This paper in Botany is
high-scoring provided your answers are simple, diagrammatic, and focuses on
evolutionary aspects of questions. Do not forget to mention Indian species as
Stay simple and give diagrams with Indian-centric views. This will help
you to score good marks. You should summarize tables for last minute revision.
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A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Microbiology in Section
I is important for the 200-word short notes and you should practice accordingly.
Applied aspects of queries are more important. In Plant Pathology you can safely
leave description of diseases but should focus on physiological aspects.
In Cryptogams, the
syllabus tells you to study plant group for their structure and reproduction
with evolutionary viewpoint. The question in the examination however, does not
mention the word evolution explicitly but examiners expect evolutionary
treatment of questions.
Phanerogams is divided
into various sub-groups. The key areas are:
Gymnosperms: Emphasis on fossil types
Angiosperms: Skip the families which were asked last year. Practice
floral diagrams and formulas as much as possible
Anatomy: Not a consistent portion. It can be ignored if other portions
are well prepared
Embryology: Stick to prescribed topics. Draw neat diagrams. The
preparation of this portion can be clubbed with Morphogenesis.
The strategy for this paper
should revolve around providing updated information, colored illustrations and
focus on applications.
In Cell Biology; focus
should be on molecular aspect. Any long process should be discussed only with
diagrams showing all the steps. Genetics, Molecular Biology and Evolution
is a high scoring area in Paper II. The focus thus should be on making notes and
writing crisp answers. Students should always highlight applications in
agriculture and human welfare.
During the past three years,
questions from Plant Breeding, Biotechnology and Biostatistics have been asked
in compulsory section of the paper. The preparation strategy should revolve
around making short notes and give stepwise crosses. They should also focus on
"Role of Breeding in Crop Improvement in India".
In Physiology and
Biochemistry; biochemical physiology is most important. In this year's
examination, photosynthesis and nitrogen metabolism are more important than
respiration. Students need to cover hormones and developmental physiology in
areas like flowering, seed germination and fruit ripening.
In Ecology and Plant
Geography; students can do with preparing just short notes. They can however
afford to skip this section if they have covered other parts well.