SSC JE Basic Electrical Questions (2009 – 2018) Solved | MES Electrical

Ques.101. Which of the following statement is CORRECT? (SSC-2018, Set-4)

  1. Superposition theorem is applicable to only those circuits that only have active elements.
  2. Superposition theorem is applicable to only those circuits that only have passive elements.
  3. Superposition theorem is applicable to only those circuits that only have linear bilateral elements.
  4. Superposition theorem is applicable to only those circuits that only have non-linear bilateral elements.

Answer.3. Superposition theorem is applicable to only those circuits that only have linear bilateral elements.


Linear circuit:-  A linear circuit is an electric circuit in which circuit parameters (Resistance, inductance, capacitance, waveform, frequency etc) are constant. In other words, a circuit whose parameters are not changed with respect to Current and Voltage is called Linear Circuit.

Bilateral Circuit:-  A circuit Chose characteristics are the same in either direction of the current flow is called a bilateral circuit. The electrical transmission line is an example of the bilateral circuit as it performs its functions equally Bell in both directions. Whereas, a diode is a unilateral element, unlike a bilateral element in which direction of flow of current affects circuit behavior. In forward bias, it has the least resistance and allows maximum current through it. In reverse bias, it offers high resistance to the flow of current.

Superposition Theorem

An electrical circuit may contain more than one source of supply. The sources of supply may be a voltage source or a current source. In solving circuit problems having multiple sources of supply, the effect of each source is calculated separately and the combined effect of all the sources are taken into consideration. This is the essence of the superposition theorem.

Superposition theorem

The superposition theorem states that in a linear bilateral network containing more than one source, the current flowing in any branch is the algebraic sum of currents that would have been produced by each source taken separately, with all the other sources replaced by their respective internal resistances. In case the internal resistance of a source is not provided, the Voltage sources will be short-circuited and the current source is open-circuited.

Superposition theorem1

This theorem is called superposition because we superpose or algebraically add the components
(currents or voltages) due to each independent source acting alone to obtain the total current in or voltage across a circuit element.


Ques.102. The algebraic sum of all the voltages around any closed path is (SSC-2018, Set-4)

  1. Negative
  2. Zero
  3. One
  4. Infinite

Answer.2. Zero


Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law (KVL,) or Kirchhoff’s Loop Rule. This law is based on the conservation of energy and maybe stated as under:

In any closed electrical circuit or loop, the algebraic sum of all the electromotive force (e.m.f s) and voltage drops in resistors is equal to zero, i.e., in any closed circuit or loop.

The algebraic sum of e.m.f s + Algebraic sum of the voltage drops = 0

The validity of Kirchhoff’s voltage law can be easily established by referring to the loop ABCDA shown in Fig.

Kirchhoffs Voltage Law

If we start from any point (say point A) in this closed circuit and go back to this point (i.e., point A) after going around the circuit, then there is no increase or decrease in potential. This means that algebraic sum of the e.m.f.s of all the sources (here only one e.m.f. source is considered) met on the way plus the algebraic sum of the voltage drops in the resistances must be zero. Kirchhoff’s voltage law is based on the law of conservation of energy, i.e., the net change in the energy of a charge alter completing the closed path is zero.

V1 + V2 − V = 0


Kirchhoff’s voltage law is also called a loop rule.


Ques.103. Which one of the following law is based on the principle of conservation of electric charge? (SSC-2018, Set-4)

  1. Kirchhoff’s Current Law
  2. Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law
  3. Ohm’s Law
  4. Coulomb’s Law

Answer.1. Kirchhoff’s Current Law


Kirchhoff’s Current Law (KCI ) or Kirchhoff’s Junction Rule. This law is based on the conservation of charge and may be stated as under:

The algebraic sum of the currents meeting at a junction in an electrical circuit is zero.

An algebraic sum is one in which the sign of the quantity is taken into account. For example, consider four conductors carrying currents I1, I2, I3, & I4 and meeting at point O as shown in Fig

Kirchhoffs Current Law

If we take the signs of currents flowing towards point O as positive, then currents flowing away from point O will be assigned a negative sign. Thus, applying Kirchhoff’s current law to the junction O we have,

(I1) + ( I2) + (−I3) + (−I4)  = 0 
(I1) + ( I2) = (−I3) + (−I4)

i.e., Sum of incoming currents = Sum of outgoing currents.

Therefore, Kirchhoff’s current law may also be stated as under:

The sum of currents flowing towards any junction in an electrical circuit is equal to the sum of currents flowing away from that junction. Kirchhoff’s current law is rightly called the junction rule.

Kirchhoff’s current law is true because electric current is merely the flow of free electrons and they cannot accumulate at any point in the circuit. This is in accordance with the law of conservation of charge. Hence, Kirchhoff’s current law is based on the law of conservation of charge.


Ques.104. The source resistance of an ideal voltage source should be (SSC-2018, Set-4)

  1. Infinite
  2. One
  3. Zero
  4. Greater than one

Answer.3. Zero


An ideal voltage source is a two-terminal device whose terminal voltage is independent of the current drawn by the network connected to its terminals. Both the magnitude and wave corn of voltage remain unaffected. This means an ideal voltage source should have zero internal resistance or source resistance. Therefore, it would provide constant terminal voltage regardless of the value of the load connected across its terminals.

ideal voltage source

For example, an ideal 12V source would maintain 12V across its terminals when a 1 MΩ resistor is connected (so I = 12 V/1 MΩ = 12μA) as well as when a 1 kΩ resistor is connected ( I = 12 mA) or when a 1 Ω resistor is connected (I = 12A).



Ques.105. What will be the voltage across Resistance R2 in the circuit given below? (SSC-2018, Set-4)

Ques.15 1 1

  1. 14.35
  2. 13.33
  3. 15.45
  4. 12.33

Answer.2. 13.33


The voltage across the resistance R2 can find out by voltage divider rule.

Voltage Divider Rule (VDR)

Voltage divider rule provides a useful formula to determine the voltage across any resistor when two or more resistors are connected in series with a voltage source. The voltage across the individual resistors can be given in terms of the supply voltage and the magnitude of individual resistances as follows

Voltage divider rule

I = V ⁄ (R1 + R2 + R3)

V1 = I.R1 = V.R1 ⁄ (R1 + R2 + R3)


V2 = I.R2 = V.R2 ⁄ (R1 + R2 + R3)

Hence for the given question the voltage across the resistance R2

V2 = V.R2 ⁄ (R1 + R2)

V2 = 20 × 40 ⁄ (20 + 40)

V2 = 13.33 Volt


Ques.106. What will be the value of the current (in mA) for the given electrical circuit? (SSC-2018, Set-4)

ques.16 1

  1. 0.11
  2. 110
  3. 0.101
  4. 101

Answer.4. 101


In the above circuit, the resistance of 100 Ω and 40 Ω are in parallel

R = (100 × 40) ⁄ (100 + 40)

R = 28.57 Ω

Now all the three resistance 50 Ω, 28.57Ω, 20Ω are in series with each other

R = 98.57 Ω

Now the current in the circuit

I = V/R = 10/98.57

I = 0.101 A = 0.101 mA


Ques.107. What will be the value of current (in A) through the 6Ω resistor for the given circuit diagram? (SSC-2018, Set-4)

ques.17 1

  1. 5.45
  2. 5.89
  3. 1.54
  4. 7.69

Answer.3. 1.54


The resistance 10Ω and 6Ω are in series with each other

R = 10 + 6 = 16Ω

Solving the circuit by Nodal analysis


[latex]\begin{array}{l}\dfrac{{{V_A} – 40}}{2} + \dfrac{{{V_A}}}{4} + \dfrac{{{V_A}}}{{16}} = 0\\\\\dfrac{{8{V_A} – 320 + 4{V_A} + {V_A}}}{{16}} = 0\end{array}[/latex]

13VA = 320

VA = 24.61 V

Current through the 6Ω Resistance

I = VA ⁄ 16 = 24.61 ⁄ 16

I = 1.54 A


Ques.108. Determine the Thevenin’s voltage (in V) and Thevenin’s resistance (in Ω) across the 6Ω resistor for the given electrical circuit respectively. (SSC-2018, Set-4)

Ques.18o 1


  1. 5.72, 1.71
  2. 4.67, 2.24
  3. 3.54, 1.01
  4. 4.87, 2.09

Answer.1. 5.72, 1.71


Thevenin’s Voltage

To find the Thevenin’s voltage remove the Load resistance i.e 6Ω from the circuit as shown in the figure and potential at point N to be zero.


Now applying the Kirchhoff law in loop 1 we get

40 − 4I − 8I − 2I − 10 = 0

14I =30

I = 2.14 A

Hence the voltage drop across 2Ω resistance will be

10 + 2 × 2.14 = 14.28 V

In the second Loop the resistance, 8Ω is connected across the 20 V hence the voltage drop will be also equal to 20 V

Hence the potential at point A and B is 14.28 V and 20 V respectively

Since “B” is at the high potential, therefore, the Thevenin’s Voltage


VTH = 20 − 14.28 = 5.72 Volt

Thevenin’s Resistance

Now to Find the Thevenin’s Resistance RTH replace all the voltage source by the short circuit as shown in the figure


Since the 8 Ω resistance from the second loop is short-circuited and can be ignored Hence the Thevenin’s Equivalent resistance will be

RTH = (8 + 4) || 2 

= (12 × 2) ⁄ (12 + 2)

RTH  = 24 ⁄ 14 = 1.71 Ω


Ques.109. What will be the value of Norton’s resistance (in Ω) between terminal A and B for the circuit given below? (SSC-2018, Set-4)

ques.19 1

  1. 5.65
  2. 6.11
  3. 4.32
  4. 7.45

Answer.2. 6.11


To find the Norton Resistance Rth, the voltage source is replaced by its internal resistance and the current source is replaced by the open-circuits as shown in the figure

Ans.19 1

Rth = (10 + 6 + 10) || 8

Rth = 26 || 8

Rth = (26 × 8) ⁄ (26 + 8)

Rth = 6.11 Ω


Ques.110. Find the maximum power (in W) transfer from the source to the load for the circuit diagram given below (SSC-2018, Set-4)

Ques.20 1

  1. 0.25
  2. 0.32
  3. 0.13
  4. 0.42

Answer.3. 0.13


Equivalent Voltage

We will apply Thevenin’s theorem to reduce the circuit into a single voltage source connected across the load terminals A and B as shown in the figure.


Now We will find the Thevenin’s Voltage by applying the nodal analysis 

[latex]\dfrac{{{V_A} – 10}}{8} + \dfrac{{{V_A}}}{6} + \dfrac{{{V_A}}}{{18}} = 0[/latex]

9VA − 90 + 12VA + 4VA = 6

25VA = 90

VA = 3.6 Volt

Now the voltage across VAB = (8 × 3.6) ⁄ 18 = 1.6 Volt

Equivalent Resistance

Now we will Find the Equivalent resistance by removing the load resistance RL and short-circuiting all the voltage source as shown in the Figure.


Rth = (8 || 6 + 10) || 8

Rth = (3.43 + 10) || 8

= (13.43 × 8) ⁄ (13.43 + 8)

Rth = 5.01 Ω

For maximum Power Transfer the source resistance is equal to the load resistance


RS = RL = 5Ω


Pmax = V2th ⁄ 4RL

Pmax = (1.6)2 ⁄ (4 × 5.01)

Pmax = 0.128 ≅ 0.13

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