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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 2023: Application Last Dates, Eligibility, Exam Schedule

Updated On - August 29 2023 by Abhinandan Singh

ICAR AIEEA PG 2023 Application form is live by National Testing Agency(NTA)  for admission into Post Graduate Courses. ICAR AIEEA PG is an all-India level exam that is organised once a year in online mode. The candidate is required to attempt 160 questions in 150 minutes. Candidate must check their eligibility before applying. To know more details about ICAR AIEEA PG 2023 examination such as Important Dates, Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Admit Card, Syllabus, etc, read the full article.

ICAR AIEEA PG Latest Updates

  • NTA releases Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) PG and PhD final answer key.
  • ICAR All India Entrance Examination July 2023 (ICAR AIEEA 2023) results declared on August 21.
  • Official websites: icar.nta.nic.in and nta.ac.in.
  • Total of 37,119 candidates registered for the exam.
  • 24,948 candidates appeared for PG exam, and 8,880 for PhD exam.
  • ICAR AIEEA PG 2023 covered 20 subjects, AICE PhD 2023 covered 72 subjects.
  • Exam conducted from July 9 to 14 for the academic year 2023-24.
  • 27 questions were dropped according to the ICAR AIEEA PG, PhD final answer key 2023.
  • The National Testing Agency (NTA) is conducting the ICAR AIEEA PG 2023 and AICE PhD 2023 exams today.
  • Candidates should carefully read the instructions on the admit card and adhere to them during the exam.
  • The ICAR AIEEA PG and AICE PhD admit cards can be downloaded from the official website icar.nta.nic.in.
  • It is mandatory for candidates to carry their admit cards and a valid ID proof to the exam hall.
  • The admit card contains the candidate's details, exam center information, and important instructions for the exam day.
  • The ICAR AIEEA PG and AICE PhD exams will be conducted as Computer Based Tests (CBT) lasting for two hours.
  • The question paper will consist of 120 multiple-choice questions.
  • Candidates will receive 4 marks for each correct answer, a deduction of 1 mark for each incorrect answer, and no marks for unanswered questions.
  • The ICAR AIEEA 2023 entrance exam will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on July 9, 2023.
  • The online application correction process for the ICAR AIEEA 2023 application form will be closed today, June 27.
  • Candidates who have applied for the ICAR AIEEA entrance exam for postgraduate and PhD agriculture programs can make necessary changes in their form through the official website, icar.nta.nic.in.
  • The application correction process for ICAR AIEEA 2023 started on June 25.
  • It is important to note that candidates can make changes only in specific details in the application form.
  • The entrance exam will be conducted in approximately 89 cities across the country on July 9.
  • The dates for advance city intimation and the release of the ICAR AIEEA admit card will be announced at a later time by the NTA.

ICAR AIEEA PG 2023 Exam Status

Candidates can check the information of ICAR AIEEA PG 2023 from below mentioned table:
Exam StatusSoon
Answer keyNot Released

ICAR AIEEA PG 2023 Dates

Candidates can check the important dates and events regarding ICAR AIEEA PG 2023 entrance exam.

EventsDates 2023 (Tentative)
Online registration startsJuly 2023
Online registration closesAugust 2023
Last date of successful fee paymentAugust 2023
Correction in the application formAugust 2023
Admit CardSeptember 2023
Exam Date

September 2023

Provisional Answer key releasesSeptember 2023
Final Answer Key-
Result Declaration

ICAR AIEEA 2023 Application Form

NTA will release the ICAR AIEEA 2023 Registration form on the official website. Candidates 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 the application form for ICAR-AIEEA (PG)-2023 can be filled by visiting the official website, i.e., 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 scanned photographs and signatures as prescribed by NTA.
  • On submission of details and the required application fee, a Confirmation Page with the Application Number shall be generated. Applicants are required to take a printout of the Confirmation Page and keep it for future reference.
  •  Applicants must follow the instructions strictly as given in the Information Bulletin and on the 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 2023 Application Fee

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

Candidates 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 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must check their eligibility criteria before applying for AIEEA PG 2023. Given below the ICAR AIEEA PG 2023 Eligibility Criteria in detail.

  • The candidate must be an Indian citizen.
Age Limit
  • The upper age limit is 19 years as of 31st August 2023.
  • Indian Nationals not below 19 years as of 31st August 2023 (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.
  • Candidates must fulfil the eligibility conditions as they are generally eligible for pursuing a 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 the entrance exam conducted by ICAR, only the applicants having passed graduation with four years’ degree programmes 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 2023 Admit Card

NTA will release the ICAR AIEEA PG 2023 admit card on its official website. The 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 cards will be 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 the college/school last attended or by a gazetted officer.

ICAR AIEEA PG 2023 Exam Pattern

The candidate must be aware of the exam pattern to get an idea about the exam. Given below the ICAR AIEEA PG 2023 Exam Pattern:

Mode of ExaminationLAN based CBT (computer-based test)
Duration120 Minutes
Type of QuestionsObjective type (MCQ's)
Number of Questions120
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










ICAR AIEEA PG 2023 Syllabus

The candidate must know the syllabus for preparation for the entrance exam. Given below the ICAR AIEEA PG 2023 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 PG 2023 Result

NTA will release the ICAR AIEEA PG 2023 result on the official website. The candidate must take print of the result for further process. The qualifying percentage to qualify ICAR AIEEA 2023 will be 25% of the maximum marks which is considered important for ranking. For those who belong to SC and ST categories, there are no prescribed marks as such.

How to check?

  • Visit the official website.
  • Click on the PG result mentioned on home page
  • Entre application number, DOB, security pin and press the submit button.
  • Download the scorecard.

ICAR AIEEA PG 2023 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 persists then a candidate, higher in age, would be rated higher in merit.

ICAR AIEEA PG 2023 Counselling

Counselling procedure for ICAR AIEEA 2023 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 who qualify for the exam successfully. Make sure to keep the online form safely for future purposes. The candidate must carry admit card and scorecard during the counselling procedure.

ICAR AIEEA PG 2023 Highlights

Given below the vital points regarding ICAR AIEEA PG 2023:

Exam Name

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



Conducting body 

NTA (National Testing Agency)

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ICAR AIEEA PG Important Dates

ICAR AIEEA PG 2022 Form Date25 Jul - 27 Aug 2023 (Tentative)
Admit card07 Sep 2023 (Tentative)
ICAR AIEEA PG 2022 Exam Date17 Sep 2023 (Tentative)
ICAR AIEEA PG 2022 Result19 Oct 2023 (Tentative)

All India Entrance Examination for Admission for Post Graduation 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


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