What is the Difference Between Local Time and Standard Time?

By Shivank Goel|Updated : September 6th, 2022

The difference between local time and standard time is that local time is determined by the movement of the sun, but standard time is the time defined by a nation for particular regions.

  • While local time varies with longitude, standard time is always the same wherever you are.
  • Other differences between local time and standard time include their meanings, changes, longitudinal characteristics, units of measurement, and accuracy.

Difference Between Local Time and Standard Time

The difference between local time and standard time has been tabulated below.

Local time

Standard time

Local time denotes a location's time as defined by the sun's apparent movement.

Standard time is the agreed-upon time for locations along the same meridian that is established in a nation by law.

Changes continuously as the longitude changes.

Stays the same for a specific nation.

The local time is the same for locations with the same longitude.

Even locations with the same longitude have various standard times.

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FAQs

  • The longitude of 82½° E (82° 30'E) is considered the standard meridian.

  • Indian Standard Time is based on the time of Mirzapur, a city in Uttar Pradesh.

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