Agriculture For ICAR, JRF, UPSC and other Competitive Examinations

T. Arumugam et al.


The book “AGRICULTURE” (ICAR JRF and competitive examinations) is written based on the syllabus for ICAR JRF examinations. Mainly this book covers the general aspects of Agriculture, which is common for all the major subject groups of JRF examinations. The book is written in a simple language and lucid manner. This book covers exclusive information on different fields of Agriculture. This is a mind changing book which transforms one’s perception on Agriculture.

This book covers elaborative content in agriculture, much useful to for students preparing for ICAR JRF / SRF examinations besides the book also useful candidates preparing for other competitive examinations viz., UPSC/ Civil service examinations and state civil service examinations. This book will be an asset to get all possible information from single source, which can ease out their preparation and save time.

 Importance of Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry and Livestock in National Economy and Diversification of Agriculture in India
 Basic Principles of Crop Production, Major Cropping Systems including Rice-Wheat Cropping System, Crop Rotation and Mixed Cropping
 Package of Practices for Rice, Wheat, Chickpea, Pigen-Pea, Sugarcane, Soyabean, Groundnut, rapeseed and Mustard
 Package of Practices for Mango, Banana, Grapes, Tomato, Chilli, Brinjal, Potato, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Radish, Bhendi, Cucurbits, Onion, Carrot, Peas, and Cassava
 Major Soils of India, Soil Degradation and Management, Soil Salinity and Acidity
 Principles of Nutrient Management and Role of Essential Plant Nutrients, their Deficiency Symptoms and Management Options
 Biofertilizers and their Applications
 Elements of Economic Botany
 General structure and function of Microbial cell organelle and cell division
 Mendelian genetics, Varietal improvement and Heterosis
 Recombinant DNA Technology and Transgenic Crops
 Basic Concept of Plant Physiology, Elementary knowledge of growth, development, photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration
 Principles of Crop Protection
 Crop Protection – Principles of Pest Management
 Major Pests of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops and their Management
 Diseases of Agricultural Crops and their Management
 Organic Farming – Principles and Practices
 Biopesticides
 Postharvest Management of Horticultural Crops
 Natural Resources- forest, water, mineral, food, energy, and land resource, environmental pollution and environmental ethics
 Forest Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Conservation
 Elementary Principles of Agricultural Economics
 Elementary Principles Agri- Extension, Important Rural Development Programmes for Rural Upliftment and Livelihood Security in India
 Organizational Set up of Agricultural Research, Education and Extension in India and Future Strategies for up gradation
 Elementary Statistics, Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion, Regression and Correlation