OPSC Assistant Soil Conservation Officer Syllabus 2021 ~ Exam Pattern

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OPSC Assistant Soil Conservation Officer 2021 Recruitment Details

Recruitment Board NameOdisha Public Service Commission (OPSC)
Job RoleAssistant Soil Conservation Officer in Class-II (Group-B) of Odisha Soil Conservation Service under Agriculture &Farmers Empowerment Department
Salary16500 – 35700
Application Fee100 – 250
Examination Conducted DateUpdates Shortly
Official Sitehttps://www.opsc.gov.in/
Application Last Date2021
Application FormatOnline
NotificationGet Here
Vacancies NoVarious Posts

Syllabus for OPSC Assistant Soil Conservation Officer 2021

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)

Exam Pattern for OPSC Assistant Soil Conservation Officer 2021

Exam TypePapersSubjectsNumber of MarksTime Duration
MCQ Type PatternPaper 1Academic Related Subject 

(Technical Subject)

1001 and Half Hour
Paper 2Academic Related Subject 

(Technical Subject)

1001 and Half Hour

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