Diploma in Agriculture is a 2-3 years full-time diploma course in Agriculture. Minimum eligibility for the course is Class 10th pass with 50% of marks from a recognized board. Most of the colleges and universities offer Diploma in Agriculture course. A government, private, polytechnic, deemed colleges offer Diploma in Agriculture course. Every college and university has their own eligibility criteria, admission process, fees structure, and syllabus for this course.
Top colleges and universities offer this course include:
The average fee ranges between INR 5,000 to 2 Lacs based on the marks obtained in their 10th examination or scores obtained in an entrance exam conducted by the college.
This course focuses on broad topics include agriculture, biology, and technology. This course also focuses on allied areas include poultry farming, horticulture, meteorology, etc. This course also deals with the various forms of technology which helps to improve agricultural productivity.
Admission to Diploma in Agriculture course is based on Merit-list or Entrance-exam. Most of the colleges and institutes conduct counseling and select students based on merit-list prepared by the university. Some of the reputed colleges conduct entrance examination to select students for this course admission. Entrance exam may vary from one state to another. Each college has their own exam pattern. Few colleges directly admit students for this course admission.
After completion of this course, graduates may get opportunities in areas like Food production firms, Government agricultural firms, Banks, Plantations, Government fertilizer manufacturing firms, etc. These professionals may work in positions like an Agricultural engineer, Agricultural inspector, Agricultural ecologist, Lecturer, etc. The average salary for these graduates ranges between INR 2 to 10 Lacs as per their experience and expertise in this field.
Written below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Examination Type||Semester type|
|Admission Process||Merit-based or Entrance-based|
|Top recruiting organizations||Frontier Agriculture, Grant Thornton, HGCA, HSBC Bank, National Farmers Union, Soil Association, Velcourt Farms|
|Top recruiting areas||Food production firms, Government agricultural firms, Banks, Plantations, Government fertilizer manufacturing firms|
|Top job profiles||Agricultural engineer, Business Manager, Research Associate, Agricultural inspector, Agricultural inspector, Agricultural ecologist, Lecturer|
|Course Fee||INR 5,000 to 2 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2 to 10 Lacs|
Diploma in Agriculture course helps to learn many facts of the careers including agribusiness management, agricultural management, natural resources, livestock production, soil conditions, and the workings of the agricultural machinery like cropping machinery, harvesters, and other related machinery used in the agricultural field. This course curriculum tends to in-depth knowledge of the most technical issues and reserving study in agriculture.
In this course, students study topics like crop and livestock management dealing with pests, climate, and basic management practices running in farms. Diploma in Agriculture course also covers topics such as Agricultural Chemistry, Plant Biotechnology, Agricultural Entomology, Agricultural Extension, Plant Pathology, Agricultural Meteorology, Agricultural Economics, Devising a budget, Marketing plans, and Sales strategy.
Given below are the college names, location and the average structure of the fees which will be taken by the college for this course.
|COLLEGE NAME||CITY||AVERAGE ANNUAL FEE IN INR|
|Lovely Professional University||Jalandhar||INR 1,58,000|
|Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University||Jaipur||INR 20,000|
|Parul University||Vadodara||INR 1,39,000|
|Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University||Hyderabad||INR 44,000|
|Singhania University||Jhunjhunu||INR 60,000|
|Jagan Nath University||Jaipur||INR 70,000|
|OPJS University||Rajasthan||INR 36,000|
|The Gandhigram Rural Institute||Tamil Nadu||INR 25,905|
|The Centurion University of Technology and Management||Orissa||INR 1,00,000|
|AKS University||Madhya Pradesh||INR 1,20,000|
|Adhiparasakthi Agricultural College||Vellore||INR 16,700|
|College of Agricultural Technology||Theni||INR 80,000|
|Guru Kashi University||Punjab||INR 73,000|
|Kerala Agricultural University||Trissur||INR 12,775|
|MIT||Uttar Pradesh||INR 66,500|
|SRK University||Bhopal||INR 55,000|
Candidates who have completed the 10th examination in Science stream or an equivalent examination from a recognized board are eligible for Diploma in Agriculture course. Candidates who have passed the 10th examination with 50% of marks are also eligible for this course. The percentage may vary from one college to another. Eligible candidates may apply for this course through online or offline.
Admission to Diploma in Agriculture course is based on Merit-list or Entrance-exam. Most of the colleges and institutes conduct counseling and select students based on merit list prepared by the university. Some of the reputed colleges conduct entrance examination to select students for this course admission. Entrance exam may vary from one state to another. Each college has their own exam pattern. Few colleges directly admit students for this course admission.
A semester-wise syllabus for Diploma in Agriculture is given below. The syllabus may vary from one college to other.
|SEMESTER I||SEMESTER II|
|Introduction to Agriculture||Crop Production|
|Principles of Agronomy||Soil Chemistry|
|Field Crop Production||Principles of Insect Control|
|Fundamentals of Soil Science||Plant Pathology|
|Fundamentals of Entomology||Live Stock and Poultry Production|
|Economic Botany||Basics of Agricultural Engineering|
|Principles of Horticulture||Principles of Agricultural Economics|
|SEMESTER III||SEMESTER IV|
|Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture||Weed Management|
|Plant Nutrition, Manures, and Fertilizers||Agricultural Statistics|
|Principles of Genetics||Plant Breeding|
|Pests and Pest Control||Agricultural Microbiology|
|Diseases of Field Crops||Green House Technology|
|Dairy Cattle and Buffalo Production||Seed Production Technology|
|Production Technology of Fruit Crops||Post-Harvest Technology|
There are many opportunities in the agriculture sector for an experienced agricultural professional. These professionals may get opportunities in major areas like Food production firms, Government agricultural firms, Banks, Plantations, Government fertilizer manufacturing firms, Private fertilizer manufacturing firms, Agriculture machinery manufacturing firms, etc.
Professionals may work in roles such as agricultural engineer, agricultural inspector, agricultural inspector, agricultural ecologist, conservation planner, fishery manager, the plant biologist, water conservationist, agricultural manager, botanist, horticulturist, plant ecologist, etc. Some professionals may also work as lecturer and teacher in both private and government agricultural schools and colleges.
Candidates who would like to continue their studies can further study Master’s degree in Agriculture. In this course, students may gain agricultural knowledge and skills. After completing this course, graduates may get opportunities in various fields of agriculture with high salary packages.
Given below are the major job positions, their descriptions, and the Average annual salary for each position:
|JOB POSITION||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY IN INR|
|Agriculture officer||Agriculture officers are responsible for dividing their time on the field and on the laboratory. They collect samples while on in the field, talk to farmers and others involved in the industry or introduce different techniques and products that could improve soil quality. They also specialize in producing and improving food crops through conducting experiments and developing methods of production.||INR 4 to 5 Lacs|
|Tea gardener||Tea gardeners are responsible for managing and developing identified tea garden areas. They ensure the identified tea garden areas are managed and developed in order that they can be used to support curriculum enrichment and delivery. They may develop and maintain tea garden areas, purchasing required materials, soil cultivating, forking, watering, weeding, and preening.||INR 2,00,000|
|Research scholar||Research scholars are responsible for evaluating existing research techniques, comparing actual results, recommending improvements to ensure quality, and suggesting solutions to correct the deviations. They perform laboratory activities, conducting research experiments, and operate laboratory equipment effectively and safely. They may also prepare complete documentation of research activities.||INR 2 to 3 Lacs|
|Research Associate||Research Associates are responsible for collecting, analyzing, preparing, evaluating, and dissecting specimens. They assist in making chemical analyses of body tissues and fluids and obtain blood specimens. They perform library research, participate in training sessions, assist in screening and examining of patients, and assist in small surgeries. They also collect data, perform basic procedures for computer-assisted data analysis, and contributes to laboratory maintenance.||INR 3 o 4 Lacs|
|Business Manager||Business Managers are responsible for developing business management objectives and goals that tend to prosperity and growth. They implement and design business strategies and plans to promote the attainment of goals. They ensure the company has the adequate and suitable resources to complete their activities. They coordinate and organize operations in ways that ensure maximum productivity.||INR 7 to 8 Lacs|