Eligibility Criteria

UG

Candidate must have passed 10+2 Senior Secondary Examination of the Central Board of Secondary Education or any other examination within scope and standard found to be equivalent to the Senior Secondary Examination of a recognised  Indian Board/university (Annexure-VII) after a period of 12 years of study. The medium of instruction in the admitting University will be English.

Candidate must have passed any one of the qualifying examinations enumerated above securing not less than 50% marks in aggregate for General, OBC(NCL) and UPS categories and 40% marks in aggregate for SC, ST and PC categories. There will be no rounding-off of the OGPA/percentage of marks of qualifying examination while deciding the basic eligibility of any candidate for admission e.g. if a candidate obtained 49.99% marks in his/her qualifying examination, then it will not be rounded-off to 50%.             
Candidate having a compartment/ supplementary in any of the subjects will not be eligible unless proof of having cleared the examination with requisite percentage as in 3.2.1(ii)(a) above is available.

Candidate already appeared in the qualifying examination enumerated above, can also apply but would be required to submit evidence of having satisfied the conditions in 3.2.1 (i) & (ii), latest by the counseling date/admission, as otherwise the candidature will be automatically cancelled.

PG

The candidate must have passed Bachelor degree examination securing Overall Grade Point Average (OGPA) of at least 6.60/10.00 in ten-point scale, 3.25/5.00 in five-point scale, 2.60/4.00 in four-point scale for General, OBC and UPS categories whereas for SC/ST/Physically Challenged (PC) candidates, the said requirement is an OGPA of at least 5.60/10.00, 2.75/5.00, 2.20/4.00, respectively. In other cases, where grade-points are not awarded and only marks are awarded, the candidate must have secured at least 60% marks for General, OBC and UPS categories, whereas for SC/ST/PC categories the requirement is 50% marks. (Please note that equivalence between OGPA and % marks will not be acceptable). There will be no rounding-off of the OGPA/percentage of marks of qualifying examination while deciding the basic eligibility of any candidate for admission e.g. if a candidate obtained 49.99% marks in his/her qualifying examination, then it will not be rounded-off to 50%.

Ph.D :

Indian nationals having passed Master’s Degree programme securing an Overall Grade Point Average (OGPA) of at least 6.50/10.00 scale, 3.25/5.00 scale, 2.60/4.00 scale for General, OBC (NCL) and UPS Categories and 5.50/10.00, 2.75/5.00, 2.20/4.00 scale for SC/ST/Physically Challenged (PC) categories, respectively from any recognized University in India and abroad would be eligible. In other cases, where grade-points are not awarded and only marks are awarded, the candidate must have secured at least 60% marks for General, OBC (NCL) and UPS category. For SC/ST/PC candidates, the minimum percentage of marks will be 50%.  Where OGPA is awarded, equivalence between OGPA and % marks will not be acceptable. There will be no rounding-off of the OGPA/percentage of marks of qualifying examination while deciding the basic eligibility of any candidate for admission e.g. if a candidate obtained 49.99% marks in his/her qualifying examination, then it will not be rounded-off to 50%. The candidates  must complete the postgraduate degree in all respects and produce the degree-completion certificate from the Registrar to this effect on the date of Counseling failing which they will not be considered for admission and the award of fellowship. The admission and fellowship would be granted only when the candidate seeks admission through counseling conducted by ICAR and pursues Ph.D. degree in an AU, except an ICAR-DU, where 100 % seats will be filled-in through its own separate national level entrance examination. Further, for seeking admission with ICAR-JRF/SRF(PGS), as well as without fellowship, it would be mandatory for the candidate to pursue Ph.D. degree in an AU other than the one from where he/she has obtained Bachelor's or Master's degree, i.e. the candidate should not have obtained more than two degrees (including pursuing of Ph.D.) from the same AU. The above eligibility conditions will  also apply to in-service candidates. It is the sole responsibility of  the  candidate  to  check  his/her  eligibility  for  AICE-JRF/SRF(PGS) examination before  applying.  ICAR  will  not  be  held responsible  for  refusing  admission and/or ICAR-JRF/SRF(PGS) to any ineligible candidate. The candidates please note that:

  1. Senior Research Fellowship is a financial assistance given by ICAR for pursuing Ph.D.  degree in the field of Agriculture  and Allied  sciences.
  2. Merely qualifying the examination will not guarantee JRF/SRF. Only those candidates will be eligible for JRF/SRF who come in the merit list and after counseling join the University within stipulated time.
  3. Based upon his/her merit and choice of seat in a particular University, the candidate shall receive a letter of recommendation from ADG(HRD) for admission to Ph.D. degree programme, indicating the award of JRF/SRF(PGS), if applicable, at the time of online counseling. The Council does not issue a separate certificate to the candidates for the award of JRF/SRF(PGS).
  4. For certain subjects/courses, the Universities may have different/additional eligibility conditions/criteria than those listed in the following Table. It is the responsibility of  the  candidate  to check his/her  eligibility  at the time of counseling with the official(s) of  the  University where  admission  is  desired. The list of Universities along with the contact details of Registrars for seeking admission to Ph.D. programmes is given at Annexure-VI.
  5. The in-service candidates qualifying for admission will arrange for study leave/leave of  the kind due from their respective organizations themselves and ICAR will not  intervene  in  this regard.
  6. The in-service candidates must be working  in ICAR Institutes, DUs, SAUs, CAUs, CUs having  faculty  of  agriculture, Central Government/State Government Departments dealing in Agriculture and Allied Sectors and Public Sector Undertakings dealing  with  Agriculture  and  Allied  Sectors (Annexure IV). In-service candidates desirous of admission in ICAR-DUs should appear in the national level entrance examination conducted by the respective DU.