TNPSC Departmental exams are conducted every year by the COE of Tamilnadu Public Service Commission to facilitate an opportunity for candidates aspiring for a government job, and also for the existing govt employees wanting a promotion or job transfer. All persons whether in Government Service or not are eligible for TNPSC Departmental Exam.
|Name of the Examination||Departmentmental Examination|
|Last Date for Applying||28:05:2021|
|Dates of Examination||22:06:2021 to 30:06:2021|
|Exam Timing||FN: 9:30 A.M. to 12:00 Noon|
AN: 2:30 P.M to 5:00 PM
The Registration Fee of Rs. 30/- along with an examination fee of Rs. 200/- is applicable. Candidates can pay the fees through online payment only.
TNPSC Departmental Exam Centers
Exam centers for departmental exams are available in the following district headquarters. However candidates are advised to choose only the exam center located in the district where they are currently employed,
Departmental Exam Syllabus
TEST CODE: 161
Agricultural Department Test for the Members of the Tamil Nadu Ministerial Service in the Agriculture Department.
Agricultural Departmental Manual Chapter I – Organisation and control.
The erstwhile Three – Tier System (District, Taluk and Block) was converted into Two Tier System (District and Block) and Technical Staff provided in the new setup in Agriculture, Horticulture, Agricultural Marketing and Agri Business and Seed Certification Departments. Staff Pattern was reorganized vide G.O.Ms.No.537, Agriculture (AA 8) Department, dated 24.12.2007.
In the G.O.Ms.No.60 Agriculture (AA 8) Department, dated 21.02.2008, the Ministerial and other Non-Technical Posts, surplus in the Agriculture Department due to the implementation of new staff pattern as per G.O.Ms.No.537, Agriculture Department,
dated 24.12.2007, were transferred to above Sister Departments. Chapter II – Accounts and Audit – General
Chapter III – Advisory Committees
Chapter IV Agricultural Analytical Laboratories
As per G.O.Ms.No.537, Agriculture (AA 8) Department, dated 24.12.2007, new staff pattern was adopted at District level under the Direct Control of District Joint Director ofAgriculture and one Additional Director of Agriculture (Research) at State Headquarters. STL increased from 14 to 30 Nos, PTL from 9 to 15 Nos, FTL from 6 to 14 Nos. besides establishing 15 BFPU and 1 BFQCL at State Level.
Chapter VII – Office Procedure
Chapter IX Agricultural Marketing
As per G.O.Ms.No.537, Agriculture (AA 8) Department, dated 24.12.2007, new staff pattern was adopted and 29 District Offices were formed with Deputy Director of Agriculture as Head of Office and the State Headquarters was also reorganized.
Miscellaneous– Paragraphs 304 to 310, 311, 314 to 316, 329, 332 to 335 of the Agricultural Departmental manual
TEST CODE: 167
Agricultural Department Test for the Technical Officers of the Agriculture
The Agricultural Departmental Manual Organisation and control.
The erstwhile Three – Tier System (District, Taluk and Block) was converted into Two-Tier System (District and Block) and Technical Staff provided in the new setup in Agriculture, Horticulture, Agricultural Marketing and Agri Business and Seed Certification Departments. Staff Pattern was reorganized vide G.O.Ms.No.537, Agriculture (AA 8) Department, dated 24.12.2007.
In the G.O.Ms.No.60, Agriculture (AA 8) Department, dated 21.02.2008, the Ministerial and other Non-Technical Posts, surplus in the Agriculture Department due to the implementation of new staff pattern as per G.O.Ms.No.537, Agriculture Department,
dated 24.12.2007, were transferred to above Sister Departments.
Agricultural Analytical Laboratories
As per G.O.Ms.No.537, Agriculture (AA 8) Department, dated 24.12.2007, new staff pattern was adopted at District level under the Direct Control of District Joint Director of Agriculture and one Additional Director of Agriculture (Research) at State Headquarters. STL increased from 14 to 30 Nos, PTL from 9 to 15 Nos, FTL from 6 to 14 Nos, besides establishing 15 BFPU and 1 BFQCL at State Level.
1) Seasons – Prominent seasons and Rainfall
2) Agro Climatic Zones of Tamil Nadu
3) Area, Production and Productivity of crops in Tamil Nadu
4) Crop specific strategies – SRI, SPI, SSI, Precision farming, Micro irrigation
5) Farm level planning, Management of inputs and farmers specific extension – FCMS, FDMS through mobile application, voice enabled Data updation Module, scheme benefits Tracking system, IFS, FIHB, online farm machinery booking
6) State Sponsored Schemes – Soil Survey and Land Use Organization, Organic farming – Vermi composting, composting farm waste through Pleurotus, Bio-fertilizers, Liquid Bio-fertilizers, Blue green Algae, Green Manure Crops, Azolla, Seed Multiplication Scheme, Seed farms, SPU, Crop and Plant Protection, Bio control Agents, Insurance Schemes – NAIS, MNAIS & WBCIS, CPIS, Crop Yield Competition, Crop Cutting Experiments – CES, Laboratories – (FCL, PTL, STL, MSTL, BFPU) Parasite Breeding Centers and TNCCM
7) Extension in augmenting Agriculture – Farmers guide booklet, farmers Hub, PDA, Touch Screen Kiosk, FTC, Water Management Training centre, STAMIN
8) Centre – State Shared Schemes – NADP, NMOOP, NFSM, NMSA, SSEPERS
(ATMA), SMSP, CDB
9) Centrally Sponsored Schemes – Integrated farming in coconut holdings for productivity improvement
10) External aided projects –IAMWARM
12) AWS, Agricultural Education in Tamil Nadu
13) Insecticide Act, 1968, Fertilizer Control Order,1985
1.Area, Production, and Productivity of Horticulture Crops
2.Dissemination of Hi-Tech Horticulture Practices
- State Plan Schemes
i) Integrated Horticulture Development Schemes (IHDS)
ii) Horticulture Training Centers (HTC)
iii) Integrated Tribal Development Programme(ITDP)
iv) Western Ghat Development Programme(WGDP)
v) Hill Area Development Programme(HADP)
vi) City Vegetable Development Scheme(CVDS)
vii) National Agriculture Insurance Scheme(NAIS)
viii) Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme(WBCIS)
National Agriculture Development programme
- Precision Farming
- Hi-Tech Productivity Enhancement Programme
- Rainfed Area Development Programme(RADP)
- Encouraging cultivation of Pandal Vegetables
- Mechanization of Harvesting Processing in Turmeric and Sett cutting and
harvesting in Tapioca
- Modernization of State Horticulture Farms in Tamil Nadu
- Perimetro Vegetable Cluster Development Programme
Tamil Nadu Horticulture Development Agency (TANHODA) Government of India
- National Horticulture Mission
- National Mission on Micro Irrigation
Government of India Schemes – Fully funded
- National Bamboo Mission
- National Mission of Medicinal Plants(NMMP)
Externally Aided Project – World Bank Funded Scheme
- Parks and Garden
- Tamil Nadu Innovation Initiatives (Hitherto Part-II Schemes)
The Hon’ble Chief Minister made an announcement under Rule 110 in the Legislative Assembly on 08.08.2014 stating that, “to promote innovation culture in Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu Innovation Initiatives (TANII) has been established in the State Planning Commission to promote Innovation in Government. Initially, Tamil Nadu Innovation Initiatives (TANII) would work within Government and Government agencies
to foster innovation. This idea could be eventually extended further to the nonGovernment sector as well. Prizes will also be instituted and awarded for innovative practices. A State Innovative Fund has been set up for this purpose. New schemes would be financed from the State Innovation Fund, if they are truly innovative in nature. An amount of RS.150.00 Crores will be provided every year to this fund. An award in the name of “Chief Minister’s Award for Innovation” has been instituted for the best innovative initiatives”.
Tamil Nadu Horticulture Producers Co-operative Enterprises Limited (TANHOPE) Seed Certification & Organic Certification
Seed Certification Concept of Seed Certification – Eligibility requirements for certification of crop varieties – Classes of seeds -Pollination behavior of crop plants – Chain of seed multiplication models – Seed certification regulation and procedures – Indian Minimum Seed Certification Standards for Agricultural and Horticultural crops Seed Inspection Seed law enforcement – Seed legislations – The Seeds Act, 1966 , the Seeds (Amendment) Act, 1972, the Seeds Rules, 1968, the Seeds (Amendment) Rules, 1973, 1974, 1981, the Seeds (Control) Order, 1983, Amendment in Seeds ( Control) Order, 1983, the Essential Commodities Act, 1955, the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2006- Regulation of sale of Seeds of Genetically
modified crops- The Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, the Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986.
Seed Testing Concept of Seed Testing – Principles and procedures for testing seed samples of different crops for ascertaining various seed quality parameters. Central Seed Laboratory and State Seed Laboratory-B.t toxin detection methods and DNA
finger printing- Seed analysis report-Seed Act and rules in relation to seed testing.
International Seed Testing Association (ISTA)
Training Orientation and refresher trainings – Training programmes to seed producers, farmers, seed dealers, National Seed Research and Training Centre Organic Certification Concept of Organic Certification – Organic Certification Procedures – National Programme for Organic Production Standards.
Agricultural Marketing and Agri Business Agricultural Marketing
As per G.O.Ms.No.537, Agriculture (AA 8) Department, dated 24.12.2007, new staff pattern was adopted and 29 District Offices were formed with Deputy Director of AgricultureasHeadofOfficeandtheStateHeadquarterswasalsoreorganized. Agri. Marketing Activities
1) Market Committees and Regulated Markets, Facilities provided in the Regulated
Markets, Pledge Loan, and Dissemination of market price information
2)Drying yards at villages
3) Agmark Grading
4) Farmers Markets
Agri. Business Activities
1)Specialized Market Complexes
2) Banana Ripening Chamber
3)Establishment of Terminal market complexes
4) Agri Export Zones
5) Food Processing Industries, National Mission on Food Processing (NMFP),
Objectives of NMFP, Structure, Major programmes/Schemes to be covered under
6) Tamil Nadu Irrigated Agriculture modernization and water bodies Restoration and
Management (TN-IAMWARM Project), Role of commodity Groups in increasing the
7) Tamil Nadu Small farmers Agri-Business consortium (TNSFAC), eligibility criteria
8) Agro Marketing Intelligence and Business promotion center
Tamil Nadu State Agricultural Marketing Board
2) Sources of Income
3) Functions of Tamil Nadu State Agricultural Marketing Board, Training
Programmes for Farmers and Marketing Personnel, Post Harvest Training to
Farmers, Salem-Training Centre
4) Tamil Nadu Farmers Development and Welfare Scheme
5) Marketing Endowment Chair at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
6) Domestic and Export Market Intelligence Cell(DEMIC)
Departmental Exam Pattern
|Pattern / Type of|
|Time Duration||Minimum Pass Mark||Maximum Mark|
|Objective Type – 80%|
|Descriptive Type – 20%|