All India Entrance Examination for Admission for Post Graduation 2020

Exam Date: 23 Sep 2020

Computer Based Test

Exam Date: 23 Sep 2020

ICAR AIEEA PG Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 800
  • Examination Modes:Computer Based Test
  • Exam Conducting Body:National Testing Agency (NTA)
  • Courses:MSc Agri
  • Streams:Agriculture

ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 (23 Sep) : Admit Card (Released), Exam Pattern, Syllabus

Updated On - September 23 2020 by Akriti Maurya

ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 exam date has been announced & is scheduled to be held on 23 September 2020. The hall ticket has been released. National Testing Agency(NTA) will conduct All India Entrance Examination( AIEEA) for admission into Post Graduate Courses. ICAR AIEEA PG is an all India level exam offering admission into the various post-graduate programme. Candidate required to attempt 160 questions in 150 minutes. Candidate must check their eligibility before applying. The exam is conducted in online mode. To know more details about ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 examination such as Important Dates, Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Admit Card, Syllabus, etc, read the full article.
Latest Updates
  • The admit card is available online on the portal of NTA to download.

ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 Important dates

Candidate can check the important dates and events regarding ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 entrance exam.

Dates and events regarding ICAR AIEEA 2020 for post-graduation
AIEEA PG 2020 Events

Online application starts

01 March 2020

Online application ends

15 June 2020(Extended) 30 June 2020

Admit Card Release Date


Exam Date

23 September 2020

Result Date

To be Announced

ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 Answer Key

After the exam is over candidates can check the official ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 answer key which will be uploaded on the official website. The answer key is uploaded by NTA so as to show the candidates the correct answers to all the questions in the exam and as per which the result of the candidates are to be calculated.

  • If a candidate finds an error in the answer key, they get the opportunity to challenge the answers. To do so they have to pay a challenge fee of Rs. 1000 / challenge. The challenge is to be made online and along with it a valid academic proof must be submitted.
  • Final answer key: If the challenges are accepted, then changes in the key is made and a final answer key is uploaded. This is the key as per which the score of the exam shall be calculated.

ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 Result

NTA will release the ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 result on the official website. Candidate must take print of the result for further process. The qualifying percentage to qualify ICAR AIEEA 2020 will be 25% of the maximum marks which is considered important for ranking. Those who belong to SC and ST category, for them there is no prescribed marks as such.

ICAR AIEEA PG 2020  Tie Breaking 

In the event of candidates getting equal marks in the examination, relative merit will be determined on the basis of the following :
  • OGPA/ % of marks obtained in the qualifying Bachelor degree examination.
  •  If the tie still persist then a candidate, higher in age, would be rated higher in merit.

ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 Counselling

Counselling procedure for ICAR AIEEA 2020 includes document verification, choice filling, applying, and seat allocation on the web-based mode. AIEEA PG Counselling session will be held after the declaration of the result. The counselling procedure is applicable for applicants those who qualify the exam successfully. Make sure to keep the online form safely for future purpose. Candidate must carry admit card and scorecard during counselling procedure.

ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 Admit Card

NTA will release the ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 admit card on its official website. Candidate must take print of the hall ticket for further process. The only successfully registered candidate will be able to fill the download their hall ticket.

  • Admit card will compulsory to carry in the examination hall on the date of the exam without which entry in the exam hall will not be allowed.
  • Applicants must preserve the admit card till the end of the admission process
  • The copy of admit card must be attested by the principal of college/school last attended or by a gazetted officer.

ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 Exam Pattern

Candidate must be aware of the exam pattern to get an idea about the exam. Given below the ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 Exam Pattern:

Mode of ExaminationLAN based CBT( computer-based test)
Duration150 minutes (2hrs 30 minutes)
Type of QuestionsObjective type (MCQ's)
Number of Questions160
Marking Scheme

4 for each correct response

-1 for each incorrect response

0 for no- attempt

Medium of PaperEnglish only

Distribution of marks as per subjects: 

No. of Questions
Maximum marks










Download ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 Prospectus Pdf

ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 Syllabus

Candidate must know the syllabus for preparation for the entrance exam. Given below the ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 Syllabus:

Unit I

Importance of agriculture in the national economy; basic principles of crop production; cultivation of rice, wheat, chickpea, pigeon-pea, sugarcane, groundnut, tomato, and mango. Major soils of India; the role of NPK and their deficiency symptoms. General structure and function of cell organelles; mitosis and meiosis; Mendelian genetics.

Unit II

 Importance of biochemistry in agriculture. Acid-base concept and buffers; pH. Classification, structure and metabolic functions of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. Structure and function of
nucleic acids. Enzymes: structure, nomenclature, mechanism of action; vitamins and minerals as coenzymes and cofactors. 

Unit III

Characteristics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms; differences between fungi, bacteria, mycoplasms and viruses. Physical and chemical basis of heredity; chromosome structure. DNA replication, transcription and translation; genetic code; operon concept. Genetic engineering; restriction enzymes; vectors; gene cloning; gene transfer. 

Unit IV

Plant Physiology/ Crop Physiology: Plant physiology– importance in agriculture. Seed germination, viability and vigour. Photosynthesis- the significance of C-3, C-4 and CAM pathway; photorespiration and its implications. Translocation of assimilates; dry matter partitioning; Harvest index of crops. Growth and development; growth analysis; crop-water relationship. 


Importance of Agriculture in the national economy; basic principles of crop production; cultivation of rice, wheat, chickpea, pigeon-pea, sugarcane, groundnut, tomato, potato and mango. Major soils of India, the role of NPK and their deficiency symptoms.

Structure and function of cell organelles; mitosis and meiosis; Mendelian genetics; elementary knowledge of photosynthesis; respiration, and transpiration; structure and functions of carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes and vitamins. Major pests and diseases of rice, wheat, cotton, chickpea, sugarcane and their management.

Characteristics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, differences between fungi, bacteria, mycoplasmas and viruses; physical and chemical basis of heredity; chromosome structure; genes/operon concept; protein biosynthesis; transformation, recombination, Heterosis; Elements of economic botany; integrated diseases management; sterilisation, disinfection and pasteurization; 

Unit IV

Food and industry; composting and biogas production. Important rural development programmes in India; organizational set up of agricultural research, education and extension in India.

Unit I

Importance of Agriculture in national perspective; basic principles of crop production, diversification, diversification of Agriculture, the principle of nutrient and water management, package of practices for rice, wheat sorghum, maize, chickpea, pigeon pea, potato, sugarcane, groundnut, major vegetable crops. Role of essential plant nutrients, their deficiency symptoms and management options. Structure and function of plant cells, cell division

Unit II

Volumetric and gravimetric analysis including complexometric methods, periodic classification of the element, Basic principle of instrumental analysis including spectro-photometry (Absorption and emission spectrography), Atomic structure –the elementary concept of radioactivity, element and compound common ion effect, solubility product— hydrolysis of salts, buffer solution indicates equivalent weights and standard solution.

Unit III

Soil as a medium for plant growth, the composition of earth’s crust, weathering of rocks and minerals, components of soil- their importance, soil profile, soil partials- physical mineralogical and chemical nature. Mechanical analysis, Stokes law, assumptions, limitations and applications. Soil, physical properties- density, porosity, texture, soil structure and their brief descriptions. Rheological properties in soils, calculations of porosity and bulk density. Soil air-Aeration, causes of poor aeration, factors affecting aeration, the importance for plant growth

Unit IV

Essential plant nutrients- criteria of essentiality, functions for plant growth, mechanisms for movement and uptake of ions in soils and plants, Forms of nutrients in soils, deficiency symptoms on plants, luxury consumption, nutrient interactions and chelated micronutrients. Soil fertility, evaluation and management for plant growth, soil testing and fertilizer recommendations.

Unit I

Importance of Agriculture in the national economy; basic principles of crop production; cultivation of rice, wheat, chickpea, pigeon-pea, sugarcane, groundnut, tomato, cole crops, mango, grapes, banana, oilseeds other than groundnut, soybean and mustard. Major soils of India, the role of NPK and their deficiency symptoms. Mendelian genetics; elementary knowledge of photosynthesis; respiration, and transpiration; Major cropping systems.

Unit II

Classification of animal kingdom up to class; distinguishing characters up to orders in class Insecta; general organization of an insect external morphology with special reference to lepidopteran larvae, coleopteran adults; and honeybee; metamorphosis and moulting; different physiological systems; insect-plant relationship; insect pests of agricultural and horticultural crops, and their stored/processed products, insect vectors of plant diseases-identification, biology, nature of the damage, and their management tactics.

For Code 5 (AGRONOMY)
Unit I

General: Importance of Agriculture in the national economy; basic principles of crop production; cultivation of rice, wheat, chickpea, pigeon-pea, sugarcane, groundnut, rapeseed and mustard, potato. Major soils of India, the role of NPK and their deficiency symptoms. Structure and function of cell organelles; mitosis and meiosis;

Unit II

Principles of Agronomy, Crop ecology and geography and Agricultural Meteorology: Agronomy –meaning and scope, National & International agricultural research institutes in India, Agro-climatic zones of India, Tillage, crop stand establishment and planting geometry and their effect on the crop, Physiological limits of crop yield and variability about ecological optima, organic farming, Precision farming, Integrated farming systems, 

Unit III
Field crops: Origin, distribution, economic importance, soil and climatic requirement, varieties, cultural practices and yield of cereals ( rice, wheat, maize, sorghum, pearl millet, minor millets, barley), pulses (chickpea, lentil, peas, Pigeon pea, mungbean, urban), oilseeds (groundnut, sesame, soybean, rapeseed & mustard, sunflower, safflower, linseed), fibre crops (cotton, jute, sun hemp), sugar crops(sugarcane), fodder & forage crops (sorghum, maize, Napier, berseem, Lucerne, oats), medicinal & aromatic plants (Menthe, lemongrass and isabgol) and commercial crops(potato, tobacco).
Unit IV

Weed management: Principles of weed management, Classification, biology and ecology of weeds, crop weed competition and allelopathy, concepts and methods of weed control, Integrated weed management, Classification, formulations, selectivity and resistance of herbicides, Herbicide persistence in soil and plants, Application methods and equipment, Weed flora shifts in cropping systems, Special and problematic weeds and their management in cropped and non-cropped situations, Weed management in field crops.

ICAR AIEEA 2020 Application Form

NTA has released the ICAR AIEEA 2020 Registration form on the official website. Candidate can fill the form only through online mode. Applicants must note that all applicants will be bound by the conditions as laid down in this Information Bulletin, and the rules and regulations as enshrined in the admitting University Act, Statutes, Ordinances, notifications and guidelines issued from time to time.

  • The online submission of application form for ICAR-AIEEA (PG)-2020 can be filled by visiting the official website www.ntaicar.nic.in and clicking on the 'Online Application form'.
  • The applicants should complete all the required details while filling up the online form including uploading of scanned photograph and signatures as prescribed by NTA.
  • On submission of details and the required application fee, a Confirmation Page with Application Number shall be generated. Applicants are required to take a printout of Confirmation Page and keep it for future reference.
  •  Applicants must follow the instructions strictly as given in the Information Bulletin and on NTA website. Application Forms not by the instructions will get rejected.
Documents required to fill the online Application Form:
  1. Govt Identity Details like Aadhaar Number (last 4 digits)/Election Card (EPIC No.)/Passport number/Ration Card Number/ Bank Account Number/PAN Number/ Other valid Govt Ids.
  2. Address for communication, Mobile Number, email id, etc.
  3. Properly scanned latest colour Photograph (size of 10 kb to 200 kb) in JPG/ JPEG format only
  4. Properly scanned  Signature (size of 4 kb to 30 kb) in JPG/ JPEG format only
  5. Bank Account details for uploading as part of the submission of online application.

ICAR AIEEA 2020 Application Fee

  • Application Fee payable by the Applicants of Various Categories:
CategoryApplication fee
General/Unreserved, OBC-NCL & UPS/EWS1000/-
SC/ST, PwD and Transgender550/-
  • Applicable Service/Processing charges & GST are to be paid by the candidate, as applicable.
Mode of Payment

Candidate can pay the application fee via SBI / Syndicate / HDFC / ICICI / Paytm Payment Gateway through any one of the below-given channels:

  • Debit Card, or
  • Credit Card, or
  • Net Banking, or
  • UPI

ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must check their eligibility criteria before applying for AIEEA PG 2020. Given below the ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 Eligibility Criteria in detail.

  • Candidate must be an Indian citizen.
Age Limit
  • The upper age limit is 19 years as on 31st August 2020.
  • Indian Nationals not below 19 years as on 31st August 2020 (i.e., the candidate should not have been born after 01st September 2000) are eligible to appear in the exam. Strictly no o relaxation is permissible regarding the minimum age limit.
Education Qualification
  • Candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in a respective field from any recognized institution (under the pattern of 10+6 and 10+2+4 years and 10+2+5 (B.V. Sc. & A.H.).
  • Those applicants who have passed a bachelor’s degree in the pattern of 10+2+3 can only apply for IARI Pusa and NDRI Karnal in some courses.
  • Applicants should not have marks less than 60% (50% for SC/ST/PC categories).
  • Final year graduation appearing applicants may also apply.
  • Candidate must fulfil the eligibility conditions as they are generally eligible for pursuing Master Degree in the subject in which they have passed their graduation.
  • For admission in Master degree courses under ICAR-AU system, the candidate must have four years Bachelor degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Fisheries Science, Home Science etc., after 10+2 or equivalent or 10+6 exam. The aspirant should also note that for admission to Master’s degree programmes through entrance exam conducted by ICAR, only the applicants having passed graduation with four years’ degree programme from any recognized University will be eligible.
  • Though four/five (B.V.Sc.&A.H.)/six (10+6) years Bachelor degree is a compulsory requirement for admission to
  • Master degree in Agriculture/ Horticulture/Veterinary sciences except for IARI Pusa and NDRI Karnal as these institutes may admit three-years B.Sc. degree holders in certain subjects.

ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 Highlights

Given below the vital points regarding ICAR AIEEA PG 2020:

Exam Name

Indian Council for Agriculture and Research All India Entrance Exam for Admission for Post Graduation



Conducting body 

NTA (National Testing Agency)

ICAR AIEEA Official Website




to provide admission in various postgraduate courses in Agriculture field


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ICAR AIEEA PG Important Dates

ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 Form Date01 Mar - 30 Jun 2020
ICAR AIEEA PG 2020 Exam Date23 Sep 2020

All India Entrance Examination for Admission for Post Graduation 2020 Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

2 hours 30 minutes

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking:


NOTE:0.25 mark will be deducted and 1 mark in case of cross matching questions



Form Start Date:

01 Mar 2020

Form End Date:

30 Jun 2020

The last date to submit the form was on 30 Jun 2020
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