Which course is better- B.Sc in Agriculture or B.Tech in Agricultural Engineering?


Aspirants having B.Sc degree in Agriculture can find lot of higher studies options like M.Sc in Agricultural Botany, M.Sc in Agricultural Entomology, M.Sc in Tea Husbandry and Technology, M.Sc in Farming System Management, M.Sc in Seed Technology etc. But they usually have less career opportunities compared to those having B.Tech in Agricultural Engineering. Agricultural Development Officer, Trial coordinator and Sales Officer are some of the lucrative opportunities available for B.Sc graduates in Agriculture where as B.Tech graduates in Agricultural Engineering can pursue their career as Junior Plantation Engineer, Assistant Plant Manager, Scientist, Junior Research Fellow etc. Even so, B.Sc in Agriculture is best option for those who are looking for a research oriented career as there are lots of Master’s degree program available after this course.

Scope after B.Sc in Agriculture

B.Sc graduates in Agriculture can work as Agricultural Development Officer and earn a salary up to Rs. 15,000/- per month. Experienced graduates can join various manufacturing companies like Kanpur Fertilizers and Cement Limited as Sales Officer with a salary package up to Rs. 2, 00, 000/- per annum. Job profiles available for these graduates in reputed agricultural organizations like National Seeds Corporation Limited, State Farms Corporation of India, etc. are

  • Territory Manager
  • Trial coordinator

Remuneration generally offered for this kind of jobs is from Rs. 1, 00, 000/- to Rs. 3, 00, 000/- per annum.

B.Sc degree holders in Agriculture can widen their career prospects by pursuing higher studies. Possible higher studies options after completing this undergraduate course are

  • M.Sc in Agricultural Botany
  • M.Sc in Agricultural Chemistry
  • M.Sc in Agricultural Extension
  • M.Sc in Agricultural Statistics
  • M.Sc in Agricultural Entomology
  • M.Sc in Extension Education
  • M.Sc in Social Forestry
  • M.Sc in Horticulture Mycology
  • M.Sc in Nematology
  • M.Sc in Plant Ecology
  • M.Sc in Seed Technology
  • M.Sc in Soil Conservation
  • M.Sc in Tea Husbandry and Technology
  • M.Sc in Agricultural Bio-Technology
  • M.Sc in Agricultural Economics
  • M.Sc in Agricultural Engineering
  • M.Sc in Agricultural Zoology
  • M.Sc in Agronomy
  • M.Sc in Forestry
  • M.Sc in Farming System Management
  • M.Sc in Micro Biology
  • M.Sc in Plant Physiology
  • M.Sc in Plant Pathology
  • M.Sc in Soil Science
  • M.Sc in Sericulture

These higher degree courses can enable B.Sc graduates in Agriculture to find lucrative career opportunities like Agricultural Research Scientist, Senior Research Fellows etc.

Scope after B.Tech in Agricultural Engineering

B.Tech degree holders in Agricultural Engineering can pursue their career as Agricultural Development Officer with a salary package of Rs. 20, 000/- per month. It is possible for them to join State Farms Corporation of India as Management Trainee. Monthly emoluments offered for this trainee position is Rs. 16,400/-. Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC) offers the job of Scientist to these graduates with a salary package between Rs. 15, 600/- and Rs. 39,100/- per month.

Experienced graduates can work in Maharashtra State Seeds Corporation Limited as Junior Plant Engineer with monthly emoluments between Rs. 9,300/- and Rs. 34,800/- . If these graduates possess adequate computer knowledge, then they can join Food Corporation of India as Assistant General (III) Technical Officer with salary package ranging from Rs. 9,300/- to Rs. 22,940/- per month.

B.Tech graduates can find more lucrative career opportunities after pursuing higher studies like

  • M.Tech in Soil and Water Engineering
  • M.Tech in Plant Design
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Post Harvest Technology
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Plantation Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Regulations in Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Pulp and Paper Technology

M.Tech graduates in Plant Design can work as Plant Engineer, Senior Scientist, etc. where as Post Graduate Diploma holders in Plantation Management can work as Plant Manager.

Which course is better?

While comparing with career opportunities and salary package, B.Tech in Agricultural Engineering is much better than B.Sc in Agriculture. Average salary package offered for these graduates is up to Rs. 3, 00, 000/- per annum. But average salary package in the case of B.Tech graduates in Agricultural Engineering is up to Rs. 7, 00, 000/- per annum. They can find numerous opportunities in State Farms Corporation of India, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), National Seeds Corporation Limited and Food Corporation of India. Even so, if the candidates are more interested in research field than technical field, then B.Sc in Agriculture is better option as there are lot of higher studies options.



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One Response to “Which course is better- B.Sc in Agriculture or B.Tech in Agricultural Engineering?”

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    Manish kumar:

    Sir I am diploma holder in agriculture engg. Sirsa What option better for my career in b.tech or b.sc