Agribusiness management(MBA)



    There are mainly two courses for Agri Business Management (ABM) in India.

    • MBA (ABM) – Offered by most of the Agricultural Universities.
    • PGDM (ABM) – Offered by Most of the B-Schools (ICAR or Other Undertaken).
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    MBA (ABM)

    Who can study this course?

    Candidates who have passed Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and allied can join Master degree in Agribusiness in Indian Universities and also at foreign universities.

    Examination’s: For MBA(ABM)

    1. State University entrance Examination carried by All SAU’s. or
    2.  ICAR JRF examination.
    ICAR JRF Examination for MBA (ABM)

    Examination Pattern,

    (i) The examination shall have one question paper consisting of 150 multiple-choice, objective type questions, each with four options and also 10 cross-matching type questions, each having five sub-questions/pairings for every subject-group paper.
    (ii) 150 multiple choice, objective type questions would be serially numbered from 1-150 whereas 10 cross-matching type questions would be serially numbered from 151-160.


    UNIT-1: Social, political and economic structure in rural India. Importance of agriculture/forestry/ horticulture/ livestock in national economy. Cultivation of major cereal crops, legume crops, vegetable crops, fruits and their importance in human diet. Major soils of India, essential plant nutrients, their role, deficiency symptoms and sources. Pests and diseases of major crops, vegetables, fruits and their management.
    Forestry production, pests and diseases management of major trees grown in India. Watershed management. Organizational set up of agricultural research, education and extension in India. Elements of statistics.

    UNIT-2: Farm equipments and Farm Machinery in India, sources of energy and power on farms. Irrigation and drainage systems. Basics of post-harvest technology, Basics of energy in agriculture.

    UNIT-3: *Basics of veterinary, gynaecology, veterinary microbiology, veterinary pathology and Parasitology, veterinary surgery, veterinary public health, veterinary pharmacology and toxicology.

    UNIT-4: Basics of human food and nutrition, human/child development, home and family resource management, clothing and textile.

    UNIT-5: Quantitative ability: Test the ability of candidates to make mathematical calculations under stress conditions. All these calculations will be based on analytical skills of the candidates with understanding of mathematics at Intermediate level.

    UNIT-6: Communicative ability: Test English comprehension wherein the knowledge of language skills are tested as to how effectively the candidate communicates his thoughts and ideas.

    UNIT-7: Data Interpretation: Calculations requiring skills of interpretation of facts and figures. The questions can be posed as graphs, tables and charts.

    UNIT-8: Logical reasoning: Evaluating logical thinking capacity by providing various options

    UNIT-9: Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation: Fundamentals of managerial economics, market structure conduct and performance, agricultural marketing concepts- functions and institutions, trade in agriculture sector; principles of corporation; cooperatives in India; agribusiness institutions in India; entrepreneurship development.
    Besides above, any other topic of scientific, social and educational importance can also be included. Around 20–25% questions shall be related to agriculture and agriculture related science subjects including recent developments.

    Syllabus for Unit 5,6,7,8 :

    English :

    • Substitution
    • Passage Completion
    • Spelling Test
    • Sentence Improvement
    • Grammar
    • Preposition Sentences
    • Transformation
    • Para completion
    • Error Correction
    • Comprehensions
    • Spotting Error
    • Fill in the blanks
    • Active and Passive voice
    • Idioms and Phrases
    • Synonyms
    • Antonyms


    • Data Sufficiency and AnalysisS
    • tatement and Conclusion
    • Analogy and Classification
    • Blood and Coded Relations
    • Series and Alphabets
    • Ranking and arrangements
    • Seating Arrangements
    • Distance and Arrangements
    • Directions

    Numerical Ability

    • Races and games
    • Logarithms
    • Partnership
    • Banker’s Discount
    • Probability
    • Ration and Proportion
    • Stocks
    • Compound Interest
    • Square root
    • Decimal fractions
    • Numbers
    • Averages
    • Chain Rules
    • Allegations and Mixtures
    • Permutation and Combination
    • Boats and Streams
    • Heights and Distance
    • Simple Interest
    • Volumes and Surface
    • Time and Work
    • Problems on Age
    • Problems on HCF & LCF



    Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation (UNIT 9)
    UG Notes of Basic economics and Animal husbandry, Agri-marketing & Cooperation.
    *Objective Agriculture Economics- by Ravikumar (Marketing part & some imp. Portions only).


    Previous Questions [Memory Based] – ONLY AGRICULTUREL SECTION*

    Question based on General Agriculture imparts significant difference in scores. If the answers are known, the calculation time is nil for these questions,unlike other areas viz.QUANT,DI and Logical reasoning. Therefore anybody who is sound enough in this particular area can secure good rank. Though the syllabus given by ICAR is much lengthy but the questions asked are more of the basic nature


    1. Contribution of agriculture in GDP.
    2.India’s rank in milk production.
    3.Rabies is spread through ……..
    a. saliva b. blood c. teeth
    4.What is ideal spacing for cattle…..
    a. 60 sq ft b. 65 sq ft c. 50 sq ft d. 70 sq ft
    5. Causing agent of Mad Cow Disease is…..
    a. viruses b. bacteria c. prions d. fungi
    6. Water requirement for Cattle is………….
    a. 70 lt/day b. 80 lt/day c. 100 lt/day d. 120lt/day
    7. Headquarters of SBI is in……..
    a. Mumbai b. Delhi c. Kolkata d. Kochi
    8. When was the first Cooperative enactment formed……
    a. 1912 b. 1904 c. 1919 d. 2002
    9. When W.T.O. was formed…..
    a. 1949 b. 1950 c. 1996 d. 1995
    10. When did India sign GATT………
    a. 1950 b. 1948 c. 1967 d. 1995
    11. Green revolution was in which of the following crops……..
    a. Wheat-rice b. Wheat-potato c. Potato-puls e d. pulses
    12. What is purpose of puddling…….
    13. Who was behind the success of AMUL brand…
    14.Seed rate for sugarcane……
    15.Seed rate for tomato……….
    16.Which is the apex agricultural bank….
    a. IDBI b. NABARD c. ICICI d. RBI
    17. Which of the following is responsible for hardness of water….
    18. Animal census is conducted after every….
    a. 10 yrs b. 12 yrs c. 5 yrs d. 15 yrs
    19. Incubation period for Hen’s egg…….
    20. When weedicides are normally applied….
    a. Just after germination b. After first irrigation
    21.Parameter for assessing the quality of readymade clothes ….
    22. When NATIONAL SEED PROJECT was started………..
    23.Which is the highest coffee producing state……
    a. Kerala b. Karnataka c. Goa d. Maharashtra
    24.Which element is more in human body….
    a. O b. N c. C d. NOT
    25.Biogas is…..
    a. Methane b. Ethane c. Ethane d. NoT
    26. Which crop gives maximum oil production….
    a. Groundnut b. Sunflower c. Mustard d. Coconut

    Questions:- (ICAR ABM- 2013)

    1) Which vitamin is called sunshine vitamin?

    2) Which is the maximum pesticide consuming crop?

    3) Weight of 100 gram seeds is called:-
    a) Test weight
    b) Seed index
    c) There is no such name
    d) The 1st two options

    4) TRYSEM is related to:-
    a) Youth empowerment b) Women empowerment
    c) Rural Employment d) Marketing

    5) Winnower is a____________machine.
    a) Pre harvesting machine
    b) Post harvesting machine

    6) Barley is used for the preparation of:-
    a) Wine
    b) Wishky

    7) Vitamin – scientific name- deficiency .

    8) Name of the highest exporting commodity from India.

    9) Puddling is used for____________wet lands.

    10) India followed_____________type of cooperatives.

    11) Mildew group of disease is caused by________________.

    12) Which is the temperate crop?

    13) Deficiency of thyroid affects________________gland.

    14) Tharparkar is the native of___________________.

    15) The C:O:N ratio in soil is_____________________.

    16) IBRD is also known as__________________.

    17) The value of X2 which is good for each table_______.

    18) The market where there is single seller and many buyers is calles as:-
    a) Monopoly
    b) Duopoly
    c) Oligopoly
    d) None of the above

    19) Foot and Mouth disease in cattle is caused by:-
    a) Bacteri b) Virus
    c) Mycoplasma d) Fungus

    20) 1st WTO meeting was held in______________________.

    21) PUFA content is highest in which crop?

    22) Kufri sinduri is a variety of____________________.

    23) Money value of those inputs which are supplied by the farmer is called_____________cost.

    24) Coefficient of determination is also called as__________________.

    25) Yellow Revolution is related to_________________production.

    26) The oilseed having highest protein content is:-
    a) Sunflower b) Groundnut c) Soyabean d) Safflower

    27) The utility derived by the last unit consumed is called___________________.

    28) Example of N2 fixing green algae is_________________.

    29) Zinc phosphide is a:-
    a) Pesticide b) Rodenticides c) Herbiside
    d) Pathogen
    30) Five year plan started in the year_____________________.
    31) Full form of NABARD is________________________.




    ICAR is headed by …
    Canine production refers to ——-
    Root 0.09 = —-
    Raniket disease is related to ——-
    FMD is caused by ——-
    Milk production of india —–
    Goat population in india —-
    Egg production in india —-
    WHO is 2013 nov bharathratna awardee —–
    HCF of no. is ab , then its lcm = ——
    Father of co-op movement in india ——
    RRB’S are established in the year ——-
    First woman bank in india —-
    Agricultural engineering institute located at —–
    Which of the ollowing is bio pesticide ——
    ERI silk worm feeds on —-
    Rearing of honey bees is called as —–
    Artificial silk is ——-
    Cloth used for smal babys —-
    Slope of isocost line is —–
    Morocco leather refers to ——-
    Shearing refers to ——-
    Gypsum is aded to which type of soil—–
    Amount of sand silt and clay in soil is known as —–
    No. Of students failed in maths is 52% and no. Of students failed in english is 42% . Students failed in both is 17%, total no.of students passed are ——-
    Soyabean originated from —–
    Sorghum mostly grown in ——
    Which is the most grown dry land crop in india —–
    Pink boll worm is a pest of —–
    White grubs lays eggs in —–
    A.T.M.A refers to ——
    NABARD started in year —-
    At present ratio of mother and son age is 4:1, before 5 years difference between there ages is 30, what is present age of mother —–
    Synonym of ‘ENTICE’—–
    Synonym of ‘PERSUADE’ ——-
    Proveb meaning of ‘ JAUNDICE EYE’, ‘TIENG CART BEFORE HORSE’
    Dolly is a clone of —–
    The flow of variable pump depends on——-
    Murrah is breed of —–
    Highest goat population is in which state ——
    First agrl college in india ——
    C.d value is determined by ——
    Stubble mulching is done to reduce ——

    Which one is true when a firm integrates with other firms performing similar marketing
    a) Horizontal integration b) Vertical integration
    c) Marketing Union d) Expansion of marketing activities
    2. The symbol used for a graded agricultural produce is
    a) Trade mark b) ISI Mark c) ECO mark d) AGMARK
    3. The first regulated market in India was established at
    a) Ahmedabad Cotton market b) Nasik Cotton market
    c) Kolkatta Jute market d) Karanjea Cotton Market
    4. Regular upswing and downswings occurring in the prices during a year are called
    a) Seasonal variations b) Cyclical variations c) Irregular variations d) None of these
    5. Terminal markets facilitates
    a) Forward trading b) Assembling for export
    c) Commodity exchanges d) All of these
    6. High degree of market power concentration is characterized by
    a) Existence of large no. of firms in the market b) Existence of very few firms in the market
    c) Restricted movement of goods d) Both b & c
    8. The Central Agmark laboratory for grading of agril. commodities is located at
    a) New Delhi b) Nagpur c) Mumbai d) None of these
    9. Difference in price between markets between time periods and for different forms of a product
    is mainly due to
    a) Transportation b) Storage c) Processing d) All of these
    10.Market structure is generally indicated by
    a) Market design b) No. of firms in the market c) No. of market functionaries d) All of these
    11. The price for highly perishable commodities in the very short period is guided by
    a) Demand condition b) Supply condition c) Both demand & supply d) None of these
    12.Marketed surplus is nearly 100 per cent in case of
    a) Milk b) Jowar c) Cotton d)Bajra
    13. In a regulated market which one of the following is not regulated
    a) Method of sale b) Market charges c) Price d) None of these
    14. Warehouses are constructed with an objective to meet
    a) Scientific storage requirements b) Market intelligence c) Stabilize prices d) All of these
    15. In a terminal market the commodity assembled is finally disposed off to
    a) Export b) Consumers c) Processors d) All of these
    16. The Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices was originally established as
    a) Agricultural Price Commission b) Agricultural Cost Commission
    c) Commission for Agricultural Prices d) None of these
    17. The extent of variation in agricultural product prices is influenced by
    a) Quality differences b) Perishability nature
    c) Seasonality in consumption & inelastic demand d) All of these
    18. Pricing efficiency in the market is affected by
    a) Nature of market competition b) Access to information c) Firms responses d) All of these
    19. The Central Warehousing Corporation was established in
    a) 1955 b) 1956 c) 1957 d) 1965
    20. In the regulated market, the sale of agricultural produce is undertaken either by
    a) Close tender method b) Private negotiation
    c) Moghum sale method d) None of these

    21. Name the market in which permanent or durable commodities are traded
    a) Secular market b) Bullion market
    b) Short and long period markets d) Money market
    22. Suppose an agribusiness firm undertakes purchasing, wholesaling, transporting, processing & retailing activities and also that the firm expands its retailing network with other firms in different locations. Then, which of the following is true of this firm?
    a). Firm is horizontally integrated b). Firm is vertically integrate
    c). Both horizontal & vertical integration d). None of these
    23. What the “NAFED” stands for
    a) National Federation for Export Development
    b) National Federation for Development
    c) National Agricultural Federation and Development
    d) National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation
    24 The Birth place of Cooperative Movement is
    a) Germany b) Italy
    c) France d) England
    25. Who among the following is authorised to fix quality standards for agricultural products
    a) Agriculture Marketing Adviser b) State commodity boards
    c) CACP d) None of these
    26. Fluctuation in agricultural commodity prices is mainly due to
    a) High fertilizer cost b) Shortage and Surplus
    c) Market imperfections d) High transportation cost
    27. Standardization on an organized basis started in India with the establishment of
    a) India Standards Institution b) India Institute of Management
    c) India Statistical Institute d) None of these

    Post-Graduate Diploma in Management In Agri Business Management.
    PGDM (ABM)

    Who can study this course?

    Candidates who have passed Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and allied can join Master degree in Agribusiness in Indian Universities and also at foreign universities.
    Some seats reserved for life science, basic science, commerce and engineering students, However number of such seat varies as per college/universities criteria.
    Candidates having qualified any of these tests – CAT/MAT/XAT/CMAT/ATMA can appear directly for GD/PI. The score of these tests will be considered by many Institutions.

    Top Colleges / Universities in India offering these courses

    • Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad
    • Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow
    • National Institute of Agricultural ExtensionManagement-Hyderabad
    • National Institute of Agriculture Marketing-Jaipur
    • Symbiosis Institute of International Business-Pune
    • Indian School of Agri Business-New Delhi
    • National Academy of Agricultural Research Management-Hyderabad.
    • Choudhary charan singh National institute of Agricultural Marketing- Jaipur.
    • Indian Institute of Plantation Management -Bangalore.
    • Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of Cooperative Management (VAMNICOM) – Pune.

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