Exaam Strategy for Agriculture
Generally Paper I aims on the farm practices and fundamental foundation of agriculture. The topics should be prepared in desirable length. Expression should be simple, application oriented and should involve flowcharts as and when it is needed. The Farm practices must correspond to the Indian situation. Students must ensure that they should focus on sustainability and economic dimensions of any method. Some examples must correspond to recently debated issues in various different areas. Agricultural marketing, pricing etc must have new and updated information avail from the Indian Government and reports like economic survey and ministry of agriculture's annual report.
Those Students who have opted for agriculture with botany need not to prepare cell biology, genetics, biotechnology, plant breed, plant biochemistry and physiology separately. These topics are already being included in botany. There should be more focus on the agricultural application as well. Ideal books would be Plant Breeding by B. D. Singh and Plant Physiology by Jain. Horticulture, Plant Pathology as well as Food Production need to be covered separately. Students must focus on the India-specific examples and commercial side, while writing about agriculture and any plant disease. For example, mention the loss in many terms due to a specific crop disease. Overlapped with the GS will be in fields like ecology and environment, food security, crop productivity, agricultural economics and sustainable agriculture.