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Agricultural Research Service

Pattern of ARS Examination :

Two separate competitive written examinations followed by Viva-voce shall be conducted as per the following plan of examinations:-

Examination  Max. Marks  Duration
Preliminary-ARS (Objective Type) 150 2 hours
ARS – Main (Descriptive Type) 240 3 hours
Viva-voce 60

Preliminary ARS Examination Paper:-

Preliminary ARS Examination shall have one paper of 150 marks with all multiple type objective questions to be solved in 02 hours (Two hours), from the respective professional subject(s) for which candidate has opted.
1/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer in Preliminary ARS Examination (Objective Type). This is a qualifying examination and marks scored will not be counted for final selection.

The candidates who attain such minimum qualifying marks in the Preliminary Examination as may be fixed by the Board in its discretion will be allowed to appear in the Main Examination.

(b). ARS – Main Examination Paper:- ARS – Main Examination Paper will have only one paper of 240 marks to be completed in 3 hours duration. The paper shall be divided in three parts A, B and C. Part ‘A’ will consists of 40 (forty) questions of 2 (two) marks each. In this part, answers required will be of very short, not exceeding 10 (Ten) words at the most. Part ‘B’ will have 20 (twenty) questions of 5 (five) marks each requiring one or two paragraphs and/or graphic explanation. Part ‘C’ will have 6 (six) essay type or descriptive type questions. Each question will carry 10 (ten) marks and may have two or more parts. Answers are required to be written in the space provided below the question. In no case extra sheets will be provided. All questions in parts ‘A’ ‘B’ and ‘C’ will be compulsory.

The candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Board in its discretion, shall be called for viva-voce in the ratio of 1:5 (category-wise) for each post. Reserved candidates who qualify after availing relaxed standard and/or age relaxation shall render themselves ineligible for UR posts. They will be eligible only for the posts which are reserved in respective category in a particular discipline. The final selection of candidates will be made on the basis of marks obtained in the ARS – Mains Examination and Viva- voce. The finally selected candidates will be recommended for appointment as Scientists in the Indian Council of Agricultural Research
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