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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,

Some prominent institutes offering Ph.D. in Agriculture are mentioned below:

  • Indian Agricultural Research Institute - [IARI], New Delhi
  • Tamil Nadu Agricultural University - [TNAU] Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  • Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University - [ANGRAU] Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  • Punjab Agricultural University - [PAU] Ludhiana, Punjab
  • Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute - [IASRI], New Delhi

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.

Top Colleges for Ph.D. (Agriculture)

  • Ph.D. (Agriculture) in Uttar Pradesh
  • Ph.D. (Agriculture) in Rajasthan
  • Ph.D. (Agriculture) in Delhi NCR
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Agriculture in Delhi-NCR
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Agriculture in Maharashtra
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Agriculture in Chennai

Ph.D. (Agriculture): Course Highlights

Aspirants will find a brief overview and scope of the doctorate program in India.

Course LevelDoctorate
Duration3 years
Examination TypeSemester System
EligibilityM.Sc. Agriculture from a recognized university.
Admission ProcessInterview may be supplemented by a written test and subsequent round of counseling.
Course FeeINR 20,000 and 1.5 Lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 6 and 7.5 Lacs per annum
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Job PositionsAgronomists, or crop scientists, Agricultural economists, Animal Scientists, Food scientists and technologists, Soil and plant scientists, Agricultural Research

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.

Top Institutes offering Ph.D. (Agriculture)

Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer Ph.D. program in Agriculture and average fee charged for the course by the institute.

Name of InstituteCity Average Fees (for Course)
Indian Agricultural Research Institute - [IARI]  New DelhiINR 20,499
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University - [TNAU]  CoimbatoreINR 50,169
Acharya Ng Ranga Agricultural University - [ANGRAU]  HyderabadINR 32,760
Punjab Agricultural University - [PAU]  LudhianaINR 1,67,535
Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute - [IASRI]  New DelhiINR 19,449
Indian Veterinary Research Institute - [IVRI]  BaraillyINR 28,749
National Dairy Research Institute - [NDRI]  KarnalINR 67,899
Veterinary College And Research Institute - [VCRI]  NamakkalINR 96,324
Banasthali UniversityJaipurINR 3,21,000
College Of Veterinary And Animal Sciences - [CVAS]  BikanerINR 42,720
Cochin University Of Science And Technology - [CUSAT]  KochiINR 16,614
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University  SamastipurINR 41,079
Junagadh Agricultural University  JunagadhINR 87,570
Jamia Millia Islamia University -[JMI]  New DelhiINR 41,610
Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University - [MJRP]  JaipurINR 1,71,600
Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya - [JNKVV]  JabalpurINR 99,576
Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya - [IGKV]  RaipurINR 64,746
Dr Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth - [DBSKKV]  RatanagiriINR 51,657
Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya - [UBKV]  Cooch BeharINR 24,000
Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel University Of Agriculture And Technology MeerutINR 2,25,000
Kerala Veterinary And Animal Sciences University - [KVASU]  Pookode , Wayanad PookodeINR 1,30,899
Indira Gandhi National Open University - [IGNOU]  DelhiINR 27,999

Eligibility for Ph.D. (Agriculture)

  1. Candidates who wish to apply for the course should have completed the M.Sc. Agriculture from a recognized university, with Science and Biology subjects.
    M.Sc. in a relevant discipline form a recognized university.
    M.Tech. or ME in with relevant specialization in the field of Agriculture.
  2. The minimum aggregate percentage required in the qualifying examination varies from 60% to 55% depending upon specialization of the program and the institute.

Ph.D. (Agriculture): Admission Process

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: 

  • BHU RET Banaras Hindu University Research Entrance Test (RET)
  • Bharathidasan University PhD Entrance Exam
  • GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)
  • Osmania University PhD Entrance Exam

Ph.D. (Agriculture) : Syllabus and Course Description

The syllabi for Ph.D. in Agriculture would differ offered by the courses A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.

Semester ISemester II
Advances in Agricultural ExtensionOrganizational Development
Advanced Design and Techniques in Social Science ResearchAdvanced instructional Technology
Advances in Training TechnologySeminar-I (Formulation, Plan of Work)
Crop EcologySoil Conservation and Watershed Management
Advances in Crop Growth and ProductivityStress Crop Production
Advances in Water ManagementCrop Production and System Modeling
Advances in Weed Management -
Semester IIISemester IV
Media ManagementTheory Construction in Social Sciences
Transfer of Technology in AgricultureAdvanced Management Techniques
Simulation TechniquesDoctoral Seminar I
Advanced Statistical inferenceDoctoral Seminar II
Advanced Design of ExperimentsDoctoral Research
Advanced Sampling Techniques -
Semester VSemester VI
Advanced EconometricsSeminar-II (Pre-submission)
Quantitative Development Policy AnalysisDoctoral Research
Advanced Micro-economic AnalysisAdvance in Soil Physics
Advanced Macro-economic AnalysisPhysical Chemistry of Soils
Advanced Production EconomicsAdvances in Soil Fertility
 -Soil Genesis and Micropedology
 -Doctoral Research

Ph.D. (Agriculture): Career Prospects

As Agronomists, or crop scientists, successful Doctorate of the course specialize in producing and improving food crops through conducting experiments and developing methods of production.

They may also work as Agricultural economists, Animal scientists, Food scientists and Technologists, Soil and plant Scientists, Agricultural Research, Agricultural Journalists and other related fields. Such doctorates may later pursue advanced courses in the subject such as plants, animals and farming in preparation for expert or academic positions.

Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful Doctorate of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Pay Scale in INR
Agronomists, or Crop ScientistsAgronomists experiment and plan studies to improve crop yields. Study a farm's crop production in order to discern the best ways to plant, harvest, and cultivate the plants, regardless of the climate.INR 6,00,000-7,50,000
Agricultural EconomistsAgricultural economists typically work with agricultural data and statistics in office settings, but they may travel as part of a research group to collect information. Additionally, they may teach and conduct research at colleges and universities with undergraduate or graduate programs in agricultural economics.INR 63,48,908
Animal Scientists Animal scientists typically conduct research on domestic farm animals. With a focus on food production, they explore animal genetics, nutrition, reproduction, diseases, growth, and development. They work to develop efficient ways to produce and process meat, poultry, eggs, and milk. INR 38,65,805
Food Scientists and Technologists Food scientists and technologists use chemistry and other sciences to study the underlying principles of food. Food technologists generally work in product development, applying findings from food science research to develop new or better ways of selecting, preserving, processing, packaging, and distributing food. INR 6,00,000-7,50,000
Soil and Plant Scientists Soil and plant scientists conduct research on soil, crops, and other agricultural products. They develop methods of conserving and managing soil that farmers and forestry companies can use. Plant scientists work to improve crop yields and give advice to food and crop developers about techniques that could enhance production efforts. They develop ways to control pests and weeds.INR 6,00,000-7,50,000
Agricultural ResearchSetting-Up or maintaining laboratory equipment and collect samples from crops or animals. Prepare specimens or record data to assist scientists in biology or related life science experiments.INR 1,50,000
Agricultural JournalismAgricultural Journalism is a fast moving and a challenging profession to meet the farm information requirements of farm graduates, extension workers, media persons and farmers.INR 3,46,511

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