About the Book :
During our preparation, we found that AGRICULTURE created enormous job opportunities in teaching, research, extension, industries and financial institutions, which are based on all those examinations conducted by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, various State Agricultural Universities, State Boards and banking institutions. All these examinations are mostly objective based and students always look for study materials that are ready to use and easy to grasp, but there is no one competitive book that deals with Agriculture in its entirety for any competitive examination. The present book Guide for Agricultural Competitive Examinations has been prepared in simple, clear and in appropriate manner so that easy to grasp and remember, based on syllabus of competitive examinations, 100% examination oriented, covers Agriculture comprehensively with basic and innovative knowledge of various fields of agriculture.
Chapter 1: Historical and Current Innovations in Indian Agriculture; Chapter 2: Agricultural Meteorology; Chapter 3: Crop Production: A) Basic principles of crop production; B) Classification of crops and their origin; C) Soil and climatic requirements; D) Leading states in area, production and productivity of crops; E) Recommended fertilizer dose; F) Inflorescence of different crops; G) Fruit types and edible parts of different crops; H) C3, C4and CAM plants; I) Oil percentage of oilseed crops; J) Recommended Seed rate of field crops; K) Recommended Plant geometry of field crops; L) Test weight of field crops; M) Mutant varieties of crops; N) Toxic substances found in different fodder and food crops; Chapter 4: Modern Concepts of Tillage; Chapter 5: Cultivation Practices of Crops; A) Cereals crops; B) Pulses crops; C) Oilseeds crops; D) Fibres; E) Sugar crops; F) Fodder & forages crops; G) Commercial crops; H) Medicinal & aromatic plants; I) Fruit & Vegetable crops; Chapter 6: Irrigation Water Management; A) Concept of irrigation; B) Water resources in India; C) Scheduling of irrigation; D) Irrigation water measurement; E) Methods of irrigation; F) Concept of available soil moisture; G) Evapotranspiration; H) Water requirement of crops; I) Irrigation water quality; J) Agricultural drainage; Chapter 7: Watershed Management; Chapter 8: Weed Management; Chapter 9: Dryland Agriculture; Chapter 10: Soil and Water Conservation; Chapter 11: Cropping and Farming Systems; Chapter 12: Soil Science; A) Soil structure & texture; B) Soils of India; C) Soil fertility & productivity; D) Plant nutrients; E) Manures & fertilizers; F) Problem soils; Chapter 13: Genetics; A) Cell organelles; B) Mitosis & Meiosis; C) Mendelian genetics; Chapter 14: Plant Physiology; A) Photosynthesis; B) Respiration and Photorespiration; C) Transpiration; Chapter 15: Biochemistry; A) Carbohydrates; B) Protein; C) Nucleic acid; D) Enzymes; E) Vitamins; Chapter 16: Plant Protection; A) Major pests of crops & their control measures; B) Major diseases of crops & their control measures; Chapter 17: Agricultural Extension; A) Important rural development programmes; Chapter 18: Agricultural Statistics; A) Elements of Statistics; B) Principles of Field Experimentation; Chapter 19: Agroforestry Systems; Chapter 20: Organizational Set-Up of Agricultural Research, Education and Extension; Chapter 21: Numerical Problems; Chapter 22: Syllabus for ICAR-JRF 2011-2012 (Subject: E-1: Agronomy/Farming Systems Management); Chapter 23: Previous Years Question Papers of JRF-Agronomy from ICAR (2000 to 2009).
About the Author :
R.K. Sharma is Assistant Seed Certification Offices in Seed certification Department, Raipur (CG).
Dr. Narendra Pandey is Principal Scientist in Department of Agronomy, IGKV Raipur (CG).
Room Singh Maitry is a Ph.D. Scholar in the Department of Water Sciences & Technology, IARI, New Delhi.