MCAER PG CET 2020 Exam Pattern, Syllabus and Marking Scheme

    Neha Rani Neha Rani
    Exams Prep Master

    MCAER PG CET is a state-level entrance exam conducted every year by Maharashtra Council of Agriculture Education & Research. The exam is for candidates seeking post-graduation degree in various fields of agriculture. It is 120 minutes long test with multiple type questions.

    • MCAER PG CET 2020 will be conducted from the second week of March in offline mode at 14 centres only in Maharashtra.
    • The syllabus of the examination comprises of topics from the syllabus of UG in agriculture like Horticulture, Agricultural Extension, Animal Science & Dairy Science, etc. Check MCAER PG CET Syllabus
    • This test carries 70% weightage in the selection process. Rest 30% weightage is given to candidates score in under graduation.
    • Interested candidates can apply for the exam online on the official website

    MCAER PG CET 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights

    Conducting BodyMaharashtra Council of Agriculture Education and Research,
    Exam LevelState Level
    Mode of examinationOffline (Pen and paper based)
    Medium of ExamEnglish
    Number of Sections1
    Type of QuestionsMultiple choice
    Number of Questions200
    Marks allotted to each Question1 mark
    Exam Duration120 minutes
    Negative MarkingNone

    MCAER PG CET 2020 Exam Pattern

    The state level exam is conducted in offline mode. Candidates have to mark their answers in the OMR sheet provided to them during the exam. Details related to exam pattern are listed below-

    • The question paper consists of 200 questions from various topics of agriculture covered in the bachelor’s course.
    • Each question is of 1 mark. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.
    • The questions are not divided into any sections. There is also no set number of questions from a topic.
    • 1 mark will be given to candidates for every accurate answer.
    • The duration of the entrance examination is 120 minutes.

    MCAER PG CET Marking Scheme

    There is no negative marking for incorrectly answered questions. This gives test takers an edge to take guesses and they can attempt the entire paper, if they want. For each correct answer, candidates will be awarded 1 mark. Scoring well in this test is important as it holds a weightage of 70% in the selection process of candidates.

    MCAER PG 2020 Exam Syllabus

    The test paper is prepared from the syllabus of the entire course of bachelor’s course in agriculture. Following are the topics from which questions can be expected in the exam:

    Syllabus in Agriculture Stream



    Soil Science

    Plant pathology


    Agricultural Extension

    Agricultural Economics

    Animal Science & Dairy Science

    Agricultural Entomology

    Agricultural Engineering

    Division of fruit science

    Division of vegetable science

    Division of floriculture and landscaping

    Division of post-harvest technology

    Division of plant protection

    Division of natural resource management

    Division of basic science and humanities

    Syllabus of B.Sc Forestry

    Agricultural Sciences-

    Agricultural botany

    Agricultural economics

    Soil science


    Extension education

    Agricultural engineering


    Animal & dairy science

    Agricultural statistics

    Agricultural meteorology

    Forest Biology and Tree Improvement


    Forest Ecology

    Biodiversity & conservation

    Tree physiology

    Principles of tree improvement

    Tree seed technology

    Wild life management

    Fundamentals of wild life

    Forest pathology

    Forest entomology


    Silviculture and Agroforestry

    Principles and practices of silviculture

    Nursery management

    Forest mensuration

    Silviculture of Indian trees

    Silvicultural systems

    World forestry systems

    Plantation forestry & wasteland development

    Environmental science.

    Forest product utilization

    Wood anatomy, e


    Logging & ergonomics

    Wood products & utilization

    Wood science & technology

    Medicinal & aromatic plants

    Utilization of non-timber forest products.

    • Natural Resource Management

    Forest engineering & survey

    Chemistry & fertility of forest soils

    Soil survey & remote sensing

    Forest tribology & anthropology

    Rangeland management

    Forest management, policy & legislation

    Forest business management

    Syllabus of B.Scin Agr Bio-Tech

    Plant biotechnology

    Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

    Post-harvest & food biotechnology

    Animal biotechnology

    Crop Science

    Syllabus of B.Techin Agriculture Engineering

    Basic Science and Computer Technology

    Agricultural Science

    Farm Machinery & Power

    Soil & Water conservation engineering

    Irrigation & Drainage engineering

    Agricultural process engineering

    Farm structure

    Electrical & other energy sources

    Syllabus of B.Tech in Food Science

    Food science & Technology

    Food chemistry & nutrition

    Food & industrial microbiology

    Food engineering

    Food trade & business management

    MCAER PG CET 2020 Recommended Books 

    Candidates apart from studying the bachelor’s syllabus can refer to the following books to prepare better for the test.

    Books NameAuthor Name
    B.Sc Agriculture Entrance Exam 2020Arihant Expert
    Indira’s Objective Agricultural Biotechnology – MCQs for competitive examinationsArya R.L.
    Agriculture at a Glance – An enhanced competition explorerR.K. Sharma
    Guide for Agricultural Competitive ExaminationsR.K Sharma, R.S Maitry. N.Pandey and A.P. Singh

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College




    Allhad Mahendra Nagdive

    There show that Agricultural biotechnology but this is changed to biotechnology so we have to study that same book and syllabus

    16 Jul, 2018 11:19
    Garima Bansal

    Hi Allhad, You may check the official website To get information regarding subject for the exam

    16 Jul, 2018 16:38
    Gaurav Wagh

    which book should i prefered for this exam?

    12 Mar, 2018 00:20
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Gaurav, please check the table which is given below:

    Books Name

    Author Name

    B.Sc. Agriculture Entrance Exam 2018

    Arihant Expert


    Indira’s Objective Agricultural Biotechnology – MCQs for competitive examinations

    Arya R.L.

    Agriculture at a Glance – An enhanced competition explorer

    R.K. Sharma

    Guide for Agricultural Competitive Examinations

    R.K Sharma, R.S Maître. N. Pandey and A.P. Singh

    13 Mar, 2018 17:58

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