Bachelor of Science [B.Sc] (Agriculture) - Course Overview

  • STREAM

    AGRICULTURE

  • DURATION

    4 YEARS

  • COURSE

    General

  • COURSE TYPE

    Graduation

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Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Agriculture Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

B.Sc. Agriculture is a 4-year professional undergraduate degree awarded by Indian Universities for 10+2 students preferably with Science stream.

The basic eligibility criterion for pursuing this course is that the student must have passed 10+2 with at least 50% marks.

Some of the top colleges offering this course are:

Admission to the course is mostly entrance exam based. KEAM, EAMCET are a few entrance exams conducted for admission to the course. There are  42 State Agricultural Universities (SAUs), 1 Central Agricultural University (CAU), 5 Deemed Universities (DUs) and 4 general Central Universities with Agriculture faculty in India. These institutions provide admission at UG level in 11 disciplines and about 15,000 students get enrolled every year. The course is not so popular among students but the demand for trained professionals in agriculture is very high.

The curriculum involves the study of agriculture sciences and the use of modern scientific equipment and techniques in agriculture, land surveying, soil science, water resource management, animal, and poultry management, basics of biotechnology, etc. B.Sc. Agriculture Syllabus includes subjects such as Agronomy, Plant Biochemistry, Water Management Engineering, Study of Pests and Crops, amongst many others.

The average course fee ranges from INR 10,000-50,000 per year. Graduates can find jobs in both the public and private sectors. The Gazetted post of Government of India as Agricultural Officer (Agronomist) is one of the most prestigious jobs in the public sector after B.Sc. Agriculture. Some other jobs associated with the profile are:

  • Agriculture Officer
  • Assistant Plantation Manager
  • Agricultural Research Scientist
  • Business Development Executive
  • Marketing Executive

The average annual salary offered to these professionals ranges between INR 2 to 4.5 Lacs.

B.Sc. Agriculture: Course Highlights

Mentioned below are some of the major highlights of the course. 

Course LevelUndergraduate
Duration4 years
Examination TypeAnnual
Eligibility10+2 in Science stream from a recognized educational board
Admission ProcessEntrance exam based
Course Fee (per year)INR 10,000-50,000
Average Starting SalaryINR 2-4.5 Lacs
Top RecruitersDuPont India, Rallies India Limited, Advanta Limited, National Agro Industries, Raasi Seeds, ABT Industries, and others such.
Job PositionsAgriculture officer, Assistant Plantation Manager, Agricultural Research Scientist, Agriculture Development Officers, Agriculture Technician, Agriculturists, Business Development Executive, Marketing Executive, etc. 

B.Sc. Agriculture: What is it About?

This course focuses on teaching students how to prosper agricultural sciences using modern scientific equipment and techniques. Covering aspects of water resource management, land surveying, soil sciences, and poultry management among various others, the main objective of the course is to teach students how to improve agricultural productivity.

Agricultural education is a broad term which includes disciplines like:

  • Agriculture (Agronomy)
  • Veterinary Science
  • Forestry
  • Fisheries
  • Horticulture
  • Home Science

Click here to check in detail about B.Sc. Agriculture Subjects.

B.Sc. Agriculture: Top Colleges

Following is the list of top institutes offering the course along with their location and average annual fees. 

College NameLocationAverage Annual Fees (in INR)
Orissa University of Agriculture and TechnologyBhubaneshwar53,000
Dolphin PG Institute of Biomedical and Natural SciencesDehradun70,000
Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and TechnologyPantnagar33,500
Indira Gandhi Krishi VishwavidyalayaRaipur10,600
Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open UniversityNashik6,000
Vanavarayar Institute of AgricultureCoimbatore23,500
University of Agricultural SciencesBangalore22,000
Shivaji UniversityKolhapur7,500
Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa VidyalayaJabalpur18,000
BA College of AgricultureAnand27,400

Check more B.Sc. Agriculture colleges.

B.Sc. Agriculture: Eligibility

Interested aspirants for the course are required to fulfil the below-mentioned eligibility criteria.

  • Completion of Intermediate (12 years of school education) in Science stream.
  • Physics, Chemistry, Biology and/or Mathematics as the subjects of study.

Apart from this, candidates possessing Intermediate in Agriculture stream (limited states) are also eligible to apply. Depending on the university, the eligibility varies in terms of a combination of subjects. Eligibility criteria also vary for reserved categories as per the reservation guidelines of GOI. 

B.Sc. Agriculture: Admission Process

Admission in universities or institutes offering the course is done basically in two modes. It is done either based on the marks obtained in the qualifying examination (Direct Admission) or written exam conducted by the university/institution that offers the degree.

The details on how to apply for B.Sc. degree in Agriculture can be collected from the authorized website of the institution along with the information on course details and the available number of seats. The application forms can be obtained either through the college office or from the concerned web portal.

Check admission details here.

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Some entrance exams conducted for admission to B.Sc. Agriculture course are as follows: 

  • ICAR Entrance Exam (ICAR-AIEEA)- It is an agriculture entrance exam conducted by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for  admission to 15% seats in Agriculture Universities in Bachelor Degree programs and 100% seats in ICAR Deemed to be Universities and NDRI, Karnal
  • EAMCET- Conducted for admissions in Agriculture colleges and universities in Andhra Pradesh
  • PAU Entrance Exam- Conducted by Punjab Agricultural University
  • KEAM- Conducted for agricultural colleges in Kerala
  • IGKV CET- Conducted by Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya

B.Sc. Agriculture: Subjects

The following table gives a glimpse into the subjects covered during B.Sc. Agriculture.

SubjectDescription
AgronomyBasics of Agronomy, Kharif and Rabi Crop, Crop Protection, Weed Management, Irrigation Techniques, Water Resource Management, Organic Farming, Sustainable Agriculture.
Plant GeneticsBotany, Basics of Genetics, Plant Breeding, Seed Technology, Basics of Biotechnology.
Soil ScienceIntroduction to Soil Science, Soil Fertility, Soil Chemistry, Fertilizers, Agricultural Chemistry.
EntomologyPest Management, Beneficial Insects, Grain Storage and Management.
Agricultural EconomicsMarket prices, Trade prices, Marketing, Finance, Agribusiness Management, Farm Management.
Agriculture EngineeringAgriculture Machinery, Power and Tools, Harvest Technology, Environment Science and Engineering, Renewable Energy.
Agricultural MeteorologyClimate patterns, Climatic hazards on Agriculture, Climatic Zones, Weather forecasting.
Plant PathologyCrop Diseases, Nematology
HorticultureFruit Crops, Medicinal Plants, Aromatic Plants, Flower Production, Spices, Plantation Crops.
Agricultural ExtensionDimensions of Agricultural Extension, Extension Methodologies, Entrepreneurship Development program.

There are some elective courses, study tours, field trips, in some semesters. These vary from university to university.

B.Sc. Agriculture: Career Prospects and Scope

B.Sc. Agriculture Jobs

The graduates from this degree can find jobs in both the public and private sectors. The importance of agriculture is growing rapidly and thereby increasing job prospects in the field of agriculture.

Today Graduates with B.Sc. Agriculture are readily accepted in government projects. Agricultural departments, Extension services, Research organizations, Commercial farming, etc. are some of the sectors where graduates of this field can find job opportunities.

Following are some government sectors which have job opportunities for such graduates:

  • Indian Agricultural Research Institute
  • National Seeds Corporation Limited
  • State Farms Corporation of India
  • Food Corporation of India
  • National Dairy Development Board
  • NABARD and other banks
  • Agricultural finance corporations
  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
  • North Eastern Region Agricultural Marketing Corporation

Check career options after B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture.

Following are the private sectors which offer jobs to agriculture graduates:

  • Agro-industries
  • Agriculture Marketing
  • Financial sector with the focus on agriculture
  • Micro-finance institutions
  • Fertilizer companies
  • Agri-biotech organizations

Some of the best agro-based products’ companies that offer jobs to B.Sc. Agriculture graduates have been mentioned below.

  • DuPont India
  • Rallies India Limited
  • Advanta Limited
  • National Agro Industries
  • Raasi Seeds
  • ABT Industries
  • Phalada Agro Research Foundation Limited.

Following are some job profiles that are offered to B.Sc. Agriculture graduates:

Job ProfileJob DescriptionAverage Monthly Salary
Agriculture OfficerAn agriculture officer works with farmers and companies related to agriculture. The main role of an agriculture officer is to guide them to increase agriculture productivity.INR 20,000-35,000
Assistant Plantation ManagerAssistant Plantation Manager is responsible for the efficient and profitable management of harvesting and other operations related to the plantation.INR 30,000-40,000
Agricultural Research ScientistAgricultural Research Scientists begin with doing research work. Comprising both lab work and fieldwork, they are mainly concerned with the biological processes of various things and their relations with products and processes. They also invent new methods to improve animal or soil health, nutrition, etc.INR 10,000-40,000
Agriculture Development OfficerSimilar to an agriculture officer, an agriculture development officer also works to improve the productivity of soil and other agricultural practices.INR 20,000-35,000
Agriculture TechnicianAgricultural technicians do work related to food, fiber, animal research, production, and processing. They work to invent methods to improve the yield of crops and protect animals from diseases.INR 20,000-30,000
Marketing ExecutiveA marketing executive promotes a product and develops sales strategies to attract customers and satisfy their requirements in order to maximize profits. It is one of the most popular job profiles in the corporate world.INR 15,000-30,000
Rice BreederRice Breeders innovate and develop new strategies, tools, and technologies to improve the yield of rice crop.INR 40,000-60,000
Seed TechnologistSpeed Technologists provide support to seed growers by helping them with operations of seed equipment, planting of seeds and, and seed scouting.INR 15,000-25,000

The average salary offered depends on the area or industry the student is working for. Following are some salary breakdown based on multiple factors like- industry wise, profile wise, etc. Following chart shows annual package offered to B.Sc. Agriculture graduates depending on their job profiles-

Basic salary after completion of a course offered to these graduates ranges from 15K to 20K per month depending upon various factors like profile, industry, etc. Following graph shows the growth in the agriculture sector as one gets to experience in the field. 

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B.Sc. Agriculture: Higher Studies

Students can also go for higher studies in this department. Some of the higher education courses available are:

Check other Agriculture Courses in India.

Comments

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7 Comments
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Wasif

I'm from commerce background and I have completed my MBA. Do i have the opportunity to do bsc agriculture? Plzz suggest me any university where I can be eligible. I love plants.

26 Sep, 2019 19:40
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Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Wasif, you can apply for admission in B.Sc Agriculture on the basis of marks in intermediate. You can check various Colleges Offering B.Sc Agriculture from here to know the eligibility criteria for the concerned college.

27 Sep, 2019 13:00
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Ankita Kumari

i am in class 12 and non medical student can i apply for b.sc agriculture

12 Sep, 2019 21:42
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Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Ankita, this depend on the college in which you are applying for admission. Generally, candidates who had Bio/Botany/Life Science as a subject of study in intermediate are preferred for admission in B.Sc Agriculture.

13 Sep, 2019 12:19
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punam dolai

I m vocational agriculture student with physics,biology and agriculture subject i am eligible for bsc agriculture

06 Sep, 2019 16:11
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Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Punam, this depends on the college/university in which you are applying for admission. On qualification basis, you are eligible for the course but percentage criteria may vary from college to college.

06 Sep, 2019 16:53
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Rahul Naresh Genne

I have complted bscbagre withvopen unversity and got 71%

12 Aug, 2019 18:48
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Deepak Yadav

Main 12th maths pass ki ha 69.2/ kya ma bsc A ma addition

29 Jul, 2019 17:03
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Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Deepak, this depends on the college/university in which you are applying for admission as the eligibility criteria for a concerned course varies from college to college. Thus, either mention the concerned college or visit the official website of the same.

29 Jul, 2019 17:10
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Kaviyarasu N

What are the jobs associated with bsc agriculture

24 May, 2019 14:39
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Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Kaviyarasu, following are the job opportunities after doing B.Sc Agriculture:

  • Research Officer.
  • Quality Assurance Officer.
  • Agriculture Officer. Agriculture Loan Officer (in Banks)
  • Production Manager.
  • Operations Manager.
  • Farm Manager, etc.

24 May, 2019 14:53
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Ashwini c p

have selected a course for B.sc agriculture

15 May, 2019 09:47

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