UPPCL JE 2016 Electrical question paper with Solution (Evening Shift)

Ques 21.  In GTO, gate circuit losses are

  1. More
  2. Less
  3. Moderate
  4. Same as Others

Due to multi cathode structure of GTO, the triggering gate current is higher than that required for normal SCR. Gate drive circuit losses are more. Its reverse voltage blocking capability is less than the forward voltage blocking capability.

Thyristors can be used as ideal switches in power electronics circuits. When thyristors are forward biased and a gate pulse is applied between anode to cathode, these devices will be turned ON. Once the thyristor is turned ON, it operates in the ON-state. These devices can be turned OFF by natural commutation and forced commutation. The commutation circuit for the thyristor is bulky and expensive. Thyristors can be used as switching devices up to about 1 kHz.

GTO is just like a conventional thyristor but the turn-OFF feature is incorporated into the device When a positive gate current is applied in between gate and cathode, the device will be turned Off and conducts. Whenever a negative gate current of required amplitude is applied to gate-cathode terminals, GTO will be turned OFF. Due to its self-turned OFF capability, GTO is the most suitable device for inverters and choppers.

The important difference is that the GTO may be turned off by a negative current pulse applied to the gate terminal. This important feature permits the GTO to be used in self-commutated inverter circuits. The magnitude of the off pulse is large and depends on the magnitude of the current in the power circuit. Typically, the gate current must be 20% of the anode current.

A high turn-off gain (over 20) can be achieved at the cost of turn-off switching losses with a slow reverse commutating gate-current (slow di/dt). This results in additional commutation and gate losses.


Ques 22. Which of the following multivibrator(s) is referred as free-running multivibrator?

  1. Astable multivibrator
  2. Stable multivibrator
  3. Bistable multivibrator
  4. Stable and Bistable multivibrators

Astable multivibrator: – A free-running multivibrator that has NO stable states but switches continuously between two states this action produces a train of square wave pulses at a fixed frequency.


Ques 23. Slip rings and brushes are found in

  1. Wound rotor
  2. Squirrel cage rotor
  3. Both of the above
  4. None of the above

A wound rotor is also called a slip ring induction motor. In the wound rotor, the slip rings are mounted on the rotor shaft. The external resistance can be connected to the rotor winding through the brush and slip ring connection.

In the squirrel cage induction motor, the rotor bars are permanently short-circuited by end rings and there are no slip rings and brush gears hence it is not possible to connect an external resistance in the circuit in series with the rotor conductors.


Ques 24. Corona discharge is generally _____ in colour.

  1. Black
  2. Blue
  3. Yellow
  4. Brown

It can be noticed that near the overhead lines there exists a hissing noise and sometimes a faint violet glow (blue). The effect due to which such phenomenon exists surrounding the overhead lines is called the corona effect. If the voltage applied exceeds a particular limiting value then the air surrounding the conductors gets ionized.

The faint violet glow is even between the two parallel polished conductors and can be seen all along the length of the conductors. At the rough points, it appears a little bit brighter. In the case of d.c. voltage reddish beads are formed near the negative conductor while a smoother bluish-white uniform glow is formed near the positive conductor.

The hissing noise can be easily heard while the formation of ozone gas can be detected from its odor. Thus the phenomenon of hissing noise, faint violet glow, and production of ozone gas surrounding the Overhead lines, due to ionization of the air is called the corona.


Ques 25. Risk of Broken Neutral is maximum in __________ earthing system.

  1. TT
  2. IT
  3. TN-S
  4. TN-C

TN-C stands for T = Earth (from the French word Terre). N = Neutral. S = Separate. C = EARTHING

In TN-C earthing system, the N conductor and PE conductor are combined as a PEN conductor. Protective conductors (PE) provide the bonding connection between all exposed and extraneous conductive parts of an installation, to create the main equipotential bonding system.

These conductors conduct fault current due to insulation failure (between a phase conductor and an exposed conductive part) to the earthed neutral of the source. PE conductors are connected to the main earthing terminal of the installation.

TN C Earthing System

TN-C system is also called a three-phase four-wire system. Its main advantages include reducing a conductor, plus simple installation and saving costs.

The main disadvantages of TN-C conductors are:

  • When the PEN conductor is disconnected, an earthing fault will occur, and the enclosure of the electrical equipment will be charged with a 220 V voltage, and thus posing hazards.
  • When a current flows through the PEN conductor, a voltage drop will occur, leaving a potential difference between the enclosure of the equipment connected with the conductor and the earth, which may interfere with the communication device or cause an explosion in an explosive atmosphere.
  • As the PEN conductor cannot be disconnected, it is hard to make electrical isolation during maintenance.


Ques 26. Screened cables can be used for voltages

  1. Upto 11 kV
  2. 11 kV to 33 kV
  3. 33 kV to 66 kV
  4. 66 kV to 132 kV

These cables are used for the voltage levels of 22 kV and 33 kV. The two types of screened cables are

  1. H type cables
  2. S.L. type cables

Note:- In special cases, H type cables can be extended upto a voltage level of 66 kV


Ques 27. Peak factor for a half-wave rectified sine wave is

  1. 1.41
  2. 1.73
  3. 1
  4. 2

Peak factor = Max value/ RMS Value

Max value of sine wave = Imax

RMS value of half wave rectifier sine wave = Imax/2 =0.5 Imax

Peak factor = Imax/0.5Imax = 2


Ques 28. Sodium Vapour Lamp is used in:

  1. Homes
  2. Street lights
  3. Battery Charging
  4. Hotels

The light output of sodium vapour lamp is yellow in colour, which distort the surroundings colours hence it is used only for street lighting.


Ques 29. Distribution transformers must be designed to have maximum efficiency at

  1. Full load
  2. No-load
  3. About 90% of the full load
  4. About 50% of the full load

Distribution transformers are used for lower voltage distribution networks as a means to end user connectivity. (11kV, 6.6 kV, 3.3 kV, 440V, 230V) and are generally rated less than 200 MVA. Distribution transformers supply load which varies over the day through a wide range. Such transformers are, therefore, designed to have maximum efiiciency at about three-fourths the full load. which is around 50% – 60% of the full load.


Ques 30. _________ gas is majorly produced by anaerobic decomposition of human or animal excreta.

  1. Methane
  2. Carbon dioxide
  3. Nitrogen dioxide
  4. Ammonia

Anaerobic digestion is a collection of processes by which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. The process is used for industrial or domestic purposes to manage waste or to produce fuels.

In the presence of specialized methanogens, the intermediates are converted to the ‘final’ end products of methane, carbon dioxide, and trace levels of hydrogen sulfide. In an anaerobic system, the majority of the chemical energy contained within the starting material is released by methanogenic bacteria such as methane.

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