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

Form Date: 01 Mar - 31 May 2021 (Tentative)

Computer Based Test

Form Date: 01 Mar - 31 May 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: Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Result

Updated On - February 16 2021 by Bhumika Singh

ICAR AICE SRF/JRF 2021 All India Competitive Examination (AICE) is conducted to grant admission to various Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) is for admission to Ph.D. 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 card, eligibility, exam centres, etc. candidates can read the article below.

ICAR AICE JRF/SRF 2021 Important Dates

Candidates can check all the important dates related to ICAR JRP/SRF 2021 from the table given below.
ICAR JRP/SRF 2021 Important Dates  
EventsDates (Tentative)
Application form availabilityMarch 2021
Last Date to fill the application formFourth week of April 2021
Correction in particulars of Application form on the website onlyMay 2021
Photograph correction windowMay 2021
Issuance of Admit cardMay 2021
ICAR JRF/SRF Exam Date 2021May 2021
Declaration of ResultJune 2021
First Round of CounsellingJune 2021

ICAR AICE SRF/JRF 2021 Application Form

After the candidate has checked that they fulfil the eligibility criteria, the next step is to fill the application form which is released online by the officials. Candidate must fill the Application Form online before the last date to avoid the last-minute hassle. Candidate 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 at the official website.
  • The application form releases on 01 March 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)
General, OBC (NCL), EWS & UPSRs. 1800/-
SC, ST, PwD and TransgenderRs. 900/-

ICAR AICE SRF/JRF 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The candidate should make sure that they fulfil the eligibility norms set for ICAR AICE SRF/JRF (PGS), before submitting the online form. 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 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 on 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 will be released 10 -15 days before the examination on the official website.
  • The candidates have to enter 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 Centre of examination, reporting time etc. 

ICAR AICE JRF/SRF Exam Pattern 2021

Candidates who are preparing for JRF/SRF Exam should have an understanding of the exam pattern. Detailed exam pattern can be checked from 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.
  • 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 Ph.d.
  • Section C (50 MCQs): The questions in this section will be from specialized Subjects opted by the candidate for pursuing Ph.D

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 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.
  • There are two types of answer key which 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. 


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. Candidate should note that previous year counselling was conducted in online mode only if the same remains this year the candidate will be notified. 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 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 in accordance with 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 JRF/SRF Highlights 2021

The candidates can check 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 Date01 Mar - 31 May 2021 (Tentative)
Exam Date01 Jun 2021 (Tentative)
Result15 Jun 2021 (Tentative)
Counselling17 Nov - 20 Dec 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:

01 Mar 2021

Form End Date:

31 May 2021

Number of days left to submit the form:



Examination Date (Online):

01 Jun 2021

Application Fees:

₹ 1,800

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