Agricultural Engineering Career

Thursday, 3. December 2009

India is an agrarian country dependent on indigenous methods of agriculture and food production to feed its vast population. Presently, it is undergoing scarcity of production of cereals, pulses, sugar etc and is forced to import huge buffer stocks at great cost. All this is due to inefficient traditional methods of agriculture and irrigation giving low yields per acre. Hence, qualified agricultural engineers are the need of the hour. Lucrative careers in Agricultural engineering are open in the Ministry of Food & Agriculture, Govt of India and the various Agricultural Research Stations/Institutes in the country.

Eligibility, Entrance Exams and Courses:

In order to pursue a B.E. or B.Tech Course in Agricultural Engineering, a candidate must qualify in the IIT-JEE entrance examination. He/she must fulfill each of the following conditions:

  • Can attempt JEE only twice, in consecutive years.
  • Should have passed (10+2) or equivalent qualifying examination in 2008 or should be appearing in 2009, and secure at least 60% (55% for SC/ST & Physically disabled) with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as compulsory subjects with a high percentage of marks.
  • Minimum age limit of 25 yrs as on 1st October (30 yrs for SC/ST and PD candidates).

Each State has its own particular eligibility criteria and entrance exams. Some famous Engineering Institutions have their own entrance exams like EAMCET for A.P, KCET for Karnataka and TCET for Tamil Nadu which are usually conducted in the month of May-June. Candidates should ascertain precise details directly from these Institutions.

Top Colleges for Courses in Electrical Engineering:

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai-600036
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur-208016
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur-721302
  • IIT Delhi,Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016  Ph: 011-26582020, Fax 011-26857659
  • IIT Mumbai,Powai, Mumbai,Maharashtra – 400076  Ph: +91-22-2572-2545.
  • IIT Guwahati, Guwahati 781001 (Assam) Ph: 0361-2697088

Some of the other famous institutions offering courses in Agricultural Engineering/Science are listed below:-

  • College of Agricultural Engineering, Ludhiana, Bachelors of Science (Agriculture). College of Agricultural Engineering, Punjab University
    Ludhiana – 141 004. Punjab: Phone: +91–2401960-79. For B.Sc the eligible candidates should have passed in 10+2 examination in Science stream.
  • The Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering (CIAE) Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering
    Nabi Bagh, Berasia Road Bhopal 462 038 .Phone: +91-755-2737191

Postgraduate degree in Agriculture Energy.Should hold B.E/B.Tech degree in the relevant stream to pursue M.E/M.Tech studies.

  • The College of Engineering, Guindy.Affiliated to Anna University. Agricultural and Irrigation Engineering Geo Informatics.Eligibility: To be eligible, the candidates have to clear 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as subjects.
    Post Graduate: The aspirants should have done BE/BTech in the respective fields with adequate marks.
  • Aligarh College of Engineering & Technology, popularly referred to as ACET Undergraduate course in Agricultural Engineering Mathura Road, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh: +91-571-0571-2415300. Undergraduate: BE / B Tech
    The candidates should have passed Intermediate examination or equivalent (10+2) from any recognized Board with Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry/ Bio-technology/ Computer Science.
  • The Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology is located at Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat. Near Indroda Circle
    Gandhinagar – 382 007.Phone: +91-2712-3052-0000. Offers M.Sc ICT in Agriculture and Rural Development
  • College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology.
    Dr Punjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth,Krishinagar
    Akola – 444 104.Maharashtra
    Phone: +91-724-58365, 58184

Undergraduate degree: Agricultural Engineering.Eligibility: candidates should be 10+2

Passed with science stream.

Career Opportunities and Job Prospects:

Agricultural engineers are in great demand in the Ministry of Food & Agriculture and in the various Agriculture Research Stations such as ICRISAT, Hyderabad, NABARD etc.


The average starting salary of agricultural graduates is between Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000/- pm in Govt institutions. MNCs involved in genetic engineering of food grains and irrigation construction offer considerably more remuneration depending on the merit of the aspirant.

One Response to “Agricultural Engineering Career”

  1. Sweta Mishra Says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am final yr student og Ag. Eng. I wish to take admission in M. Tech. Ag. Eng. Kindly let me inform the best colleges/ institute for my further study.

    Thanks & regards

    Sweta Mishra

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