The Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) will conduct the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) examination for appointment of candidates as Scientists in ARS of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). ASRB ARS will be conducted in three stages - prelims, mains followed by viva voce. To appear in ASRB ARS, candidates must have a master’s degree in any discipline with specialization from any Indian University. Registered candidates will be able to appear in the preliminary examination of ASRB ARS conducted in online mode in multiple shifts. Only those candidates who qualify the ARS preliminary examination will be eligible to appear in the mains examination. The ASRB ARS mains examination will be conducted in pen and paper-based mode. Shortlisted candidates in mains will be called for Viva Voce on the basis of the ranks secured in the written test. The final selection of candidates in ARS will be done on the basis of mains and viva voce marks.
ASRB ARS Eligibility Criteria – Nationality
A candidate must be either a citizen of India or Nepal or Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar) Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
ASRB ARS Eligibility Criteria - Age Limit: Candidates must have attained 21 years but not have attained the age of 32 years. However, age relaxation to the reserved categories will be given.
ASRB ARS Eligibility Criteria - Educational Qualifications:
Candidates must possess a Master degree or equivalent in any discipline with specialization and completed.
To apply for ARS, aspirants having a post-graduation from a foreign University must attach a certificate of proof equivalence and recognition of that degree issued by the University Grants Commission/ Government of India / any other concerned Government of India /Department or Agency.
ASRB ARS Eligibility Criteria - Number of Attempts
Six for unreserved category
No restrictions for SC and ST
Nine for OBC and Divyang (General/OBC)
Restrictions for applying ARSB ARS exam
“A candidate who has already qualified ARS examination (finally selected) in the earlier year will not be eligible to compete in the subsequent examinations conducted by ASRB for the same discipline in which he/she has earlier qualified. However, there is no bar to reappear for an ARS selected candidate in the subsequent ARS examination in a discipline different than the one in which he/she has already qualified".
Mode of Application : Online
Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card
How to fill ASRB ARS Application Form?
Below is the step by step process to fill the application form:
ASRB ARS Registration
Candidates have click on ‘New Registration’ such as Name, Father’s Name, E-mail Id, Date of Birth etc. On successful registration candidates will be provided with the registration No and password.
In this part, candidates have to mention whether they have appeared in the ASRB ARS exam. Candidates have to enter discipline applied for, the name of degree, the subject of specialization/name of the university, GPA, percentage, year of passing, employed or not or relative working in icar including its institute.
Uploading of Photograph and Signature
Candidates should upload the scanned image of photograph and signature. The maximum size should be 150 kB in .jpg format only. Scanned copy of signatures should be taken in Black/Blue ink on a white paper only in .jpg format only.
Payment of ASRB ARS Application Fees
The application fee can be paid both in online and offline mode. Candidates can make online payment of fee through Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking payment from any bank.
ASRB ARS Preliminary Examination
Type of Questions
ASRB ARS Prelims
ASRB ARS Mains
ASRB ARS Preliminary Examination:
ARS prelims examination shall have one paper of 150 marks with all multiple choice objective questions to be attempted in two hours
The ASRB ARS examination will be conducted in an online format at the designated centres
The questions of the Examination will be available in bilingual form i.e. Hindi and English medium
Candidates must mark the answers in the computer itself by the following the instruction provided on the screen
1/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer in ASRB ARS examination (Objective Type)
There will be no rounding off of fractions of marks
This is a qualifying examination and marks scored will not be counted for final selection
ASRB ARS Exam Pattern
ASRB ARS Mains Examination
ARS mains examination paper will have only one paper of 240 marks in the respective disciplines, to be attempted in 3 hours duration
The paper shall be divided into three parts A, B and C
Part ‘A’ will consist of 40 questions of 2 marks each
In this part, answers required will be of very short, not exceeding ten words at the most
Part ‘B’ will have 20 questions of 5 marks each requiring one or two paragraphs and/or graphic explanation
Part ‘C’ will have 6 essay type or descriptive type questions
Each question will carry 10 marks and may have two or more parts
Answers are required to be written in the space provided below the question
All questions in parts ‘A’ ‘B’ and ‘C’ will be compulsory
ASRB ARS Admit Card Prelims
Only those candidates who will successfully submit the application form can download ASRB ARS admit card, by entering with their roll number and date of birth in the login window. The ASRB ARS admit card will be made available in online mode. No hard copy of the admit card will be sent to the candidates by post. Before downloading the ASRB ARS admit card, candidates should read the instructions carefully.
ASRB ARS Admit Card Mains
The mains ASRB ARS admit card will be available online for only those candidates shortlisted in the ARS Preliminary examination. Candidates after downloading the ASRB ARS admit card for mains exam should a take print out of the same. The print out of ASRB ARS hall ticket along with photo-identity proof should be carried to the exam centre on the day of the exam.
How to download ASRB ARS admit card?
To download the admit card of ASRB ARS follow the instructions below:
• Click on the link (ASRB ARS admit card link will be activated as soon as it is released ASRB)
• Enter login details like registration ID and date of birth
• ASRB ARS admit card will appear on the screen
• Download and take printouts of the admit card for future use
ASRB ARS Prelims Examination Result
The prelims result of ASRB ARS will be declared in online mode. Candidates will be able to download the result by entering the roll number and date of birth in the login window. Only those candidates who will secure more than or equal to the cutoff marks category-wise and discipline wise will be allowed to appear in the mains examination.
ASRB ARS Mains Examination Result
The mains result of ASRB ARS will be available online only. The mains result can be checked by entering roll number and date of birth (same as entered in the online application form) in the login window. The candidates also have to secure more than or equal to the cutoff marks as per their discipline and category. Candidates who are declared qualified in ASRB ARS mains result will have to take a printout of the detailed application form (DAF) and send to the Board along with self-attested copies of the document/certificates as a proof of their candidature. The printout of the application form along with the required documents have to be submitted during Viva Voce.
The cutoff of ASRB ARS is prescribed by ASRB. As per previous year’s ASRB ARS cutoff, the prelims minimum marks required for qualifying ASRB ARS prelims examination is given below:
Un-reserved (UR) - 67.5 (45%)
OBC - 60.0 (40%)
SC / ST/ Divyang - 52.5 (35%)
ASRB ARS Viva Voce Result
The Viva Voce will be conducted by the ASRB board to assess the candidate’s suitability. Through viva voce, the candidate's understanding of the examination (written) will be checked. After viva voce, a merit list will be prepared by the board for each category and subject. Candidates who obtain such minimum aggregate marks in the written papers and viva-voce as prescribed by the board will be appointed based on the number of vacancies announced by the council under each discipline.
Tie Breaking Resolution
If two or more candidates secure the same marks (ASRB mains examination + viva-voce) than a tiebreaking resolution will be determined.
Candidates securing more marks in the ASRB ARS mains examination will be ranked higher
In the case where the marks mentioned at (a) above are equal, the candidate elder in age will be given the higher rank.
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