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Master of Science [M.Sc] (Agriculture) - Course Overview

  • STREAM

    AGRICULTURE

  • DURATION

    2 YEARS

  • COURSE

    General

  • COURSE TYPE

    Post Graduation

Updated On - January 24th 2018

M.Sc in Agriculture is a 2-year Post-graduate course in scientific process of agriculture and agricultural studies.  A candidate has to be a B.Sc graduate in Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Forestry from a recognized university in order to be eligible for this course. 

M.sc in Agriculture is a course which is mostly found with its specialization. The top colleges for M.sc in Agriculture are as follows:

The average tuition fee for the entire course ranges from INR 50,000 to 1.5 Lacs

M.Sc Agriculture graduates can obtain jobs in Research labs, food beverage, and dairy industries, academic institution etc. and work as Agricultural Scientist, Research Scientist, Lecturer/professor, agricultural officer etc. A fresh graduate of this course can expect an average annual salary of INR 1 to 2.5 Lacs.

M.Sc Agriculture: Course Highlights Table

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

Course Level

Masters

Duration

2 years

Examination Type

Semester wise

Eligibility

graduates from a recognized college with a minimum cut off percentage preferably in Science stream. There is usually no age limit to join the course.

Admission Process

An admission test is carried out for granting admission to the students. Only those students who pass in this entrance test will be given admission. Some colleges also hold interviews.

Course Fee

INR 50,000 to 1.5 Lacs

Average Starting Salary

INR 1 to 2.5 Lacs

Top Recruiting Companies

Monsanto India, Bayer Crop Science, Coromandel Fertilizers, Buhler India, etc

Job Positions

Agriculture officer, Assistant Plantation Manager, Agricultural Research Scientist, Agriculture Development Officers, Agriculture Technician, Agriculturists, Business Development Executive, Marketing Executive etc.

 

M.Sc Agriculture: What is it About? 

Agriculture is an important sector of the Indian economy. This course deals with the scientific knowledge of agriculture and farming techniques and skills. Farming and agriculture have changed a lot from primary to modern ways and courses like M.sc Agriculture are helping make innovations in the farming industry as well as make good career options for students today.  

M.sc in Agriculture is a course which specializes in 12 sub-disciplines. It is often that students would find this course with a specialization and not as a whole. Hence, it is important to know what these specializations are. M.sc Agriculture specializations are as follows:

  • Agronomy
  • Biotechnology
  • Agricultural Economics & Farm Management
  • Plant Physiology
  • Entomology
  • Extension Education
  • Horticulture
  • Plant Breeding & Genetics
  • Plant Pathology
  • Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry
  • Forestry
  • Food Science & Technology

Academic Options after M.Sc in Agriculture

After this Masters course, students can opt for M.Phil and Ph.D. in Agriculture from colleges like Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal, Jawaharlal Nehru University etc.

M.Sc Agriculture: Top Institutes

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

College Name

Location

Average Annual Fees in INR

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

Coimbatore

36.9K

Punjab Agricultural University

Ludhiana

67.5K

Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya

Jabalpur

16.7K

Mewar University

Chittorgarh

88K

Sardar Vallabhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology

Meerut

50K

Bharti Vidyapeeth University

Pune

95K

Sivaji University

Kolhapur

77K

RIMT UniversityGobindgarh65K
Indian Agricultural Research InstituteNew Delhi7.28K
Mahatma Phule Krishi VidyapeethPune13.4K

 

M.Sc Agriculture: Eligibility

The candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture or Horticulture or Forestry from a recognized university in India. The candidate must also have passed the degree with minimum 50% marks.

M.Sc Agriculture: Admission Process

The admission to the program is based on performance in the Entrance Examination and the academic record of the student in graduation.

Some of the Entrance Exams for M.sc Agriculture are as follows:

AGRICET: Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University conducts a Common Entrance Test for admission to M.sc in Agriculture. The application forms are available online from May/ June and the exam is held in July.

ICAR AIEEA: ICAR conducts an All India Entrance Examination for Agriculture. The application forms are available online in February and the exam is held in April.

MCAER PG CET: The Maharashtra Council of Agriculture Education & Research holds a PG Common Entrance Test for various programmes, M.sc in Agriculture being one of them. The applications are available online in the month of March and the examination is held in May.

Hence, to sum it up, if the candidate is eligible, they can follow the process as given below:

  • Fill in Application form
  • Clear the Entrance Exam 
  • Admission to the program 

M.Sc Agriculture: Syllabus and Course Description

There might be variations in the syllabus from college to college. However, some topics remain the same and they are as follows:

Name of Discipline

Agronomy

Biotechnology

Agricultural Economics & Farm Management

Plant Physiology

Entomology

Extension Education

Horticulture

Genetics and Plant Breeding

Plant Pathology

Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry

Food Science & Technology

M.Sc Agriculture: Career Prospects

With a comprehensive knowledge about agricultural science students with M.sc degree can find employment in following sectors:

  • Agriculture/Dairy
  • Fertilizer industries
  • Academic Institutions
  • Food Processing Units
  • Agricultural Products Marketing firms

Top Recruiters

The top recruiters for M.Sc. students are as follows:

  • Monsanto India
  • Bayer Crop Science
  • Coromandel Fertilizers 
  • Buhler India 

The salary graph of the job profiles associated with an M.Sc. degree in Agriculture is roughly shown in the following graph:

salary graph for M. Sc Agriculture

Students can work in the sectors mentioned above in the following profiles:

Job Profile

Description

Corporate Sales Manager

It is a sales profile and involves selling items such as fertilizers, farm equipment, hybrid crop seeds etc. to farmers.

Research Scientist

A Research Scientist is responsible for developing hybrid seeds, efficient fertilizers for better crop output, farm equipment etc.

Lecturer/Professor

After M.Sc. in Agriculture, one can also opt for a career in education and be employed as a Lecturer/Professor at Agriculture departments at universities in India.  

Field  Officer

A field officer generally has to work with farmers with a prime focus on Backward Integration Programme and procurement from the farm gate.

Breeder

A Breeder is responsible to design and lead a Breeding program with the aim to develop superior leading hybrids.

Agronomist

An Agronomist’s job involves multiple tasks such as Trial Set-up, Product Training, Soil mapping, Cropping schedule, Fertilizer Consumption Pattern, Handling Technical Queries, Agronomical Practices, Farmers Education etc.

Farm Manager

A Farm Manager is responsible for the management and general maintenance of a farm. On an agricultural farm, a farm manager looks after fertilizing, planting, spraying, cultivating and harvesting procedures of crops.