MSc Agriculture in Plant Pathology is a 2-years postgraduate agriculture science and technology course which is split into four semester. It is one of the core branches of agriculture that deals with the causes, diagnosis and management of plant diseases. MSc Agriculture Plant Pathology course familiarizes students with issues related to crop protection, environmental problems caused by overuse of pesticides, microbes that cause illness in plants, different types of plant diseases, various factors that are responsible for plant epidemics and the application of environmentally friendly methods for plant protection. The basic eligibility criteria for admission, Students should have secured minimum 50% marks in Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Plant Sciences, Horticultural Sciences, Crop Sciences, Forestry, Biology or other related fields from an accredited higher learning institution Admission to this course is usually based on the score obtained by a candidate in an MSc entrance exam. Some colleges also offer admission on merit basis. The average tuition fee charged in India for the course ranges between INR 5,000 and 1.2 Lacs for a span of 3 years. The average annual salary offered to successful Plant Pathologists ranges between INR 2 to 5 Lacs, increasing with experience and skillset in the field.
M.Sc. in Plant Pathology: Top Entrances
Here is the list of some top entrance exams.
1) ICAR AIEEA
3) FRI University Admission Test
M.Sc. in Plant Pathology: Job Profiles
Some of the various job profiles are listed below:
• Plant Specialist
• Plant Pathologist
• Health Educators
• Health Manager
• Consultant etc.
M.Sc. in Plant Pathology: Top Recruiting Companies
Industries that popularly hire such postgraduates include:
• Biological control companies
• Biotechnology firms
• Botanical gardens
• Colleges and universities
• Agricultural consulting companies
• Agricultural firms
• Agricultural Research Services
• Agrochemical companies
• Animal & Plant Health Inspection Services
• Forest Services
• International agricultural research centers
• Lawn and landscape maintenance firms.
• Diagnostic laboratories
• EPAs (Environmental Protection Agencies)