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# IMPORTANT FORMULAE FOR COMPETITIVE EXAMS

1.

## Important formulae used in simplification:

(1) (a + b)2 = a2 + b2 + 2ab
(2) (a b)2 = a2 + b2 2ab
(3) (a + b)2 = (a b)2 + 4ab
(4) a2 b2 = (a b) (a + b)
(5) a3 + b3 = (a + b) (a2 ab + b2)
(6) a3 b3 = (a b) (a2 + ab + b2)
1
2
2
2
2
(7) a b [(a b) (a b) ]
2

2.

## Rules of counting numbers

1. Sum of f irst n natural
=

2.

= P 1

100

3.

4.

## Let P = Original Population, P = Population after

n years, r% = rate of anual growth
r

P' P 1

100

numbers

n n 1
2

5.

## 2. Sum of first n odd natural numbers

= n2
3. Sum of first n even natural numbers
= n(n + 1)
4. Sum of the squares of first n natural
numbers =

## If P is the principal kept at Compound Interest (C.I.)

@ r% p.a., amount after n years

## Difference between CI and SI for 2 and 3 years

respectively:
(CI)2 (SI)2 = Pa2 for two years
(CI)3 (SI)3 = Pa2 (a + 3) for three years
where, a =

6.

n(n 1)(2n 1)
6

r
100

## A principal amounts to X times in T years at S.I. It

will become Y times in:
Y 1
Years
T
X 1

## 5. Sum of the cubes of first n

n(n 1)
natural numbers =

PERCENTAGES
1.

2.

7.

## A principal amounts to X times in T years at C.I. It

will become Y times in:
Years = T n
where n is given by Xn = Y

## Two successive percentage changes of a% and

b% is an effective change of

1.

Profit % =

ab

a+b+ 100 %.

2.

SP = CP + P% of CP = CP 1

100

3.

4.

Discount % =

5.

## The selling price of two articles is same.

If one is sold at X% profit and the other at loss of

If A is r% more/less than B,

Profit
100
CP

100 r
% less/more than A.
B is
100 r

INTEREST
1.

## P = Principal, A = Amount, I = Interest, n = no. of

years, r% = rate of interest
Pr n
The Simple Interest (S.I.) =
100

Discount
100
Marked Price

X2
%
100

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## RATIO & PROPORTION

2.

Arithmetic Mean =

x1 x2 x3 ...... xn
n
n

1.

It a : b : : c : d, then ad = bc

2.

3.

Geometric Mean =

a ax
a ax

and
b bx
b b x

4.

Harmonic Mean =

3.

1
1
1
1

......

xn
x1 x 2 x 3

a ax
a ax

and
b bx
b b x

5.
4.

a c
then:
If
b d

(a)

ab cd

Componendo Law
b
d

(b)

ab cd

Dividendo Law
b
d

(c)

(d)

5.

If

ab c d

Componendo &
ab cd
Dividendo Law
ac a

bd b

a c e
= K, then:
b d f

ace
K
(a)
b d f

(b)

## Let Ko be the initial concentration of a solution and

K is the final concentration after n dilutions.
V is the original volume and x is the volume of the
solution replaced each time, then
Vx
K Ko

1 km/hr =

2.

Average Speed =

3.

## When the distance is constant, the average speed

is the harmonic mean of the two speeds

4.

x1

x2
w1 x 2 x

w 2 x x1

x
x2 x
w1

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:
:

x x1
w2

5.

Total Time Taken

2S1S2
S1 S2

## When the time is constant, the average speed is

the arithmetic mean of the two speeds.
Savg

## Alligation is a method of calculating weighted

averages. The ratio of the weights of the two
items mixed will be inversely proportional to the
difference of each of these two items from the
average attribute of the resultant mixture.

5
18
m/s and 1m/s =
km/hr
18
5

1.

1.

## TIME, SPEED AND DISTANCE

Savg

pa qc re
= K
pb qd rf
(p, q and r are not all zero)

x1 x2 x3 ...... x n

S1 S2
2

## D Speed of the boat downstream

U Speed of the boat upstream
B Speed of the boat in still water
R Speed of the stream
D = B + R and
U = B R.
Further, by adding and subt racti ng these
equations we get,
B=

DU
DU
and R =
2
2

6.

## W hen the distance cov ered by a boat in

downstream is same as the distance covered by
the boat upstream then

6.

## If N is not a perfect square,

No. of ways of writing N as a product of two factors
=

Upstream speed

Downstream speed

7.

7.

## If H is the hours and M is the minutes then the

angle between the hour hand and minute hand is

If N is a perfect square,
No. of ways in which N can be expressed as a
prodcut of two different factors
=

30H

11
M
2

1
{(p + 1) (q + 1) (r + 1) ....}
2

1
{(p + 1) (q + 1) (r + 1) .... 1 } ways
2

## and as a product of two factors

=

1
{(p + 1) (q + 1) (r + 1) .... + 1 } ways
2

NUMBER SYSTEM
8.
1.
2.

3.

## 1 is not a prime number

If two numbers a and b are given, and their LCM
and HCF are L and H respectively, then L H = a
b.

## (a) LCM of fractions

ap 1 1 bq1 1 cr 1 1

....
N=
a 1 b 1 c 1
9.

## Totient function is given by

1 1 1

(N) N 1 1 1 ...
a b c

LCM of numerators
HCF of denominators

## Here (N) is the number of numbers less than and

(b) HCF of fractions

## prime to N. If P is some other natural number which

HCF of numerators
LCM of denominators

## is prime to N, then the remainder when P(N) is

divided by N is 1.

4.

## The least number leaving remainder r in

each case when div ided by x, y and
z = (LCM of x, y, z) + r
The series of such numbers will be
(LCM of x, y, z) n + r

5.

## In general, for any composite number C, which

can be expressed as C = am bn cp , where
a, b, c, are all prime factors and m, n, p are
positive integers, then:
Number of factors is equal to
(m + 1) (n + 1)(p + 1)

10.

number N (N)

11.

N
2

## Number of ways of writing a number N as a product

of two co-prime numbers = 2n1
where, n is the number of prime factors of a number

12.

## Product of all the factors of

Number of factors

N N
(p 1).(q1).(r 1)....

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## LINEAR EQUATION IN TWO VARIABLE

4.

In ax2 + bx + c, if a > 0

## For the two simultaneous equations,

ax + by = c
px + qy = r
where a, b, c, p, q and r are constants
a b c
= =
p q r

a b c
=
p q r
The same
Inconsistent
equation/
Equations/
Just one line/
Two parallel
Infinite Solutions lines/
No Solutions

a b

p q
Two
intersecting
lines/
Unique
Solution

4ac b2
4a

at, x

## (x+y)n = K0xn + K1xn1.y1+K2xn2.y2 + ...+Knx0.yn

where K 0 , K 1 , K 2 , ... K n are constants
(called coefficients of binomial expansion)

3.

2a
2

5.

## Sum of exponents of x and y in any term = n

In ax2 + bx + c, if a < 0

Y
y

4.

BINOMIAL THEOREM

2.

1.

n!
Cr
r! n r !
n

1.

b + b2 4ac
2a

b b2 4ac
2a

y=

4ac b2
4a

at, x

2a
2

## where, , are the roots of the equation

6.
b
a

2.

Sum of roots: + =

3.

Product of roots: =

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## The maximum value of ax2 + bx + c will be

General Form:
ax2 + bx + c = 0, where a 0
Such an equation has two roots, usually denoted
by and .

## If the roots of a quadratic equation are and ,

the equation can be re-constructed as
x2 (sum of roots) x + (product of roots) = 0

c
a
IMPORTANT FORMULAE FOR COMPETITIVE EXAMS

10.

## Consider the cubic equation ax3 + bx2 + cx + d = 0.

The equation would have 3 roots (equal to the degree of
the equation). Some of them can be imaginary. If the roots
are denoted as , and , we have
1.

++ =

## ARITHMETIC PROGRESSION (AP)

b
a

Let,
a = The first term,
d = Common difference,
Tn = The nth term
= The last term,
Sn = Sum of n terms,

c
a

2.

+ + =

3.

4.

## The above can be extended for higher degree

equations as well. For an n degree equation, Sum

d
a

of roots =

5.

6.

co-efficient of x

co-efficient of x

## The sum of n terms is given by,

n
Sn = [2a + (n 1)d]
2
or,
a+
Sn =
n
2

3.

co-efficient of x n

## And, sum of roots taken r at a time

Let,

coefficient of xnr

## a = The first term,

r = The common ratio
Tn = The nth term and
Sn = The sum of n terms we have the following

Product of roots
=

T n = S n Sn 1

co-efficient of xn3

coefficient of x

9.

2.

=(1)r

8.

## The nth term is given by,

Tn = a + (n 1)d

co-efficient of xn2

7.

co-efficient of xn1

1.

## Sum of roots taken two at a time

=

Factor Theorem:
An expression is said to be a factor of another
expression only when the remainder is 0 when the
latter is divided by the former.
(x a) is a factor of f(x) if and only if f(a) = 0.

(1)n

constant term
.
co - efficient of xn

Remainder Theorem:
To identify whether a given expression is a factor
of another expression, we can take help of
Remainder Theorem.

1.

Tn = arn 1

2.

Sn = a

3.

Sn =

4.

## According to the remainder theorem, when any

expression f(x) is divided by (x a), the remainder
is f(a). (a is any constant in this example).

(1 r n )
, where r < 1
(1 r)

a(rn 1)
, where r > 1
(r 1)

a
1 r

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Tn
2.

1
a (n 1)d

=

3.

A/2

1.

2.

A/2

2ab
ab

## For any set of n positive numbers, the following

relationship always holds true.
(AM, GM and HM have been defined earlier)

D
a

## Angle bisector divides the opposite side in the ratio

of sides containing the angle. So

BD AB

DC AC

AM GM HM
(GM)2 = (AM)(HM)

3.

GEOMETRY

b2 c 2 2m2

Triangle
1.
The area of a triangle can be determined in the
following ways:
(a) Area of a triangle =

Apollonius Theorem:
Let a, b, c be the sides of a triangle and m is the
length of the median to the side with length a. Then

1
b h , where b is base
2

and h is height
(b) Area of a triangle = s(s a)(s b)(s c) ,
where a, b and c are the sides of the triangle

m
a

abc
2
This formula of area is known as Herons
formula

## and s is the semi-perimeter i.e. s

Special case:
If b = c (the triangle is isosceles), then we have
2b2 2m2

1
(c) Area of triangle = ab sin , where a and b are
2
the sides of the triangle and is the included
angle i.e. angle between sides of length a
and b.

## (d) Area of a triangle = r s, where r is the

in-radius and s is the semi-perimeter

1 2
a
2

1 2
a
2

a2
m2 b2

4.

## For acute triangle ABC

AC2 = AB2 + BC2 2 BC BD
A

## (e) Cosine rule: If a, b and c are the three sides

of a triangle and if is the included angle
between the sides of length a and b, then
a2 b2 c 2
2ab
2
2
or c = a + b2 2 ab cos
cos

abc
(f) A
where R is circum-radius and A is
4R
area of the triangle
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5.

## For obtuse triangle ABC

AC2 = AB2 + BC2 + 2 BC BD

Circles
1.

## If two chords, AB and CD intersect inside or outside

the circle at a point P,

B
P

A
P

C
B

Then, PA PB = PC PD

2.
6.

## The following are some properties of a triangle right

angled at A, where AD BC:
(ii) AB2 = BD BC
(iii) AC2 = CD BC

## If AB is any chord of a circle which is extended to

P, and PT is a tangent drawn from P on to the circle,
then
PA PB = PT2

B
P

A
T

3.

## Angle subtended by the chord at the center of a

circle i s twi ce of that subtended at the
circumference.
X

Polygon
In a polygon of n no. of sides,

Reflex AOB
O

1.

n(n 3)
Total number of diagonals =
2

2.

3.

## Interior angle of a convex polygon

A
P

360
n

360
n
Sum of all the exterior angles of a convex polygon
= 360

4.

## An exterior angle of a cyclic quadrilateral is equal

to the angle opposite to its adjacent interior angle.

= 180
4.

5.

B
A

= (n 2) 180
D

## i.e. BCE DAB

IMPORTANT FORMULAE FOR COMPETITIVE EXAMS

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5.

## This means that a parallelogram inscribed in a

circle is always a rectangle/square.

## (b) When two circles touch internally

Only one common tangent is possible

6.

## Also, when a square or rectangle is inscribed in a

circle, the diagonal of the square / rectangle is
equal to the diameter of the circle.

## (c) When two circles intersect.

Two direct common tangents are possible.

7.

## (d) When one circle is completely inside the other

without touching each other.
No common tangent is possible

## Common Tangents for a pair of circles:

For the two circles with centres O1 and O2 and
P
r1
O1

C
O1
A

r2
O2

## (e) When two circles are apart i.e. not touching

each other
Two direct and two transverse tangents are
possible.
8.

## Alternate segment theorem:

Angle between any chord passing through the
tangent point and tangent is equal to the angle
subtended by the chord to any point on the other
side of circumference (alternate segment)

O2

## PQ, RS are Direct common tangents & AB, CD

are Transverse common tangents.

x
P

Length of PQ or RS
= (distance between centres)2 (r2 r2 )2

Length of AB or CD
= (distance between centres)2 (r2 r2 )2

## (a) When two circles touch externally

Distance between centres C1 C2 = r1 + r2 and
2 direct common tangents and one transverse
common tangents are possible.

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9.

Ptolmeys theorem:
For a cyclic quadrilateral, the sum of products of
two pairs of opposite sides equals the product of
the diagonals

C
B
AB CD + BC DA = AC BD

## IMPORTANT FORMULAE FOR COMPETITIVE EXAMS

Mensuration
Two dimensional Figures

S.No.

Name

1.

Rectangle

Figure

Perimeter

Area

Nomenclature

2(a + b)

ab

a = Length

4a

a2

a = Side

a
a
2.

Square

a
a

3.

Triangle

a + b + c = 2s

1.

1
bh
2

2.
b

4.

Right angled
triangle

b+h+d

1
bh
2

## b is the base and

h is the altitude.
a, b, c are three
sides of 's is the
semiperimeter
d (hypotenuse)
= b2 + h2

5.

Equilateral
triangle

1.

3a

6.

Isosceles
right angled
triangle

2a + d

1
ah
2

2. 3 a2
4

1 2
a
2

a
a
7.

Parallelogram

a = side
h = Altitude
= 3 a.
2

a = Each of equal
sides.
a = Side
b=
h=

2(a + b)

ah

4a

1
d d2
2 1

Sum of its
four sides

1
(AC)(h1 + h2)
2

AC is one of its
diagonals and h1, h2
are the altitudes on
AC from D, B
respectively.

Sum of its
four sides

1
h(a + b)
2

a, b are parallel
sides and h is the
perpendicular
distance between
parallel sides.

a
a
d1
8.

Rhombus

d2 a

a=

a
D

C
h1

9.

h2

B
b

10.

Trapezium

h
a

## IMPORTANT FORMULAE FOR COMPETITIVE EXAMS

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S.No.

Name

11.

Circle

12.

Semicircle

Figure
r

13.

14.

Ring

17.

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1 r 2
2

the circle

2(R + r)

(R2 r 2)

2r
360

2r
360
+ 2rsin

r 2
360

Area of
r=
segment ACB
(Minor segment) =

sin

= r2
360
2

A = w(l + b w)

w
w

r=
l=

Pathways
running across
the middle of
a rectangle

l = Length
w = Width of
the path

Pathways
outside

w
l

18.

r + 2r

l=

O
r

Segment of
a circle

Pathways
inside

r 2

the circle
= 22or 3.416
7
(approx.)

l+ 2r where

16.

Circumference
= 2r

B C

15.

Nomenclature

Sector of
a circle

Area

Perimeter

2[l + b + 4w]

A = 2w(l + b + 2w)

2[l + b 4w]

A = 2w(l + b 2w)

Solids
S.No.

Name

1.

Cuboid

2.

Cube

3.

Right prism

4.

Right circular
cylinder

5.

Right pyramid

6.

Right circular
cone

7.

Sphere

8.

Hemisphere

Figure

## Lateral/curved Total surface

surface area
area

Volume

Nomenclature

2( l b+bh+ l h)

lbh

l = Length
h = Height

6a 2

a3

a = Edge

(Area of
base)
(Height)
2rh

r=
h=

the base)
(Slant height)

1
3 (Area of
the base)
Height

rl

r(l + r)

1r 2h
3

h = Height
l = Slant height
2
2
= r +h

4r 2

4 r 3
3

3r 2

2 r 3
3

1 (Perimeter of
2

2r 2

9. Spherical shell

4
3

4(R 2 + r 2)

Trigonometry
1.

r 2 h

2r(r + h)

(i) sin

Height
PB

Hypotenuse AP

(ii) cos

Base
AB

Hypotenuse AP

(iii) tan

Height PB

Base
AB

## In a right angled triangle ABP, if be the angle

between AP and AB we define

(iv) cot

1
Base
AB

tan Height PB

(v) sec

1
Hypotenuse AP

cos
Base
AB

Angle Measures:
Angle are measured in many units viz. degree,
1 degree = 60 minutes, 1 minute = 60 seconds,
Trigonometrical Ratios:

(vi) cosec

1
Hypotenuse AP

sin
Height
PB

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2.

Important Formulae:
(i) tan

3.

## loga (Xk) = k loga X

4.

log

5.

loga k X

6.

log

7.

loga 1 = 0 [As a0 = 1]

8.

logx X = 1

9.

1
loga X = log a
x

10.

loga X

11.

a(loga X) X

12.

sin
cos

ak

1
loga X
k

## (iii) 1 tan2 sec 2

(iv) 1 cot 2 cosec 2
3.

1
loga X
k

Angle

sin

cos

tan

30

1
2

3
2

60

3
2

1
2

90

45

## Signs of trigonometric ratios

Here, only sin and Here all ratios
cosec are positive. (sin, cos, tan, sec,
cosec, cot) are positive.
Here, only tan and
cot are positive.

Here, only cos and
sec are positive.

## You can remember above table as

School
To

a1/ k

X k loga X

logb X
logb a

MODERN MATHS
Permutations & Combinations
n

Pr

n!
(n r)!

Cr

n!
(n r)! r !

Cr

4.

Cr n Cnr

5.

nC
0

6.

## Number of ways of distributing n identical things

among r persons such that each person may get
any no. of things = n + r 1Cr 1

1.

2.

After
College

3.

Pr
r!

LOGARITHM
1.

2.

## loga (XY) = loga X + logaY

X
loga = loga X loga Y
Y

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7.

## If out of n things, p are exactly alike of one kind, q

exactly alike of second kind and r exactly alike of
third kind and the rest are different, then the
number of permutations of n things taken all at a
time =

8.

## In general P(A or B) = P(A) + P(B) P (A B)

If A, B are mutually exclusive then
P (A B) = 0
If A, B are independent then

n!
p!q!r!

## Total number of ways in which a selection can be

made by taking some or all out of (p + q + r + ....)
items where p are of one type, q are of second
type and r are of another type and so on

6.

9.

10.

## The number of different relative arrangement for n

different things arranged on a circle = (n 1)!

11.

## If the events are not mutually exclusive, then

P(E or F) = P(E) + P(F) P(E and F together).
7.

## The number of ways in which (m + n) things can

be divided into two groups containing m and n
things respectively =

(m n)!
m! n!

## Some fundamental formulae:

1.
Distance between the points (x1, y1) and (x2, y2) is
(x 2 x1)2 (y 2 y1 )2

(2m!)
2!(m! )2

2.
Probability
1.

2.

## Number of favourable outcomes

Number of all possible outcomes

3.

Odds in favour
=

4.

4.

## Number of unfavourable cases

Number of favourable cases

## If two events are said to be mutually exclusive

then if one happens, the other cannot happen and
vice versa. In other words, the events have no
simultaneous occurence.

## The point that divides the line joining two given

points (x1, y1) and (x2, y2) in the ratio m : n internally
and externally are

## The coordinate of the mid-point of the line joining

the points (x1, y1) and (x2, y2)
x1 x 2 y1 y 2
,
=

2
2

Odds against
=

5.

## Number of favourable cases

Number of unfavourable cases

1
[x1(y2 y3) + x2(y3 y1) + x3(y1 y2)]
2

mx 2 nx1 my 2 ny1
,

mn
mn
Note: It would be '+' in the case of internal division
and '' in the case of external division.

= 1 P (E)
3.

## The area of a triangle whose vertices are

(x1, y1), (x2, y2) and (x3, y3)
=

Probability of an event
=

## Multiplication law of probability:

If the events E and F are independent,
then P(E and F) = P (E) P (F)

Coordinate Geometry

## If the numbers of things are equal, say

m = n, total ways of grouping =

If E and F are two mutually exclusive events, then
the probability that either event E or event F will
occur in a single trial is given by:
P(E or F) = P(E) + P(F)

5.

## The centroid of a triangle whose vertices are

(x1, y1), (x2, y2) and (x3, y3)
x1 x 2 x 3 y1 y 2 y 3
,
=

3
3

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6.

(x2, y2) is

4.

## The point of intersection of any two lines of the

form y = ax + b and
y = cx + d is same as the solution arrived at when
these two equations are solved.

5.

## The lenght of perpendicular from a given, point

(x1, y1) to a given line ax + by + c = 0 is

y2 y1
x2 x1

7.

## If the slopes of two lines be m1 and m2, then the

lines will be
(i) parallel if m1 = m2
(ii) perpendicular if m1m2 = 1

ax1 by1 c
(a2 b2 )

Standard forms:
1.

## where p is the length of perpendicular.

In particular, the length of perpendicular from origin
(0,0) to the line ax + by + c = 0 is

## All straight lines can be written as

y = mx + c,
where m is the slope of the straight line, c is the Y
intercept or the Y coordinate of the point at which
the straight line cuts the Y-axis.

2.

## The equation of a straight line passing through (x1,

y1) and having a slope m is
y y1 = m(x x1).

3.

## The equation of a straight line passing through two

points (x1, y1) and (x2, y2) is
y y1

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p,

c
2

a b2
6.

ax + by + c1 = 0
ax + by + c2 = 0
is

c 2 c1
a2 b2

y2 y1
(x x1 )
x2 x1