ICAR ASRB NET Exam Pattern, Eligibility Criteria



Agricultural Scientists Research Board (ASRB) conducts a competitive examination called ARS / NET. This examination is conducted annually.  Two examinations take place on a single day. The first half will have Prelim – ARS / NET examination. The second half will have Main – ARS examination.

Candidates applying for ARS have to appear in both the Prelim and Main examination. Prelim –ARS is a qualifying examination. Papers of Main – ARS examination will be evaluated of those candidates who will qualify in the Prelims. Applicants who will clear the Main examination will be called for Viva – Voce. Final Selection is made on the basis of marks obtained in Main Examination + Viva Voce. Main Examination consists total 240 marks and viva voce 60 marks. It can be said that final selection is done in accordance with total marks obtained out of 300. Applicants who are successful in both the main examinations and Viva Voce will be appointed as Scientists in the Indian Council Agriculture Research (ICAR) with a pay scale of Rs 15,600 – 39,100 in addition with Research Grade Pay (RGP) of Rs 6000.

NET is an entrance examination which recruits candidates for the post of Lecturer / Assistant Professor in the State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) and other Agricultural Universities (AUs).

Eligibility Criteria

1. Age Limits

a) For National Eligibility Test (NET)

An applicant must have minimum age of 21 years. There is no upper age limit for National Eligibility Test

b) For Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

– Applicants applying for ARS examination should be between 21 years and 32 years.

– SC / ST applicants have maximum of 5 years of upper age limit

– Maximum upper age limit is 3 years in case of OBC

– 10 years for physically challenged people

– Candidates with Ph.D degree have maximum upper age limit of 35 years.

– SC / ST applicants with Ph.D Degree have upper age limit of 40 years, for OBC applicants it is 38 years and for physically challenged it is 45 years

– Five years for applicants who have temporarily domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 01 – 01 – 1980 to 31 – 12 – 1989

2. Nationality

a) Indian Citizen

b) A subject of Nepal

c) A subject of Bhutan

d) Indian origin persons who have migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with a thought of settling in India permanently.

e) A Tibetan refugee who came to India with a thought of settling here permanently before 01 – 01 – 1962.

f) Applicants who come under categories mentioned in point’s b, c, d and e should provide the relevant certificate issued by the Government of India.

3. Educational Qualification

ARS / NET Examination requires a post graduate in the concerned subjects along with defined specialization. For ARS Main Examination a candidate should be a Post Graduate or equivalent in concerned subject.

4. Number of Attempts

An applicant (M.Sc / Ph.D) can apply four times to the Agricultural Research Service Examination. Number of attempts is not applicable for SC / ST applicants who are otherwise eligible.

Examination Pattern

1. Prelim – ARS / NET Examination

a) Time allotted – Two and a half hours

b) Number of papers – 1

c) Number of Questions – 200 Objective type (50 – General Knowledge Questions, 150 – Questions from Professional Subjects)

d) Total Marks – 200

e) Minimum Qualifying marks for General and OBC applicants is 50% and for SC / ST applicants it is 45%.

f) For each wrong answer 0.25 marks will be deducted from the maximum marks allotted to that question

2. ARS – Main Examination

a) Time allotted – Three hours

b) Number of Papers – 1

c) Total Marks: 240

c) Number of Questions – 15 Subjective Questions (An applicant has to attempt 10 questions each carrying 24 marks. Out of 10 questions one question will be compulsory and two questions will have multiple parts)

Number of Candidates selected for Viva Voce is 5 times of Total Vacancy.

3. Viva Voce

a) Applicants should have cleared the Main – ARS Examinations

b) Viva Voce will be of 60 marks

Note –

a) Applicants can answer either in Hindi or English

b) Applicants have to write in their own handwriting

c) The board has the discretion to fix the qualifying marks

d) If an applicants’ handwriting is not readable, then deduction will be done from the total marks.

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ICAR ASRB NET Exam Pattern, Eligibility Criteria
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