Welcome to Open Source Classes for Amateur Radio (OSCAR)


Some Frequently asked questions

  • What is Amateur Radio?
    • Amateur Radio is the use of radio frequency spectrum for purposes of non- commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, private recreation, radio sport, contesting, and emergency communication. The term "amateur" is used to specify a duly authorized person interested in radio electric practice with a purely personal aim and without pecuniary interest and to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting public safety (such as police and fire), or professional two-way radio services (such as maritime, aviation, taxis, etc.)..

  • How to get license?
    • Any citizen of INDIA who is above 12 years of age can become an amateur radio operator by qualifying in the ASOC examination and obtaining a valid amateur wireless telegraph station license.

  • What is ASOC Exam?
    • The amateur radio licensing examination is known as the Amateur Station Operator's Certificate Examination (ASOC Examination). It is conducted by the Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC) wing of the Ministry of Communications, New Delhi at the Wireless Monitoring Stations located throughout the country.

  • What is OSCAR?
    • Open Source Classes for Amateur Radio commonly known as OSCAR, is an open platform for Amateur Station Operators Certificate Examination preparation. It is hosted by The Smart Future Foundation, a charitable organization working on Amateur Radio and other social issues including education for unprivileged children..

  • Who provides callsign?
    • In every country there is a department to handle radio spectrum for telecommunication. In India, the WPC(Wireless planning & co-ordination Wing) provides the callsign.

  • What prefix is assigned to our country?
    • In our country callsign starts with VU prefix.

  • What is VU2 and VU3?
    • VU is the prefix for India allocated by ITU(International Telecommunication Union) with the consultation of spectrum Regulatory Administration of India- WPC and 2 or 3 helps us to know the callsign grade. Anyone having a callsign with prefix VU3 is a restricted grade callsign holder while anyone with the prefix VU2 is a general grade callsign holder.

  • What is VU4 & VU7?
    • The Indian Union Territory(UT) of Andaman and Nicobar islands is assigned the prefix VU4 and another Indian Union Territory Lakshadweep is assigned VU7.

  • What is special callsign?
    • A special call Sign is an amateur station call sign with a one-by-one call sign format that may be reserved for assignment to stations operating in conjunction with these short-term events. AT & AU are generally used as special callsign.

  • Who can become a HAM?
    • Any citizen of India who is above 12 years of age can become a ham by qualifying the Amateur Station Operators Licence (RESTRICTED) examination and obtaining a valid license.

  • Can I apply for the examination if I am below 18 years?
    • Yes. Applicants between 12-18years can apply for the RESTRICTED grade examination by providing an Undertaking by the parent/guardian in the prescribed format. For GENERAL grade- Applicants between 12-18years can apply for the GENERAL grade examination by providing an Undertaking by the parent/guardian in the prescribed format. Applicant above the age of 18 years can apply for both without any undertaking

  • What are the various categories and fees of examination?
    • A candidate can apply for any of the below categories:

      S.No Category Examination Fee
      1 Restricted Rs. 100/-
      2 General Rs 100/-
      3 General & Restricted Rs 200/-

  • What are the examination centres?
    • Examination may be conducted at any of the Wireless Monitoring Station/International Monitoring Station in India. The list of Monitoring Stations is given below:

      1. Ahmedabad
      2. Ajmer
      3. Bengaluru
      4. Bhopal
      5. Bhubaneswar
      6. Chennai
      7. Dehradun
      8. Dibrugarh
      9. Goa
      10. Gorakhpur
      11. Hyderabad
      12. Jalandhar
      13. Jammu
      14. Kolkata
      15. Lucknow
      16. Mangalore
      17. Mumbai
      18. Nagpur
      19. New Delhi
      20. Patna
      21. Raipur
      22. Ranchi
      23. Shillong
      24. Siliguri
      25. Thiruvananthapuram
      26. Vijayawada
      27. Vishakapatnam

  • What is the pattern and duration of examination?
    • The examination consists of two parts; Part A: Basic Electronics and Part B: radio Regulations. The Restricted Grade examination consists of 25 Questions each in Part A and Part B and is for one hour. The General Grade Examination consists of 50 Questions each in Part A and Part B and is for two hours. The General Grade candidates will have to additionally undertake an examination in Transmission and Reception of Morse Code. For detailed syllabus, please refer to the circulars.

  • How many marks are needed to pass the examination?
    • For Restricted Grade, the maximum marks will be 100 and candidate must secure at least 40 % in each section and 50% in aggregate for a pass. For General Grade, the maximum marks will be 100. A candidate must secure at least 50% in each section and 60% in aggregate for a pass. In addition, a candidate shall have to pass both Morse Reception and Sending simultaneously

  • Can I take the examination at any centre?
    • The applicant can choose the examination centre at any Wireless Monitoring Station/International Monitoring Station as per their convenience. However, no change will be allowed after submission of application.

  • Can I change the centre of examination after application?
    • No change in Exam Centre is permitted after submission of application.

  • Can I change the category of examination after submission of application?
    • No change in category will be permitted after submission of the application.

  • Can I apply for both GENERAL and RESTRICTED?
    • Yes. A candidate can apply for both General and Restricted categories. If a candidate passes in Part I and II, he/she will be issued a GENERAL Licence. If a candidate passes only in Part I of the examination he/she will be issued a RESTRICTED Licence.

  • Can I take the General Grade examination after passing Restricted Grade?
    • Yes. You will need to apply again for General Grade after the completion of the Restricted Grade examination.

  • Are there any exemptions from the exam?
    • Candidates having the following Qualifications are exempted from appearing in Part A of the Examination

      1. B. Tech/BE Degree in Electronics or Telecommunication
      2. B.Sc/M.Sc with Electronics or Telecommunication
      3. Diploma in Engineering with Electronics or Telecommunication

  • How do I check the status of application?
    • The status of the application can be checked on the Saral Sanchar portal.

  • When will the examination be conducted?
    • The Date, Venue and Time of the examination will be intimated to the candidate by the respective Monitoring Station. The examination will be conducted as and when there are sufficient number of candidates.

  • What if I reside in another city in which no monitoring station is situated?
    • For examination venues in cities other than where Wireless Monitoring Stations/ International Monitoring Stations are situated, there should be a minimum of 20 candidates and the centre should be either a School/University/Education Centre/Amateur Radio Society or Club. The application may be submitted to the nearest monitoring station.

  • What documents do I need to carry for the examination?
    • The Admit Card is to be produced for verification at the time of the test. At least one original valid Photo Identification Card (such as Aadhaar Card, Driving Licence, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID,) should also be presented. Date of Birth Proof, Address proof, Proof for Exemption in Part A and Undertaking certificate (For students between ages 12 and 18) may also be produced to the examiner for verification.

  • Does WPC provide any training?
    • No, WPC does not provide any training for the examination.

  • What should I do after passing the examination?
    • After passing the examination, you may apply for Amateur Wireless Telegraph Station Licence/ Certificate on the Saral Sanchar Portal.

  • Can I choose my own call sign?
    • You can give a choice of 3 callsigns. Based on availability, a callsign would be assigned.

  • What is the licence fee?
    • A licence fee as below is payable after passing the examination.

      Category of Licence Fees
      20 Years Life Long (up to 80 years)
      Amateur Wireless Telegraph Station Licence (GENERAL) 1000 2000
      Amateur Wireless Telegraph Station Licence (RESTRICTED) 1000 2000

  • Do I need to take permission to participate in a hamfest at some other location?
    • No permission is required for a temporary change of location.

  • Do I need to inform WPC for a permanent change of address?
    • Yes, you need to intimate WPC when there is a permanent change of location. You can apply on the Saral Sanchar portal when there is a permanent change of location and pay the requisite fee of Rs 200/- for re-issue of the licence.

  • Can I get a duplicate copy of the licence?
    • Yes. In case of loss/damage of original licence, you can apply for a Duplicate copy of licence on the Saral Sanchar Portal and pay the requisite fee of Rs 100/-

  • How can I get a special call sign?
    • The following documents may be submitted to WPC Wing for the issue of special call sign.

      1. Application
      2. Individual Consent
      3. Copy of valid Amateur License

  • How to pay the examination fee?
    • The prescribed license fee is to be paid through Non Tax Receipt Portal (NTRP) available on webpage http://bharatkosh.gov.in under the following accounts heads: a. Purpose head: “Amateur Exam conducted by Wireless Monitoring Stations and RHQs b.Payment type: “Exam fee” c. Function head: “127500103050100 - Proficiency Certificate” d. PAO and DDO details are as under: -

      Regional Headquarters Name of the pay & Account Office (PAO) under NTRP Corresponding Centre of Examinations (Monitoring Stations)
      Western Regional Hq, Mumbai 077148-Controller of Communication Accounts, Maharashtra Drawing & Disbursing Officer: - 201562 DDO CCA Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Goa, Mumbai, Nagpur, Raipur
      Northern Regional Hq, New Delhi 077177-Controller of Communication Accounts, New Delhi Drawing & Disbursing Officer:- 201540 DDO CCA Ajmer, Dehradun, Gorakhpur, Jalandhar, Jammu, Lucknow, New Delhi
      Southern Regional Hq, Chennai 077153-Controller of Communication Accounts, Tamil Nadu Drawing & Disbursing Officer: - 201579 DDO CCA Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam
      Eastern Regional Hq, Kolkata 077155-Controller of Communication Accounts, West Bengal. Drawing & Disbursing Officer: - 201589 Bhubaneswar, Dibrugarh, Kolkata, Patna, Ranchi, Shillong, Silliguri
      DDO CCA

  • How to pay the license fee?
    • For issue of licence, renewal, issue of duplicate licence, issue of reciprocal licence or change of location, the details of payment head for making payment through NTRP is as under:
      a) Purpose: Amateur license
      b) Payment Type: License Fee/ License Renewal Fee/ Late Fee/ Fee for issue of duplicate license
      c) Pay & Account Office (PAO): 077188-Controller of Communication Accounts, PAO HQ
      d) Correspondence Address: Assistant Wireless Adviser (COP), WPC Wing, DOT, 6th Floor, Sanchar Bhawan, 20 Ashok Road, New Delhi-110001

  • Whom should I contact for any further queries?
    • For any further queries, please reach us on 011-2303 6534; 6539

OSCAR or Open Source Classes for Amateur Radio is the brainchild of Nilkantha Chatterjee. OSCAR is the only PAN India group in the field of Amateur Radio popularly known as HAM Radio. Nilkantha Chatterjee, famous as Nil Sir started this with an aim of promoting Amateur Radio hobby among all interested students of India. OSCAR never charges a single penny to provide education for ASOC Examination. The program OSCAR is supported by All India School of Management and Information Technology & The Smart Future Foundation.