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.
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 ARS 2017 (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/-.
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.
Number of Attempts:
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.
For NET (I) - 2018 There is no restriction on number of attempts for appearing in the National Eligibility Test.
How to apply:- A candidate seeking admission to the Examination must apply online in the prescribed Application Form available on the website: http://www.asrb.org.in. 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 fulfil 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 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 cancelled 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.