Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission
Syllabus For Agriculture Preliminary Examination (Optional)
AGRICULTURE (CODE NO. 01)
1. General Agriculture
Agriculture and its importance in national economy.
Crops of India, Agrotechniques of major fielt crops of India.
Sustainable cropping systems.
Agro-climatic and Agro-ecological zones .
3. Soil Science
Soil and its composition and its role in crop production, physical,
Chemical, and biological properties of soil. Essential plant nutrients, their
function and dynamics. Integrated nutrient management, Problem soils and their
4. Plant Physiology
Absorption, translocation and metabolism of nutrients, Diagnosis of nutrient
deficiencies and their amelioration, Photosynthesis and respiration, Growth and
development, growth regulators.
5. Crop Improvement
Elements of genetics and plant breeding as applied to crop improvement.
Package of practices of important fruit vegetable Spices and economically
important flowering plants, Nursery management and propagation methods of
horticultural crops. Problems (unfruitfulness, alternate bearing, fruit drops
etc.) and physiological disorders and their management. Post-harvest handling.
Processing of fruits and vegetables.
7. Plant Protection
Important insect pests and diseases affecting important crops and their
management. Components of integrated pest and disease management. Spray
equipments, their selection and maintenance. Rodent management. Safety
precautionary measures during pesticide usage.
8. Agricultural Economics
Meaning, principles of economics as applied to agriculture, Farm planning
and resource management for optimal production. Farming systems and their
economic role. Marketing of agricultural produce and regulated markets in MP
including initiatives like (e -chaupal) Price of agricultural produce and its
role in agricultural production.
9. Agricultural Extension Education
Philosophy, objectives and principles of extension. Extension organizations
at the state, district and block levels, their structure, functions and
responsibilities. Methods of communication. Role of farmer's organizations in
extensions services. Role and importance of trainings. Important rural
development programmes in India.