Official Notification | ARS Exam 2017 and NET 2018 | ASRB: The Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) will hold a combined ARS 2017 (Preliminary) and NET (I)-2018 Examination during 06.04.2018 to 13.04.2018 in Online mode at 23 Centres across India in a staggered slot-wise examination format as per the Rules and Scheme of Examination indicated in this notification. The ARS-2017 (Mains) Examination will be conducted on 24.06.2018. Candidates are advised to read the notification carefully before filling the Online Application Form.

Official Notification | ARS Exam 2017 and NET 2018 | ASRB

The ARS (Preliminary) Examination is a qualifying examination and its marks will not
be carried forward for determining final merit of the candidates. All those candidates
desirous of appearing for ARS Examination are required to take both the Preliminary
and Mains Examination and viva-voce. Only those candidates who qualify the ARS2017
(Preliminary) Examination as per standards given in Appendix-VII will be eligible to appear in the ARS-2017 (Mains) Examination, further restricted to 15 candidates for one vacancy. Candidates declared successful in ARS-2017 (Mains) Examination and viva-voce will be recommended for appointment as Scientists in Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in the Pay Band-III of ₹15,600-39,100 plus Research Grade Pay of ₹ 6,000/-.


National Eligibility Test (NET) is a qualifying examination for determining eligibility for the position of Lecturer/Assistant Professor in the State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) and other Agricultural Universities (AUs). Candidates clearing the National Eligibility Test will be eligible to apply for the post of Lecturers or Assistant Professors in the SAUs/AUs. NET certificates will be issued by the ASRB to the qualified candidates to enable them to apply against vacancies to be notified or advertised by the State Agricultural Universities/ Agricultural Universities. SAUs/AUs will satisfy themselves with regard to fulfilment of prescribed eligibility condition/criterion for requisite posts of Lecturers/Assistant Professors including authenticity of the NET Certificate in the possession of the candidates.

CENTRES:- The Centres where the combined Preliminary ARS-2017 and NET (I)-2018
Examination will be conducted in Online Computer Based Test (CBT) mode are mentioned in Appendix-I. The Centres where the ARS-2017 Mains Examination will be conducted in conventional Paper and Pen mode, are mentioned in Appendix-II. The Centres and date(s) of holding the Examinations as mentioned above could be changed at the discretion of ASRB. Candidates must select the centres of examination(s) carefully. No request for change of centre would be entertained.

VACANCIES FOR ARS-2017: The number of vacancies in ARS-2017 under various disciplines are given in Appendix-III. The number of vacancies is tentative and may increase or decrease.

RULES OF EXAMINATION : The Rules of the ARS Examination and NET Examination are given in Appendix-IV and Appendix-V respectively. The candidate must read the Rules of examination carefully before filling up the Online Application form.

PRESCRIBED EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS | Official Notification | ARS Exam 2017 and NET 2018 | ASRB

For ARS-2017:

A candidate must hold a Master’s Degree or equivalent in the concerned discipline with
specialization as defined in Appendix-VI, completed on or before 24.06.2018. For
details, please refer to Rule 3 of Rules of the Examination given in Appendix-IV.

The candidates having Master’s degree from a foreign University must attach a certificate of equivalence and recognition of that degree issued by the University Grants Commission/ Government of India / any other concerned Government of India / Department or Agency.

Candidates who have appeared at an academic examination, the passing of which would render them eligible to appear at the ARS-2017 Examination but have not been informed of the results, may apply for admission to the ARS – 2017 Examination. Candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination may also apply. Such candidates will be admitted to the ARS – 2017 Mains Examination, if otherwise eligible but their admission would be purely provisional. These candidates are required to submit the self-attested copies of the documents/certificates in support of their candidature by 28.07.2018 failing which their interview call letter (through e-mail) shall be withheld.

For NET (I)-2018

A candidate must possess a Master’s degree or equivalent in the concerned Discipline
and specialization completed on or before 24.06.2018 from any Indian  University incorporated by an Act of Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institution established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 or he/she must have qualification from a foreign University recognized as equivalent by the Government of
India (GoI). The list of Disciplines and its prescribed educational qualifications are as
given in APPENDIX – VI.

AGE LIMIT | Official Notification | ARS Exam 2017 and NET 2018 | ASRB:

For ARS-2017

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years but not have attained the age of 32
years as on 01.01.2018. Age relaxation is admissible to the various categories as per
Rule 2 of the Rules of the Examination as given in APPENDIX –IV.

For NET (I)-2018

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years as on 01.01.2018. There is no upper
age limit for the National Eligibility Test.


For ARS – 2017

(a) The number of attempts for appearing in the Agricultural Research Service Examination will be limited to SIX for Unreserved category candidates (whether M.Sc./Ph.D.) including the in-service candidates of I.C.A.R. However, this restriction will not apply to SC and ST candidates who are otherwise eligible. The number of attempts for Other Backward Classes category and Divyang (belonging to General/OBC category) candidates will be NINE.

Note-I :- The number of attempts made by the candidates prior to Agricultural Research
Service examination 2011 will not be taken into account for counting the number of attempts made. Attempt means that the candidate must have appeared for the Examination.

Note-II :- An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at
the Examination. Notwithstanding the disqualification/cancellation of candidature,
the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an

(b) Restrictions on applying for the Examination:-

“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”.

For NET (I) – 2018

There is no restriction on number of attempts for appearing in the National Eligibility

OBC candidates whose caste is not listed in Central List (as available on National
Commission for Backward Classes website and who are not covered
under the provisions as applicable to OBC-Non Creamy Layer (NCL) candidates, shall
be treated as General Category candidates for all purposes. Accordingly, OBC
Candidates not belonging to OBC Non-Creamy Layer shall indicate their category as

Transaction charges for Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking payment, as the case may
be, have to be borne by the candidate. The fee must be paid online through the online application form available on the website: only.

For Online payment : Payment can be made through Debit Card/Credit Card/Net
Banking from any Bank from 1000 hrs on 06.02.2018 till 1700 hrs on 02.03.2018.

HOW TO APPLY | Official Notification | ARS Exam 2017 and NET 2018 | ASRB:

A candidate seeking admission to the Examination must apply online in the prescribed
Application Form available on the website: Important
Instructions to the candidates for filling online application are given in Annexure-I

A candidate must read the provisions, contained in this Notification for Combined
ARS-2017 and NET (I)-2018 Examination carefully and abide by the same. A
candidate must fulfill all the conditions of eligibility regarding age limits, educational
qualifications, etc. prescribed for admission to the examination.

The online Application process will be opened from 1000 Hrs on 06.02.2018 till 1700 Hrs on 02.03.2018 after which the link will automatically get disabled.

The candidates are not required to attach a copy of any of the documents /certificates in
support of their candidature at the time of submission of online application. The
candidates in their own interest must satisfy themselves about their eligibility for the
examination. In the event of any ineligibility being detected by the Board at any stage,
including after declaration of result, their candidature shall be canceled and they shall
be liable for legal action.

Due care should be taken by the candidates to fill up their application form. No request
for change in any field i.e., Centre of Examination, Discipline, Name, Father’s Name,
Date of Birth, Gender, E-mail Id, Mobile No., Phone No., Category, Medium of
Examination etc. will be considered under any circumstances except bonafide spelling
mistakes etc. Candidates are, therefore, advised to be very careful while filling up their
application forms.


Candidates are required to apply online using the application form link available on the
website: only. No other mode of application is allowed. They can
exercise their option in the Application Form for being considered either for ARS-2017
only or NET (I)-2018 only or Both i.e. ARS-2017 and NET (I)-2018. Candidates are
hereby informed that the details they provide in the Online Application Form will be
used for all future references and no modification thereto can be done subsequently.
Hence, they are advised to be very careful while filling the Application Form. They
are, therefore, requested to thoroughly read this Notification before filling the
online Application Form.

In case multiple applications are received from a candidate, the latest application will be
considered, ignoring all earlier one(s) received; without refunding / adjusting any
Application Fee received for the other Applications.

Candidates are required to complete the Application Form by filling all the parts for
which they will be guided during the course of filling the Application Form.

Candidates are required to keep ready the following relevant details /information /
documents at the time of filling the online form:

a) Combined Notification for ARS -2017 and NET (I)-2018 Examination.
b) Name ( as recorded in Secondary level Examination certificate)
c) Father’s name ( as recorded in the Secondary level Examination certificate)
d) Complete Address for Correspondence
e) Complete Permanent Address
f) Matriculation or equivalent Certificate
g) Master’s Degree Certificate/Provisional Degree Certificate/Transcript/ Marksheets; if available.
h) Doctorate Degree Certificate/Provisional Degree Certificate/Transcript/ Marksheet; if available.
i) Centre opted for Combined ARS-2017 (Preliminary) Examination and NET (I)-2018 (Please check the Examination Centres in this notification in Appendix – I).
j) Centre opted for ARS-2017 (Mains) Examination (Please check the Examination Centres in this notification in Appendix – II).
k) Scanned copy of recent passport size photograph taken against white background only, of a maximum size of 150 kB in .jpg format only with the face covering at least 2/3rd of the total space and taken without spectacles.
l) Scanned copy of signatures taken in Black/Blue ink on a white paper only in .jpg format only.
m) Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking details for online payment of fee.
n) Valid and active e-mail id.

  • The candidates are required to enter their valid and active e-mail id in the Application
    Form since all communication/information/update(s) for this Examination would be sent
    to this e-mail id only. In case, they do not have an e-mail id, they may obtain one from
    any of the e-mail service providers of the candidate’s choice. Please note that entry of
    the e-mail id in the prescribed field in the Application Form is mandatory/ compulsory. In case, for whatever reason a candidate wish to fill another online Form, he/she will
    have to use another e-mail id, since an e-mail id once registered in our database cannot
    be used for filling another Form, even if the Name, Date of Birth, etc., fields are the
  • Please keep all relevant information regarding the payment towards Application Fee
    ready for successfully completing the Application process. For payment of Application
    Fee, please keep your Debit / Credit card or Net Banking details ready for payment using
  • The candidate should keep the scanned copy of his/her recent passport size photograph
    {taken against a light background (preferably white) for prominence} of a maximum size of 150 KB in .jpg format only (with the face covering at least 2/3rd of the total space for easy identification) and Scanned copy of his/her Signature (taken in black ink only on a white paper for prominence) of a maximum size of 80 KB in .jpg format only for uploading during the process of Application Form Submission. The candidates are
    strongly advised to ensure that the same is duly and clearly uploaded in the application
    form. They should use only clear scanned copies (and not blurred or hazy) since the
    application form may not be considered if these are not clear. The photograph and
    signature would be used to be put on the Admission Certificate and entry to the
    examination centre is subject to verification of the photograph & signature.
  • The scanned photograph and signature must be uploaded in .jpg format only. These
    would be required to be uploaded using the links that will be guided to in the course of
    applying. They may browse and select the location where the scanned photograph/
    signature file has been saved, select it and click the upload button. Once uploaded, a
    message informing about the successful uploading of the Photograph/signature, as the
    case may be, will be displayed. In case, they want to use another photograph/signature
    (i.e., use any other photograph / signature), then select the edit button on the link and
    repeat the same process as before. Online Application Form will not be submitted unless
    the candidate has successfully uploaded photograph, signature and has paid the requisite applicable fee.
  • The candidate should retain a printed copy of the same photograph for use in the
    subsequent stages of the examination.
  • Candidates are informed that there are provisions for editing at many stages. Once the
    complete process of filling up the information in the Application Form, the Photograph
    and Signature is completed, the candidate can view the entire Application Form together
    with the photograph and signature and can still edit at this point to make / incorporate
    any change/ editing in any field of the Application Form. However, once the payment
    process is completed, there is no possibility of making any modification/editing
    whatsoever in the application form.
  • The examination will be conducted in Online mode and the number of computers are
    limited at each centre. The candidates are advised to submit their application forms at the earliest since the slots/sessions for each centre for each Discipline are limited. In the
    event of the slot/session for any Discipline at any Centre becoming full, the candidate
    will have to select any other available slot/session for that Discipline at any other centre
    of their choice depending upon availability. The status of available slots/sessions will be
    dynamically changing since it would be concurrently accessed by other candidates also.
    No request for change of centre once selected and submitted will be considered.
  • Once the payment is successfully made, a message informing the successful submission
    of Application Form will be displayed. In case, this does not appear, the process needs to
    be repeated, since it signifies/implies that the Application Form has not been
    successfully uploaded/ submitted.
  • Candidates are strongly advised to keep a print or soft copy of the completed Application Form for any future reference.
  • Mere successful submission of the Application Form and/or issuance of Admission
    Certificate does not automatically ensure admission to the Examination. If on
    verification at any later stage, it is found that a candidate does not fulfil any of the
    eligibility condition(s) or has given wrong/ incorrect/ misleading/ false information,
    either intentionally or otherwise error of omission or commission, his/her candidature
    will be cancelled/rejected and fee paid will be forfeited, including any other action as
    deemed fit by the Board.
  • The online application form is spread over five parts. They will receive an e-mail/SMS
    on successful registration in Part-I, i.e., basic data regarding their Name, Father’s Name,
    E-mail Id, Date of Birth etc. after which all the stages of the application form are to be
    completed and final submission done. Mere registration by completing Part-I of the
    application form does not signify successful completion of the submission process.
  • For any clarification /assistance, Candidate may call ph. No. 011-25843907/25840251
    /25848172 during 0930 hrs to 1700 hrs (Monday to Friday, except Gazetted Holiday(s))
    or contact the Controller of Examinations, ASRB, KAB – I, Pusa, New Delhi – 110012
    or e-mail to [email protected].


The online Application process will be opened from 1000 Hrs on 06.02.2018 till 1700 Hrs on 02.03.2018 after which the link will automatically get disabled.

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