(Online Course) CSAT Paper  II : Basic Numeracy: Number System
Basic Numeracy
Number System
A Civil Servant should be wellversed in basics of Number System. In the Civil Services Aptitude Test Paper 2, in Basic Numeracy, certainly there will be asked some questions based on types of, and operations on numbers.
In Indian system, numbers are expressed by means of symbols 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, called digits. Here, 0 is called insignificant digit whereas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 are called significant digits. We can express a number in two ways.
Notation: Representing a number in figures is known as notation as 350.
Numeration: Representing a number in words is known as numeration as ‘Five hundred and forty five’.
Face Value and Place Value of a Digit:
Face Value: It is the value of the digit itself eg, in 3452, face value of 4 is ‘four’, face value of 2 is ‘two’.
Place Value: It is the face value of the digit multiplied by the place value at which it is situated eg, in 2586, place value of 5 is 5 × 10^{2 }= 500.
Number Categories:
Natural Numbers (N): If N is the set of natural numbers, then we write N = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,…} The smallest natural number is 1.
Whole Numbers (W): If W is the set of whole numbers, then we write W = {0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,…} The smallest whole number is 0.
Integers (I): If I is the set of integers, then we write I = {– 3, –2, –1, 0, 1, 2, 3, …}
Rational Numbers: Any number which can be expressed in the form of p/q, where p and q are both integers and q # 0 are called rational numbers.
eg, 3/2, 7/9, 5, 2
There exists infinite number of rational numbers between any two rational numbers.
Irrational Numbers: Nonrecurring and nonterminating decimals are called
irrational numbers. These
numbers cannot be expressed in the form of p/q
eg,
Real Numbers: Real number includes both rational and irrational numbers.
Different Types of Numbers
Even Numbers: Numbers which are exactly divisible by 2 are called even numbers.
eg, – 4, – 2, 0, 2, 4…
Sum of first n even numbers = n (n + 1)
Odd Numbers: Numbers which are not exactly divisible by 2 are called odd
numbers.
eg, – 5, –3, –1, 0, 1, 3, 5…
Sum of first n odd numbers = n^{2}
Prime Numbers: Numbers which are divisible by one and itself only are called prime numbers.
eg, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11…

2 is the only even prime number.

1 is not a prime number because it has two equal factors.

Every prime number greater than 3 can be written in the form of (6K + 1) or (6K – 1) where K is an integer.
® There are 15 prime numbers between 1 and 50 and l0 prime numbers between 50 and 100.
Relative Prime Numbers: Two numbers are said to be relatively prime if they do not have any common factor other than 1.
eg, (3, 5), (4, 7), (11, 15), (15, 4)…
Twin Primes: Two prime numbers which differ by 2 are called twin primes.
eg, (3, 5), (5, 7), (11, 13),…
Composite Numbers: Numbers which are not prime arc called composite numbers
eg, 4, 6, 9, 15,…
1 is neither prime nor composite.
Perfect Number: A number is said to be a perfect number, if the sum of all its factors excluding itself is equal to the number itself. eg, Factors of 6 are 1, 2, 3 and 6.
Sum of factors excluding 6 = 1 + 2 + 3 = 6.
Therefore, 6 is a perfect number.
Other examples of perfect numbers are 28, 496, 8128 etc.
Rules for Divisibility
Divisibility by 2: A number is divisible by 2 when the digit at ones place is 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8.
eg, 3582, 460, 28, 352, ....
Divisibility by 3: A number is divisible by 3 when sum of all digits of a number is a multiple of 3.
eg, 453 = 4 + 5 + 3 = 12.
12 is divisible by 3 so, 453 is also divisible by 3.
Divisibility by 4: A number is divisible by 4, if the number formed
with its last two digits is divisible by 4.
eg, if we take the number 45024, the last two digits form 24. Since, the
number 24 is divisible by 4, the number 45024 is also divisible by 4.
Divisibility by 5: A number is divisible by 5 if its last digit is 0 or 5.
eg, 10, 25, 60
Divisibility by 6: A number is divisible by 6, if it is divisible both
by 2 and 3.
eg, 48, 24, 108
Divisibility by 7: A number is divisible by 7 when the difference between twice the digit at ones place and the number formed by other digits is either zero or a multiple of 7.
eg, 658 65 – 2 × 8 = 65 – 16 = 49
As 49 is divisible by 7 the number 658 is also divisible by 7.
Divisibility by 8: A number is divisible by 8, if the number formed by the last 3 digits of the number is divisible by 8. eg, if we take the number 57832, the last three digits form 832. Since, the number 832 is divisible by 8, the number 57832 is also divisible by 8..
Divisibility by 9: A number is divisible by 9, if the sum of all the
digits of a number is a multiple of 9.
eg, 684 = 6 + 8 + 4 = 18.
18 is divisible by 9 so, 684 is also divisible by 9.
Divisibility by 10: A number is divisible by 10, if its last digit is 0. eg, 20, 180, 350,….
Divisibility by 11: When the difference between the sum of its digits in odd places and in even places is either 0 or a multiple of 11.
eg, 30426
3 + 4 + 6 = 13
0 + 2 = 2
13 – 2 = 11
As the difference is a multiple of 11 the number 30426 is also divisible by 11.
‘Smart’ Facts

If p and q are coprimes and both are factors of a number K, then their product p x q will also be a factor of r. eg,
Factors of 24 are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12 and 24 prime factors of 24 are 2 and 3, which are co prime also. Product of 2 × 3 = 6, 6 is also a factor of 24. 
If ‘p’ divides ‘q’ and ‘r’, then p’ also divides their sum or difference. eg, 4 divides 12 and 20. Sum of 12 and 20 is 32 which is divisible by 4. Difference of 20 and 12 is 8 which is divisible by 4.

If a number is divisible by another number, then it must be divisible by each of the factors of that number. 48 is divisible by 12. Factors of 12 are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12. So, 48 is divisible by 2, 3, 4 and 6 also.
Division on Numbers
In a sum of division, we have four quantities.
They are (i) Dividend, (ii) Divisor, (iii) Quotient and (iv) Remainder. These
quantities are connected by a relation.

Dividend = Divisor × Quotient + Remainder.

Divisor = (Dividend – Remainder) ÷ Quotient.

Quotient = (Dividend – Remainder) – Divisor.
Example 2: In a sum of division, the quotient is 110, the remainder is 250, the divisor is equal to the sum of the quotient and remainder. What is the dividend ?
Solution. Divisor = (110 + 250) = 360
Dividend = (360 × 110) + 250 = 39850
Hence, the dividend is 39850.
Example 3: Find the number of numbers upto 600 which are divisible by 14.
Solution. Divide 600 by 13, the quotient obtained is 46. Thus, there are 46 numbers less than 600 which are divisible by 14.
Factors and Multiples
Factor: A number which divides a given number exactly is called a
factor of the given number,
eg, 24 = 1 × 24, 2 × 12, 3 × 8, 4 × 6
Thus, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12 and 24 are factors of 24.

1 is a factor of every number

A number is a factor of itself

The smallest factor of a given number is 1 and the greatest factor is the number itself.

If a number is divided by any of its factors, the remainder is always zero.

Every factor of a number is either less than or at the most equal to the given number.

Number of factors of a number are finite.
Number of Factors of a Number: If N is a composite number such that N = am bn c°... where a, b, c ... are prime factors of N and m, n, o ... are positive integers, then the number of factors of N is given by the expression (m + 1) (n + 1) (o + 1)
Example 4: Find the number of factors that 224 has.
Solution. 224 = 25 × 71
Hence, 224 has (5 + 1) (1 + 1) = 6 × 2 = 12 factors.
Multiple: A multiple of a number is a number obtained by multiplying
it by a natural number eg,
Multiples of 5 are 5, 10, 15, 20
Multiples of 12 are 12, 24, 36, 48

Every number is a multiple of 1.

The smallest multiple of a number is the number itself.

We cannot find the greatest multiple of a number.

Number of multiples of a number are infinite.