ICAR’s 18th All India Entrance Examination For Admission To Bachelor (AIEEA-UG-2013) And Master (AIEEA-PG-2013) Degree Programs And SRF (PGS) For Pursuing PhD In Agriculture And Allied Sciences At Agricultural Universities For 2013-14 Indian Council of Agricultural Research Krishi Anusandhan Bhavan - II, Pusa, New Delhi – 110012 The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) invites applications from Indian Nationals, in the prescribed format, for ICAR’s 18th AIEEA-UG-2013-2014 and AIEEA-PG-2013-2014 on 100% seats at ICAR-Deemed-to-be-Universities (Bachelor degree at NDRI, Karnal only while Master degree at IARI, IVRI, NDRI and CIFE), and on 15% seats for Bachelor degree and 25% seats for Master degree at State Agricultural Universities, Central Agricultural University Imphal, Central Universities with Agricultural Faculty (Banaras Hindu University, Viswa Bharati, Nagaland University and Aligarh Muslim University (for PG only) and SHIATS Allahabad for the academic session 2013-14. Bachelor Degree programmes (viz. BSc Ag / BTech / BFSc etc.) are in the subjects of Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Forestry, Home Science, Sericulture, Biotechnology, Agricultural Engineering, Dairy Technology, Food Science, Agricultural Marketing & Co-operation (This examination does not include admission to Bachelor degree programmes in Veterinary Sciences). Master Degree programmes are in the fields of Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Agri. Engineering, Home Science, Biotechnology, Physical Science, Social Sciences, Dairy Science, Fisheries Science, Veterinary Science and other allied sciences. Based on the results of AIEEA-UG-2013 examination, National Talent Scholarships (NTS) will be awarded to Bachelor degree students whereas based on the merit-rank in AIEEA-PG-2013 examination, 475 ICARJunior Research Fellowships (JRF) will be awarded to Master degree students. Likewise, based on merit in All India Competitive Examination for SRF (PGS)-2013, 202 Senior Research Fellowships (SRF) for pursuing Ph.D. degree will be awarded in different disciplines. The procedure for online application has been described in the respective examination Information Bulletins. For SRF (PGS), the applications will be submitted ONLINE only. Applications for AIEEA-UG and PG can be submitted both Online and Offline. For receiving application Online, a provision has been kept to deposit the application fee either through (i) Bank challan of Syndicate Bank or (ii) credit/debit card using Payment Gateway of Syndicate Bank or (iii) NEFT. Additional details can be seen in the respective Information Bulletins/ICAR website. Eligibility: Age: For AIEEA-UG-2013 (UG Examination): Between 17 and 23 years as on 31st August 2013 (must have been born between 01.09.1990 to 01.09.1996). Upper age limit will be relaxable by 5 years in case of SC/ST/PH. For AIEEA-PG-2013 (PG Examination): Not less than 19 years as on 31st August 2013 (must not have been born after 01.09.1994). For SRF-PGS-2013: Between 21 and 30 years as on 21.04.2013, the date of examination. Upper age limit will be relaxable by 5 years in case of SC/ST/PH and 3 years in case of OBC categories. For in-service candidates, as specified, maximum upper age limit will be 45 years. Qualifying Examination: 1. For AIEEA-UG-2013: Must have passed and obtained not less than 50% marks in aggregate for admission under General, UPS and OBC categories or 40% marks in aggregate for admission under SC, ST and PH categories in 10+2 examination or equivalent/Inter (Agriculture), with PCM/ PCB/ PCMB/ PCA/ PCH subject combinations. Candidate having a compartment/ supplementary in any of the subjects will not be eligible unless proof of having cleared the examination with requisite percentage is available. Candidate appearing for 10+2 examination can also apply but shall produce 10+2 pass certificate with required % marks at the time of counseling. Pass in English in 10+2 examination is essential for admission in some of the Universities. 2. For AIEEA-PG-2013: Bachelor’s degree (or appearing in final year examination), in the field of Agriculture, Veterinary, Agricultural Engineering, Fisheries, Horticulture, Home Science, Sericulture, Dairy Technology, Forestry, Agri. Marketing and Cooperation, Food Science, Biotechnology, Basic and allied sciences under 10+2+5 or 10+2+4 years degree programmes (Few seats are also available for candidates having Bachelor degree with 10+2+3 year degree programme) with required Overall Grade Point Average (OGPA) of 6.60/10, 3.25/5, 2.60/4 for General, OBC and UPS categories whereas for SC/ST/Physically Handicapped (PH) categories, the said requirement is 5.60/10, 2.75/5, 2.20/4, respectively. In other cases, where grade-points are not awarded and only marks are awarded, the candidate must have secured at least 60% marks for General, OBC and UPS categories whereas for SC/ST/PH, the requirement is 50% marks (Equivalence between OGPA and % marks will not be acceptable). For admission in M.V.Sc. programmes, the candidate must have completed B.V.Sc./ B.V.Sc. & A.H. with Internship. The in-service candidates, seeking admission to ICAR-Deemed-to-be universities, should see the respective University’s website for further details. 3. For SRF-PGS-2013: Indian Nationals, must have passed Master degree in the concerned discipline with a minimum of 55 percent marks or equivalent OGPA from any recognized university in India or abroad. For SC/ST and PH candidates, the minimum percent of marks will be relaxed by 5 percent or equivalent OGPA. The equivalence of OGPA to percent marks, where needed, will be certified by the Registrar of the concerned University and must be produced by the candidates. Candidates appearing in the final semester would also be eligible provided they complete the Post-Graduate degree in all respects by the date of examination and produce the degree completion certificate from the Registrar to this effect. The candidates who have already joined PhD and completed more than two years as on the date of examination, are not eligible to apply. The above conditions will also apply to in-service candidates. 4. Award of Scholarship/Fellowship 4.1. National Talent Scholarship (NTS) will be awarded to those candidates, selected through AIEEA-UG-2013 examination, who join an Agricultural University located outside their state of domicile. 4.2. ICAR-JRF (Post Graduate Studies): Based on the merit in the AIEEA-PG-2012 examination, about 475 ICAR Junior Research Fellowships for Postgraduate Studies [ICAR-JRF(PGS)] in 20 major subject groups will be awarded for two years in Agricultural Universities including State Agricultural Universities, CAU and CUs with agriculture faculty, SHIATS Allahabad and ICAR-DUs, provided their Bachelor degree is not from the same AU (except NDRI, Karnal). That means JRF will be given to only those candidates who join the Master degree programme in the University other than from where he/she has obtained his/her Bachelor’s degree except at NDRI, Karnal where admissions for 100% seats are made on All India basis through ICAR Entrance Examination. Candidates, currently studying for their Master’s degree in 1st year, can also appear in AIEEA-PG-2013 examination for securing ICAR-JRF (PGS). However, if a ICAR-JRF (PGS) holder seeks fresh admission, entire amount of fellowship received by him/her shall have to be refunded with interest and he/she will not be entitled for fresh ICAR-JRF (PGS). 4.3 ICAR-SRF (Post Graduate Studies): Based on the merit in the All India Competitive Examination for Senior Research Fellowship, 202 Senior Research Fellowships (SRF) for pursuing Ph.D. degree will be awarded in different disciplines. The award of ICAR-SRF (PGS) can be availed within a period of one year from the date of issue of the award letter for seeking admission in Ph.D. programme in the qualifying subject at any Agricultural University (AU). The fellowship will be tenable only for a period of three years at the University/Institute where Ph.D. programme consists of both course work and research. If already registered as full time Ph.D. Scholar, he/she should not have completed two years on the date of examination. The fellowship will NOT be available for admission in any university other than the State Agricultural Universities (SAUs), Deemed-tobe-Universities, viz. IARI (New Delhi)/IVRI (Izatnagar)/NDRI (Karnal)/CIFE (Mumbai)/SHIATS (Allahabad), Central Agricultural University (Imphal, Manipur), and Central Universities having faculty of agriculture, viz. Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Viswa Bharati, and Nagaland University, herein-after referred to as the Agricultural Universities (AUs). Fellowship would be granted only when the candidate gets eventually admitted and pursues Ph. D. degree from an Agricultural University (AU) other than the Agricultural University (AU) of completing MSc / MVSc / M.E./ M.Tech. degree, except for ICAR-Deemed-to-be-Universities. In case of in-service candidate, the fellowship would be admissible only if the awardee joins/has joined the University/Institute other than where he/she is working. In case of an in-service candidate, who is in receipt of full/partial leave salary from his/her parent organization, the amount of ICAR-SRF shall be limited to Rs 3,000/- p.m. in addition to the 3 research contingency as available to fresh candidates.