April 7, 2016

ICAR Colleges

Agriculture Colleges for BSc Agriculture in India

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) with its Headquarters in New Delhi has a vast network of institutions spread across the country. There are 4 deemed universities, 62 specialized institutions, 14 national research centers, 6 National Bureaux, 14 project directories directly functioning under the able guidance of ICAR. Additionally, ICAR also supports 69 state agricultural universities, one central agricultural university, 261 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (farm clinics) and eight trainers training centers. Click here for a complete list of ICAR Accredited Agriculture Universities and their constituent/affiliated agriculture colleges that offer 4 year ICAR recognized Ag BSc courses in India. In-order to get admission for BSc Agriculture course in any of these universities or university affiliated colleges, the aspirant needs to secure a rank in the AIEEA-UG (All India Entrance Examination for Admission into Under Graduate Agriculture Courses) conducted by ICAR every year. However, there are some private agriculture colleges particularly in the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Chattisgarh, where certain percentage of seats, the quantity varies from 20% to 50% of the total intake capacity, can be filled directly by the colleges or by the concerned universities, under management quota without any entrance exam. Sri Krishna Academy help the aspiring students by providing career and admission guidance to obtain seat in the private colleges under management quota.

There are around 74 private agricultural colleges and 18 Government / Aided / Constituent Agricultural Colleges to 4 State Agricultural Universities in Maharashtra. Click here to see the List of agriculture colleges in Maharashtra offering BSc Agriculture course. After Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu has 7 Government / Aided / Constituent Agricultural Colleges and 17 private agriculture colleges directly affiliated to its state agricultural university, i.e. Tamil Nadu Agriculture University (TNAU), Coimbatore. Click here to to see the complete list of agriculture colleges in Tamil Nadu offering Ag BSc course under TNAU. Another state having private agriculture colleges is the state of Chattisgarh, where 12 Government / Aided / Constituent Colleges and 9 private agriculture colleges under its state agriculture university, i.e. Indira Gandhi Agricultural University (IGAU), Raipur are offering BSc Agriculture course. Apart from these private agriculture colleges, there is also a deemed university under private management, i.e. Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture Technology and Sciences (SHIATS), Formerly known as Allahabad Agriculture Institute, having the accreditation of ICAR and offering BSc Agriculture courses.

For a list of all government and private agriculture colleges in India that offer BSc Agriculture and recognized by ICAR, Please click here. For all those colleges offering BSc Agriculture course through general / regular universities, but not recognized by ICAR, please click here.

Why ICAR Colleges?

When you decided to study Agriculture BSc, joining at ICAR accredited/supported/funded/recognised University affiliated colleges is a wise decision. This will not only ensure you in getting the best education, but also helps you in getting the government/private jobs, going for higher education in India or abroad and for getting financial support for self employment under certain government sponsored schemes etc.

There are 2 major benefits of studying in ICAR recognized universities/colleges. The first one is the eligibility for state agriculture jobs and the second one is to become eligible for studying MSc Agriculture in ICAR Universities/Colleges. For easy reference, individual state-wise details of eligibility for agriculture jobs and eligibility for MSc Agriculture are given below.

Central Government Posts: Applicable for all candidates from all states and UT in India. There are mainly two posts in central government for Agriculture graduates. One is Agriculture Field Officer in Banks and the other one is Indian Forest Service (IFS) recruited by UPSC. For Agriculture Field Officer (IFO), many nationalized banks and some private banks recruit through Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). The basic eligibility for the AFO is 4 year Degree (graduation) in Agriculture/Horticulture/Forestry/Agricultural Biotechnology/Food Science/Agriculture Business Management/Animal Husbandry/Veterinary Science/Dairy Science/Agri. Engineering/Fishery Science/Pisciculture/Agri Marketing & Cooperation/Co-operation & Banking/Agro-Forestry from any Universities/College recognized by Government of India OR approved by government regulatory body, as you can see from the recent recruitment notice from IBPS.  That means a graduate in the above given subjects from any private/government university or college is eligible to apply. There is no need of ICAR recognition for this post. Just that particular college/university must be a government recognized, which means the university/college must have state/central government approval and must have been listed in the UGC list. Same thing with IFS posts recruited by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) through Civil Service Exams, there is no mention of ICAR recognition for BSc as it is evident from the IFS recruitment notice by UPSC.

State Government Posts:

  • S01-Uttar Pradesh:
  • S02-Maharashtra:
  • S03-Bihar:
  • S04-West Bengal:
  • S05-Madhya Pradesh:
    • For Government Jobs: to be updated
    • For private jobs in Madhya Pradesh, see the current job openings
  • S06-Tamil Nadu:
  • S07-Rajasthan:
  • S08-Karnataka:
  • S09-Gujarat:
  • S10-Andhra Pradesh:
    • For Government Jobs: Andhra Pradesh government recruits Agriculture Development Officer Posts for which Ag BSc is the minimum qualification required. As you can see in the Latest Andhra Pradesh Government Agriculture Development Officer Job Notification, the basic eligibility for this gazetted rank post is BSc Agriculture in ICAR recognized University/College. Similarly for Studying MSc in ICAR universities/colleges, the qualification required is BSc in ICAR colleges as you can see in the Latest MSc Eligibility Notification by ANGRAU. That means, Ag BSc graduates from Non ICAR colleges are neither eligible for Agriculture Development Officer (ADO) nor they can study MSc in ICAR universities/Colleges in AP.
    • However, for Agriculture Extension Officer (Grade-II) posts and Horticulture Officer Posts of AP, there is no such requirements. Any one with BSc Agriculture degree from any UGC recognized university/college in India is eligible for Agriculture Extension Officer (AEO) Posts and Any one with BSc Horticulture degree from any UGC recognized university/college is eligible for Horticulture Officer posts. Similarly, for Forest Range Officer (FRO) posts in AP, there is no need of ICAR recognition.
    • For jobs in private sector in AP, see the latest job openings.
  • S11-Odisha:
  • S12-Telangana:
    • For Government Jobs: Telangana Government recruits Agriculture Development Officer Posts for which Ag BSc is the minimum qualification required. As you can see in the Latest Telangana Government Agriculture Development Officer Job Notification, the basic eligibility for this gazetted rank post is BSc Agriculture in ICAR recognized University/College. Similarly for Studying MSc in ICAR universities/colleges, the qualification required is BSc in ICAR colleges as you can see in the Latest MSc Eligibility Notification by ANGRAU. That means, Ag BSc graduates from Non ICAR colleges are neither eligible for Agriculture Development Officer (ADO) nor they can study MSc in ICAR universities/Colleges in Telangana.
    • However, for Agriculture Extension Officer (Grade-II) posts and Horticulture Officer Posts of Telangana, there is no such requirements. Any one with BSc Agriculture degree from any UGC recognized university/college in India is eligible for Agriculture Extension Officer Posts and Any one with BSc Horticulture degree from any UGC recognized university/college is eligible for Horticulture Officer posts. Similarly, for Forest Range Officer (FRO) posts in Telangana, there is no need of ICAR recognition.
    • For private jobs in Telangana, see the current job openings
  • S13-Kerala:
  • S14-Jharkhand:
  • S15-Assam:
  • S16-Punjab:
  • S17-Chhattisgarh:
  • S18-Haryana:
  • S19-Jammu and Kashmir:
    • For Government Jobs: to be updated
    • For private jobs in Jammu and Kashmir, see the current job openings
  • S20-Uttarakhand:
  • S21-Himachal Pradesh:
    • For Government Jobs: to be updated
    • For private jobs in Himachal Pradesh, see the current job openings
  • S22-Tripura:
  • S23-Meghalaya:
  • S24-Manipur:
  • S25-Nagaland:
  • S26-Goa:
  • S27-Arunachal Pradesh:
    • For Government Jobs: to be updated
    • For private jobs in Arunachal Pradesh, see the current job openings
  • S28-Mizoram:
    • For Government Jobs: to be updated
    • For other private jobs in Mizoram, see the current job openings
  • S29-Sikkim:
  • NCT-Delhi:
  • UT1-Puducherry:
  • UT2-Chandigarh:
  • UT3-Andaman and Nicobar Islands:
    • For Government Jobs: to be updated
    • For private jobs in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, see the current job openings
  • UT4-Dadra and Nagar Haveli:
    • For Government Jobs: to be updated
    • For private jobs in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, see the current job openings
  • UT5-Daman and Diu:
    • For Government Jobs: to be updated
    • For private jobs in Daman and Diu, see the current job openings
  • UT6-Lakshadweep: