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MCAER PG CET 2019 Exam Pattern

Updated On - November 13th 2018

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 2019 will be conducted from March 23, 24, & 25, 2018 in offline mode at 14 centers only in Maharashtra.

  • MCAER PG CET Syllabus of the examination comprises of topics from the syllabus of UG in agriculture like Horticulture, Agricultural Extension, Animal Science & Dairy Science, etc.
  • 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 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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 2018Arihant 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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