(Syllabus) RAS Pre-Syllabus: Mining Engineering (Code No. 22)

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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