Calcutta University PhD Program in Agronomy


University of Calcutta announces Research Eligibility Test (RET) for admission to PhD Program in Agronomy 2024


University of Calcutta PhD Admission 2024 in Agronomy – Department of Agronomy, Institute of Agricultural Science, Calcutta University, invites applications for admission to PhD (Agronomy) Program for the academic year 2024-25. 


Important Dates

  • Last Date for Submission of Application Form 04th March 2024
  • Interview (Research Eligibility Test) on 06th March 2024 at 2 p.m. 


No. of Seats

  • 03 (Three) vacancies exist in the Dept. for admission to PhD considering the strength and availability of faculty members Reservation will be followed as per the WB(Part-I)/2014/SAR



  • Reservation policy in admission will be followed as per the West Bengal State Higher Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) rules, 2013.


Eligibility Criteria for University of Calcutta PhD Agronomy Admission 2024

  • Candidates for admission to the Ph.D. programme shall have a Master’s degree in Agronomy with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade ‘B’ in the UGC7-point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) are eligible to apply.
  • A relaxation of 5% of marks from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently-abled and other categories of candidates as per UGC Ph.D. Regulations, 2016.
  • Those who have qualified in NET/GATE/ or have obtained DST INSPIRE Fellowship would be exempted from the Ph.D. entrance test. They may directly submit a statement of purpose or research in brief and appear in the interview.


Application Process

  • Application Forms may be downloaded from the University Website
  • All candidates are requested to download the Application Form (given below) and submit the filled up Application Form, Self-attested copy of relevant mark sheets, Proof of age and Certificate supporting reserve category, along with the receipt of deposition of Application Fee of 100/- (One hundred only) paid through a challan obtainable in the College Street cash counter or through State Bank Collect online.
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  • Select payment category – Entrance fees for Ph.D. Program Law.
  • Remarks -“Entrance fees for RET-2024, AGRONOMY” and sent within the due date to the Institute office or H.O.D. Department of Agronomy, Institute of Agricultural Science, University of Calcutta by 04th March, 2024

Research Entrance Test (RET)

  • Mode of Exam: The entrance test will be of 50 marks. The question pattern will be of objective type or short answer type. The Duration of the entrance test will be one hour. (Qualifying Marks for the Ph.D. Entrance Test will be 50%).
  • Exemption from Ph.D. Entrance Test: Those who have qualified in NET/GATE” or have obtained DST INSPIRE Fellowship would be exempted from the Ph.D. entrance test. They may directly submit a statement of purpose or research in brief and appear in the interview.
  • Details of Ph.D. Entrance Test and Interview: Date & Time: Ph.D. Entrance test followed by an interview (Research Eligibility Test) for Ph.D. programme in Agronomy will be held on 6 th March, 2024 at 1 pm, and same day at 4 p.m. respectively.
  • Details of interview: An interview will be held on 6 th March, 2024 at 4 p.m., for entrance test qualified candidates as well as candidates having NET/GATE or have obtained DST Fellowship.
  • Successful candidates will be eligible to register for their Ph.D. in the Department of Agronomy.


Syllabus for the Research Eligibility Test (Ret) for PhD Program in the Department of Agronomy

  • Basic Principles Origin and distribution of field crops, Physical, chemical and biological factors affecting growth and development of field crops. Modern concepts of tillage. Cropping patterns and systems. Plant growth analysis. Plant population, sowing techniques, time and depth. Crop yield components.
  • Crop Ecology Environmental factors affecting distribution and adaptation of crops. Agro-ecological and agro-climatic regions. Ecological factors affecting crop growth. Crop yield and agrometeorological relationships. Crop yields and ecological optima. Adverse climatic factors and crop productivity.
  • Weed Management Principles of weed management. Weed-classification, biology, ecology and allelopathy. Crop weed competition. Herbicides-classification, mode of action, selectivity and resistance. Persistence of herbicides in soils and plants. Application-methods and equipment. Biological weed control. bio-herbicides and myco-herbicides, Integrated weed management. Special weeds, parasitic and aquatic weeds and their ‘management in crops, cropping systems, and non-cropped lands.
  • Water Management Soil-water-plant relationships. Soil moisture stress and plant growth. Modem concepts in irrigation management. Methods of determining water and irrigation requirements of field crops. Consumptive use of water and methods of computation including empirical formulae. Quality Of irrigation water. Scheduling of irrigation under assured and limited water supply. Factors affecting water use efficiency. Water management infield crops and cropping systems. Methods of irrigation-merits and limitations. Conjunctive use of water.
  • Nutrient Management Concept of essentiality of plant nutrients, their availability, management and diagnostic techniques. Concepts of soil fertility and productivity. Organic matter and organic manures. Cropping systems and soil fertility relationships. Fertilizers, their classification,composition, mineralization, availability and reaction products in relation to crop nutrition. Principles and methods of fertilizer application. Fertilizer use efficiency in different situations. Integrated nutrient management.
  • Dryland Agriculture Crop selection criteria for drylands. Concept of intercropping/mixed cropping in drylands. Precipitation-collection, conservation and utilization. Crop production under moisture stress situations. Contingency crop planning for aberrant weather conditions. Use of mulches and transpiration suppressants, Fertilizer management in dryland crops. Cropping patterns and crop diversification in dryland.
  • Crop Production in Problem Areas Principles of field drainage. Excess soil water and plant growth. Cropping systems, patterns on poorly drained soils. Problem soils and their distribution in India. Management of acid, saline and·alkali soils. Excess salt and water tolerant crops. Crop production techniques in problem soils.
  • Crop Production Crop production techniques for cereals, legumes, oilseeds, fibre crops, sugarcane, tobacco and potato crops including distribution, season, adaptability, climate, soil and water requirements, and component technology, quality characteristics, uses and seed production techniques.
  • Agricultural Statistics Frequency distribution, mean, media and mode, Correlation and response function. Tests of significance-t, f and chi; – square tests. Designs of experiments-basic principles, completely randomized, randomized block design, latin square split, strip, factorial and simple confounding designs.
  • Sustainable Land Use Systems Concept of sustainability. Alternate land use systems. Types, extent and causes of wastelands. Concept and types of agro-forestry systems. Bioenergetics of crop production systems.

For more details and to apply, please visit the official website