Important Short Tricks on Time & Distance -KVS & DSSSB

By Ashish Kumar|Updated : May 31st, 2021

In this article, we should read & practice related to the Important Short Tricks on Time & Distance. These notes summarise all the basic concepts and will help you understand the topic better and hence solve the questions quicker. This article tends to be beneficial for the following exams- REETUPTETCTETSuper TETDSSSBKVS etc.


Important formulae and facts of Time and Distance:

Speed is a very basic concept in motion which is all about how fast or slow any object moves. We define speed as distance divided by time.
Distance is directly proportional to Velocity when the time is constant.

  • Speed Distance Time formula is mathematically written as- Speed = distance/time

Formula of Time :-time = distance/ Speed
So the Formula of time is, time is equal to distance upon speed.

  • The formula of Distance: -Distance = (Speed * Time)

Distance = Rate x Time

  • To find the rate, divide through into both sides by time:

Rate = Distance/Time

  • The rate is the distance (given in units such as miles, feet, kilometres, meters, etc.) divided by time (hours, minutes, seconds, etc.). The rate can always be written as a fraction that has distance units in the numerator and time units in the denominator, e.g., 25 miles/1 hours.

So distance is simply speed multiplied by time.
Note: All three formulae the formula of speed, the formula of time and the formula of distance are interrelated.

  • Convert from kph (km/h) to mps(m/sec)
    For converting kph(kilometres per hour) to mps(meter per second) we use the following formula

x km/hr=(x∗5/18) m/sec

  • Convert from mps(m/sec) to kph(km/h)
    For converting mps(meter per second) to kph(kilometres per hour) we use the following formula

x m/sec= X *(18/5)  km/h

  • If the ratio of the speeds of A and B is a: b, then the ratio of the times taken by them to cover the same distance is: 1/a: 1/b  or  b: a 
  • Suppose a man covers a certain distance at x km/hr and an equal distance at y km/hr. Then,
    the average speed during the whole journey is:- 2xy/(x + y) 
  • The relation between time, distance, and speed: Speed is the distance covered by a moving object in unit time: Speed= Distance covered/ Time Taken

Rule: 1: Ratio of the varying components when other is constant: Consider 2 objects A and B having to speed  Sa, Sb.
Let the distance travelled by them are Da and Db respectively and time is taken to cover these distances be Ta and Tb respectively.
Let's see the relationship between time, distance, and speed when one of them is kept constant

  • When speed is the constant distance covered by the object is directly proportional to the time taken.
    ie; If Sa=Sb then   Da/Db = Ta/Tb
  • When time is constant speed is directly proportional to the distance travelled. ie; If Ta=Tb then Sa/Sb=Da/Db
  • When the distance is constant speed is inversely proportional to the time taken ie if speed increases then the time is taken to cover the distance decreases. ie; If Da=Db then  Sa/Sb= Tb/Ta

Rule 2: We know that when the distance travelled is constant, the speed of the object is inversely proportional to the time taken

  1. If the speeds given are in Harmonic progression or HP then the corresponding time taken will be in Arithmetic progression or AP
  2. If the speeds given are in AP then the corresponding time taken is in HP

Distance Constant

  • If the distance travelled for each part of the journey, ie d1=d2=d3=...=dn=d, then the average speed of the object is the Harmonic Mean of speeds.
    Let each distance be covered with speeds s1,s2, in t1,t2, times respectively.
    Then t1 =d/s1
    t2 = d/s2
    tn =d/sn

then, Average Speed=   [(d + d + d+ ... ntimes)]/ [d/s1 + d/s2+ d/s3+ ... d/sn

Average Speed= (n)/[(1/s1  + 1/s2+ .... 1/sn)]

Time Constant

  • If time taken to travel each part of the journey, ie t1=t2=t3=…tn=t, then average speed of the object is Arithmetic

Let distance of parts of the journey be d1,d2,d3,...dn and let them be covered with speed s1,s2,s3, respectively.
Then d1=s1 t ,  d2=s2t, d3=s3t, ... dn=snt
then ,  Average Speed= [(s1/t+ s2/t+ .... sn/t)/(t + t+ ...  n times)]

Average Speed=( s1+ s2+s3+ ... + sn)/n

Relative Speed

  • If two objects are moving in the same direction with speeds a and b then their relative speed is |a-b|
  • If two objects are moving in the opposite direction with speeds a and b then their relative speed is(a+b)

Some Question on the Above formulas 

Ques  1:- A man covers a distance of 600m in 2min 30sec. What will be the speed in km/hr?
Sol:: Speed =Distance / Time
=Distance covered = 600m, Time taken = 2min 30sec = 150sec
Therefore, Speed= 600 / 150 = 4 m/sec
= 4m/sec = (4*18/5) km/hr = 14.4 km/ hr.

Ques 2:- A car travels along four sides of a square at speeds of 200, 400, 600, and 800 km/hr. Find average speed.?
Sol: Let x km be the side of square and y km/hr be average speed
Using basic formula, Time = Total Distance / Average Speed
x/200 + x/400 + x/600 + x/800= 4x/y
=25x/ 2400 = 4x/ y
= y= 384
Average speed = 384 km/hr

Ques 3: A motor car does a journey in 10 hrs, the first half at 21 kmph and the second half at 24kmph. Find the distance?

Distance = (2 x 10 x 21 x 24) / (21+24)
= 10080 / 45
= 224 km.

Ques 4: A boy goes to school at a speed of 3 kmph and returns to the village at a speed of 2 kmph. If it takes 5 hrs in all, what is the distance between the village and the school?

Sol: Let the required distance be x km.
Then time taken during the first journey = x/3 hr.
and time taken during the second journey = x/2 hr.
x/3 + x/2 = 5 => (2x + 3x) / 6 = 5
=> 5x = 30.
=> x = 6
Required distance = 6 km.

Ques 5: Walking ¾ of his speed, a person is 10 min late to his office. Find his usual time to cover the distance?
Sol : Usual time = Late time / {1/ (3/4) - 1)
= 10 / (4/3 -1 )
= 10 / (1/3)
= 30 minutes.

Suggested Read Books:

Serial No.Book NameAuthor Name
1.Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsABHIJIT GUHA and R.S. Aggarwal
2.A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning R.S. Aggarwal
3.Fast Track Objective Arithmetic Rajesh Verma
4.Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission ...Sarvesh K. Verma
5.Magical Book On Quicker MathsM. Tyra


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