ASRB NET Syllabus 2019
Updated on Nov 12, 2019 - 6:18 p.m. IST by Sanjana Surbhi

ASRB NET Syllabus 2019 - The Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) has prescribed the syllabus for ASRB NET for all the interested candidates. With the help of ASRB NET syllabus, candidates will be able to know from which topics they need to study for the entrance examination. It is important for the candidates to be thorough with ASRB NET syllabus 2019 before starting their preparation. Candidates can also refer to the best books for ASRB NET preparation while checking the syllabus of ASRB NET 2019. Since the syllabus for the present session has not been released, the candidates can check the previous years’ ASRB NET 2019 syllabus. Along with the syllabus, the candidates should also check the exam pattern to prepare for ASRB NET.

ASRB will conduct ASRB NET from the first week of April 2019 in online mode. Read the full article to know more information about ASRB NET Syllabus 2019.

ASRB NET Syllabus 2019

Candidates can check the subject-wise ASRB NET syllabus from the table below. Along with the syllabus, candidates are advised to be familiar with the ASRB NET exam pattern to know the paper pattern of the entrance examination.

Subject Code




Agricultural Biotechnology


Molecular Markers and Genomics

DNA Molecular Markers - Amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP), Simple sequence repeats (SSR), genome mapping, Principles type and applications, Restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP), randomly amplified polymorphic DNA sequences (RAPD), Structural and functional genomics, Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)

Cell Structure and Function

Cell division, growth and differentiation, Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell architecture, Structure and function of cell organelles: vacuoles, mitochondria, plastids, golgi apparatus, ER, peroxisomes, glyoxysomes, regulation of cell cycle, Cell division, Protein secretion and targeting


Catariysis specificity, Enzymes, classification, assay, isolation, mechanism of action, active site, immobilised enzymes and their application, immobilised enzymes and protein engineering, structure conformation

Biomolecules and Metabolism

Functional molecules, Structure and functions of carbohydrates, Synthesis of carbohydrate, Oxidative phosphorylation and substrate-level phosphorylation, HMP, anti-viral compounds, Citric acid cycle and metabolic regulation

Gene Expression

Mechanism of translation and its control, co-activators, expression of genetic information, Transcription factors post-transcriptional modification and protein transport, DNA -protein interaction, transcription unit, regulatory sequences and enhancers, inducible genes and promoters, Co-repressors in prokaryotes and eukaryotes

Gene Cloning

Basis of animal cloning, Biology, Restriction enzymes and their uses, Gene cloning and subcloning strategies, Risk assessment and IPR, expression vectors, binary vectors, Salient features and uses of most commonly used vectors i.e. plasmids, bacteriophages, phagemids, cosmids, BACs, PACs and YACs

Molecular Genetics

Mutation — spontaneous, induced and site-directed, recombination in bacteria, fungi and viruses, Concept of gene, methods of gene isolation and identification, overlapping genes and pseudogenes, transposable elements and transposition, Organization of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genes and genomes including operan, exon, intron, enhancer-promoter sequences and other regulatory elements

Plant Molecular Biology

Molecular mechanism of nitrogen fixation, organization and regulation of nuclear gene concerning storage proteins and starch synthesis, Molecular biology of various stresses, viz. abiotic stresses like drought, salt, heavy metals and temperature ; and biotic stresses like bacterial, fungal and viral diseases, Photoregulation and phytochrome regulation of nuclear and chloroplastic gene expression

Molecular Biology Techniques

Construction and screening of genomic and C-DNA libraries, Nucleic acids hybridization: Southern, northern and western blotting hybridization, Gel electrophoretic techniques, Polymerase chain reactor spectroscopy, Immune response monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies and EUEA, DNA sequencing, rtPCR ultracentrifugation, chromatography, FISH, RIA etc

Tissue Culture

Secondary metabolite production, Basic techniques in cell culture and somatic cell genetics, Anther culture, somaclonal and gametoclonal variations, Regulation of cell cycle and cell division, Clonal propagation, cryopreservation and plant tissue culture repository, Application of tissue culture in crop improvement

Molecular Biology

Gene regulation, Protein biosynthesis in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, Post-translational modification, RNA processing and Post-transcriptional modifications, Bioprospecting, biofortification, gene pyramiding and gene fusion, ribozyme technology

Plant Genetic Engineering

Current status of transgenics,brosafty norms and controlled fields trials and release of transgenics (GMOs Gene constructs for tissue-specific expression, Isolation of genes of economic importance, Different methods of gene transfer to plants, viz. direct and vector-mediated, Molecular analysis of transformants.


Agricultural Chemicals

Data analysis

Probit analysis, Methods of statistical analysis as applied to agricultural data — standard error, standard deviation, analysis of variance (ANOVA), accuracy and precision, correlation and regression, Hest, chi-square (X2), F test

Agrochemicals - regulation and quality control

key provisions of the Insecticides Act (1968), Environmental Protection Act (1986), Food Safety and Standards Act, Production, consumption and trade statistics of pesticides and fertilizers, FAO, CODEX and national/international guidelines, Accreditation certificate, Pesticide stewardship,quality Control, Sanitary / phytosanitary issues in relation to food safety, good laboratory practices

Naturally occurring insecticides

Plant hormones, phytoalexins, essential oils and their pest control properties; advantages and limitations of natural pesticides, Natural pyrethroids, nicotine, rotenone, neem and karanj based botanical pesticides, Plant hormones, phytoalexins, essential oils and their pest control properties, Application of plant biotechnology in crop protection, herbicide tolerant and insect resistant transgenic plants, advantages and limitations of natural pesticides; juvenile hormones, juvenile hormone mimics and anti-JH,chemosterilants, insect antifeedants, insect attractants and repellents; microbial pesticides

General chemistry

Barton reaction, Umpolung reaction, Norrish Type I & II reactions, Surface chemistry, pH, Buffer solutions; Chemical kinetics, Stereochemistry, Redox reactions and chirality, diastereoisomerism, tautomerism, atropisomerism, asymmetric synthesis, nomenclature of organic molecules, displacement, addition, rearrangement, SN1 and SN2 reactions, elimination, reaction involving free radicals, and carbene intermediates, Organic reagents and catalysts in organic synthesis,. Beckmann, Claisen condensation, Hofmann-Loffler-Freytag reaction, Petrno-Buchi reaction, Curlius, Michael, Kolbes, Arndt-Eistert and Wittig reaction. Reformatsky reaction

Environment pollution: Implications and remediation

Agrochemicals and homeland security, misuse of agrochemicals (pesticides and fertilizers), Problems of pesticide hazards and environmental pollution, Adverse effect of industrial effluent on the soil and aquatic environment; disposal of obsolete and outdated pesticides; physical, chemical and microbial decontamination and detoxification of pesticides,Adverse effects of pesticides on micro-flora, fauna and on other non-target organisms; Effect of pesticide on soil health, persistent organic pollutants, and their effect on ecosystem

Agrochemical Formulations

Types of spray appliances, seed treatment and dressing, Basic concepts of pesticide formulation - classification, solid and liquid formulations; preparation, properties, uses, nanotechnology in crop protection, Tools to develop and measure nanoparticles.

Chemistry of natural products

Chemistry of terpenoids, alkaloids, phenolics, plant pigments, steroidal and triterpenic saponins and sapogenis, Extraction of natural products; Classification, structure, chemistry, properties and function of carbohydrates, proteins, amino acids, enzymes, nucleic acids, vitamins, lipids, and polymers, Chemistry of natural antioxidants and food colorants and their application in human and crop health. Biosynthetic pathways of natural products

Herbicides and plant growth regulators

Mode of action of different groups of herbicides, Brassinolides, Physical, chemical and toxicological properties of different groups of herbicides (phenoxy acids, amides, carbamates, tiazines, phenyl ureas, bipyridiliums, dinitroanilines, sulfonyl ureas), Herbicide safeners, Plant growth regulators - auxins, gibberellins, ethylene, abscisic acid, cytokinins

Chromatography and spectroscopic techniques

GC-MS and LC-MS techniques and their applications, Basic principles and application of chromatography, high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC); UV, FT-IR; NMR and mass spectroscopy

Synthetic insecticides, fungicides, nematicides and rodenticides

Chitin synthesis inhibitors, insecticide synergists, fumigants, Mode of action of different groups of insecticides, fungicides and nematicides, Insecticides and _ their classification Chemistry of major groups of insecticides (organochlorine, organo- phosphorus, organo-carbamates, synthetic pyrethroids, neonicotinoids), fungicides (inorganics, dithiocarbamates, OP’s, phenols, quinines, carboxamides, azoles, methoxy acrylates), rodenticides, Insect growth regulators, History, scope and principles of chemical insect control

Pesticide residues and their dynamics in the environment

Experimental design, sampling, principles of extraction and clean-up from different substrates, Pesticide residues- concepts and toxicological significance; pesticide dynamics in agroecosystem, biotic and abiotic transformations affecting fate of pesticides, Bound and conjugated residues; Method validation - linearity, LOD and LOQ, microbial and photochemical degradation, adsorption/ desorption, leaching in soil, Application of ELISA and radiotracer techniques in pesticide residue analysis; new cleanup techniques, QUENCHERS, ASE (Accelerated solvent extraction); Multi-residue methods; Bound and conjugated residues

To know the syllabus of other subjects check the table below



1.Agricultural Entomology

2.Agricultural Microbiology

3.Economic Botany & Plant Genetic Resources

4.Genetics & Plant Breeding


6.Plant Biochemistry

7.Plant Pathology

8.Plant Physiology

9.Seed Science & Technology

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11.Floriculture & Landscaping

12.Fruit Science

13.Spices, Plantation & Medicinal & Aromatic Plants

14.Vegetable Science

15.Animal Biochemistry

16.Animal Biotechnology

17.Animal Genetics & Breeding

18.Animal Nutrition

19.Animal Physiology

20.Animal Reproduction & Gynaecology

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21.Dairy Chemistry
22. Dairy Microbiology
23. Dairy Technology
24. Livestock Product Technology
25. Livestock Production Management
26. Poultry Science
27. Veterinary Medicine

28. Veterinary Microbiology
29.Veterinary Parasitology
30. Veterinary Pathology

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31. Veterinary Pharmacology
32. Veterinary Public Health
33. Veterinary Surgery
34. Aquaculture
35. Fisheries Resource Management
36. Fish Processing Technology
37. Fish Nutrition
38. Fish Health
39. Fish Genetics & Breeding
40.Agricultural Chemicals

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41. Agricultural Meteorology
42. Agroforestry
43. Agronomy
44. Environmental Science
45. Soil Sciences
46. Agricultural Business Management
47. Agricultural Economics
48. Agricultural Extension
49. Agricultural Statistics
50. Home Science
51. Farm Machinery & Power
52. Computer Applications & IT
53. Land & Water Management Engineering
54. Bioinformatics
55. Food Technology
56. Agricultural Structure and Process Engineering

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57. Veterinary Anatomy

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Highlights of ASRB NET Exam Pattern 2019

The exam pattern of ASRB NET 2019 is released by the exam conducting body. Candidates can check the table below to know the detailed exam pattern of ASRB NET.

Exam Structure


Mode of Exam


Duration of Exam

2 hours

Number of questions


Type of question

Multiple Choice Questions

Total Marks

150 marks

Negative Marking



Only one paper

ASRB NET 2019 - Preparation Tips

  • Candidates must know the ASRB NET syllabus 2019 so that they can prepare their strategy for the exam.They will get to know which topics are easy and on which topics they need to pay more attention.

  • Make the time-table in such a way where you can pay equal attention to all the topics and also take breaks in between.

  • Make short notes, use flowcharts, diagrams, formulas on a regular basis

  • Take mock tests and solve sample paper.

  • Find and refer the best books that are available in the market.

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