M.Sc. in Forestry is a 2-year full-time postgraduate course, the minimum eligibility for admission to which is the successful completion of graduation in any of:
The program is spread over 4 semesters, with the final year being based on the candidate’s chosen stream of study.
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test.
Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as:
The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 16,000 and 1.5 Lacs for a span of 2 years.
The average annual salary offered to such professionals ranges between INR 4.5 and 6 Lacs, increasing with experience and expertise.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Eligibility||Graduation (B.Sc. Forestry, B.Sc. Agriculture, B.Sc. Horticulture, B.Tech. Horticulture, B.Tech. Agricultural Biotechnology.|
|Admission Process||Based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test.|
|Course Fee||INR 16,000 to 1.5 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 4.5 to 6 lacs|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Tata, Avanta, Fordaq, etc.|
|Top Recruiting Areas||Forest Departments, Indian Forest Service, Agricultural Sector, Educational Institutions, Plantations, National Parks, etc.|
|Top Job Profiles||Dendrologist, Zoo Curator, Ethologist, Entomologist, Forester Silvi-culturist, Field Inspector, Forest Range Officer, and such.|
The course offers to eligible candidates:
a broad and versatile perspective on forests and their use.
management and use of forest resources
forest bioeconomic business and policy.
Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Fees|
|AKS University||Satna||INR 1,08,000 (course)|
|Bastar University||Bastar||INR 16,000 (course)|
|Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University||Hisar||INR 1,50,000 (course)|
|Birsa Agricultural University||Ranchi||INR 60,000 (course)|
|Kerala Agricultural University||Thrissur|
|Jawahar Lal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya||Jabalpur||INR 100,000 (course)|
|Tamil Nadu Agricultural University||Coimbatore||INR 35,000 (course)|
|Mizoram University||Aizawl||INR 20,000 (course)|
|BFIT Group of Institutions||Dehradhun||INR 1,50,000 (course)|
|Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu||Jammu||INR 58,000 (course)|
Candidates aspiring for admission to the course are required to fulfill the following minimum eligibility criteria.
Most institutes offering the course admit students based on their performance in a relevant entrance test. Some institutes conduct their own entrance tests for offering admission. Admission process generally varies across colleges.
A few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate’s score at the graduation level.
Some such entrance tests held in the country for admission to the course are:
A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.
|Advanced Silviculture||Wood Science and Technology|
|Forest Biometric||Medicinal and Aromatic Plants|
|Tree Breeding||Plantation Technology|
|Wood based industries||Watershed Management|
|Forest Protection||Forest Genetic Resources|
|Forest products – chemistry and industries||Tree Improvement|
|Forest ecology and biodiversity conservation||Forests and People|
|Forest resource management and economics||Computer Application and Information Technology|
|Forest protection||Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System|
|Forest policy and laws and international conventions||General Statistical Methods and Research Methodology|
Such postgraduates can seek gainful career opportunities such as:
Such foresters are recruited in areas such as:
Popular organizations that hire such postgraduates include:
Such professionals may also pursue teaching as:
Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful postgraduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Pay in INR|
An Entomologist is a scientist who studies insects. Entomologists have many important jobs, such as the study of the classification, life cycle, distribution, physiology, behavior, ecology and population dynamics of insects.
Entomologists also study urban pests, forest pests, agricultural pests, and medical and veterinary pests and their control. These scientists may work with beneficial insects like honeybees, silkworms, ladybird beetles, and parasitic wasps.
Entomologists are researchers, teachers, and consultants and can work for private companies, universities, or government agencies. Commercial Entomologists also can work as private consultants to the pesticide industry, pest control operators, and agribusiness (pest management services, for example).
Entomologists in this field can establish their own company, can work for a small business, or can work for a large commercial company.
Animal Behaviour Specialists study why animals do the things they do, within a range of disciplines that include Ethology, Behavioural Ecology, Comparative Psychology, and Anthropology - the study of the human animal. An Animal Behaviour Specialist studies animals' and organisms' eating habits, mating rituals, and adaptive processes in their natural environment.
By observing survival techniques and nurturing mannerisms, Animal Specialists can determine how and why species interact, thrive, or become extinct. Additionally, they investigate internal changes, evaluate hormonal or genetic causes of behavioural patterns.
Silviculturists establish and care for forest stands. They manage tree nurseries and forests to encourage natural growth of sprouts or seedlings of desired varieties.
They conduct research in such problems of forest propagation and culture as tree growth rate, effects of thinning on forest yield, duration of seed viability, and effects of fire and animal grazing on growth, seed production, and germination of different species.
Also, they develop techniques for measuring and identifying trees.
Zoo curators are responsible for overseeing all aspects of animal management. Duties generally include making decisions involving animal husbandry, diets, veterinary care, quarantine procedures, enrichment activities, animal transportation, and research projects.
They also are involved in the selection and acquisition of new animals for the collection. Curators must read reports from various keepers and compile that information for zoo records. Curators also supervise all zoo employees including keepers, educators, veterinarians, support staff, and volunteers.
They are frequently involved with managing the hiring, training, and scheduling of zoo employees. Curators are also responsible for ensuring that their facility meets all State and federal regulatory requirements, obtaining and maintaining permits, and keeping guests and staff safe while they are on the premises.