DMRC JE Electrical 9th- April- 2018 Paper With Solution and Explanation

DMRC Junior Engineer  Previous Year Electrical Question Paper with explanation and Solution -2018


Ques 1. Solid state power supplies are protected from medium surge voltage using:

  1. Zinc-oxide-Based Varistor
  2. Cermet Resistor
  3. Metal Glaze resistor
  4. Silicon carbide resistor


  • Varistors are voltage-dependent resistors whose resistance decreases sharply with an increase in voltage.
  • Metal oxide varistors are ceramic semiconductive devices having highly nonlinear current-voltage characteristics.
  • They are solid-state devices that significantly decrease their internal resistance once a specific voltage threshold has been reached across the connecting terminals.
  • Once activated, varistors do not short instead, they clamp voltages to some maximum level while allowing surge currents to pass through the device.
  • The most common type of varistor used in surge protection is the metal oxide varistor; in addition, there are other types of varistor also available that can provide high current protection in the range of 70,000 A for power applications. Varistors can be made to provide surge protection at all levels.
  • The zinc oxide-based varistors are primarily used for protecting solid-state power supplies low and medium size voltage in the supply line.
  • Silicon carbide varistor provides protection against high-voltage surges caused by lightning and by the discharge of electromagnetic energy stored in the magnetic fields of a large coil.
  • The practical voltage range of zinc oxide varistor is as wide as six to several thousand volts.


A linear resistor is one that obeys Ohm’s law. A circuit that contains only linear components is called a linear circuit.

Cerment Resistor

A cermet is a composite material composed of ceramic and metal materials.

A cermet is ideally designed to have the optimal properties of both a ceramic, such as high-temperature resistance and hardness, and those of a metal, such as the ability to undergo plastic deformation.

The cermet resistor can be obtained by depositing highly stable metallic solutions (like silver/gold with palladium or chromium with silicon monoxide or oxides of rhodium/zirconium) in an organic solvent on the ceramic substrate. This is done by micro screen printing, roller printing, or dipped proceed. When the substrate la heated (1000°C), the organic particles evaporate and the metal fuses into the ceramic substrate.

Advantaged Cermet resistors are offering the following advantages.

  1. These resistors offer higher stability.
  2. It produces low Noise

Cermet or Metal Glaze Resistors

The metal glaze resistor is also a fixed resistor, similar to the metal film resistor. This resistor is made by combining metal with glass. The compound is then applied to a ceramic base as a thick film. The resistance is determined by the amount of metal used in the compound. Tolerance ratings of 2% and 1% are common.

For most materials, a very high sheet resistance can only be obtained by using an extremely thin film. By using a composite material such as a metal glaze, a thick and therefore more stable high ohmic film can be made. Such a film is produced by dipping the ceramic rod in a paste and drying and firing the layer.

As cylindrical resistors, cermet or metal glaze resistors are mostly used for high-resistance values and high voltages. The available resistance range is 100 kΩ to 100 MΩ. The stability is good and the current noise is acceptable for such high values.

The resistance of the metal glaze resistor depends on the amount of metal and glass added
Metal glaze film with a higher amount of metal particles and a lower amount of glass provides low resistance to the electric current. Hence, a large amount of electric current flows through the metal glaze resistor.

Silicon carbide resistor

Silicon Carbide is the only chemical compound of carbon and silicon. It was originally produced by a high-temperature electrochemical reaction of sand and carbon. Silicon carbide resistors are mechanically rugged and can stand high temperatures and overload current, thus silicon carbide resistors are widely applicable in various automatic devices.

The electrical conduction of the material has led to its use in resistance heating elements for electric furnaces, and as a key component in thermistors (temperature variable resistors) and in varistors (voltage variable resistors).


Ques 2. Lightning arrester connected to a power system protects electrical equipment from

  1. Over-voltage due to indirect lightning stroke
  2. Direct stroke of lightning
  3. Frequency fluctuation
  4. Overcurrent due to indirect lightning stroke

Types of Lightning Strokes

There are two main types of lightning strokes that appear on various equipment in the power system. They are viz. Direct Stroke and Indirect Stroke. Direct stroke may appear on line conductor, on tower top or on the ground wire indirect stroke may appear on overhead line conductors.

Direct Stroke on Overhead Conductors

These strokes are most dangerous as their effects are most severe and harmful. In this type of stroke, the discharge or the current path is directly from the cloud to the overhead line. From the line, the current path may be over the insulators down the pole to the ground. The voltage set up is in millions which can cause flashover and puncture of insulators. The insulators may get shattered till the surge is sufficiently dissipated and it travels to both sides. The wave may reach the substation and damage the equipment because of excessive stress produced.


The earthing screen and the ground wire provide protection against direct lightning strokes but do not provide any protection against travailing waves which may reach the electrical apparatus. The lightning arresters or the surge arresters are the ones who provide protection against the travailing waves.

Indirect Strokes

The effect of indirect strokes is similar to that of direct strokes. Their effect is more severe in the case of distribution lines than in the case of high voltage lines. These strokes are due to electrostatically induced charges on the conductors due to the presence of charged clouds. Sometimes currents may be induced electromagnetically due to lightning discharge in the immediate vicinity of the line which results in an indirect stroke.


Lightning Arrester

A lightning arrester is a device used in electrical power systems and telecommunications systems to protect the insulation and conductors of the system from the damaging effects of indirect lightning stroke. The arrester provides a low-impedance path to the ground for the current from a lightning strike or transient voltage and then restores to normal operating conditions.

Lightning Arresters

Lightning arresters are two-terminal devices in which one terminal is connected to the power line, and the other is connected to the ground. The path from line to ground is of high resistance that it is normally open. However, when lightning, which is a very high voltage, strikes a power line, it causes conduction from line to ground. Thus, voltage surges are conducted to the ground before a flashover between the lines occurs. After the lightning surge has been conducted to the ground, the valve assembly then causes the lightning arrester to become nonconductive once


Ques 3. When an alternator is over-excited, which of the following is true regarding the reactive power that flows from it?

  1. It’s flow Outward
  2. It’s flow Inward
  3. Reactive Power Neutralize the active power
  4. It is zero

Armature Reaction

When the load is connected to the alternator, the armature winding of the alternator carries a current. Every current-carrying conductor produces its own flux so the armature of the alternator also produces its own flux when carrying a current. So there are two fluxes present in the air gap, one due to armature current while the second is produced by the field winding called main flux. The flux produced by the armature is called armature flux

So the effect of the armature flux on the main flux affects its value and the distribution called armature reaction.

The effect of the armature flux not only depends on the magnitude of the current flowing through the armature winding but also depends on the nature of the power factor of the load connected to the alternator

Unity Power Factor Load (Cross-Magnetizing)

Consider a purely resistive load connected to the alternator, having a unity power factor. As induced e.m.f Eph drives a current Iph and loads power factor is unity, EphandIphare in phase with each other.

If φf is the main flux produced by the field winding responsible for producing Ephthen Eph lags φf by 90°.

Now current through armature Ia produces the armature flux say to,, So flux φa, and la are always in the same direction.

Unity Power factor

It can be seen from the phasor diagram that there exists a phase difference of 90°between the armature flux and the main flux. From the waveforms, it can be seen that the two fluxes oppose each other on the left half of each pole while assisting each other on the right half of each pole. Hence average flux in the air gap remains constant but its distribution gets distorted. Hence such distorting effect of armature reaction under unity p.f. the condition of the load is called the cross magnetizing effect of armature reaction. Due to such distortion of the flux, there is a small drop in the terminal.

Zero Lagging Power Factor Load (Demagnetizing)(Over-excited)

Consider a purely inductive load connected to the alternator having zero lagging power factor. This indicates that Iph driven by Eph lags Eph by 90° which is the power factor angled.

Induced e.m.f. Eph lags main fluxes φf by 90° while φa is in the same direction as that of Ia.

It can be seen from the phasor diagram that the armature flux and the main flux art exactly in the opposite directions to each other. So armature flux tries to cancel the main flux Such an effect of armature reaction is called the demagnetizing effect of the armature reaction.


As this effect causes the reduction in the main flux, the terminal voltage drops. This drop in the terminal voltage is more Man the drop corresponding to the unity p.f. load.

Zero Leading Power Factor Load (Magnetizing) Under-excited

Consider a purely capacitive load connected to the alternator having zero leading power factor. This means that armature current Iaph driven by Eph leads Eph by 90° which is the power factor angle φ.

Induced e.m.f. Eph lags φf by 90° while Iaph and φa, are always in the same direction.


The armature flux and the main field flux are in the same direction i.e. they are helping each other. This results in the addition of the main flux. Such an effect of each armature reaction due to which armature flux assists field flux is called the magnetizing effect of the armature reaction

As this effect adds the flux to the main flux, greater e.m.f. gets induced in the armature Hence there is an increase in the terminal voltage for leading power factor loads.

For intermediate power factor loads i.e. between zero lagging and zero leading the armature reaction is partly cross magnetizing and partly demagnetizing for lagging power factor loads or partly magnetizing for leading power factor loads.

  • For a synchronous motor, the condition of being under-excited is called lagging because of current lags voltage in this condition. When the synchronous motor is under-excited or has a lagging power factor, the motor is absorbing reactive power (var) from the electrical system.
  • For the synchronous motor, the condition of being overexcited is called leading because current leads voltage in this condition. When the synchronous motor is overexcited or has a leading power factor the motor is delivering reactive power (VAR) to the electrical system.


  • For a synchronous generator, because the direction of power flow is in the opposite direction from a motor, the condition of being under excited is called leading because current leads voltage in this condition. When the synchronous generator is under excited or has a leading power factor, the generator is absorbing reactive power (var) from the electrical system.
  • The condition of being overexcited is called lagging because of current lags voltage in this condition. When the synchronous generator is overexcited or has a lagging power factor, the generator is absorbing reactive power (VAR) from the electrical system.

In summary, in a motor, a lagging current condition means reactive power is absorbed by the motor while in a generator, a lagging current condition means reactive power is delivered by the generator. Alternately, in a motor, a leading current condition means reactive power is delivered by the motor while in a generator, a leading current condition means reactive power is absorbed by the generator. The figure shows leading and lagging operations for motors and generators.


Ques 4. A 3 H.P, 3 Phase 4 Pole, 400 V, 50 Hz induction motor runs at 1440 RPM. What will be the frequency of Rotor induced EMF?

  1. 4 Hz
  2. 3 Hz
  3. 2 Hz
  4. 2.5 Hz

Stator Frequency f = 50Hz
Number of poles P = 4
Rotor Speed Nr = 1440 RPM
Rotor frequency =?

The Synchronous speed of induction Motor is given as

Ns = 120f/P = 120 × 50/4 = 1500 RPM

The Slip of an Induction motor is given as

s= Ns – N / Ns.

1500 – 1440 / 1500 = 60 / 1500

Now frequency induced e.m.f in rotor (fr) = sf
∴(fr) = 60 / 1500 × 50 = 2 Hz.

Hence Rotor frequency is 2 Hz.


Ques 5. The function of a Pole shoe in a DC machine is

  1. To increase field winding Reactance
  2. To increase the field winding Resistance
  3. To decrease the field winding resistance
  4. Uniform distribution of flux

The field magnet has two parts

  • Pole cores
  • Pole shoes

Pole Core

  • The Function of the pole core is to carry the field winding.
  • The pole core serves two primary purposes:
    1. To support the field winding: Pole Core provides this area to wound the field winding
    2. To spread out the flux in the air gap: Pole core directs the magnetic flux through the air gap, armature, and to the next pole.

pole core & pole shoe

Pole Shoe:-

field coil of dc generator

Each pole core consists of a pole shoe that has a curved surface. Pole shoes are made larger than their body because the permeability of the pole body is more than that of the air gap and hence better uniform flux distribution can be obtained in the machine which reduces the flux leakage and gives better output.

Hence the pole shoes spread out the flux in the air gap and reduce the reluctance of the magnetic path due to its large cross-section. The pole shoes support the exciting coils. The pole shoes are made curved to ensure a uniform air gap around the armature core. The following are the functions of pole shoes:

  1. To support the field coils,
  2. To reduce the reluctance of the magnetic path and
  3. To achieve uniform flux distribution around the air gap.


Ques 6. In the case of the purely inductive circuit, the current is maximum when

  1. Applied voltage is negative maximum
  2. Applied voltage is maximum
  3. Applied voltage is half of the maximum
  4. Applied voltage is zero

Consider a purely inductive circuit as shown in the figure.

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In a purely inductive circuit, the current lags the voltage by 90°. To understand this we must have to consider the relationship between applied voltage and the induced voltage. How the current and applied voltage can become 90° out of phase with each other can best be explained by comparing the relationship between the current and induced voltage.

As we know that the induced voltage is proportional to the rate of change of the current (speed of cutting action). At the beginning of the waveform, the current is shown at its maximum value in the negative direction. At this time, the current is not changing, so the induced voltage is zero. As the current begins to decrease in value, the magnetic field produced by the flow of current decreases or collapses and begins to induce a voltage into the coil as it cuts through the conductors (Figure.).

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The greatest rate of current change occurs when the current passes from negative, through zero and begins to increase in the positive direction. Because the current is changing at the greatest rate, the induced voltage is maximum. As current approaches its peak value in the positive direction, the rate of change decreases, causing a decrease in the induced voltage.

The induced voltage will again be zero when the current reaches its peak value and the magnetic field stops expanding. It can be seen that the current flowing through the inductor is leading the induced voltage by 90°. Because the induced voltage is 180° out of phase with the applied voltage,  the current lags the applied voltage by 90°.

Or Mathematically we can prove the same

Consider the sinusoidal current and voltage waveform.As we know that the voltage leads the current the by 90°. i.e

I = Imsinωt
V = Vmsin(ωt + 90°)

The value of current will be maximum when ωt = 90°

Then I = Imsin90°
I = Im

V = Vmsin(180°)

V = 0

Hence when the current will reach its maximum value the voltage will become zero.


Ques 7. The material used for making shunts for measuring instruments is

  1. Indium
  2. Manganin
  3. Lead
  4. Nickle

Manganin is the trademarked name for an alloy that consists of three metallic elements – Copper, Nickel, and Manganese. The feature of manganin is that its resistivity remains constant over a wide range of temperatures.  Manganin is virtual of zero temperature coefficient of resistance and so it is highly stable. Manganin is much more resistive than copper so used as a standard resistance in many measuring instruments.

Manganin Composition

This metal alloy consists of the following metals in the following proportions:

  • Copper (Cu): 86%
  • Manganese (Mn): 12%
  • Nickel (Ni): 2%

Uses of Manganin

Manganin has been used for different industrial purposes from the moment of its discovery. The properties of this material make it most efficient for certain applications. It is widely used in industries for manufacturing various substances like:


The wire and foil of this material are mainly used to manufacture various resistors – mainly ammeter shunts. This metal alloy has a very low-temperature coefficient of resistance. It also has long-term stability. These properties make it very useful to be used for making shunts.

Manganin is also used for series resistors (used in voltmeters), swamp resistors (to reduce thermal EMFs) etc.

Note:- The manganin is used for making a shunt for dc Instrument while the Constantine is used for making the shunt of an A.C instrument.


Ques 8. The speed of rotating the magnetic field of a 3-φ 50 Hz induction motor running at 960 RPM will be

  1. 960 RPM
  2. 1500 RPM
  3. 1000 RPM
  4. 1200 RPM

We know that the synchronous speed of the rotating magnetic field produced is expressed as

Ns = 120f/P

Here f = 50 Hz but the number of poles of the stator winding has not been mentioned. The number of poles can be 2, 4, 6, 8 —-etc

For P = 2

Ns = 120f/P = 120 x 50/2 = 3000 RPM

For P = 4

Ns = 120f/P = 120 x 50/4 = 1500 RPM

For P = 6

Ns = 120f/P = 120 x 50/6 = 1000 RPM

For P = 8

Ns = 120f/P = 120 x 50/8 = 750 RPM

We know that an induction motor runs at a speed slightly less than the synchronous speed. Here, Nr = 960 rpm (given). Synchronous speed corresponding to this rotor speed must, therefore, be 1000 rpm.

Thus, Nr= 960 RPM and Ns = 1000 rpm.


Ques 9. Transformers work on the principle of

  1. Fleming’s Law
  2. Dynamic Induction
  3. Joule’s Law
  4. Faraday Law of Electromagnetic Induction

A transformer is a static device that converts the alternating current energy from one voltage level to another voltage level.

Transformer Working

A transformer operates on the principle of Faraday Law of electromagnetic induction i.e mutual inductance, between two coils.

According to these Faraday’s laws,
“Rate of change of flux linkage with respect to time is directly proportional to the induced EMF in a conductor or coil”.

Mutual induction is the process by which a coil magnetically induces a voltage into another coil located in close proximity to it. Transformers get their name from the fact that they “transform” one voltage level to another voltage level.

A single-phase transformer basically consists of two electrical coils of wire, one called the “Primary Winding” and another called the “Secondary Winding”.

  • The primary winding is energized by the sinusoidal voltage or AC.
  • The secondary winding is connected to the load( output is taken from the secondary winding).
  • The alternating current in primary winding generates an alternating flux (Φ) in the core. The secondary winding is linked by most of the flux and e.m.f is induced in these two winding. Energy is transferred from the primary circuit to the secondary circuit by the magnetic field medium.

single phase transformer


Ques 10. The thickness of stator lamination of a 3 phase induction motor, when compared to its rotor lamination is:

  1. Same
  2. Less
  3. More
  4. Twice

Similar to other rotating electrical machines, a three-phase induction motor also consists of two main parts: the stator and the rotor (the stator is the stationary part and the rotor is the rotating part). Apart from these two main parts, a three-phase induction motor also requires bearings, bearing covers, endplates. etc. for its assembly.

The stator of a three-phase induction motor has three main parts namely, the stator frame, stator core, and stator windings. The stator frame can either be casted or can be fabricated from rolled steel plates. The stator core is built up of high silicon sheet steel laminations of thickness 0.4 to 0.5 mm. Each lamination is separated from the other by means of either varnish, paper, or oxide coating.

As Stator is the stationary part of the motor. Hysteresis and eddy current losses occur in the stator, because of changing flux associated with it.

Eddy’s current losses in the 3 phase induction motor is given by

Eddy current losses = Ke × Bm2 × f2 × t2

Where Ke = Eddy’s current constant
Bm = Maximum flux density
t = thickness of the core

Hence the eddy current losses are directly proportional to the square of the thickness of stator lamination. As such, the stator is laminated and the thickness of lamination is kept at the minimum possible to reduce the eddy current loss occurring in the stator. Thus, cold-rolled steel punchings 0.5 mm thickness is generally used for the stator of 3 phase induction motor.

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