PSC Manager Kerala Forest Development Corporation Limited Detailed Syllabus – 2018

Last Updated On: 30/04/2018

Here is the detailed syllabus for the PSC Manager Kerala Forest Development Corporation Limited NCA examination 2018.



PSC Manager Kerala Forest Development Corporation Limited (NCA) Detailed Syllabus – 2018

Module I

History of forests in India – National Forest Policy 1894, 1952 and 1988; Indian Forest Act, 1927; Forest Conservation Act, 1980 and Wildlife Protection Act, 1972; Forests-extent, basis for classification and distribution in India; Trees Outside Forests-Geographical distribution and salient features of major world
forest types; Phytogeographical regions and vegetation of India; Role of forests in national economy – productive, protective and ameliorative, tribal and rural livelihoods; Forest types of India: distribution and types; Succession, climax and retrogression.

Module II

Concept and definition of agroforestry, social forestry, community forestry and farm forestry; Benefits and constraints of agroforestry; Historical development of agroforestry. Classification of agroforestry systems: structural, functional, socio-economic and ecological; Diagnosis and design of agroforestry system; Land capability classification and land use; Criteria of an ideal agroforestry design, productivity, sustainability and adoptability; Multipurpose tree species and their characteristics suitable for agroforestry. Choice of species and management; Pruning, lopping. Pollarding; Financial analysis and economic evaluation of agroforestry systems: cost benefit analysis and land equivalent ratio; Agroforestry practices and systems in different agro-ecological zones of India.

Module III

Wood quality-wood seasoning and wood preservation: forest based industries – Plant-based cottage industries-bamboo; Plywood and pulp industries, non-wood forest products such as gums, resins & tannins, medicinal plants, essential oils, edible fruits, spices, bamboo and canes;

Module IV

Forest mensuration – definition, object and scope; Measurement of diameter, girth, height, stem form, bark thickness, crown width and crown length;
Measurement methods and their principles. Measurement and computation of volume of logs and felled/standing trees; Construction and application of volume tables; Biomass measurement; Growth and increment; Measurement of crops; Forest inventory: kinds of enumeration, sampling methods, sample plots and photo interpretation; Geographic information systems and remote sensing – concept and scope.

Module V

Definition, object and scope of silviculture; Site factors – climate, edaphic, physiographic, biotic and their influence on forest vegetation; Forest regeneration: natural and artificial; Silviculture systems-high forest and coppice systems; Clear felling – shelterwood – selection systems – Silviculture of important tree species – Tectona grandis, Dalbergia lattifolia, Sweitenia macrophylla, Alianthus triphysa, Gmelina areborea, Eucalyptus sps, Acacia auriculiformis, Acacia mangium, Bamboo sps, Santalum, Artocarpus
heterophyllus, Artocarpus hirsutus, Azadirachta indica, Shorea robusta, Casuarina equisetifolia, Tropical Pines, Pterocarpus, Anogeissus, Quercus and Albizia.

Module VI

Seed collection, processing storage, viability and pre-treatment; Seed dormancy and methods for breaking dormancy; Seed testing and germination tests; Seed certification and ISTA Rules; Forest nursery – need, selection and preparation of site, layout and design of nursery beds; Types of containers; Root trainers; Growing media and sowing methods; Management of nurseryshading,watering, manuring, fertilizer application, weed control, insect pest and diseases control; Planting techniques: site selection, evaluation and protection; Soil working techniques for various edaphic and climatic conditions; Planting
patterns; Plant spacing, manure and fertilizer application, irrigation/moisture conservation techniques; Choice of species. Afforestation on difficult sites: saline-alkaline soils, coastal sands, lateritic soils, wetlands, ravines and sand dunes, dry and rocky areas, cold desert; Tending operations – weeding,
cleaning, climber cutting, thinning – mechanical, ordinary, crown and selection thinning, improvement felling, pruning and girdling: Forest fires: causes, types, impacts and control measures; Major forest pests and weeds.

Module VII

Forest management: definition and scope; Concept of sustained yield and normal forest; Rotation; Estimation of growing stock; density and site quality; Management of even aged and uneven aged forest; Regulation of yield in regular and irregular forests by area, volume, increment and number of trees; Working plan; National Forest Code – 2014; Joint forest management; Conservation and management of natural resources including wildlife; Protected area Management plan – National parks, sanctuaries, Ramsar sites – Forest evaluation; Internal rate of return, net present value and cost benefit analysis. Forestry and climate change mitigation – Csequestration and Carbon forests – International organizations – UNFCCC, IPCC;CC mitigation strategies such as CDM, LULUCF, REDD+.

Module VIII

Tree improvement: nature and extent of variations in natural population; Natural selection; Concept of seed source/provenance; Selection of superior trees; Seed production areas, exotic trees, land races; Collection, evaluation and maintenance of germplasm; Provenance testing. Genetic gains; Tree breeding: general principles, mode of pollination and floral structure; Basics of forest genetics – inheritance, Hardyweinburg Law, genetic drift; Aims and methods of tree breeding. Seed orchard: types, establishment, planning and management. Progeny test and designs; Clonal forestry – merits and demerits; Techniques of vegetative propagation, tissue culture, mist chamber; Role of growth substances in vegetative propagation.

General Knowledge, Current Affairs & Renaissance in Kerala

Salient Features of Indian Constitution

  • Salient features of the Constitution – Preamble- Its significance and its place in the interpretation of the Constitution.
  • Fundamental Rights – Directive Principles of State Policy – Relation between Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles – Fundamental Duties.
  • Executive – Legislature – Judiciary – Both at Union and State Level. – Other Constitutional Authorities.
  • Centre-State Relations – Legislative – Administrative and Financial.
  • Services under the Union and the States.
  • Emergency Provisions.
  • Amendment Provisions of the Constitution.

Social Welfare Legislations and Programmes

Social Service Legislations like Right to Information Act, Prevention of atrocities against
Women & Children, Food Security Act, Environmental Acts etc. and Social Welfare
Programmes like Employment Guarantee Programme, Organ and Blood Donation etc.


Towards A New Society
Introduction to English education – various missionary organisations and their functioning founding of educational institutions, factories.printing press etc.

Efforts To Reform The Society

(A) Socio-Religious reform Movements
SNDP Yogam, Nair Service Society, Yogakshema Sabha, Sadhu Jana Paripalana Sangham, Vaala Samudaya Parishkarani Sabha, Samathwa Samajam, Islam Dharma Paripalana Sangham, Prathyaksha Raksha Daiva Sabha, Sahodara Prasthanam etc.

(B) Struggles and Social Revolts
Upper cloth revolts.Channar agitation, Vaikom Sathyagraha, Guruvayoor Sathyagraha, Paliyam Sathyagraha. Kuttamkulam Sathyagraha, Temple Entry Proclamation, Temple Entry Act .Malyalee Memorial, Ezhava Memorial etc.
Malabar riots, Civil Disobedience Movement, Abstention movement etc.

Role Of Press In Renaissance
Malayalee, Swadeshabhimani, Vivekodayam, Mithavadi, Swaraj, Malayala Manorama, Bhashaposhini, Mathnubhoomi, Kerala Kaumudi, Samadarsi, Kesari, AI-Ameen, Prabhatham, Yukthivadi, etc

Awakening Through Literature
Novel, Drama, Poetry, Purogamana Sahithya Prasthanam, Nataka Prashtanam, Library movement etc

Women And Social Change
Parvathi Nenmenimangalam, Arya Pallam, A V Kuttimalu Amma, Lalitha Prabhu. Akkamma Cheriyan, Anna Chandi, Lalithambika Antharjanam and others

Leaders Of Renaissance
Thycaud Ayya Vaikundar, Sree Narayana Guru, Ayyan Kali.Chattampi Swamikal, Brahmananda Sivayogi, Vagbhadananda, Poikayil Yohannan(Kumara Guru) Dr Palpu, Palakkunnath Abraham Malpan, Mampuram Thangal, Sahodaran Ayyappan, Pandit K P Karuppan, Pampadi John Joseph, Mannathu Padmanabhan, V T Bhattathirippad, Vakkom Abdul Khadar Maulavi, Makthi Thangal, Blessed Elias Kuriakose Chaavra, Barrister G P Pillai, TK Madhavan, Moorkoth Kumaran, C.Krishnan, K P Kesava Menon, Dr.Ayyathan Gopalan, C V Kunjuraman, Kuroor Neelakantan Namboothiripad, Velukkutty Arayan, K P Vellon, P K Chathan Master, K Kelappan, P. Krishna Pillai, A K Gopalan, T R Krishnaswami Iyer, C Kesavan. Swami Ananda Theerthan , M C Joseph, Kuttippuzha Krishnapillai and others

Literary Figures
Kodungallur Kunhikkuttan Thampuran, KeralaVarma Valiyakoyi Thampuran, Kandathil Varghese Mappila. Kumaran Asan, Vallathol Narayana Menon, Ulloor S Parameswara Iyer, G Sankara Kurup, Changampuzha Krishna Pillai, Chandu Menon, Vaikom Muhammad Basheer. Kesav Dev, Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, Ponkunnam Varky, S K Pottakkad and others.


General Knowledge and Current Affairs

Note that, apart from the topics detailed above, questions from other topics prescribed for the educational qualification of the post may also appear in the question paper.
Also, there is no undertaking that all the topics above may be covered in the question paper.

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