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Number Series for Bank

There are two types of number series namely-wrong number series, missing number
series. The level of difficulty may vary in each exam. It becomes necessary to be very handy on this
topic to ace in this part of the quantitative aptitude section.

→ Basically, in Banking PO level exams, three types of series are asked

(i) Missing number series


(ii) Wrong number series
(iii) Double pattern series or multiple pattern series

Missing Number Series

Missing number series is a particular series in which a specific pattern is being followed by the
numbers given in the series and there is one number missing in the series and it is to be found by
following the given pattern.

Different types of number series are given as follow:-

(1) Single-stage difference: - In single-stage difference, there is a continuous difference followed in


the complete series
Ex-

→ Here, pattern followed is + 25, +50, +75, +100, +125

Ex-
Approach to solve such series in a faster way:-

First of all, you should be able to find out that this series is a ‘Difference Pattern’ series. So, in this
type of series value do not get increased or decreased by a very large value.

In such series, to solve it faster you should check the difference followed by 1st half number series
only or only second half of number series, and then you will get the exact pattern followed, thus you
can save your time

For ex-

By observing 1st half of the series, we will be getting the exact order and pattern of the series

(2) Double Stage difference:- In this type of series also value do not get increased or decreased by a
very large value.

In double stage difference, the difference followed is in some continuous pattern and after that,
another pattern of difference is created with respect to the initial difference created.
Ex-
→ In this series, the difference obtained in 1st stage is +12, +20, +30, +42, +56 and with the help of
difference obtained in first stage, the 2nd stage difference is +8, +10, +12, +14

Approach to solve faster

To solve such series in a faster way is solving 1st four number we will get the pattern of the number
series.

(3) The difference of Square or cube of numbers based Series:- In such number series, the
difference created is the difference of squares of natural numbers

Ex-

→ Here, the difference created is squares of consecutive number from 4 to 8

Ex-
→ In square number series, there is also a new pattern followed in the exams
Ex

→ Here, the difference created is the square of the number and addition of that particular number
Ex-

→ In this series, the difference created is the difference of cubes from 5 to 9

→ In cubic series, there is also a new pattern being followed nowadays. In such a pattern, the cubes
of a number and also the particular number is added

Ex
In these types of series as soon as we find the pattern, we should find the missing value directly
rather than calculating each value of the series

(4) Multiplication type series: - In such type of series, each term of the value is increased by a very
large value

Ex

→ In such a series, the pattern followed is ×3, ×4, ×5, ×6

Approach to solve faster:-

To solve such series in a faster way, try to solve the given series by dividing it into 2 half. Then solve
1st half and then you will get the exact pattern and as soon as we find the pattern, we should find the
missing value directly rather than calculating each value of the series

In multiplication series, there is also a new pattern being followed which is given as follow-

Ex
→ In given series, the pattern followed is multiplication by a number and adding that particular
number

Approach to solve faster:- In such a series, you can save your time and calculate it faster by trying to
check the pattern by taking the first three to four numbers.

(5) Division type series:-


In division type series, a particular number is being divided by a number and such pattern is being
followed. In such series, the next number in the series is decreased highly from the previous number
Ex -

(6)Mix Type Series:-


In such type of series, the pattern followed is based on more than one type/method. Such type of
series is nowadays in trending in exams especially in mains exam
Ex –
→ In such type of series, a pattern followed is ×6+5, ×5+4, ×4+3, ×3+2, ×2+1
Ex –

(7) Prime number series:-


In prime no. series, the difference created in the series is the difference of consecutive prime numbers
Ex –

→ Here, in this series the difference created is the difference of prime no. (consecutive) i.e. 23, 29,
31, 37, 41
Ex –

In this series, the difference created is the subtraction of prime numbers i.e. 59, 53, 47, 43, 41

Wrong Number Series


In wrong number series, a particular series is given which follows some specific pattern, from which
one of the numbers is wrong such series is known as wrong number series and following the given
pattern you have to identify the wrong numbers.

→ In the wrong number series, there are different types the same as mentioned above in the missing
number series

(1) Single-stage difference:-

In single-stage difference, there is a continuous difference followed in the complete series and among
them, there is one wrong number in the whole series.

Ex

(2) Double Stage difference:-

In these types of series also value do not get increased or decreased by a very large value
In Double stage difference wrong number series, there is a specific pattern followed and among them
there is a wrong number among the given series.

Ex
(3) The difference between Square or cube of numbers based Series:-

In these types of wrong number series, there is a specific pattern followed whose difference is
squares and cubes of the number and among them, there is a wrong number among them in the given
series which does not follow the given pattern.

Ex

(4) Multiplication type series:-

In these types of wrong number series, the difference obtained is the multiplication of a specified
pattern and among them, there is a wrong number among the given series

Ex

(5) Division type series:-

In these types of wrong number series, the difference obtained is the division of a specified pattern
and among them, there is one wrong number among the given series.

Ex
(6)Mix Type Series:-

In mix type wrong number series, the difference obtained is followed by more than two patterns and
among them, a given number is wrong which does not follow the specified pattern
Ex

In multiple pattern series, there may be two or more than two series are given. Based on the pattern
of first, second or third series has to be obtained This type of series is mainly asked in mains exams
of banking exams. Multiple pattern series is the most difficult type of number series but with practice
and right approach it can be cracked easily.

Ex
1, 3, 9, 31, 129, 651

2, _, __, __, ____, ?


In this kind of series, a particular type of series is given which follows a specific pattern and
according to which another pattern is obtained following the same pattern of the above series.
Therefore, this kind of series is a little bit tricky to solve.

Ex
A series is given below followed by another series which follows the same pattern as of first series.
Find the the value of ‘m’

113, 170, 232, 303, 399, 556, 838.


93, __, __, __, __, __, m.

Sol.

By observing the pattern of the first series we can find the value of m
Similar Pattern will be followed in the second series also so,

m= 818

Approach to solve faster

Once we find the pattern of the first series tries to not calculate each value of the second series. Just
jump to the value asked and find the value of it. As an example, from the first series, we know that
the same difference will also be there in the second series

So students prepare well for the upcoming banking examination. Do practice with the Quantitative
aptitude quiz provided on bankersadda. Practice from different types of questions will help you ace
in the banking examination. Do not leave any loophole. Revise all the study notes of quant to be on
the top of the edge.