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Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) releases the notification for the post of Horticultural Officer under Tamil Nadu Horticultural Services. The application form of Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission Horticultural Officer will be made available along with the notification. TNPSC will soon announce total number of vacancies for the post of Horticultural Officer. The Commission conducts the exam in two stages - Written and Interview to shortlist candidates for recruitment to the post of Horticultural Officer. Candidates will be selected for recruitment to Horticultural Officer post on the basis of marks obtained in the Written exam and interview.
TNPSC Horticulture Officer Recruitment 2021 Highlights
|Full Exam Name||Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission Horticulture Recruitment for Officer|
|Short Exam Name||TNPSC Horticulture Officer Recruitment|
|Conducting Body||Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission|
|Frequency of Conduct||Vacancy Based|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Application Fee (General)||350 Rs [Online]|
|Mode of Exam||Offline|
|Mode of Counselling||Offline|
|TNPSC Horticulture Officer Recruitment Paper 1 - Duration||3 Hours +1 More|
TNPSC Horticulture Officer Recruitment 2021 Important Dates
Past Dates and Events
27 Sep, 2021
Result | Mode: Online
18 Apr, 2021
Exam | Mode: Offline
05 Feb, 2021 - 06 Mar, 2021
Payment of fee | Mode: Online
05 Feb, 2021 - 04 Mar, 2021
Application | Mode: Online
TNPSC Horticulture Officer Recruitment 2021 Eligibility Criteria
The eligibility criteria of TNPSC horticulture officer recruitment has been prescribed by Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission along with the notification. TNPSC horticulture officer recruitment eligibility criteria 2021 has been provided below:
Age limit: Candidates should be below 30 years of age. However, candidates with postgraduate degree or PhD in Horticulture will be provided relaxation of 2 years.
Educational qualification: Candidates must hold master’s degree in Horticulture.
Physical fitness: Candidates should be physically fit as per the criteria prescribed for executive post and must possess Standard III vision. Candidates with colour blindness will be disqualified.
Language: Candidates should also have adequate knowledge in Tamil.
TNPSC Horticulture Officer Recruitment 2021 Application Process
Mode of Application : Online
Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | Other
The application form of Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission horticultural officer will be released by Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission along with the notification. TNPSC horticulture officer recruitment application form 2021 will be available in the online mode. To successfully apply for the exam, candidates will first need to register for the exam followed by filling of details in ‘applicant’s dashboard’. After all details have been filled, candidates will need to upload scanned images of photographs, signature and specified documents. After checking all information furnished by candidates are correct, they can proceed to submit the application form. After submission, candidates should save and print a copy of the application form The registration fee for the exam is Rs. 150 while candidates will also need to pay Rs. 200 as examination fee for the written exam. However, candidates belonging to SC, ST, PwD categories will be provided complete concession of both registration and examination fee. The examination fee can be paid online using net banking, credit/ debit card or offline at any branch of SBI/ Indian Bank. The registration fee is a one-time registration process and candidates having already paid the fee within five years are not required to pay the same.
|General, OBC||Online||Male, Female||₹ 350|
TNPSC Horticulture Officer Recruitment 2021 Syllabus
TNPSC Horticulture Officer Recruitment Paper 1 Syllabus
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 promotion of horticultural Industry in India (NHB, APEDA, and commodity boards), classification of horticultural crops, factors limiting horticultural crop production, role of season|
|Soil and climate requirements, physical and chemical properties of soil, climatic factors-light, temperature, photoperiod, relative humidity, rainfall, altitude, microclimate, Kitchen gardening, nutrition gardening, truck gardening, market gardening|
|Vegetable forcing, protected and precision horticulture, hydroponics, aeroponics, nutrient film technique, horticulture therapy|
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, fruit set, ripening and senescence, fruitdrop-causes and control measures, plant growth regulators, functions and role in horticultural crops|
|Bud dormancy, dormancy breaking, parthenocarpy, parthenogenesis, polyembryony, stenospermocarpy, vivipary, apomixis|
Propagation of Horticultural crops
|Propagation, definition, establishment of nursery-site selection, tools and implements propagation structures, mist chamber, phytotron, humidifiers, greenhouse, glasshouse, polyhouse|
|Shade net, glass house, poly tunnels, cold frames and hotbeds, pit nursery, media and containers, soil sterilization, sexual propagation-merits and demerits, crops propagated through seeds, seed viability, longevity, dormancy, germination|
|Pre-sowing treatment-stratification, scarification, seed priming, seedling vigour, raised seed bed and pro-tray nursery, asexual propagation-merits and demerits, methods of vegetative propagation, identification of plus trees|
|Mother block, scion bank, clonal nursery, cutting, layering, grafting, budding types, anatomical and physiological basis of grafting, stock scion relationship, graft compatibility, budwood selection and certification|
|Propagation through specialized plant parts (bulbs, tubers, offsets, runners, suckers, slip, crown, rhizomes, corms), quality management and nursery certification|
|Micro propagation-application, infrastructure requirements, types of media, stages of micro propagation, micro grafting-in vitro propagation of important horticultural crop|
Management techniques for Horticultural crops
|Planning, layout and management of orchards, fencing, wind breaks 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, biofertilizers, vermi-composting, applications and management, nutrient deficiencies and corrective measures, physiological disorders and remedies, irrigation, critical stages of water requirement|
|Effect of water stress on crop yield, antitranspirants, management of irrigation water quality, conventional and micro irrigation, fertigation, mulching, sod culture, weed management, application growth regulators|
|Training and pruning principles and methods, rejuvenation of senile and old orchards, cropping systems, cover cropping, multitier cropping, intercropping|
|Special horticultural techniques (pinching, thinning, disbudding, blanching, smudging, notching, ringing), principles of organic horticulture, GAP and GMP|
Production technology of fruit crops
|Scope and importance of fruit crops-composition and uses, origin and distribution, species, season, climate and soil requirement, varieties and hybrids, propagation techniques|
|Planting systems and planting density-including High density planting (HDP) and ultra high-density planting (UHDP), spacing, water and nutrient management, fertigation, weed management, canopy management-training and pruning, intercultural practices|
|Off season production, special horticultural techniques, use of plant growth regulators, maturity indices-harvest and yield|
|Nutrient deficiencies and physiological disorders, and its corrective measures, and management of important pest and diseases of important fruit crops: Mango, banana, acidlime, sweet orange, mandarin, grapes, papaya, guava, sapota, pineapple|
|Nutrient deficiencies and physiological disorders, and its corrective measures, and management of important pest and diseases of important fruit crops: Jackfruit, pomegranate, aonla, annona, ber, apple, pear, plum, peach, strawberry, litchi, avocado|
|Nutrient deficiencies and physiological disorders, and its corrective measures, and management of important pest and diseases of important fruit crops: Walnut and almond and minor tropical, arid, and temperate fruit crops|
Production technology of vegetable crops
|Scope and importance of vegetable crops-composition and uses, origin and distribution, area and production, soil and climatic requirements, varieties and hybrids, propagation methods, seed rate, sowing, and nursery practises|
|Containerized seedling production, season, planting methods, water, nutrient, and weed management, fertigation, training for vegetables, intercultural practices, maturity indices-harvest and yield|
|Nutrient deficiencies and physiological disorder, and its corrective measures of important vegetable crops: Tomato, brinjal, chilli and capsicum (sweet pepper), bhendi, leguminous vegetables (beans, peas, cluster beans, cowpea, dolichos bean)|
|Nutrient deficiencies and physiological disorder, and its corrective measures of important vegetable crops: Bulbous vegetables (onion, garlic), tuber crops-(potato, tapioca, sweet potato, elephant footyam, colacassia)|
|Nutrient deficiencies and physiological disorder, and its corrective measures of important vegetable crops: Cucurbitaceous vegetables (cucumber, bitter gourd, snake gourd, ridge gourd, ash gourd, muskmelon, watermelon, pumpkin)|
|Nutrient deficiencies and physiological disorder, and its corrective measures of important vegetable crops: Cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, and knolkhol), root vegetables (carrot, radish, beetroot, turnip)|
|Nutrient deficiencies and physiological disorder, and its corrective measures of important vegetable crops: Leafy vegetables (spinach, lettuce, palak, amaranthus), perennial vegetables (drumstick, coccinea)|
|Protected cultivation of vegetable crops-precision farming of important vegetable crops and seed production|
Floriculture and landscape gardening
|Scope and importance of flower crops production-uses, origin, and distribution, area and production, climate and soil requirement, species and varieties, propagation, season, spacing and planting methods, irrigation, nutrient management, fertigation|
|Weed management, training and pruning, intercultural operations, special horticultural techniques, growth regulators, off season production, maturity indices|
|Harvest and yield and management of important pest and diseases for important loose flower crops: Jasmine, rose, tuberose, chrysanthemum, marigold, nerium and crossandra, cut flowers, rose, carnation, anthurium, orchid and gerbera, cutfoliage and fillers|
|Principles of landscape designing, styles of gardening, types of gardening viz. Hindu, English, Mughal, Japanese, Persian, Italian, French gardening, garden components, trees foliage flowering and avenue trees, burlapping, shrubs|
|Flowering annuals creepers and climbers, cacti and succulents, lawn, astroturf, types of grasses, layout, planting and maintenance of lawn, hedge and edge plants, indoor plants and interior scaping, garden adornments|
|Principles and styles of flower arrangements, Bonsai styles and culture, industrial, institutional, public, and private landscaping, special types of gardening, bog garden, dish, terrarium, bottle, roof, vertical gardening, and green wall|
Production technology of spices and plantation crops
|Scope and Importance of spices and plantation crops-composition and uses, origin and distribution, area and production, climate and soil requirements, species and varieties, season, seed rate/propagation method, spacing, planting system|
|High density planting, irrigation and nutrient management, fertigation and weed management, training and pruning, copping systems, multitier cropping, cover cropping, inter cropping, growth regulators, mulching, shade and canopy regulation|
|Maturity indices, harvest, yield, and management of important pest and diseases and processing methods of important plantation and spice crops: Major, seed, tree, herbal spices and minor spices-black pepper, cardamom, turmeric, ginger, curry leaf, clove|
|Maturity indices, harvest, yield, and management of important pest and diseases and processing methods of important plantation and spice crops: Minor spices-nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek, cumin, tamarind, all spice and vanilla|
|Plantation crops -tea, coffee, rubber, cocoa, coconut, oil palm, cashew, palmyrah, arecanut|
Production technology of medicinal and aromatic crops
|Scope and importance of medicinal and aromatic crops-composition and uses, origin and distribution, area and production-Ex-situ and In-situ conservation, classification of medicinal and aromatic crops, constraints in medicinal plant cultivation|
|Climate and soil-varieties, propagation, nursery practices, planting methods, cropping systems, manures and fertilizers, irrigation, intercultural operations, harvest indices, harvest and yield and management of important pest and diseases|
|Production systems, contract farming, GAP, GCP, GMP, organic production and certification, classification and distillation methods of essential oils, secondary metabolite production, value addition|
|Organizational support for promotion of medicinal and aromatic crops, medicinal crops: Senna, periwinkle, glory lily, aswagandha, medicinal coleus and solanum, sweet flag, aloe, isabgol, phyllanthus, stevia, opium poppy|
|Aromatic crops: Lemon grass, citronella, vetiver, ocimum, davana, mint, geranium, patchouli, and eucalyptus|
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, storage|
|Principles and methods of refrigerated and gas storage, storage methods, pre-cooling, controlled atmospheric storage, modified atmospheric storage, low pressure storage and cold chain concept|
|Importance and scope of processing industry in India, general principles of fruit and vegetable preservation like canning, dehydration, freezing, fermentation, use of chemicals (preservatives) and irradiation, GMP, food safety and quality control|
TNPSC Horticulture Officer Recruitment 2021 Exam Pattern
TNPSC Horticulture Officer Recruitment Paper 1 Exam Pattern
The exam pattern of TNPSC horticultural officer has been provided by TNPSC along with the notification. As per the exam pattern, Paper 1 will comprise objective type questions. The standard of questions asked in the paper will be similar to that of graduation level. Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission Horticultural Officer exam pattern for Paper 1 has been given in the table below.
TNPSC Horticulture Officer - Paper 1
No. of questions
TNPSC Horticulture Officer Recruitment Paper 2 Exam Pattern
Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) has released the exam pattern of Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission Horticultural Officer for Paper 2. In this paper, questions pertaining to General Studies. The difficulty level of questions asked in Paper 2 (General Studies) will be identical to the standard of graduation degree while the questions asked in Aptitude and Mental Ability will be similar to that of Class 10 level. The complete exam pattern of Paper 2 has been provided in the table below.
Paper 2: General Studies
Number of questions
Aptitude and Mental Ability
TNPSC Horticulture Officer Recruitment 2021 Admit Card
TNPSC will issue the admit card of horticulture officer in the online mode. Candidates having successfully applied for the exam will be able to download the admit card using application number/ login ID and date of birth. The Commission will issue the admit card separately for both stages of the exam - written exam and interview. The admit card will be released few days prior to the conduct of each stage of the exam. After downloading the admit card, candidates must carefully scrutinize all information printed on it. In case of discrepancies, candidates must inform the conducting body regarding the same.
TNPSC Horticulture Officer Recruitment 2021 Exam Centers
Documents Required at Exam
- Aadhaar Card
- PAN card
- Voter card
- Identity card issued by government for employees
- Photo ID card issued by university/ college/ institute
TNPSC Horticulture Officer Recruitment 2021 Answer Key
Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) will release the provisional answer key for both the papers of the written test within a few days after the completion of the exam. Candidates will be able to raise objections in the provisional answer key. After the Commission has scrutinised the objections raised by the candidates, a final answer key will be declared. The answers provided in the final answer key will be definitive. TNPSC horticulture officer answer key contains the correct answers to all questions asked in the exam. Based on the answers provided in the answer key, candidates will be able to calculate their probable score in the exam.
TNPSC Horticulture Officer Recruitment 2021 Result
Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) will release the result of Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission horticultural officer in the online mode. The Commission will release the result of the exam in two stages - written exam and final result. TNPSC horticulture officer result 2021 for the written exam will be declared based on marks secured by candidates in Paper 1 and 2 of the exam. On the basis of marks secured in the written exam, candidates will be shortlisted to appear for interview round. After interview, the Commission will announce the final result of TNPSC horticultural officer based on the aggregate marks in written exam and interview.
TNPSC Horticulture Officer Recruitment 2021 Cutoff
The cut off of TNPSC horticultural officer will be determined by Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission. TNPSC will prepare cut off list after each stage of the exam to qualify candidates for subsequent stages of the exam. The Commission will release TNPSC horticulture officer cut off 2021 in two stages - written exam and interview. Based on the cutoff for written exam, candidates will be selected for Interview. After the conduct of the interview, TNPSC will release the final cutoff based on which candidates will be appointed for the post of horticultural officer. TNPSC has prescribed the minimum qualifying cut for the exam. Check the minimum qualifying marks of the exam in the table below:
TNPSC horticultural officer - minimum qualifying cut off
SC/ ST/ OBC
Qualifying Marks Trend
TNPSC Horticulture Officer Recruitment 2021 Selection Process
Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) will recruit candidates for the post of TNPSC horticultural officer 2021 on the basis of two exam stages - written exam and interview. The written exam will consist of two papers - paper 1 and 2. Paper 1 will comprise questions pertaining to horticulture. The standard of questions asked in paper 1 will be similar to that of graduation. Paper 2 will contain questions from General Studies and Aptitude and Mental Ability. On the basis of marks secured in the written exam, candidates will be shortlisted for Interview stage. The interview will be held for total 70 marks. After the completion of interview, the Commission will publish the final result based on the aggregate performance in both the written test and interview. Candidates will be finally recruited for the post of TNPSC horticultural officer based on marks obtained in the exam.
Documents Required at Counselling
- Class 10 certificate
- Class 12 certificate
- Bachelors degree certificate
- Master's degree certificate
- Caste certificate (if applicable)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Question:What is the last date to apply for TNPSC Horticulture officer 2021?
The last date to apply for TNPSC Horticulture officer 2021 is March 4, 2021.
Question:What is the application fee for the TNPSC Horticulture officer form 2021?
The TNPSC Horticulture officer application form fee is RS 350 for unreserved categories.
Question:When is the TNPSC Horticulture Officer 2021 exam going to be conducted?
The TNPSC Horticulture Officer 2021 exam is scheduled to be conducted on April 17, 2021.
Question:What is the upper age limit to apply for TNPSC Horticulture Officer exam?
The upper age limit to apply for TNPSC Horticulture Officer exam is 30 years.
Questions related to TNPSC Horticulture Officer Recruitment
is it enough for H. O posting to complete ug degree that mean bsc horticulture
For Horticulture Officer, the educational qualification is: The candidate must have a degree in Horticulture.
Hence YES, a B.Sc (Horticulture) graduate is eligible to apply foe Horticulture Officer posts that are offered by various State Governments. Stay tuned to the respective State's Public Service Commission's website to get the notification.
Hope this helps.