[Trigonometry] Type#2: Table based questions, memorization technique, approach explained for SSC CGL

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  1. Introduction
  2. Table based Questions
  3. Case1: finding value
  4. Case2: multiplication chain
  5. Case3: finding angle
  6. Mock Questions


For SSC CGL trigonometry, there are mainly four types of questions

  1. Height and distance: and it has five subtypes. We already saw how to solve them. If you haven’t seen it, click on my youtube playlist
  2. Table based: Finding values and angles: We will see this in today article.
  3. Complimentary angles (90-A): discussed in separate article click me.
  4. Trigonometry formulas + algebraic formulas: to be released.

Table based Questions

Here is an example of Table based questions:

  1. What is the value of 3cos230+sec230+2cos-+3sin90-tan290
  2. If sinA=2sin30*cos30, then find value of A
  • To solve these type of questions, you must know the “table” (=meaning the values of sin, cos, tan, cosesc, sec and cot for 0, 30, 45, 60 and 90 degree angles).
  • From the earlier youtube video, you already know the shortcut technique to memorize the values of 30, 45, 60 of sin, cos, tan, cosec, sec, cot, using those two “topi triangles”. (if not click me)
  • Today we’ll extend it further and create the whole table from 0 to 90 degrees.
0 30 45 60 90

topi triangles
First using above “Topi triangles” I’m going to fill up the values of Sin, cos, tan for 30, 45 and 60 degree angles. (sin = opp/hypo, cos=adj/hypo and tan=opp/adj)

trig table only 3 30-60
but we know know that

  1. sin = 1/ cosec. That means for cosec 0 to 90, I’ll just inverse the values of sin 0 to 90. (e.g. sin30=1/2 means cosec30 will equal to 2)
  2. Cos=1/sec. that means for sec 0 to 90, I’ll just inverse the values of cos 0 to 90. (e.g. cos60=1/2 therefore sec60=2).
  3. Tan=1/cot. That means for cot 0 to 90, I’ll just inverse the values of tan 0 to 90 (e.g. tan45=1, so cot45 will also be 1).

Here is the updated table. (don’t just read this, keep making the table in your notebook/rough paper simultaneously).

trig table all 6 30-60
Ok so far, we’ve filled up all the values for 30, 45 and 60. Only two column remain: 0 degree and 90 degree. That can be filled up very quickly if you just remember two things

  1. For zero to ninety, sin is 0 to 1. And the case of cos is reverse (meaning for zero to ninety, cos is 1 to 0).
  2. Zero’s inverse (1/0)=not defined. And vice versa (meaning “1/not defined” = 0).
  • Applying the first rule: for 0 to 90, sin is 0 to 1, and cos is 1 to 0.
    • WE also know that Tan=sin/cos.
    • So tan0=0/1=0 and
    • tan90=1/0=Not defined
  • now we’ve the values of sin, cos and tan for 0 degree angle and 90 degree angle. We can inverse them and get the values for cosec, sec and cot also. (recall rule number two: 1/0=not defined and not defined’s inverse is 0).

Finally we’ve our table ready.

trig table 0-90
I suggest you construct this table on your own for atleast 2-3 times at home. Otherwise this technique will not go in long term memory.
In the exam you don’t have to create the whole table in the rough paper, just get only those values that are required for the given question. Now let’s try some Table based Questions.

Case1: finding value

Q. Find value of sin60*sin45+cos60*cos45

  • Just Plug in the values into the given equation
  • Answer will be (root6+root2)/4

Q. if cosA+cosB=2 then find value of sinA+SinB, given that both angle A and B are between 0-90 including both 0 and 90.

  • Ans. If you look at the table, cos0+cos0=1+1=2. That means both A and B angles are 0 degree angles.
  • Therefore SinA+SinB=Sin0+sin0=0+0=0.

Q. Find the value of cos25/sin65.

  • We only know the table for 0, 30,45,60 and 90. We don’t know the tables for 25 or 65. Don’t worry, these questions are based on the formula of complimentary angles. We’ll learn that in next article.

Case2: multiplication chain

Q. find the value of tan0 x tan1 x tan2 x tan3x….tan89

Approach: from the table we know that tan0=0. So no matter what you multiply with zero, final answer will always be zero.

Q. find the value of cos2 x cos4 x cos6 x cos8x….x cos92

Approach: as you can see the angles are increasing as per the multiplication table of 2. So in the chain, you’ll also get cos90 (because 2 x 45=90). So we can write the chain as

cos2 x cos4 x cos6 x cos8x….cos88 x cos90 x cos92

but we know that cos90=0, hence the whole multiplication will become zero.

Q. find the value of tan48 x tan 23 x tan 42 x tan67

Approach: as you can see there is no tan0 in this multiplication chain (otherwise we could get zero as the answer.) but this question can be easily solved using the formula of complimentary angles. (we’ll see it in the next article).

Case3: finding angle

Q. For 0<A<90, if sinA=sin60 x cos30-cos60 x sin30, then what is the value of A?

  1. 0
  2. 30
  3. 45
  4. 90


left hand side LHS right hand side RHS
sinA= sin60 x cos30-cos60 x sin30
Plug in the values and you get right hand side is 1/2
sinA= 1/2

Now go back and observe the table. In the Sin’s row, You see the sin30=1/2. Therefore, A=30 degrees.

Q. If Sin(A+B)=root3/2 and SIN(A-B) =1/2 then what are the values of A and B? (given that both A and B are acute angles and A>B)

  1. 30,60
  2. 45,45
  3. 45,15
  4. None of above.


  • Sin(A+B)=root3/2 (this is given in the question itself).
  • If you look at the table, sin60=root3/2. That means A+B=60…eq1
  • Similarly we’ll get A-B=30….eq2
  • So we’ve two equations:
  • A+B=60
  • A-B=30
  • Now add these two equations eq1+eq2
  • (A+B)+(A-B)=60+30
  • 2A=90
  • A=45
  • Plug this value back in eq1 (or eq2). And you get B=15
  • Final answer C: 45,15

Mock Questions


  • For all these questions, assume that unknown angles are between 0 to 90 (including both 0 and 90).
  • Questions about finding values (based on trigonometry table) are easy. You just have to plug in the values and simplify the equation.
  • But be sure to observe the rules of simplification (BODMAS) and laws of surds and indices, else you’ll get wrong answer.
  1. if CosA=1-2sin230, then find value of A
    1. 30
    2. 45
    3. 60
    4. 90
  2. if cosA=2cos230-1, then find value of A
    1. 30
    2. 45
    3. 60
    4. 90
  3. if cos60=cos2A-sin230, then find value of A
    1. 60
    2. 45
    3. 30
    4. 90
  4. if sinA=2sin30*cos30, then find value of A
    1. 30
    2. 45
    3. 60
    4. 90
  5. if sinA=2tan30/ (1+tan230), then find value of A
    1. 30
    2. 45
    3. 60
    4. 90
  6. if cosA=(1-tan230)/( 1+tan230), then find value of A
    1. 30
    2. 45
    3. 60
    4. 90
  7. if cosA=4cos330-3cos30, then find value of A
    1. 30
    2. 45
    3. 60
    4. 90
  8. Find value of (5cos260+4sec230-tan245)/(sin230+cos230)
    1. 67
    2. 12
    3. 67/12
    4. 12/67
  9. Find value of 3cos230+sec230+2cos0+3sin90-tan260
    1. 67
    2. 12
    3. 67/12
    4. 12/67
  10. If sinA=cosA, what is the value of 2tan2A+sin2A+1
    1. 2
    2. 7
    3. 7/2
    4. 2/7
  11. What is the value of sinA*cosB+cosA*sinB, if A=30 and B=60
    1. 0
    2. 1/2
    3. 2
    4. 1
  12. What is the value of cosAcosB-sinAsinB, if A=30 and B=60
    1. 0
    2. 1/2
    3. 2
    4. 1
  13. secA=cosec60, what is the value of 2cos2A-1
    1. 0
    2. 1/2
    3. 2
    4. 1
  14. What is the value of 5cos290+3sec230+4cos245+tan260
    1. 3
    2. 7
    3. 5
    4. 9
  15. What is the value of 5cos90-cot30+(sin60/cos245)
    1. 1
    2. 3
    3. 0
    4. 5
  16. Find the value of (cos30+sin60)/(sin30+cos60+1)
    1. 1/2
    2. 1/root2
    3. Root3/2
    4. 2/root3
  17. Find the value of tan260/(sin245+cos245)
    1. 3
    2. 1/2
    3. 2/3
    4. 1/3
  18. If cot(A+B)=1/root3 and Cot(A-B)=root3. Find the values of A and B
    1. 30,60
    2. 60,30
    3. 15,45
    4. 45,15
  19. Find the value of cos10 x cos20 x cos30 x….x cos90
    1. 1
    2. 1/2
    3. 0
    4. Not defined.
  20. If secA-cosecA=0 then find value of secA+cosecA, given that A is an acute angle.
    1. Root 2
    2. 2 root 2
    3. 0
    4. Not defined


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63 Comments on “[Trigonometry] Type#2: Table based questions, memorization technique, approach explained for SSC CGL”

  1. good but very basic fundas…good for beginners.


  3. Thanks Sir. It is really very helpful.
    Sir please upload some helpful articles for Mensuration as well. And sir,if I complete only NCERT for this exam,then it would be helpful kya? Or I should do some practice from Sarvesh Verma book also?

  4. Mrunal ,
    Question , tan 90 is ND and anything added/subtracted to ND = ND.

    Am i wrong somewhere or any typo ?

    Tan^2 60 will give the exact answer.

    1. sorry , Question 9.

    2. 9th question. sorry typing mistake on my part. it was tan260 (and not tan290)

  5. 14.ans 5+2root3
    15.ans root3/2
    16. Ans 2root3/3+root3

    19. Degree is not mentioned… so it is radian 1 radian=57.3degree

  6. Sir one doubt Please clarify me

    For Q.No 9) Value-ND (I was getting)
    Ans is ND or Value(103/12)

    Q.No 19) ans is zero (bcoz cos90=0)

    1. For Q9 Ans will be ND only as tan90 is ND & any operation with ND results in ND only.
      Mrunal Sir, Please clarify.

  7. Hi Arun I am also getting the same answer for Q.No 14,15,16

  8. For Question 19 correct answer should be C as Cos 90 is 0

  9. Am I eligible for Staff Selection Commission Recruitment 2013 in Cabinet Secretariat? I have done my graduation in English. Please help. IN educational qualification it says “Research Officer : Honours degree / PG in Economics / Commerce.” This is pretty confusing. Help needed.

    1. you are eligible only for ground duty

  10. Thanx a lot mrunalbhai…As usual commendable work…

  11. sir, draft policy on PPP has been put up on finance min. site… it provides usefull info such as defination of PPP’s and its mode… can u streamline the document and point out imp things in it in ur future article… will be greatful

  12. Hi can any one tell me how to get answer for Question 10 :)

    1. actually there was a typing mistake.
      The question 10 is if sinA=CosA….then (so A=45 degrees, so you apply the values in the equation accordingly)

      1. Thanks Bhaiyya :):)

  13. sorry for the Typing errors in the mock questions
    Here are the corrections:
    Q.9 => last part was tan60 and not tan90
    Q.10=> it was sinA=cosB.
    Q.14=> 5cos290+3sec230+4cos245+tan260
    Q.19=>answer was C (zero)

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    So, I want to know that whether I can get a job in non defence posts or SSC as ITO or assistant etc or not.?
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  17. Thanks a lot of for you great help for the students

  18. Hey,could someone explain question 7,I keep getting 3root3-3root3/2

    1. Cos A = 4 Cos cube 30-3 Cos 30
      = 4(root3/2)cube- 3(root3/2)
      = root3 /2 – root3 /2=0

  19. 4cos^3(30) is also 3root3/2…you even dnt need to calculate..thats COS3A formula..implies angle=3*30=90 degree

  20. Hi Sir,
    Could you please help me out.
    I got SBI PO written exam call letter notification on 06-Apr-2013 and I checked today(08-Apr-2013)
    in bank website but it showing “Last date to download call letter over”.
    Is there anyway to get my call letter for written exam which is to be held on 28-Apr-2013?

    1. Same thing happened to me. Why has sbi closed its website? That’s not fair. Now what we r gonna do

    2. I have downloaded my call letter today only. They have uploaded on their site. Check again on sbi.co.in.

    3. Admit card is available online from 08-04-2013.I have downloaded it right now

  21. @prakash@ No need to worry they have dowloaded the previous year admit card by mistake, the time they realised they took it out frm website

  22. Mrunal Sir, Please solve q no 20 and this one also – if tan(#1 + #2)= root 3 and sec(#1-#2)= 2/root3

    then find the value of sin 2#1+tan3#2

    # means theta…

    1. Hi aditya,
      qn20 secA=cosec A when A=45 (see table above)deg=> ans is root 2 +root2=2 root2
      #1+#2=60deg,#1-#2=30deg(see above table)=> #1=45deg,#2=15deg :)

    2. sin 90+tan45=1+1=2

  23. can any one explain question no 10..

    1. If sinA=cosA, what is the value of 2tan2A+sin2A+1


      given 2tan^2A+sin^2A+1
      2(tan^2 45)+sin^2 45+ 1

      required ans=7/2..

  24. Thanks Mrunalsir

  25. Thank you very much sir..

  26. Thank you so much sir for making geometry and trigonometry easy….i am happy now

  27. Dear
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    my brother has only one testes by birth he has filled up the form this year and hope will make it even.
    So, I want to know on behalf of my him as he is little bit disturbed due to this that whether he can get a job in non defense posts or SSC as ITO or assistant etc or not.?
    Please guide me so that i can meke him get out of this issue.
    I will be thankful to you.
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  28. This is a awsome helpful.site for ssc-cgl aspirants. Thank u very much.

  29. another method for making sine table:
    sin0 = square root of 0 / square root of 4
    sin 30 = square root of 1/ square root of 4
    sin 45 = square root of 2/ square root of 4
    sin 60 =square root of 3/ square root of 4
    sin 90 = square root of 4/ square root of 4
    make the table and do it reverse for cos

  30. can anyone explain 18 20

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