Agriculture Courses in India

Are you planning to study agriculture at the graduate or postgraduate level? You can find all the relevant information on various courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate level in this page.

Bachelor Degree Program in Agriculture in India

A variety of courses exists at undergraduate level in India in the field of agricultural science.

While on one hand, someone endowed with engineering bent, can pursue a B. Tech programme in Agricultural sciences-on the hand, somebody can just either opt for any B.Sc programme in the subject. One can choose from a variety of subjects depending upon his/her interest.

The duration for such undergraduate programme is generally Four years (8 semesters). This is done to provide solid foundation to candidates in various concepts of agricultural sciences.

Minimum eligibility requirement for admission:

To be eligible, a candidate must have passed 10+2 science examination with PCB/PCBM/PCM/10+2 Agriculture having scored not less than 50% marks in aggregate With condition that candidates coming from different streams must take remedial courses as prescribed.

Mode of admission & weightage:

Entrance –cum-academic performance
  1. Entrance-60%
  2. 12th standard-30%
  3. 10th standard-10%
Note: Each university has its own selection criteria. Please refer to a particular university for detailed selection process.

Master's Program in Agriculture in India

Dozens of post graduate programs in agricultural science are being offered by various agricultural universities in India. These courses are generally aimed at grooming professionals with specialized knowledge on any specific domain of agricultural sciences.

The varsities offer M.Sc Agri Science and Doctoral degree programmes in a wide-ranging stream of agriculture. Many of the universities also offer Inter-faculty programmes like Masters in Agricultural Business Management, M.Sc Agricultural Biotechnology, M.Sc food Science and Technology or M.Sc Environmental Science and technology.

Normally one can learn the skills in more than a dozen branches of agriculture in these agricultural universities.

Usually, these 2-year degree programs are aimed at providing useful and specific inputs on a range of important topics such as:
  • Soil geography
  • agricultural land use pattern
  • Soil Erosion and  its Conservation
  • Concepts in plant pathology and entomology
  • Latest Agricultural tools, machines and Technical know-how.
  • Water management in agriculture and irrigation technologies etc.
And also about latest breakthroughs in the field of agriculture such as use of GIS (Geographic Information System) for increased and better agricultural output.

Qualifications for admission to Masters Programmes:

Candidates seeking admission into any of the courses must have passed the relevant Bachelor's Degree examination from an institution accredited by ICAR.

Mode of Admission weightage:

Entrance -cum-Academic performance
  1. Entrance - 60%
  2. Undergraduate - 20%
  3. 12th standard - 10%
  4. 10th standard - 10%
Note: Each university has its own selection criteria. Please refer to a particular university for detailed selection process.

Fellowship & Research Programs in Agriculture in India

Doctoral degree programmes and fellowship are also offered by many agricultural universities of India. These are aimed at generating first-class research in the field of agricultural sciences. There is no dearth of subjects for carrying out research under the broad field of agricultural science. If on one end of the spectrum, one finds Soil geography, Soil Erosion and its Conservation then on the other, latest topics such as ‘use of GIS in agriculture’ can also be taken up for further exploration.

Duration of the program:

Generally, these programmes are supposed to be completed in 3-6 years.

Eligibility for admission:

Master’s degree in respective or related subjects is essential to pursue PhD.

Mode of admission:
NET/GATE qualification or as decided by the respective university for admission.

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