CET (Common Entrance Test) Agriculture

CET (Common Entrance Test) AGRICULTURE

CET or Common Entrance Test (full form) or ‘सामान्य प्रवेश परीक्षा [(In Hindi, translated from English) is a Written Entrance Test conducted for the selection of students for next level degree program.

Generally, it is conducted for the students of final year of different associate colleges of a university.  It is conducted by the universities related with the different branches (subject) such as an agriculture university or an engineering university.

Also read: IGKV CET multiple choice objective questions

(1). What is CET Agriculture?

CET in Agriculture is a very common exam. It is an annual written exam conducted in each year. It starts with a test and end with counseling.

Note: Due to 2019 pandemic (Covid-19), many agricultural universities in India didn’t conduct CET 2020 (Offline written test). Also, in  2021 the offline written exam is in doubt.

CET for B. Sc. Ag. Students

It is the written exam conducted for the students who have completed B. Sc. Agriculture or B. Sc. Horticulture. The exam is taken to fill the vacant seats in  M. Sc. Agriculture and M. Sc. Horticulture Degree Program.

CET for M. Sc. Ag. Student

It is the written exam conducted for the students who have completed M. Sc. Ag. or M. Sc. Horticulture. The exam is taken to fill the vacant seats in PhD (Agriculture) and PhD (Horticulture) Degree Program.

General info: Agriculture Common Entrance Test

Type   Online/Offline, agricultural written exam

Conducted For Agricultural Students

Conducted By Agricultural Universities

Also read: BHU UET Multiple Choice Questions

(2). CET in Indian Agricultural Universities

(3). Procedure of The Examination

  1. Notification of The Exam
  2. Submission of The Application Form
  3. Conducting Test.
  4. Releasing Result.
  5. Counseling and Admission.

Notification of The Exam

Notification is released each year. The notification is published by a university on its official website. Students have to visit the site to see the notification and exam related other informations.

Submission of The Application Form

Application form is filled online by a student. Some universities also accept offline submission of the application form. To apply for the exam a student should have cleared B. Sc. Ag./Horti. or M. Sc. Ag./Horti. Means they should have marksheet.

Conducting Test

Test is conducted by the universities. Exam is taken in more than one center. The date and time of the exam is always same for each center. Generally the duration of the exam is 3 hours. It is not necessary to Solve all the questions. Generally, there is no minus marking in this test. Students should attempt all the questions if there is no minus marking.

Releasing Result

Result is released by the universities within a month. Ranking and overall ranking is based on the total marks obtained by a student, and on student’s category such as general, obc, st, sc etc.

Counseling and Admission

A date is fixed for the counseling and it can be seen on their official website. Counseling is based on ranking. It starts with the 1st ranked student. Students are free to choose any subject (subject of choice) during counseling. Generally, the counseling and admission happen on same day. The procedure of admission starts just after the counseling.

Also read: JRF MCQ

(4). Date of The Exam

Generally, all CET exams are taken during and after summer. It may be the month of May, June, July or August.

(5). Syllabus of The Exam

Syllabus of CET for B. Sc. Ag. and B. Sc. Horti. Students

The syllabus for B. Sc. Ag. and B. Sc. Horti. include topics from different subjects such as agronomy, horticulture, entomology, soil science, agricultural economics, genetics and plant breeding, agricultural engineering, plant physiology, plant pathology, agricultural statistics, extension education or agricultural extension, meteorology, general agriculture etc.

Example of Syllabus

From Agronomy: Cultivation practice of major agronomical crops. Cropping system and pattern. Crop ecology. Dryland agriculture. Classification of crop. Seed technology. Weed and weed management. Irrigation and water management. Manure and bio-fertilizers etc.

From Horticulture: Cultivation practice of major fruit crops. Cultivation practice of major ornamental and flower plants. Cultivation practice of major vegetable crops. Post harvest technology of fruit plants. PHT in floriculture. Post harvest technology of vegetables. Grafting, budding, pruning. Gardening and style of gardens etc.

From Entomology: Insect-pests of fruit plants. Insect-pests of flower plants. Insect pests of vegetable plants. Management of pests of fruit plants, management of pests of flower plants, management of pests of vegetable plant. Identification of insect-pests. Parasites/parasitoids of different harmful insects. Beneficial insects. Insects of winter crops, insects of summer crops. Pests of rainy season crops etc.

From Soil Science: Rocks and weathering. Soil formation, Its physical properties. Soil colloids and silicate clay mineral, taxonomy and soils of India, Organic matter. Manures and fertilizers. Soil fertility and productivity. Mineral nutrition. Saline, alkali and acid soils etc.

CET Syllabus

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Agricultural Economics: Introduction. Micro and macroeconomics. NABARD, RBI, SBI, RRB, AGMARK. Marginal and small farmers. Costs. Cost curves, assets, liabilities.  Agriculture price. Demand and elasticity. Economic holding. Farm management- meaning and concept. Farm factor relationship. Agriculture insurance schemes. Product-product relationship. The law of return. Production function. Types of production functions etc.

Plant Pathology: Introduction. History of plant pathology. The prokaryotes. Bacterial diseases of plants. Phytoplasma diseases of plants. The fungal. Disease caused by ascomycotina. Virus and virod disease of plants. Disease caused by plant parasitic manatodes. Phanerogamic plant parasite. Non-infectious and non-parasitic diseases. Plant disease management.

Agricultural Extension: Introduction- Objectives and principles. Basic philosophy. Communication. Teaching. Adoption. Methods of demonstration. Training and visit system m lab to land programme. Krishi Vigyan Kendra. Technology transfer. National Extension Service. NREGA. Rural welfare activities and programmes in India. TRYEM. Etawah Pilot Project. Community Development programme. Operation flood. Green revolution. Leadership development etc.

Plant Physiology: Introduction. Morphology of plant. Physiological disorders of plants. Plant growth and development. Photosynthesis. Plant nutrition. Stomata. Plant evaporation etc.

Meteorology: Climate. Temperature. Rainfall. Clouds. Wind. Climate of India- Climate of North India, Climate of Central India, Climate of South India. Climate of world. Monsoon. Crops and their climate requirement etc.

Genetics and Plant Breeding: Introduction to genetics and plant breeding. DNA and its structure. RNA and its structure. Chromosome, 2n of different agricultural/horticultural plant crops. (1). Breeding of fruit plants. (2). Breeding of vegetable plants. (3). Breeding of flower plants. Hybridization. Mutation. Fruit varieties developed through plant breeding. Vegetable varieties developed through plant breeding. Genetic engineering etc.

CET Syllabus

Agricultural Statistics: Introduction. Probability. Standard deviation. Coefficient of variation. Variable. Measure of central tendency. Latin Square Design. Range. Randomized Block Design. Degree of freedom. Dispersion. Variate. Arithmetic mean. Median. Mode. Harmonic mean. Absolute measures. Standard error of mean- moment, raw moment, central moment. Skewness. Distribution. Correlation. Regression. Hypothesis. Transformation of data. Test of significance. Chi-square. Z test. Field treatment. Complete Randomized Design. Split Plot Design. Confidence limit. Biometry etc.

Agricultural Engineer: Generally fundamentals of agricultural engineering are asked.

Syllabus of CET for M. Sc. Ag. and M. Sc. Horti. Students

Same as above. But in case of CET for M. Sc. Ag./Horti., it becomes specific to subject. For example- CET for agronomy will always include topics of agronomy. There will be no questions from other subjects.

(6). Examples of Some Model Questions

CET for B. Sc. Ag. and B. Sc. Horti. students

Question 01. Whip tail in cauliflower is due to..?

(a). Physiological disorder.
(b). Molybdenum.
(c). Ca.
(d). Zn.

Question 02. Edible wheat is a..?

(a). Diploid.
(b). Triploid.
(c). Tetraloid
(d). Hexaploid.

Question 03. Seed rate of hybrid tomato is..?

(a). 250 gm.
(b). 100 – 150 gm.
(c). 300 gm.
(d). 50 gm.

Question 04. In LSD..?

(a). Number of application is more than tje number of treatments.
(b). Number of application is equal to number of treatments.
(c). Number of application is free than the number of treatments.
(d). Non of the above.

Question 05. Which is a water soluble vitamin?

(a). B.
(b). A.
(c). D.
(d). K.

CET for PhD (Ag.) and B. Sc. (Horti.) students

Example of Agronomy

Question 01. The rice variety containing “Dee-geo-woo-gen” is..?

(a). IR-8.
(b). IR-36.
(c). Basmati
(d). Sonam.

Question 02. The optimum cardinal temp. for germination of rice seed is..?

(a). 20 – 22 ℃.
(b). 30 – 32 ℃.
(c). 25 – 30 ℃.
(d). 32 – 35 ℃.

Question 03. The optimum cardinal temp. for germination of wheat seed is..?

(a). 22 ℃.
(b). 20 ℃.
(c). 18 ℃.
(d). 25 ℃.

Question 04. DAPOG method of crop raising is..?

(a). Nursery raising.
(b). Field raising.
(c). Seed-bed raising.
(d). All of the above.

Question 05. SRI method was originated from..?

(a). America.
(b). Asia.
(c). Africa.
(d). Europe.

(7). Important Questions Related With The Exam

Question 01. How difficult CET is?

Answer: It is not as difficult as other agricultural competition exams such as JRF, SRF and NET.

Question 02. What is the minimum mark required to be eligible for CET?

Answer: No minimum mark is required. But, at least student should have cleared all the subjects.


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