6084

Step 4:
? = Square Root of 6084

Step 5:
? = 78
That’s a truck load of calculation to reach one answer and that too in almost 30 seconds!

Smart Method to Solve Simplification Questions

Welcome to the smart way of doing things where we believe that no question should take more than 15 seconds. Have a look at the options and work backwards because in questions like these where just the digit at the units place is sufficient for you to choose the correct answer.

(?)2 + (65)2 = (160)2 - (90)2 – 7191

Step 1:
Units place of 652 = 5, Units place of 1602 = 0, Units place of 902 = 0
Considering only units place we get

Step 2:
(?)2 + _5 = _0 - _0 - _1

Step 3:
(?)2 = _0 - _0 - _1 - _5

Step 4:
(?)2 = _4, this implies that it has to be a number that ends with 2 or 8, which in this case is neither of the options and answer is Option 5

Easy, Crisp and Time Saving!

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Solve the following Simplification Questions using the numbers at digits at place-

Question 1: ?2 + 792 = 1722 – 882 - 8203
1) 93      2) 89      3)83      4)81      5) None of these

Question 2: Square root of 3249 + 752 + Square root of ? = 5745
1) 3721      2) 4096      3) 3481      4) 3969      5) 3364

Remember to leave answers to the above questions in the comments section and tell us how the number at units place helped you reach the correct answer in just a few seconds.

Keep following this space for more smart methods and don’t stop practicing!