The Agricultural Research Services-ARS examination is conducting in 2 parts i.e., ARS Preliminary Examination & ARS Mains Examination. The details of this examination is given below:

A candidate must hold a Master's Degree or equivalent in the concerned discipline completed on or before 21.02.2016.
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 Examination but have not been informed of the results, may apply for admission to the ARS Examination 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. Candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination may also apply.

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years but not have attained the age of 32 years.

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 Person with Disability category (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 Examination.

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.

  • Disciplines
    Agricultural Biotechnology, Agricultural Entomology, Agricultural Microbiology, Economic Botany & Plant Genetic Resources, Genetics & Plant Breeding, Nematology, Plant Biochemistry, Plant Pathology, Plant Physiology, Seed Science & Technology, Floriculture & Landscaping, Fruit Science, Spices, Plantation & Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, Vegetable Science, Animal Biochemistry, Animal Biotechnology, Animal Genetics & Breeding, Animal Nutrition, Animal Physiology, Animal Reproduction & Gynaecology, Dairy Chemistry, Dairy Microbiology, Dairy Technology, Livestock Product Technology, Livestock Production Management, Poultry Science, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Microbiology, Veterinary Parasitology, Veterinary Pathology, Veterinary Pharmacology, Veterinary Public Health, Veterinary Surgery, Aquaculture, Fisheries Resource Management, Fish Processing Technology, Fish Nutrition, Fish Health, Fish Genetics & Breeding, Agricultural Chemicals, Agricultural Meteorology, Agronomy, Agroforestry, Environmental Science, Soil Sciences, Agricultural Business Management, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Statistics & Informatics, Home Science, Farm, Machinery & Power, Agricultural Structures & Environmental Management, Land & Water Management Engineering, Agricultural Process Engineering, Food Technology & Veterinary Anatomy.

    Two separate competitive examinations (Computer Based Test + Written) followed by Viva-voce shall be conducted as per the following plan of examination:-
    Examination Max. Marks Duration
    (a) ARS (Preliminary) (Objective Type) 150 2 hours
    (b) ARS-2015 (Main) (Descriptive Type) 2403 hours
    (c) Viva-voce 60
    (a) ARS-2015 (Preliminary) Examination Paper:-
    • ARS (Preliminary) Examination shall have one paper of 150 marks.
    • All Questions will be multiple choice objective type.
    • Time allotted for the examination is 2 hours.
    • The Examination will be conducted in online format at the designated Centres.
    • 1/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.
    • This is a qualifying examination and marks scored will not be counted for final selection.
    • The candidates who obtain following minimum qualifying marks in the Preliminary Examination will be allowed to appear in the ARS (Main) Examination.

    Minimum marks required for qualifying ARS (Preliminary) Examination
    Category of candidate Minimum qualifying marks
    Un-reserved(UR) (General) 45%
    OBC(Non-Creamy layer) 40%
    SC / ST/ Person with Disability (PwD) 35%
    (b) ARS-2015 (Main) Examination Paper:-
    • ARS (Main) Examination Paper will have only one paper of 240 marks.
    • The time allotted for this examination is 3 hours.
    • 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.
    • 'A' 'B' and 'C' will be compulsory.
    • Questions of mains examination can be answered either in English or in Hindi.
    The candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Board in its discretion, shall be called for viva-voce.

    (c) ARS- Viva-voce :-
    The candidates will be interviewed by a Board of competent and unbiased experts in the respective disciplines, who will have before them a record of his/her career. The object of the viva-voce is to assess his/her suitability for the Service for which he/she has competed. The viva-voce is intended to supplement the written examination for testing the general and specialized knowledge and abilities of the candidate. The candidate will be expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in his/her own state or country, as well as in modern current of thought and in new discoveries, which should rouse the curiosity of well-educated youth.
  • Duration of the Course at NAM Institute:
    • Prelims only: 3 Months for students enrolled in Regular Mode (Mon-Fri) having 3 hrs classes daily while for those working professionals who can't attend classes regularly we provide weekend classes facility of 4 months having 5 hours classes on Sat & Sun.
    • Written (Mains) Exams only: 3 Months for students enrolled in Regular Mode (Mon-Fri) having 3 hrs classes daily while for those working professionals who can't attend classes regularly we provide weekend classes facility of 4 months having 5 hours classes on Sat & Sun.
    • Both Pre cum Mains : 6 Months for students enrolled in Regular Mode (Mon-Fri) having 3 hrs classes daily while for those working professionals who can't attend classes regularly we provide weekend classes facility of 8 months having 5 hours classes on Sat & Sun.