TNPSC Assistant Horticultural Officer Notification 2018

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TNPSC Assistant Horticultural Officer Notification 2018

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Opening Date :  25-05-2018

Last Date : 24-06-2018

Vacancies : 805

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(Check Syllabus and pattern here)


Name of Postings

  • Assistant Horticultural Officer


  • General: 757
  • SC: 45
  • ST: 03

 Age Limit

Category Of Applicants Minimum Age(Should Have Completed) Maximum Age
Scs, SC(A)S, Sts, Mbcs/Dcs, Bcs, Bcms And Dws Of All Castes 18 Years No Maximum Age Limit
“Others” 18 Years 30 Years(Should Not Have Completed)

 Age Relaxations

SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs, BCMs
Differently Abled Ex-servicemen
No Age Limit No Age Limit
‘Others’ i.e. applicants not belonging to SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBC/DCs, BCs, BCMs
Differently Abled Ex-servicemen
40 Years 48 Years


  • A Pass in Higher Secondary Examination
  • A pass in the two years Diploma course in Horticulture in the Institutions approved by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University or Director of Horticulture and Plantation Crops or from the Gandhigram Rural Institute.

Scale of Pay

  • Level – 10 ₹20,600 – ₹65,500

 Application Fees

  • Registration Fee: Rs 150/-
  • Examination Fee: Rs 100/-

 Payment Mode

  •  SBI Online Payment

Selection Process

  • Written exam
  • Personal Interview
  • Document Verification

Date to Note

Date of notification 25.05.2018
Last date for submission of application 24.06.2018
Last date for payment of fee through Bank (State Bank of India or Indian Bank) 26.06.2018
Paper-I (Subject Paper) 11.08.2018
F.N. 10.00 A.M. to 01.00 P.M.
Paper-II (General Studies) 11.08.2018
A.N. 02.30 P.M. to 04.30 P.M.


Exam Pattern

Subject Name Total Question
General Intelligence & Reasoning 35
General Awareness 50

Physical Standard Details

Candidates Category Hight Male Chest Unexpended Female Chest Expended Male
UR/OBC 165 cms 80 cms 85 cms
SC/ST 160 cms 76 cms 81 cms
Hillman 163 cms 80 cms 85 cms

Exam Centre

Sl. No Name of the Centre Centre Code
1 Chennai 0100
2 Madurai 1000
3 Coimbatore 0200
4 Tiruchirappalli 2500
5 Tirunelveli 2600
6 Salem 1700
7 Thanjavur 1900

Exam Syllabus

PG Degree Standard

Paper I

  • Unit- I: Basic Horticulture And Plant Propagation
  • Unit – II: Soil And Fertility, Irrigation And Weed Management
  • Unit – III: Production Techonology Of Fruits And Vegetables
  • Unit – IV: Production Technology Of Flower Crops And Landscaping
  • Unit – V: Production Technology Of Spices, Plantation Crops, Medicinal
    And Aromatic Crops
  • Unit – VI: Nsect Pest And Diseases Of Horticultural Crops And Their
  • Unit – VII: Post Harvest Handling And Value Addition Of Horticultural
  • Unit – VIII: Livestock Management And Poultry Production
  • Unit – IX: Commercial Agriculture
  • Unit – X: Farm Management, Marketing And Extension Education

Paper II

General Studies (HSC Standard)

  • Unit-I: General Science
  • Unit- II: Current Events
  • Unit-III : Geography
  • Unit-IV: History And Culture Of India
  • Unit-V: L Indian Polity
  • Unit- VI: Indian Economy
  • Unit-VII: Indian National Movement
  • Unit-VIII: Aptitude And Mental Ability Tests

Unit- I

PRINCIPLES OF HORTICULTURE Scope and importance of horticulture – Scenario of horticulture industry in the regional, National and global economy – Area and production – Export and import – Nutritive value of horticultural crops – Horticultural therapy and etc.

Unit – II

PROPAGATION AND NURSERY TECHNIQUES OF HORTICULTURAL CROPS Sexual propagation, principles, advantages and disadvantages – Apomixis, polyembryony, seed dormancy and methods to overcome the dormancy – Factors influencing seed germination – Protrays – Containers – Media – Growing structures – Management of fruit nursery – Asexual propagation and etc.

Unit – III

GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF HORTICULTURAL CROPS Important phases of growth and development – Definitions, photosynthetic productivity, leaf area index (LAI) – optimum LAI in horticultural crops. Canopy development: Different stages of growth, growth curves and etc.

Unit – IV

BREEDING OF HORTICULTURAL CROPS Scope and importance of plant breeding in horticultural crops – Breeding systems and objectives – Plant genetic resources – Modes of reproduction – Mechanisms of pollination control, sterility, and incompatibility – Effect of mating systems.

Horticulture (Degree Standard)

Unit- I

FUNDAMENTALS OF HORTICULTURE Scope and importance – State, National and Global scenario of horticultural crops – Area and production – Import and export – Nutritive value of horticultural crops – Horticultural zones of Tamil Nadu and India – National and regional agencies involved in the promotion of Horticultural Industry in India (NHB, APEDA and Commodity Boards).

Unit – II

GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF HORTICULTURAL CROPS Important phases of growth and development – Bearing habits – Classification of horticultural crops based on life cycle – Annual, biennial perennial (woody and herbaceous perennials) – Fruitfulness and unfruitfulness – External and internal factors associated with unfruitfulness – Physiology of flowering.

Unit – III

PROPAGATION OF HORTICULTURAL CROPS Propagation – Definition – Establishment of nursery – Site selection – Tools and implements propagation structures – Mist chamber, phytotron – Humidifiers – Greenhouse – Glasshouse – Poly house – Shade net, glass house, poly tunnels, cold frames and hotbeds, pit nursery – Media and containers – Soil sterilization – Sexual propagation.

Unit – IV

MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES FOR HORTICULTURAL CROPS Planning – Layout and management of orchards – Fencing – Windbreaks and shelter beds – Spacing – Planting system – Physical and chemical properties – Soil reaction – acid, saline and alkaline soils – Soil fertility – Essential elements – Functions – Organic manures and inorganic fertilizers.

Unit – V

Post- Harvest Technology Of Horticultural Crops

Importance of post-harvest handling in horticultural crops – Maturity indices – Post-harvest handling methods – Washing – Grading – Waxing – Grades and standards – Methods of packing – Types of containers and their advantages and disadvantages.

Unit-I : General Science

Physics Universe-General Scientific laws-Scientific instruments-Inventions and discoveries-National scientific laboratories-Science glossary-Mechanics and properties of matter-Physical quantities, standards and units-Force, motion and energy-Electricity and Magnetism, Electronics and Communication -Heat, light and sound-Atomic and nuclear Physics-Solid State Physics – Spectroscopy- Geophysics – Astronomy and space science.

Chemistry Elements and Compounds-Acids, bases, and salts-Oxidation and reduction- Chemistry of ores and metals-Carbon, nitrogen and their compounds-Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides-Biochemistry and biotechnology-Electrochemistry-Polymers and plastics.

Botany Main Concepts of life science-The cell-basic unit of life-Classification of living organism-Nutrition and dietetics-Respiration-Excretion of metabolic waste-Bio- communication.

Zoology Blood and blood circulation-Endocrine system-Reproductive system-Genetics the science of heredity-Environment, ecology, health and hygiene, Biodiversity and its conservation-Human diseases-Communicable diseases and non- communicable diseases- prevention and remedies- Alcoholism and drug abuse-Animals, plants and human life.

Unit– II : Current Events

History Latest diary of events – National- symbols-Profile of States-Defence, national security and terrorism-World organizations-pacts and summits-Eminent persons & places in news-Sports & games-Books & authors -Awards & honours-Cultural panorama- Latest historical events – India and its neighbours – Latest terminology- Appointments-who is who?

Political Science 1. India’s foreign policy 2. Latest court verdicts – public opinion 3. Problems in conduct of public elections 4. Political parties and political system in India 5. Public awareness & General administration 6. Role of Voluntary organizations & Govt., 7. Welfare oriented govt. schemes, their utility.

Unit-VII: Indian National Movement

National renaissance-Early uprising against British rule-1857 Revolt- Indian National Congress-Emergence of national leaders-Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore, Nethaji -Growth of militant movements -Different modes of agitations-Era of different Acts & Pacts-World war & final phase struggle-Communalism led to partition-Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle – Rajaji, VOC, Periyar, Bharathiar & Others-Birth of political parties /political system in India since independence.

Unit-VIII: Aptitude And Mental Ability Tests

Conversa on of information to data-Collection, compilation and presentation of data – Tables, graphs, diagrams-Parametric representation of data-Analytical interpretation of data – Simplification-Percentage-Highest Common Factor (HCF)-Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)- Ratio and Proportion-Simple interest-Compound interest-Area-Volume-Time and Work- Behavioural ability -Basic terms, Communications in information technology-Application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)- Decision making and problem solving- Logical Reasoning-Puzzles-Dice-Visual Reasoning-Alpha numeric Reasoning-Number Series-Logical Number/Alphabetical/Diagrammatic Sequences.

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