HPSC Mains Optional Paper 2009: Agriculture Frontier IAS
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HPSC Mains Optional Paper 2009: Agriculture Frontier IAS

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HPSC Mains Optional Paper 2009

HCS Mains-2009 Optional Agriculture Paper

Time: 3hrs                                                                                                                   Maximum Marks: 150

Note: Attempt five questions in all. All questions carry equal marks i.e 30, Q no. 1 is compulsory. Answer two questions from Part I and two questions from Part II. The parts of the same

the question must be answered together and must not be interposed between answers to other questions.

1.Write critical notes on any four of the following: (4X7 1/2=30)

(a) Storage pests of wheat

(b) Biofertilizers

(c) Integrate pest management

((1) Lab to land programme

(e) Dormancy

(1) Male sterility


2. (a)Describe the concept of multiple cropping and its role in food production. (10)

(b)What can be the impact of W T O on Indian agriculture? (10)

(c) Name important weeds of Wheat and rice crops along with their control measures. (10)

3. (a) What are the problems of dryland agriculture? (10)

(b) Explain different approaches to reduce the run of losses of irrigation water. (10)

(c) Discuss different strategies to minimize the adverse effects of waterlogging on crop production. (10)

4. (a) Briefly explain different types of soils in India. (10)

(b) Describe the approaches for the reclamation of alkali soils (10)

(c) Discuss the impact of advances in information technology in agriculture. (10)


5. (a)Describe the ultrastructure of a eukaryotic chromosome. (10)

(b) Discuss the role of transgenic crops in Indian agriculture. (10)

(c)How induced polyploidy can be utilized in crop improvement (10) 

6. (a) Explain different classes of speed. (10)

(b)Discuss the role of plant growth regulators in tissue culture. (10)

(c) Explain different approaches for the control of storage pests of gram and wheat. (10)

7. (a) Discuss the problems of vegetable growers in India (10)

(b) What are the problems in post-harvest handling and marketing. (10)

(c) Discuss the role of fruits in human nutrition. (10)