 Aptitude/General Intelligence: Internal Breakup
 Maths/Quantitative Aptitude
 Data Interpretation
 Reasoning
 Clock
 CalendarLeap years
 Arrangement
 Direction Test
 Odd men out
 Assumption –Implied
 Remaining sections of CPF 2012 Paper
Aptitude/General Intelligence: Internal Breakup
Maths/Quantitative aptitude  3 
Data interpretation  4 
Reasoning  13 
Total  20 
Maths/Quantitative Aptitude
1. A and B take part in 100 meters race, where A beats B by 10 meters. To favour B, A starts 10 meters behind the starting line in a second 100 meters race, running at their earlier speeds. Which one among the following is true in view of the second race?
 A and B reach the finishing line simultaneously
 B beats A by 1 meter
 B beats A by 2 meters
 A beats B by 1 meter
First race
If A finishes the race (100m) in T time, then during T time, B has covered only 90 meters.
Speed x Time=Distance.
Therefore,
Speed of A=100/T
Speed of B=90/T
Second Race
A has to cover 110 meters @speed 100/T
Time taken by A=(110/100)x T=1.1T
B has to cover only 100 meters @speed 90/T
Time taken by B=(100/90) x T=1.1111…T
So even in second race A is taking less time than B, because 1.1 T is smaller than 1.1111…T
Therefore A finishes the race, quicker than B even in second race. In the light of this information, consider the answer options.

Not possible, A is finishing race quicker than B. 

Not possible, A is finishing race quicker than B 

Not possible, A is finishing race quicker than B 

we are only left with this option. 
Answer is (D)
2. The average of x, y and z is 30, and the average of x and y is 20. What is the value of z?
 10
 20
 40
 50
Total sum of xyz=30*3
Total sum of xy=20*2
So value of Z= 30*320*2=50
Answer is (D)
3. Three dice, whose all six faces are marked ‘1’ to ‘6’, are thrown. The number of ways of getting a sum of 16 is
 3
 4
 6
 12
Two dice can give max 6+6=12. So third dice has to give minimum 4
Only two situations possible
First situation: 4+6+6= 16.
Here 3 chairs, but two numbers are same (4,4)
So 3!/2! ways to arrange=3 ways
Second situation 5+6+5
Again 3 chairs but two numbers are same (5,5)
So 3!/2! ways to arrange=3 ways
Total 3+3=6 ways.
Data Interpretation
Following Histogram shows no. of villages which are not electrified
First tabulate the data
State  % villages not electrified  % Villages Electrified=100previous column 
A  25  75 
B  45  55 
C  20  80 
D  60  40 
E  50  50 
F  30  70 
1. Which of the following States has twice the percentage of villages electrified in comparison to
State D?
(a) A
(b) C
(c) E
(d) F
State D has 40% villages electrified and State C has 80% villages electrified.
So answer is (B)
2. How many states have atleast 50% electrified Villages?
 1
 2
 3
 5
Atleast 50= 50% or more than 50 percent.
We’ve 6 States, and only one state D doesn’t meet this condition, because it has less than 50% villages electrified.
So 61=5 states are atleast 50% villages electrified.
pie chart
The following two (2) items are based on the given piechart which shows the annual agricultural yield of a certain place
3. The yield of rice is how much percent more than that of sugarcane?
 40%
 50%
 60%
 75%
Rice=120 degrees
Sugarcane=80 degrees
Rice compared to sugar=120/80=3/2=1.5=150%
So Rice’s yield is 50% higher than sugar.
4. If the yield of rice and wheat is 9000 tons, then the yield of excess product of others in comparison with sugarcane is
 1000 tons
 2000 tons
 3000 tons
 4000 tons
Rice + Wheat=120+60 degrees=180 degrees=half circle.
If half circle is 9000 tons, then full circle (total production) is 18000 tons.
The question is essentially asking about the difference (D) between production of others and sugar.
The degree difference between others and sugar=10080=20 degrees.
If 20 degrees=”D” tons
Full circle (360 degrees)=18000 tons
Therefore “D”
=[18000 * 20]/ 360
=50*20
=1000 tons
Answer is A.
Reasoning
1. Which one among the following options is a word that can be formed from the letters used in INTELLIGENCE?
 SCIENCE
 NOTICE
 INCITE
 ENTAIL
In the word “INTELLIGENCE”, We don’t have “S” so option A is gone
Don’t have “O” os B is gone
Don’t have “A” so D is gone.
Thus we are left with answer (C)
2. Which one among the following options is a word that cannot be formed from the letters used in INTELLIGENCE?
 ENTICE
 GENTLE
 ENGINE
 INTENT
The word Intent requires two “T”s, But word INTELLIGENCE is providing only one “T”.
So D is the answer.
3. Two position of the dice are shown
When 1 is at bottom, which number will be at top?
 3
 5
 6
 Cannot say,
From first image: number 5 and 3 are not opposite to number 1.
From second image: number 4 and number 2 are not opposite to number 1.
Therefore only “6” is left. So we can deduct that “6” is located on the opposite side of “1”.
Therefore, when 1 is at bottom, 6 will be at top.
Ans (C)
Clock
4. An accurate clock shows 12 o clock in the noon. through how many degrees will the hour hand rotate when the clock shows 5 o’clock in the same evening.
 150
 140
 125
 120
Full clock circle has 360 degrees and 12 “hour gaps”.
So one hour has 360/12 degrees=30 degrees.
So half clock circle (12 noon to 6 evening) has 180 degrees.
So 12 noon to 5 evening = 180 minus 1 hour less gap.
=18030
=150 degrees
Answer is (A).
Another approach:
One hour has 360/12 =30 degrees.
12 noon to 5 PM=total 5 hours.
If an hour hand travels 30 degrees in 1 hour
Then in 5 hours, it travels 30×5=150 degrees.
CalendarLeap years
5. Consider the following years : 1600, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2000, 2100, 2200, 2300 and 2400 How many leap years are there in the above?
 None
 3
 6
 9
For century years i.e. those years ending with “00”, you’ve to check divisibility by 400. (not just 4)
If they’re divisible by 400 then they’re leap years.
Accordingly, 1600,2000 and 2400 are leap years.
Answer is (B)
Arrangement
6. Ten identical coins are lying on having head ‘H’ face as the upper face. In one attempt, exactly 4 coins can be turned upside down, What is the minimum total number of attempts in which tail ‘T’ face of all the 10 coins can be brought to be the upper face?
(a) 4
(b) 5
(c) 6
(d) 7
It can be done in four moves.
initial situation: H H H H H H H H H H
1ST MOVE: T T T T H H H H H H
2ND MOVE: T T T T H H T T T T
3RD MOVE: T H H H T H T T T T
4TH MOVE: T T T T T T T T T T
(thanks Mr.vijaymani for this)
7. If
 X is richer than Y
 Z is richer than X
 P is richer than Z
 Q is the richest of all
who among the following will have the central position if they are made to sit in the above degree of richness?
 X
 Y
 Z
 P
Let’s put them in ascending order
1  2  3  4  5 
Q 
According to given statements
X>Y
Z>X
P>Z
Therefore Y<X<Z<P
When we arrange them
1  2  3  4  5 
Y  X  Z  P  Q 
Z is sitting in the middle chair. So answer is (C)
Direction Test
8. facing the east, R walks straight 4 km, turns left and walks 3 km, again turns left and walks 4 km. How far is R from the starting point?
 2 km
 3 km
 10 km
 11 km
His movement is forming a rectangle of height 3 and width 4. So he is 3 kms away from his starting point.
Answer is (B)
Odd men out
9. Which of the following is the odd one?
 31
 41
 51
 61
31,41 and 61 are prime numbers. (they donot have any factors except number itself and 1)
51 is not a prime number (because 17×3=51)
Therefore 51 is the odd man here.
Answer (C)
10. Missing number in the box?
3  7  52 
5  11  126 
??  9  107 
 6
 18
 26
 36
Thanks Kushal for solving this
First Row: 3 + 7*7 = 52
Second Row: 5 + 11*11 = 126
similarly, x + 9*9 = 107
therefore, x = 10781 = 26
Answer is (C)
Assumption –Implied
Debatable answers
Codes
 Only 1 is implied in the statement
 Only 2 is implied in the statement
 Both Implied
 None implied
11. Teaching through TV, is to help student to learn without teachers
 Students want to study without a teacher
 Teachers are incapable of teaching.
Ans. None implied. (D). some would say 1 is implied so answer is (A)
12. If you lose after competing hard that is fine. If you lose without trying hard that is what disappoints me.
 Losing after trying hard is excusable.
 Losing without effort is regrettable.
Ans. Both implied. (C)
13. Trade union leadership is in the hands of politicians.
 Trade unions have leaders
 Leaders are generally politicians.
Ans. Both implied. (C).
Like I said, Debatable answers.
Remaining sections of CPF 2012 Paper
Science, Internation relations and GK answers uploaded. Check: http://mrunal.org/tag/cpf2012
I’m still working on remaining sections. Will upload them one by one.
29 Comments on “[Answerkey] Aptitude (Maths/DI/Reasoning) of UPSC CPF/CAPF 2012 with explanation for all booklets”
Q. Missing no. in the box:
Ans. 3 + 7*7 = 52
5 + 11*11 = 126
similarly, x + 9*9 = 107
therefore, x = 10781 = 26
thanks a lot, I’ve updated it.
welcome sir…
The correct answers for the following two questions will be:
11D
13A
Hey Mrunal
The flipping of 10 coins can be done in 4 steps also
ans is 4
initial situation: H H H H H H H H H H
1ST MOVE: T T T T H H H H H H
2ND MOVE: T T T T H H T T T T
3RD MOVE: T H H H T H T T T T
4TH MOVE: T T T T T T T T T T
SO ONLY 4 MOVES
WE CAN ALSO DO IT IN 3 MOVES BUT NOT GIVEN IN THE OPTIONS. SO 4 IS THE LEAST MOVES NEEDED CHECK THIS ONCE.
thanks a lot, I’ve updated the answer.
btw, out of curiosity, please explain how to do it in three moves.
Dear Mrunal Sir,
1st Move: T T T T H H H H H H(first four coins flipped)
2nd Move: T T T H T T T H H H(4th, 5th, 6th and 7th coin flipped)
3rd Move: T T T T T T T T T T (4th, 8th , 9th and 10th coin flipped) (Zindagi of fourth coin happens to be dholak :p )
great :)
i agree with vijaymani
I appreciate your input Shivam
HHHHHHHHHH
TTTTHHHHHH
TTTHTTTHHH
TTTTTTTTTT
thanks again!
So nice of you in accepting the feed back
Doing the Head and Tail problem in 3 moves
initial situation: H H H H H H H H H H
1ST MOVE: T T T T H H H H H H (TURNING 14)
2ND MOVE: T T T H T T T H H H (TURNING 47)
3RD MOVE: T T T T T T T T T T (TURNING 4,8,9,10)
well done vijaymani…kudos to you…
hello sir,
what can be the cutoff for obc category for upsc capf ac 2012 ???
can it be around 55 ( got 58 according to your solution) considering following cases
1. level of difficulty
2. tricky solutions
3. ssc fci clashed on that day (11 nov)
waiting for a realistic answer ???????????????
and for upsc civils .. is it wise to opt physics if i didn’t had it in graduation.. but feels comfortable with it (and don’t have knowledge of syllabus) ????
if yes then please post a strategy for clearing it in just 3 months ???
if no then what else combination should i make with geography (i don’t want rattafication subject but conceptual) ??????
every exam upsc or any other body conduct.. in the notification they mention that they expect a graduate to answer these questions without any specialized study or special knowledge of the field ..
i want to ask ..
does such candidate exist anywhere ?????????????
1. I don’t predict cutoffs
2. Not wise to opt for physics, if you don’t have graduation /PG in it.
3. How to approach UPSC preparation, given on following page
http://mrunal.org/2012/11/strategyupsccivilserviceexamiasipscsatgeneralstudiespart1.html
4. Such candidate doesn’t exist. And even if he exists, he cannot clear the exam given the tough competition.
hey jaar dont worry u are in coz previous year one of my friend cleared the exam and he had done only 44 correct questions in ur category so it will be wise if u prepare for the physical test and interview..congrats and good luck for ur future.
thannxx bhai :)
the answer of question no 1,5,12 are wrong…………………….
hi i am getting 51 question exactly correct from your key what are my chances to qualify for pet i am obc candidate my second paper gone well
i m very happy to found all correct answers
…cpf exam 2012. i appreciate your great effort.i m also thankful for those candidate who is responsable for this.for best wishes……….
questions attempted: 102
correct (according to inputs given by mrunal!!): 63
wrong (according to inputs given by mrunal!!): 39
deuction for wrongs answers: 1/3*39=13 correct answers
so total correct answers: 6313=50
category: OBC
what are the chances of clearing this exam???
bhai agar aap ke second paper mei 7075 marks hei to aap physical ke liye prepare ho jao
questions attempted: 102
correct (according to inputs given by mrunal!!): 63
wrong (according to inputs given by mrunal!!): 39
deduction for wrongs answers: 1/3*39=13 correct answers
so total correct answers: 6313=50
category: OBC
what are the chances of clearing this exam???
Best of luck to all
hi mrunal, can you provide answer booklet, i mean answer sheet for precis which is different contains boxes for each word so,….please
thank you
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◻ ➕ ◻ ➕ ◻=30 Using (1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15) u can repeat the numbers.
Plz ans soon
◻ ➕ ◻ ➕ ◻=30 Using (1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15) u can repeat the numbers.
Plz ans soon