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Direction Sense Problems

Decision making is not only important in life, but also in almost all competitive exams including banking exams. There are occassions in our life when the right and the best decision help us tide over even the most complex of problems. Success of financial institutions like banks depends a great deal on timely decision.

Direction Sense consist of a sort of direction puzzle. A successive follow-up of direction is formulated and the candidate is required to ascertain the final direction or the distance between two points. The test is meant to judge the candidate's ability to trace, follow and sense the direction correctly.

Analogy Problems
Directions

1. Deepak starts walking straight towards east. After walking 75 m he turns to the left and walks 25 m straight. Again he turns to the left and walks a distance of 40m straight, again he turns to the left and walks a distance of 25 m. How far is he from the starting point?
(1) 140 m   (2) 35 m   (3) 115 m   (4) 25 m   (5) None of these

Ans: (2) The movements of Deepak are as shown in the figure: Solution
Clearly, EB = DC = 40 m Deepak's distance from the starting point A = (AB - EB) = (75 - 40) = 35 metres

2. Arun started walking towards North. After walking 30 m, he turned left and walked 40 m. He then turned left and walked 30 m. He again turned left and walked 50 m. How far is he from his original position?
(1) 50 m   (2) 40 m   (3) 30 m   (4) 20 m   (5) None of these

Ans: (5) The movements of Arun are as shown in figure from A to E. Direction Solution
clearly Arun's distance from his original position = AE = (DE - DA) = (DE - BC) = 10 m.

3. Ramu went 15 km. to the west from his house, then he turned left and walked 20 km. He then turned east and walked 25 km. and finally turning left covered 20 km. How far is he from his house?
(1) 5 km   (2) 10 km   (3) 40 km   (4) 80 km   (5) None of these

Ans: (2) The movements of Ramu are as shown in figure.

Answer 3
Ramu's distance from his house at A = AE = (BE - AB) = (CD - AB) = (25 - 15)km = 10 km

4. Rekha who is facing south turns to her left and walks 15 m, then she turns to her left and walks 7 metres, then facing west she walks 15m. How far is she from her original position?
(1) 22 m   (2) 37 m   (3) 44 m   (4) 7 m   (5) None of these

Ans: (4) The movements of Rekha are as shown in figure

Solution
Rekha's distance from the starting point A = AD = BC = 7 m.

5. Suresh starts from his house towards west. After walking a distance of 30 m, he turned towards right and walked 20 metres. He then turned left and moving a distance of 10 metres, turned to his left again and walked 40 metres. He now turns to the left and walks 5 metres. Finally he turns to his left. In which direction is he walking now?
(1) North   (2) South   (3) East   (4) South-West   (5) West

Ans: (1) The movements of Suresh are as shown in figure from A to G. Answer 5
Clearly, Suresh is walking in the direction FB, ie, North.

6. A man walks 10 km towards north. From there he walks 6 km towards south. Then he walks 3 km towards east. How far and in which direction is he with reference to his starting point?
(1) 7 km east   (2) 5 km west   (3) 5 km north-east   (4) 7 km west   (5) None of these

Ans: (3) The movements of the man are as shown in the figure. Sol 6
(P to B, B to C, C to D) PC = (PB - BC) = (10 - 6) = 4 km. Clearly D is to North-east of P. ... The man's distance from the starting point PD = PC2 + CD2 = 42 + 32 = 16 + 9 = 5 km.

7. Facing the east, Rajesh turned left and walked 10 metres, then he turned to his left again and walked 10 m. He then turned 45o towards his right and went straight to cover 25 metres. In which direction from his starting point is he?
(1) South-west   (2) South-east   (3) North-west   (4) North-east   (5) East

Ans: (3) Clearly the route followed by Rajesh is as shown in figure. Answer 7
So matching his final direction with the direction diagram, he will be in North-west direction from the starting point.

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