VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:

nishtil wrote:

Unique letter combinations are 26

two letter combinations are = 26c2 = 26X25/2 = 13X25 = 325

two letter code where two letters are same = 26

total combinations = 26+325-26 = 325

answer should be 325

Would you say AC and CA are different codes or same?

I think you will agree that they are different codes. Hence you do not use the combination formula here (26C2) because it only selects 2 different letters out of the 26 letters.

So how do you solve this question? You can do it in two different ways:

Method 1:

You select 2 different letters and then arrange them.

26C2 * 2! = 650

Method 2:

You use basic counting principle. (Check out:

http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2011/10 ... inatorics/)

26*25 = 650

The number of one letter codes is 26 so total = 650 + 26 = 676

I agree with you and understood your point. however in one of

kaplan CAT the OA is porvided as 351. Please see the attachment. Please anyone explain why OA is 351

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