ICAR All India Competitive Examination for Senior Research Fellowship/Junior Research Fellowship

Result: 29 Sep 2021 (Tentative)

Computer Based Test

Result: 29 Sep 2021

ICAR AICE SRF/JRF Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 1,800
  • Examination Modes:Computer Based Test
  • Exam Conducting Body:National Testing Agency (NTA)
  • Courses:PhD
  • Streams:Engineering

ICAR AICE SRF/JRF 2021(17 Sep): Admit Card(Released), Exam Pattern, Syllabus

Updated On - September 17 2021 by Anusha Pachauri

ICAR AICE SRF/JRF 2021 is going to be held on 17 September 2021. ICAR AICE SRF/JRF 2021 is conducted to grant admission to various Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) is for admission to PhD. Degree Programmes. Candidates who have completed their post-graduation with a minimum of OGPA required are eligible to apply for the exam. For more details regarding admit cards, eligibility, exam centres, etc. candidates can read the article below.


Candidates can check all relevant details regarding the ICAR AICE SRF/JRF 2021 which is mentioned below:
Exam StatusThe exam will be held on 17 September 2021
Latest Updates:
  • ICAR AICE JRF/SRF 2021 entrance exam will be conducted on 17 September 2021.
  • NTA AICE JRF/SRF 2021 Admit Card has been released on 10 September 2021.


Candidates can check all the important dates related to ICAR JRP/SRF 2021 from the table given below.
ICAR JRP/SRF 2021 Schedule  
Application form availability25 July 2021
Last Date to fill the application form20 August 2021 27 August 2021
Correction in particulars of Application form on the website only23-26 August 2021 28-31 August 2021
Issuance of Admit card10 September 2021
ICAR JRF/SRF Exam Date 202117 September 2021
Declaration of ResultSeptember 2021
First Round of CounsellingOctober 2021

ICAR AICE JRF/SRF 2021 Exam Pattern

Candidates who are preparing for JRF/SRF Exam should have an understanding of the exam pattern. Detailed exam patterns can be checked below.

  • Mode of Examination- Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • Duration of examination- 2 hours to complete the exam.
  • Marking Scheme- +4 for every correct answer, -1 for every wrong answer.
  • Questions Type - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) with 4 options.
  • The medium of Paper: English only
  • Section A (20 MCQs): The questions are based on general knowledge in the domain of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairying, Fisheries, and Allied Sciences, etc.
  • Section B (50 MCQs): This section questions are based on the core group subjects in PhD.
  • Section C (50 MCQs): The questions in this section will be from specialized Subjects opted by the candidate for pursuing a PhD

ICAR AICE SRF/JRF 2021 Answer Key

Answer Key will be released by NTA on its official website for candidates who have appeared in JRF and SRF (PhD program).

  • Candidates can check it with the help of a Student Login.
  • NTA will provide a facility of objecting to the Answer Key.
  • The candidate can evaluate their performance by cross-checking their answers as per the marking scheme (+4 correct answer, -1 for incorrect answer) and calculate their probable score.
  • Two types of the answer key are released one is unofficial and the other is official, the unofficial answer key is released just after the exam while the official answer key is released as per the scheduled date. 
Candidates can download the ICAR AICE SRF/JRF 2021 Information Brochure Pdf here.


ICAR AICE SRF/JRF (PGS) 2021 Result will be declared soon after the successful conduction of the exam.

  • The result will be prepared in the format of Merit List and  Merit Rank List will be prepared individually for every sub-subject.
  • Under each Major Subject Group as per the information provided by the candidate while filling the Application Form. The candidates who will appear for the entrance exam can check their results by entering the detail like registration number etc. The results will be declared on the Official website - www.icar.nta.nic.in
Note- No Re-checking or Re-evaluation Policy of answer scripts shall be entertained after the declaration of results because candidates are allowed to evaluate their own recorded responses and challenge discrepancies if any before finalizing the final answer key and declaration of the result.

ICAR AICE SRF/JRF 2021 Counselling

The candidate who will clear the written examination will be called for the next round which is counselling. The candidate should note that the previous year's counselling was conducted online only if the same remains this year the candidate will be notified. The candidate should preserve the Admit Card along with other documents which will be notified in counselling notice. To participate in Counselling the candidates have to register themselves by paying a certain amount of fees through Online mode.

Documents Required at the Time of ICAR AICE SRF/JRF 2021 Counselling

The candidates will be required to bring the following documents in original and a set of self-attested photocopies:

  • High School/Class 10th certificate (As the date of birth proof)
  • UG/Bachelor’s degree/ PG/ Master’s degree Certificates and Mark sheets,/grade reports in original
  • Degree/Provisional Degree Certificate (PDC) of completion of Master’s degree programme
  • Admit Card, hard copy of Online Application Form and letter issued by the ICAR to qualified candidates related to admission.
  • Three recent passport size colour photographs preferably the same as the one uploaded in the online application (bearing name of the candidate and date)
  • Aadhaar card or 28 digits Aadhaar Enrolment ID copy or in case of candidates from J&K, Assam & Meghalaya, a copy of passport /ration card /bank passbook or any other valid Govt. Identity card as applicable.
  • Domicile certificate (if applicable)
  • Category certificate (if applicable)
  • Medical certificate in case of Physically Challenged (PC) candidate
  • Sponsorship Certificate/ Declaration by Employer of the Candidate in case of in-service candidates.

Reservation Criteria 

The Candidates are offered reservations under various categories. Candidates need to ensure that they submit a proper caste and income certificate for applying for a reservation. The list and percentage of reservations are mentioned below.

Category% reserved


  • For EWS candidates reservation shall be under the Ministry of Law and Justice (Legislative Department), Govt. of India.
  • For the Central OBC-NCL, category candidates shall also avail the reservation at BHU, SASARD Nagaland University, CAUs, CIFE, IAFI, IVRI and NDRI as per the latest Government of India directive.

ICAR AICE SRF/JRF 2021 Application Form

After the candidate has checked that they fulfil the eligibility criteria, the next step is to fill out the AICE JRF/SRF 2021 application form released online by the officials. The candidate must fill the Application Form online before the last date to avoid the last-minute hassle. Aspirants should keep all the documents ready before filling the application form, documents required are provided in the information brochure. 

  • The application form releases through Online mode on the official website.
  • The application form was released on 25 July 2021.
  • It must be ensured that only one application form is submitted by candidates.
  • The facility of application form correction is also provided.

ICAR AIEEA SRF/JRF 2021 Application Fees

Candidates have to pay the application fees along with the application form. Below given is the category wise fees.

CategoriesApplication Fees (in INR)
GeneralRs. 1820/-
 OBC (NCL), EWS & UPSRs. 1800/-
SC, ST, PwD and TransgenderRs. 900/-

ICAR AICE SRF/JRF 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Before submitting the online form, the candidate should make sure that they fulfil the eligibility norms set for ICAR AICE SRF/JRF (PGS). If the candidate does not fall under the eligibility criteria, their candidature might get cancelled. Below we have provided some points set by ICAR to help you understand.

  • Education Qualification – Indian Nationals who have passed the Master’s Degree programme with a minimum of Overall Grade Point Average (OGPA) from any recognized University in India would be eligible to apply for the AICE SRF/JRF (PGS)
  • Age Criteria – The candidate should be at least 20 years of age as of July 01, of the year of admission. There is no option relaxation allowed in the case of a minimum age limit.

ICAR AICE SRF/JRF 2021 Admit Card

The candidate can download the Admit Card from the official portal of the exam. ICAR AICE SRF/JRF (PGS) 2021 Admit Card has been released through Online mode.

  • The admit card has released 10 -15 days before the examination on the official website.
  • The candidates have to enter their Login ID and password.
  • The candidate should keep the Admit Card in good condition upon receiving, as without the admit card the candidate will not be allowed to give an exam.
  • The admit card will contain essential details such as the Centre of examination, reporting time etc. 

ICAR AICE JRF/SRF 2021 Highlights

The candidates can check the highlights below in the table:

ICAR JRP/SRF 2021 Basic Details
Full Name of ExaminationAll India Competitive Examination Junior Research Fellowship/ Senior Research Fellowship
Conducting BodyIndian Council of Agricultural Research
Exam PurposeAdmission to P.hD
Mode of examinationOnline
Official Websitehttps://www.icar.nta.nic.in/ 
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ICAR AICE SRF/JRF Important Dates

Form Date25 Jul - 27 Aug 2021
Admit card01 Sep 2021 (Tentative)
Exam Date17 Sep 2021
Result29 Sep 2021 (Tentative)

ICAR All India Competitive Examination for Senior Research Fellowship/Junior Research Fellowship Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

2 hours

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking:


NOTE:-1 will be deducted for wrong answers

Frequently Asked Questions


Form Start Date:

25 Jul 2021

Form End Date:

27 Aug 2021

The last date to submit the form was on 27 Aug 2021
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