Doctoral degree programmes are offered by AUs in 60 sub-subjects under 16 Major Subject Groups, viz. (1) Crop Sciences-I, (2) Crop Sciences-II, (3) Crop Sciences-III, (4) Horticulture, (5) Veterinary and Animal Sciences-I, (6) Veterinary and Animal Sciences-II, (7) Veterinary and Animal Sciences-III, (8) Dairy Science, Dairy Technology & Food Technology, (9) Agricultural Engineering and Technology, (10) Home Science (currently renamed as Community Science), (11) Fishery Sciences, (12) Natural Resource Management-I, (13) Natural Resource Management-II, (14) Agricultural Economics & Agri-Business Management, (15) Agricultural Extension and (16) Agricultural Statistics.

AICE SRF PGS 2018 Seats

Based upon compatibility with his/her own subject area at post-graduation level, the candidate should select one Major Subject Group and from the following Table for appearing in the Competitive Examination. The candidate is required to attempt questions from all of the Sub-subjects listed under a Major Subject Group. The syllabus for the examination is given at Annexure-I. The number of seats and ICAR-JRF/SRF(PGS) in various sub-subjects are given below in Table 1; the number being tentative at present and the final position will be known at the time of online counselling only.

*3% reservation in ICAR-JRF/SRF(PGS) for Physically Challenged (PC) category will be horizontal across all the categories, i.e. such candidates would draw JRF/SRF from the GEN/SC/ST category to which they belong. If ICAR-JRF/SRF(PGS) is not available in a particular category to which the PC candidate belongs, then the same would be drawn from General Category depending upon availability.

Reservation of Seats

Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Physically Challenged and Other Backward Classes (NCL)

There would be reservation of seats as well as Junior/Senior Research Fellowships [ICARJRF/SRF (PGS)] to the extent of 15% for Scheduled Caste and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe candidates in different disciplines. The reservation of seats among SC/ST categories is interchangeable, i.e. if sufficient number of candidates are not available to fill-up seats as well as ICAR-JRF/SRF (PGS) reserved for ST candidates, these can be filled-in from among suitable SC candidates and vice-versa in a given subject as per merit rank in examination. The original SC/ST certificate in prescribed form (Annexure-VII) is required to be produced for verification at the time of admission. Depending on merit and choice, such candidates can also take seat from the General Category.

Three percent seats are reserved, horizontally across all the categories, in different subjects, for Physically Challenged (PC) candidates suffering from low vision, hearing impairment, locomotor disability or cerebral palsy with appropriate medical certificate mentioning at least 40% disability and found suitable by the Counseling Committee/University official. The candidate applying for admission under this category should submit a copy of the certificate about being physically challenged/disabled from a Govt. Hospital/Medical Board (duly attested by a Gazetted Officer), as per Annexure-V, for verification at the time of admission. The criteria for assessing the degree of physical disability may vary from one subject to another. The decision of the admitting University will be final in this regard. If ICAR-JRF/SRF is not available in a particular category to which the PC candidate belongs, then the same would be drawn from General Category depending upon availability.

Reservation of seats for candidates belonging to Central OBC (NCL) (Non-creamy layer) category would be available at BHU, Viswa Bharati, AMU, SASARD Nagaland University, CAU Imphal and Dr. RPCAU, Pusa, Bihar as per the latest Government of India directives applicable at the time of counseling and Hon’ble SC Judgment dated 18th August, 2011 and communication of seats by these universities at the time of counseling. Candidates claiming admission under this category have to produce a Central OBC (NCL) (Non-creamy layer) certificate at the time of admission.

Reservation for Remote and Under Privileged States/UT (UPS)

Two percent seats under each discipline would be reserved, horizontally, across categories for the candidates of the remote and Under Privileged States/UTs namely (i) Andaman & Nicobar Island, (ii) Arunachal Pradesh, (iii) Dadra and Nagar Haveli, (iv) Daman & Diu, (v) Goa, (vi) Lakshadweep, (vii) Manipur, (viii) Meghalaya, (ix) Mizoram, (x) Nagaland, (xi) Sikkim and (xii) Tripura where educational facilities in agriculture and allied science subjects either do not exist or have no SAU(s) and who qualify this examination. UPS candidates will have to produce domicile certificate issued by the competent authority at the time of admission. There will not be any State quota within this quota.

The responsibility for verification of the genuineness of SC/ST/OBC (NCL)(Non-creamy layer), PC and UPS certificate will be of the concerned AU where the candidate has been granted admission on the basis of counseling.


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