ARS-2021 Exam Notification

ARS-2021 Exam Notification – NET-2021 Notification

ARS-2021 Exam Notification – NET-2021 Notification. Agricultural Research Service ARS-2021 Notification. STO Notification. NET 2021 Notification. Interested applicants can check out all of the details on the same below:

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F.No. 1(2)/2020-Exam.II


The Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) will hold a combined
examination for NET-2021, ARS-2021 (Preliminary) and Senior Technical Officer (STO) (T6) Examination during 21.06.2021 – 27.06.2021 in Online computer-based mode at 32
Centres across India in a staggered slot-wise examination format as per the Rules and
Schemes of Examination indicated in this notification as at Section (A), (B) and (C)
respectively. The ARS-2021 (Mains) Examination will be conducted on 19.09.2021.
Candidates are advised to read the notification carefully before filling the Online Application
Form wherein Section (A), Section (B) and Section (C) contain the specific details with
respect to NET-2021, ARS-2021 and STO (T-6) respectively.


Submission of online applications starts on 05.04.2021 (10.00 AM)
Last date and time for submission of online
application form
25.04.2021 (05.00 PM)
Last date and time for making online fee payment 25.04.2021 (05.00 PM)
Dates of online (CBT) examination for NET-2021/
ARS (Preliminary)-2021/ STO (T-6)
21.06.2021 – 27.06.2021
Date of ARS-2021 (Mains) Examination 19.09.2021
Date of Interview for the post of STO (T-6) To be notified later
Date of Viva-voce for ARS-2021 Examination To be notified later

* subject to change


The Centres where the combined Examination will be conducted in Online Computer
Based Test (CBT) mode are mentioned in Annexure-II. The Centres where the ARS Mains
Examination will be conducted in conventional Pen and Paper mode, are mentioned in
Annexure-III. 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 while submitting their online applications for the examination. No
request for change of centre shall be entertained at later stage. There may be more than one venue at any/ all centres depending upon the number of candidates registered for the


Details of application fee to be paid:

Category of candidate For ARS
Unreserved (UR) 500/- 1000/- 500/-
Economically Weaker Section
(EWS)/ Other Backward Class
500/- 500/- 500/-
Scheduled Caste (SC)/
Scheduled Tribe (ST)/
Persons with Benchmark
Disabilities (PwBD) / Women


As the candidates can exercise their option for being considered either for ARS or NET
or STO or any combination of the three, the application fee shall be paid by the
candidates depending upon the option they exercised.

Transaction charges for Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking/ UPI payment, as the case
may be, have to be borne by the candidate.

The fee must be paid online while filling the online application form available on the
website: only. Payment can be made through Debit Card/Credit
Card/Net Banking/ UPI from any Bank from 1000 hrs on 05.04.2021 till 1700 hrs on


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.

Candidate must read the provisions, contained in this Notification carefully and shall
abide by the same. Candidate must fulfil all the conditions of eligibility regarding age limits,
educational qualifications, etc. prescribed for admission to the examination.

The online Application filling process will be opened from 1000 Hrs on 05.04.2021
till 1700 Hrs on 25.04.2021 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 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.

As NET Certificate would be issued to the qualified candidates through DigiLocker
app only, due care should be taken by the candidates to fill up their online 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. Candidates are, therefore,
advised to be very careful while filling up their application forms.


a. Candidates must ensure that they fulfil all the eligibility conditions for admission to the examination such as the qualification, discipline, age, category, etc. Their admission to the examination will be purely provisional. If on verification at any later stage, it is found that they do not fulfil all eligibility conditions; their candidature will be cancelled/ rejected and fee paid for examination will be forfeited. The verification of the eligibility of the candidates
with respect to the documents submitted by them will be done before the conduct of viva-voce (for ARS) / interview (for STO (T-6)). The Board shall summarily reject the candidature of the candidate, if he/she does not fulfil the eligibility conditions.

b. Candidates seeking reservation/ relaxation benefits available for SC/ST/OBC/EWS/PwBD must ensure that they are entitled to such reservation/ relaxation as per eligibility prescribed in the Rules/ Notice. They should be in possession of all the requisite certificates in the prescribed format in support of their claim as stipulated in the Rules/ Notice for such benefits, and these certificates should be issued earlier than the closing date of the online application for the examination.

c. The candidates are not required to attach any certificates/ marksheets with the online
application form. The candidates who qualify the ARS Mains and/or STO (T-6) online CBT examination will be required to submit self-attested copies of documents/ certificates in support of their candidature before the cut-off dates which would be announced at the time of declaration of the results of ARS (Mains) Examination (for ARS Examination) and the online (CBT) examination (for STO (T-6) Examination), failing which they would not be allowed to appear in the viva-voce/ interview. A link will be provided on ASRB’s website for the candidates to upload the requisite documents.

d. In cases, where any certificates/documents submitted by the candidates in support of
their eligibility as stipulated in the preceding paragraph, are not found as per prescribed formats, such candidates will not be given the opportunity to submit such certificates at a later date and consequently their eligibility will be scrutinized only as per the available documents/certificates. Accordingly, the candidates are advised to ensure, while submitting the documents, that all the certificates/ documents are in the respective prescribed format as given in the Appendix-I, II, III, IV and V. The documents/certificates in any language other than the Hindi or English will not be accepted. In such cases, the candidates must submit either the certificates/ documents in Hindi/English or its translated copy duly attested by Notary Public.

e. Candidates already in the Service of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Central/ State Government/Scientific Institutions/Universities, whether in a permanent or a temporary capacity or as a work charged employee, other than a casual or daily rated employee, are required to submit an undertaking that they have informed in writing their Head of Office/ Department that they have applied for the examination. However, a candidate seeking age relaxation on account of being ICAR/ State Agricultural Universities (SAU) Employee must attach a certificate to this effect in the prescribed format as given in Appendix-V from the concerned ICAR’s Institute/ SAU at the time of submission of documents/ certificates. Candidates should obtain permission/ NOC from his/ her employer immediately while applying and keep it for future requirements.

f. 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 ‘General’. 

g. In case the claim of candidates regarding Age, Educational Qualifications, Economically Weaker Section (EWS)/ Scheduled Caste(SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST)/ Other Backward Class(OBC)/ Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) / being ICAR /SAU employee is found to be incorrect, it may render them liable to be disqualified by the Board / ICAR and their candidature will stand cancelled.

h. No candidate will be allowed to take the examination unless he/she holds a certificate of admission for the examination. After downloading the Admission Certificate, check it carefully and bring discrepancies/errors, if any, to the notice of Controller of Examinations, ASRB, KAB – I, Pusa, New Delhi – 110012 or e-mail to [email protected].

i. No request for withdrawal of candidature/ application received from a candidate
after he/she has submitted his/her application will be entertained.

j. The Admission Certificates would be made downloadable from the website: only. Candidates are requested to visit the website: regularly for updates. No other form of communication will be used for issue of admission certificates.

k. Only such EWS/SC/ST/OBC/ PwBD candidates who are selected on the same general standard as applied to UR candidates shall be treated as own merit candidates. If any EWS/SC/ST/OBC and PwBD candidate qualify after getting any relaxation in age, no. of attempts or qualifying marks than what is prescribed for Unreserved category candidates, then such EWS/ SC / ST / OBC / PwBD candidate shall be considered only against the reserved vacancies for the respective category and they shall not be considered for appointment against an unreserved vacancy.

l. The Interview letters for viva-voce of ARS as well as interview of STO (T-6) shall be made available for download at a later date to be intimated separately and all instructions/ information thereof will be indicated therein. No hard copy/letter will be sent for this purpose.

m. 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 their 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 email I.D. do not go to the spam folder.

The candidates are advised to regularly visit the ASRB’s website: All the information related to the examination will be
uploaded/ updated on this website only.

n. Syllabus for ARS and NET is available on the Syllabus Link on ASRB’s website:

ASRB’s website: → NET/ARS Notifications / Other Instructions → Syllabus for various disciplines ( ).

o. All communications in respect of an application made for this Examination should be addressed to the Controller of Examinations, ASRB, KAB – I, Pusa, New Delhi – 110012 or e-mail to [email protected] and should invariably contain the following particulars:-

1. Name and year of Examination: Combined NET, ARS and Senior Technical
Officer (T-6) Examination
2. Name of candidate (In full and in Capital letters)
3. Registration No.
4. Centre of Examination
5. Roll No. (If communicated)
6. E mail id (as indicated in the Application Form)
7. Telephone/Mobile number

Note: – Communication not containing the above particulars will not be attended to

p. Please note that carrying Smart Mobile Phones/ pagers/ smart devices or any other communication device is absolutely prohibited in the Examination Centre premises. Any infringement of this instruction can lead to disqualification of the candidate concerned. Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of these item(s) to the Examination venue since the provision for their safe keeping cannot be assured. The candidates are also advised not to bring any valuable/costly items to the Examination Venue. The Board will not be responsible for any loss incurred due to non-adherence of these instructions.

q. The online examination will be conducted in the designated Centres/cities at single or multiple venues. The questions of the Examination will be available in bilingual form i.e. in Hindi and English medium. The applicants will have to indicate their medium of Examination in the online application form itself. The answers to the questions are to be registered on the Computer itself during the Examination.

r. ARS Mains Examination will be conducted in conventional pen and paper mode. The questions of the examination in the Test Booklet (Question Paper cum Answer Booklet) will be available in bilingual form i.e. in Hindi and English medium. The applicants will have to indicate their medium of Examination in the online application form itself.

s. The candidates will be at liberty to communicate in Hindi or English during the
viva-voce of ARS Examination as well as Interview for STO (T-6).

t. In case of any discrepancy between English and Hindi versions of the Notification/ advertisement / information, the English version as available on the Website of the Board will be treated as final.

u. This notification is available on ASRB’s Website:

v. The candidates are required to bring along with them the original of the Photo Identity Card uploaded in the online application form and two photographs apart from the Admission Certificate to be issued by ASRB while coming for the Examination at all applicable stages (i.e. Preliminary, Mains and Viva-voce/ interview). In case the candidate does not present the original Identity Card at the registration desk at the centre, he/she will not be allowed to take the examination/ Interview/ Viva-voce under any circumstances.

w. Any attempt on the part of a candidate to obtain support for his candidature by any means may disqualify him/her for admission to the examination.

x. All the relevant guidelines and instructions issued by MHA/ National Disaster Management Authority regarding COVID-19 shall be strictly followed. Candidates are advised to carry with them their sanitizer. The candidates have to wear mask. Without mask, they will not be allowed to enter the examination centre. Social distancing shall be observed by the candidates.

y. A candidate who is or has been declared by the Board guilty of impersonation or of submitting fabricated documents or documents which have been tempered with or of making statements which are incorrect or false or of suppressing material information or otherwise resorting to any other irregular or improper means for obtaining admission to the examination, or of using or attempting to use unfair means or of misbehaviour or misconduct in the examination hall, may, in addition to rendering himself liable to criminal prosecution and disqualification from the examination concerned:

a) Be debarred permanently or for a specific period.

  • By the Board, from admission to any examination or appearance at an interview held by the Board for selection of candidates and
  • By the Indian Council of Agricultural Research from Employment under them

b) Will be liable to disciplinary action under the appropriate rules, if he/she is already in service under Government / Indian Council of Agricultural Research/State Agricultural Universities.

z. The decision of the ASRB / ICAR in all matters relating to eligibility, acceptance or rejection of the applications, penalty for false information, mode of selection, conduct of examination (s) and interview/ viva-voce, allotment of examination centres, selection and allotment of posts to selected candidates will be final and binding on the candidates and no enquiry/correspondence will be entertained in this regard.


  1. Candidates are required to apply online using the application form link available on the
    website: only. No other mode of filling of application is allowed. They can exercise their option in the Application Form for being considered either for NET only, ARS only or STO (T-6) only or any combination of the three; eligible
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Candidates are required to keep ready the following relevant details /information /
    documents at the time of filling the online form:
    a) Combined Notification for NET, ARS and STO (T-6) 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 NET, ARS (Prelim) and STO (T-6) Examination (Please check the Examination Centres in this notification in Annexure – II).
    j) Centre opted for ARS (Mains) Examination (Please check the Examination
    Centres in this notification in Annexure – III).
    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/ UPI details for online payment of fee.
    n) Valid and active e-mail id.
    o) The candidate should have details of one Photo ID viz. Aadhar Card/ Voter
    Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving License/ Any other photo ID card issued by the State/ Central Government. The details of this photo ID will have to be provided by the candidate while filling up the online application form. The candidates will have to upload a scanned copy of the Photo ID whose details have been provided in the online application by him/her. This photo ID will be used for all future references and the candidate is advised to carry this ID while appearing for the examination at the opted/ allotted centre.
  5. 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
  6. 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/ Net Banking/ UPI details ready for payment
    using them.
  7. The candidate should keep the scanned copy of his/her recent passport size photograph
    taken against a white background 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.

  8. 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.
  9. 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/ submitted will be considered.
  10. Once the payment is successfully made, a message informing the successful submission
    of Application Form will be displayed on the screen. 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.
  11. Candidates are strongly advised to keep a print or soft copy of the completed Application
    Form for any future reference.
  12. 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 and any action as deemed fit by
    the Board shall be taken in this regard.
  13. The online application form is spread over number of parts. Candidates 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 completion of the submission
  14. For any clarification /assistance, Candidate may call Ph. No. 011-25840251 /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].

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  1. Please inform if MSc in Basic sciences are eligible for the ARS NET exams?? If Yes MSc in Biochemistry is suitable for which subject? Whether Agricultural Biotechnology or Plant Biochemistry??…. Please respond team Biotechnica


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