In the present investigation two cultivars of chickpea (BDN 9-3 & PG-5) were practiced for mutagenic treatment of EMS and SA to study the effect on 100 seed weight and seed coat colour characters. A mixed trend of positive and negative shift in mean values was observed in both the cultivars in all the mutagenic treatments for the number of pods per plant and 100 seed weight in M2 and M3 generations.
In this study Anthoseed mutants were observed which characterized by development of anthocyanin in the testa of seeds. They took slightly less number of days to attain maturity as compared with control in both BDN9-3 and PG-5..
The heritability estimates for number of pods bearing branches, number of pods, 100 seed weight and seed yield per plant were higher in M3 than in M2 generation in the two varieties of chickpea. The high estimates of heritability in yield and yield components has been found to be useful from plant breeder’s view point as this would enable him to base his selection on the phenotypic performance.