Rajasthan Public Service Commission
RAS Pre-Syllabus: Mining Engineering (Code No. 22)
1. Mineral industry: National Mineral policy, Mineral resources of
Rajasthan and India vis-a-vis world. Status of mining of important minerals in
India. Introduction of important minerals, their occurrences and uses.
2. Mining Methods Surface and Underground: Open cast method of mining
layout, development and design; loading and transport, mechanized quarrying,
continuous mining systems. Underground methods of working coal by longwall, Bord
and Pillar, mining of thick seams, trends of new developments in coal mining
Underground mining methods for metalliferrous deposits-development and stoping,
handling of broken ore waste material, stope mechanization and mine filling.
3. Mine transport and Machinery: Material handling in mines-haulage,
conveyors, rope-ways Face machinery Mine hoists, Mine pumps.
4. Rock Mechanics, Ground Control and Mine Development: Physico-mechanical
properties of rocks, Rock mass classification, stress measurement techniques.
Theories of rock failure, stress distribution around mine working. Mine
subsidence, ground control, instrumentation and monitoring. Design of support
and support system in mine roadways and workings. Pit slope stability. Drilling
methods and machines. Explosives, blasting devices and practices. Shaft sinking
- ordinary and special methods.
5. Mine ventilation and Environment: Underground mine atmosphere.
Detection of mine gases. Mechanics of air flow, distribution and control.
Natural and mechanical ventilation. Fan types, selection and operation . Heat
and humidity - sources, estimation and air-conditioning. Ventilation planning.
Mine fires and explosions. Inundation. Illumination, noise and mine dust
measurements, standards and control. Mine Rescue and Recovery. Environment
impacts of surface mining and their mitigation.
6. Mine Legislation, safety and management: Statutory laws concerned
with concession, conservation and development of minerals; and safety, health
and welfare of workmen in mines. Mine safety - accidents in mines and their
prevention. Occupational diseases. Principles of scientific management,
organization and staffing. Work study and operation research in mining.
7. Mine Surveying, Mineral Economics and Mine Planning- Mine surveying
instruments, development in instrumentation and techniques. Correlation,
underground surveying. Estimation and measurements of mineral resources and
reserves. Sampling method and practices. Mining companies and mine accounts.
Cash flow concepts and mine valuation. Mining finance, royalty and taxation.
Principles of mine planning, optimization of output, life, size and other mine
parameters. Preparation of feasibility reports and DPR/production planning and
productivity in mining.
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