ICAR ASRB ARS NET Preliminary Examination Fisheries Sciences Syllabus

Fisheries resources of world and India; Importance of commercial fishery in India and its impact on rural economy; Fisheries and aquaculture related developmental programmes in India; Domestic and export marketing of fish and fishery products, trends, channels, mechanisms, trade and non-trade barriers; Contribution of fisheries and aquaculture to the food, income, GDP and livelihood securities; Common property resource management in fisheries and aquaculture; Protection of national biodiversity; Principles of fish genetics – Mendelian genetics, laws of inheritance, linkage and mutation; Fish biotechnology – structure of DNA and its replication, DNA repair, genetic code and protein synthesis, transgenics and their implications; Common fish diseases; Feeding behavior of fish, fish food organisms – phytoplankton and zooplankton, feed management in aquaculture; Institutional finance in fisheries; Fisheries extension methods and approaches.

Part B:

Global commercial fisheries resources, production trends; Taxonomy and biology of commercially important fish, food and feeding habits, age and growth, mortality, maximum sustainable yield; Monitoring, control and vessel surveillance systems; Aquaculture production at global and national level, major cultivable organisms and their taxonomy, biology and behavior; Hatchery technology and growout systems; Aquaculture engineering and farm design; Water and soil quality management; Non-food aquaculture – culture and breeding of ornamental fishes of commercial importance, seaweed and pearl culture; Aquatic environment management – role of probiotics, bioremediation, pollution and its control; Aquatic microbiology – diseases caused by bacteria, virus and fungi, isolation and identification of causative agents, treatment and control; Fish immunology; Fisheries management; Fishing practices; Fishery economics and marketing; Technology transfer; Climate change and its impact on fisheries and livelihood; Fish Genetics – physical basis of heredity; Mendelian principles – scope and limitations, genetic variation – causes and measurement, gametogenesis and mechanisms of sex determination; biotechnology – DNA structure and organization of chromosomes in eukaryotes, prokaryotes and viruses, cell organelles, DNA replication; Fish nutrition and biochemistry – nutrients, digestive enzymes, digestibility, types of feed, feeding rate, energetics, feed and feeding equipment, growth and reproductive hormones, glycolytic and Kreb’s cycle.

Craft and gear technology in fisheries; Fish catching methods; Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries; Fish processing technology – fish handling, grading, chilling, freezing, canning and packaging; Machinery for handling and processing; Principles and methods of fish preservation, sanitary and phytosanitary requirements for maintenance of quality; Quality management of fish and fishery products; Transportation and marketing; Microbial contamination of fish and methods of prevention; Fish biochemistry – major and minor constituents of fish – proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and fatty acid profiles, vitamins and minerals, post -mortem changes in fish; National and international organizations for food standards; Processing engineering, refrigeration cycle, cold store, processing unit construction and management; Water budgeting; Waste management.

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