SSC JE Measurement & Instrumentation Solved Questions (2018-2009)

Ques.31. Which of the following materials when used as the viewing surface of a CRO gives a reddish glow? (SSC-2018 Set-4)

  1. Zinc Sulfide with copper as an impurity
  2. Zinc Sulfide with silver as an impurity
  3. Yttrium Oxide
  4. Pure Zinc Sulfide

Answer.3. Yttrium Oxide


The actual conversion of electrical to light energy takes place on the display screen when electrons strike a material known as a phosphor. A phosphor is a chemical that glows when exposed to electrical energy.

The selection of phosphors to be used in a cathode ray tube is very important. Many different phosphors are known, and each has special characteristics. For example, the phosphor known as yttrium oxide gives off a red glow when struck by electrons, and yttrium silicate gives off a purplish-blue glow.

Zinc sulfide with silver metal as an impurity gives off a bluish glow and with copper metal as an impurity, a greenish glow.


Ques.32.  Which of the following is TRUE about current transformers? (SSC-2018 Set-4)

  1. It decreases the range of AC ammeter
  2. It decreases the range of DC ammeter
  3. It increases the range of AC ammeter
  4. It increases the range of DC ammeter

Answer.3. It increases the range of AC ammeter


Instrument transformers are used in conjunction with ammeter and voltmeter to extend the range of meters. In dc circuit shunt and multipliers are used to extend the range of measuring instruments. The shunt is used to extend the range of ammeter whereas multiplier is used to extend the range of voltmeters

This type of ammeter is shown in Figure. The primary of the transformer is connected in series with the load, and the ammeter is connected to the secondary of the transformer. Notice that the range of the meter is changed by selecting different taps on the secondary of the current transformer. The different taps on the transformer provide different turns-ratios between the primary and secondary of the transformer. The working is explained in detail.

  • The current transformer is used to step down the current to a lower value so that the current can be measured with a normal range ammeter.
  • The current transformer has a primary coil of one or more turns of thick wire having a high cross-sectional area and it is connected in series.
  • The primary of the current transformer is connected to the load or feeder while the secondary of the current transformer is connected to an ammeter.
  • The impedance of the primary is very low, and the currents very high. The primary current is dependent on the load on the line rather than the load on the secondary circuit.
  • The current drawn by the secondary has little effect on line current.
  • The secondary of the transformer contains many turns of fine wire having a smaller cross-section area and has much higher impedance. If the secondary is not loaded, this transformer acts to step-up the voltage to a dangerous level, due to the high turns ratio. Because of this, a current transformer should always have a short-circuit placed across its secondary winding when connecting or removing any device from its output. By heavily loading the secondary, the high voltage is reduced to the safe level.
  • The nominal current rating of the secondary winding of the CT is 5A to 1 A.
  • To illustrate the operation of a current transformer, assume that the current ratio of the primary winding is 100 A. The secondary winding has a standard rating of 5A.
  • The primary winding consists of three turns of wire, and the secondary winding consists of 60 turns.
  • The ratio between the primary and the secondary currents is 100 A/5 A, or 20:1
  • In other words, the primary current is 20 times greater than the secondary current.
  • Note that the number of turns and the current in the primary and secondary windings are related by an inverse proportion. i.e I1 / I2 = N2 / N1.
  • By increasing the number of secondary windings, N2, the secondary current can be made much smaller than the current in the primary circuit being measured. In other words, as N2 increases, I2 goes down by a proportional amount.


Ques.33. Which of the following produces braking torque in induction type energy meter? (SSC-2018 Set-4)

  1. Air Dampers
  2. Eddy current
  3. Spring
  4. Gravity

Answer.2. Eddy current


Induction-type Single-phase Energy Meter

An induction-type instrument can be used as an ammeter, voltmeter, or wattmeter, the induction-type energy meters are more popular. Induction-type single-phase energy meter is used invariably to measure the energy consumed in an AC circuit in a prescribed period where supply voltage and frequency are constant. The energy meter is an integrating instrument that measures the total quantity of electrical energy supplied to the circuit in a given period.


The basic principle of the induction-type energy meter is electromagnetic induction. When AC flows through two suitably located coils (current coil and potential coil), they produce the rotating magnetic field that is cut by the metallic disc suspended between the coils, and thus, an emf is induced in the disc that circulates eddy currents in it. By the interaction of the rotating magnetic field and eddy currents, electromagnetic torque is developed that causes the disc to rotate. This is the same principle that is applied in single-phase induction motors.

A single-phase energy meter has four essential parts:

  1. Operating system
  2. Moving system
  3. Braking system
  4. Registering system

Operating System

The operating system consists of two electromagnets. The cores of these electromagnets are made of silicon steel laminations. The coils of one of these electromagnets (series magnet) are connected in series with the load and are called the current coil. The other electromagnet (shunt magnet) is wound with a coil that is connected across the supply, called the pressure coil. The pressure coil, thus, carries a current that is proportional to supply voltage.

Shading bands made of copper are provided on the central limb of the shunt magnet. Shading bands, as will be described later, are used to bring the flux produced by a shunt magnet exactly in quadrature with the applied voltage.

Moving System

The moving system consists of a light aluminum disc mounted on a spindle. The disc is placed in the space between the series and shunt magnets. The disc is so positioned that it intersects the flux produced by both the magnets. The deflecting torque on the disc is produced by an interaction between these fluxes and the eddy current they induce in the disc. In energy meters, there is no control spring as such, so that there is the continuous rotation of the disc.

Braking System

The braking system consists of a braking device which is usually a permanent magnet positioned near the edge of the aluminum disc. The arrangement is shown in Figure.

The emf induced in the aluminum disc due to relative motion between the rotating disc and the fixed permanent magnet (brake magnet) induces an eddy current in the disc. 

When disc rotates in the air gap, eddy currents are induced in the disc which opposes the cause producing them i.e. relative motion of disc with respect to the magnet. This eddy current, while interacting with the brake magnet flux, produces a retarding or braking torque. This braking torque is proportional to the speed of the rotating disc. When the braking torque becomes equal to the operating torque, the disc rotates at a steady speed.

The position of the permanent magnet with respect to the rotating disc is adjustable. Therefore, braking torque can be adjusted by shifting the permanent magnet to different radial positions with respect to the disc.

Registering System

The function of a registering or counting system is to continuously record a numerical value that is proportional to the number of revolutions made by the rotating system.


Ques.34. Which of the following can be used to measure frequency? (SSC-2018 Set-4,5)

  1. Anderson’s Bridge
  2. De-Sauty’s Bridge
  3. Owen’s Bridge
  4. Wien’s Bridge

Answer.4. Wien’s Bridge


Wien’s Bridge

Wien’s bridge is primarily used for the determination of an unknown frequency. However, it can be used for various other applications including capacitance measurement, in harmonic distortion analyzers, where it is used as the notch filter. and also in audio and HF oscillators.

Wien’s bridge is frequency sensitive. Thus, unless the supply voltage is purely sinusoidal, achieving balance may be troublesome, since harmonics may disturb the balance condition. Use of filters with the null detector in such cases may solve the problem.


The inductance of an inductive coil is generally measured by the usual inductive circuit like Maxwell-Wein Bridge, Hay Bridge, Anderson’s bridge, Owen’s Bridge

The Anderson’s bridge gives the accurate measurement of the self-inductance of the circuit.

De-Sauty’s Bridge is used to measure the value of unknown capacitance in terms of standard capacitance.


Ques.35.  Ammeter and voltmeter are connected across the load in _______ and _______ respectively. (SSC-2018 Set-5)

  1. Series, Parallel
  2. Parallel, Series
  3. Series, Series
  4. Parallel, Parallel

Answer.1. Series, Parallel


The Voltmeter is connected in parallel with the Load

Voltage measures the Potential difference between two points.

V=IR ( ohms law)

A voltmeter is used to determine the voltage across 2 points of resistance in a circuit. For this purpose, it obviously has to be in contact with both the points across its 2 ends to give the reading for the potential difference of the 2 points. If it is connected in series, it will be in contact with only 1 point at a time. However, voltmeters have very high resistance so that they pull minimum current possible towards them, thus preventing a wrong current reading. Now if it is connected in series then no current will be there in the circuit due to its high resistance. Hence it is connected in parallel to the load across which the potential difference is to be measured.

An ammeter is connected in series with the load

To measure current, you want most of the current to pass through it. Hence ammeter is connected in series with the low resistance

An ammeter measures the value of current flowing in the circuit, so current should flow inside ammeter to give proper result. it acts like a closed switch so it indicates the current. And it has very low resistance to ensure the correct measurement of current in the circuit. If it is connected in parallel across any load then all current in the circuit will choose the lower resistive path (i.e ammeter) to cause its circuit to be damaged. Hence it is used in series.


Ques.36. The deflection sensitivity of the CRO is 10 m/V. What is the value of the deflection factor (in V/m)? (SSC-2018 Set-5)

  1. 10
  2. 0.1
  3. 1
  4. 0.01

Answer.2. 0.1


The deflection sensitivity of a magnetic deflection cathode ray tube is defined as the amount of spot deflection on the screen when the potential of 1 volt is applied to the deflection plate.

In most CROs, the deflection sensitivity is expressed as the ratio of input voltage to the length of the trace.

In the electrostatic deflection, the spot la deflected on the screen by applying voltages on the vertical or the horizontal deflecting plates. The dc or peak-to-peak ac voltage applied to the deflects ing plates to displace the spot by 1 mm on the screen is termed the deflection factor. The reciprocal of the deflection factor is called the deflection sensitivity. The deflection factor la usually expressed in V/mm and deflection sensitivity in mm/V.

Deflection sensitivity of the CRO is given as

Deflection sensitivity = 1/deflection factor

Deflection sensitivity = 1/10 =0.1m/V


Ques.37. The current required for full-scale deflection of a voltmeter is 10 mA. Find the sensitivity (in ohms/V) of the voltmeter. (SSC-2018 Set-5)

  1. 100
  2. 10
  3. 0.01
  4. 0.001

Answer.1. 100


The sensitivity of a voltmeter is given in ohms per volt. It is determined by dividing the sum of the resistance of the meter (Rm) plus the series resistance (Rs), by the full-scale reading in volts. In equation form, sensitivity is expressed as follows:

Sensitivity (S) = (Rm + Rs) ⁄ Vfld


Sensitivity (S) = Sensitivity = Ohm/Volt = 1/Volt/Ohm = 1/Ampere

S = 1/10 × 10−3 = 100A

S = 100 ohm/volt


Ques.38. Calculate the fastest rise time (in ms) a sine wave can have to be reproduced by a CRO if the bandwidth ranges from 0 Hz to 10 Hz. (SSC-2018 Set-5)

  1. 17.5
  2. 0.35
  3. 35
  4. 1.75

Answer.3. 35



Instruments that measure AC waveforms generally have some maximum frequency above which the measurement accuracy is degraded. This frequency is the bandwidth of the instrument and is usually defined as the frequency at which the instrument’s response has decreased by 3 dB.

Rise Time

Ideally, waveforms such as square waves and pulses change the voltage level instantaneously. In reality, waveforms tales some time to make an abrupt change, depending on the bandwidth of the system and other circuit parameters. The amount of time it takes for a waveform to transition from one voltage to another is called the rise time. (The rise time is normally measured at the 10% and 90% levels of the transition.) The bandwidth of a measuring instrument will limit the measured rise time of a pulse or square wave. For a typical instrument, the relationship between rise time and bandwidth is given by:

Trise = 0.35/Bandwidth

Trise = 0.35/10 = 0.035 = 35ms


Ques.39. Which of the following is NOT the correct representation of the balanced condition of the AC bridges? (SSC-2018 Set-5)

  1. I1 = I3, I2 = I4
  2. |Z1| + | Z4| = |Z2| + |Z3|
  3. θ1 + θ4 = θ2 + θ3
  4. |Z1|| Z3| = |Z2||Z4|

Answer.2. |Z1| + | Z4| = |Z2| + |Z3|


A.C. bridges are electrical networks, based upon an extension of the Wheatstone* bridge principle, used for the determination of an unknown impedance by comparison with known impedances and for the determination of frequency. In general, they contain four impedance arms an A.C power supply and a balanced detector which is sensitive to alternating currents. It is more difficult to achieve balance in an a.c. bridge than in a d.c. bridge because both the magnitude and the phase angle of impedances are related to the balance condition. Balance equations are derived by using complex numbers. A.c. bridges provide precise methods of measurement of inductance and capacitance, as well as resistance.

The balanced condition of A.C bridges

The majority of well-known a.c. bridges are classified as four-arm bridges and consist of an arrangement of four impedances (in complex form, Z = R + jX), as shown in Figure. As with the d.c. Wheatstone bridge circuit, an a.c. the bridge is said to be ‘balanced’ when the current through the detector is zero (i.e. when no current flows between B and D ). if the current through the detector is zero, then the current I1 flowing in impedance Z1 must also flow in impedance Z2. Also, at balance, the current I4 flowing in impedance Z4 must also flow through Z3

At balance:

The volt drop between A and B is equal to the vol drop between A and D,

i.e. VAB = VAD

i.e. I1Z1 = I4Z4 (both in magnitude and in phase) ———(1)

The volt drop between B and C is equal to the vol drop between D and C,

i.e. VBC = VDC

i.e. I1Z2 = I4Z3 (both in magnitude and in-phase———-(2)

Dividing equation 1 and 2 we get

Z1Z3 = Z2Z4

Let θ1, θ2, θ3, θ4, be the phase angles. The product of the impedances must be carried out in the polar form where magnitudes get multiplied and phase angles get added.

Z1∠θ1 × Z3∠θ3 = Z2∠θ2 × Z3∠θ4

Z1Z3 ∠θ1 + θ3 = Z2Z4 ∠θ2 + θ4

∠θ1 + θ3 = ∠θ2 + θ4

Also when the bridge is balanced no current flow from the galvanometer hence

I1 = I3, & I2 = I4

Thus the products of the magnitudes of the opposite arms must be equal while the sum of the phase angles of the opposite arms must be equal.

The bridge must be balanced for both the conditions magnitude as well as phase. The phase angles depend on the components of the individual impedances. The phase angles are positive for the inductive impedances and negative for the capacitive impedances.


Ques.40. A 3 phase – 110 V motor has a power factor of 0.5. The two wattmeters connected measure the total input of 50 kW. Calculate the reading (in kW) of each wattmeter. (SSC-2018 Set-5)

  1. 0, 150
  2. 100, 50
  3. 0, 50
  4. 50,50

Answer.3. 0, 50