ICAR NET 2019 – The Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) has released the notification for the ICAR-National Eligibility Test (NET) 2019 on its official website at ntaicar.nic.in on 14th October 2019.


  • The Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) will hold ICAR-NET-2019 Examination during 09th December 2019 to 15th December 2019 (tentatively) in online mode at 32 Centres across India in a staggered slot-wise exam format as per the Rules and Scheme of Exam indicated in this notification
  • Online registration for the examination shall start from 11.00 hrs on 15th October 2019 till 17.00 hrs on 04th November 2019. Candidates are advised to read the notification carefully before filling the Online Application Form

Eligibility Criteria

  • The rules for the National Eligibility Test Examination to be held by the Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board are published for general information


  • A candidate must be either: (i) a citizen of India, or (ii) a citizen of Nepal, or (iii) a citizen of Bhutan, or (iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January 1962 (v) 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, (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar) Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, January 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India (or)
  • Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by Govt. of India

Age Limits

  • A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years as on 01st July 2019. There is no upper age limit for the National Eligibility Test

Educational Qualifications

  • A candidate for the National Eligibility Test must have a Master’s degree or equivalent in the concerned subject with specialization completed on or before 31st December 2019 from any Indian University incorporated by an Act of Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed university u/s 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 or he/she must have a qualification from a foreign University recognized as equivalent by Govt. of India

Discipline & their approved Eligibility Qualifications

  • Agricultural Biotechnology: Master’s degree in Agriculture/ Biotechnology/ Molecular Biology and Biotechnology/ Genetic Engineering/ Botany Plant Sciences/ Life Sciences with specialization in Plant Biotechnology
  • Agricultural Entomology: Master’s degree in Agriculture/ Entomology/ Zoology/ Sericulture/ Apiculture/ Plant Protection with specialization in Agricultural Entomology
  • Agricultural Microbiology: Master’s degree in Agricultural Microbiology/ Microbiology
  • Economic Botany & Plant Genetics Resources: Master’s degree in Agriculture/ Botany/ Horticulture with specialization in Agricultural Botany/ Economic Botany/ Plant Genetic Resources
  • Genetics & Plant Breeding: Master’s degree in Agriculture/ Agricultural Botany/ Plant Breeding or Genetics or Genetics and Plant Breeding
  • Nematology: Master’s degree in Agriculture Nematology/ Entomology/ Plant Pathology/ Zoology/ Plant Protection with specialization in Nematology
  • Plant Biochemistry: Master’s degree in Plant Biochemistry/ Agricultural Biochemistry/ Biochemistry with specialization in plants
  • Plant Pathology: Master’s degree in Agriculture/ Botany/ Life Sciences/ Plant Protection with specialization in Plant Pathology/ Mycology
  • Plant Physiology: Master’s degree in Agriculture/ Plant Physiology/ Botany with specialization in Plant Physiology
  • Seed Science & Technology: Master’s degree in Agriculture/ Seed Science/ Seed Technology or Seed Science and Technology
  • Floriculture & Landscaping: Master’s degree in Floriculture/ Agriculture or Horticulture with specialization in Floriculture and Landscaping/ PHT (Horticulture)
  • Fruit Science: Master’s degree in Pomology/ Agriculture or Horticulture with specialization in Fruit Sciences/ PHT (Horticulture)
  • Spices, Plantation & Medicinal & Aromatic Plants: Master’s degree in Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Botany with specialization in Spices/ Plantation Crops and/ or in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants/ PHT (Horticulture)
  • Vegetable Science: Master’s degree in Olericulture/ Vegetable Sciences/ Agriculture or Horticulture with specialization in Vegetable Sciences/ PHT (Horticulture)
  • Animal Biochemistry: Master’s degree in Veterinary/ Animal Sciences/ Dairy/ Fisheries Science with specialization in Biochemistry
  • Animal Biotechnology: Master’s degree in Veterinary/ Animal/ Fisheries Science with specialization in Biotechnology
  • Animal Genetics & Breeding: Master’s degree in Veterinary/ Animal Sciences with specialization in Animal Genetics and Breeding
  • Animal Nutrition: Master’s degree in veterinary/ Animal Sciences with specialization in Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Physiology: Master’s degree in Veterinary/ Animal Sciences with specialization in Animal Physiology
  • Animal Reproduction & Gynaecology: Master’s degree in Veterinary/ Animal Sciences with specialization in Animal Reproduction and Gynaecology
  • Dairy Chemistry: Masters degree in Dairy Chemistry/ Veterinary/ Animal Sciences with specialization in Dairy Chemistry
  • Dairy Microbiology: Master’s degree in Dairy Microbiology/ Veterinary/ Animal Sciences with specialization in Dairy Microbiology
  • Dairy Technology: Master’s degree in Dairy Technology or Dairy Science/ Animal Products Technology/ Food Technology with specialization in Dairy Technology
  • Livestock Product Technology: Master’s degree in Veterinary/ Animal Sciences with specialization in Livestock Products Technology
  • Livestock Production Management: Master’s degree in Veterinary/ Animal Sciences with specialization in Livestock Production Management/ Animal Husbandry
  • Poultry Science: Master’s degree in Poultry Sciences/ Veterinary/ Animal Sciences with specialization in Poultry Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine: Master’s degree in Veterinary Medicine/ Veterinary Preventive Medicine/ Veterinary Clinical Medicine
  • Veterinary Microbiology: Master’s degree in Veterinary Sciences with specialization in Microbiology/ Bacteriology/ Virology/ Mycology/ Immunology
  • Veterinary Parasitology: Master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology
  • Veterinary Pathology: Masters degree in Veterinary Pathology
  • Veterinary Pharmacology: Master’s degree in Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology/ Veterinary Pharmacology
  • Veterinary Public Health: Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health/ Epidemiology
  • Veterinary Surgery: Master’s degree in Veterinary Surgery
  • Aquaculture: Master’s degree in Aquaculture/ Fishery Sciences/ Marine Biology/ Aquatic Biology with specialization in Maricultural/ Aquatic Environmental Management/ Aquatic Ecology/ Inland Aquaculture
  • Fisheries Resource Management: Master’s degree in Fishery Sciences/ Fisheries Resource Management/ Marine Biology/ Aquatic Biology with specialization in Fisheries Resource Management/ Fish Population Dynamics/ Fishery Hydrography/ Ecosystem Management/ Aquatic Ecology
  • Fish Process Technology: Master’s degree in Fishery Sciences/ Fish Processing Technology/ Post Harvest Technology/ Industrial Fisheries with specialization in Fish Harvest and Processing
  • Fish Nutrition: Master’s degree in Fishery Sciences with specialization in Fish Nutrition and Fish Physiology/ Feed Technology/ Fish Nutrition and Biochemistry
  • Fish Health: Master’s degree in Fishery Science/ Marine Biology with specialization in Fish Health/ Fish Pathology and Microbiology
  • Fish Genetics and Breeding: Master’s degree in Fishery Science/ Marine Biology with specialization in Fish Genetics and Breeding/ Fish Biotechnology
  • Agricultural Chemicals: Master’s degree in Agriculture/ Agricultural Chemicals/ Organic Chemistry with specialization in Agricultural Chemicals
  • Agricultural Meteorology: Masters degree in Agricultural Meteorology/ Agricultural Physics with specialization in Agricultural Meteorology
  • Agroforestry: Master’s degree in Forestry/ Agroforestry/ Botany/ Agronomy/ Horticulture with specialization in Agroforestry
  • Agronomy: Master’s degree in Agriculture with specialization in Agronomy/ Soil Water Management/ Conservation Agriculture/ Farming Systems Management/ Forage Production
  • Environmental Sciences: Master’s degree in Environmental Science/ Agroforestry/ Agriculture Physics/ Agriculture with specialization in Environmental Science
  • Soil Sciences: Master’s degree in Agriculture/ Soil Sciences/ Agricultural Chemistry/ Agricultural Physics with specialization in Soil Physics and Soil and Water Conservation/ Soil Fertility/ Soil Microbiology/ Soil Chemistry
  • Agricultural Business Management: Master’s degree in Agricultural Business Management/ Agricultural Marketing/ Business Management with specialization in Agricultural Business/ Fisheries Business Management
  • Agricultural Economics: Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics/ Dairy Economics/ Veterinary Economics/ Fisheries Economics with specialization in Agriculture
  • Agricultural Extension: Master’s degree in Agricultural Extension/ Veterinary Extension/ Dairy Extension/ Fisheries Extension/ Agriculture Communication in Agricultural Sciences/ Rural Development/ Rural Management
  • Agricultural Statistics: Master’s degree in Agricultural Statistics/ Statistics with specialization in Agriculture
  • Home Sciences: Master’s degree in Home Science with specialization in Family Resource Management/ Textile and Clothing/ Child Development/ Foods and Nutrition
  • Farm Machinery and Power: Master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Farm Machinery and Power
  • Agricultural Structures & Environmental Mgt.: Master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering with specialization in Agricultural Structures/ Aquaculture Engineering
  • Land and Water Management Engineering: Master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering/ Civil Engineering with specialization in Soil and Water Conservation/ Irrigation and Drainage/ Water Resources/ Hydrology/ Aquatic Engineering
  • Agricultural Process Engineering: Master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering with specialization in Agricultural Process Engineering/ Food Process Engineering/ Dairy Engineering
  • Food Technology: Master’s degree in Food Science/ Food Technology/ Food Science and Technology/ Post Harvest Technology

ICAR NET Exam Pattern

  • There will be one paper of 150 marks consisting of 150 objective type multiple choice questions to be solved in 2 (two) hours. Each question carries one mark. These 150 questions shall be derived from the respective discipline in which the candidate has opted to appear.
  • Minimum marks required for qualifying ICAR NET-2019; General/OBC 55%; OBC (Non-Creamy) 50%; SC/ST/PC 45%
  • 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer in the ICAR-NET-2019 examination
  • The Exam will be conducted in online mode at the designated Centres only. The questions in the ICAR-NET (II) Examination will be available in bilingual from (i.e. Hindi and English medium of the Computer)

Exam Centres

  • Anand, Bangaluru, Bikaner, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Dharwad, Dehradun, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Izatnagar, Jabalpur, Jammu, Junagadh, Karnal, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Nagpur, Palampur, Patna, Port-Blair, Raipur, Ranchi, Srinagar, Tirupati, Udaipur, Varanasi and Vijayawada

Number of Attempts

  • There is no restriction on a number of attempts for appearing in the National Eligibility Test. The date of declared of the result of NET Examination will be the date of qualifying NET Examination
  • The decision of the Board as to the eligibility or otherwise of a candidate for admission to the examination shall be final

Fee & Registration Charges

  • The candidates seeking admission to NET examination must pay a fee to the board
  • The candidates seeking admission to the examination must pay to the Board a fee as follows:
  • Unreserved (UR) – Rs.1000/-
  • Other Backward Class (OBC) – Rs.500/-
  • SC/ST & Divyang/Women – Rs.250/-
  • The fee must be paid through a crossed bank draft only drawn in favour of Secretary, ASRB and payable at New Delhi with the application form. Candidates should write their name and address on the reverse of the bank draft
  • No other form of payment will be accepted by the board


  • Syllabus for ICAR-NET-2019 Examination is available on the Syllabus Link on ASRB’s website: http://www.asrb.org.in

ICAR NET 2019  Application Process

  • A candidates seeking admission to the Examination must apply online in the prescribed Application Form available on the website http://www.asrb.org.in
  • Important instructions to the candidates for filling online application are given in Annexure-I
  • A candidate must read the provisions, contained in this Notification for ICAR-NET-2019 Examination carefully date abide by the same. A candidate must fulfil all the conditions of eligibility regarding age limit, educational qualifications, etc. prescribed for admission to the examination

Instructions to Apply

  • Open the official website of the ICAR – icar.org.in and click on the notification link available on the homepage
  • It will redirect to a new window where you will find links for the exam notification and registration
  • Click on ICAR NET 2019 Exam registration link
  • Click on New Registration (Login if you have registered already) and enter your personal information, qualification details, upload photograph & signature, and make the fee payment.
  • After completing the registration process, download a copy of the filled application form and also take a print out of the same for future reference

Important Dates of ICAR NET 2019

  • Notification Release Date: 14th October 2019
  • Online Application Start Date: 15th October 2019 (11.00 AM)
  • Last Date of Submission of Application Form: 04th November 2019 (05.00 PM)
  • ICAR NET Exam Date: 09th to 15th December 2019
  • Date of Release of ICAR NET 2019 Admit Card: December 2019
  • ICAR NET 2019 Result: January 2020 (Tentative)

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