PAU-CET - 2024

PAU-CET - Punjab Agricultural University Common Entrance Test

Punjab Agricultural University Common Entrance Test. It is an entrance exam conducted by the Punjab Agricultural University for admission to various undergraduate and postgraduate programs offered by the university.

  To apply for PAU-CET-UG, candidates must have completed their 10+2 or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and/or Mathematics as compulsory subjects. The minimum age requirement is 16 years.



General Agriculture

Issues facing modern-day agriculture in Punjab

Principles of crop production

Improved varieties

Cultural practices

Major pests and diseases (and their control) of wheat, rice, cotton, sugarcane, pulses, oilseeds and important vegetables, fruits and ornamentals of Punjab.

Importance, status and scope of fruit industry in Punjab.

Importance and classification of vegetable crops in Punjab

Breeding method of self-pollinated, cross-pollinated and vegetatively propagated crops.

Seed certification. Principles of agroforestry.

Scope of floriculture and landscaping in Punjab.

Functions and deficiency symptoms of micro and macronutrients.

Problematic soils, their characteristics and management.

Improved irrigation practices in field and horticultural crops.

Water resources of Punjab state

Organic manures, inorganic and biofertilizers.

Handling, processing and preservation of foods of plant and animal origin.

Fundamentals of agricultural business and marketing.

Extension education in relation to rural development and precision farming.

World trade in agriculture, commodities, quarantine, SPS measures and IPRs.

Section -2

Agronomy/Agricultural Meteorology

Farming systems, cropping systems, cropping patterns, cropping schemes and crop plans, sustainable agriculture.

Crop weed competition.

Principles and practices of weed management; weed management in important field crops and non-cropped areas

Herbicides – classification, formulation, mode of action and compatibility with other agrochemicals.

Origin, distribution climatic requirements and agronomic practices of important spice, aromatic, medicinal and plantation crops.

Soil-water-plant relationships.

Criteria of scheduling irrigation, irrigation methods, agricultural drainage, water management in important Kharif and Rabi crops.

Role of mulching. Origin, distribution, economic importance, soil, climatic requirements, varieties and agronomic practices of important Kharif and Rabi crops.

Organic farming-introduction, concept, organic production requirements, biological intensive nutrient management, use of biocontrol agents & quality considerations.

Soil fertility, productivity; manures and fertilizers, crop residue management.

Weather, climate and agriculture

Effects of environmental factors on crop growth and development.

Agroecosystem and agro-climatic zones of India.

Structure and composition of earth’s atmosphere, Atmospheric weather variables, Weather forecasting – types and applications, Monsoon – mechanism and importance in agriculture, Weather hazards, Microclimatic modifications, Climate change and its impacts on agriculture.



Body regions and segmentation in insects

General morphology and anatomy of insects. Integument, moulting and metamorphosis

Modifications of mouthparts and other body appendages.

Sense organs


Types of reproduction.

Taxonomic categories

Binomial nomenclature

Classification of insects into orders, sub-orders and families of economic importance.

Biotic potential.

Resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses.

Population dynamics

Pest surveillance and forecasting.

Concept of the economic threshold.

Integrated Pest Management, tools of IPM - physical, mechanical, cultural, biological (parasites and predators, microbial agents), host plant resistance, botanical, chemical, biorational and biotechnological. Integration of different IPM tactics.

Distribution, host range, nature & extent of damage, life histories and control of insect pests of field, vegetable, plantation and fibre crops, fruit and forest trees, ornamental plants and stored grains.

Beneficial insects.

Pesticides - classification, mode of action and toxicity, formulations, compatibility, synergism and antidotes.

Pest control equipment.


Extension Education

Objectives, principles and philosophy of extension education.

Models, barriers and feedback in communication.

Communication skills for effective transfer of technology

Audio-visual aids - selection, preparation, use and evaluation.

Role of information and communication technology in agriculture and rural development

Diffusion and adoption processes

Models of the adoption process

Factors influencing the adoption process

Extension teaching methods and factors influencing their selection and use.

Programme planning - principles and procedures.

Monitoring and evaluation of extension programmes

s.Rural development- past strategies and current approaches.

Role of community development, voluntary agencies and Panchayati Raj Institutions in rural development.

Scope and importance of journalism in agriculture

Scope and importance of educational psychology.

Teaching-learning process.

Principles of learning and their implications for teaching.

g. Importance and types of inter-personal perception, human interaction and social behavior.

Barriers in human resource development and establishing good human relations.

Need, and scope of cyber extension.

Privatization of extension.

Broad-based extension.

Problem - solving skills.

Defence mechanism.

Group dynamics.

Group behaviour and conflict management.

Decision - making process

Leadership, different methods of identifications of leaders and their training.

Importance of rural sociology in agricultural extension.

Social groups.

Social stratification.

Social organization.

Social control, Social change and their factors.


Food Technology

Major nutritional deficiency diseases.

Food groups and concepts of balanced diet

Food adulteration.

Food laws and food safety

Post-harvest technology of perishable and semi-perishable agricultural and animal produce.

Processing techniques and preservation of cereals, oil seeds, milk, fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry.

Status of food industry in India.

Preparation of jams, jellys, vinegar, ketchup, pickles and chutneys.

Role of pectin in gel formation

Disposal of waste from fruit and vegetable processing plants

Filled and fermented milk.

Preparation of cheese, ice- cream, condensed and evaporated milk, whole- and skim-milk powder.

Milk plant sanitation.

Utilization of milk by- products

Structure of different grains - wheat, rice, barley, oat, corn and millets.

Flour and its use in bakery products.

Milling and parboiling of paddy

Rice bran oil.

Preparation of extruded products

Structure, composition, nutritive value and functional properties of egg.

Preparation of egg products

Slaughter and dressing of poultry and other meat animals

Meat tenderization.

Preservation and utilization of meat and poultry processing plant by-products.

Restructured meat and poultry products

Food quality and safety management system.

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PAU CET 2024 Exam

July 2024

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