Over the last few decades' agriculture in India is not just confined to ploughing fields, planting seeds, harvesting crops and feeding livestock. With cutting edge research and technological innovation, the focus of agriculture has now shifted from traditional roles to various other dimensions such as horticulture, poultry, farming, dairy farming and agriculture biotechnology. Agriculture is also being commercialised as proper attention is given to packaging, labelling, branding, and agro-product distribution. This diversification of agriculture has thrown open many career opportunities for BSc and MSc agricultural graduates in this field.
So, suppose you are interested in pursuing a career in this thriving sector. In that case, an effective way to get started is by enrolling yourself in a university/college that offers a degree in BSc in agriculture. Several universities/colleges across India provides BSc agriculture undergraduate course. The course duration, fee structure and admission procedure may vary from university to university.
In Gujarat, BSc Agriculture is a 3-4 years undergraduate course and admission is done based on a common entrance exam. Some of the top universities in Gujarat from where you can pursue a BSc in agriculture are JAU (Junagadh Agriculture University), AAU (Anand Agricultural University), School of Agriculture, RAI University and Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University (SDAU) Palanpur. Admissions to these colleges are majorly made based on merit or GUJCET-2022 (Gujarat common entrance test) conducted by Gujarat Secondary & Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB).
The eligibility criterion for admission to BSc agricultural course may vary from one university to another. However, most of the educational institutions in Gujarat require an applicant to have successfully passed the 12th class exam from a recognised board with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as main subjects. In addition to this, the applicant must have appeared for GUJCET of the current year.
|Course name||BSc Agriculture|
|Top Universities/Colleges offering this course||Junagadh Agricultural University (AICTE ICAR Accredited|
|Anand Agricultural University (ICAR UGC recognised)|
|School of Agriculture RAI University Ahmedabad|
|Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University (SDAU) Palanpur|
|Parul University Vadodara (COA PCI INC GNC MCI Accredited)|
|Swarnim University Gandhinagar(INC AICTE UGC Accredited)|
|GGU Sidhpur ( COA AICTE UGC Accredited)|
All admissions to BSc agriculture courses in Gujarat universities are made through BSc Agriculture Entrance Test included in GUJCET (Gujarat common entrance test). GUJCET is a state-level entrance exam held annually for candidates seeking admission to professional engineering and pharmacy courses. This exam is conducted by Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) at many examination centres throughout the state.
Following is a tentative official schedule of the GUJCET Agriculture entrance exam 2022
|Events||Dates 2022 (announced)|
|Release of notification||21st January 2022|
|The application process starts from||25th January 2022|
|End of registration||5th February 2022|
|Availability of admit card||8th April 2022|
|GUJCET 2022 Exam date||18th April 2022|
|Provisional answer key||27th April 2022|
|Final answer key||To be notified|
|Declaration of result||1st week of June 2022|
|Starting of counselling||To be notified|
Below are the complete details of how to fill and submit the application form
The exam pattern comprises the mode of examination, the number of questions, duration, total marks etc. The detailed GUJCET exam pattern is as mentioned below:
Gujarat Common Entrance Test (GUJCET 2022) syllabus is based on the NCERT curriculum for class 10+2 science stream (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology of Gujarat state board). Students are advised to download the GUJCET 2022 practice papers to know about the type and level of questions asked in the exam. Any changes in the syllabus will be notified to students along with the release of exam dates.
The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board will announce the result tentatively in May. Students can download their results from the official website result.gseb.org.
The admission committee for professional courses in Gujarat will start the counselling session for BSc agricultural admission in various agricultural colleges tentatively in June 2022. The admission committee generally conducts two rounds of counselling sessions.
To claim a category-wise seat reservation in the GUJCET-2022 Agricultural entrance test, the candidate must possess a reservation certificate. The candidates will have to produce the reservation certificate at the time of the counselling session. The reservation percentage for different categories of students is as follows:
|Socially and educationally backwards including widows and orphans belonging to any caste||27%|
|Scheduled Tribe (ST)||15%|
|Unreserved economically weaker section||10%|
|Children of defence personnel and ex-servicemen||1%|
Pursuing a degree in BSc agriculture can provide you with in-depth knowledge and skills to take up employment in various public and private sector institutions. You can work in research centres, financial institutions (NABARD) and companies engaged in agriculture, dairy farming, horticulture, animal husbandry, and other agriculture and food processing sectors, or you can become an entrepreneur in agriculture and earn a handsome income from it.
Candidates who wish to be an academician or get involved in research activity may opt for an MSc in agriculture followed by a PhD after graduation in their respective field. MSc agriculture is a two-year course and offers practical knowledge where the students will have to go to the field to get hands-on working experience. There are multiple specialisations available to students at the MSc level like Agronomy, Biotechnology, Entomology, Soil Science, and Forestry, to name a few. Students can choose the right specialisation keeping their interests, aspirations and career prospects. Admission for the MSc agriculture course may either be direct or based on marks scored by candidates in the MSc Agriculture entrance test 2022 conducted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
In Gujarat, admission for MSc Agriculture and PhD programs are made through Gujarat State-Agricultural Universities Common Admission (GSAUCA). In addition to this, the students must have scored at least 60% (55% for SC/ST/SEBC) marks in their four-year bachelor's degree course in agriculture.