Agriculture Punjab PMS Paper II 2019

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PUNJAB PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
COMBINED COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR
RECRUITMENT TO THE POSTS OF
PROVINCIAL MANAGEMENT SERVICE – 2019
SUBJECT: AGRICULTURE (PAPER-II)
TIME ALLOWED: THREE HOURS MAXIMUM MARKS: 100
NOTE: Attempt FIVE Questions in All. Attempt in Urdu or English.
Q. No. 1: What are the molecular bases of genetic code? Discuss in detail the mechanism of gene expression in plant cells? (10+10 = 20 Marks)
Q. No. 2: Write a detailed note on potential of oil-seed crops cultivation in Pakistan and their role for the improvement of national economy? (20 Marks)
Q. No. 3: Describe in details about different factors affecting the plant disease epidemiology? Discuss various methods of control and manage the plant diseases? (10+10 = 20 Marks)
Q. No. 4: Discuss different ways of virus transmission in plants? What are different strategies that may be used to prevent/control the viral diseases in plants? (10+10 = 20 Marks)
Q. No. 5: Discuss in details the role of agri-biotechnology for the improvement of crops? What may be the impact of genetically modified crops on natural biodiversity? (10 + 10 = 20 Marks)
Q.No. 6: Define Mutation; explain how mutation plays a role in plant breeding along with any example of success. (5 + 15 = 20 Marks)
Q. No. 7: Name important sucking and chewing types of insect pests of cotton. Explain life cycle, mode of action and suitable control measures of any one of these insects. (10 + 10 = 20 Marks)
Q. No. 8: Write short note on the following: (4 x 5 = 20 Marks)
(i) Tissue culture technology (ii) Sericulture Industry (iii) In-built genetic resistance of plants (iv) Plant parasitic nematodes


Agriculture Punjab PMS Paper I 2019

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PUNJAB PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
COMBINED COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR
RECRUITMENT TO THE POSTS OF
PROVINCIAL MANAGEMENT SERVICE – 2019

SUBJECT: AGRICULTURE (PAPER-I )

TIME ALLOWED: THREE HOURS MAXIMUM MARKS: 100

NOTE: Attempt FIVE Questions in All. Attempt in Urdu or English.

Q. No. 1: Describe various types of air pollutants, their sources and environmental risks associated with them. Also give measures to reduce environmental pollution. (10 + 10 = 20 Marks)

Q. No. 2: Describe the role of rhizobia in symbiotic N2-fixation in legumes. Also describe various factors affecting biological N2-fixation. (10 + 10 = 20 Marks)

Q. No. 3: Describe features of different agro-ecological zones of Pakistan with respect to physiography, climate, soil and land use. (20 Marks)

Q. No. 4: Elaborate weed-crop interference mechanism. Describe different types of losses caused by weeds. Narrate in detail Integrated Weed Management System. (5 + 5 + 10 = 20 Marks)

Q.No.5: Discuss the role of food industry in value addition of agricultural products. Write down the problems of food contamination/adulteration facing Pakistani consumer and suggest control measures to address this problem. (10 + 10 = 20 Marks)

Q. No. 6: Narrate soil, crop and land management factors influencing soil nutrition. Describe Integrated Nutrient Management System for cultivated fertility and crop fields. (10 + 10 = 20 Marks)

Q.No. 7: Write in detail the importance of Indus Basin Irrigation Systems in the development of Agriculture in Pakistan. Throw light on vulnerability and possible threats being posed to this system under changing climatic conditions. (10 + 10 = 20 Marks)

Q.No. 8: Elaborate contribution of agriculture sector to the national economy of Pakistan. What role Information Technology (IT) can play to boost share of Agriculture sector to GDP of our country? (10 + 10 = 20 Marks)


Agriculture CSS Paper 2008

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FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT
TO POSTS IN BPS-17 UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2008
AGRICULTURE
TIME ALLOWED:
(PART-I) 30 MINUTES MAXIMUM MARKS:20
(PART-II) 2 HOURS & 30 MINUTES MAXIMUM MARKS:80
NOTE: (i) First attempt PART-I (MCQ) on separate Answer Sheet which shall be taken back after 30 minutes.
(ii) Overwriting/cutting of the options/answers will not be given credit.

PART – I (MCQ) (COMPULSORY)

Q.1. Select the best option/answer and fill in the appropriate box on the Answer Sheet. (20)

(i) The share of livestock in agricultural growth has jumped from 25.3% in 1996 to ____ in 2006:

(a) 35% (b) 45% (c) 49.6% (d) None of these

(ii) Of the total forest area of Pakistan, commercial forests cover:

(a) 16% (b) 20% (c) 33% (d) None of these

(iii) To decrease water loss during transmission, a mega project for linning of water courses and canals was launched in 2004-05 with a cost of Rs. ____:

(a) 66 billion (b) 75 billion (c) 150 billion (d) None of these

(iv) A condition when there is excessive produce in the market which lowers down price is called:

(a) Perfect market (b) Imperfect market (c) Market glut (d) None of these

(v) Total amount allocated by Government for agriculture credit disbursement is Rs. _____ :

(a) 160 billion (b) 180 billion (c) 280 billion (d) None of these

(vi) The estimated production of sugarcase for the year 2006-07 is ____ million tons:

(a) 44.8% (b) 54.8% (c) 64.8% (d) None of these

(vii) Increased vigour growth of a hybrid over parents is called:

(a) Heterosis (b) Heterozygous (c) Hybridization (d) None of these

(viii) Cropping methods in which the second crop is started amidst the first crop before it has been harvested is called:

(a) Relay Cropping (b) Multiple Cropping (c) Double Cropping (d) None of these

(ix) Time factor of cold days needed by certain plants to produce a bud:

(a) Vernalization (b) Dormancy (c) Bloom factor (d) None of these

(x) A natural dropping of leaves, flowers and other plant parts is called:

(a) Abscission (b) Fall (c) Abortive (d) None of these

(xi) ICRISAT is located in:

(a) China (b) India (c) Mexico (d) None of these

(xii) Mites are the arthropods in class:
(a) Insecta (b) Diplopoda (c) Chordata (d) None of these

(xiii) Flax is:
(a) Ornamental plant (b) Oil producing plant (c) Fiber producing plant (d) None of these

(xiv) Plants having flowers of only one sex are:
(a) Dioecious (b) Monoecious (c) Monogamy (d) None of these

(xv) Area which can be economically irrigated by an irrigation system is called:

(a) Command area (b) Catchment area (c) (d) None of these

(xvi) A group of plants having identical genetic makeup from a single parent is called:

(a) (b) Race (c) Tribe (d) None of these

(xvii) C.E.C. stands for:
(a) Cation exchange capacity (b) Calcium exchange capacity (c) Carbon enriched compounds (d) None of these

(xviii) Break down of nitrate and nitrite by bacteria in an anaerobic condition is called:

(a) Denitrification (b) Mineralization (c) Immobilization (d) None of these

(xix) Best rootstock of citrus in Punjab is:
(a) Jhatti khatti (b) Rough lemon (c) Sour orange (d) None of these

(xx) The expectation of occurance of a particular event is called: (a) Probability (b) Replication (c) Convergence (d) None of the above

PART – II

NOTE:

(i) PART-II is to be attempted on the separate Answer Book.

(ii) Attempt ONLY FOUR questions from PART-II. All questions carry EQUAL marks.

(iii) Extra attempt of any question or any part of the attempted question will not be considered.

Q No. 2. Pakistan ranks as one of those countries that have the highest proportion of irrigated cropped areas in the world, but water is becoming a limiting factor for different crops in different seasons. What measures have been taken by the Government of Pakistan under President’s vision of Pakistan program to solve the problems of water scarcity? (20)

Q No. 3. How can an efficient sustainable agricultural system ensure your food security and safety? Can you forecast the ability of this system to contribute to the economic development and poverty alleviation in Pakistan? (20)

Q. No. 4. government of Punjab in government of Pakistan is emphasising and the valuable role of livestock in bringing about revolution in dairy products. What is your opinion on this statement in the present scenario of scientific zeal being pursued in the agricultural and animal sciences Universities? Also elaborate by suggesting some mans on the shortcomings in achieving this goal. (20)

Q. No. 5. Year 2007 is seventh year of 21st Century. An array of challenges was identified regarding improving farm production and incomes at the beginning of the century. Can you discuss those challenges and how has Pakistan been able to cope with? (20)

Q. No. 6. Land degradation has become a serious threat to the environment and economic sustainability in various parts of the world. Industrial development is also necessary to bring Pakistan at par with other countries in the region and it should not depend solely on agricultural products for prosperity. How can you present case of Land degradation due to industrial development Land reforms agricultural operation in Pakistan? Also discuss the remedies a possible causes of Land degradation. (20)

Q. No. 7. (a) Importance of Agricultural Marketing and Research in Pakistan cannot be ignored, despite all efforts to stabilise the markets of agricultural products; there are still many gaps in efficient and substantial system for prices of these products. Discuss in detail the present system and ways of its improvement in future keeping in view globalisation and WTO. (10)

(b) What are surplus export agricultural commodities in Pakistan? What are prospects of sustainable international market access for these commodities? Discuss Government policies in enhancement of their production and export facilities. (10)

Q. No. 8. Describe the impact of environmental changes on the physiology of plants in general and vegetables and fruits in particular. What are important biotechnological techniques to cater need of for breeding resistant plants against this changes? (20)

Agriculture CSS Paper 2001

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FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS IN BPS – 17 UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2001.

AGRICULTURE

TIME ALLOWED: THREE HOURS MAXIMUM MARKS:100

NOTE: Attempt FIVE questions in all, including question No. 8 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry EQUAL marks.

  1. Pakistan has experienced a good production of various agricultural crops like Wheat, Rice and Cotton in the recent past, but despite of this the farmers were generally not happy. What do you think could be the reasons of farmers’ frustration? Suggest possible solution of such situation.

  2. Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology are considered to be the sciences of 21st century. What is the current status of their role in agricultural research in Pakistan and what could be their possible contribution in future in this context? Comment.

  3. What is biological Nitrogen fixation? Explain the factors affecting the biological N-fixation?

  4. What are the basic laws of Inheritance? Comment how these laws have helped in the process of crop improvement in agriculture?

  5. Describe the principle of Insect Pest Control in agriculture crops.

  6. Horticulture industry is an emerging industry in Pakistan; how do you comment on it?

  7. Write short notes on the following:
    (a) Population problems of rural Pakistan
    (b) Role of Organic matter in soil
    (c) Soil erosion and conservation
    (d) Live stock as a component of agriculture.

COMPULSORY QUESTION

  1. (A) Write only the correct answer in the Answer Book. Do not reproduce the questions.

(1) The economy of Pakistan is based on:
(a) Agriculture (b) Industry (c) Mineral resources (d) None of these

(2) Which one of the following is major export commodity of Pakistan?
(a) Wheat (b) Cotton (c) Sugar (d) Rice (e) None of these

(3) Sahiwal breed is a breed of:
(a) Buffalo (b) Cow (c) Sheep (d) Goat (e) None of these

(4) Vertebrate pests of crops include:
(a) Insects (b) Wild Bores (c) Spiders (d) None of these

(5) Basmati is a type of:
(a) Wheat (b) Rice (c) Maize (d) Sorghum (e) None of these

(6) Sericulture means:
(a) Rearing of Honey bees (b) Rearing of Silk worms (c) Both of these (d) None of these

(7) Gossypium Hirsutism is the botanical name of:
(a) Sugarcane (b) Wheat (c) American Cotton (d) Maize (e) None of these

(8) Kharif crops include:
(a) Wheat (b) Cotton (c) Both of these (d) None of these

(9) Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) is the term used for the organism produced through the application of:
(a) Genetic Engineering (b) Mendelian Genetics (c) None of these

(10) The carrier of “cotton leaf curl virus” in Pakistan is considered to be:
(a) White fly (b) Jassids (c) American boll worm (d) None of these

(11) The process of synthesizing food by the plants in the presence of sunlight is called as:
(a) Respiration (b) Photosynthesis (c) Fertilization (d) None of these

(B) Fill in the blanks.

(12) The date palm is monocotyledonous plant and belongs to family ________.
(13) Nitrogen is taken up by plants in the form of ________.
(14) RGR stands for ________.
(15) Increased Vigour of a hybrid over the mean of its parents is called as ________.
(16) GDP stands for ________.
(17) Haploid number of Chromosomes of Desi Cotton is ________ .
(18) ________ refers to the size distribution of soil particles.
(19) ________ refers to the arrangement of soil particles.
(20) IPM stands for ________.

Agriculture CSS Paper 2002

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FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS IN BPS – 17 UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2002.

AGRICULTURE

TIME ALLOWED: THREE HOURS MAXIMUM MARKS:100

NOTE: Attempt FIVE questions in all, including question No. 8 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry EQUAL marks.

  1. In terms of research and newer technologies in current and future agriculture in Pakistan, how do you comment on the statement? “The basic texture of research consists of dreams into which the trends of reasoning, measurement and calculations are woven.”

  2. What are the functions of water in soil and plants? How water stress affect the plant growth and development?

  3. Define growth. Enlist and briefly describe the factors affecting it.

  4. Briefly discuss the major problems and possible solutions for increasing productivity of horticultural crops.

  5. Discuss methods of pest control and pathogen effect on plant physiological functions.

  6. Write short notes on any FOUR of the following.
    (a) Soil texture and structure and their management
    (b) Application of genetics for improvement of crops
    (c) Conducting tissues of carbohydrates, water and minerals.
    (d) Photoperiodic and thermo integral responses of crop plants
    (e) Components of agriculture integrated system
    (f) Role of agriculture in the national economy.

  7. Differentiate between the following:
    (a) Genotype and phonotype
    (b) Transpiration and Evapotranspiration
    (c) Alley cropping and strip planting
    (d) Determinate and Indeterminate plant species
    (e) Photosynthesis and Phototropism

COMPULSORY QUESTION

  1. Write only the correct answer in the Answer Book. Do not reproduce the questions.

(A) Choose the correct option from the given choices.

(1) The agriculture of Pakistan is characterized by:
(a) Two main cropping seasons (b) Three main cropping seasons (c) Four main cropping seasons (d) None of these

(2) The soil Survey of Pakistan has identified classes of land under a system of land capability classes:
(a) Six classes (b) Seven classes (c) Eight classes (d) Nine classes (e) None of these

(3) Highest nutrient concentration causes a phenomenon in plant growth known as:
(a) Adequacy (b) Deficiency (c) Toxicity (d) None of these

(4) KATJA is cultivar of:
(a) Banana (b) Mango (c) Citrus (d) Apple (e) None of these

(5) Pome fruits include:
(a) Apple (b) Pear (c) Quince (d) All of these (e) None of (a), (b) and (c)

(6) Zizypus jujube is the botanical name of:
(a) Berseem (b) Maize (c) Rice (d) Wheat (e) None of these

(7) Osmite is a chemical used for control of:
(a) Virus (b) Bacteria (c) Fungus (d) Mite (e) None of these

(8) Wheat is placed in:
(a) Legumes (b) Cereals (c) Fiber (d) All of these (e) None of (a), (b) and (c)

(9) Nili is a breed of:
(a) Cow (b) Buffalo (c) Goat (d) None of these

(10) Essential elements required for plant growth are:
(a) 10 (b) 12 (c) 14 (d) 16 (e) None of these

(B) Fill in the blanks:

(11) The science of fruit production is called ____________.
(12) Scriptothrips citri is a pest attacking ____________.
(13) Rearing a silk worm is known as ____________.
(14) Mangifera indica is a botanical name of ____________.
(15) NAR stands for ____________.
(16) Copying of m RNA into protein is termed as ____________.
(17) IBPGR stands for ____________.
(18) Unit of the material of inheritance is known as ____________.
(19) IUCN stands for ____________.
(20) IFAD stands for ____________.

Agriculture CSS Paper 2003

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FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS IN BPS – 17 UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2003.

AGRICULTURE

TIME ALLOWED: THREE HOURS MAXIMUM MARKS:100

NOTE: Attempt FIVE questions in all, including question No. 8 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry EQUAL marks.

  1. Discuss the role of soil in relation to crop production. What is the significance of different phases of soil in plant nutrition?

  2. Discuss biotic stresses affecting crop production and discuss perspective of integrated pest Management with special reference of Pakistan.

  3. Importance of Agriculture in economy of Pakistan can’t be underestimated. How do you comment on the statement?

  4. What are prerequisites for successful plant propagation? Discuss different modes of reproduction and factors influencing success in vegetable propagation?

  5. Discuss measures to bridge the gaps persisting between national average yield of major crops and their potential yield.

  6. Write short notes on any FOUR of the following.
    (a) Photoperiodism
    (b) Alliloparatism
    (c) Integrated plant nutrient system (IPNS)
    (d) Impact of WTO on agriculture in developing countries.
    (e) Role of Biofertilizers in Agriculture
    (f) Role of Statistics in agriculture research

  7. Differentiate between the following
    (a) Respiration and photorespiration
    (b) Soil texture & soil structure
    (c) Tissue culture & Mutation breeding
    (d) Apoplasmic & Symplasmic ion movement
    (e) Thin layer chromatography vs. Gas chromatography

COMPULSORY QUESTION

  1. Write only the correct answer in the Answer Book. Do not reproduce the questions.

(1) Texture of soil is:
(a) Arrangement of soil particles (b) Relative proportion of soil particles (c) Both of the above (d) None of these

(2) Inqlab-91 is a cultivar of:
(a) Brassica (b) Wheat (c) Rice (d) None of these

(3) Cotton is places:
(a) Cereals (b) Legumes (c) Fiber (d) None of these

(4) NMR stands for:
(a) Non Molecular Resistance (b) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (c) Nuclear Membrane resistance (d) None of these

(5) Water stress is:
(a) Shortage of water (b) Water logging (c) Both a & b (d) None of these

(6) Free living animal that attacks and feed on other organisms is:
(a) Predator (b) Parasite (c) Scavengers (d) None of these

(7) A decrease in the governmentally define value of currency:
(a) Inflation (b) Cheapness (c) Devaluation (d) None of these

(8) Seed cotton means:
(a) Seed with lint (b) Seed without lint (c) Lint (d) None of these

(9) Sex nucleus that fuses with another in sexual reproduction is:
(a) Cell (b) Gamete (c) Spore (d) None of these

(10) Motile spores are:
(a) Aplanospores (b) Chlamydospores (c) Conidia (d) None of these

(B) Fill in the blanks:

(11) The science of vegetable production is called ___________ .
(12) The actual amount of water present in air is called ___________ .
(13) Rearing of honeybees is called ___________ .
(14) The treatment given to counteract the effect of poison is called ___________ .
(15) The artificial removal of the stamens from flower before they dehisce is called ___________ .
(16) Plants which drop their leaves during winter are called ___________ .
(17) An individual with both male & female genitalia is called ___________ .
(18) TLC stands for ___________ .
(19) Arid agriculture means ___________ .
(20) Botanical name of wheat is ___________ .

Agriculture CSS Paper 2004

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FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS IN BPS – 17 UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2004.

AGRICULTURE

TIME ALLOWED: THREE HOURS MAXIMUM MARKS:100

NOTE: Attempt FIVE questions in all, including question No. 8 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry EQUAL marks.

  1. Improvement in price control mechanism of agricultural commodities and their marketing system can break the stagnation in agriculture sector. Identify the main bottlenecks and suggest the appropriate strategies to overcome the shortfalls of the existing systems.

  2. Have Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology made any breakthrough in crop production so far? Elaborate the scope of modern techniques in enhancing the agricultural productivity within shortest possible time.

  3. Huge import bill of edible oil is a big burden on the national economy for the last quarter century. What necessary measures would you suggest to boost oilseed crop production and to avert this serious crisis?

  4. Describe various components of IPM Tenchnology and discuss the usefulness of this approach with reference with to fore coming WTO regime.

  5. Horticultural crops have not been properly exploited according to their potential. How these can play better role that the major crops in agriculture of the country?

  6. Write short notes on any FIVE of the following:
    (a) Crop water use efficiency
    (b) Live stock as a component of agriculture
    (c) Hybrid vigour
    (d) Alliloparasitism
    (e) Genetic Diversity
    (f) Foot and Mouth disease
    (g) Gram blight and gram wilt

  7. Differentiate between the following (Any five)
    (a) Macro nutrients and micro nutrients
    (b) Basic seed and Certified seed
    (c) Pathogenesis and Parthenogenesis
    (d) Pomes and stone fruits
    (e) C3 and C4 plants
    (f) Saline soils and sodic soils
    (g) Vertical and horizontal resistance

COMPULSORY QUESTION

  1. Write only the correct answer in the Answer Book. Do not reproduce the questions.

(1) Olericulture is the study dealing with:
(a) Vegetable production (b) Honey bee (c) Ornamental Flowers (d) None of these

(2) Colostrum is:
(a) Low nutritive milk (b) First product of mammary glands after parturition (c) Product of mammary glands after two month of parturition (d) None of these

(3) Banana fruit is classified in the category:
(a) Drupe (b) Pomes (c) Berry (d) None of these

(4) Older the rice:
(a) Worse in price (b) Damaged in shape (c) Cheaper in price (d) None of these

(5) Gossypium Hirsutum is the botanical name of:
(a) American Cotton (b) Desi Cotton (c) Barley (d) Sugar Cane (e) None of these

(6) Selection of plants on the basis of phenotypic superiority is known as:
(a) Hybrid (b) Mass Selection (c) Inbred Line (d) Pure Line (e) None of these

(7) Agricultural Extension relates to:
(a) Modernization of agricultural machinery (b) Financial help to the farmers (c) Educating farmers (d) None of these

(8) When soil surface is protected with residue of a crop, the practice is called:
(a) Nitrogen fixation (b) Sheet erosion (c) Tillage (d) Mulching (e) None of these

(9) Bhagnari is a breed of:
(a) Buffalo (b) Cow (c) Sheep (d) Poultry (e) None of these

(10) Afforestation means:
(a) Forest Research Station (b) To convert land into forest (c) Utilization of forest products (d) None of these

(11) Population genetics is based on:
(a) Principles of population control (b) Mendel’s Law (c) Hardy Wienberg’s law (d) Genotype-environment inter action (e) None of these

(12) Inqalab – 91 is a variety of:
(a) Rice (b) Cotton (c) Sugar cane (d) Wheat (e) None of these

(13) Crops produced in hilly areas are low in:
(a) Iron (b) ZInc (c) Nitrogen (d) Iodine (e) None of these

(14) Crossing over occurs between:
(a) Sister Chromatids (b) Homologous Chromosomes (c) Non-Romologous Chromosomes (d) None of these

(15) Gypsum is rich source of:
(a) Calcium + Zinc (b) Potassium + Nitrogen (c) Calcium + Sulpher (d) None of these

(16) F.A.O. has its headquarters in:
(a) London (b) New York (c) Geneva (d) None of these

(17) Organic matter in soil helps in:
(a) Improving soil structure (b) Improving soil texture (c) Weed control (d) Building up of organic compounds in crops (e) None of these

(18) Seed cotton means
(a) Seed without lint (b) Seed with lint (c) Lint only (d) None of these

(19) The ploidy level of American Cotton is:
(a) Diploid (b) Triploid (c) Tetraploid (d) None of these

(20) Contribution of Agriculture to GDP is:
(a) 35% (b) 50% (c) 75% (d) None of these

Agriculture CSS Paper 2005

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FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS IN BPS – 17 UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2005.

AGRICULTURE

TIME ALLOWED: THREE HOURS MAXIMUM MARKS:100

NOTE: Attempt FIVE questions in all, including question No. 8 which is COMPULSORY. All questions carry EQUAL marks.

  1. What are critical issues in agriculture? Write down their solutions for agricultural development in Pakistan.

  2. What are soil texture and soil structure? How the soil texture and structure affects the plant growth. Discuss in detail.

  3. How genetic manipulation of field crops can improve the tolerance of the plants to a biotic stress?

  4. How research can play role in achieving food security? Discuss in detail.

  5. What are different economic decision levels in IPM? Describe the role of IPM in sustainable agriculture.

  6. Write short notes on any Five of the following:
    (a) Role of organic matter in soil productivity
    (b) Wind erosion
    (c) Challenges in animal production in Pakistan
    (d) Major disease of wheat crop in Pakistan
    (e) Principles of crop management
    (f) Modern concept of horticultural industry
    (g) Photoperiodism

  7. Differentiate between the following (Any five)
    (a) Epigeal germination and Hypogeal germination
    (b) Synapsis and Synopsis
    (c) Eluviation and Illuviation
    (d) Metastasis and Myiasis
    (e) True fruits and False fruits
    (f) Oviparous insects and Viviparous Insects
    (g) HPLC and TLC

COMPULSORY QUESTION

  1. Write only the correct answer in the Answer Book. Do not reproduce the questions.

(1) How much of the earth surface is covered by water?
(a) 65% (b) 70% (c) 80% (d) None of these

(2) Citrus has its origin in:
(a) Indo-Chinese region (b) Africa (c) Middle East (d) None of these

(3) The science of classification is called:
(a) Ecology (b) Horticulture (c) Taxonomy (d) None of these

(4) Grapes cultivation is called:
(a) Orcharding (b) Viticulture (c) Pomology (d) None of these

(5) Tomato is a good source of vitamin:
(a) Vitamin A (b) Vitamin B (c) Vitamin C (d) None of these

(6) Histosols are found in
(a) Canada (b) Alaska (c) Both (a) and (b) (d) None of these

(7) Age of earth is:
(a) 6 billion years (b) 4 billion years (c) 1 billion years (d) None of these

(8) Common soils found in Pakistan:
(a) Aridisols (b) Inceptisols (c) Both (a) and (b) (d) None of these

(9) A group of similar looking plants that has approved for general cultivation in a ecological zone is called:
(a) Variety (b) Strain (c) Taxonomy (d) None of these

(10) The basic set of chromosomes in case of wheat is:
(a) 7 (b) 14 (c) 42 (d) None of these

(11) In DNA, adenine always pair with
(a) Thymine (b) Guamine (c) Cytosine (d) None of these

(12) Mushrooms are member of:
(a) Omycetes (b) Discomycetes (c) Pyronomycetes (d) None of these

(13) Most fungal disease spread out in:
(a) Dry & Cold weather (b) Wet & Cold (c) Dry & Hot (d) None of these

(14) Tikka disease of groundnut is renowned to:
(a) Thar (b) Chakwal (c) Rawalpindi (d) None of these

(15) The fruits and vegetables contain an insoluble stiffening material called:
(a) Pectin (b) Lignin (c) Protopectin (d) None of these

(16) Substances added intentionally to foods for the purpose of making more profit termed as:
(a) Food contaminations (b ) Food adulterants (c) Food additives (d) None of these

(17) Lepus capensis is the name of
(a) Tiger (b) Lion (c) Rat (d) None of these

(18) Establishment of new crop naturally or artificially is:
(a) Silviculture (b) Sericulture (c) Nursery (d) None of these

(19) Meaningful statement about the economic behavior or the economy is called:
(a) Economic principles (b) Economic theories (c) Both (a) and (b) (d) None of these

(20) The measure of fluids resistance to sheer or angular deformation:
(a) Normality (b) Viscosity (c) Compressibility (d) None of these

Agriculture CSS Paper 2006

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FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS IN BPS – 17 UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2006.

AGRICULTURE

TIME ALLOWED: THREE HOURS MAXIMUM MARKS:100

NOTE: (i. Attempt FIVE questions in all including question No. 8 which is compulsory. All questions carry EQUAL marks.
(ii. Extra attempt of any question or any part of the attempted question will not be considered
(iii. Candidate must draw two straight lines (==================. at the end to separate each question attempted in Answer Books.

Attempt ONLY FIVE questions in all, including QUESTION No. 8, which is compulsory.

Q No. 1. Support price of agricultural commodities generally favours to enhance crop production in the country. Despite this, we are lagging behind in average yields than the technologically advanced countries. Discuss the reasons and suggest strategies to prevail this situation.

Q No. 2. How do you visualize the present sugar crisis in the country? Elaborate various aspects causing this scenario. Also write down the production technology of sugar cane.

Q No. 3. Genetic resources possess sufficient genetic blood to double the crop productivity. Narrate their appropriate utilization for maximizing the agricultural production through conventional breeding techniques and modern approaches of crop improvement.

Q No. 4. a. Discuss the biotic stresses affecting crop production and illustrate the role of IPM to overcome these.

b. Write a comprehensive note on the nutrient management for sustainable crop production in various zones of Pakistan.

Q No. 5. Livestock sector has not properly been exploited as per its potential. What measures should be taken to meet the local demands of milk and meat and also for a better export?

Q No. 6. Write short notes on any four of the following:

a. Hybrid seed production
b. Greenhouse effect
c. Saline agriculture
d. Rust diseases of wheat
e. Role of organic matter in soil
f. Production of organic rice

Q No. 7. Differentiate between any four of the following:

a. Biological and chemical control of crop pests
b. Photoperiodism and thermoperiodism
c. Vertical resistance and horizontal resistance against plant pathogens
d. Halophytes and xerophytes
e. Sericulture and silviculture
f. Linkage and crossing over

COMPULSORY QUESTION

Q No. 8. Write only the correct answer in the Answer Booklet. Do not reproduce the question.

  1. Ploidy level of maize plant is:
    a. Diploid b. Tetraploid c. Hexaploid d. None of these

  2. Dajal is a breed of:
    a. Milking animal b. Draft animal c. Pet animal d. None of these

  3. Seed cotton means:
    a. Lint only b. Seed without lint c. Seed with lint d. None of these

  4. Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium provides basis for study of:
    a. Population Genetics b. Genetic Engineering c. Biometrical Genetics d. Menelian Genetics

  5. Maize plant has its origin in:
    a. Russia b. Africa c. Middle East d. America

  6. Olericulture is the study dealing with:
    a. Silk worm b. Vegetable production c. Honey bees d. Ornamental flowers

  7. Gypsum is a rich source of:
    a. Calcium + zinc b. Calcium + Potassium c. Calcium + sulphur d. Calcium + nitrogen

  8. Banana fruit is classified in the category of:
    a. Berry b. Pomes c. Sorosis d. None of these

  9. True potato seed is the:
    a. Potato tuber used for propagation b. Any plant part used for potato propagation c. Seed developed within the fruit of potato d. None of these

  10. Eragate are the types of insects which are:
    a. Workers in honey bee b. Biting c. Workers in the species of ant d. None of these

  11. “CIMMYT” is an organization working for the improvement of:
    a. Rice and cotton b. Pulses and oil-seeds c. Dryland Agriculture d. Wheat and maize

  12. In various plant metabolic processes “PPP” stand for:
    a. Plant Protection Procedures b. Produce Per Plant c. Pentose Phosphate Pathway d. None of these

  13. Arachnids are the arthropods with:
    a. Single pair of legs b. Two pairs of legs c. Three pairs of legs d. Four pairs of legs

  14. Sericulture means:
    a. Rearing of honey bees b. Rearing silk worms c. Both (a. and (b. d. None of these

  15. The cotton species providing main raw material for textile industry is:
    a. Gossypium hirsutum b. Gossypium arboreum c. Gossypium thurberii d. None os these

  16. Inbred lines are developed through selection and inbreeding in:
    a. Self pollinated crops b. Cross pollinated crops c. Asexually propagated crops d. None of these

  17. Safflower is:
    a. An ornamental plant b. Oil producing plant c. Leguninous d. Fibre producing plant

  18. Continuous selfing in cross pollinated:
    a. Improvement in yield b. Poor in performance c. Growth in vegetative parts d. None of these

  19. Soil structure can be improved with addition of:
    a. Organic matter b. Chemical fertilizers c. Gypsum d. None of these

  20. Synopsis of chromosomes occurs between:
    a. Sister chromatids b. Homologous chromosomes c. Non homologous d. None of these

Agriculture CSS Paper 2007

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FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS IN BPS – 17 UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2007.

AGRICULTURE

TIME ALLOWED: THREE HOURS MAXIMUM MARKS:100

NOTE: (i) Attempt FIVE questions in all including question No. 8 which is compulsory. All questions carry EQUAL marks.
(ii) Extra attempt of any question or any part of the attempted question will not be considered
(iii) Candidate must draw two straight lines (==================) at the end to separate each question attempted in Answer Books.

  1. Discuss the important physical properties of soils that are of major interest to crop producers.

  2. What are the Genetic consequences of self-fertilization and of cross-fertilization in crops?

  3. What aspects of light affect plant growth and development and how they can be managed under field conditions?

  4. Why it is necessary to understand the life cycle of both the host and pathogen as well as the disease cycle itself in order to determine appropriate disease control method?

  5. What are the reasons for low per unit yield of most of the crops in Pakistan as compared to other countries? Suggest measures for enhancement of per unit yield in Pakistan.

  6. Write short notes on any Four of the following:

(a) Genetically Modified Organisms
(b) Biosafety issues
(c) Biological Control of Pest
(d) Conservation of Biodiversity
(e) Role of Agricultural research in food security
(f) Importance of statistics in agricultural research

  1. Differentiate between any Four of the following:
    (a) Quantitative Genetic Traits and Qualitative Genetic Traits
    (b) Monoecious Plants and Dioecious
    (c) Double cross and Double fertilization
    (d) Photosynthesis and Phototropism
    (e) Autotrophic and Auxotrophic
    (f) Homozygous and Heterozygous

COMPULSORY QUESTION

  1. Write only correct answer in the Answer Book. Do not reproduce the question.

(1) Mechanism in which the product of metabolic pathway inhibits an enzyme catalyzing an early step is called:
(a) Early inhibition (b) Metabolic inhibition (c) Feed back inhibition (d) None of these

(2) The most suitable part of the plant for the study of Meiosis is:
(a) Young bud (b) Anther (c) Root tip (d) Shoot apex

(3) The shrinkage of protoplasm due to osmosis of water from the cell is known as:
(a) Hydrolysis (b) Endosmosis (c) Dehydration (d) Plasmolysis

(4) The most abundant compound in nature is:
(a) Starch (b) Protein (c) Cellulose (d) All of these

(5) Antibiotics are produced by the:
(a) Plants (b) Microorganisms (c) Animals (d) All of these

(6) The amino acids which cannot be synthesized by the mammals are called:
(a) Basic amino acids (b) Non-essential amino acids (c) Essential amino acids (d) Non-Polar amino acids

(7) Quantitative traits are measurable traits that show:
(a) Discontinuous variation (b) Continuous variation (c) Phenotypic (d) None of these

(8) The process of programmed cell death is called:
(a) Apoptosis (b) Necrosis (c) Degeneration (d) Both (a) and (b)

(9) Genetic material of an organism changes with:
(a) Age (b) Environmental change (c) Nutritional change (d) None of these

(10) Economically important Genetic traits in plants are influenced by the environment because these are:
(a) Cytoplasmically inherited traits (b) Monogenic traits (c) Polygenic traits (d) None of these

(11) Only plant cells contains:
(a) Plasma membrane (b) Mitochondria (c) Chloroplasts (d) Nucleolus

(12) The accumulation of CO2 in large quantities in the atmosphere causes the problem of:
(a) Air pollution (b) Over cooling of atmosphere (c) Degradation of Biodiversity (d) Green house effect

(13) The ovary in plants matures into:
(a) Fruit (b) Seed (c) Endosperm (d) Embryo

(14) The first step in Photosynthesis is:
(a) Excitation chlorophyll electron (b) Photolysis of water (c) Formation of NADPH2 (d) Formation of ATP

(15) Which one of the following is nonrenewable resource?
(a) Wildlife (b) Biodiversity (c) Fossil Fuel (d) Forest

(16) A plant disease caused by bacteria is called:
(a) Loose smut (b) Crown gall (c) Leaf rust (d) Powdery Mildew

(17) Enzymes are chemically:
(a) Carbohydrates (b) Lipids (c) Proteins (d) None of these

(18) Genes determine:
(a) The sex of a baby (b) A phenotypic character (c) Synthesis of a Polypeptide (d) All of these

(19) “It is the outmost layer of the animal cell, it is thin, delicate, elastic, and capable of self repair.” The statement is true for:
(a) Cell wall (b) Cell membrane (c) Middle Lamella (d) Nuclear membrane

(20) Biotechnology refers to:
(a) Manipulation of Genes (b) Cheese Making (c) Manipulation of Biological Systems (d) All of these

Agriculture CSS Paper 2009

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FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS IN BPS-17 UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2009
AGRICULTURE
TIME ALLOWED:
(PART-I) 30 MINUTES MAXIMUM MARKS:20
(PART-II) 2 HOURS & 30 MINUTES MAXIMUM MARKS:80
NOTE: (i) First attempt PART-I (MCQ) on separate Answer Sheet which shall be taken back after 30 minutes.
(ii) Overwriting/cutting of the options/answers will not be given credit.

PART – I (MCQ) (COMPULSORY)

Q.1. Select the best option/answer and fill in the appropriate box on the Answer Sheet. (20)

(i) White revolution refers to the revolution in:

(a) Rice production (b) Milk production (c) Cotton production (d) None of these (e) All of these

(ii) Organic farming is important because of:

(a) Toxic free plants (b) GMO free (c) Eco friendly (d) Healthy for humans (e) All of these

(iii) Which of the following is not a good source of dietary fiber?

(a) Pasta (b) Brown rice (c) Egg (d) Bread (e) All of these

(iv) The branch of agriculture that deals with rearing of silkworm is called:

(a) Olericulture (b) Sericulture (c) Apiculture (d) Viticulture (e) None of these

(v) Oryza Sativa is the botanical name of:

(a) Rice (b) Wheat (c) Barley (d) Sorghum (e) None of these

(vi) Xanthomonas citri is the disease causal organism of citrus.

(a) Bark splitting (b) Foot rot (c) Canker (d) Citrus decline (e) None of these

(vii) Cholistani, Kali, Damani, Kachi and Bibrik are some of the breeds of:

(a) Goats (b) Camel (c) Buffalo (d) Sheep (e) None of these

(viii) Inflation of mammary glands of milch animals is called:

(a) Johne’s disease (b) Tuberculosis (c) Mastitis (d) Leptospirosis (e) None of these

(ix) Potato is an example of:

(a) Root crop (b) Legumes (c) Fiber crop (d) Sugar crop (e) None of these

(x) Tobacco is an example of:

(a) Kharif crop (b) Rabi crop (c) Zaid rabi crop (d) Zaid Kharif crop (e) None of these

(xi) Peanuts are:

(a) Roots (b) Grains (c) Legumes (d) Nuts (e) None of these

(xii) Which of the following insects is friendly for an organic farmer?

(a) Stem borer (b) Root borer (c) Boll worm (d) Mango mealy bug (e) None of these

(xiii) Money maker, Roma, Red top are some of the varieties of:

(a) Chilies (b) Potato (c) Tomato (d) Onion (e) None of these

(xiv) Swollen underground stem; an organ of food storage and propagation is called:

(a) Rhizome (b) Tuber (c) Scion (d) Septa (e) None of these

(xv) Plants having soft, non woody growth are called:

(a) Herkogamous (b) Hermaphrodite (c) Herbaceous (d) Homozygous (e) None of these

(xvi) Removal of exchangeable sodium from the soil is called:

(a) Denitrification (b) Desalinization (c) Desodication (d) Decortication (e) None of these

(xvii) Enzymes are bio-catalysts and their nature is:

(a) Fat (b) Carbohydrate (c) Fiber (d) Protein (e) None of these

(xviii) Khapra beetle is the pest of:

(a) Rice (b) Sorghum (c) Barley (d) All of these (e) None of these

(xix) L-113, PR-100 and BL-4 are the varieties of:

(a) Rice (b) Wheat (c) Cotton (d) Sunflower (e) None of these

(xx) Which one of the following is non essential amino acid?

(a) Lysine (b) Leucine (c) Isoleucine (d) Glutamine (e) None of the above

PART – II

NOTE:

(i) PART-II is to be attempted on the separate Answer Book.

(ii) Attempt ONLY FOUR questions from PART-II. All questions carry EQUAL marks.

(iii) Extra attempt of any question or any part of the attempted question will not be considered.

Q.2. Define biotechnology and discuss in detail the role of biotechnology in crop improvement. (20)

Q.3. Discuss the role of environmental factors in the development of infectious diseases in plants and suggest measures to control these diseases. (20)

Q.4. Describe different methods of pest control in crops with main emphasis on biological control of insect-pests? (20)

Q.5. Discuss in detail the situation of development in agriculture sector in Pakistan and describe strategies to boost agricultural production in the country. (20)

Q.6. Enumerate the scope of range management in Pakistan and discuss its role in the development of dairy sector in the country. (20)

Q.7. Discuss in detail different techniques used for the asexual propagation of fruit plants. (20)

Q.8. Write short notes on ANY FOUR of the following: (20)

(a) Factors affecting biological nitrogen fixation

(b) Soil erosion

(c) Crop rotation

(d) Genetic engineering

(e) Effective microorganisms (EM) technology

(f) Prospects of meat industry in Pakistan

Agriculture CSS Paper 2010

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FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS IN BPS-17 UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2010
AGRICULTURE
TIME ALLOWED:
(PART-I) 30 MINUTES MAXIMUM MARKS:20
(PART-II) 2 HOURS & 30 MINUTES MAXIMUM MARKS:80
NOTE: (i) First attempt PART-I (MCQ) on separate Answer Sheet which shall be taken back after 30 minutes.
(ii) Overwriting/cutting of the options/answers will not be given credit.

PART – I (MCQ) (COMPULSORY)

Q.1. Select the best option/answer and fill in the appropriate box on the Answer Sheet. (20)

(i) Wheat inflorescence is called as:

(a) Spike (b) Panicle (c) Spadix (d) Cymose (e) None of these

(ii) Soil structure can be improved with the addition of:

(a) Chemical fertilizer (b) Gypsum (c) Lime (d) Organic matter (e) None of these

(iii) Humidity is measured by means of:

(a) Luxmeter (b) Anemometer (c) Psychrometer (d) Thermometer (e) None of these

(iv) When soil surface is protected/covered with residue of a crop, the practice is called?

(a) Sheet erosion (b) Nitrogen fixation (c) Tillage (d) Mulching (e) None of these

(v) Which of the following is not a fruit?

(a) Tomato (b) Potato (c) Pumpkin (d) Melon (e) None of these

(vi) Which one of the following is a good source of protein?

(a) Wheat (b) Maize (c) Pulses (d) Meat (e) None of these

(vii) The vector of cotton leaf curl virus in Pakistan is considered as:

(a) Jassid (b) Aphid (c) Pink boll worm (d) White fly (e) None of these

(viii) In genetics the appearance of an attribute of living organism is termed as:

(a) Dominant (b) Phenotype (c) Recessive (d) Genotype (e) None of these

(ix) Rhizobium belongs to:

(a) Nitrogen fixing bacteria (b) Ammonifying bacteria (c) Nitrifying bacteria (d) Denitrifying bacteria (e) None of these

(x) In DNA, adenine always pairs with:

(a) Guanine (b) Thymine (c) Uracil (d) Cytosine (e) None of these

(xi) Insects have:

(a) 4 legs and 2 wings (b) 8 legs and 4 wing (c) 6 legs and 4 wings (d) 4 legs and 4 wings (e) None of these

(xii) Tikka disease is major pathogenic threat in:

(a) Wheat (b) Apple (c) Sorghum (d) Groundnut (e) None of these

(xiii) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has its headquarters in:

(a) Washington (b) Geneva (c) Rome (d) Paris (e) None of these

(xiv) Soil salinity can be rectified with:

(a) Urea (b) Ammonium Sulphate (c) Sodium Chloride (d) Gypsum (e) None of these

(xv) Safflower is an:

(a) Oil producing plant (b) Ornamental plant (c) Leguminous plant (d) Fibre producing plant (e) None of these

(xvi) Banana fruit is classified in the category of:

(a) Berry (b) Pomes (c) Stone fruit (d) Drupe (e) None of these

(xvii) Ploidy level of maize plant is:

(a) Monoploid (b) Diploid (c) Haploid (d) Tetraploid (e) None of these

(xviii) Gypsum is rich source of:

(a) Calcium + Zinc (b) Calcium + Potassium (c) Calcium + Sulphur (d) Calcium + Nitrogen (e) None of these

(xix) Gossypium hirsutum is the botanical name of:

(a) Rice (b) Maize (c) Sugarcane (d) Cotton (e) None of these

(xx) Olericulture is the study dealing with:

(a) Honey bee (b) Rearing of silkworms (c) Vegetable production (d) Growing ornamental flowers (e) None of the above

PART – II

NOTE:

(i) PART-II is to be attempted on the separate Answer Book.

(ii) Attempt ONLY FOUR questions from PART-II. All questions carry EQUAL marks.

(iii) Extra attempt of any question or any part of the attempted question will not be considered.

Q.2. Price control mechanism of some major agricultural commodities has failed in the country in the near past. Identify the main bottlenecks and suggest necessary measures to strengthen the existing marketing system. (20)

Q.3. Biotic stresses are the matter of great concern in agricultural crop production. Give a comprehensive approach of various pathways to protect the crops from these threats. (20)

Q.4. Discuss the causes of soil salinity and water logging in irrigated agriculture. Suggest appropriate recommendations to reclaim saline sodic soils. (20)

Q.5. Narrate the modern techniques of genetics regarding crop improvement. Discuss the prospects of new technologies to have the possibilities of another green revolution. (20)

Q.6. Agricultural research has significantly enhanced the productivity of all field crops in Pakistan except the oilseeds. Narrate the main shortfalls and discuss the role of various institutions/agencies working on these lines. (20)

Q.7. Write short notes on ANY FOUR of the following:. (4 x 5)

(a) Challenges in livestock management

(b) Genetic resources and their conservation

(c) Organic crop production

(d) Potential of horticulture sector as an industry

(e) Range management in Pakistan

(e) Foot and mouth disease

Q.8. Differentiate between the following (ANY FOUR): (4 x 5)

(a) Gram blight and Gram wilt

(b) C3 and C4 plants

(c) Biological nitrogen fixation and nitrification

(d) Silviculture and sericulture

(e) Respiration and transpiration

(f) Basic seed and certified seed