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B.Sc. Agriculture vs B.Sc. Horticulture


B.Sc. Agriculture vs B.Sc. Horticulture

Which is best, a B.Sc. in agriculture or a B.Sc. in horticulture. This question is relevant to those students who are studying agriculture in 11th/12th. So it is very necessary and important for them to be aware about this question. Because many of them don’t know which will be the right option for further study.

(1). B.Sc. Agriculture vs (2). B.Sc. Horticulture

Also read: Which is the best subject in M. Sc. Agriculture?

(1). B.Sc. Agriculture?

Semesters: It is a four-year degree programme. The degree programme has total 8 semesters. Each semester is of 6 months.

Faculties: Department of agricultural extension education, Department of agricultural economics, Department of agricultural engineering, Department of agronomy, Department of agricultural meteorology, Department of animal husbandry, Department of agricultural statistics, Department of entomology, Department of fisheries, Department of genetics and plant breeding, Department of horticulture, Department of plant pathology, Department of plant physiology, Department of soil science.

Also read: Faculties in an agricultural university in India

Major subjects: Agricultural extension education, Agricultural economics, Agricultural engineering, Agronomy, Agricultural meteorology, Animal husbandry, Agricultural statistics, Entomology, Fisheries, Genetics and plant breeding, horticulture, Plant pathology, Plant physiology, Soil science.

1.1: Why B.Sc. Agriculture?

Study programme

  • It is the major professional degree in the field of agriculture.
  • The UG and PG courses cover all the necessary subjects.
  • Agricultural colleges have more resources.
  • Practical classes are very good.
  • Theory classes are vey good.
  • More UG seats are available.
  • Semester fee is low.
  • Availability of more PG seats.
  • More PhD seats are available.
  • Overall there is more scope.

Knowledge

  • Field of knowledge is very broad.

Job and placement

Students will be eligible for the following government jobs:

  • Rural Horticultural Extension Officer.
  • Senior Horticultural Development officer.
  • Assistant Director of Horticulture.
  • Assistant Professor.
  • IBPS Agricultural Field Officer.

Other government jobs in the field of agriculture.

Similarly, there are many private companies offering jobs with a very good package each year.

(2). B.Sc. Horticulture?

Semesters: It is also a four-year degree programme. The degree programme has total 8 semesters. Each semester is of 6 months.

Major faculties: Department of Pomology, Department of Floriculture, Department of olericulture, Department of Post Harvest Management, Other associate department.

Major subject: Pomology or fruit science, Olericulture or vegetable science, Floriculture and landscape architecture or flower science, Post Harvest Management.

Other subjects: Applied Entomology, Agricultural economics, Agricultural meteorology, Agricultural statistics, Entomology, Genetics and plant breeding, Plant pathology, Plant physiology, Soil science.

2.1: Why B.Sc. Horticulture?

Study programme

  • It is the major professional degree in the field of Horticulture.
  • The UG and PG courses cover all the necessary subjects from horticulture.

Job and placement

Students will be eligible for the following government jobs:

  • Subject Matter Specialist.
  • IBPS Agricultural Field Officer.

Other government jobs in the field of horticulture.

Similarly, there are many private companies offering jobs with a very good package each year.

(3). Which is better?

B.Sc. Agriculture is better than B.Sc. Horticulture.

  • Horticultural colleges have less resources.
  • Practical classes are average.
  • Theory classes are average.
  • UG seats are less.
  • Semester fee is hish in case of private colleges.
  • Availability of PG seats are less.
  • More PhD seats are available.
  • Overall there is less scope as compared to B. Sc. in agriculture.

(4). My case

In my case, I was also confused after the final examination of 12th. I cleared PAT of pre agriculture test in my first attempt, secondly my overall rank was good. I have to choose between B. Sc. in horticulture and B. Sc. in agriculture, and I decided to choose the 1st option. You wouldn’t believe that I could stay with my decision for only 3 days. After that, I secured 8th rank in the pre agriculture test, and completed UG (B.Sc. in agriculture)  and PG from the same agricultural University.

(5). Example of another student

  • Amit did UG from a horticultural college.
  • It was a private college.
  • He wanted to pursue PG degree programme after the completion of B. Sc. in horticulture.
  • But, he couldn’t secure a good rank in the Common Entrance Test (CET).
  • With this rank, he could have been selected for another faculty, such as agribusiness management.
  • Due to the minimum number of seats available in M.Sc. in horticulture, he has been unable to pursue his further study.

Last updated: 05-11-2021 (5 November, 2021)

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