Agriculture Research Service Examination – ARS 2019 | Important dates, Exam Pattern, Syllabus and more

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Do you have the knowledge to effect changes in the agricultural industry willing to pursue a high-profile job which is research-intensive? Then, the Agriculture Research Service Examination – ARS 2019 facilitates your journey to your dream career.

Agriculture Research Service Examination – ARS 2019

The Agriculture Research Service Examination, popular by the acronym ARS, is a national-level standardized competitive test organized and conducted once every year by the Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board(ASRB) to screen candidates to the entry-level posts of the research services of the autonomous body under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education(DARE) buttressed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government Of India, called the Indian Council of Agricultural Research(ICAR).

Important Dates

Events Dates (tentative) 
Online application forms will be made available by February first week 2019
Last date for submission of online application form March first week 2019
ASRB ARS 2019 Prelims Examination commences by April first week 2019
ASRB ARS Prelims Examination 2019 ends by April second week 2019
ASRB ARS Prelims 2019 results will be declared by May third week 2019
ASRB ARS Mains Examination 2019 June third week 2019

Eligibility Requirements

The following conditions must be met with to be eligible for application to the  ASRB ARS:

(I) The candidate must be

  • a citizen of India, or
  • a citizen of Nepal, or
  • a citizen of Bhutan, or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

(II) The candidate must have attained the age of 21 years as on 1st January 2019. The maximum age limit prescribed is  32 years as on 1st January 2019 for unreserved categories. The following table details the upper age relaxations for different categories:

Category Upper Age Relaxation
SC/ST 5 years
OBC NCL 3 years
Divyang Candidates 10 years
In-service candidates of ICAR 13 years
In-service candidates of State Agricultural Universities 3 years
Candidates domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January 1980 to the 31st day of December 1989. 5 years
Candidates holding Ph.D. 3 years

(III) The maximum number of attempts is restricted to 6 times for candidates belonging to unreserved categories. It is 9 times for OBC and Divyang candidates. This, however, is not applicable to candidates belonging SC/ST Categories.

(IV) The candidate must be a Postgraduate in relevant disciplines from any recognized Universities. Final-year postgraduate students can also apply.

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Application Procedure

Documents Required

  • Digital copy of the candidate’s 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.
  • Digital copy of the candidate’s signature taken in Black/Blue ink on a white paper only in .jpg format only.

How to Apply 

Online application forms will be made available online on the official ASRB website from the prescribed date. Click on ‘New Registration’ and fill in the required details including your full name, father’s name, gender, date of birth, category, address for correspondence, permanent address, and email address. Make sure that you have entered the right details and then click ‘Submit’. The successfully registered candidates will be given a registration number. Login into your account using your registration number and date of birth and fill out the details including your educational details, and your preferred choice of examination centers, medium of examination, and disciplines. Submit and leave your signature on the Declaration page and click ‘Submit’ to proceed to the next stage of the application process. Pay the application fee as is given in the following table either online via net banking/credit card/debit card or offline via Challan.

Category Application Fee
Unreserved and OBC Candidates 500INR
SC/ST/Divyang/Women Candidates Nil

Take and keep a print-out of the confirmation page for future reference.

Exam Pattern

ARS 2019 will be conducted in three distinct stages to evaluate the candidates’ fitness for the applied programs. The details for the same is provided in the following table:

Examination  Maximum allotted time  Maximum Marks
ARS Preliminary Examination 2 hours 150 marks
ARS Mains Examination 3 hours 240 marks
Viva-voce        _ 60 marks

(I) ARS Prelims: This online exam is will have one paper with a total aggregate score of 150 marks. The maximum time allotted for this section is 2 hours. This section will have objective-type questions. The question paper is set in English and Hindi. There will be a penalty of 1/3 marks for each of the wrongly answered questions. This is just a qualifying paper and its marks will not be counted in the finals.

(II) ARS Mains: This is an offline paper-based test with a total of three sections having an aggregate score of 240 marks. The maximum time allotted for this section is 3 hours. The following are three parts of this exam:

  • Part A: This section has 40 questions of 2 marks each. Answers to the questions in this section should be limited to 10 words.
  • Part B: This section has 20 questions of 5 marks each. Answers to questions in this section must be given in one or two paragraphs or with graphic illustrations.
  • Part C: This section has 6 essay questions with/without sub-divisions each carrying 10 marks. Answers must be given within the space provided below each question.

(III) Viva-voce: Here, the candidate will be evaluated by a group of unbiased experts in the respective fields to evaluate the candidates’ basic acquaintance with the modern current of thought and new discoveries and to determine his/her fitness for the service. The maximum score for this part is 60 marks.

Detailed Syllabus

Results and Cut-off

Results of the Prelims will be declared by May third week 2019. The cut-off for different categories is as given in the following table:

Category  Cut-off 
Unreserved 45%
OBC 40%
 SC/ST/Divyang 35%

The cut-off for the Mains exam is not pre-defined.

For further information and updated notifications, visit the official website:

ARS Official Website

Attempt ARS and focus on tackling big issues to effect fruitful changes in the agricultural industry. Good luck with your attempts!

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