RURAL AGRICULTURE EXTENSION OFFICER (RAEO) is a field level officer, and it is a post under Department of Agriculture. This a class 3 or level 3 post. So, a Rural Agriculture Extension is a non-Gazetted Officer. Actually, an RAEO is an employee under the department of agriculture. The suffix ‘officer’ is added to give him/her recognization as an officer at field level. The most common word used for an RAEO is Gram Sevak or ग्राम सेवक.
This post describe the Eligibility Criteria, Work & Duties and Salary of An RAEO
|NAME OF THE POST||Rural Agriculture Extension Officer|
|TYPE OF THE POST||Government Job, Regular Post|
|DEPARTMENT||Department of Agriculture|
|SUBORDINATE TO||Agriculture Development Officer (ADO) and Senior Agriculture Development Officer (SADO) at block level.|
|2.||CREATION OF THE POSTS|
|6.||WORKS/DUTIES OF AN RAEO|
|7.||SALARY OF AN RAEO|
|8.||FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS|
To become eligible for this post a student or candidate has to clear B. Sc. (Bachelor of Science) i. e., Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Required degrees are as follows:
- B. Sc. Agriculture (Bachelor in Agriculture).
- B. Tech. (Agriculture Engineering).
- B. Sc. Horticulture (Bachelor in Horticulture).
Other criteria are:
- College: Any agriculture college recognized by UGC. Student should have completed his degree from UGC recognized agriculture college.
- Marks: Marks obtained in UG doesn’t matter. Candidate should have cleared UG degree program. There are no minimum or maximum marks.
- Category: No criteria. Posts are created for the students of all categories.
- District: No criteria. Posts are created for the students of all districts of a state.
- Degree: Required degrees are- 1. B. Sc. Agriculture. 2. B. Sc. Horticulture. 3. Agriculture Engineering. All with 4 year’s degree program.
2. CREATION OF THE POSTS
Posts are created by the head of department i.e., the director of agriculture after getting approval from state government. Increasing or decreasing the numbers of posts is on director of agriculture.
This is an offline exam, generally with 150-200 Multiple Choice Questions. It is written exam. The subjects of Multiple Choice Questions are as follows:
- Agronomy Multiple Choice Questions.
- Floriculture Multiple Choice Questions.
- Soil Science Multiple Choice Questions.
- Plant Pathology Multiple Choice Questions etc.
Selection is done based on overall rank secured by the students. At least 50 – 70% mark is required to get selected. The data can be changed.
Posting of selected candidates is done after the release of final list. Selected candidates are posted in different places inside that particular state.
6. WORKS/DUTIES OF AN RAEO
- Extension Works.
- Scheme Related Works.
- Crop Insurance.
- Data Collection. Of crop harvesting.
- Farmer’s Training.
- Attending Meetings.
- Attending Seminars.
- Attending Camps.
- Attending Trainings.
- Submitting Reports.
- Extension of departmental schemes: This includes extension of yearly schemes scheduled by the department. An RAEO has to…
- Go to villages.
- Contact villagers/farmers.
- Tell them about schemes.
- Select farmers.
- Enroll them into schemes.
- Extension of non-departmental schemes: It means, extension of schemes of other departments. Some schemes from other departments are as follows:
Scheme Related Works
Dozens of schemes are made for the farmers by the government for each financial year. These are farmer’s welfare schemes. This category of works are most important part of the job of an RAEO. This starts from extension works and ends at farmer’s field. For example- 1. schemes related with field crops. 2. Scheme related with farm machines e.g., installation of solar pump unit.
Actually, crop insurance is work of crop insurance company. But it is given to them as a target. He has to select farmers. The process includes following steps:
- Contact with farmers.
- To describe about scheme.
- Selection of farmers and crops.
- Completing formalities.
Sometimes this scheme becomes beneficial for the farmers.
Data collection is an important work. The data collection work is related with field crops. It is scheduled and done for each year. Data collection is related with following parameters:
- Crop area.
- Farm machines.
- Irrigation source.
- Crop insurance.
- Number of marginal, small and big farmers.
- And all others data related with departmental schemes.
Farmer’s training is also a very important work. This training is based on recent technologies and scientific methods. The subjects of farmer’s training program are:
- Farmer’s training program on crop sowing.
- Farmer’s training program on crop management practices.
- Farmer’s training program on crop harvesting.
- Farmer’s training program on compost production.
- Farmer’s training program on farm machine etc.
Two types of meetings are arranged- 1. Weekly Meetings. 2. Monthly Meetings. The topics of meetings are as follows:
- Review of weekly progress.
- Review of monthly progress.
He has to attend block level meetings. Sometimes, he has to attend district level meetings. Generally, meetings are related with departmental schemes. For example- meeting related with crop insurance are non-departmental scheme.
Seminars are part of trading program. Seminars are arranged occasionally.
He has to attend camps organised by the local administration. The main work in a seminar is the extension of departmental schemes.
RAEOs have to attend training programs. For Example EEI, Anand Gujarat is a training institute where agricultural officers are enrolled in training program.
This is the final duty of an RAEO. He has to submit the progress report of weekly/monthly/annual works.
7. SALARY OF AN RAEO
8. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Question 01: Can a B. Sc., final year’s student apply for the post?
ANSWER: Generally a final year’s student can’t apply for the post.
Question 01: What is the age limit to be eligible for RAEO examination?
ANSWER: Age limit is set by the recruitment agency e.g., by the department of agriculture. The maximum age limits are set according to categories. For example maximum age limit may be between 30 – 35 years considering categories. It is always more for reserved categories.
QUESTIONS 02: Can a candidate from other state apply for the post belonging to another state?
ANSWER: It is a grade 3 post. The posts are generally created for the students/candidates of a particular state.
Question 03: How much is the work load of an RAEO?
ANSWER: The annual schemes of department of agriculture is more than the other departments e.g., horticulture, veterinary, fisheries etc. So, the works and targets of an RAEO are more than the RHEOs, VFOs (Veterinary Field Officer) and the officers of other similar departments.
Questions 04: Is coaching necessary for the preparation of this entrance exam?
ANSWER: No, coaching is not necessary for the preparation of this entrance exam. Anyone can clear this exam following proper schedule. Always prepare according to syllabus. Student need quality study materials.
Questions 05: How to clear this exam?
ANSWER: To clear this exam, follow these instructions:
- Make a time table.
- Follow it strictly.
- Get quality study materials.
- Get previous year’s questions.
- Give equal importance to each subject.
- Give more time to subjects like agronomy, plant breeding and genetics, entomology and soil science etc.
Question 06: Which is more important subject considering numbers of questions asked in this exam?
ANSWER: Subjects like agronomy, horticulture and plant breeding are more important.
Question 07: Which is less important subject considering numbers of questions asked in this exam?
ANSWER: Subjects like extension education, agro forestry, meteorology etc. are less important subjects.
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