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Syllabus for the posts of Junior Agriculture Extension Officer (JAEO)


  • Agriculture, its importance in natural economy, factors determining agro ecological zone and geographic distribution of plants. (15 marks)

  • Important  crops  of  India  with  special  reference  to  the  crops  grown  in  Jammu  and Kashmir. Cultural practices for cereals, pulses, oil seeds, sugar and tuber crops. Scientific basis for crop rotation,  multiple and relay cropping, inter cropping and mixed cropping. (20 marks)

  • Soil as a medium of plant growth and its composition, mineral and organic constituents of the soil and their role in crop production, physical, chemical and biological properties of  the  soil.  Essential  plant  nutrients,  their  functions,  occurrence  of  cycling  in  soils, principles of soil fertility and its evaluation for judicious fertilizer use. Organic manures and  fertilizers,  straight  fertilizers,  complex  and  mixed  fertilizers  manufactured  and marketed in India.(20 marks)

  • Farm planning and  resource management for optimal production.  Farming systems and their role in regional economies. (15 marks)

  • Agriculture  extension,  its  importance,  philosophy,  principles  and  objectives  of agriculture extension. Extension organization at the State, District and Block levels, their structure,  functions  and  responsibilities.  Methods  of  communication,  role  of  farm organizations  in  extension  service.  Socio  economic  survey  and  status  of  big,  small  and marginal farmers and agricultural landless labourers. Farm mechanization and its role in agricultural  production  and  rural  employment.  Training  programmes  for  extension workers ,lab to land programmes.(25 marks)

  • Principles of plant physiology with reference to plant nutrition, absorption, translocation of  nutrients.  Diagnosis  of  nutrient  deficiencies  and  treatment,  photosynthesis, respiration, growth and development, auxins and hormones in plant growth.(15 marks)

  • Important fruit and vegetable crops of Jammu and Kashmir, landscape and floriculture including  raising  of  ornamental  plants  and  design  and  layout  of  lawns  and  gardens. 

  • Principles and methods of preservation of important fruits and vegetables. (10 marks)

  • Elements  of  Genetics  and  plant  breeding  as  applied  to  improvement  of  crops, development of plant hybrids, important varieties of major crops.(10 marks)

  • Serious  pests and diseases of major crops, causes and classification  of plant diseases, principles  of  pest  control,  Integrated  control  of  pests  and  diseases,  plant  protection equipment's, their care and maintenance. Biological control of plant diseases.(20 marks)

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