WAEC Syllabus for Basic Electricity/Applied Electricity 2024/2025

The WAEC syllabus for Basic Electricity/Applied Electricity is the topic you must study to sit for the examination. It contains the aims and objectives, notes and format for the Basic Electricity/Applied Electricity exam.

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WAEC Basic Electricity/Applied Electricity

This examination syllabus has evolved from the Senior Secondary School Electricity curriculum.

It is designed to test candidates’ knowledge and understanding of electrical and electronic principles, maintenance and repair of domestic and industrial equipment and safe working procedures.

The examination syllabus does not replace the curriculum.


The objective of the syllabus is to test candidates’:

  • knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts and principles of Basic Electricity/Applied Electricity;
  • ability to use tools and equipment in the maintenance and repair of electrical/electronic devices;
  • understanding of the principle of operation and the application of simple electrical/electronic devices;
  • understanding of safe working procedures and safety precautions in a domestic and industrial installations.

Examination Scheme

There will be three papers, Papers 1, 2 and 3 all of which must be taken. Papers 1 and 2 will be composite papers to be taken in one sitting.

PAPER 1: Will consist of fifty multiple-choice objective questions to be answered in 1 hour for 50 marks.

PAPER 2: Will consist of three sections: Sections A, B and C as follows:

Section A will be compulsory for all candidates.  It will consist of four questions out of which candidates will be required to answer any three.

Section B will be for candidates in Ghana only. It will consist of three questions out of which candidates will be required to answer two.

Section C will be for candidates in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia only.   It will also consist of three questions out of which candidates will be required to answer two.

Thus, candidates will be required to answer five questions in all. The paper will last 1 hour and carry 50 marks.

PAPER  3: Will be a practical paper on two experiments both of which are to be carried out by candidates in 3 hours for 100 marks.

WAEC Basic Electricity/Applied Electricity Syllabus

Direct Current Circuit Theory

  1. Structure of matter
  2. Resistors
  3. Conductors and insulators.
  4. Ohm’s law and Kirchhoff’s laws
  5. Power  and energy

Magnetic Field and Electromagnetism

  1. Fundamentals of magnetism
  2. Concept of Electric field
  3. Capacitors
  4. Electromagnetic field
  5. Self and Mutual Induction

Measuring Instruments

  1. Moving-coil instrument
  2. Moving-iron instrument
  3. Digital instrument

Digital Electronics

  1. Binary number   
  2. Logic gates  

Alternating Current Circuit Theory

  1. Generation of e.m.f. in a single turn coil
  2. A.C. quantities
  3. RLC circuits


  1. Types of transformer
  2. Principles of operation of a transformer
  3. Losses and temperature rise in transformers
  4. Efficiency of transformers
  5. Cooling of transformers

Power Supply

  1. Power supply units
  2. Rectification

Electrical Machines

  1. A.C. motors (Single phase)
  2. Alternators
  3. A.C. motors (Three-phase)
  4. D.C. generators
  5. D.C. motors

Electrical Energy Supply

  • Generating station

Electrical Wiring

  1. Electrical installation
  2. Wiring
  3. Protection
  4. Earthing
  5. Maintenance, Fault diagnosis and Repairs
  6. Testing of an installation
  7. General Workshop Safety

Electricity Transmission and Distribution

  1. Transmission
  2. Distribution of Electricity

Maintenance and Repair of Various Electrical Appliances

  1. Maintenance
  2. Maintenance and repair of electrical appliances
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