The ICAR AIEEA PG exam is conducted for admission to Master’s degree programmes offered at various Agricultural Universities under the ICAR-AU system. From the year 2019 onwards, the exam will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Earlier, it was conducted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The exam is conducted for 20 major subject groups which comprise 95 sub-subjects. Candidates are required to opt for only one major subject for the exam on the basis of their graduation subject. The details of sub-subjects are available in the official information bulletin.
The ICAR AIEEA PG exam will be held on 1st July 2019 in online mode. A total of 160 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) will be asked from the subject opted by the candidates. The question will be based on the syllabus prescribed by the ICAR. The article here will include the syllabus details for all the major subjects. You can also check out the link to download the syllabus PDF at the end of the article.
AIEEA PG Exam 2019 Syllabus
Here are the main topics of all the 20 major subjects for the exam. The sub-topics details are available in the syllabus PDF.
Code 01 – PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY
Importance of agriculture in the national economy, Importance of biochemistry in agriculture, Characteristics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, Plant Physiology/ Crop Physiology
Code 02 – PLANT SCIENCES
Importance of Agriculture in the national economy, Structure and function of cell organelles, Major pests and diseases of crops, Characteristics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, Food and industry.
Code 03 – PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Importance of Agriculture in a national perspective, Volumetric and gravimetric analysis including complexometric methods, Soil as a medium for plant growth, Essential plant nutrients.
Code 04 – ENTOMOLOGY AND NEMATOLOGY
Importance of Agriculture in the national economy, basic principles of crop production, Classification of animal kingdom up to class, basic principles of insect and nematode pest management.
Code 05 – AGRONOMY
General: Importance of Agriculture in the national economy, Principles of Agronomy, Crop ecology and geography and Agricultural Meteorology, Field crops: Origin, distribution, economic importance, soil and climatic requirements, varieties, cultural practices and yield of cereals, medicinal & aromatic plants, Weed management, water management, soil fertility and fertilizer use, Dryland Agronomy, Problem soils, Sustainable land use systems.
Code 06 – SOCIAL SCIENCES
Importance of Agriculture in the national economy, Theory of consumer behaviour, Agricultural Marketing, Globalization, WTO & its impact on Indian agriculture, Basic principles of farm management, the concept of farming system and economics of farming systems, Extension Education, Communication, Cyber extension.
Code 07 – STATISTICAL SCIENCES
Importance of Agriculture/Forestry/Livestock in the national economy, Mathematics: Real and complex numbers; polynomial and roots; de Moivre’s theorem and its applications, Elements of set theory, Differential calculus, Statistics – definition, use and limitations, Basic Computers.
Code 08 – HORTICULTURE
Importance of Agriculture in the national economy, basic principles of crop production, Major soils of India, Important rural development programmes in India, Layout and establishment of orchards, Elements of statistics, climatic requirements and cultivation of fruits, management of important pests and diseases of fruits and vegetables.
Code 09 – FORESTRY/AGROFORESTRY & SILVICULTURE
Importance of Agriculture/Forestry/Livestock in the national economy, Basic principles of crop production, Forest – importance, types, classification, Agroforestry, wildlife, forest depletion and degradation, forest conservation, Indian Forest Act, Indian forest policies, forest economics, forest engineering, joint forest management and tribology.
Code 10 – AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
Elementary Statistics and theory of probability. Electric motors: Types, performance, selection, measuring instruments, installation and maintenance, fundamentals of computers, power distribution. Thermodynamic principles; fluid mechanics, the theory of machines. Soil mechanics, Importance of farm equipment and role of mechanization in enhancing productivity & profitability of Indian agriculture, the role of energy in economic development, Biochemical and engineering properties of biological materials, cost analysis & food processing plants layout, feasibility reports, Surveying and leveling, water resources in India, land shaping and grading equipment and practices.
Code 11 – WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Importance of Agriculture in the national economy, basic principles of crop production, Water resources of India, irrigation development in India, watershed management principles, government schemes in watershed management program, Physical properties of soils, Simultaneous and quadratic equations, irrigation methods, irrigation scheduling, water lifting devices and pumps, water laws and irrigation acts.
Code 12 – HOME SCIENCE (CURRENTLY RENAMED AS COMMUNITY SCIENCE)
Importance of agriculture in the national economy, basic principles of crop production, Elements of Human Nutrition, food-related laws, policies and programmes in India, Organic and genetically modified foods, Introduction to child/human development, Concept and principles of management, Introduction to clothing construction, Introduction to Home Science Education.
Code 13 – ANIMAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
Structure of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, Scope and importance of biochemistry in animal sciences, Chemistry and biological significance of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, vitamins and hormones, Chemistry of antigens and antibodies and molecular basis of immune reaction, History of molecular biology, Basic principles of stem cell and animal cloning.
Code 14 – VETERINARY SCIENCE
Structure of cells, cell organelles, chromosome structure and functions, cell growth, division and differentiation and functions. Digestion in simple-stomached animals, Classification and growth characteristics of bacteria, classification of important fungi, nature of viruses, Clinical examination and diagnosis, General surgical principles and management of surgical cases, Estrus and oestrous cycle in domestic animals, Zoonotic diseases through milk and meat, drugs action on different body systems.
Code 15 – ANIMAL SCIENCES
Principles of animal genetics, Population statistics of livestock, General nutrition, Common anti-nutritional factors and unconventional feeds, Male and female reproduction (including artificial insemination, in-vitro fertilization, cryo-preservation.) General concepts of livestock production and management, Concept of sociology.
Code 16 – FISHERIES SCIENCE
Classification and taxonomic characteristics of cultivable fisheries, Impact of over-exploitation and climate change on fisheries resources, Reproduction and breeding behaviour in fish and shellfish, basic aspects of biotechnology in relation to fisheries, Important limnological, oceanographical and biological parameters in relation to fisheries of lotic and lentic waters, Common crafts and gears used for fish capture, Canning and packaging techniques, Introduction to fishery economics and concepts of cooperative, Modern tools of fishery extension education, Basics of statistics in fisheries and computer science.
Code 17 – DAIRY SCIENCE
Chemical composition of various food of plant and animal origin, Test for the quality of milk, butter, ghee, milk powder etc., Introduction to dairy microbiology, Food poisoning, toxic-infections and other milk-borne diseases and their control, Composition and chemistry of cream, infant food, Bacteriological aspects of milk processing, Microbiological standards for milk and milk products
Code 18 -DAIRY TECHNOLOGY
Principles and processes of food preservation, Nutritional Labeling of Food Products, Application of Membrane Processing in Milk Processing, Materials and sanitary features of the dairy equipment, Spray Dryer principles of dairy plant layout and design, Fluid mechanics, Artificial Refrigeration, Calculation of the size of Refrigeration Machine Requirements, Electromagnetic induction, AC fundamentals.
Code 19 – FOOD SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY
General chemistry of food constituents, Metabolism of carbohydrates, National and international food standards, Engineering properties of food materials, Food plant layout and design, Preparation and manufacturing technology of cereals and bakery products, microwave and solar processing of foods, judging of food products, canning packaging materials and package testing, Microbiology of fermented foods and beverages, Methods for microbiological examination of foods, food hygiene and safety regulations.
Code 20 – Agri-Business Management
Social, political and economic structure in rural India, Forestry production, pests and diseases management of major trees grown in India, Farm equipment and Farm Machinery in India, Irrigation and drainage systems, Basics of veterinary, Basics of human food and nutrition, Quantitative ability, Communicative ability, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Fundamentals of managerial economics.
The syllabus is vast, so we have included only some topics in the above article. The detailed AIEEA PG syllabus is available at the official website. Candidates can download the PDF and take a print.