TSPSC Agriculture Officer Exam Syllabus 2016 & Exam Pattern

TSPSC giving a great opportunity to all the candidate those fill the application for the exam held for various Agriculture Officer posts. Applicants are pleased to know that TSPSC has been uploaded the Exam Syllabus & Pattern from which you will prepare for the written Exam.

TSPSC Agriculture Officer Exam Syllabus 2016

Latest Update : TSPSC released its latest notice of Exam Syllabus , Exam Pattern, Exam Scheme and Exam Tips with important topics issuing for the exam held for Agriculture Officer posts. All the candidates who are preparing for the exam will get so much of relief because TSPSC Agriculture Officer Exam Syllabus 2015.

TSPSC Agriculture Officer Exam Pattern :

    1. Written exam will be in the form of objective Type consist four options.
    2. There will also be a Interview of 50 marks.
 Paper Subject   Questions Marks  Timing 
 Paper-1 General Studies & General Abilities  150 150 02:30 Hrs
 Paper-2 Agriculture 150  150 02:30 Hrs

TSPSC Agriculture Officer Exam SYLLABUS 2016 :

Paper- 1

General Intelligence:- It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. The test will include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, problem solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discriminating observation, relationship concepts, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series, non-verbal series etc. The test will also include questions designed to test the candidates’ abilities to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationship, arithmetical computation and other analytical functions.

General Knowledge : Questions will be designed to test the ability of the candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining to Sports, History, Culture, Geography, Economic scene, General Polity including Indian Constitution and Scientific Research etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline. This is topic is huge so applicants are advised to go through Newspaper daily and read good GK books and other notes.

Paper- 2

Agriculture Degree (Degree Level)

Historical developments in Agriculture; Agro climatic zones of India and Telangana; Agricultural Meteorology Weather and Climate, Rainfall patterns, Monsoons, artificial rain making, Weather forecasting – Crop Production and Productivity in India and Telangana, cultural practices; cropping systems & patterns; Yield and yield attributes of Cereals, Millets, Pulses, Oilseeds, Forage, Fibre, Sugar and commercial crops; Dry land Farming; Contingency crop planning; Cropping Systems and pattern in Telangana; Integrated Farming Systems; Farm implements.

Important Weed flora and their management in different field and Horticultural crops; Forestry in India and Telangana; Silviculture, Agro Forestry, Social Forestry, Afforestation, Energy Plantations, Deforestation and its Implications; Soil Plant Water relations; Irrigation methods and problems; Micro irrigation; Water Management in different crops, Watershed Management, Water use efficiency; water conservation; water harvesting; Sustainable Agriculture; Land degradation and conservation of natural resources; Waste lands and their development; Organic Farming; Bio-diversity.

Ultra Structure of Plant cells, organelles and their functions – cell division; Fundamentals and principles of Genetics – Mendel Laws; Plant Breeding – scope and importance –Breeding methods for self pollinated and cross pollinated crops; Different types of selections and types of Hybridization – Heterosis – Inbreeding – varietal improvement; Major breeding procedures for development of hybrids/ varieties of different crops; Plant Genetic Resources their utilization in crop improvement; Ideo type concept; Breeding for resistance to biotic and abiotic stress -Genetic basis of adaptability.

Tissue culture and Plant Genetic Engineering – Methods and Applications in crop improvement; Seed Production methods and processing; Seed Certification – Seed act etc; Growth and development of crop plants; Crop plant water relations, Neutro physiology; Source and sink concept; Photoperiodism and plant growth regulators: Post harvest technology -types of ecosystems; Biotic and abiotic stresses; Climate change; Pollution, global warming and controlled environment.

Types of Soils – taxonomy physical, Chemical & Biological properties of Soil- soil fertility and productivity; Movement of nutrients in soil; Essential elements (macro & micro) and their functions, deficiency symptoms and toxic effects on plants and their corrective measures; Problem soils and their management, Soil erosion and preservation methods, Methods of analysis of soil & fertilizers, Fertilizer use efficiency; Types of Manures and fertilizers, and amendments. Fertilizer control order- Soil pollution; Soil Conservation and land use planning; Agricultural chemicals and their properties; Integrated Nutrient management.

Different types of land surveys; Principles of Irrigation; Methods of soil and Water conservation; Plant Protection Equipment and farm machinery; Concepts of Green Houses; Renewable energy sources – Solar energy, wind energy and Bio-energy – biogas, bioethanol and biodiesel.

Insect morphology; Taxonomy; Insect Ecology; Importance of Sericulture, Apiculture and Lacculture; Integrated Pest Management – concept and Principles; Different groups of Plant Pathogens Fungi Bacteria, Viruses, Viroids, Phytoplasma, Spiroplasma and Nematodes – their characteristics and classification; Classification of Plant Diseases – Diseases, disorders, Symptoms; Disease cycle–Survival of Pathogens, dispersal and infection; Pests and diseases of important field and Horticultural crops and their management; Stored grain pests and management; Integrated plant and disease management, Concept and Principles; Plant Protection Chemicals – Insecticides, Herbicides and Fungicides – Classification.

Concepts and principles of Agricultural Economics; Agricultural Finance; Agricultural credit Banking institutions, Kisan credit cards; Micro finance and Self help Groups; Crop insurance; Assessment of crop losses; Principles of Cooperation; Cooperative credit structure, Farm management,nature and scope; Farm planning and budgeting –Types and systems of farming– Agricultural Production economics– Risk and uncertainty in agriculture; Agricultural marketing– structure and function; International trade- World Trade Organization; Trading by government agencies–Agricultural price policy; Risks in agricultural marketing; Agribusiness management; Capital management; Financial management of agribusiness; Agro based industries.

Importance of Horticulture in Telangana; Fundamentals of Horticulture like importance in Human nutrition, layout, training, pruning, propagation and growth regulators; Cultivation practices for major fruits, vegetables, flowers, spices, plantation, medicinal, aromatic and other Horticultural crops; Landscaping and Commercial Floriculture; Post Harvest technology and value addition of Fruits and Vegetable crops.

Extension Education- concepts, principles and scope; Rural Development – concepts and importance; Community and Women Development Programs; New trends in Extension; Rural Sociology- concepts and importance in Agricultural extension; Social groups; concept of Educational Psychology; Extension methodology – Transfer of Agricultural technology; Role of different agencies viz., KVK, DAATC etc; Concepts of Entrepreneurship Development Program.

Cell structure and function of prokaryotes and eukaryotes; Major microbial groups, Role of microorganisms in soil, food and water; Structure and function of bio-molecules – amino acids, sugars, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, proteins and enzymes; Major metabolic pathways; Bio-fertilizers, microbial bio-control agents, microbial bio-insecticides – their role in INDPM and sustainable agriculture; Renewable and non- renewable resources – Sustainable management of natural and bio-resources; Environmental Pollution and Prevention.

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