OPSC Assistant Soil Conservation Officer Syllabus 2021 Exam Pattern

OPSC Assistant Soil Conservation Officer Syllabus 2021

About OPSC Assistant Soil Conservation Officer :

Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) has Recently Announced and Invited the Online Applications from the Eligible Candidates for the Posts of Assistant Soil Conservation Officer in Class II (Group-B). The total number of Vacancies for these Posts were 92 Posts. Many Interested and Eligible Candidates applied for these Posts online. The Process of Submission of Online Applications for these Posts was commenced from 23.04.2021 and Last Date to Apply for these Posts was 24.05.2021. Check the other details from below.

Origination Name Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC)
Name of Post Assistant Soil Conservation Officer in Class II (Group-B)
No. of Vacancy 92 Posts
Selection Process Written Test
Exam Date
Application Submission Start Date 23.04.2021
Last Date to Apply Online 24.05.2021

About Exam :

Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) will soon conduct the Written Exam for the Posts of Assistant Soil Conservation Officer in Class II (Group-B). Candidates who applied for these posts are now waiting for the Exam Dates so that they can prepare for their Exam accordingly. There are many candidates who are Searching and Enquiring about the Exam Dates from the Various Sources. Exam Dates will be release soon on the official website of OPSC.

Nowadays Competition Level become very high so Competitive Exams gets too tougher. Candidates facing critical problem of “What to prepare” and “How to prepare” to give their best in their exams. So, here we are providing the latest Syllabus & Exam Pattern.

Selection Process :

  • Written Test
  • Interview

Exam Pattern :

Exam Pattern for the Written Exam is as Follows:-

  • Exam Will be Objective Type.
  • Questions will be in the form of Multiple Type Choice Questions.
  • There will be 2 papers in this Exam Paper I & Paper II.
  • Total Number of Questions in this Exam will be 200 (Each Paper will contain 100 Questions).
  • Each Paper will be of 100 Marks.
  • Maximum Marks for this Exam will be 200.
  • Each Question will be of 1 mark.
  • Time allocated for this Exam will be of 1 & half hours.
  • Qualifying Marks for this Exam will provided later.

Exam Syllabus :

Exam Syllabus for Examination is given below :-

Paper – I :

General agriculture: Importance, Trend in agriculture and allied sectors, Present day problems and remedial measures, Government policies. (20 marks)

Natural Resources : Land, Water, Forest, Energy – their use, exploitation, conservation, equitable use of resources for sustainable lifestyle; Plant Ecosystem; Biodiversity and its conservation; Environmental Pollution; Natural Disasters and their management; Organic farming and Sustainable agriculture; Conservation agriculture; Agricultural waste management; Climate change and agriculture. (20 marks)

Soil forming processes; Soil physical properties: texture, structure, density and porosity; Soil water retention, movement and availability; Soil reaction-pH, soil acidity and alkalinity; Soil organic matter: influence on soil properties and soil fertility; Soil organisms: macro and micro organisms, their beneficial and harmful effects; Soil pollution: behaviour of pesticides and inorganic contaminants, prevention and mitigation of soil pollution; Soil quality and health. (20 marks)

Weather and crop growth; Tillage and tilth; Seed and sowing; Cropping systems and Integrated Farming Systems; Crop nutrition-essential nutrients- their functions and deficiency symptoms in plants; Nutrient sources-organic manures-fertilizers-biofertilizers-Integrated Nutrient Management; Water and weed management in field, horticultural and plantation crops, Plant protection; Harvesting, storage and value addition. (20 marks)

Economic importance, production and protection technology of important field crops- rice, maize, finger millet, pulses and oilseeds, cotton, sugarcane, potato; Importance and scope of fruit and plantation crops – production and protection technologies for the cultivation of fruit and plantation crops-mango, banana, citrus, guava, litchi, papaya, pineapple, pomegranate, jackfruit, coconut, areca nut, cashew, tea, coffee, rubber; Nursery techniques and their management; Nutrition garden. (20 marks).

Paper – II :

Unit-VI :
Agroforestry-objectives and potential; Agroforestry system- sub-system and practice. Planning for agroforestry-constraints, diagnosis and design methodology, selection of tree crop species for agro forestry; Agroforestry for food, feed, fuel and nutritional security, soil improvement-carbon sequestration, microclimate amelioration, industrial requirement; Ecotourism-concept and importance in Indian perspectives. (20 marks)

Unit-VII :
Rainfed agriculture: problems and prospects; Rainfall analysis; Drought-classification, causes and impacts, drought management strategy; Crops and cropping systems, soil moisture and rain water conservation-in-situ and ex-situ storage, water harvesting and recycling, contingent crop planning under aberrant weather conditions, dryland horticulture; Watershed planning based on land capability classes and hydrologic data, watershed delineation and prioritization; Water budgeting in a watershed; Integrated watershed management-concept, objectives components, arable lands – agriculture and horticulture, non-arable lands – forestry, fishery and animal husbandry; Watershed programme – execution, follow-up practices, maintenance, monitoring and evaluation; Participatory watershed management – role of watershed associations, user groups and self-help groups; Planning and formulation of project proposal for watershed management programme including cost-benefit analysis. (20 marks)

Unit-VIII :
Soil and water conservation – issues and importance; Causes and agents of soil erosion; Water erosion: Hydrologic cycle, precipitation and its forms, Runoff estimation, Forms of water erosion. Gully classification and control measures. Principles of erosion control: Introduction to contouring, strip cropping, contour bund, graded bund and bench terracing, grassed water ways and their design; Water harvesting-principles, importance and techniques: Runoff harvesting-short-term and long term techniques; Water harvesting structures – farm ponds-percolation pond-dug-out and embankment reservoir types, tanks and subsurface dykes; Wind erosion: mechanics of wind erosion, types of soil movement; Principles of wind erosion control and its control measures. (20 marks)

Unit-IX :
Wasteland-causes, distribution and sustainable wasteland development- Government policies, Participatory approach; Soil conservation structures, Afforestation, Shifting cultivation, Optimal land use options; Reclamation of Saline, Sodic, Acid, Waterlogged, Eroded, Compacted, Flooded, Polluted soils and Mine spoils; Desertification-impact and causes, prevention and control measures; Bio remediation of soils through multipurpose tree species; Remote sensing and GIS in diagnosis and management of problem soils; Land capability and land suitability classification. (20 marks)

Unit-X :
Protected cultivation : importance and scope, controlled conditions, method and techniques, canopy management, Irrigation and fertigation, liquid fertilisers and their solubility and compatibility, insect pest and disease management; Production of quality planting materials, cultivation of high value crops and off-season production in green houses; Components of precision farming: Remote sensing, Geographical Information System (GIS), Differential Geo-positioning System (DGPS), Variable Rate applicator (VRA), application of precision farming in agriculture. (20 marks)

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