OPSC Exam Syllabus 2019 For Assistant Horticulture Officer

OPSC Exam Syllabus 2019 For Assistant Horticulture Officer (AHO): Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) Assistant Horticulture Officer in class-II of Group-B recruitment exam pattern and syllabus. The selection of candidates for recruitment to the post shall be made on the basis of written test and interview. Candidates must download the details syllabus and written examination pattern.

OPSC Exam Syllabus 2019 For Assistant Horticulture Officer

OPSC AHO Exam Pattern 2019

Name of The Post: Assistant Horticulture Officer (AHO)
Online Form Submission Starts: 28th May 2019

  • Written Test:- It shall consist of one paper with Objective type MCQ pattern questions. The paper shall be of 200 (two hundred) marks with 200 questions each carrying one mark.
  • The duration shall be of three (3) hours.
  • There shall be NO negative marking for wrong answers.
  • The interview shall consist of 25  (twenty-five) marks.

OPSC AHO Syllabus 2019

Plant propagation and nursery management:  Importance of plant propagation,  sexual & asexual method of plant propagation,  advantages,  disadvantages,  detail about grafting,  layering, budding, cutting,  tissue culture,  propagation through specialised  plant part, incompatibility,   polyembryony,   apomixes,  parthenocarpy,  root stocks, anatomical studies on rooting,  scion, graft union, use of PGR, propagation  method of horticultural  crops, plant propagating structure, media preparation, nursery act, registration,   insect pest &  disease control of nursery plants, Hi-tech nurseries.

Fruit crops: Importance  of fruits classification  of fruits, area, production,  export, marketing,  storage,  fruit growing zones of fruit crops, agro-climatic  zones & suitable  fruits for tropical,  subtropical  & wasteland areas, soil, climate, varieties planting, cultural practices, irrigation, nutrition, weed management   plant protection, harvesting, yield, storage,  processing,  Physiological  disorders,  insect, pest, diseases  management,  Post-harvest  technology,   training, pruning,  unfruitfulness  of fruits of important  fruit crops such as mango,  Banana,  citrus fruits, Pine-apple,  Guava, Citrus, Papaya, Sapota, Bael, Ber, Jack fruit, Pomegranate,  Litchi, Jamun, bael, Custard apple, aonla etc.

Plantation crops: Importance,  scope, area, production,  marketing,  processing  & cultivation  practices  of important plantation crops like coconut,  areca nut, Oil palm, Palmyrah palm, Cocoa, coffee, tea, rubber, date palm in relation to soil, climate, varieties,  plant protection, soil & water management,  processing packaging,  grading, value addition.

Vegetable crops: Area, production,  importance,  productivity,  export,  value addition,  off-season  cultivation,  green house cultivation,  organic  fanning, seed production,  certification,  value addition, storage  of vegetable & cultivation of important,  tropical,  subtropical,  temperate,  underexploited,  perennial  vegetable  crops in relation to soil, climate, varieties, hybrid, seed rate, spacing, fertiliser dose, physiological  disorders, plant protection,  harvesting  storage, processing,  important varieties, vegetable garden etc.

Spices, Condiments, Medicinal plants:  History scope, area, production, marketing, export, value addition, processing, storage of important spices,  condiments  & medicinal plants.  Cultivation practices of important spices, condiments and medicinal plants with relation to soil, climate, variety, spacing, fertilisers, plant protection, harvesting & marketing,  processing  etc. Uses of important spices, condiments  & medicinal  plants.

Ornamental  horticulture:  History,  definition,  scope, importance,  marketing,  export, aesthetic value, floriculture industry,  industrial  importance,  open cultivation,  protected  cultivation,  packaging,  marketing,  storage  of important commercial  flowers, Ornamental trees, climbers,  shrubs,  herbs, loose flowers, foliage plants,  house plants, orchids, cut flowers, different types of garden, parks, gardens features, Bonsai, terrace garden, flower arrangement,   bio aesthetic planting, landscape architecture, commercial cultivation of  important cut flower crops, lawn &  its maintenance,  protected  cultivation of important  flowers & foliage plants.

Related subjects: Precision  farming,  protected  cultivation,  drip and sprinkler  irrigation,  Fertigation,  post harvesting technology  of horticultural  crops, nutrient management,  INM, important  insect, pest and diseases of horticultural crops, water management,   soil management,  use of PGR, organic  fanning and certification,   leaf analysis,  genetic Engineering,   bio-control,   different cropping pattern, crop rotation, farming system research, weed management, water  management, soil  management, seed  production, organic farming, protected cultivation, respiration, transpiration,  photosynthesis,  biotic & abiotic  stress management,  dormancy,  growth  and development,  horticulture entrepreneurship.

Agro meteorology: Agro climate zones of India &  Odisha, Agroecology for horticultural crops, Weather & climate, Weather parameters and crop environment, Weather  forecasting, Climate change, vulnerability and risks, Climate resilience and climate-smart practices.

Soil and nutrition: Soil of Odisha,  problematic  soils and their management,  essential  plant nutrients, crop growth, manures and fertilisers,  integrated nutrient management  for horticultural  crop, nutrient use efficiency.

Water management: Water resources of  Odisha, Irrigation development, Soil-plant water relation,  Water  I requirement and irrigation efficiencies,  Irrigation scheduling,  methods & irrigation, micro-irrigation & water  use efficiencies, Irrigation water quality, stress management.

Weed management: Weeds competition & allelopathy, crop-weed association, weed prevention eradication and control, integrated weed management, herbicides and their uses selectivity and environmental impacts.

Dryland farming: Rained and dry land horticulture, drought management, Contingent planning, soil  moisture conservation, water harvesting & recycling, watershed management, conservation farming! horticulture,

Integrated Fanning System: Fanning system and horticulture,  Integrated farming system models  (horticultural based), farm machineries & equipment for horticulture, tillage & tillage implements.

Seed technology:  Seed quality, seed dormancy, seed production certification storage etc.

Economics:  Cost of cultivation of horticultural crops, Entrepreneurship in horticulture,   Agribusiness management, marketing.

Statistics:  Basic statistical principles, data collection compilation & presentation.

Plant  Protection:   IPM, biological control, important insect pest, diseases and nematodes of horticultural crops.

Marks Distribution

A number of multiple  choice questions  to be prepared:

  • Plant propagation and nursery management: 20
  • Fruit crops:  20
  • Plantation crops: 20
  • 4. Vegetable crops:  20
  • 5. Spices, Condiments, Medicinal plants:  20
  • Ornamental horticulture: 20
  • 7. Related subjects: 30
  • 8. Agro meteorology:  05
  • 9. Soil and nutrition: 05
  • 10. Water management: 05
  • II. Weed management:  05
  • 12. DIY land farming: 05
  • Integrated Farming System: 05
  • 14. Seed technology: 05
  • Economics:  05
  • 1 Statistics: 05
  • 17. Plant Protection: 05

Total Marks: 200 

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