Kerala psc agriculture officer books Previous question papers
Kerala Public Service Commission recruits Agriculture Officers through a state level PSC examination. Here in this post we share the previous question paper of agriculture officers conducted in the history of the examination, and possibly even answer keys to those questions as well. We will try to upload more kpsc agriculture officer previous question papers soon. Please comment below if you have more queries.
Books for kpsc agriculture officer preparation
Kerala Package of Practices (Not many questions were asked in 2021 exam but many questions repeated in previous years so probability still remains high)
A competitive book of agriculture by Nem Raj Sunda (Link)
Farm Guide 2022 (Link)
Previous question papers agriculture officer
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|1.||AGRICULTURAL OFFICER AGRICULTURE / KERALA LAND USE BOARD DCB 43/2016||QUESTION PAPER (GOOGLE DRIVE LINK)||KEY (GOOGLE DRIVE LINK)|
|2.||OLD AGRICULTURE QP||
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|3.||AGRICULTURE OFFICER/SOIL SURVEY OFFICER/KERALA STATE LAND USE BOARD Cat. No:505/2021, 522/2021, 475/2020, 594/2021||QUESTION PAPER|
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Detailed syllabus for kpsc agriculture officer books
DETAILED SYLLABUS FOR THE POST OF AGRICULTURAL OFFICER IN AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT AND
FARMERS’WELFARE DEPARTMENT (Category No: 475/2020)
PART I -CROP PRODUCTION
Module 1: AGRONOMY
Agronomy – scope, seeds and sowing, tillage and tilth, crop density and geometry. Classification of
crops – agronomic, botanical, ontogenic. Growth and development of crops, factors affecting growth
and development, crop rotation and its principles, adaptation and distribution of crops. Crop nutritionessential nutrients – criteria of essentiality, classification, functions and deficiencies – manures and fertilizers – nutrient use efficiency – fertilizer calculations. Specialty fertilizers – 100 per cent water
soluble, fortified, customised, slow release fertilizers, nitrification inhibitors. Biological nitrogen
fixation – biofertilizers. Weeds – importance, classification, invasive weeds of Kerala, crop weed
competition, allelopathy, concepts of weed management – principles and methods, herbicides –
classification, selectivity and resistance, allelopathy. Herbicide calculations, calibration of sprayers
and spraying specifications for herbicides. Integrated weed management in rice, banana, coconut.
Agriculture –scope- Importance of agriculture and agricultural resources available in India; Farming
system components – Cropping system and pattern, multiple cropping system-Sustainable agriculture problems and its impact on agriculture, indicators of sustainability, adaptation and mitigation,
conservation agriculture strategies, HEIA, LEIA and LEISA, ecological principles of LEISA.
Homestead farming system. Economic importance – soil and climatic requirements – area and
production – varieties – seed rate spacing – methods of sowing/planting -manurial schedule- cultural
practices and yield of major field crops of Kerala, viz, rice, tuber crops (cassava, sweet potato, yams
and aroids), sugarcane, pulses, groundnut, sesamum and fodder crops, viz., guinea and hybrid
napier. Irrigation- Water management of principal crops of Kerala.- Water resources and irrigation
development in India and Kerala. Soil moisture constants-Evapo-transpiration, potential evapotranspiration and consumptive use, Reference crop evapo-transpiration (ETo)- Crop co-efficient (Kc)-Kc values for different crops. Main empirical methods of calculation of ETo- Effective rainfall, Water
requirement of crops- Scheduling irrigation– Methods of irrigation-.Surface , subsurface, overhead
and micro irrigations. Irrigation efficiency- Water productivity and water use efficiency- Agricultural
drainage-causes of water logging and types of drainage. Quality of irrigation water. Agro ecology of
Kerala – agro ecological zones and agro ecological units, monsoon in Kerala, cropping seasons of
Kerala. Rainfed agriculture – dry farming, dryland farming, rainfed farming. Drought – classification,
drought adaptation mechanisms in crops, drought management in major crops of Kerala. Watershed –
types – characteristics and management.
MODULE 2: SOIL SCIENCE & AGRICULTURAL CHEMISTRY
Soil-Pedological and edaphological concepts. Weathering – soil formation – factors and processes –
soil profile. Soil physical properties – soil texture – soil consistency – soil crusting-bulk density and
particle density of soils and porosity – their significance and manipulation- Soil compaction – Soil
colour. Soils of India – geological processes and formations – characterization of soils of Kerala. Soil
colloids – properties – nature – types and significance. Layer silicate clays – their genesis and sources
of charges. Adsorption of ions – ion exchange – CEC and AEC – Concept of pH – soil acidity – saline,
sodic and calcareous soils. Soil organic matter – composition – decomposability – humus –
fractionation of organic matter. Kerala psc agriculture officer books syllabus here.
Carbon cycle – C: N ratio. Soil biology – biomass – soil organisms and their beneficial and harmful roles. Soil fertility evaluation – soil testing – rating of soil fertility (organic carbon, major, secondary and micronutrients). Problem soils of Kerala – characteristics, problems and management/reclamation; Salt affected soils- Arid soils -Acid soils- submerged soilsEroded soils-Acid sulphate soils-Degraded soils. Organic farming and food security- Tools and practices of organic farming. Organic certification – accreditation agencies, certification agencies, NSOP, NPOP. Precision agriculture: Geo-informatics- GIS and Remote sensing concepts application in agriculture-Global positioning system (GPS),components and its functions. Nanotechnology definition, concepts and techniques, nano-particles, nano-pesticides, nano-fertilizers, nano-sensors. Kerala psc agriculture officer books syllabus here.
PART II- CROP PROTECTION
Module 3 : AGRICULTURAL ENTOMOLOGY
Categories of pests of agriculture -Economic classification of insects- External Morphology, Anatomy
and general Physiology, structure and function of digestive, circulatory, respiratory, excretory,
reproductive, endocrine, exocrine, nervous systems and sense organs. Types of metamorphosis Integrated Pest Management: Principles of IPM, concept of economic threshold and economic injury
levels, tools of IPM -. Basic concept of host plant resistance. Biocontrol of pests -Microbial control Regulatory control- plant quarantine and phytosanitory certificate. Pesticides: Insecticide act and
rules. Newer trends in insect pest management – pheromones, Insect Growth Regulators, Chitin
synthesis Inhibitors, biotechnological methods.
Kerala psc agriculture officer books syllabus donwloaded here. Distribution, bioecology, nature and symptoms of damage and management strategies of major insect pests of Field crops: rice, wheat, maize, sorghum, ragi, sugarcane, cotton and oil seeds – groundnut, sesamum, castor, sunflower and mustard, pulses. Vegetable crops: solanaceous ,cruciferous , leafy vegetables polyhouse vegetables; tuber crops , fruit crops, plantation crops, ornamentals, medicinal and aromatic plants and stored products
pests. Economically important insects – silkworms, lac insects, pollinators, predators, parasites, weed
killers, soil builders, scavengers and insects used for scientific investigation. Damage in major crops
and management of nematodes, mites, rodents, birds, molluscs (snail).
Module 4: PLANT PATHOLOGY
Importance of plant diseases-. Important plant pathogenic organisms- Fungi, bacteria, fastidious
vascular bacteria, virus, viroids, phytoplasma, spiroplasma, algae, protozoa, nematodes, phanerogamic
parasites. Diseases due to abiotic /biotic causes: Causes/ factors affecting disease development disease triangle and tetrahedron. Fungi-.Bacteria-Viruses and mollicutes-Morphology, classification,
reproduction, transmission, dispersal and survival. Categories of diseases-IDM; Epidemiology:
Factors affecting disease development.
Principles and methods of plant disease management symptoms, etiology, disease cycle and management of diseases of rice, wheat, sugarcane, groundnut, pulses, vegetables, tubers, citrus, mango, banana, grapevine, pineapple, papaya, guava, sapota, cashew, apple, coconut, arecanut, cocoa, black pepper, ginger, cardamom, tree spices, oil palm, betel vine, coffee, tea, rubber and ornamentals. Methods of control: Host plant resistance, cultural, mechanical, physical, legislative, biological and chemical control. Survey, surveillance and forecasting of diseases. Development and validation of IDM module- IDM programmes in cereals, vegetables, pulses, tuber crops, spices and plantation crops and ornamentals. Kerala psc agriculture officer books syllabus and previous question papers.
Part III: CROP IMPROVEMENT
Module 5: PLANT BREEDING AND GENETICS
Heredity, Mendelian principles of heredity, Cell division –.Mutation, classification, Methods of
inducing mutation & CIB technique, mutagenic agents and induction of mutation. Qualitative &
Quantitative traits, Polygenes and continuous variations, multiple factor hypothesis, Domestication,
Acclimatization, Multiline concept. Hardy-Weinberg Law, Genetic basis and methods of breeding
cross pollinated crops, modes of selection; Heterosis and inbreeding depression, development of inbred
lines and hybrids, composite and synthetic varieties. Major breeding objectives for crop improvement
and procedures including conventional and modern innovative approaches for development of hybrids
and varieties for yield, adaptability, stability, abiotic and biotic stress tolerance and quality. Seed
production technology in self pollinated, cross pollinated and vegetatively propagated crops.
Hybrid seed production technology in Maize, Rice, Sorghum, Pearl millet and Pigeonpea, etc. Ideotype
concept and climate resilient crop varieties for future. Germplasm – Methods of conservation and utilization in crop improvement. Micropropagation -organogenesis and embryogenesis-different stages of micropropagation – commercial micropropagation, quality assurance of tissue culture plants. Plant
tissue culture for crop improvement. Intellectual Property Rights – meaning, GATT, WTO, TRIPs,
WIPO, patents, copyrights, trademark, industrial design, geographical indications, integrated circuits,
trade secrets. Patent Act 1970 and patent system in India.
MODULE 6: SEED AND SEED TECHNOLOGY
Seed certification, field inspection- Foundation and certified seed production of important cereals
(Rice, wheat and maize), pulses (Cowpea, mung, urd, pigeonpea, field bean and soyabean), oilseeds
(Sesame, coconut, sunflower, groundnut), fodder (Guinea grass, napier grass and lucern), and
vegetables (Bhindi, tomato, brinjal, chillies and cucurbitaceous vegetables). Seed Act and Seed Act
enforcement- Central Seed Committee, Central Seed Certification Board, State Seed Certification
Agency, Central and State Seed Testing Laboratories. Seeds Control Order 1983 and Seed Bill 2004,
IPR- Intellectual Property Rights. Kerala psc agriculture officer books syllabus at agriedu4u.com.
PART –IV OTHERS
Module 7: HORTICULTURE
Horticulture – area, production, productivity of horticultural crops in India and Kerala – branches of
horticulture – major fruit crops (Pomology) – importance, nutritional value, production technologies.
Commercial orchards, gardens and plantations – selection of site for crops – climate, soil, socioeconomic factors; Techniques of training and pruning , problems of unfruitfulness – internal factors,
external factors. Plant growth regulators in horticulture -.Plant propagation techniques – definition and
basic concepts, type-structures – commercial propagation of horticultural crops; Micro propagation of
Important seed and herbal classification ,medicinal plants -different methods of
classification, active principles, aromatic plants- Botany, varieties, production technology, active
principles and uses, plantation crops of Kerala – commercially cultivated varieties, production
technologies – improved propagation methods. Ornamental and flowering plants (Floriculture) ––
cultivation of commercial ornamental and flower crops. Gardening and landscaping-scope and methods. Post harvest management of major horticultural crops of Kerala.
MODULE 8: OLERICULTURE
Importance and scope of vegetable crops in India with special reference to Kerala-Production and
management of warm season and cool vegetables of Kerala. Types of vegetable farming-Systems of
vegetable cultivation- traditional and specialized systems; Factors affecting vegetable productionBasic principles in vegetable production- nursery, sowing and transplanting, care and management.
Plant protection special precautions in vegetables- Seed production in cool season vegetables, post
harvest handling- losses; causes and measures to reduce losses; Packing and transport, marketing of
MODULE 9: AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS
.Agricultural economics- Basic concepts: Goods and services, desire, want, demand, utility, cost and
price, wealth, tax, capital, income and welfare. Theories- Utility theory; law of diminishing marginal
utility, equi-marginal utility principle. Agricultural Marketing: Concepts and definitions of market,
marketing, agricultural marketing, market structure, marketing mix and market segmentation,
classification and characteristics of agricultural markets- demand, supply and producer’s surplus of
agri-commodities: nature and determinants of demand and supply of farm products, producer’s
Module 10: AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION
Extension Education-Extension Programme planning- Meaning, Process, Principles and Steps in
Programme Development. Extension systems in India: various extension/ agriculture development
programmes launched by ICAR/ Govt. of India (IADP, IAAP, HYVP, KVK, IVLP, ORP, ND, NATP,
NAIP, etc.). New trends in agricultural extension-Various rural development programmes launched by
Govt. of India. Community development-Rural Leadership: concept and definition, types of leaders in
rural context; extension administration. Extension teaching methods- Sociology and Rural sociology.
Management in extension, participatory approaches, entrepreneurship in agriculture, communication
and transfer of technology in agriculture.
NOTE: – It may be noted that apart from the topics detailed above, questions from other topics prescribed for the educational qualification of the post may also appear in the question paper. There is no undertaking that all the topics above may be covered in the question paper.
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