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ICAR-ASRB -AGRICULTURAL SCIENTISTS RECRUITMENT BOARD KRISHI ANUSANDHAN BHAVAN, PUSA, NEW DELHI-110012 (INDIAN COUNCIL OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH) NOTIFICATION

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE EXAMINATION-2012


1. Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) will hold a competitive ARS Examination – 2012 as per the following scheme where in two separate examinations will be held as:

(i) Preliminary – ARS Examination – 2012 on 24.02.2013 (Sunday) from 02.00 pm to 04.00 pm.

(ii) ARS – Main Examination – 2012 on 23.06.2013 (Sunday) from 10.00 am to 01.00 pm.

Candidates declared successful in ARS Main Examination and viva-voce will be recommended for appointment as Scientists in Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research in the pay band of Rs.15,600-39,100 plus research grade pay of Rs.6,000/-

The Preliminary ARS Examination is a qualifying examination and its marks will not be carried forward for determining final merit of the candidates. All those candidates desirous of appearing for ARS will have to take both the examinations and viva-voce.

Since a pass in the Preliminary examination is compulsory for all candidates, only those candidates who qualify the Preliminary ARS Examination will be eligible to appear in the ARS Main Examination.

2. CENTRES OF EXAMINATION
The centres of Examination where the Preliminary and Main Examinations will be conducted are mentioned in Annexure-I(a) and I(b) respectively. The ASRB may increase or decrease the number of Centres or shift centres as per the requirements of the Board. Candidates must select the centres of Examination carefully. No request for change of Centre would be entertained under any circumstances.

LAST DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IN A.S.R.B.

a) The completed application form must reach the Secretary, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, Krishi Anusandhan Bhavan, Pusa, New Delhi-110012 by post or delivered in person on or before 18.12.2012.


CENTRES OF EXAMINATION FOR ARS - MAIN EXAMINATION

Centres of Examination for ARS Main Examination will be decided by ASRB after the results of Preliminary – ARS Examination and shall be informed to all the eligible candidates.

However, the candidates can give the choices of the centres of examination for ARS-Main Examination from amongst following centres:-


GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS:-

(a) Question paper can be answered either in English or in Hindi.

(b) Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances they will be allowed the help of a scribe to write the answer for them.

(c) If a candidate's handwriting is not easily legible, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to him.

(d) Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.

(e) Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in all subjects of the examination.

DETAIL PLAN OF EXAMINATION (ARS)

Two separate competitive written examinations followed by Viva-voce shall be conducted as per the following plan of examinations:-

Examination Max. Marks Duration
1. (a) Preliminary-ARS (Objective Type) 150 2 hours
(b) ARS – Main (Descriptive Type) 240 3 hours
(c) Viva-voce 60


2. (a). Preliminary ARS Examination Paper:-

Preliminary ARS Examination shall have one paper of 150 marks with all objective questions to be solved in 2 hours (Two hours), from the respective professional subject(s) for which candidate has opted.

Minimum qualifying marks required in Prelim- ARS Examination:

1/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer in Prelim ARS Category of candidate
Minimum qualifying marks Prelim ARS Main ARS
General / OBC 60% 55%
SC / ST / Physically Challenged Person 50% 50%
Examination (Objective Type). The examination will be held in 33 centres as given in Annexure-I. This is a qualifying examination and marks scored will not be
counted for final selection.

(b). ARS – Main Examination Paper:-

ARS – Main Examination Paper will have only one paper of 240 marks to be completed in 3 hours duration. 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. All questions in part „A? and „B? will be compulsory.

Part „C? will have 6 (six) essay type or descriptive type questions which are all compulsory. 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.

The candidates clearing Mains Examination will be called for Viva-voce in the ratio 1:5 subject to minimum 55% are obtained by General / OBC candidates and 50% marks are obtained by SC / ST / PC candidates in ARS Mains Examination (Subjective type). Reserved candidates who qualify after availing relaxed standard and/or age relaxation shall render themselves ineligible for UR posts. They will be eligible only for
the posts which are reserved in respective category in a particular discipline. The final selection of candidates will be made on the basis of marks obtained in the ARS – Mains Examination and Viva-voce and will be recommended for appointment as Scientists in the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in the pay scale of Rs. 15,000-39,100 plus Research Grade Pay (RGP) of Rs. 6,000/-
Fore More details about the examination procedures: http://www.icar.org.in/

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