Agriculture Courses – Career, Courses, Admission & Jobs

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Career in Agriculture is one of the largest industries and a good source of employment across the country.

Agriculture also plays a vital role in Indian economy. At present, students from all over the country are selecting the agriculture field for their career prospective.

Firstly, let us define the term “Agriculture

Agriculture is the method and science of farming & cultivation of plants, animals, fungi, medicinal plants and other products which are used to enhance human life.

The study of agriculture is defined as “Agricultural Science”.

Agricultural Science is a multidisciplinary field that comprises of a variety of scientific, technical & business subjects. It promotes the efficient production of quality food in the agricultural-food industry & on the farm linked to the farming.

Agriculture Field includes horticulture, farm management, businesses & industries which buy & process farm products, manufacture agricultural machinery, banking activities, research for improving quality & quantity of farm products, etc.

A person who is specializes in this field is called as “Agriculturists”.

The history of agriculture dates backs thousands of years ago. Wild grains were collected and eaten from 105,000 years ago, rice was domesticated in China between 13,500 & 8,200 years ago and pigs were domesticated in Mesopotamia around 15,000 years ago.

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Courses & Eligibility

To start a professional career in agriculture, you will need to pursue courses in this field. Students have a variety of options to pursue courses in agriculture field. Some popular courses are listed here:

Certificate Courses:

  • Certificate in Agriculture Science
  • Certificate course in Food & Beverage Service
  • Certificate course in Bio-fertilizer Production

Diploma Courses:

  • Diploma in Agriculture
  • Diploma Courses in Agriculture and Allied Practices
  • Diploma in Food Processing

Bachelor Courses (B.Sc):

  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Science in Crop Physiology

Master Courses (M.Sc):

  • Master of Science in Agriculture
  • Master of Science in Biological Sciences
  • Master of Science in Agriculture Botany

Doctoral Courses:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Agriculture
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Agriculture Biotechnology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Entomology
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Students can get the options to choose specializations at the master and doctoral level agriculture courses. Some top specializations are listed below:

  • Agronomy
  • Horticulture
  • Floriculture
  • Agriculture Economics
  • Forestry
  • Plant Breeding
  • Agriculture Genetics
  • Hydroponics
  • Weed sciences
  • Agriculture Entomology
  • Agriculture Microbiology
  • Soil science and Agri chemistry

Are you eligible for admission in Agriculture Courses?

UG Courses Eligibility:

Students looking for admissions into bachelor courses are needed to qualify the 10+2 or equivalent exam with biology, mathematics and physics subjects from any recognized school or board. The duration of UG courses (B.Sc Agriculture) is three years.

PG Courses Eligibility:

For admissions in postgraduate courses, students should have a bachelor’s degree with science subjects from any recognized college or institution. The course duration of M.Sc (Agriculture) is two years.

Admission

How to get admission in Agriculture Courses?

Students can apply for admission in agriculture courses through the entrance exam organized at national, state and university level. Candidates can apply for this course after completing their 10+2 education. Some colleges also offer admissions on the basis of merit list of the qualifying exam. Some agriculture entrance exams are mentioned here:

  • ICAR AIEEA 2019 (All India Entrance Examination for Admission)
  • Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination (BCECE 2019)
  • Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination (JCECE 2019)
  • Kerala Engineering, Agriculture and Medical (KEAM 2019)
  • Madhya Pradesh Pre-Agriculture Test (MP PAT 2019)

Where to pursue agriculture courses?

There are various government and private colleges in India which offers qualify education in the agriculture field. Some top agriculture colleges are listed below:

  • Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi
  • Punjab Agricultural University, College of Agriculture Engineering & Technology, Ludhiana
  • Amritsar College of Engineering and Technology, Amritsar
  • Desh Bhagat University, Punjab
  • Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), School of Agriculture (SOA), New Delhi

Career Scope & Jobs

“Presently, the demand for trained professional is high in the agriculture field”.

In India, career in agriculture is one of the preferred choice of the science students.

After pursuing courses in agriculture field, you can apply for jobs in government as well as in private organizations. There are various job opportunities are available for agriculture graduate aspirants. This field can easily lead you towards the highly paid jobs.

Agriculture field offers job opportunities in horticulture, poultry farming, plant science, soil science, food science, animal science, etc. Some of the other agricultural activities that give attractive returns are horticulture, dairying & poultry farming. As a landscapers and horticultures you can get employed in hotels, health farms, resorts, etc.

“A degree in agriculture gives you the skills and knowledge to deal with agricultural sales, agriculture business, food production, etc.”

Self employment opportunities are also available in this field. After completing graduation in this field and with some experience, you can start up your own business like agriculture firms, agriculture products shop, agribase industry, etc.

After completing your postgraduate degree in agriculture, you can work as a supervisors, distributors, researcher & engineer.

Job Titles:

  • Crop specialist
  • Fertilizer sales representative
  • Food microbiologist
  • Food researcher
  • Plant geneticist
  • Soil surveyor
  • Farm manager

Salary & Pay-Scale

“Agriculture field rewards a good salary package to the smart & hard working people”.

In India, many government and private industries offer good salary packages to the agriculture aspirants. With a higher degree and good experience in this field, you can earn a lot in this field.

“As a B.Sc (Agriculture) graduate, you can easily earn around 3 to 4 lacs per year in India”.

Some sectors where you can find job opportunities with the agriculture degree are:

  • Agro-industry Sector
  • Estates and tea gardens
  • Services Sector
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Corporations
  • Agriculture Management

Books & Study Materials

Some best books to study agriculture are listed below:

  • Crop Yields and Global Food Security by Tony Fischer, Derek Byerlee and Greg Edmeades.
  • Feeding the Ten Billion, Plants and Population Growth by L. T Evans
  • Happy Families, Healthy Landscapes, Profitable Farms by David Pratt
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (Hardcover) by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World (Paperback) by Michael Pollan
  • The Art and Science of Shepherding by Michel Meuret and Fred Provenza
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

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  1. Bhupendra thakur says:

    12th के बाद 1 साल का कोई कृषि एग्रीकल्चर डिप्लोमा होता है क्या

  2. Shivam ujwal shinde says:

    I am 10pass can I get adm. In pune agriculture coll. Is the syllabus in Marathi or english which is the best course

  3. Palle Priyanka says:

    When will be counseling going to start for agriculture in AP&TS.sir please reply me fast

  4. balaso lokhande says:

    give informantion about after
    12 science b group and crop subject

  5. Anil says:

    I need a govt colleg of agreeculture I get 200 marks in jet give me any information

  6. Kajal says:

    Sir after ICAS entrance exam what is next procedure

  7. swati chaudhary says:

    Jet agriculture exam Ma by mistake mana mcb attempt kr di or ma hu pcb sa to counseling ka time koi problem aaya gi kya

  8. S swarup Kumar says:

    Respected sir,
    I need icar entrance can I eligible for agricultural course.my subject bio IT and I have secured 65% in CHSE exam please advise sir.

  9. vaishu says:

    Resp sir/madam I have completed my 12th std I want to study B.sc agri pls tell me how to apply and where

  10. sabhavat kumar says:

    Hi iam kumar recently iam completed 12th mean inter 2nd year iam also formar family how can i join the this courses

  11. Sreelakshmi p.s says:

    How to become a agriculture officer?what are the courses I have to study?

  12. Hari says:

    Sir I have completed 10th I want to go through agriculture.so please tell me in what way I have to go

  13. Ankush says:

    Sir, can I persue agriculture after appearing in MP PPT 2018.

  14. Krishna says:

    Iam a 10th class student ihave pass 10th class now join agriculture collage pleases help.

  15. Chetan priyanka says:

    I want a government job in IARI. I have completed 12th with Bi.P.C .what is my carieer? What is the course I need to choose?

  16. Mahender says:

    I have done mba
    I would like to do job in Australia in agriculture
    Kindly tell me any course
    THANK YOU

  17. Sajjad Alam says:

    Respected sir/madam,
    I am a student of B.A(English hons) 1st year. But i was a science student in class XI/XII and i got 67% in H.S Examination, can i fill up the form to give the ICAR AIEEA examination to take admission in Agriculture UG course?

  18. Gaurav goyal says:

    Sir, i am PCM student so i wanna know to that i am eligible or not?

  19. Hemraj dharua says:

    I have completed arts.can I admission agriculture course sir ?please sir.subject -economic

  20. Sathish kumar says:

    Useful information and play any lectures in various languages which would be easily and clearly understood by us. I am sathish kumar from Tamil Nadu

  21. Ahir Ritesh maheshbhai says:

    How to apply for agricultural and where to apply . Which collage to go in

  22. Dayaram says:

    Kindly advise after 12th from agriculture what are the options available for further studies like except BSc. what more options are there. Also advise for btech what and where I should process.but my parsent low

  23. Shekhar nulkar says:

    How to apply for agricultural and where to apply . which college to go in.

  24. Pooja N H says:

    in karnataka is it difficulty to get seat for agriculturel course?

  25. Varun Tiwari says:

    Kindly advise after 12th from agriculture what are the options available for further studies like except BSc. what more options are there. Also advise for btech what and where I should process. I am from Rajasthan.

  26. lekhendra patle says:

    how we join veterinary collage
    give best collage list in nagpur university

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