Practical exams for agri quota finalised

The format of practical examination for admissions under agriculturist quota for the following academic year has been finalised in a recent meet of all the agricultural universities in the State.

The farm varsities have decided to conduct the practical exams based on the crops of the local region.

The varisities had to take a revised look at the practical exam format as, from this year onwards, the admissions to all agriculture and related courses will be made through the State Common Entrance Test.

The agriculturist quota admissions are meant for agriculturists or children of agriculturists, manual labour or children of manual labour in agricultural activities with main source of income from agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries or manual labour in agricultural activities.

As part of this entrance exam, students are required to appear for a practical exam where their farm skills will be tested. All these years, each university was conducting its individual entrance exam. In recent meet, varsities have designed the exam in tune with the common entrance test, while retaining the region-specific aspects, as majority of farm skills are unique to the geography of a region.

According to University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore Vice-Chancellor K Narayana Gowda, candidates will be asked to identify 50 samples during the practical exam, with four marks each for a correct answer. They will be given 30 seconds per sample for identification. Crops grown in the respective regions will be given importance for the benefit of students.

The practical exam will test the students’ knowledge in agriculture and related subjects. The subject-wise detailed break up has been decided as follows: Agriculture (20 samples), Horticulture (15 samples), Animal Science including Fisheries (15 samples). Total time allotted per student for the exam will be 25 minutes. The practical test will be held for 200 marks in all.

The exam has been scheduled for May 10, 2013 at 9.30 am. Candidates have been asked to report at the respective exam centres at 9.00 am.

The exams are being conducted at the headquarters of farm Universities: UAS Bangalore at GKVK campus, UAS Dharwad at Krishinagar campus, UAHS Shimoga at Naville campus, UHS Bagalkot at Navanagar campus and Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fishery Sciences, Bidar at Nandinagar campus.

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