MBA Quantitative Aptitude Basic Concepts – Permutations and Combinations

Get an edge on the concepts of Permutations and Combinations at to fetch excellent grades in the Quantitative aptitude section. Learn the basic concepts to prepare well for CAT, CMAT, MAT, XAT, IIFT, SNAP etc exams

May 27, 2016 15:56 IST
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Dear MBA Aspirants,

After attaining a grasp on all the chapters of mathematics, it is time that we learn the topics of Modern Mathematics. This chapter comprises of three chapters (i.e. Permutations and Combinations, Probability and Set Theory). You can expect to get somewhere around 5-6 questions from this topic in your CAT examination. Other National Level entrances such as CMAT, MAT, XAT, IIFT, SNAP also get questions from these topics. 

In this article, we will learn the basic concepts of Permutations and Combinations. These concepts would aid you in keeping a high percentile of your Quantitative Aptitude Section.

Hence, acquire a basic understanding of formulas of ‘Permutations and Combinations’ topic in order to obtain exceedingly well scores in your targeted management entrance exams.

In mathematics, it is possible to learn how things can be selected or arranged with permutations and combinations. It is important to know the difference between permutations and combinations.

The difference between them is that permutations is concerned with the order of things to be arranged where as combinations don’t.

Permutation: The number combination of a brief case. For e.g., if 911 is the combination of a lock then their positions cannot be interchanged. 

Combination: If John has a bowl of candies of different flavors like strawberry, orange etc., it can be of any order as anyways it is a bowl of candies.

Thus, Permutation is a combination of things where their order matters.

Read Also: Combinations Concept and Problems

Also Take: Practice questions on Permutation and Probability

We hope that these concepts along with their associated practice test would help you in your preparation of Permutations and Combinations chapter.

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