Ph.D. (Agriculture) is a minimum 3-year full time Doctorate course. The minimum eligibility for pursuing a Ph.D. program is a MSc degree in Agriculture. The program is usually spread over 6 semesters, with the final semester based on the candidate’s chosen stream of study.
The Ph.D. program prepares students to undertake teaching & research activities and delve deeper into the field of land, farm and animal production. All the enrolled candidates need to undertake and complete research projects in specific field as well as present their dissertation before academic committees appointed by the universities,
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in interview. The interview may be supplemented by a written test, if necessary and subsequent round of counseling.
Some colleges and Universities also conduct screening test for admitting candidates in Ph.D. in Agriculture like BHU RET Banaras Hindu University Research Entrance Test, Bharathidasan University PhD Entrance Exam, GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering), Osmania University PhD Entrance exam, etc.
Doctorates in Agriculture are hired in capacities such as Agronomists or Crop scientists, Agricultural economists, Animal Scientists, Food Scientists and Technologists, Soil and Plant Scientists, Agricultural Research, Agricultural Journalists, and such.
The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 20,000 and 1.5 Lacs for a span of 3 years while on average salary offered to such professionals usually range between INR 6 and 7.5 Lacs, increasing with experience and expertise.
Ph.D. (Agriculture): What is it About?
Ph.D. in Agriculture is designed to offer eligible candidates’ specialization in a wide range of research and training in agriculture. Specializations could include but is not limited to animal husbandry, biotechnology in the field of agriculture, or sustainable farming.
Successful Doctorates in Agriculture interested in pursuing further studies in the discipline can join universities or research organizations as research fellows or academic scholars.
Ph.D. in Agriculture aims to build in students’ competent business acumen through advanced study of general subjects such as plants, animals and farming, later allowing them to specialize in a chosen area. The curriculum involves intensive study, culminating with the completion of a research-based dissertation.
One of the principle objectives of the course is to prepare students to improve crop yields, as also for pursuing advanced research in the discipline. The course’s curriculum integrates theoretical and practical components of study.
Most of the institutes offering the Ph.D. (Agriculture) course admit students based on their performance in a relevant entrance test, followed by a round of Personal Interview. Some institutes conduct their own entrance tests for offering admission. Admission process generally varies across institutes. A few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate’s score at the 10+2 or 10+2+3 level. Following are the entrance exams that are conducted by some of the Ph.D. (Agriculture) colleges in India:
Ph.D. (Agriculture) : Syllabus and Course Description
|Semester I||Semester II|
|Advances in Agricultural Extension||Organizational Development|
|Advanced Design and Techniques in Social Science Research||Advanced instructional Technology|
|Advances in Training Technology||Seminar-I (Formulation, Plan of Work)|
|Crop Ecology||Soil Conservation and Watershed Management|
|Advances in Crop Growth and Productivity||Stress Crop Production|
|Advances in Water Management||Crop Production and System Modeling|
|Advances in Weed Management||-|
|Semester III||Semester IV|
|Media Management||Theory Construction in Social Sciences|
|Transfer of Technology in Agriculture||Advanced Management Techniques|
|Simulation Techniques||Doctoral Seminar I|
|Advanced Statistical inference||Doctoral Seminar II|
|Advanced Design of Experiments||Doctoral Research|
|Advanced Sampling Techniques||-|
|Semester V||Semester VI|
|Advanced Econometrics||Seminar-II (Pre-submission)|
|Quantitative Development Policy Analysis||Doctoral Research|
|Advanced Micro-economic Analysis||Advance in Soil Physics|
|Advanced Macro-economic Analysis||Physical Chemistry of Soils|
|Advanced Production Economics||Advances in Soil Fertility|
|-||Soil Genesis and Micropedology|
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