PSCWB Assistant Director of Horticulture Exam Syllabus 2020 - WBPSC Asst Director Exam Pattern

Sruthi | Jul 22, 2020


Name of the Recruitment Board
West Bengal Public Service Commission
Name of the PostsAssistant Director of Horticulture, Geography Mistress
Mode of Application
Job Type
Govt Jobs in WB
Number of Vacant posts
Selection Process
Preliminary Screening Test and Interview
CategoryExam Syllabus
Exam Date13th August 2020 (tentative)
Official Site
Work Location
West Bengal
Advt No
4 /2020
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WBPSC Horticulture Assistant Director Syllabus 2020

Postulants who have registered for the WBPSC Horticulture Assistant Director Recruitment 2020 can get the updated syllabus here. Detailed WBPSC Horticulture Assistant Director Syllabus 2020 has the subjects and also the subtopics of the written exam. Therefore a direct link to get the exam syllabus is given at the end of this page. Applied contenders must prepare all the topics without fail.

PSCWB Asst Director of Horticulture Selection Process 2020

West Bengal Public Service Commission officials hire the proficient and talented contenders by conducting the below rounds. The candidates who qualified in the selection process can get Assistant Director of Horticulture.

  • Preliminary Screening Test and
  • Interview

West Bengal PSC Assistant Director Exam Pattern 2020

West Bengal Assistant Director of Horticulture exam question paper pattern details are provided here. The exam pattern gives useful data about the question paper.

Name of the SubjectsNumber of MarksDuration
  • General Knowledge
  • Reasoning
  • Computer Knowledge
  • Numerical Ability
  • Technical Subjects

100 Marks

2 Hours

WBPSC Assistant Director of Horticulture Syllabus 2020

General Knowledge

  • Indian History
  • Current Events
  • Arts
  • Geography
  • Awards
  • Economy
  • Sports
  • Culture
  • International Affairs
  • Banking
  • Politics


  • Blood and Coded Relations
  • Directions
  • Data Sufficiency and Analysis
  • Distance and Arrangements
  • Series and Alphabets
  • Ranking and arrangements
  • Analogy and Classification
  • Statement and Conclusion
  • Seating Arrangements

Numerical Ability

  • Decimal fractions
  • Banker’s Discount
  • Compound Interest
  • Races and games
  • Problems on HCF & LCF
  • Probability
  • Time and Work
  • Square root
  • Volumes and Surface
  • Heights and Distance
  • Partnership
  • Simple Interest
  • Numbers
  • Chain Rules
  • Averages
  • Problems on Age
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Logarithms
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Boats and Streams
  • Areas
  • Stocks
  • Allegations and Mixtures

Computer Knowledge

  • Software Installing
  • MS-Dos
  • MS Office Suite
  • The Hardware of Computers
  • Internet
  • Ms. Powerpoint
  • Ms. Word
  • MS Excel
  • Data Transfer
  • Computer organization

Technical Subjects

Manures and Manuring

  • Fertigation
  • Biofertilizers
  • Organic and inorganic manures
  • Bio Agents.

Essential Elements

  • Functions
  • Time and method of application.
  • Fertilizer schedule
  • Deficiency symptoms
  • Control measures
  • Physiological disorders


  • Mulching types.
  • Water requirement of different Horticultural crops various irrigation methods including Drip, Sprinkler, Fogging, Misting and Water Stress on Horticultural crops, medicinal and aromatic plants and plantation crops
  • Plasticulture

Training and Pruning

  • Principles and Methods
  • Planting systems and Planting densities
  • Canopy Architecture


  • Unfruitfulness associated with External and Internal factors
  • Causes and Prevention
  • Pollination
  • Fruit set
  • Fruit drop


  • Pre and Post Harvest Handling
  • Processing and Preservation.
  • Role of Plant Growth regulators and their commercial applications in the Horticulture
  • Harvesting

Seed and Vegetative Propagation

  • Important methods of Vegetative Propagation – Cutting – Layering – Incompatibility – Grafting – Budding – Rootstock – Scion – (Stock – Scion relationship) – Specialized parts of Propagation (bulbs, corns, tubers, offsets, runners, etc.). Nursery management – seed sowing, media, soil, irrigation, nursery diseases, and pests, transplanting, shade and light intensity, germination, weeding, hardening off plants
  • Vegetative propagation
  • Seed Treatment
  • Advantages and disadvantages – seed propagation

Tropical, Subtropical, Temperate and Sub-Temperate Horticultural Crops

  • Use of growth regulators
  • Propagation practices spacing and planting – varieties – Nutrient water and weed management mulching
  • Yield
  • Climate and Soil
  • Pre and Postharvest practices
  • Intercropping
  • Processing and Preservation – Marketing, High-density orchards. Scope of cultivation of temperate and sub-temperate fruits, flowers, vegetables, medicinal and aromatic plants in West Bengal, present area, production and productivity of temperate, sub-temperate horticultural crops of West Bengal – reasons for the decline of Mandarin orange production, ways and means to rejuvenate it, area, production and productivity of it
  • Integrated pest and disease management
  • Economics

Fruit Crops

  • Strawberry
  • Kiwi
  • Pear
  • Plum
  • Hazelnut
  • Walnut
  • Minor fruits – their propagation, scope of commercialization in West Bengal
  • Apple
  • Peach
  • Nectarine
  • Berries
  • Chestnut
  • Avocado

Spice Crops

  • Cardamom
  • Ginger
  • Black Pepper
  • Turmeric
  • Saffron

Plantation Crops

  • Commercial cultivation of rubber in West Bengal, the scope of processing to make finish products – the scope of cultivation in West Bengal
  • Darjeeling tea, production, challenges and future scope of continuous cultivation scope of coffee production in West Bengal, present scenario and future possibilities, an initiative of GTA to make a brand name “Kalimpong Coffee’
  • Cinchona, Tea, Coffee, Rubber, Olive, etc. History of Cinchona Cultivation in India and in the world, its role in World Wars, a present state in India

Vegetable Crops

  • Bhendi
  • Exotic vegetable – Broccoli, Brussels, Sprouts, Asparagus, Celery, Spinach, etc
  • Tomato
  • Cauliflower
  • Pumpkin
  • Cucumber
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Carrot Radish
  • Brinjal
  • Chilli
  • Gourds
  • Tuber crops
  • Cabbage etc.
  • Potato

Flower Crops

  • Anthurium
  • Gerbera
  • Gladiolus
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Marigold
  • Cymbidium and Tropical Orchids
  • Statice
  • Carnation

Medicinal Plants

  • Ipecac, Chirata, Taxus baccata, cinchona and other commercially important Medicinal plants like Ashwagandha, Sweriitia chirata, Rauvolfia serpentina, Valeriana jatamansi, Ocimum sanctum, Artemisia annua, Gymnema Sylvestre, Catharanthus roseus, Piper longum, Withania somnifera, Andrographis paniculata, costus precious, Digitalis purpurea, Stevia, etc
  • Medicinal plants grown and used in West Bengal, commercially grown and marketed medicinal plants of Bengal, list of threatened, rare and endangered medicinal plants of Bengal, the scope of commercialization of medicinal plants as an alternate crop in Bengal

Aromatic Plants

  • Commercially important aromatic plants notified by Govt. of India like Lemongrass, Citronella, Patchouli, Vetiver, Artemisia annua, Geranium, Minot, Ocimum Eucalyptus, Sandalwood, Lavender, etc.commercially grown and marketed aromatic plants of Bengal, list of threatened, rare and endangered aromatic plants of Bengal, the scope of commercialization of aromatic plants as an alternate crop in Bengal

Ornamental gardening

  • Flowering annuals, Indoor plants, Fardenadornaments
  • Layout
  • Types of gardens
  • Plants for rockery and water garden
  • Flowering, foliage and Avenue trees
  • Making and maintenance
  • Shrubs
  • Arboretum
  • Landscaping- design and principles
  • Garden components
  • Grasses
  • Lawn
  • Terrace gardening, topiary Bonsai preparation, flower arrangements, urban and Peri-urban Horticulture, Kitchen garden, aeroponics, hydroponics, and Herbal garden
  • Creepers and Climbers. Cacti and succulents, hedge and edge plants
  • Arches and pergolas

Organic Farming

  • Preparation and use of organic manures viz. Enriched compost, Vermicompost, Green manuring, Beejamrutha, Jeevamrutha, Panchagavya, Biodigester Vermi wash, Cow urine, Neem cake, BD-500, etc. Use of Bio-fertilizers viz. Rhizobium, Azotobacter, Azospirillium, phosphate solubilizers, Azolla, plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria, VAM in different Horticultural crops
  • Methods of application of biofertilizers. Use of microbial consortia in composting of Agri/horticultural wastes and enrichment of compost. Microbial biocontrol agents viz. pseudomonas, Bacillus, PGPR, etc. Crops suitable for organic farming
  • Definition of organic farming, the scope of organic farming in Horticulture Crops, Certification procedure and inspection of organic production of Horticrops
  • Scientific use of microbial inoculants in Horticrops

Precision Farming

  • Principles and practices of Integrated Farming System.
  • Definition and implementation in Horticultural crops.
  • Cultivation of Mushroom

Seed science and technology

  • Generation system of seed multiplication, classes of seed. Different organization involve in seed production and certification
  • Type of seeds concept of seed quality and factors affecting it. Role and goal of seed technology
  • Principles of seed production, seed certification & processing. Seed testing method (Germination test, physical purity test, moisture test, TZ test, etc) principles and methods of seeds storage, IPR and its utilization, PPVR and FR technique of seed production in important vegetable (Tomato, Brinjal, onion, cucurbits, root vegetable, etc)

Soil Science and Agricultural chemistry

  • Importance of soil testing, soil sampling procedure for horticulture crops, and interpretation. Plants nutrients – introduction, the definition of nutrient, nutrients accumulation, nutrient uptake, and nutrient removal
  • Stout criteria of essentiality
  • Classification of essential nutrients as a primary, secondary, and micronutrient. Function and deficiency symptom of nutrient and remedial measures
  • Organic matter, the importance of the organic matter, humus, types of humus and importance of humus and organic matter
  • Fertilizers – definition, the difference between organic manure and fertilizer
  • Classification of fertilizer
  • Problematic soil – causes and reclamation methods. Quality of irrigation water and management and integrated plant nutrient management


  • Plant tissue culture – History, Laboratory organization, Sterilization methods, Media preparation, Plant Growth Regulators, Micropropagation, Callus culture, Cell Culture, Protoplast Culture and Fusion, Organogenesis and Somatic embryogenesis
  • Application of tissue culture for crop improvement in agriculture, horticulture, and forestry. Methods for Plant Conservation, Cryopreservation, Haploid production: – Anther, Pollen, Embryo and ovule culture and their applications
  • Conventional methods of crop improvement, selection, mutation, polyploidy, and clonal selection

Somaclonal Variation

  • Isolation and characterization – drug development, Biopesticides, growth regulators, Biofertilizers
  • Production of bioactive secondary metabolites by plant tissue culture
  • Genetic engineering in plants
  • Value addition via biotransformation. Biocatalyst, Bioremediation, Biofuels, Feedstock chemicals, Designer Chemicals. Hardening of micro propagated plants.

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Q. What is the WBPSC Horticulture Assistant Director Exam Duration?

Ans: The WBPSC Horticulture Assistant Director Exam Duration is 2 Hours.

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