ICAR 20th AIEEA PG 2015 – All India Entrance Examination for Admission


Triggered primarily by professional and academic linkage with Agricultural Universities (AUs), ICAR has been able to foster a countrywide arrangement with the AUs to set aside 25% seats of their seats for Master degree programmes to be admitted through ICAR’s All India Entrance Examination so as to reduce inbreeding, increase mobility among students, encourage national integration and infuse merit and uniform examination standards leading to improved overall quality of agricultural education. Besides, all (100%) seats of the four ICAR-DUs namely, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) and Central Institute of Fisheries Education (CIFE) are also filled up through the same examination.

Latest Update: Result Declared for AIEEA UG, AIEEA PG and AICE SRF PGS on 20 May 2015

ICAR’s 20th AIEEA PG 2015 examination for the academic session 2015-16 will be conducted at 34 examination city centers spread all over the country enabling participation of a large number of candidates seeking admission in Master degree programmes in AUs in different disciplines of Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Veterinary, Animal Sciences, Agri. Engineering, Home Science, Fisheries, Dairy Science and other allied sciences. ICAR Junior Research Fellowships for postgraduate studies namely, ICAR-JRF (PGS) will be awarded to 475 candidates based on merit in this examination as per their overall merit rank and seat availability in different disciplines.

Candidates qualified for counseling will be considered for allocation of subject and the Agricultural University as per counseling procedure described hereinafter under item 9.0.There is no direct nomination through ICAR in any Master degree programme without counseling and qualifying in this examination.

Important Dates

Last date of receipt of application 23 February 2015
Last date of receipt of applications from remote areas 27 February 2015
Admit Card or Roll number query if any Last week of March 2015
Date and Time of Examination Sunday, April 12, 2015 (10.00 AM to 12.30 PM)
Declaration of Result After 3rd week of May 2015
Schedule for counselling / Personal appearance 28.06.2015 – 07.07.2015

Eligibility Criteria

Age and Nationality: Indian Nationals having age not below 19 years as on 31.08.2015 (i.e., candidate should not have been born after 01.09.1996) are eligible to appear in the examination. No relaxation is admissible regarding the minimum age limit.

Qualifying Examination:

Candidate must have passed (or due to appear at the final examination) their Bachelor degree from a recognized university in the concerned field under 10+2+5 (B.V.Sc. & AH), 10+2+4, 10+6 years degree programmes may apply for this examination. Very few options in limited universities namely (i) CCSHAU, Hisar, (ii) Dr. YS Parmar University, Solan, (iii) PAU, Ludhiana, (iv) IARI, Pusa, (v) SHIATS, Allahabad, and (vi) GBPUA&T, Pantnagar are also available for candidates having passed Bachelor degree with 10+2+3 year degree programme in few basic science courses. The Veterinary graduates without their valid registration under the IVC Act. 1984 will not be considered for the PG counseling and admission.

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).

Degree Programmes Available for Admission

Master degrees are awarded by Agricultural Universities in 95 sub – subjects under 20 major subject-groups namely (1) Plant Biotechnology, (2) Plant Sciences, (3) Physical Science, (4) Entomology and Nematology, (5) Agronomy, (6) Social Sciences, (7) Statistical Sciences, (8) Horticulture, (9) Forestry/Agroforestry and Silviculture, (10) Agricultural Engineering & Technology, (11) Water Science & Technology, (12) Home Science, (13) Animal Biotechnology, (14) Veterinary Science, (15) Animal Sciences (16) Fisheries Science, (17) Dairy Science, (18) Dairy Technology, (19) Food Science Technology, and (20) Agri-Business Management. Candidate should select one major subject-group among the following for appearing in the Entrance Examination, based on the compatibility with his/her own subject area at his/her graduation level. The sub- subject choices, within the major subject-group in which the candidate qualifies the entrance examination, will be available at the time of counseling. Numbers of seats and ICAR-JRF (PGS) in various subjects/sub- subjects are given below; the number is tentative at present, the final position will be known at the time of counseling.

Examination Pattern

The examination shall have one AIEE PG question paper for each of the 20 major subject-groups, consisting of 150 multiple-choice objective type questions, each with four options and also 10 cross-matching type questions, each having five sub-questions/pairings for every subject-group paper. In each subject-group, 150 multiple choice, objective type questions would be serially numbered from 1-150 whereas 10 cross-matching type questions would be serially numbered from 151-160.

Marking scheme: Each correctly answered multiple-choice objective type question will earn four marks whereas each correctly answered cross-matching type question will earn 5 marks (1 mark for each correct pairing) with a maximum of 650 marks for each major subject-group paper. For each incorrectly answered multiple-choice objective type question, one mark would be deducted from the total score whereas for each incorrectly answered cross-matching type sub-question/pairing, 0.2 marks would be deducted from the total score. Question with no response indicated will not be awarded any mark and there will be no negative marking for that question. The candidates are advised not to attempt such questions in the OMR answer sheet, for which they are not sure of the correct answer. More than one answer indicated against a question will be deemed as incorrect answer and will invite negative marking.

ICAR Junior Research Fellowship for Post Graduate Studies ICAR JRF (PGS)

ICAR Junior Research Fellowships will be awarded to meritorious candidates seeking admission in the Agricultural Universities where Master degree programme consists of course and research work. Candidates pursuing Master degree programme can also apply for fresh admission and compete for ICAR-JRF (PGS) provided they have not completed the first year of their postgraduate degree programme. The ICAR-JRF (PGS) would be awarded for two years from the date of registration in the Master degree programme. For graduates with 10+2+3, if admitted and awarded ICAR-JRF (PGS), no fellowship would be payable during the first year of their degree program, i.e. while completing remedial courses in the first year. No extension in ICAR-JRF (PGS) duration beyond 2 years will be granted. In case the fellowship allotted to a candidate is vacated for any reason, the same will not be allotted/ transferred to any other candidate even if there are candidates next to him/her in the merit in same or other subject group. ICAR-JRF (PGS) awardees of last year(s), even if in merit, will not be awarded ICAR-JRF (PGS) again; however, admission would be granted to them as per their merit rank. Further, if ICAR-JRF (PGS) holder seeks fresh admission, entire amount of fellowship received by him/her shall have to be refunded back to the university with Interest.The fellowship will be at the rate of Rs. 12,000/- per month for graduates of Veterinary Sciences pursuing Veterinary studies and Rs. 8,640/- per month in other cases for a period of two years together with a contingent grant of Rs. 6,000/- per year for procurement of essential chemicals, equipments, books and travel connected with the research work. Not more than 50% of the contingent grant will be spent for purchase of books. All purchases are to be made with the approval of the Major Advisor/Chairman of Student Advisory Committee. All candidates who have been awarded ICAR-JRF (PGS) have to execute a Bond of Rs. 40,000/- compulsorily at the time of registration in the University.

The admission (without fellowship) as well as with ICAR JRF (PGS) will be given to only that candidate who joins the Master degree programme in the University other than that from where he/she has obtained his/ her Bachelor degree except at NDRI, Karnal where admissions for 100% seats are made on All India basis through ICAR Entrance Examination. After the admission, under no circumstances, change of subject and university will be entertained.

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