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The Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) will hold a combined ARS- 2016 (Preliminary) and NET (I)-2017 Examination during 16.05.2017 to 21.05.2017 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-2016 (Mains) Examination will be conducted on 08.07.2017. 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. Since a pass in the Preliminary Examination is compulsory for all candidates, only those candidates who qualify the ARS-2016 (Preliminary) Examination as per standards given in Appendix-VII will be eligible to appear in the ARS-2016 (Mains) Examination. Candidates declared successful in ARS- 2016 (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-2016 and NET (I)-2017 Examination will be conducted in Online Computer Based Test (CBT) mode are mentioned in Appendix-I. The Centres where the ARS Mains Examination -2016 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-2016 : The number of vacancies in ARS-2016 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.


For ARS-2016:

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 08.07.2017. 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 examination, the passing of which would render them eligible to appear at the ARS-2016 Examination but have not been informed of the results, may apply for admission to the ARS – 2016 Examination. Candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination may also apply. Such candidates will be admitted to the ARS – 2016 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 24.07.2017 failing which their interview call letter (through e-mail) shall be withheld.

For NET (I)-2017

A candidate must possess a Master’s degree or equivalent in the concerned Discipline and specialization completed on or before 08.07.2017 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.


For ARS-2016

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years but not have attained the age of 32
years as on 01.01.2017. 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)-2017

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years as on 01.01.2017. There is no upper
age limit for the National Eligibility Test.


For ARS – 2016

(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

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) – 2017

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 www.ncbc.nic.in) 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 ‘General’.

Transaction charges for Debit Card/Credit Card/NEFT/ payment, as the case may be, have to be borne by the candidate. The fee must be paid online through the website: http://www.asrb.org.in

  • For Online payment : For Online payment : Payment can be made through Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking from any Bank from 1000 hrs on 22.03.2017 – 1700 hrs on 15.04.2017.
  • For payment through challan only: Payment using the online Challan generated can be made during banking hours in any of the branches of the Syndicate Bank (list of the branches of Syndicate Bank can be obtained from the Branch locator link on : http://www.syndicatebank.in). The candidates submitting the online application form on the last day of the registration will not be able to deposit the amount with any branch of Syndicate Bank after closing of banking hours. Accordingly, such candidates are advised to use other mode for payment of application fee.



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-2016 and NET(I) -2017 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 22.03.2017 to 1700 Hrs on 15.04.2017 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. However, the candidates in their own interest must satisfy themselves about their eligibility for the test. 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.


Candidates are required to apply online using the application form link available on the website: http://www.asrb.org.in only. No other mode of application is allowed. They can exercise their option in the Application Form for being considered either for ARS-2016 only or NET (I)-2017 only or Both i.e. ARS-2016 and NET (I)-2017. 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 in 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 -2016 and NET (I)-2017 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) Center opted for NET (I) – 2016 Examination (Please check the Examination Center in this notification in Appendix – I).

j) 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.

k) Scanned copy of signatures taken in Black/Blue ink on a white paper only in .jpg format only.

l) Debit Card/Credit Card/Internet Banking details for online payment of fee. m) Valid and active e-mail id.

  • The candidates are required to enter their valid and active e-mail id only in the Application Form since all communication/information/update(s) for this Examination would be sent to this mail id only. In case, they do not have a 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 another Form, even if the Name, Date of Birth, etc., fields are the same.
  • 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 ready for payment using them, (in case you are paying using these card(s)). Please keep UTR Number provided by the Bank/Branch where you have carried out NEFT/Challan transaction, in case you are adopting the NEFT / Challan payment option. In case, payment is being made through challan, the candidates will have to deposit the payment amount with any branch of Syndicate Bank.
  • Application Form will not be submitted unless the candidate has successfully uploaded the duly paid copy of the ASRB portion of the system generated challan (in case, paying the application fee through challan).
  • 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. 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.
  • The examination will be conducted Online and the number of computers are limited at each centre. The candidates are advised to submit their application form 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.
  • The applicants are advised to regularly check the e-mail provided in the Application Form for update(s)/ information/ communication with regard to the Examination. They must check the spam/junk/inbox/trash folders also of the mailbox. They are also advised to save the e-mail [email protected]. in contacts of their e-mail account so as the e-mails with attachments sent by this e-mail I.D. do not go to the spam folder.
  • 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 email/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 submission of the submission process.
  • For any clarification /assistance, Candidate may call ph. No. 011- 25843907/25840251 /25848172 during 1000 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 22.03.2017 to 1700 Hrs on 15.04.2017 after which the link will automatically get disabled

Online application for ARS-2016 & NET (I)-2017 Examination

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  1. can a person with msc in biotech can apply for ars net in animal biotechnology field.

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