Concepts of Percentages and its Important Shortcuts
By BYJU'S Exam Prep
Updated on: September 25th, 2023
Tips and Tricks to solve Percentage: ‘Percentage’ is a very important concept, applicable in almost all the topics of Quantitative Aptitude. To help you all score better in the exams, we are sharing some important concepts and shortcut tricks that will help you solve questions based on percentages easily and within less time.
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Tips and Tricks to solve Percentage: ‘Percentage’ is a very important concept, applicable in almost all the topics of Quantitative Aptitude. To help you all score better in the exams, we are sharing some important concepts and shortcut tricks that will help you solve questions based on percentages easily and within less time.
Let’s understand the concepts of the Percentage in detail:
1.0 Concept – One:
1. A+B+AB/100 When A and B both are a positive change
2. A-B-AB/100 When A is positive change and B is a negative change
3. -A+B-AB/100 When A is negative change and B is a positive change.
4. -A-B+AB/100 When A and B both are a negative change.
Important: There is no need to remember the above formulas, you have to just remember:
- ±A ± B ±AB/100 and put the sign of change, if negative, then (-) and positive then, (+) but keep in mind that sign of AB is the product of signs of A and B.
Example1: The price of a book is reduced by 10% and the sale of the book is increased by 15%. Find the net effect on revenue.
Example 2: If the length and breadth of a rectangle is increased by 5% and 8% respectively. Find the % change in area of the rectangle.
2.0 Concept – Two:
New solution × new % = old solution × old %
This formula is applicable for the commodity which is constant in the solution or mixture, its quantity doesn’t change after mixing in solution.
Example 3: A mixture of sand and water contains 20% sand by weight. Of it 12 kg of water is evaporated and the mixture now contains 30% sand.
Solution: In this sand is constant in the mixture. So we will apply this formula on sand not on water.
(a)Find the original mixture.
Let the original mixture is P kg, So new mixture = (P-12) kg
old% = 20 and new % = 30
new solution × new % = old solution × old %
(P-12)× 30% = P × 20%
3P – 36 = 2P
P = 36 Kg.
(b) Find the quantity of sand and water in the original mixture.
Quantity of sand in original mixture = 20% of 36 = 7.2 Kg
Quantity of water in original mixture = 80% 0f 36 = 28.8 Kg
OR = Quantity of mixture – quantity of sand = 36 -7.2 = 28.8 Kg
Example 4: 30 litres of a mixture of alcohol and water contains 20% alcohol. How many litres of water must be added to make the alcohol 15% in the new mixture?
Solution: only water is added to the mixture so, there is no change in alcohol. We will apply the above formula on alcohol. Let water added is P litres.
Old mixture = 30 litres, old % of alcohol = 20%
New mixture = 30+P litres, new % of alcohol = 15
using, new solution × new % = old solution × old %
(30+P) × 15% = 30 × 20%
P = 10 litres, hence 10 litres of water is added.
3.0 Concept – Three:
Example 5: If the price of milk increased by 25%, by how much per cent must Rahul decrease his consumption, so as his expenditure remains the same.
Solution: Let the price of milk is 20 Rs/ litre and Rahul consumes 1-litre milk.
Expenditure of Rahul = price × consumption
Now the price of milk is increased by 25%, so the new price is (125/100)× 20 = 25 Rs.
but his expenditure remains the same
So, new consumption × new price = old price × old consumption
new consumption × 25 = 20 × old consumption
new consumption =(20/25) × old consumption
new consumption% = (20/25)× old consumption × 100
new consumption% = 80% of old consumption
decrease in consumption = 20 %
Using the above trick: Given, price % is increased so sign will be (+) and consumption % will decrease.
Decrease in consumption =(25/125) × 100 = 20%
Example 6: If the price of milk decreased by 25%, by how much per cent must Rahul increase his consumption, so as his expenditure remains the same.
Solution: Let the price of milk is 20 Rs/ litre and Rahul consumes 1-litre milk.
Expenditure of Rahul = price × consumption
Now the price of milk is decreased by 25%, so the new price is × 20 = 15 Rs.
but his expenditure remains the same
So, new consumption × new price = old price × old consumption
new consumption × 15 = 20 × old consumption
new consumption = (20/15)× old consumption
new consumption% = (20/15)× old consumption × 100
new consumption% = 133(1/3)% of old consumption
increase in consumption = 33(1/3) %
Using the above trick: given price, % is decreased so sign will be (-) and consumption % will increase.
Increase in consumption = (25/75) x 100 = 33(1/3)%
4.0 Concept – Four:
Example 7: The population of a town is 6000. It increases 10% during the 1^{st} year, increases 25% during the 2^{nd} year and then again decreases by 10% during the 3^{rd} year. What is the population after 3 years.
Example 8: The population of a village increases by 10% during the first year, decreased by 12% during 2^{nd} year and again decreased by 15% during the 3^{rd} year. If the population at the end of the 3^{rd} year is 2057.
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