# Problems on Clocks Questions & Answers (Compiled from UPSC, SSC ,PSC ,IBPS previous question papers)

• At what time between 5.30 & 6 will the hands of a watch be at right angle

• A43 7/11 min past 5
• B41 2/11 min past 5
• C42 min past 5
• D44 1/11 min past 5
• Explanation:

At 5 o'clock, the hands are 25 min. spaces apart.
To be at right angles and that too between 5.30 and 6, the minute hand has to gain (25 + 15) = 40 min. spaces.

55 min. spaces are gained in 60 min

40 min. spaces are gained in 60/55×40 min = 43 7/11 min.

• At what time between 9&10 will the hands of a watch be together?

• A45 min past 9
• B49 1/11 min past 9
• C48 min past 9
• D47 min past 9
• Explanation:

To be together between 9 and 10 o’clock, the minute hand has to gain 45 min.

spaces. 55 min. spaces gined in 60 min.

45 min. spaces are gained in [60 / 55 × 45] min. or 49 1/11 min.
The hands are together at 49 1/11 min. past 9.

• At what time between 4 & 5 will the hands of a watch point in opposite directions

• A43 min past 4
• B42 5/11 min past 4
• C54 6/11 min. past 4.
• D40 min past 4
• Explanation:

4 o'clock, the hands of the watch are 20 min. spaces apart.
To be in opposite directions, they must be 30 min. spaces apart.
Minute hand will have to gain 50 min. spaces.
55 min. spaces are gained in 60 min

50 min. spaces are gained in  min. or

Required time =  min. past 4.

• How many times in a day the hands of a clock are straight

• A22
• B21
• C43
• D44
• Explanation:

The hands of a clock point in opposite directions (in the same straight line) 11 times in every 12 hours. (Because between 5 and 7 they point in opposite directions at 6 o'clcok only).

So, in a day, the hands point in the opposite directions 22 times.

• How much does a watch lose per day, if its hands coincide every 64 minutes

• A32 8/11min
• B36 5/11min
• C90min
• D96min
• Explanation:

The minute hand of a clock overtakes the hour hand at intervals of M minutes of correct time. The clock gains or loses in a day by=(720/11−M)(60×24/M) minutes.

Here M = 64. The clock gains or losses in a day by

=(720/11−M)(60×24/M)=(720/11−64)(60×24/64)

=16/11(60×3/8)=2/11(60×3)=360/11=32(8/11) minutes.

• How many times are the hands of a clock at right angles in a day

• A48
• B38
• C44
• D22
• Explanation:

In a 12 hour period, the minute hand makes 12 revolutions while the hour hand makes one. If you switch to a rotating coordinate system in which the hour hand stands still, then the minute hand makes only 11 revolutions, and so it is at right angles with the hour hand 22 times. In a 24 hour day you get 2×22=44.