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CAT Questions | Number Theory | Perfect square

The question is about different Perfect Squares. Format of a perfect square is given, we need to do an algebraic action using the format. Dealing with digits and base system of a number is a vital component in CAT Number Systems. A range of CAT questions can be asked based on this simple concept in the CAT Exam.

Question 3: A 4-digit number of the form aabb is a perfect square. What is the value of a - b?

  1. 3
  2. 2
  3. 4
  4. 1

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Explanatory Answer

Method of solving this CAT Question from Number Theory - Digits: How scientifically can you do trial-and-error for this question?

A number of the form aabb has to be a multiple of 11.
So, it is the square of either 11 or 22 or 33 on up to 99.
882 = 7744.
This is the only solution possible. Most of these trial and error questions need to be narrowed down a little bit before we can look for the solution. That narrowing down is critical. In this case, we should look for multiples of 11.

The question is "A 4-digit number of the form aabb is a perfect square. What is the value of a - b?"

Hence the answer is "3"

Choice A is the correct answer.


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