B.Sc. Forestry course scope, jobs, eligibility and salary details


B.Sc. Forestry course scope, jobs, eligibility and salary details – Bachelor of Science in Forestry is a relatively new course that is offered in many leading colleges all over India,but is more popular in states that have larger forest cover,less urban development and more agricultural produce.

So is it a good career move? What kind of job is it? – If you love outdoor jobs then this will be perfect for you.It is a 75% field job and 25% office job.You will spend a large part of the day examining crops,land,farming equipment and territory.

B.Sc. Forestry course scope, jobs, eligibility and salary details

What is the need for this course?

After doing this course you will become a Forestry Professional.There are lots of demand for forestry officials that have  main jobs of :

  • Conservation of forest land
  • Management of forest resources
  • Research and development of plantation methods
  • Boost ecological produce
  • Sustain farming and agro industry
  • Natural Resource management
  • Horticulture


Tip to remember – Make sure before you join up for this course that the college you are taking admission in have an affiliation with :

  • ICAR – Indian Council for Agricultual Research
  • ICFRE – Indian Council for Forestry Research Education

B.Sc Forestry Eligibility and FEES

This course is similar to that of B.Sc in Agriculture as well as Agricultural Engineering that is also a B.E degree.Most of the subjects as well as the laboratory practicals are the same.

It is a four year B.Sc course and the basic eligibility to take admission into this course is that you need to have done class 12 science with the subjects:

  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Also they should be atleast 17 years of age and have scored atleast 50% at class 12 board exams.

Note that these conditions will change depending upon the college you are taking admission into as well as the state.

Some states require you to take an entrance exam to get admission into B.Sc forestry.For example there is the EAMCET which is valid for the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

FEES  – The Total fees for 4 years will be approximately between 2 and 2.5 lacs.This depends on the college,state and other factors,but more or less will be in this range.

+ Read about the TS EAMCET here

+ Read about the AP EAMCET here


B.Sc Forestry Course Subjects

This course is a four year degree course and is divided into eight semeters – 2 semesters per year.These are some of the subjects you will have to study :

First Semester

  • Fundamentals of Geology and Soil Science
  • Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  • Introductory Botany
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Principles of Plant physiology
  • Structural Grammar and Spoken English (NC)
  • Agrometerology
  • Environmental Science

Second Semester

  • Principles of Cytology and Genetics
  • Principles of Hydrology, Soil and Water Conversation
  • Chemistry and Fertility of Forest Soils
  • Ethnobotany
  • Fundamentals of Horticulture
  • Fundamental of Extension Education
  • Elementary Statistic and Computer Application
  • Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

Third Semester

  • Forest Engineering & Survey
  • Wood Anatomy
  • Logging and Ergonomics
  • Soil Survey, Remote Sensing & Watershed Development
  • Forest Mensuration
  • Introductory Forest Economics
  • Tree Physiology
  • Tree Seed Technology

Fourth Semester

  • Principles and Practices of Silviculture
  • Wood Science and Technology
  • Wood Products & Utilization
  • Silviculture of Indian Trees
  • Nursery Management & Commercial Forestry
  • Fundamentals of Wild Life
  • Forest Pathology
  • Forest Ecology, Biodiversity & Conservation
  • NCC/ SSS

Fifth Semester

  • Fundamental Forest Business Managements
  • Dendrology
  • Range land Management
  • Silvicultural Systems
  • Plantation Forestry
  • World Forestry Systems
  • Wild life Management
  • Experimental techniques in Forestry
  • Tribalogy and Anthropology

Sixth semester

  • Forest Management, Policy and Legislation
  • Principles and Methods of Tree Improvement
  • Utilization of Non-timber Forest Products
  • Agroforestry Systems and Management
  • Forest Entomology and Nematology
  • Entrepreneurship Development and Communication Skills
  • Marketing and Trade of Forest Produce
  • Principles of Forest Economics, Project Planning ad Evaluation

Seventh & eight semester


  • Socioeconomic Surveys (Village attachment )
  • Field Training (Attachment with State Forest Department)
  • Hands on Training (Institutional)
  • Hands on Training (Forest Based Industries )
  • Report Writing & Presentation
  • Organic Farming


Some colleges offering B.Sc Forestry

  • Aspee College of Forestry and Horticulture, Navsari Agricultural UniversityNavsari, Gujarat
  • College of ForestryDr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth University (BSKKV), Dapoli, Maharashtra
  • College of Forestry, Ponnampet, UAHS, Shimoga
  • College of Forestry, Sirsi, University of Agricultural Sciences Dharwad

Future Scope and job career

In states of South India – Andhra Pradesh,Karnataka and Telangana,there is good demand for Forestry jobs.

One of the notifications showing the teaching job openings in a Forestry college with the monthly salaries given below:


B.Sc. Forestry course scope, jobs, eligibility and salary details

Government jobs for Horticultural positions – I wrote an article some time back where APCRDA was looking for horticultural officers.Read about this job offer here.

Some of the companies that will hire you are :


  • KFRI
  • FRI – Forest Research Institute
  • UUHF
  • Karnataka Forest Department
  • Indian Forest Service – IFS


Some of the job positions you could be hired for are :

  • Forest Watcher
  • Research Fellow
  • Field Assistant
  • Plantation manager
  • Agro product executive
  • Forest officer / ranger




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