ICAR ASRB ARS Exam Notification 2013

Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) will hold a competitive ARS Examination – 2013 as per the following scheme wherein two separate examinations will be held:

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(i) Preliminary – ARS Examination - 2013 on 29.12.2013 (SUNDAY) from 10.00 A.M. to 12.00 Noon at 33 centres.

(ii) ARS – Main Examination - 2013 on 09.03.2014 (SUNDAY) from 10.A.M. to 01.00 P.M. at 12 centres.

The preliminary ARS 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 will have to take both the examinations and viva-voce. Since a pass
in the Preliminary examination is compulsory for all candidates, only those candidates who qualify the Preliminary ARS Examination will be eligible to appear in the ARS Main Examination. Candidates declared successful in ARS Main Examination and viva-voce will
be recommended for appointment as Scientists in Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research in the Pay Band-III of Rs 15,600 - 39,100 plus Research Grade Pay of Rs 6,000/- .
The candidate must see the Rules of examination carefully before filling up the Online
Application form.

Education Qualifications:
A candidate must hold a Master’s Degree or equivalent in the concerned discipline
with specialization as defined in Annexure-V completed on or before 16.03.2014. For
details, please refer to Rule 3 of Rules of the Examination. However, candidates who have appeared at an examination, the passing of which would render them eligible to appear at the ARS Examination – 2013 but have not been informed of the results, may apply for admission to the ARS Examination-2013. Candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination may also apply. Such candidates will be admitted to the ARS Examination-2013, if otherwise eligible but their admission would be deemed to be provisional and subject to cancellation, if they do not produce proof of having passed the requisite qualifying examination which will be required to be submitted by the candidates who qualify on the results of the Preliminary ARS Examination-2013 on or before 16th March, 2014, scheduled date of ARS Main Examination-2013.

Age limit: A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years but not have attained the age of 32 years as on 01-08-2013 (i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1981 and not later than 1st August, 1992). Age relaxation is admissible to the various categories as per rules.
How to Apply :A candidate seeking admission to the Examination must apply online only in the Application Form available on the website: http//www.asrb.org.in OR

A candidate must read the provisions contained in this Notification for ARS Examination - 2013 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.
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Plan of Examination
Two separate competitive written examinations followed by Viva-voce shall be conducted as per the following plan of examinations:-
Examination                                          Max. Marks          Duration 
1. (a) Preliminary-ARS (Objective Type)     150                     2(Two) hours
(b) ARS – Main (Descriptive Type)             240                     3(Three) hours
(c) Viva-voce                                             60

2. (a) Preliminary ARS Examination Paper:-
Preliminary ARS Examination shall have one paper of 150 marks with all multiple type
objective questions to be solved in 02 hours (Two hours), from the respective professional subject(s) for which candidate has opted.
1/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer in Preliminary ARS Examination
(Objective Type). The examination will be held in 33 centres as given in Annexure-I. This is a qualifying examination and marks scored will not be counted for final selection.
The candidates who attain such minimum qualifying marks in the Preliminary Examination as may be fixed by the Board in its discretion will be allowed to appear in the Main Examination.
(b). ARS – Main Examination Paper:-
ARS – Main Examination Paper will have only one paper of 240 marks to be completed in

3 hours duration. The paper shall be divided in three parts A, B and C. Part ‘A’ will consists of 40 (forty) questions of 2 (two) marks each. In this part, answers required will be of very short, not exceeding 10 (Ten) words at the most. Part ‘B’ will have 20 (twenty) questions of 5 (five) marks each requiring one or two paragraphs and/or graphic explanation. Part ‘C’ will have 6 (six) essay type or descriptive type questions. Each question will carry 10 (ten) marks and may have two or more parts. Answers are required to be written in the space provided below the question. In no case extra sheets will be provided. All questions in parts ‘A’ ‘B’ and ‘C’ will be compulsory.

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