Mastering Vedic maths for CAT

FUNDAMAKERS has always strived hard to provide the students with the best of the methods and practices needed to ace the CAT. Be it the importance of Flashcards in vocabulary building , or the importance of speed reading in solving RC’s, team FUNDAMAKERS has always put its best foot forward to make things easy for the aspirants.

One such important skill is that of Vedic mathematics especially from the point of view of CAT. Vedic Maths involves age old tricks and magical short-cuts and of course it can be a gamechanger in your journey to your dream IIM. Thus, Vedic Maths for CAT is an important topic to be covered by you and not just for CAT but all other aptitude based competitive exams.
So let’s begin this journey. We promise it will be worth your while.
What is Vedic Maths ?
Before venturing into the application concepts of Vedic Maths for CAT, it's imperative to introduce the topic to you and shed light on its history, importance and other frequently asked questions.
“Why Vedic Maths”
“Why now”
“How can Vedic Maths help me”
If you are thinking along these lines, you’re on the right track because being inquisitive is a sign of a healthy brain. And this will really help you in your journey towards cracking the CAT Exam. We will be addressing these questions soon. But first, let’s discuss what Vedic Maths is.
To put it in easy lay-man terms, Vedic Maths is the modern name used for the ancient system of Indian Mathematics. It was rediscovered from the Vedas between 1911 and 1918 by Sri Bharati Krsna Tirthaji.
His findings are published in his infamous book: “Vedic Mathematics Book by Tirthaji Maharaj”. Vedic Maths is a collection of techniques or Sutras that helps you solve mathematics in a fast, easy, and efficient manner. It is based on 16 Sutras and 13 sub-sutras which are often used for solving problems in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and calculus.

History of Vedic Maths
In the year 1957, Shri Bharathi Krishna Tirthaji Maharaj wrote the introductory volume of 16 sutras. This compendium of sutras is known to us today as Vedic Mathematics or Vedic Maths. Shri Bharathi Krishna Tirthaji Maharaj is the pioneer of Vedic Maths. He was born in the year 1884 in Puri village, Orissa. He lived from 1884 to 1960.
Shri Bharathi Krishna Tirthaji Maharaj was a brilliant scholar with a knack for subjects like mathematics, science and humanities. Additionally, He was also an expert in Sanskrit language and had an unwavering interest in spiritualism and meditation. It is believed that He rediscovered the Vedic sutras while practicing meditation in the forest near Sringeri. Sringeri, also known as Sri Kshetra Sringeri, is a hill town located in Chikkamagaluru district in the state of Karnataka. This is where the conception of modern day Vedic Maths took place.

Benefits of Vedic Maths:

Solve: Find the square root of 1369 through the traditional methods taught to you during your school days.
Solution: If you were to find it with the conventional methods, I am sure you would find it very difficult, worst case, you might not be able to find it.
Solve: Find the square root of 1369 through the ways of Magical Maths or Vedic Maths
Solution: You will now observe how you can solve this just by having a Vedic Maths mindset. Here are the steps that you should think of.

Number ends with 9, Therefore, we know that it’s a perfect square and that its square root will end with 3 or 7. Then you should think of two perfect squares between which 1369 exists.
Numbers are 900 (302) and 1600(402).
Find to whom 1369 is closer. As you will be able to see, 1369 is closer to 1600. Therefore, square root is nearer to 40
Now from Step 2, we know that possibilities are 33 or 37 out of which 37 is closer to 40
Hence square root of 1369 = 37.
For those of you who are struggling with maths, you may find Vedic Maths as a life changing perspective on how you look at solving maths problems in the first place. If you can see the wisdom in combining learning with pleasure, you will most certainly fall in love with Vedic Maths.
A striking feature of Vedic Maths is that the whole system is skillfully interrelated and unified. For example, the general multiplication method i.e. vedic maths multiplication can be easily reversed to allow one-line divisions and the simple squaring method i.e. vedic maths square root, can be reversed to give one-line square roots.