APPSC begins Application for Horticulture Officer Recruitment

APPSC- The Andhra Pradesh, Public Service Commission, has begun the online application process for Horticulture Officer Recruitment from today, as per NDTV report. The proforma for application will be released on the official website on December 14, 2018. Candidates will be able to pay application fee till January 2, 2019, until midnight and will be able to complete application process till January 3, 2019. The number of available vacancies is 39 in the scale of pay of Rs. 35,120 – 87,130.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant should have a degree in Horticulture from recognised University. In case candidates with a degree in Horticulture are not available, the commission may consider candidates with M.Sc. degree in Agriculture with specialisation in Horticulture.

In case of SC /ST vacancies if the candidates with B.Sc. degree qualifications in Horticulture are not available, then candidates with B.Sc. degree qualifications in Agriculture will be considered eligible for recruitment. The lower age limit for this recruitment is 18 years, and upper age limit is 42 years.

Application Process

To apply for the recruitment, an applicant needs to register his/her bio-data particulars through One Time Profile Registration (OTPR) on the Commission’s Website ( After an applicant registers their particulars, a user ID will be generated and sent to their registered mobile number and email ID. After generation of the OTPR user ID candidate can log in and apply for the recruitment through Commission’s website.

The Commission was formed when the state of Andhra Pradesh formed on November 1, 1956. Earlier, the commission was known as the Andhra Service Commission which is based on the regulations of the Madras Public Service Commission. On the eve of formation of Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission, Andhra Public Service Commission was functioning with a Chairman and two Members and Hyderabad Public Service Commission was operating with one Member.

Hence, A.P. Public Service Commission was constituted with a Chairman and three Members. With increasing workload, Government enhanced the strength of the Commission to Chairman and five Members in the year 1981 and later to Chairman and seven Members in the year 1983. The government again reviewed the strength in 1994 and enhanced it to Chairman and nine Members. This is the present strength as well.

Known as APPSC which is a part of Andhra Pradesh government, the following are the Duties and functions :


The Public Service Commission (s) had been established under Article 315 of the Constitution of India. The functions of the Commission are enumerated in Article 320 of the Constitution. The statutory functions of the Commission are as follows:-

  • Direct Recruitment (Article 320 (1)) Recruitment by transfer (Article 320(3)(b)) Statutory rules relating to services (Article 320 (3)(a) and (b)) Disciplinary cases (Article 320 (3)(c) and regulations 17 (1)(a) to (e)) Reimbursement of legal expenses (Article 320 (3)(d)) Wound and extraordinary pension cases (Article 320 (3) (e))

Also the Co, the mission is entrusted with the following items of work:

  • Conduct of departmental tests for several departments Conduct of examination for admission to RIMC, Dehradun
  • Conduct of half yearly examination for IAS and IPS Officers and proficiency tests for AIS Officers
  • Watching of temporary appointments exceeding three months and according to concurrence for their continuance (regulation 16) Consultation in cases of appointment of a contract extending over five years (regulation 16)


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