State Government Jobs- Tamilnadu- TNPSC Agricultural Officer & Horticultural Officer Recruitment 2023– TNPSC invites Online applications for recruitment of 93 Agricultural Officer (Extension), Assistant Director of Agriculture (Extension) & Horticultural Officer Posts. Apply before 10 February 2023.

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Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission

Name of the Post & No of Vacancies:

TNPSC Invites Applications for the Following Posts

SI No Name of the Post and Post Code No. Name of the Service and Service Code No. Number of vacancies
1. Agricultural Officer (Extension) (Post Code No. 1678) Tamil Nadu Agricultural Extension Service (Service Code No. 015) 33 + 4 c/f vacancies
2. Assistant Director of Agriculture (Extension) (Post Code No. 3202) 8
3. Horticultural Officer (Post Code No.3001) Tamil Nadu Horticultural Service (Service CodeNo.104) 41 + 7 c/f vacancies
Total 93

Educational Qualification: (As on 12.01.2023)

Applicants should possess the following or its equivalent qualification awarded by any University or Institution recognized by the University Grants Commission:

1. For the post of Agricultural Officer (Extn)

i) A Bachelor degree in Agriculture (B.Sc Agriculture); and,

ii) Must possess adequate knowledge in Tamil.

II. For the post of Assistant Director of Agriculture (Extn) –

A degree of M.Sc., in Agricultural Extension or Agricultural Economics. Provided that other things being equal, preference shall be given to those who possesses the M.Sc., degree in Agricultural Extension.

III. For the post of Horticultural Officer –

Must possess a Degree in B.Sc., Horticulture

Note:  The educational qualification prescribed for the posts should have been obtained by passing the required qualification in the following order of studies: 10th + HSC or its equivalent + Bachelor’s Degree + Post Graduate Degree as required under Section 25 of the Tamil Nadu Government Servants (Conditions of Service) Act, 2016. Results of the examination should have been declared on or before the date of notification.

Age Limit: (As on 01.07.2023)

SI No Posts SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBC/DCs, BC(OBCM)s, BCMs and Destitute Widows of all categories. ‘Others’ [i.e. candidates not belonging to SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BC(OBCM)s and BCMs]
1. Agricultural Officer (Extn) No Maximum Age limit Should not be more than 32 @ years (for persons holding a bachelor degree in Agriculture) Should not be more than 34@ years (for persons holding a post graduate degree in Agriculture such as M.Sc., (Agriculture) or Ph.D.,
2. Horticultural Officer No Maximum Age limit Not exceeding 32@ years in case of holders of degree of B.Sc(Horticulture) and not exceeding 34@ years in the case of holders of degree of M.Sc(Horticulture), M.Sc., (Floriculture and Landscaping), M.Sc(Vegetable Science), M.Sc., (Spices / Plantation and Medicinal and Aromatic Plants) or Ph.D in Horticulture.
3. Assistant Director of Agriculture (Extn) No Maximum Age limit 34 @ years


@ In G.O (Ms).No.91, Human Resources Management (S) Department, dated 13.09.2021, Maximum Age Limit prescribed for appointment by direct recruitment is enhanced by 2 years.

Explanation: No maximum age limit shall mean that the applicants should not have completed 60 years of age either on the date of notification or at the time of selection /appointment to the post.

Note “Others” [i.e., Applicants not belonging to SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BC(OBCM)s, BCMs] who have put in five years and more of service in the State/Central Government are not eligible even if they are within the age limit. (For further details refer to para 3(F) of “Instructions to Applicants”, Section 3(r) of Tamil Nadu Government Servants (Conditions of Service) Act, 2016)

Age Concession:

(i) For Persons with Benchmark Disability: Persons with Benchmark Disability are eligible for age concession upto 10 years over and above the maximum age limit prescribed. (Section 64 of the Tamil Nadu Government Servants (Conditions of Service) Act, 2016)

(ii) For Ex-servicemen (others) :

  1. a) The maximum age limit for Ex-servicemen is 50 years.(Section 63 of the Tamil Nadu Government Servants (Conditions of Service) Act, 2016 and as per G.O (Ms). No.91, Human Resources Management (S) department, dated 13.09.2021)
  2. b) The above mentioned age concession will not apply to the Ex-servicemen applicants who have already been recruited to any class or service or category. (Section 3(j) of the Tamil Nadu Government Servants (Conditions of Service) Act, 2016)

Salary Details:

1. Agricultural Officer (Extension) – Rs.37,700 – 1,38,500 (Level 20) (Revised scale)
2. Assistant Director of Agriculture (Extension) – Rs.56,100 – 2,05,700- (Level 22 ) (Revised scale)
3. Horticultural Officer – Rs.37,700 – 1,38,500 (Level 20) (Revised scale)

Selection Process:

TNPSC may follow the following process to select the candidates.

1. Written Examination (OMR/CBT Method)
2. Oral Test in the shape of an interview

Application Fee/Exam Fee: 

a. Registration Fee:

For One Time Registration (G.O.(Ms).No.32, Personnel and Administrative Reforms (M) Department, dated 01.03.2017).


 Applicants who have already registered in One Time online Registration system and are within the validity period of 5 years are exempted.

b. Examination Fee:


The Examination fee should be paid at the time of submitting the online application for this recruitment if they are not eligible for the concession noted below.

Note: Fee Pay by online through Net Banking / Credit card / Debit card on or before the date of submission of online application by choosing the option in the online application.


(i) Linking Aadhaar number with One Time Registration (OTR) is mandatory for applicants.[ For further details refer para 2B of ‘Instructions to Applicants’.]

(ii) One Time Registration is valid for five years from the date of registration. After completion of five years, the applicant must renew the One Time Registration by paying the fee prescribed. The One Time Registration is different from the application for the examination. An applicant should make an online application separately for each and every examination for which he intends to appear.[Para 2C of ‘Instructions to Applicants’.]

Examination Fee Concessions:

Category Concession
i Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Caste (Arunthathiyars) Full Exemption
ii Scheduled Tribes Full Exemption
iii Most Backward Classes (V), Most Backward Classes and Denotified Communities, Most Backward Classes Three Free Chances
iv Backward Classes (Other than Muslim) / Backward Classes (Muslim) Three Free Chances
v Ex-Servicemen Two Free Chances
vi Persons with Benchmark Disability Full Exemption
vii Destitute Widow Full Exemption


(i) The total number of free chances availed, will be calculated on the basis of claims made in previous applications.

(ii) The number of free chances availed by the applicant may be verified by the Commission at any stage of the selection process.

(iii) In case an applicant who makes a false claim for exemption from payment of application fee by suppressing information regarding his/ her previous application(s) his/her candidature shall be rejected after due process.

(iv) Applicants are directed to carefully choose the options ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ regarding availing the fee concession.

(v) Applicants are advised in their own interest, to keep an account of the number of times fee concession has been availed, irrespective of the information displayed in the <Application History> of the applicant dashboard.

(vi) An application (irrespective of the post applied for) claiming fee concession will operate to exclude one chance from the number of free chances allowed.

(vii) Applicants who have availed the maximum number of free chances permitted / applicants who do not wish to avail of the fee concession / applicants who are not eligible for fee concession, shall choose the option ‘No’ against the query regarding fee concession. Such applicants shall thereafter pay the requisite fee through the prescribed mode of payment.

(viii) Failure to pay the prescribed fee in time along with the online application, will result in the rejection of application after due process. (for further details regarding examination fee concessions refer to Para 6 of ‘Instructions to Applicants’)

How to apply:  

Candidate(s) fulfilling all the above clearly laid down criteria will have to apply online only through the link on the TNPSC website in the careers webpage under current openings section i.e. from 12.01.2023 to 10.02.2023. No other mode of application will be accepted.

Important Dates: 

Starting Date for Submission of Application 12.01.2023
Last date for Submission of Application 10.02.2023
Application Correction Window Period From 15.02.2023 12.01 A.M to 17.02.2023 11.59 P.M
Date and time of Written Examination
Agricultural Officer (Extn)

Paper-I : Subject paper Agriculture (Degree Standard)

20.05.2023 9.30 A.M. to 12.30 P.M.
Agricultural Officer (Extn), Horticultural Officer & Assistant Director of Agriculture (Extn)

Paper – II PART A Tamil Eligibility Test (SSLC Std) and PART B General Studies (Degree Std)

20.05.2023 02.30 P.M. to 05.30 P.M.
Assistant Director of Agriculture (Extn)

Paper-I : Subject paper Agriculture (PG Degree Standard)

21.05.2023 9.30 A.M. to 12.30 P.M.
Horticultural Officer

Paper-I : Subject paper Horticulture (Degree Standard)

21.05.2023 02.30 P.M. to 05.30 P.M.

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