08 Feb

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In any Banking PO / Clerk exam reasoning section carries great significance. It is that section where a candidate’s general mental ability is tested. However, some candidates experience difficulty in attempting reasoning based questions because of a lack of systematic approach to handle them. Without the knowledge of shortcuts & tricks to be applied in these questions, a candidate may get puzzled.

Within reasoning, clock based questions are generally considered time consuming. However, by following the approach taught at reasoning classes provided by Top IBPS Coaching in Delhi, you can solve these questions only in a few seconds.

 The Hands of a Clock
Hands of a clock
At the start one must understand how the hands of a clock move. Let’s look at the three hands one by one:

  • Hour Hand: The hour hand covers one revolution in 12 hours. This means that it covers 360 degrees in 12 hours. So, 1 Hour = 30 Degrees.
  • Minute Hand: The minute hand covers one revolution in 1 hour or 60 minutes. This means it covers 360 degrees in 60 minutes. So, 1 Minute = 6 Degrees.
  • Second Hand: The second hand covers one revolution in 1 minute or 60 seconds. This means it covers 360 degrees in 60 seconds. So, 1 Second = 6 Degrees.

NOTE – More often than not, the questions asked in the exam are confined to the hour hand and the minute hand.


The shortcut for finding the angle between the hour hand & the minute hand of a clock (at a given time) is as follows:
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The shortcut for finding the time when the hour hand and the minute hand of a clock will be at a certain angle is as follows:
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Having learnt the time saving shortcuts and tricks for cracking clock based questions, you need to focus your attention on solving more practice questions. This will be instrumental in increasing your accuracy and will help you clear the cut off for reasoning section. To get further insight into how you can increase your overall exam score, it is suggested that you approach the experts at the Best Bank PO Coaching Institute in Delhi.


This article is aimed at making banking exam aspirants learn the right approach for attempting clock based questions seen in IBPS, SBI & RBI exams. Utmost efforts have been made by Vidya Guru center to make complex concepts as simple as possible. However, if any doubts or queries still remain, you can write at vidyagurudelhi@gmail.com for fu

rther guidance.

1 Comment

  • upasna wadhwa April 25, 2016 at 8:18 am

    the minute hand of a clock overtakes the hour hand at interval of 65 minutes of the correct time. how much a day does the clock gain or loss?


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