NOTIFICATION NO.04/2017, Dt.30/03/2017


PARA – 1:

Applications are invited On-line for recruitment to the post of Assistant director of Horticulture in A.P Horticulture Services.

The proforma Application will be available on Commission’s Website ( from 31/03/2017 to 30/04/2017 (Note: 30/04/2017 is the last date for payment of fee up- to 11:59 mid night).

Before applying for the post, an applicant shall register her bio-data particulars through One Time Profile Registration (OTPR) on the Commission Website viz., Once applicant registers her particulars, a User ID is generated and sent to her registered mobile number and email ID. Applicants need to apply for the post using the OTPR User ID through Commission’s website.

The Commission Conducts Screening Test in Off-line mode incase applicants exceed 25,000 in number and Main Examination in Online-mode for candidates selected in screening test.

The Main Examination is likely to be held On-line through computer based test on 14/06/2017 & 15/06/2017. The objective type question papers are to be answered on computer system. Instructions regarding this computer based recruitment test are detailed in the Annexure -III.

MOCK TEST facility will be provided to the applicants to acquaint themselves with the computer based recruitment test. Applicant shall visit the website and practice the answering pattern under MOCK TEST option available on main page of website

HALL TICKETS can be downloaded 7 days before commencement of Examination.

All desirous and eligible applicants shall apply through ON-LINE after satisfying themselves that they are eligible as per the terms and conditions of this recruitment notification. The details are as follows:-

Sl. No

Name of the Post

No. of Vacancies

Age as on 1/7/2017

Min. Max.

Scale of Pay Rs.


Assistant Director of Horticulture in A.P Horticulture Services




Rs.40,270– 93,780

IMPORTANT NOTE: Distribution of vacancies among roster points is subject to variation and confirmation from the Unit Officer/ Appointing authority.


Applicants must possess the qualifications from a recognized University as detailed below or equivalent thereto, subject to various specifications in the relevant Service rules and as per the indent received from the Department as on the date of notification.

Sl. No

Name of the Post

Educational Qualifications


Assistant Director of Horticulture in A.P Horticulture Service

Must possess M.Sc(Horticulture) with basic Degree in Horticulture of a recognized University in the State or any other University or institution recognized by the University Grants Commission.

Para 3: Age minimum 18 years maximum 42 years as on 01/7/2017(as per G.O. Ms. No396 General Administration (Ser-A) dept, dt.05/11/2016 and usual age concession of 10 years for physically Challenged Persons

Age Relaxation: The upper age limit prescribed above is relaxable in the following cases:

Sl. No

Category of candidates

Relaxation of age permissible


Retrenched temporary employees in the State Census Department with a minimum service of 6 months.

3 Years


A.P. State Government Employees (Employees of APSEB, APSRTC, Corporations, Municipalities etc. are not eligible).

5 Years based on the length of

regular Service(ceiling for

5 years)


Physically Handicapped persons

10 Years


The Rule of Reservation to the Local candidates is not applicable as the post is State Cadre.

The candidates claiming reservation as Local candidates should obtain the required Study Certificate(s) (from IV Class to X Class or SSC) OR Residence Certificate in the proforma only for those candidates who have not studied in any Educational Institutions as the case may be. The relevant certificates with authorized signature shall be produced as and when required.



  1. Single certificate, whether of study or residence would suffice for enabling the candidate to apply as a "LOCAL CANDIDATE".



  3. Candidates are advised to refer to provisions of the PRESIDENTIAL ORDER 1975 in this regard

  4. At the time of verification, candidates who have migrated from Telangana to Andhra Pradesh in between 2nd June, 2014 and 1st June, 2017 shall produce local Status certificate as laid out in circular memo No.4136/SPF & MC/2015-5, Dated.08/08/2016.



(i) The Applicants have to read the User manual for On-Line submission of application and then proceed further. User manual is available at

  1. STEP: The applicant has to fill the OTPR application to obtain ID Number. While filling the same, the candidates have to ensure that there are no mistakes in it. The Commission bears no responsibility for the mistakes, if any, made by the candidates.

  2. STEP: The applicant has to fill and submit Application and Click on the Link with Notification Number and Name, OTPR ID Number and Date of Birth to proceed further.

    Applicant has to verify the details as obtained from OTPR database displayed on the screen. If any details are to be changed, applicant should go back to the website and use the Modify OTPR link. In addition to the details obtained from OTPR database, Notification specific details such as Examination City opted, eligibility and accepting declarations etc. are to be filled by the applicant. (Preview and Edit facility is available to make changes) and SUBMIT the application form. An Application Fee ID is generated and sent through the SMS/email after successful submission of application form, which is to be used for payment of Fee.

  3. STEP:- Once the Application Fee ID is generated, select the payment of Fee option for paying through either Net banking / Credit Card / Debit Card.

  4. STEP:-After payment of fee, the PDF Application will be generated which contains the particulars furnished by the applicant. The Application Fee ID No in the PDF Application form has to be quoted for future reference/correspondence.

P.M && 1.30 P.M to 5.00 P.M) or mail to



    1. The candidates should go through the instructions given on the cover page of test booklet and carefully write his/her Registration Number, Subject / Subject Code, Booklet Series, Name of the Examination Centre etc., in the Answer Sheet, which will be provided to him/her in the examination hall.

    2. Since the answer sheets are to be scanned (valued) with Optical Mark Scanner system, the candidates have to USE BALL POINT PEN (BLUE/BLACK) ONLY FOR MARKING THE ANSWERS. The candidates will be supplied OMR Sheet consisting of two copies i.e., the Original Copy (Top Sheet) and Duplicate Copy (Bottom Sheet). The candidate is required to use Ball Point Pen (Blue or Black) for filling the relevant blocks in the OMR Sheet including bubbling the answers. After writing the examination the candidate has to handover the original OMR sheet (Top Sheet) to the invigilator in the examination hall. If any candidate takes away the original OMR Sheet (Top Sheet) his/her candidature will be rejected. However the candidate is permitted to take away the duplicate (Bottom Sheet) OMR Sheet for his/her record. The candidates should bring Ball Point Pen (Blue/Black and smooth writing pad) to fill up relevant columns on

      the Answer Sheet. The candidate must ensure encoding the Registration Number, Subject/Subject Code, Booklet Series correctly, write the Name of the Examination Centre, appending Signatures of the Candidate and Invigilator, etc., on the O.M.R. Answer sheet correctly, failing which the Answer sheet will not be valued. Use of whitener / correcting fluid / Blade / Powder/ Eraser / folding / Tearing / Rough Work or any kind of tampering to change the answers on OMR Sheet will lead to disqualification / invalidation / rejection. No correspondence whatsoever will be entertained from the candidates in this regard.

    3. The OMR Sheet is to be bubbled by Ball Point Pen (Blue/Black) only. Use of any other colour like whitener etc., shall make the answer sheet invalid. Bubbling by Pencil / Ink Pen / Gel Pen is not permitted in this examination. Any kind of tampering to change the answers on the OMR Sheet will lead to disqualification / invalidation / rejection. No correspondence whatsoever will be entertained from the candidates in this regard.


  1. The candidates should take their seats at the prescribed time before the commencement of the examination. Biometric identification would be conducted before entry into examination hall. The entry time would be mentioned in the hall ticket. Late entry after the given entry time would not be allowed. Candidates should not leave the examination hall till the expiry of fulltime. Loaning and interchanging of articles among the candidates is not permitted in the examination hall. Electronic devices including cell phones and pagers are not allowed in the examination hall. Non programmable calculators would be permitted, wherever necessary.

  2. The starting time of each examination paper and the entry time would be mentioned in the hall ticket

  3. The examination link with the login screen will already be available on your system. Please inform the invigilator if this is not the case.

  4. 10 minutes prior to the exam, you’ll be prompted to login. Please type the Login ID (Roll No) and the Password (Password for Candidate will be given on exam day) to proceed further.

  5. Invigilator will announce the password at 09.50 AM and 02.20 PM.

  6. Copying or noting down questions and/or options is not allowed. Severe action will be taken if any candidate is found noting down the questions and/or options.

  7. After logging in, your screen will display:

    *Profile Information - Check the details & click on “I Confirm” or “I Deny”.

    *Detailed exam instructions - Please read and understand thoroughly.

    *Please click on the “I am ready to Begin” button, after reading the instructions.

  8. You have to use the mouse to answer the multiple choice type questions with FOUR alternative answers.

  9. To answer any numerical answer type question, you need to use the virtual numeric key pad and the mouse.

  10. On the online exam question screen, the timer will display the balance time remaining for the completion of exam.

  11. The question numbers are color coordinated and of different shapes based on the process of recording your response: White (Square) - For un-attempted questions. Red (Inverted Pentagon) - For unanswered questions. Green (Pentagon) - For attempted questions. Violet (Circle) - Question marked by candidate for review, to be answered later. Violet (Circle with a Tick mark) - Question answered and marked by candidate for review.

  12. After answering a question, click the SAVE & NEXT button to save your response and move onto the next question.

  13. Click on Mark for Review & NEXT to mark your question for review, and then go to the next question.

  14. To clear any answer chosen for a particular question, please click on the CLEAR RESPONSE button.

  15. A summary of each section, (i.e. questions answered, not answered, marked for review) is available for each section. You have to place the cursor over the section name for this summary.

  16. In case you wish to view a larger font size, please inform the Invigilator. On the Invigilator's confirmation, click on the font size you wish to select. The font size will be visible on the top.

  17. You may view INSTRUCTIONS at any point of time during exam, by clicking on the INSTRUCTIONS button on your screen.

  18. The SUBMIT button will be activated after 150 Minutes. Please keep checking the timer on your screen.

  19. In case of automatic or manual log out, all your attempted responses will be saved. Also, the exam will start from the time where it had stopped.

  20. You will be provided a blank sheet for rough work. Do write your Login ID and Password on it. Please ensure that you return it to the invigilator at the end of the exam after tearing only the password from it.

  21. Please don’t touch the key board as your exam ID will get locked. If your ID gets locked, please inform a nearby invigilator who will help in unlocking your ID and then you can continue with the exam.

  22. Please inform the invigilator in case of any technical issues.

  23. Please do not talk to or disturb other candidates.

  24. In case you are carrying articles other than the admit card, photo identity proof and pen, please leave them outside the exam room.

  25. You cannot leave exam room before submitting the paper. Please inform the invigilator if you want to use the wash room.


  1. If the candidate notices any discrepancy printed on the Hall ticket, as to community, date of birth etc., he/she may immediately bring it to the notice of Commission’s officials/Chief Superintendent in the examination centre and necessary corrections can be made in the Nominal Roll, in the Examination Hall against his/her Hall Ticket Number for being verified by the Commission’s Office.

  2. The candidate should satisfy the Invigilator of his/her identity with reference to the signature and photographs available on the Nominal Rolls and Hall Ticket.

  3. The candidates should take their seats at the given time before the commencement of the examination and are not to be allowed after of the scheduled time. The time of Examination and entry time would be mentioned in the hall ticket. Late entry after the given entry time would not be allowed. Candidates should not leave the examination hall till the expiry of fulltime.

  1. The candidates must note that his/her admission to the examination is strictly provisional. The mere fact that an Admission to the examination does not imply that his/her candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission or that the entries made by the candidate in his/her application have been accepted by the Commission as true and correct. The candidates have to be found suitable after verification of original certificates; and other eligibility criteria. The Applicants have to upload his/her scanned recent colour passport photo and signature to the Application Form. Failure to produce the same photograph, if required, at the time of interview/ verification, may lead to disqualification. Hence the candidates are advised not to change their appearance till the recruitment process is complete.

  2. The candidates are not allowed to bring any Electronic devices such as mobile / cellphones, programmable calculators, tablets, iPad, Bluetooth, pagers, watches or any other computing devices to examination Hall. Non programmable calculators would be permitted, wherever necessary. Loaning and interchanging of articles among the candidates is not permitted in the examination hall and any form of malpractice will not be permitted in the exam hall.

  3. The candidates are expected to behave in orderly and disciplined manner while writing the examination. The candidature will be rejected and in case of impersonation/ disorder/ rowdy behaviour during Examination, necessary F.I.R. for this incident will be lodged with concerned Police Station, apart from disqualifying his / her candidature. The chief superintendent of the centre is authorize to take spot decision in this matter.

  4. Candidates trying to use unfair means shall be disqualified from the selection. No correspondence whatsoever will be entertained from the candidates.

  5. The Penal Provisions of Act 25/97 published in the A.P. Gazette No. 35, Part-IV.B Extraordinary dated: 21/08/1997 shall be invoked if malpractice and unfair means are

noticed at any stage of the Examination. Action will be taken to penalize as per any other Regulations/Rules in force as on date of examination.

6). (a) Wherever the candidates who are totally blind will be provided a scribe to write the examination and 20 minutes extra time is permitted to them per hour. Eligible candidates are also allowed to bring their own scribe after due intimation to the Commission after duly providing the full identification details of the scribe like name, address and appropriate proof of identification.

  1. The applicants shall upload the certificate relating to percentage of disability for considering the appointment of scribe in the examination.

  2. An extra time of 20 minutes per hour is also permitted for the candidates with locomotor disability and CEREBRAL PALSY where dominant (writing) extremity is affected for the extent slowing the performance of function (Minimum of 40% impairment). No scribe is allowed to such candidates.

  3. The candidate as well as the scribe will have to give a suitable undertaking confirming the rules applicable

9). In case the Hall-Ticket is without photo or too small, he/she should affix a passport size photo on Hall-ticket and appear by duly getting attested by Gazetted Officer. He/she shall handover similar photo for each paper to Chief Superintendent for affixing the same on the Nominal Rolls.

  1. The candidate will not be admitted to the examination Hall without procedural formatives.

  2. The candidate’s admission to the Examination is provisional, subject to the eligibility, confirmation/satisfaction of conditions laid down in this Notification.

  3. The candidates should put his/ her signature and get the signature of the invigilator at the appropriate places in the Nominal Roll or OMR Answer Sheet.

13) Instructions to be followed scrupulously in the Examination Hall.