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How to Become an Agriculture Officer? Know Age, Eligibility, Salary & Other Important Details

Abha Toppo
Abha Toppo
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An agricultural officer post is one of the most prestigious and well-paid jobs in agriculture sector. A lot of respect and honour is attached to this job and every year thousands of students aim to bag this post. But, before you start preparing for the competitive exam to enter this field, read everything that you must know about this job. This will surely help you have a better idea about it and accordingly you can start with it.

What is the Role of an agriculture officer?

An agriculture officer has to ensure that all the agricultural practices & products are in lieu of the state & local regulations. His main task is to check, investigate, sample & test everything, so as to determine whether they are complying with the state & local rules and regulations.

Eligibility criteria to become agriculture officer

If you want to become an agriculture officer, then you will have to fulfill the following criteria;

Should have a Bachelor’s Science degree in Agricultural Engineering / Agriculture

Should have a degree in Biology & Agricultural Science

The maximum age to apply is 40 years

Process of becoming an Agriculture Officer

You need to follow the below-mentioned steps to become an agriculture officer;

Go for a Degree program

Before you apply for the Agriculture Officer post, make sure you have completed the required degree program. You can choose a degree in agricultural science, biology or any other related field. This would help you gain all the knowledge regarding agriculture science, agricultural business, integrated pest management, plant physiology, soil science and animal science. In addition, if you go for an internship then that will help you more when you given your agricultural officer exam.

Choose an entry-level position

If you go for an entry-level position then it will further improve your chances of getting the position of an agricultural officer. Try to keep yourself updated on all the entry-level positions that are related to this type of a job.

Know how you want to go ahead

After completing your degree program as well as initial work experience, you need to focus on how to proceed further. First of all, you need to decide as to where you want to work – in your preferred state or outside. Remember that the state you are allotted to will depend on your performance in examination. So the better you do, the better your chances are of getting the desired state. After that do proper research before you go on to work as an agricultural officer as this profession requires extensive knowledge regarding the field.

Best agriculture universities in India

Below we have given some of the best agriculture colleges in India;

  • ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Delhi

  • G. B Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar

  • Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana

  • Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Jammu

  • Chaudhary Charan Singh, Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar

  • Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Hyderabad

  • Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

  • Kerala Agricultural University

  • Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, Jabalpur etc..

Besides these at present we have many good agricultural colleges in India.

What is the Salary of agriculture officer?

Salary of agriculture officer is Rs. 40000 to Rs. 80000 depending upon the department or division he is working for.

To conclude, being an agricultural officer is a matter of pride & repute. And if you get an opportunity of scoring this post then you will be able to lead a financially stable as well as secure life, even after retirement.

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