Fingerprint Examination

Fingerprint Examination

Fingerprint Examination Quiz Crafted by-

Kratika Mishra

Senior Scientific Officer,

Sherlock Institute of Forensic Science

Introduction to Fingerprint Examination

Analyzing fingerprints left at the scene of a crime is one of the most critical parts of forensic analysis. Fingerprint analysis typically helps to connect the crime to a person who may have been present at the scene but can also be used to track a person’s previous records; arrests, parole, and other details.

Let's look at the questions and their answers:

Ques 1. In a loop Pattern, which of the following is not considered as one of features that must be present

a) A core

b) Minimum one ridge count

c) A single delta

d) A bifurcation

Answer-d) A bifurcation

Ques 2. Which pattern is considered as the second most common type of fingerprint pattern?

a) Arch                                                     

b) Loop

c) Whorl                                               

d) Both Loop and Whorl

Answer- c) Whorl

Ques 3. A  ridge starting from any margin of the print divides into two and the two divides ridges almost immediately converges to a form a single ridge leaving a blank space considered as which type of minutiae.

a) Bridge                                                  

b) Trifurcation

c) Hook

d) Enclosure                                                       

Answer- d) Enclosure  

Ques 4. What is considered as the Level 2 investigation in fingerprint examination

a) Poroscopy                                                  

b) Pattern Analysis

c) Minutiae Analysis                                                       

d) Scars and Individual Mark Analysis

Answer- c) Minutiae Analysis  

Ques 5. Which technique is used to decipher latent fingerprint on wet non-porous surface

a) Ninhydrin Method                                                     

b) Small Particle Reagent (SPR)

c) DFO method                                                     

d) Crystal Violet

Answer- b) Small Particle Reagent (SPR)


Ques 6. Which of the following types of the sweat gland are found in the ridge skin

a) Apocrine glands                                                     

b) Sebaceous glands

c) Endocrine glands                                                       

d) Eccrine glands

Answer- d) Eccrine glands


Ques 7. Cyanoacrylate Method is used for which type of surfaces

a) Non-porous Surface                                                     

b) Porous Surface

c) Semi Porous Surface                                               

d) Both porous and semi-porous surface

Answer- a) Non-porous Surface 

Ques 8. Which method is considered as the highly poisonous in nature

a) Superglue method                                                     

b) Silver nitrate method

c) Osmium tetraoxide method                                                       

d) Iodine fuming method

Answer- c) Osmium tetraoxide method

Ques 9. A book named ‘An Introduction to Dermatoglyphics’ is published by:

a) Harris Hawthorne Wilder                                                     

b) Harold Cummins

c) Sir Francis Galton                                                   

d) Sir Richard Henry

Answer- b) Harold Cummins

Ques 10. Which dye is used for the purpose of staining the fatty components of sebaceous sweat

a) Alcian yellow GXS                                                     

b) Sudan Black

c) Ethyl green                                                    

d) Crystal Violet

Answer- b) Sudan Black

Ques 11.Ninhydrin reacts with amino acids present in fingerprints to form a coloured compound is called as

a) Dimethyl formamide

b) Pervanadyl

c) Vanadyl

d) Ruhemann’s purple

Answer-d) Ruhemann’s purple

Ques 12.‘Sticky Side Powder’ is used to develop latent fingerprints on which of the following surfaces:

a) Adhesive tapes

b) Paper

c) Wood

d) Metal

Answer-a) Adhesive tapes

Ques 13. In which year was the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) developed?

a) 1985

b) 1984

c) 1986

d) 1990

Answer- b) 1984


Ques 14. The use of indanedione to develop latent finger-marks involves its reaction with which one of the following components of sweat residues?

a) Urea

b) Amino Acid

c) Triglycerides

d) Squalene

Answer- b) Amino Acid


Ques 15. The full form of NFF which is related to AFIS is

a) Numerical fingerprint file

b) National fingerprint facility

c) National fingerprint Federation

d) National fingerprint file

Answer- d) National fingerprint file

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