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

Ques.61. What should be observed when connecting a voltmeter into a DC circuit? (SSC-2016 Set-1)

  1. RMS
  2. Resistance
  3. Polarity
  4. Power factor

Answer.3. Polarity


Precautions to be taken while using a Voltmeter

The following precautions must be taken while using a voltmeter:

1) The voltmeter resistance is very high and it should always be connected across the circuit or component whose voltage is to be measured.

2) For using analog voltmeters on DC electricity, it is very important to maintain proper polarity. Most DC power supplies and meters are color-coded to indicate the polarity. Red indicates the positive terminal, and black indicates the negative terminal. The polarities must be observed correctly. The wrong polarities deflect the pointer in the opposite direction against the mechanical stop and this may damage the pointer. If the polarity is reversed when using a digital voltmeter, usually a (- ) minus sign is shown in the display and indicates reversed polarity. However, if you do not reverse the leads, no harm will come to the digital meter.

3) While using the multirange voltmeter, first use the highest range and then decrease the voltage range until the sufficient deflection is obtained.

4) Take care of the loading effect. The effect can be minimized by using high sensitivity voltmeters.


Ques.62. Which of the following capacitors of identical rating will have the smallest dimensions? (SSC-2016 Set-1)

  1. Ceramic capacitor
  2. Paper capacitor
  3. Aluminum foil capacitor
  4. Mica Capacitor

Answer.1. Ceramic capacitor


Electrolytic Capacitors are generally used in DC power supply circuits due to their large capacitance and small size to help reduce the ripple voltage or for coupling and decoupling applications. Electrolytic’s generally come in two basic forms; Aluminium Electrolytic Capacitors and Tantalum Electrolytic Capacitors. The tantalum and electrolytic capacitors have ratings of 6, 10. 12. 15. 20. 25, 35, 50. 75, I00V and higher.

Paper capacitors: Paper capacitors use paper as the dielectric. They are made flat strips of metal foil plates separated by a dielectric, which is usually waxed paper. The paper capacitor has values in the picofarad and low microfarad, ranges. The voltage ratings are usually less than 6 V. Paper capacitors arc usually sealed with wax to prevent moisture problems.

The voltage rating of capacitors is very important. A typical set of values marked on a capacity might be “10 μF, 50 DCWV.” Such a capacitor h a capacitance of 10 μF and a “dc working voltage” of 50V. This means that a voltage in excess of 50 could damage the plates of the capacitors.

Ceramic capacitors: Ceramic capacitors make use of ceramic as the dielectric material. Basically, ceramic materials are fanned from titanium dioxide. Some of the dielectric materials used are barium titanate, magnesium titanic, and zirconium titanate. 

Ceramic capacitors are produced as tubular, disk, and multilayer (monolithic) capacitors. Disk and tubular ones are inexpensive. Multilayer capacitors are rather expensive but they have small dimensions and low index. 

The relative permittivity of mica ranges from 3–6(depending upon purity) and the relative permittivity of different types of ceramic ranges from 20–30. Clearly, ceramic capacitors have a higher capacitance. The maximum voltage rating of the ceramic capacitor is 10000 V, while the voltage rating of the mica capacitor is 4000 V.


Ques.63. If the range of an analog transducer is 0 to 10 V, then for a resolution of 5 mV, the bits of ADC will be (SSC-2016, Set-2)

  1. 8
  2. 10
  3. 11
  4. 12

Answer.3. 11


The output Voltage of ADC is given as;

Vout = K × Digital Input

Digital Input = Number of steps = ( 2n – 1)

VOut = K( 2n – 1)

K: resolution = 5mV = 5 × 10−3

n: number of bits = ?

10 = 5× 10 – 3 (2n – 1)

2n = 2001

n =11 bits (approximate)


Ques.64. Moire fringes are used to measure rotary displacement along with (SSC-2016, Set-2)

  1. Contact type encoders only
  2. Optical encoders only
  3. Contact type encoders and optical encoders
  4. None of these

Answer.2. Optical encoders only


The word ‘Moire’ is derived from silk fabric which when superimposed on itself exhibit light and dark bands. Optical encoders are common displacement sensors that utilize the Moire effect.

Optical encoders are commonly used for measuring angular or linear position, velocity, and directional movement. A typical optical encoder consists of a light source, a disk on which a pattern is etched, a sensing head.

The Moire fringe principle has also been used for optical transducers and encoders. The Moire fringe method is basically an optical method of amplifying displacement by using two identical gratings.  The opaque lines are at right angles to the length of the grating. When two gratings of the same pitch are mounted face to face with the rulings inclined at an angle θ to each other, a set of dark bands called Moire fringes are obtained. When one grating pattern is moved with respect to the other at right angles to its lines, the Moire fringe pattern travels at right angles to the direction of movement.

The measure of movement depends on the relative distance traveled by the gratings. Analysis of the geometric relationship between the Moire fringes and the grating pair enables displacement to be computed. This principle has been applied to measuring length, angle, straightness, and circularity of motion.


The Moire technique is traditionally used for precise displacement measurements. The figure shows the Moire fringe generated by superimposing two gratings. The period of the Moire fringe is much large than that of the gratings. When the angle between the grating lines is increased, the period of the Moir fringe decreases. Translating a grating in a direction perpendicular to the grating lines, the Moire fringe moves in the direction parallel to the grating lines with a magnified displacement. When the two gratings are parallel, the magnification of the displacement is maximized.


Ques.65. The series magnet of a single-phase Energy meter consists, the coil of (SSC-2016, Set-2)

  1. Thin wire of few turns
  2. Thick wire of few turns
  3. Thick wire of more turns
  4. Thin wire of more turns

Answer.2. Thick wire of few turns


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 Current coil consists of few turns of thick wire, connected in series with the load.   It carries full load current which depends upon the angle of lag or lead of the load. Therefore the currents in the pressure coil and current coil have a phase difference of nearly 90 degrees. 

The other electromagnet (shunt magnet) is wound with a coil that is connected across the supply, called the pressure coil. The voltage coil consists of many turns of fine wire encased in plastic, connected in parallel with the load and is highly inductive. This coil is connected in parallel with the supply or load and carries the current proportional to voltage. The current in this coil lags behind the voltage approximately by 90 degrees. 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 band as will be described later, are used to bring the flux produced by a shunt magnet exactly in quadrature with the applied voltage.

The two field fluxes produced by the pressure coil and current coil act on the aluminum disc, induce eddy currents in the disc, and hence the disc rotates due to the interaction of the two fluxes developed. The speed of the disc is proportional to the product of voltage, current and the number of revolutions of the disc (i.e. time). In other words, the disc speed is proportional to the energy consumed by the load. The number of revolutions completed by the disc for one kilowatts hour is called meter constant.


Ques.66. The function of the measurement system is/are (SSC-2016, Set-2)

  1. Indicating function
  2. Recording function
  3. Controlling function
  4. Indicating, recording and controlling function

Answer.4. Indicating, recording and controlling function


Measurement of electrical quantities such as current, voltage, power, and energy are made using instruments called measuring instruments. Such instruments are in use in laboratories, industries, and control stations.

Classification of Measuring instruments

Measuring instruments can be classified into separate categories based on different criteria. These classifications are useful in knowing the characteristics of instruments and their selection for a particular use.

Instruments are classified as active and passive instruments, primary or absolute instruments, secondary or derived instruments, null type, and deflection type instruments, indicating instruments, integrating instruments, recording instruments, analog, and digital instruments, monitoring and control instruments, electromechanical and electronic instruments, etc.

Indicating, Recording, and Controlling Function

Indicating Function:- Indicating instruments give the output as a function of time through the movement of a pointer over a graduated scale These are, therefore, called analog instruments The deflection type ammeters, voltmeters, and wattmeters in your laboratory are indicating instruments. Voltmeters, ammeters, wattmeters, PMMC, etc. are of indicating type which is extensively used in laboratories and control panels.

Recording Function:- Recording instruments create a written record usually on paper of the time-varying quantity. The measurement system carries a pen which is used to record the value of the time-varying quantity on a paper which is driven by a slow-moving motor drive. The curve traced on the paper indicates the actual variation in the value of the quantity being measured. For example, the temperature can be measured and recorded continuously using a recording-type instrument. In the ECG machine, the status of the health of your heart is recorded on a slow-moving paper and can be classified as a recording type instrument.

For satisfactory operation of any analog instrument the following systems or function must be present in the instrument:

Deflecting System: In order to move the pointer from its zero position on the scale deflecting torque is required. The deflecting torque works on the moving system to which the pointer is attached.

Controlling system.: The controlling force is equal and opposite to the deflecting torque in order to make the deflection of the pointer proportional to the magnitude of the quantity to be measured. The controlling force also brings the pointer back to zero position when the force which causes the movement of the pointer is removed.

Damping system: Before coming to the rest, the pointer oscillates about the equilibrium position. The damping system provides the damping torque so that the pointer quickly comes to the final steady-state position without any swing or oscillations


Ques.67. In the dynamometer type of wattmeter, which of the coil is split up into two parts? (SSC-2016, Set-2)

  1. Pressure coil
  2. Current Coil
  3. Both the pressure coil and current coil
  4. None of these

Answer.2. Current Coil


An indicating instrument used to measure power in an electric circuit is called wattmeter.


The basic principle of dynamometer-type instruments is that when a current-carrying moving coil is placed in the magnetic field produced by the current-carrying fixed coil, a force is exerted on the coil sides of the moving coil and deflection takes place. In other words, when the field produced by the current-carrying moving coil tries to come in line with the field produced by the current-carrying fixed coil a deflecting torque is exerted on the moving system and deflection takes place.


The various parts of the electrodynamometer type instrument are

Fixed Coils: The dynamometer-type wattmeter essentially consists of two coils called the fixed coil and moving coil. The fixed coil is split into two equal parts that are placed parallel to each other, as shown in Figure. The two fixed coils are air-cored to avoid hysteresis effects when used on AC. The fixed coil is connected in series with the load and carries the circuit current. It is, therefore, called the current coil. The coils are usually varnished. They are clamped in place against the coil supports. This makes the construction rigid.

Moving Coil: The moving coil is pivoted between the two parts of the fixed coil and is mounted on the spindle. The moving coil is connected in parallel with the load and carries the current proportional to the voltage applied across the load. It is, therefore, called the potential coil. Generally, a high resistance is connected in series with the moving coil to limit the current through it. By limiting the current, the moving coil is made thin and light in weight which in turn increases the sensitivity of the instrument. The construction of the moving coil is made light as well as rigid. It is air-cored.

Controlling: The controlling torque is provided by springs. These springs act as leads to the moving coil.


Ques.68. The current transformer that is used to measure a 100 A current by 5 A ammeter is a _________ (SSC-2016, Set-2)

  1. Step-up transformer
  2. Step down transformer
  3. Power transformer
  4. Distribution transformer

Answer.1. Step-up transformer


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.69. In a flux meter, the controlling torque is (SSC-2016, Set-2)

  1. Produced by weights attached to the moving coil
  2. Produced by spring
  3. Not provided at all
  4. Provided by crossed coil mechanism

Answer.3. Not provided at all


A special ballistic galvanometer with very small controlling torque and high electromagnetic damping is used as a flux meter.

It consists; of a small cross-section carrying a coil. The cross-section is suspended in the narrow air gap of the permanent magnet. The cross-section is suspended win the help of spring support and a single thread of silk. The current is injected to the coil through a very thin, annealed silver springs as shown in the figure.

The pointer is fitted to the moving system of the fluxmeter and the scale is calibrated in terms of flux turns. Such a flux meter is designed by Grassot and hence it is called Grassot flux mete. The spirals of silver springs keep the controlling torque to the minimum.

As controlling torque is minimum, the pointer takes time to come back to the zero position. But readings may be taken by observing the difference in deflection at the beginning and end of the change in flux, without waiting for the pointer to restore its zero position.

The fluxmeter is the advanced form of the ballistic galvanometer which has certain advantages like the meter has negligible controlling torque and heavy electromagnetic damping.


Ques.70. Dummy strain gauge is used in conjunction with the main strain gauge to ___ (SSC-2016, Set-2)

  1. Calibrate the system
  2. Compensate temperature effects
  3. Improve sensitivity
  4. Reduce strain on the gauge

Answer.2. Compensate temperature effects


The strain is defined as the deformation of materials caused by the action of stress. A body subjected to external forces is in the condition of both stress and strain. Stress cannot be measured directly. As there is a relationship between stress and strain, the effect of stress can be shown by measurement of the strain. Thus, the stress occurring in a body can be computed if sufficient strain information is available. The measurement helps in knowing better about any structure, whether it is strong enough for the purpose or it may fail in use.