Assistant Director of Agriculture 2020:: CGPSC Exam Syllabus, Study Materials and Preparation

ADA Exam C.G., 2020

Assistant Director of Agriculture Examination 2020: CGPSC (सहायक संचालक कृषि)

This year CGPSC or Chhattisgarh Public Commission (छत्तीसगढ़ लोकसेवा आयोग) is going to organize an important exam to fill the vacant posts of ADA or Assistant Director of Agriculture. ‘Assistant Director of Agriculture 2020‘ is the name of this agriculture competition exam.

This is an informational post written for the students of agriculture. This is based on the official notification of CGPSC.

Syllabus of ADA Exam and Possible Exam Date have been described in this post.


INDEX: Table 01

1.INTRODUCTION: What is Assistant Director of Agriculture?
2.Important Things During Preparation
4.Frequently Asked Questions
5.Other Important Things


1.1 What is Assistant Director of Agriculture?

Assistant Director of Agriculture is a Class-2 Gazetted Officer (द्वितीय श्रेणी राजपत्रित अधिकारी). It is a sub-directorial level post i.e., ADA has to work under Director of Agriculture. The same post from related department, horticulture, is ADH or Assistant Director of Horticulture. An ADA is responsible for managing and directing all the subordinate staffs in a district for the effective execution of the all annual schemes.

1.2 What is CGPSC?

CGPSC is a government body under the government of Chhattisgarh responsible for conducting exams and recruiting staffs at administrative level. Generally, it conducts different exams and recruits candidates for class 2 posts.

1.3 About Post and Exam

Table 02

TypeGovernment post, written exam with interview, direct posting, backlog
Related Dept.Dept. of Agriculture
Date of Notification04-06-2020
Date of Publication10-06-2020
Date for Online Application15-06-2020 to 14-07-2020
Correction in Online Application17-07-2020 to 23-07-2020
Date of ExamOctober-November (expected)
Questions and MarksWritten Exam= 150 questions with 300 marks.
Interview= 30 marks.

Timing= 3 hrs.
ClassClass 2 officer
Salary7th pay commission, level 12
Posting In Chhattisgarh

1.4 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria of this post are as follows:

Degree: M. Sc. Agriculture with second division.

Resident of: Chhattisgarh.

9 posts (table 03) from General category can be applied by the candidates of other Indian states.

Category: All (ST, SC, OBC, General).

Table 03

  • Female quota: 2 ST, 1 SC = 3 post out of 25.
  • 2 posts out of 22 are reserved for PH (One Arm, One Leg, Both Leg, Hearing Handicapped).
  • 3 posts out of 3 (backlog) are reserved for PH (One Arm, One Leg, Both Leg, Hearing Handicapped).

1.5 Exam Pattern

A candidate of the exam has to go through two stages. First part of this exam is 150 mark’s written exam. Second and most important part is interview of the successful candidates.

1.6 Exam Centres

List of possible venues/cities for exam centres. These are-

  • Raipur.
  • Ambikapur.
  • Bilaspur.
  • Jagdalpur.
  • Bhilai

1.7. How Difficult This Exam Is?

The total number of post is very  few, it is 25

9 out of 25 have been reserved for ST.

2 Out of 25 have been reserved for SC and,

5 Out of 25 have been reserved for SC and,

9 is open.

Students belonging to General Category will find it hard to crack the competition exam.

In short this exam is going to be very tough.

(2). Important Things During Preparation

2.1 Previous Year Questions

Previous year’s questions from different agriculture competition exam like Senior Agriculture Development Officer (SADO), Rural Agriculture Development Officer (RAEO), Agriculture Field Officer (IBPS) etc., will be very important during preparation.

2.2 Coaching

No coaching is required. It can be cracked by self study.

2.3 Study Materials

It can be purchased from here.


This a CGPSC exam. The syllabus of this written exam have been divided into two parts- first is General Knowledge of Chhattisgarh and second part is subject related i.e., agriculture.


Part 01: General Knowledge of Chhattisgarh

  1. History of Chhattisgarh and contribution of Chhattisgarh in free
    dom struggle.
  2. Geography, water, mineral re.sources, climate and physical condi
  3. Literature, music, dance, art and culture of Chhattisgarh.
  4. Tribals. dialects, teej and fe.stivals of Chhattisgarh.
  5. F.conomy. forest and agriculture of Chhattisgarh.
  6. Administrative structure of Chhattisgarh. local government and
    Panchayati Raj.
  7. Human Resources and energy resources in Chhattisgarh.
  8. Education, health and contemporary events in Chhattisgarh.


(A). Principles of Crop Production & Management

  1. Agro-ecological zones of India & their relation to crop growth.
  2. Principles of Crop production.
  3. Concept of soil-plant-water relations, yield and environmental stress, Cropping Systems & its importance.
  4. Integrated farming system, organic farming, resource conservation technology, tillage, dry / rainfed farming.
  5. Soil fertility & productivity. Essential plant nutrients, their role & management.
  6. Soil-water relationship, soil & water management.
  7. Weed biology and ecology, crop weed competition, principles and methods of integrated weed control, Crop
  8. Diversification: Concept, it importance and applications, Crop Residue Management.

(B). Agronomy of maior crops

Classification improved varieties, adoptability’, climate, soil, water and cultural requirements, nutrient, quality components, handling and processing of the produce for maximum production of Cereals, Pulses, Oilseeds, Fiber crops. Sugar crops, Fodder & Forage crops and important Cash crops.

(C). Agrostology and Agro-Forestry

Principles of grass land and pasture management. Importance of Agro-forestry. Agro-forestry systems – Agri silviculture, silvipasture, agrisilvipasture, agrihorticulture, aqua-silviculture, alley cropping and energy plantation. Crop production technology in Agro-forestry
and Agrostology systems. Wasteland development.

(D): Production and Management of Horticultural Crops

Classification, improved varieties, adoptability, climate, soil, water and cultural requirements, nutrient, quality components, handling and processing of the produce for maximum production of Fruits, Vegetables, Tuber, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Flowers, Condiments and Spices. Protected cultivation. Preservation of fruits & vegetables.

(E): Crop Protection

General biology, habits and habitats of economically important insects. Insect morphology. Biological control of crop pests and weeds. Integrated Pest Management. Insect vectors of plant viruses. Pest control equipments & insecticides. Prediction/ forecasting of pest attack. Pest and disease surveillance. Basic concepts of Mycology, Plant Virology, Plant Bacteriology. Biotic and abiotic causes of plant diseases. Plant disease management by cultural, physical, biological, chemical, organic amendment and botanical methods. Integrated Control Measures of Plant Diseases, Plant Quarantine: Concept & Importance. Pests & Diseases of Agronomical and Horticultural crops
and their management. Economically beneficial insects, Fungi, bacteria and viruses.

(F): Crop Improvement

Principles of genetics and Cytogentics. Breeding methods for self and cross pollinated crops. Self incompatibility & male sterility and their commercial exploitation. Heterosis breeding. Bio
technology for crop improvement. Major achievements in crop development in reference to yield and resistance. Agriculture Mechanization. Food Processing.

(G): Post Harvest Management and Value Addition

Tillage, Sowing, Intercultural & Harvesting implements for Agricultural / Horticultural crops. Implements for conservation
farming. Processing and Post-harvest machinery. Storage structures
for agricultural/horticultural produce.

(H): Agricultural Extension

Principles of Agriculture Extension. Pioneering extension efforts and their implications in Indian agriculture. Poverty alleviation and employment generation programmes. Tools of Agriculture Extension. Participatory methods for technology development and transfer. Market led extension management. Application of Communication & Information Technology in Agricultural Extension.

(I): Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Production Economics and Production Processes. Concepts in agricultural marketing. Characteristics of agricultural products and problems in agriculture marketing. Marketing Cooperatives, Regulated Markets, Direct Marketing, Contract Farming and Retailing Supply Chain Management. Role and importance of agricultural finance. Agricultural lending – direct and
indirect financing. Financing institutes.

(J): Soil-Water and Integrated Nutrient Management

Classification of soils. Soils of India and Chhattisgarh. Physical properties of soil. Land Capability Classification, Water requirement of different crops. Irrigation scheduling & management. Irrigation methods. Drainage. Fertilizers, Bio-fertilizers, compost for crop production. Green manuring. Reclamation of problem soils. Soil ameliorants.

(4). Frequently Asked Questions

Question 01. Can a final year student appear for the exam?

Answer:: Technically, he/she is not eligible for the post. A student should have cleared M. Sc.

Question 02. Which subject will cover more from agriculture questions?

Answer:: Agronomy and plant breeding are two most important subjects. Follow this sequence:

  • Agronomy (crop production).
  • Plant Bleeding and Genetics.
  • Horticulture.
  • Entomology.
  • Agri. Economics.
  • Agri. Extension.
  • Post Harvest Technology.

Questions from plant breeding and genetics create difficulties during exam. Questions from agronomy may create confution with practical things.

Question 03. Which subject will cover more from general knowledge questions?

Answer:: Economy of the state, history of the state, different places are more important things to member. A student should give importance to the following sequence:

  • Economy and Geography of Chhattisgarh.
  • Education, human and energy resources.
  • Administrative structure and Panchayati Raj.
  • Energy resources.
  • Literature, tribals, festivals, culture.
  • Current affairs.

Economic geography is also a very important topic. For example- Mahanadi Pariyojana is related with……?

Question 04: Which subject will cover less questions from agriculture?

Answer: Follow rhe answer og question 01 from below.

Question 05: Which subject will cover less questions from general knowledge?

Answer: Follow the answer of question 02 from below.

Question 06: Which is best way of preparation for ADA?

Answer: Combination of group and self study.

Question 07: Should I prepare for ADA by self study?

Answer: Yes, it is a good option. With more and quality contents anyone can clear the exam by self study.

Questions 08: Is coaching necessary for the preparation of ADA?

Answer:: Like other subjects e.g., Science (for MBBS), Mathematics (for Engineering) where coaching is necessary, it is not necessary to join a coaching centre for the preparation of agricultural competition exams.

A student should join coaching centre only when he/she is not sure about his/her preparation. Self study is sufficient to clear the examination.

Question 09: Which is best coaching centre for the preparation of ADA in Chhattisgarh?

Answer: There are many coaching institutes in Chhattisgarh. In recent years, the number of these institute has increased very fast. More 2 coaching centres can be seen located within a small area. So the selection of a right coaching centre is very important.

Some very good coaching centres are located near main college campus of IGKV i.e. College of Agriculture Raipur. Raipur Krishi Coaching (RKC) is one of them.

Question 10: What would be best medium for the preparation of ADA?

Answer:: English is best medium for the preparation. Books written in English are rich in contents. Always prefer English language. But, don’t avoid matters available in Hindi. These are also helpful. For the preparation of GK, a student can prefer Hindi medium book without any doubt. Hindi medium GK books are rich in contents.

(5). Other Important Things


छत्तीसगढ़ लोकसेवा आयोग



(1). JRF Multiple Choice Questions

(2). Floriculture Multiple Choice Questions.

(3). Agronomy Multiple Choice Questions

(4). Soil Science Multiple Choice Questions

(5). Entomology Multiple Choice Questions


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Satish Bhagat
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