OPSC Assistant Horticulture Officer Syllabus 2023

OPSC Assistant Horticulture Officer

OPSC Assistant Horticulture Officer Syllabus

Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) has issued the syllabus and exam pattern for the OPSC Assistant Horticulture Officer position. The OPSC Assistant Horticulture Officer syllabus covers all major Horticulture and associated courses for exam preparation. Students can obtain the OPSC AHO syllabus and Exam Pattern 2023 from the OPSC’s official website in the detailed notification of the position. The OPSC has published a total of 33 vacancies for the position of Assistant Horticulture Officer.

Odisha Assistant Horticulture Officer Syllabus

Plant propagation and nursery management: Importance of plant propagation, sexual & asexual method of plant propagation, advantages, disadvantages, detail about grafting. Layering, budding, cutting, tissue culture, propagation through specialized plant parts, incompatibility, parthenocarpy, root stocks, use of PGR. propagation method of horticultural crops, plant propagating structure, media preparation, nursery act, registration, accreditation and insect pest & disease control of nursery plants, Hi-tech nurseries.

Fruit crops: Importance of fruits, classification of fruits, area, production, export, marketing, storage, fruit growing zones of fruit crops, agro-climatic zones & suitable fruits for tropical, subtropical & waste land areas, soil & climate, varieties planting, cultural practices, Management-Nutrient, Water & Weed; Intercultural operations, plant protection measures; harvesting & yield, processing. Physiological disorders, Post harvest technology of important fruit crops such as Mango, Banana, Citrus, Pine-apple, Guava, Papaya, Sapota, Ber, Pomegranate, Litchi and custard apple.

Niche crops: Anola, Jamun, Bael and Jackfruit

Exotic crops: Pasion Fruit, Avocado, Dragon Fruit and Strawberry

OPSC AHO Syllabus

Plantation crops: Importance, scope, area, production, Soil & Climate, Commercial Varieties; Plant protection measures, Management-Nutrient, Water, & Weed; processing; Packaging, grading; Value addition; Marketing of important plantation crops like coconut, areca nut, Cashew nut, Oil palm, Palmyra palm, Cocoa, coffee, tea, rubber and date palm.

Vegetable crops: Scope and Importance; area, production & productivity, export potential, value addition, off season cultivation, green house cultivation, organic farming, seed production & certification; storage of vegetable; cultivation of important, tropical, subtropical, temperate, under exploited, perennial vegetable crops in relation to soil & climate, Commercial varieties, hybrid, seed rate, spacing, & time of sowing/transplanting; Nutrient, Water & Weed Management; physiological disorders, plant protection, harvesting, Post Harvest Management

Important Vegetable crops to be covered: Solanaceous Vegetables (Potato, Tomato, Brinjal, Chilli & Capsicum); Major Cucurbits (Pumpkin. Cucumber, Watermelon, Bitter gourd, Bottle gourd & Ridge gourd); Pod Vegetable (Pea, French bean, Cowpea, Cluster bean and Dolichos bean); Okra; Cole Crops (Cabbage, Cauliflower & Knol khol); Bulb Crops (Onion & Garlic); Root Crops (Radish, Carrot, Beet root & Turnip); Leafy Vegetables (Amaranthus, Basella, Spinach); Tree Vegetables (Drumstick & Curry leaves); Tropical tuber crops ( Sweet potato, Cassava & Taro)

Spices, Condiments & Medicinal plants: History, scope & Importance of Spices, condiments & Medicinal plants; Cultivation practices of important spices, condiments and medicinal plants with relation to soil & climate, Commercial varieties, spacing, seed rate and time of sowing/ planting; Management-Nutrient, Water & Weed; Plant Protection; fertilizers, harvesting & yield; Post Harvest Management of important crops-Betel vine, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Ginger, Turmeric, Curry leaf, Coriander, Fenugreek, Fennel, Cumin, Periwinkle, Rauvolfia, Dioscorea, Lemongrass, Occimum, Kewda and Aloevera.

Odisha AHO Syllabus

Ornamental Horticulture: History; scope & importance, marketing, export, aesthetic value, floriculture industry, industrial importance, open cultivation, protected cultivation, packaging, marketing, storage of important commercial flowers, Ornamental trees, climbers, shrubs, herbs, loose flowers, foliage plants, house plants, orchids, cut flowers; different types of garden, parks, garden features; Bonsai, Urban Horticulture, flower arrangement, bio aesthetic planting, landscape architecture, commercial cultivation of important flower crops- Rose, Marigold, Chrysanthemum, Orchid, Carnation, Gladiolus, Jasmine, Crossandra, Anturium, Dahalia, Tuberose, Gerbera; lawn & its maintenance; protected cultivation of important flowers & foliage plants. Processing and value addition of important flowers.

Related subjects: Protected cultivation, drip and sprinkler irrigation, Fertigation, post harvesting technology of horticultural crops, use of PGR, organic farming and certification, genetic Engineering, Different cropping pattern, crop rotation; Biotic & abiotic stress management, growth and development; Waste and Management; Crop diversification; Schemes on Horticulture; Digital Initiative of State Govt.

Agro meteorology: Agro climate zones of India & Odisha, Agroecology for horticultural crops, Weather & climate, Crop-Weather relationship, Weather forecasting. Climate change, vulnerability and risks, Climate resilience and climate smart practices.

Soil and nutrition: Soil of Odisha, problematic soils and their management, essential plant nutrients, crop growth, manures and fertilizers, integrated nutrient management for horticultural crops, nutrient use efficiency.

Odisha AHO Recruitment Syllabus

Water management: Water resources of Odisha, Irrigation development, Soil plant water relation, Water requirement and irrigation efficiencies, Irrigation scheduling, methods & irrigation, micro irrigation & water use efficiencies, Irrigation water quality, stress management.

Weed management: Weeds competition & allelopathy, crop weed association, weed prevention eradication and control, integrated weed management, herbicides and their uses selectivity and environmental impacts.

Dry land Farming: Rainfed and dry land horticulture, drought management, Contingent planning, soil moisture conservation, water harvesting & recycling, watershed management, conservation agriculture/ horticulture.

Integrated Farming System: Farming system and horticulture, Integrated farming system models (horticultural based), farm machineries & equipment for horticulture, tillage & tillage implements.

Seed technology: Seed quality, seed dormancy, seed production, certification and storage etc.

Agricultural Economics: Cost of cultivation of horticultural crops, Entrepreneurship in horticulture: Apiculture, Mushroom, Agribusiness management, marketing. Supply & value chain; Concept on FPO,CBBO, Share capital.

Agricultural Statistics: Basic statistical principles, data collection compilation and presentation

Plant Protection: IPM, biological control, important insect pest, diseases and nematodes of horticultural crops and control measures.

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