UPSC Agriculture Optional Syllabus: Download Latest Syllabus PDF

By Shubhra Anand Jain|Updated : December 5th, 2022

UPSC Agriculture Optional Syllabus covers the topics that would help the candidates to understand the basic concepts of Ecology, Agronomy, Weed Science, Cell Biology and many more. If the candidate is from Agriculture backgrounds would realize UPSC Agriculture syllabus accurately the topics would be simpler to cover. 

The candidate should know the complete structure of UPSC Agriculture Optional syllabus would help the candidates to score well in exams. Let’s have a look at the UPSC Agriculture Syllabus given below. 

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UPSC Agriculture Syllabus Overview

The candidate should have an idea of papers in the UPSC Agriculture Optional Syllabus exam. We have two sets of papers that are Paper 1 and Paper 2 in UPSC Mains. Paper 1 and Paper 2 are of 250 marks and total marks is 500.  

UPSC Syllabus for Agriculture OptionalTopics
UPSC Agriculture Syllabus Paper 1
  1. Ecology 
  2. Agronomy
  3. Weed science
  4. Forestry
  5. Soil science and nutrient management
  6. Soil and water conservation
  7. Agricultural economics
  8. Agricultural extension
UPSC Agriculture Syllabus Paper 2
  1. Cell biology
  2. Plant breeding
  3. Seed production and technology
  4. Plant physiology
  5. Horticulture and landscape gardening
  6. Plant protection techniques
  7. Food production and nutrition management

Download UPSC Agriculture Syllabus PDF

One can easily download the UPSC Agriculture Syllabus in both Hindi and English by just clicking on the link below. Besides all this, you should know about main syllabus in a complete manner. 

UPSC Agriculture Syllabus for Paper 1

The syllabus of UPSC Agriculture is very fast and it has 6 topics in paper 1 which are further split into subtopics. 

upsc agriculture optional syllabus

upsc agriculture optional syllabus

UPSC Agriculture Syllabus for Paper 2

There are 6 topics total in the Paper 2 of the UPSC Agriculture Optional Syllabus which are further divided into subtopics.

upsc agriculture optional syllabus

upsc agriculture optional syllabus

UPSC Agriculture Optional Syllabus - Preparation Tips

Follow the below given preparation tips for covering the entire syllabus of UPSC Agriculture Optional.

  •  Must understand the syllabus very well

 It is mandatory to understand and analyze your entire syllabus of UPSC Agriculture. If you want to excel in your exam, you must be thorough with your syllabus.

  •  Select the good books for the exam preparation

The candidate must choose the best books for their exam preparation. The good books for the exam preparation are Fundamentals Of Agricultural Extension Education, Genetics, Agronomy, Introduction To Horticulture, Plant Breeding and many more. 

  • Design a study plan for the exam

The study plan plays an important role in exam preparation. Every candidate must make a study plan for themselves so that they can score good marks in their exams. You should make a strategy plan for monthly, weekly, daily and follow it rigorously. 

  •  Separate the important topics from the syllabus

Always keep the important topics aside and make small notes on them; and revise them regularly. You can solve question papers to find out the weightage of various topics.

  • Ready to solve previous years papers

 After completing your entire syllabus, you should go for solving the previous year's questions by which you will get to know your weak and strong parts and then you can prepare accordingly. 

Booklist for UPSC Agriculture Optional Syllabus 

 Some of the books by which you can prepare for the UPSC Agriculture Optional Syllabus are given below.  

Important Books 

Publisher Name 

Fundamentals Of Agricultural Extension Education

U Barman

A TextBook of Agricultural Statistics

R. Rangaswamy


Yellamanda Reddy


Vasantha Raj & David



Handbook Of Agriculture


Introduction To Horticulture 



Pandey & Singha

Plant Breeding

B.D. Singh


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UPSC Agriculture Optional Syllabus FAQs

  •  The topics which are included in the Agriculture Syllabus of UPSC are as follows: Ecology, Agronomy, Weed Science, Cell Biology, Plant Breeding, Plant protection techniques and many more. 

  • Yes, the candidate can freely finish the UPSC Syllabus for Agriculture along with your graduation. If you are preparing for both the exams, you need to complete the important steps such as make key notes, prepare a study schedule, and analyze the complete syllabus properly to score well in the exam. Put extra time and effort if you are preparing for both the exams.

  • In the environment and geography section of UPSC prelims syllabus, basics of topics like Ecology, soil , agriculture pattern and practices are asked.

  • Several topics in agriculture have direct overlap with the GS papers, particularly in Geography and Economy. In this way, one can easily prepare for the UPSC mains syllabus as many subjects are overlap between agriculture syllabus and GS mains syllabus.

  • Botany is a core science subject and UPSC offers botany as an optional subject too. However, Paper 2 of UPSC agriculture optional syllabus is very similar to botany syllabus for UPSC. You must analyze both the subjects to choose one. If prepared efficiently, agriculture syllabus can be covered easily.

  • To prepare for the UPSC Exam, you need to make a study plan. You need to finish your entire syllabus and keep the important topics which require extra time and effort. If you are properly prepared, you can simply complete the UPSC Agriculture Syllabus in 6 months. 

  • You can simply download the UPSC Agriculture Syllabus from the official website of the UPSC. Candidates are provided the link to download the syllabus of UPSC Agriculture. 


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