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M.Tech. in Soil and Water Conservation is a 2- year postgraduate course, divided into four semesters of six months each. The course essentially explores the concepts and techniques involved in making efficient use of soil and water, with the end aim of improving soil productivity, and preventing and addressing water wastage.

The basic qualification needed to be attained for applying to the course is graduation (B.E/B.Tech.) in a relevant discipline, completed from a recognized university. The course is offered in India at an average annual course fee ranging between INR 2 and 6 Lacs, varying across institutes.  

Upon successful completion of the course, students can explore lucrative employment opportunities in both government and private sectors, with an initial average annual salary ranging between INR 3 and 10 Lacs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise.

Top Colleges for Master of Technology [M.Tech] (Soil Water Conservation Engineering)

  • ME/M.Tech in Delhi-NCR
  • ME/M.Tech in Maharashtra
  • ME/M.Tech in Chennai
  • ME/M.Tech in Uttar Pradesh
  • ME/M.Tech in Telangana

M.Tech. in Soil and Water Conservation: Course Highlights

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

Course LevelPostgraduate
DurationTwo Years
EligibilityB.E/B. Tech degree from a recognized university
Admission ProcessCounseling after taking entrance test
Examination TypeSemester System
Course FeeINR 2 to 6 Lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 3 to 10 Lacs
Major Entrance ExaminationsGATE, BITSAT, GGSIPU, IIIT, etc.

M.Tech. in Soil & Water Conservation: What is it About?

The course principally aims to familiarize enrolled students on an advanced level with the application of engineering techniques to various soil and water management problems, such as erosion control, drainage, irrigation, flood control, moisture conservation, water resource development, etc.

The course has been designed to impart to students theoretical and practical training in the subject, to understand the concept of efficient usage of soil and water. The primary objective is to create personnel who can efficiently contribute to improving the fertility and productivity of the Indian rural land, and lessen farmers’ dependency on fertilizers and other chemicals, through innovative and efficient water conservation and management methods.

M.Tech. in Soil and Water Conservation: Who Should opt?

Ideal students of the course would have interest in agriculture and agricultural practices, passion to improve Indian farmers’ farming ways, and subsequently, lives, and interest in contributing to the productivity of the cultivable land of India.

Such candidates possessing an analytical mind, good judgement, and problem solving skills, are ideally suited for the course.

Top Institutes offering M.Tech. in Soil and Water Conservation

Listed below are some of those top institutes providing the course in the country, along with the corresponding locations and the average fee changed by each.

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)Mumbai50,000
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)Delhi59,150
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)Guwahati51,700
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)Kanpur33,184
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)Chennai50,000
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)Roorkee59,200
Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS)Pilani2,50,000
Indian School of Mines University (ISMU)Dhanbad-
Indian Institute of Science (IISc)Bangalore21,500
NRI Institute of TechnologyGuntur28,000
Adarsh College of EngineeringOrissa28,000
Aravali Institute of Technical StudiesRajasthan70,000
Babu Banarasidas National Institute of Technology and Management - NITMLucknow1,40,000
Bharath UniversityTamil Nadu1,00,000
College of EngineeringPune85,000
GD Goenka UniversityDelhi NCR1,50,000
Government College of EngineeringMaharashtra80,000
ITM UniversityGurugram1,00,000
National Institute of Technology - NIT RourkelaOrissa91,000

Eligibility for M. Tech in Soil and Water Conservation

For admission to the course, candidates are required to have completed graduation (B.E/B.Tech.) in Agriculture/Civil Engineering, or another related specialization, with a minimum aggregate score of 60%, completed from a recognized university.

Also, aspiring candidates are advised to have a work experience of a minimum of one year, as most institutes prefer candidates with professional experience.

Candidates appearing in graduation’s final year’s examinations are also eligible to apply for the course on provisional basis.

M.Tech. in Soil and Water Conservation: Admission Process

For admission to most institutes offering the course in the country, eligible candidates are required to pass a relevant entrance examination, conducted at any of university, State, and national levels.

Subsequently, qualifying students are needed to go through final rounds of counseling based on performance in the preceding rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview, wherein candidates’ general aptitude for the course is analyzed.

Some of the major such entrance examinations conducted in the country are listed below.

  • GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Learning)
  • BITSAT for Birla Institute of Science & Technology
  • GGSIPU Engineering CET Entrance Examination
  • IIIT entrance exam for Indian Institute of Information Technology.

M.Tech. in Soil and Water Conservation: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.

Semester I

Head Water Hydrology
On-Farm Irrigation Engineering
Elective 1

Semester II

Elective 2
Elective 3
Head Water Hydrology Lab
On Farm Irrigation Engineering Lab

Semester III

Soil Conservation Structure Design
Farm Drainage Systems Design
Elective 4
Elective 5

Semester IV

Elective 6 (HSS/IEM)
Soil Conservation Structure Design Lab
Comprehensive Viva Voice
Thesis Part 1
Thesis Part 2

M. Tech. in Soil and Water Conservation: Career Prospects

As an academic discipline, Soil and Water Conservation is an offshoot of Agriculture Engineering. Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are tabulated below, with their corresponding salaries and basic job responsibilities.

HydrologistsTo measure the properties of bodies of water, such as volume and stream flow, to collect water and soil samples to test for certain properties, such as the pH or pollution levels, and to analyze data on the environmental impacts of pollution, erosion, drought, and such problems.INR 3 to 6 Lacs
Research OfficerTo work with team members to identify project goals, research methods, variables, and other test parameters, and to choose how to collect data and offer recommendations on evaluating the project.INR 3.5 to 7 Lacs
Soil Conservation OfficerTo help landowners with issues such as soil, water, air, plants, and animal resource management, and also help in soil, water, and environmental conservation as they relate to agricultural operations and land use measures.INR 3 to 6 Lacs
LecturerTo teach at undergraduate and graduate level in areas allocated and reviewed from time to time by the Head of Department.INR 3 to 7 Lacs
Senior Scientist- Soil ScienceTo examine different kinds of soil from a diverse range of terrains and geographical locations in order to study their physical composition and chemical properties, and to assess and evaluate the impact of certain soil types on agricultural enterprises.INR 4 to 8 Lacs

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