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Syllabus ICAR agronomy jrf exam

Code 05: MAJOR SUBJECT GROUP – AGRONOMY

(Sub-Subjects: 5.1: Agronomy 5.2: Tea Husbandry & Technology)

UNIT-I: General: Importance of Agriculture in national economy; basic principles of crop production; cultivation of rice,
wheat, chickpea, pigeon-pea, sugarcane, groundnut, rapeseed and mustard, potato. Major soils of India, role of
NPK and their deficiency symptoms. Structure and function of cell organelles; mitosis and meiosis; Mendelian
genetics: elementary knowledge of photosynthesis; respiration, photorespiration and transpiration; structure and
functions of carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes and vitamins. Major pests and diseases of rice,
wheat, cotton, chickpea, sugarcane and their management. Important rural development programmes in India;
organisational set up of agricultural research, education and extension in India; Elements of statistics.
UNIT-II: Principles of Agronomy, Crop ecology and geography and Agricultural Meteorology: Agronomy –meaning and
scope, National & International agricultural research institutes in India, Agro climatic zones of India, Tillage,
crop stand establishment and planting geometry and their effect on crop, Physiological limits of crop yield and
variability in relation to ecological optima, organic farming, Precision farming, Integrated farming systems,
Principles of field experimentation. Principles of crop ecology and crop adaptation, climate shift and its
ecological implications, Agro-ecological regions in India, Geographical distribution of crop plants, Greenhouse
effect, Climatic factors and their effect on plant processes and crop productivity, Role of GIS and GPS in
agriculture. Weather & climate, Earth’s atmosphere, Solar radiation, Atmospheric temperature and global
warming. Crops and atmospheric humidity, Weather forecasting.
UNIT-III: Field crops: Origin, distribution, economic importance, soil and climatic requirement, varieties, cultural practices
and yield of cereals ( rice, wheat, maize, sorghum, pearl millet, minor millets, barley), pulses (chickpea, lentil,
peas, Pigeon pea, mungbean, urdbean), oilseeds (groundnut, sesame, soybean, rapeseed & mustard,
sunflower, safflower, linseed), fiber crops (cotton, jute, sun hemp), sugar crops(sugarcane), fodder & forage
crops (sorghum, maize, napier, berseem, Lucerne, oats), medicinal & aromatic plants (menthe, lemon grass
and isabgol) and commercial crops(potato, tobacco).
UNIT-IV: Weed management: Principles of weed management, Classification, biology and ecology of weeds, crop weed
competition and allelopathy, concepts and methods of weed control, Integrated weed management,Classification, formulations, selectivity and resistance of herbicides, Herbicide persistence in soil and plants,
Application methods and equipments, Weed flora shifts in cropping systems, Special and problematic weeds
and their management in cropped and non-cropped situations, Weed management in field crops.
UNIT-V: Water management: Principles of irrigation, Water resources and irrigation development in India, Water and
irrigation requirements, Concepts and approaches of irrigation scheduling, Methods of irrigation, Measurement of
irrigation water, application, distribution and use efficiencies, Conjunctive use of water, Irrigation water quality
and its management, water management in major field, crops (rice, wheat, maize, groundnut, sugarcane)
Agricultural drainage.
UNIT-VI: Soil fertility and fertilizer use: Essential plant nutrients and their deficiency symptoms, concept of essentiality of
plant nutrients, Indicators of soil fertility and productivity, Fertilizer materials and their availability to plants, slow
release fertilizers, Nitrification inhibitors, Principles and methods of fertilizer application, Integrated nutrient
management, site specific nutrient management.
UNIT-VII: Dryland Agronomy: Characteristics of Dryland farming and delineation of Dryland tracts, constraints of Dryland
farming in India, Types of drought and their management, contingency crop planning and mid- season corrections for
aberrant weather and its recycling. Watershed management.
UNIT-VIII: Problem soils : Problem soils and their distribution in India, Characteristics and reclamation of these soils,
Crop production techniques in problem soils.
UNIT-IX: Sustainable land use systems: Sustainable agriculture: parameters and indicators, Conservation agriculture,
safe disposal of agri-industrial waste for crop production, Agro-forestry systems, shifting cultivation, Alternate
land use systems, Wastelands and their remediation for crop production.