CII – iPATE Exam Syllabus for Agriculture Engineering

CII – iPATE 2020 Exam Syllabus for Agriculture Engineering – The latest complete syllabus with exam pattern for Agriculture Engineering

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CII – iPATE 2020 Exam Syllabus for Agriculture Engineering

iPATE Agriculture Engineering syllabus is divided into 3 sections

Complete section-wise list of the syllabus for iPATE exam is provided below

Section – I: Cognitive Abilities

Common for all Disciplines – [ 20 Questions, 20 Marks ]

1. Quantitative Aptitude

Allegation or Mixture, Areas and Mensuration, Average, Boats and Streams, Calendar, Chain Rule, Co-ordinate Geometry, Compound Interest, Cryptarithmetic Problems, Height and Distance, LCM and HCF, Number System, Partnership, Percentage, Pipes and Cisterns, Problems on Ages, Problems on Trains, Profit and Loss, Progression, Ratio, and Proportion, Simple Interest, Simplification, Square Roots and Cube Roots, System of Equations, Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance, Train, Volume and Surface Area.

2. Analytical Reasoning

Analogies, Arguments, Artificial Language, Binary Logic, Blood Relations, Calendars, Cause & Effect, Course of Action, Classification, Clocks, Cubes, Data Sufficiency, Letter Series, Letter Symbol, Logics, Logical Deduction, Logical Connectives, Logical Game, Logical Problems, Logical Sequence and Matching, Number Series, Seating Arrangement, Syllogism, Verification of Truth.

3. Data Interpretation

Bar Graph, Caselet Form, Combined Data Set, Graph, Line Chart, Missing Data Interpretation, Pie Chart, Radar/Web, Tabular Form.

4. English Communication

Change of Voice, Comprehension, Grammar, Idioms & Phrases, Paragraph Formation, Sentence Correction, Sentence Formation, Sentence Ordering, Spotting Errors, Synonym – Antonym, Vocabulary, Words Ordering.


Section – II: Professional Abilities

Common for all Disciplines – [ 20 Questions, 20 Marks ]

1. Project Management

Concept: The Project Plan, Scope, SOW (Statement of Work), Work Definition, Procurement Management.

Tools: WBS (Work Breakdown Structure), Gantt Charts, Activity Charts, Network Diagrams, PERT & CPM, Crashing & Resource Planning.

Planning and Scheduling Charts and Graphs: Milestone, Run Chart, Control Chart, Fishbone Diagram.

2. Health, Safety & Risk Management

Concepts of Occupational Health Hazard and Risks; Principles and Methods of Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment; Human Behavioural Aspects of Risk Management; Safety Provisions as per the Factory Act 1948.

3. Environmental Laws

Ministry of Environment and Forests: Key Functions; Central Pollution Control Board: Key Functions; Environmental Management System (ISO:14001-1996): General Requirements; Environmental Impact Assessment, Kyoto Protocol.

4. Social Responsibility & Ethics

Ethics: Code of Professional Behaviour and Accountability. SA8000 (ILO); Code of Ethics for Professional Engineers – ASME, IEEE, IE(I) etc;

Equal Opportunities, Gender Issues, Professional Obligation of Engineers; Sex and Gender; Family;

Women and Work: Women’s Participation in Development; Concepts of Sexual Harassment; Personal Laws – An Overview (Property Rights / Family 

5. Finance & Accounts

Cost Analysis: Process / Product Marginal Cost – Break-even Costing, Variance Analysis, Make or Buy Decision.

Financial Discipline: Preparation of Different Budgets, Maintaining of Sectional Accounts, Cash Flow Control and Analysis, Working Capital Management, Analysis of Expenditure, Balance Sheet – Basics, Return on Investments.

6. Legal, Contracts & Arbitration

Contracts: Various forms of Contracts — Government, FIDIC, ICE; Legal Basis of Contract – Indian Contract Act and Law of Torts; Provisions regarding Employer, Engineer and Contractor / Supplier – Duties and Responsibilities; General Areas of Dispute; Types of Contract.

Disputes and Arbitration: Contract Provisions – Mutual discussions and amicable settlement as a first step; Dispute Resolution Expert / Board; Arbitration – Location of Arbitration, Single Arbitrator, Two with umpire — Departmental or Independent as provided in the Contract, Speaking Awards.


Section – III (A): Technical Abilities

Common for all Disciplines – [ 10 Questions, 10 Marks ]

1. Physics

Units and Measurements; Kinematics; Laws of Motion; Work, Energy and Power; Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body; Gravitation; Properties of Bulk Matter; Thermodynamics; Kinetic Theory of Gases. Electrostatics; Current Electricity; Magnetic Effect of Current & Magnetism; Electromagnetic Induction & Alternating Current; Electromagnetic Waves; Optics; Dual Nature of Matter; Atoms & Nuclei; Electronic Devices; Communication Systems.

2. Chemistry

Structure of Atom; Classification of Elements & Periodicity in Properties; Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure; Gases and Liquids; Thermodynamics; Equilibrium; Organic Chemistry; Hydrocarbons. Solid State; Solutions; Electrochemistry; Chemical Kinetics; Surface Chemistry; Isolation of Elements; Coordination Compounds; Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers; Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids; Biomolecules; Polymers.


Section – III (B): Technical Abilities

Agriculture Engineering – [ 50 Questions, 50 Marks ]

Farm Machinery
Machine Design: Design and selection of machine elements – gears, pulleys, chains and sprockets and belts; overload safety devices used in farm machinery; measurement of force, torque, speed, displacement and acceleration on machine elements.Farm Machinery: Soil tillage; forces acting on a tillage tool; hitch systems and hitching of tillage implements; functional requirements, principles of working, construction and operation of manual, animal and power operated equipment for tillage, sowing, planting, fertilizer application, inter-cultivation, spraying, mowing, chaff cutting, harvesting, threshing and transport; testing of agricultural machinery and equipment; calculation of performance parameters – field capacity, efficiency, application rate and losses; cost analysis of implements and tractors.
Farm Power
Sources of Power: Sources of power on the farm – human, animal, mechanical, electrical, wind, solar and biomass; bio-fuels.Farm Power: Thermodynamic principles of I.C. engines; I.C. engine cycles; engine components; fuels and combustion; lubricants and their properties; I.C. engine systems – fuel, cooling, lubrication, ignition, electrical, intake and exhaust; selection, operation, maintenance and repair of I.C. engines; power efficiencies and measurement; calculation of power, torque, fuel consumption, heat load and power losses.Tractors and Powertillers: Type, selection, maintenance and repair of tractors and powertillers; tractor clutches and brakes; power transmission systems – gear trains, differential, final drives and power take-off; mechanics of tractor chassis; traction theory; three point hitches- free link and restrained link operations; mechanical steering and hydraulic control systems used in tractors; tractor tests and performance.Human engineering and safety in design of tractor and agricultural implements.
Soil and Water Conservation Engineering
Fluid Mechanics: Ideal and real fluids, properties of fluids; hydrostatic pressure and its measurement; hydrostatic forces on plane and curved surface; continuity equation; Bernoulli’s theorem; laminar and turbulent flow in pipes, Darcy- Weisbach and Hazen-Williams equations, Moody’s diagram; flow through orifices and notches; flow in open channels.Soil Mechanics: Engineering properties of soils; fundamental definitions and relationships; index properties of soils; permeability and seepage analysis; shear strength, Mohr’s circle of stress, active and passive earth pressures; stability of slopes.Hydrology: Hydrological cycle and components; meteorological parameters, their measurement and analysis of precipitation data; runoff estimation; hydrograph analysis, unit hydrograph theory and application; stream flow measurement; flood routing, hydrological reservoir and channel routing.Surveying and Leveling: Measurement of distance and area; instruments for surveying and leveling; chain surveying, methods of traversing; measurement of angles and bearings, plane table surveying; types of leveling; the dolomite traversing; contouring; computation of areas and volume.Soil and Water Erosion: Mechanics of soil erosion, soil erosion types, wind and water erosion, factors affecting erosion; soil loss estimation; biological and engineering measures to control erosion; terraces and bunds; vegetative waterways; gully control structures, drop, drop inlet and chute spillways; earthen dams.Watershed Management: Watershed characterization; land use capability classification; rain water harvesting structures, check dams and farm ponds.
Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
Soil-Water-Plant Relationship: Water requirement of crops; consumptive use and evapotranspiration; measurement of infiltration, soil moisture and irrigation water infiltration.Irrigation Water Conveyance and Application Methods: Design of irrigation channels and underground pipelines; irrigation scheduling; surface, sprinkler and micro irrigation methods, design and evaluation of irrigation methods; irrigation efficiencies.Agricultural Drainage: Drainage coefficient; planning, design and layout of surface and sub-surface drainage systems; leaching requirement and salinity control; irrigation and drainage water quality and reuse.Groundwater Hydrology: Groundwater occurrence; Darcy’s Law, steady flow in confined and unconfined aquifers, evaluation of aquifer properties; groundwater recharge.Wells and Pumps: Types of wells, steady flow through wells; classification of pumps; pump characteristics; pump selection and installation.
Agricultural Processing Engineering
Drying: Psychrometry – properties of air-vapors mixture; concentration and drying of liquid foods –evaporators, tray, drum and spray dryers; hydrothermal treatment; drying and milling of cereals, pulses and oilseeds.Size Reduction and Conveying: Mechanics and energy requirement in size reduction of granular solids; particle size analysis for comminuted solids; size separation by screening; fluidization of granular solids-pneumatic, bucket, screw and belt conveying; cleaning and grading; effectiveness of grain cleaners; centrifugal separation of solids, liquids and gases.Processing and By-product Utilization: Processing of seeds, spices, fruits and vegetables; By-product utilization from processing industries.Storage Systems: Controlled and modified atmosphere storage; perishable food storage, godowns, bins and grain silos.
Dairy and Food Engineering
Heat and Mass Transfer: Steady state heat transfer in conduction, convection and radiation; transient heat transfer in simple geometry; working principles of heat exchangers; diffusive and convective mass transfer; simultaneous heat and mass transfer in agricultural processing operations; material and energy balances in food processing systems; water activity, sorption and desorption isotherms.Preservation of Food: Kinetics of microbial death – pasteurization and sterilization of milk and other liquid foods; preservation of food by cooling and freezing; refrigeration and cold storage basics and applications.
Drawings & Diagrams