Agriculture Entomology: Description and Fundamentals

18Sep,2020
By Sarada Rath

Entomology is the study of insects and related organisms. Insects play a huge part in agricultural processes. The study of involvement and implications of insects on Agriculture is called Agricultural Entomology. Insects have different types of interactions with humans, crops, and other life forms on the planet. They are both beneficial and harmful. They damage crops, ornamental plants, transmit diseases, etc. This course imparts knowledge to students about the effects of Entomology towards the ecosystem. 

What you will focus on? 

  • Interaction with plants and insects
  • Effect of Entomology on ecosystem
  • Understanding land quality
  • Effects of insecticides and pesticides on crops
  • How insects control biological conditions and pollination

Highlights:

Course Name Agriculture Entomology
Course Level

B.Sc. in Agricultural Entomology

M.Sc. in Agricultural Entomology

Duration

B.Sc: 3 years

M.Sc: 2 years

Examination Type Semester Type
Eligibility

B.Sc. in Agricultural Entomology:

  • The student should have 10+2 or equivalent in science with 50% minimum marks 
  • The student should have graduated from a recognized college or university

M.Sc. in Agricultural Entomology:

  • The student should have a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in science with 50% minimum marks 
  • The student should have graduated from a recognized college or university
Top Recruiters Agriculture Departments, Forensic Labs, Defence Services, Laboratories, Academic Institutes, Defense Services, Forest Departments, Private Clinics
Top Career/Job Profiles Research Associate, Junior Research Fellow, Entomologist, Forensic Entomologist, Associate Professor, Survey Entomologist


Top Colleges:

Candidates can pursue various courses in Agriculture Entomology at many top institutes of India. A few of those institute names are mentioned below:

Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates who want to pursue a career in Agricultural Entomology need to check the eligibility criteria before applying to an entrance exam or to a college. Many institutes accept candidates based on the score of a particular entrance exam, while other institutes accept candidates on merit basis. The table mentioned below provides information regarding eligibility for B.Sc and M.Sc in Agriculture Entomology.

Course Duration Eligibility Entrance
B.Sc. in Agricultural Entomology 3 years
  • The student should have 10 and +2 or equivalent in science from a recognized university
  • Must have scored a minimum of 50% (45% for reserved categories)
ICAR AIEEA, JEE Main
M.Sc. in Agricultural Entomology 2 years
  • The student should have a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in science from a recognized university
  • The student must have scored a minimum of 50% in his/her undergraduate
GATE


Syllabus:

For B.Sc. in Agricultural Entomology

The following subjects are in the syllabus of B.Sc. in Agricultural Entomology:

The Insects Principles of Entomology
Insect Field Biology Biology & Identification of Urban Pests
Principles of Urban Pest Management Tree & Shrub Insects
Tropical Horticultural Entomology Insect Classification
Social Insects Medical & Veterinary Entomology
Principles of Nematology Fundamentals of Pest Management
Urban Vertebrate Pest Management: Rodents, Birds & Wildlife -


For M.Sc. in Agricultural Entomology:

Master of Science (M.Sc) is for 2 years with 4 semesters. The syllabus includes:

Year I:

Semester I Semester II
Insect Ecology Insect Pathology
Principles of Taxonomy Toxicology of Insecticides
Insect Morphology Classification of Insects
Biological Control of Crop Pests and Weeds Principles of Integrated Pest Management
Insect Anatomy, Physiology, and Nutrition Plant Resistance to Insects
Storage Entomology Insect Vectors of Plant Viruses and Other Pathogens


Year II:

Semester III Semester IV
Pests of Horticultural and Plantation Crops Vertebrate Pest Management
Pests of Field Crops Soil Arthropods and Their Management
General Acarology Techniques in Plant Protection
Project Plant Quarantine
  Master’s Research


Admission Process

In Agriculture Entomology there are two courses, B.Sc, and M.Sc. To get admitted into these courses, candidates have to apply to their respective colleges that provide these courses. While many colleges provide admission through entrance exams, there are colleges that give admission through merit list or marks secured in its equivalent qualifying degree. For B.Sc in Agriculture Entomology there are entrances such as JEE Main, ICAR AIEEA, etc. For M.Sc in Agriculture Entomology candidates can give entrance such as GATE to get admission.

Skills Required

The skills required for the course study of Agriculture Entomology are:

  • High Analytical, and scientific aptitude skills.
  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving abilities.
  • Interest in the Entomology.
  • Good communication
  • Good Research Skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Collect information in an organized and timely manner and analyze data
  • Acquire basic knowledge of the principles and practices
  • Formulate hypotheses and interpret data in the plant sciences

Global Average salary 

$72,397

Growth rate of the job 
(2018-2028) 

7%

Average salary in India 

4 - 6 Lakh Rupees per Annum


Top Entrances:

1. ICAR AIEEA (Indian Council of Agricultural Research  All India Entrance Examination):

  • Minimum Qualification: Should have completed 10, +2 from a recognized board with the compulsory subject of  Physics, Chemistry, and one of the subjects among Biology/ Mathematics/ Agriculture/Home Science.
  • Exam Date: 16th, 17th, 22nd September 2020

2. JEE Main (Joint Entrance Examination):

  • Minimum Qualification: Should have completed 10, +2  with the compulsory subject of  Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
  • Exam Duration: 3 Hours
  • Exam Mode: Online

3. GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering):

  • Minimum Qualification: Passed a Bachelor's degree in Science (Post-Diploma/ 4-years after 10+2) or currently appearing (4th year) of degree.
  • Exam Date: 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 February 2021
  • Exam Duration: 3 Hours
  • Exam Mode: Online

4. OUAT (Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology):

  • Minimum Qualification: For UG - Must have completed 10+2 with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks. For PG - Must have completed Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 60% aggregate marks.
  • Exam Duration: 2 Hours
  • Exam Mode: Offline

5. KEAM (Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical Exam):

  • Minimum Qualification: The student should have completed 10+2 with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks.
  • Exam Duration: 2.5 Hours
  • Exam Mode: Offline

Career and Job prospects:

After completing the course in Agriculture Entomology, generally, students engage in research and experiments of land quality, details about crops, fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides quality. They usually work in labs and companies that make fertilizers. Some students also go into the teaching line at top universities and colleges after completing their Masters. 

Job Profile and Average Salary:

Job Profile Average Salary Per Annum
Entomologist 5 - 6 Lakh Rupees
Forensic Entomologist 4 - 5 Lakh Rupees
Survey Entomologist 3.5 - 4.5 Lakh Rupees
Forest Entomologist 3.5 - 4.5 Lakh Rupees
Junior Research Fellow 5 - 6 Lakh Rupees
Professor 5 - 6 Lakh Rupees


Employment Areas:

  • Defence Sector
  • Forensic Labs
  • Biological control base companies
  • Fertilizer companies
  • Universities or colleges
  • Forest departments
  • Seed Industry
  • Food Industry
  • Agrochemical Industry

Top Recruiters:

  • JK Agri Genetic
  • Bharat Agri
  • Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertiliser Company (GNFC)
  • Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore
  • Nath Bio-Genes Ltd
  • Kaveri Seed Company Ltd
  • Raghuvansh Agrofarms Ltd
  • HPC Biosciences Ltd

Top Hiring Cities in India:

  • Hyderabad
  • Pune
  • Vadodara
  • Kanpur
  • Delhi
  • Mumbai

FAQs

Q: What is Agriculture Entomology?
A: The study of involvement and implications of insects on Agriculture is called Agricultural Entomology. 

Q: What is the minimum qualification required for an M.Sc in Agricultural Entomology?
A: The minimum qualification is mentioned below:

  • The student should have a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in science
  • The student should have secure a minimum of 50% aggregate marks

Q: What are the top entrance exams for B.Sc. in Agricultural Entomology?
A: Top entrances that allow admission into B.Sc. in Agricultural Entomology are:

  • ICAR AIEEA
  • OUAT
  • KEAM

Q: What is the average salary of an Agricultural Entomologist?
A: That average salary of an Agricultural Entomologist ranges from 4 - 6 lakh rupees per annum.

Also Read: Promising Career Options in Agriculture in India

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