[Yearbook] Bio Control Agents, Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojana, ICAR, Krishi Vigyan Kendra

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India Yearbook
  1. What is BioControl Agent?
  2. What is Krishi Vigyan Kendra
  3. What is What is ICAR?
  4. What is Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojana
  5. Mock Questions

What is BioControl Agent?

  • is a method of controlling pests, weeds and plant diseases using other living organisms (insect, parasite or pathogens).
  • They’re safer than artificial pesticides (soil-water pollution, impact on human health).
  • Trichoderma and Pseudomonas are two examples of Biocontrol Agents.
  • Pepper plants are suseptible to fungal diseases. A biocontrol agent, called Trichoderma helps controling these fungus.
  • Under Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojana, the Krishi Vigyan Kendras provides training to tribal girls, to form Self-help groups (SHG) and manufacture these bio-control agents.

What is Krishi Vigyan Kendra

  • Krishi Vignan Kendra (KVK) is a project of ICAR
  • for testing and transfer of Agricultural technologies @grassroot level.
  • to increase self employment opportunities among the farming communities.
  • These centres are located in every state.

What is What is ICAR?

  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.
  • ICAR is the apex body for co-ordination, research n development (R&D) and education in agriculture including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences in the entire country.
  • HQ=Delhi

What is Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojana

  • Government  of India launched this scheme for backward districts of the country, in 10th Five year plan.
  • Aim: to fill critical gaps in physical and social infrastructure and to reduce the inequalities in the levels of development in these backward districts.

Examples of Projects undertaken

  1. Construction of Anganwadi centers
  2. Veterinary health centers
  3. Irrigation structures
  4. School buildings
  5. Roads, Culverts,Bridges
  6. Fish ponds
  7. Rural market sheds
  8. Income generation schemes

Mock Questions


Q1 Find Correct Statements

  1. Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojana is launched for equal development of minority dominated districts of India.
  2. Krishi Vigyan Kendras are institutes established by ICAR for post-graduation degrees and Ph.D in agriculture.
  1. Only 1
  2. Only 2
  3. Both
  4. None

Q2 Find Incorrect Statements

  1. Biocontrol agents are newly developed artificial chemicals that harm the pests but have zero impact on environment.
  2. Trichoderma and Pseudomonas are two examples of Biocontrol Agents.
  1. Only 1
  2. Only 2
  3. Both
  4. None

General Studies (Mains)

Write a note on each of following, 5 marks 50 words

  1. Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojana
  2. Krishi Vigyan Kendra
  3. ICAR
  4. Biocontrol Agents

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So far 31 Comments posted

  1. monty

    d & b…Sir do v need to study seperately fr these topics or dey r covrd in d yearbook…hnks

  2. JK

    1-d is correct..

  3. Sri

    Thank you Sir !

  4. parmod

    thanks mrunal.

  5. Satish


    @monty, TRA, JK u misread second question… take care in exam..

  6. Abhinav Kumar Singh

    thanks satish
    ohh atlast but not the least mrunal sir as always rocking……

    1. kaushal jha

      in Q. NO 2 askd incorrect????

  7. sahil

    @satish ji u are right:1 Government of India launched this scheme for backward districts of the country, in 10th Five year plan.2 :Trichoderma and Pseudomonas are two examples of Biocontrol Agents.itz witten quite clearly in the article.

    1. shilpa

      Hey Partho,
      (asking from clarity and discussion pt of view,)

      is it necessary that minority dominated districts would be backward?

      1. Partho

        My bad, Of course not. Minorities are not Backward, Muslim, Sikh, Jain, Christians and Parsis are definitely not backwards. I did not read the question properly, thank you Shilpa for pointing it out. 🙂

        1. shilpa

          🙂 its ok Partho.
          So u r wrking/studying/only upsc aspirant?

          1. Partho

            How does it matter to you??

          2. K.O


      2. nikhil kumar

        backward dist. stands for dist with less developd social n physical infra, high rate f poverty etc. it has nothing to do with minority or BC or OBC at least in above context.

  8. shilpa

    It was like a simple question asked by one class-mate to other class-mate.
    Did not think this much that how the answer to this question of mine will matter to me !! 🙂

    1. Partho

      Only UPSC aspirant.

      1. shilpa

        Thank u so much for the reply Partho 🙂
        Actually I have observed that u have always been involved in constructive discussions over here and also fan of Mrunal Sir as most of us, so probably bcz of that also, I became interested in asking this ques to u 🙂

        all the best 🙂

        1. Radhika

          kaisa ye isk hai…gazab ka risk hai 😀

  9. Bhupender Singh


  10. Raj

    Mrunal sr
    It will be helpful if u post the answers too for the mock questions

  11. मनु झा

    “Krishi Vigyan Kendras are institutes established by ICAR for post-graduation degrees and Ph.D in agriculture.”

    Lol .. kya option diya hai Mrunal 😀 😀

  12. Hafsa

    Thank you sir

  13. Madeshan

    thanks…. sir I need 12th five year plan of our govt.

  14. hanuman karale

    Dear sir,
    i wants Gk notes of both paper and essay for a preparation of main exams if it will available in market please suggest me and also it will in hindi language.

  15. aman

    sir, in 2nd que..u prefered ans A right bt i m confused how could u say biocontrol r chemicals..dont u think its totally different…

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