M.Sc.(Ag) Genetics & Plant Breeding

School of Agricultural Sciences

M.Sc.(Ag) Genetics & Plant Breeding is two year post-graduate programme that can be pursued after completion of graduation in agriculture. The programme focuses on the improvement of crop varities. The art and science of modifying plant features to create desirable qualities and also increase in the quality of nutrition in human and animal products. The aspirants will be provided with the basic knowledge of improving varieties and genetic stocks, changing the genetic make-up of plants and developing novel breeding strategies to increase Agricultural produce.

Learning Perspective:

The students will develop sound knowledge in the agriculture and allied sciences required to improve and establish the high yielding verities and multiplication of seeds to fulfill the farmers requirement. Post Graduation in Agriculture with specialization in M.Sc.(Ag) Genetics & Plant Breeding curriculum involves an intensive theoretical and practical work for three semesters followed by research work in the IV semester.

Key Information


2 Years


B.Sc.(Hons.)Agriculture with minimum 50% marks

Selection Procedure



As per University rules

Programme Structure

  • Principles of Genetics
  • Principles of Plant Breeding
  • Seed production & certification
  • Varietal development and maintenance breeding
  • Physiology of field crops
  • Techniques in detection and diagnosis of plant diseases
  • Statistical methods
  • Principles of cytogenetics
  • Fundamentals of quantitative genetics
  • Mutagenesis & mutation breeding
  • Hybrid breeding
  • Breeding for stress resistance and climate change
  • Plant development biology: Physiological and molecular basis
  • Seed Physiology
  • Integrated disease management
  • Experimental designs
  • Molecular breeding and bioinformatics
  • Seed production technology of vegetable crops
  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Intellectual property rights and its management in agriculture
  • Agricultural research, ethics and rural development
  • Seminar
  • Dissertation

Career Prospects

  • Agricultural Scientist through ICAR recruitment board.
  • Asstt.Professor in Private and State Agricultural Universities
  • Plant Geneticist/Plant Breeder
  • Agricultual Manager
  • Research Scientist
  • Agriculture Officers.
  • Marketing Inspector
  • Agriculture Development Officer