RPSC AAO 2023 Recruitment Syllabus – AgriBooks

RPSC AAO Syllabus

RPSC Assistant Agriculture Officer Syllabus 2023: RPSC AAO stands for Rajasthan Public Service Commission Assistant Agriculture Officer. It is a competitive examination conducted by the RPSC for the recruitment of an Assistant Agriculture Officer in the Rajasthan state government.  Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) has released the latest notification and invited online applications for recruiting Assistant Agriculture Officer (AAO) in the Department of Agriculture in the Government of Rajasthan.

RPSC AAO Recruitment Syllabus

Part-A: General Knowledge of Rajasthan

History & Culture of Rajasthan

  • Historical Rajasthan:- Pre and Proto-historical sites of Rajasthan. Important historical centers of the early Christian era. Prominent rulers of major Rajput dynasties of Rajasthan and their achievements & contributions – Guhilas- Sisodiyas, Chauhans, Rathores, and Kachchawas.
  • Emergence of Modern Rajasthan: Agents of Social Awakening in Rajasthan during 19th and 20th Centuries. Political Awakening: role of newspapers and political institutions. Prajamandal movement in various princely states in the 20th Century. Integration of Rajasthan.
  • Social Life in Rajasthan: Fairs and festivals; Social customs and traditions; attires and ornaments, Personalities of Rajasthan.
  • Art of Rajasthan: Architectural tradition of Rajasthan- temples, forts, and palaces from ancient to the modern period; various schools of paintings which developed during the medieval period; Classical Music and Classical Dance, Folk Music & Instruments; Folk
    Dances & Drama.
  • Religious Life: Religious communities, Saints, and Sects in Rajasthan. Folk deities of Rajasthan.
  • Language & Literature: Dialects of Rajasthani Language, Literature of Rajasthani language and Folk literature.
  • Geography of Rajasthan: Major physiographic divisions of Rajasthan. Drainage characteristics. Weather conditions. Vegetation, forest, soil, Natural Resources, Minerals, livestock population of Rajasthan. Wildlife and its conservation. Environmental Conservation, Droughts, and Desertification, Major Irrigation Projects. Population growth and Tribes of Rajasthan, Handicrafts, and Tourism. Development schemes in Rajasthan. Power resources with non-conventional energy sources.



  • Agro-climatology-elements and their effect on plant growth, weather abnormalities, and protective measures. Elements of crop production, classification of crops, farming systems. Tillage, soil erosion, soil and water conservation. Soil productivity and fertility. Soil organic matter, fertilizers, their use, and efficiency. Irrigation – the role of water resources, quality of water and water pollution, the water requirement of crops, methods of irrigation, and drainage. Concept, scope, and problems of dry land agriculture. The problem of weeds and control measures. Seed quality and certification. Agronomy of important crops like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, fiber crops, forage crops, sugarcane, sugarbeet, potato, etc.
  • Objectives and methods of plant breeding. Mendel’s laws of inheritance, heterosis mutations, and gene concept. Seed testing, type of seeds, seed production, recommended varieties of important crops of Rajasthan. Plant Growth Regulators. Management of abiotic stress and plant water relationship. Nanoparticles and their importance in Agriculture.
  • Soil formation and profile development, basic ideas of soil survey and classification, soils of Rajasthan. Physical properties of soils, soil reaction, management of problematic soils, fixation of phosphorus, potassium, and ammonium in soils. Essential plant nutrients and their functions, nutrient deficiency & toxicity symptoms, and various tests to determine the nutrient requirement of plants. Symbiotic and non-symbiotic nitrogen fixation. Organic manures and bio-fertilizers, the chemical composition of FYM, Vermicompost, night soil, oil cakes, bone meal, fish manure, and common fertilizers.
  • Olericulture – Classification of vegetables, nursery, transplantation, seed testing, and storage. Cultivation practices of cauliflower, cabbage, tomato, chilies, brinjal, carrot, radish, onion, pea, okra, muskmelon, watermelon, and sweet potato. Importance of major seed spices, medicinal and aromatic plants of Rajasthan. Hi-tech horticulture. Ornamental gardening, landscaping, Lawn and its maintenance, cultivation of roses, gladiolus, and marigolds. Pomology-layout of orchards, propagation methods, cultivation of mango, citrus, banana, guava, pomegranate, papaya, ber, phalsa, aonla, and datepalm.
  • Principles of fruit and vegetable preservation, dehydration, bottling, canning, and packaging.


  • Importance of forestry, major species of forest trees, and agro-forestry systems prevailing in Rajasthan.
  • Peculiarities of Indian agriculture, Importance of agriculture in the national economy. The pattern of land utilization, size of holding, prices of agricultural commodities, agricultural marketing, functions & institutions, cost, and price spread. Agricultural finance and credit, credit institutions, crop insurance. Farm planning and budgeting.
  • Philosophy and principles of extension education, rural social institutions, caste and family, rural leadership, teaching-learning process, audio-visual aids, teaching methods, program planning and evaluation, communication process, and diffusion theory.
    History of extension programs in India viz; CD, IRDP, Panchayati Raj, HYVP, ATIC, IVLP, ATMA, NATP, NAIP, DRDA, M-NREGA, PMRY, KVK, JRY, SGSY, T&V System, Student READY program, etc.
  • Importance of animal husbandry in the rural economy. Care and management of newly born calves, and heifers, raising calves from 0-6 months, breeding bull and a cow before & after parturition. Common infectious & contagious diseases of livestock their prevention & control. Computation of balanced ratio. Important Indian & exotic breeds of cow, buffalo, sheep, goat, camel & poultry. The housing of cattle and poultry. Forage conservation.
  • Common workshop tools, survey instruments, and bullock-drawn implements. Scope of farm mechanization in Rajasthan. Tools & implements for land preparation and leveling. Measurement of irrigation water, and water lifting devices.
  • Data collection, summarization, and presentation, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, Karl Pearson’s coefficient of correlation. Experimental designs.
  • Major diseases (fungal, bacterial, nematode & viral) and insect pests of field, vegetable, fruit, ornamental, and seed spice crops of Rajasthan and their control measures including biological methods & integrated pest management. Beneficial insects.

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Exam Pattern of RPSC AAO

The pattern of the RPSC AAO question paper is as follows:

  • It is an objective type paper with a total of 150 questions, each carrying equal marks for a total of 150 maximum marks.
  • The duration of the paper is 2.30 hours.
  • The medium of the screening test is bilingual, with questions available in both English and Hindi.
  • Additionally, there will be negative markings in place, where one-third of the marks prescribed for a particular question will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
Eligibility and Qualifications for RPSC AAO

To be eligible for the RPSC AAO Recruitment, candidates must have the necessary qualifications to avoid disqualification.

  • Those with B.Sc Honours Degrees in Agriculture or Horticulture are eligible to apply, as well as a working knowledge of Hindi written in Devnagari Script and knowledge of Rajasthani Culture.

It is important to note that candidates in their final year of the required academic qualification can also take the RPSC AAO Exam, but must provide proof of their qualifications before the Interview Commission following the screening phase.

Strategy for Preparation of RPSC AAO Recruitment

To qualify RPSC AAO exam, here are some key points to consider:

  • Understand the exam pattern and syllabus
  • Create a study schedule and prioritize important topics
  • Use a variety of study materials for better engagement
  • Practice regularly, solving previous year’s question papers and sample papers
  • Focus on weak areas and improve them
  • Manage time effectively during the exam
  • Maintain physical and mental well-being during the preparation
  • Stay updated with current events and GK
  • Follow a consistent study schedule to increase your chances of qualifying for the exam.

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