Scheme and Syllabus for ASRB ARS Examination 2012

Know important information about the Scheme and Syllabus for ARS Examination which will be conducted on 24 February 2013 and 23 June 2013

Nov 19, 2012 17:49 IST
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The Agriculture Scientist Recruitment Board (ASRB) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) will conduct ARS Examination (Prelims) on 24 February 2013 and ARS Examination (Mains) on 23 June 2013. The main objective of the test is to appoint Scientists in Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research. The minimum qualification required for the same is a Master’s Degree in the concerned discipline with specialization from a recognized university.

Candidates will be selected on the basis of two separate competitive examinations followed by viva voce.


Max. Marks


Preliminary – ARS (Objective Type)


2 hours

ARS – Main (Descriptive Type)


3 hours

Viva Voce



ARS Preliminary Examination Paper: The Preliminary ARS Examination is a qualifying examination wherein there will be one paper of 150 objective type questions from the respective disciplines opted by the candidate for which 2 hours will be allotted. Candidates need to secure a minimum of 60% marks from General/ OBC category and 50% marks from SC/ ST/ PH category to qualify the exam. Besides this, a total of 1/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer. Candidates qualifying in the same will only be allowed to appear in the ARS – Main Examination however the marks scored in the prelims will not be counted for final selection.

ARS Main Examination Paper: The Main paper will have one paper of 240 questions consisting of three sections A, B, and C to be completed in 3 hours duration. While Part A will consist of 40 questions carrying 2 marks each; Part B will have 20 questions of 5 marks each and Part C will have 6 essay type or descriptive type questions of 10 marks each. Part A will require short answers (not exceeding 10 words); Part B will have answers of one or two paragraphs and/or graphic explanation and Paper C will have essay type answers that needs to be completed in the space provided below the question. Candidates need to secure a minimum of 55% marks from General/ OBC category and 50% marks from SC/ ST/ PH category to qualify the exam.

Viva Voce: Candidates need to ensure that they obtain minimum qualifying marks in ARS – Main examination to be called for Viva-Voce for the Agricultural Research Service. The candidates will be called in the ratio 1:5 subject to minimum of 55% obtained by General/ OBC category candidates and 50% marks by SC / ST / PC candidates in ARS Mains Examination (Subjective type). A Board of competent and unbiased experts in the respective disciplines will interview candidates to assess his/her suitability for the Service for which he/she has competed. The viva shall be directed and purposive conversation intended to reveal the candidate’s mental qualities and his/her grasp of problems.

Final Selection: The final list will be prepared on the basis of marks obtained in the ARS – Mains Examination and Viva-voce and the candidates will be selected in the order of merit in each category (professional subject-wise) as disclosed by the aggregate marks finally awarded to each candidate.  Successful candidates will be recommended for appointment as Scientists in the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in the pay scale of Rs. 15,000-39,100 plus Research Grade Pay (RGP) of Rs 6,000.

The number of attempts however remains 4 for all candidates (whether MSc/PhD) for appearing in the Agriculture Research Service Examination including the in-service candidates of ICAR. This restriction does not apply to SC and ST candidates, who are otherwise eligible. The test will be conducted at 33 centres across the country in 55 disciplines.

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