TNPSC Agricultural Officer and Horticultural Officer syllabus

TNPSC Agricultural Officer and Horticultural Officer syllabus

TNPSC Agricultural Officer and Horticultural Officer syllabus exam pattern

Tamil Nadu Public service commission has come up with a notification regarding the recruitment process for Agriculture officer and Horticulture officer. This is an excellent career opportunity for eligible candidates.

In this article, we are going to discuss in detail the syllabus and exam pattern of TNPSC Agricultural Officer and Horticultural Officer recruitment 2021.


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Highlights of TNPSC Agricultural Officer and Horticultural Officer Recruitment

Name of the postAssistant Agricultural Officer and Assistant Horticultural Officer
Exam conducting organizationTamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC)
Date of Notification05.02.2021
Last date for submission of application online04.03.2021
Last date for payment of Fee (SBI or HDFC)06.03.2021
Date of written Examination17.04.2021
Vacancy DetailsAssistant Agricultural Officer – 124 Assistant Horticultural Officer – 307
Pay ScaleINR 65500/M
Examination FeeGeneral Category – INR 100 SC/ST/ Persons with Benchmark Disability/ Destitute Widow – No Fees
Age LimitSCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs(OBCMs), BCMs and DWs of all Castes -Minimum Age 18, No maximum Age limit   Others – 18 Years to 30 Years
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Educational Qualification of TNPSC Agricultural Officer and Horticultural Officer Recruitment

Name of the PostEducational Qualification
Assistant Agricultural OfficerMust have passed Higher Secondary ((Class 12) Examination.  
Must possess two years Diploma in Agriculture from the Institutions recognized by the Government of Tamil Nadu two years Diploma in Agriculture from institutions affiliated with the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Gandhigram Rural Institute, or Dindigul District is also acceptable.  
Candidates who possess the same qualification from institutions under the control of the Commissioner of Agriculture can also apply.
Assistant Horticultural OfficerA Pass in Higher Secondary Examination  
Two years Diploma course completion certificate in Horticulture in the Institutions approved by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University or Director of Horticulture and Plantation Crops or Gandhigram Rural University.

Selection Procedure of TNPSC Agricultural Officer and Horticultural Officer Recruitment

The selection procedure of TNPSC Agricultural Officer and Horticultural Officer Recruitment consists of three stages.

  • Written Examination
  • Certificate Verification
  • Counselling

Examination Pattern of TNPSC Agricultural Officer and Horticultural Officer Recruitment 2021

Name of the postSubjectDuration of examTotal MarksMinimum Qualifying marks for SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs and BCMsMinimum Qualifying marks for Others
Assistant Agricultural OfficerPaper 1 Agriculture (200 Questions)    
Paper 2 (100 Questions) General Studies   Aptitude and Mental Ability Test
3 Hours          
2 Hours
300 Marks          
200 Marks
150 Marks200 Marks
Assistant Horticultural OfficerPaper 1 Horticulture (200 Questions)    
Paper 2 (100 Questions) General Studies   Aptitude and Mental Ability Test
3 Hours          
2 Hours
300 Marks          
200 Marks
150 Marks200 Marks

Syllabus of TNPSC Agricultural Horticultural Officer

Syllabus of Assistant Agriculture Officer – Paper 1

  • Agronomic principles, practices and meteorology
  • Dry Farming and Agro-Forestry
  • Soils and Fertility Management
  • Horticultural Crop Cultivation Techniques
  • Breeding and Seed Production
  • Plant Protection Principles and Practices
  • Livestock, Poultry Management, Artificial Insemination and Calf Rearing
  • Farm Machinery and Post-harvest Technology
  • Energy and Environment
  • Commercial Agriculture
  • Agricultural Extension and Agricultural Economics
  • Computer Application

Syllabus of Assistant Horticulture Officer – Paper 1

  • Basic Horticulture and Plant Propagation
  • Soil and Fertility, Irrigation and Weed Management
  • Production Technology of Fruits and Vegetables
  • Production Technology of Flower Crops and Landscaping
  • Production Technology of Spices, Plantation Crops, Medicinal and Aromatic Crops
  • Insect Pest and Diseases of Horticultural Crops and Their Management
  • Post-Harvest Handling and Value Addition of Horticultural Crops
  • Livestock Management and Poultry Production
  • Commercial Agriculture
  • Farm Management, Marketing and Extension Education

Syllabus of General Studies – Paper 2

Syllabus of General Science


  • Nature of Universe
  • General Scientific laws
  • Standards and units-Force
  • Inventions and discoveries
  • National scientific laboratories
  • Mechanics and properties of matter
  • Physical quantities
  • Motion and energy
  • Magnetism, electricity and electronics
  • Heat, light and sound.


  • Elements and Compounds
  • Acids, bases and salts
  • Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides.


  • Main Concepts of life science
  • Classification of living organism
  • Nutrition and dietetics Respiration.


  • Blood and blood circulation
  • Reproductive system
  • Environment, ecology, health and hygiene
  • Human diseases including communicable and non – communicable diseases
  • Prevention and remedies
  • Animals, plants and human life.

Syllabus of Current Events


  • Latest diary of events-national
  • National symbols
  • Profile of States
  • Eminent persons and places in news
  • Sports and games
  • Books and authors
  • Awards and honors
  • India and its neighbours

Political Science

  • Problems in conduct of public elections
  • Political parties and political system in India
  • Public awareness and General administration
  • Welfare oriented government schemes and their utility


  • Geographical landmarks
  • Economics
  • Current socio-economic problems


  • Latest inventions on science and technology


  • Earth and Universe
  • Solar system-Monsoon, rainfall, weather and climate
  • Water resources
  • Rivers in India
  • Soil, minerals and natural resources
  • Forest and wildlife
  • Agricultural pattern
  • Transport including surface transport and communication
  • Social geography
  • Population-density and distribution
  • Natural calamities
  • Disaster Management.

History and Culture of India and Tamil Nadu

  • Indus valley civilization
  • Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals and Marathas
  • Age of Vijayanagaram and the bahmanis
  • South Indian history
  • Culture and Heritage of Tamil people
  • India since independence Characteristics of Indian culture
  • Unity in diversity –race, colour, language, custom
  • India-as secular state
  • Growth of rationalist, Dravidian movement in TN-Political parties and populist schemes.

Indian Polity

  • Fundamental duties
  • Human rights charter
  • Union legislature
  • Constitution of India-
  • Preamble to the constitution
  • Salient features of constitution-
  • Union, state and territory-
  • Citizenship-rights amend duties
  • Fundamental rights
  • Parliament- State executive- State Legislature
  • Assembly- Local government – panchayat raj
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Judiciary in India
  • Rule of law/Due process of law Elections
  • Official language and Schedule-VIII- Corruption in public life
  • Anti-corruption measures
  • CVC, Lok-adalats, Ombudsman, CAG
  • Right to information
  • Empowerment of women
  • Consumer protection forms.

Indian Economy

  • Nature of Indian economy
  • Five-year plan models-an assessment
  • Land reforms and agriculture Application of science in agriculture
  • Industrial growth
  • Rural welfare-oriented programmers
  • Social sector problems – population, education, health, employment, poverty
  • Economic trends in Tamil Nadu

Indian National Movement

  • National renaissance
  • Emergence of national leaders
  • Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore
  • Different modes of agitations
  • Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle
  • Rajaji, VOC, Periyar, Bharathiar and others

Aptitude and Mental Ability Test (Class 10 STANDARD)

  • Conversion of information to data
  • Tables, graphs, diagrams
  • Analytical interpretation of data
  • Simplification-Percentage
  • Collection, compilation and presentation of data
  • Highest Common Factor (HCF)
  • Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)
  • Time and Work
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Puzzles
  • Dice
  • Visual Reasoning
  • Alpha numeric Reasoning
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Simple interest
  • Compound interest
  • Area
  • Volume
  • Number Series.

Best 3 Books for TNPSC Agricultural Officer and Horticultural Officer

Name of the bookPublishers
TNPSC Agricultural Officer Exam, Instant Notes on AgriculturePhoenix Coaching Center
TNPSC Agriculture Officer (Extension) Exam GuideDr.V.Krishnasamy M.Sc.(Agril)), V.V.K. Subburaj
A Competitive Book of Agriculture for UPSC, PSCs ARS/SRF/JRF, Pre PG and Ph.D. EntranceNemraj Sunda
FAQ TNPSC Agricultural Officer and Horticultural Officer
is it mandatory for the applicants to register their basic particulars through one – time online registration system before applying for this recruitment?


Is it necessary to link Aadhaar number while doing one time registration?

Linking Aadhaar number with One Time Registration (OTR) is mandatory for applicants before applying to TNPSC Recruitment.

Is it possible for candidates with higher education than prescribed qualification to apply for this recruitment?

Candidates who have not possessed the two year Diploma in Agriculture are not eligible for the post of Assistant Agricultural Officer even though they possess Higher Qualification.

What is the monthly salary for Assistant Agricultural Officer?

INR 65500/M

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