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Indian council of Agriculture Research is the largest scientific organisation in India with most number of research institutes. ARS NET EXAM  is the only life science exam in India that allows you to become a Scientist in ICAR institutes all over India with just the qualification of M.Sc in the concerned subject. That itself tells the importance of this exam. The exam is conducted by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR and Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board (ASRB) wing for filling direct scientist vacancies in ICAR institutes across India. But the exams will be conducted only when scientist vacancies arises. So you should be very careful not to miss the notification of this exam.

Why you should write this exam?
As I mentioned, the only exam that will post you in Scientist B position with your Msc qualification. But only those getting top ranks in the exam will be called for interview at ICAR headquarters, Pusa, New Delhi there further screening and final selection takes place.
But this is an exam for Lectureship eligibility also, the only exam recognised by UGC for lectureship eligibility across India other than CSIR-UGC NET exam. This is a great advantage for those who find difficulty in qualifying UGC NET exam. The questions are mainly from the agricultural sciences. Separate questions will be given for different subjects like botany, zoology, biotechnology, vetinery science, fisheries etc.  
My suggestion is you should never miss the notification of this exam. This is the exam where your chance of qualifying NET is very high.
  •  AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE (ARS): Direct Scientist recruitment in ICAR institutes throughout the country (pay scale of Rs.15,600 – 39,100 plus Research Grade Pay (RGP) of Rs.6,000/).
  • NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY TEST (NET): for determining eligibility for Lecturer / Assistant Professor in the State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) and other Agricultural Universities (AUs). Recognized by UGC and CSIR. (only exam equivalent to UGC-NET exam for lectureship eligibility in India)
NET/ Preliminary ARS Exam Pattern
1). For Preliminary – ARS / NET Examination.
o   Total Time: 2 hours                                                               
o   Total Marks:150
o   150 objective type multiple choice questions (MCQ)
o   Each question carries one mark
2). For ARS – Main Examination (Subjective type)
 (Answer books for only those candidates who pass the Prelim ARS Examination will be evaluated)
           Total Time: 3  hours                                                   Total Marks:240
The questions from each discipline will be subjective with expectations of descriptive answers. The ARS –Main Examination shall be conducted in the disciplines selected.

The paper shall be divided in three parts A, B and C.
              All questions in part -A and B will be compulsory.
Part A will consist of 40 questions of 2 marks each. (40 x 2 = 80 Marks).
 In this part, answers required will be of very short, not exceeding 10 (Ten) words at the most.
Part B will have 20 questions of 5 marks each requiring one or two paragraphs and/or graphic explanation.  (20 x 5 = 100 Marks).
Part C will have 6 essay type or descriptive type questions which are all compulsory. Each question will carry 10 marks and may have two or more parts.    (6 x 10 = 60 Marks).
3). Viva – Voce : For only those who have qualified ARS MAIN Subjective type Examination.      
  Total Marks: 60
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                    ARS- Notification 2012
Exam Dates :
  (i) Preliminary – ARS Examination – 2012 on 24.02.2013 (Sunday) 
    Time:02.00 pm to 04.00 pm.
   (ii) ARS  – Main Examination  – 2012 on  23.06.2013 (Sunday) 
     Time: 10.00 am to 01.00 pm.
 Minimum marks required for qualifying ICAR- ARS Examination 2012:
SC/ST/Physically challenged Person - 50% (ARS-Preliminary & Subjective)
General/OBC - 60% & 55 %  (ARS-Preliminary & Subjective)
The number of attempts for appearing in the NET examination will be limited to 5 for all the candidates ( whether M.Sc's / Ph.d) including the in-service candidates of ICAR. This restriction will not apply to SC/ST candidates, who are otherwise eligible.
The syllabus for NET and ARS examinations will be the same.
                                             ICAR-NET  Exam Pattern 

       - Time: 2 Hours
       - Objective Questions Only
       - Number of Questions: 150
       - Total Marks: 150 
       - 1/3 marks will deducted for each wrong answer
Minimum marks required for qualifying ICAR-NET Examination 2012
SC/ST/Physically challenged Person - 50%
           General/OBC - 60%
NET Exam Date: 24- Feb-2013

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