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ICAR AICE-JRF/SRF 2019 Exam Pattern

The All India Competitive Examination (AICE) for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) is conducted for admission at 25% seats of Ph.D. programmes in ICAR-AU system universities and 100% seats in CAUs and ICAR-DU viz. ICAR-IVRI. The exam was previously conducted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR),. However, from the year 2019, the responsibility of conducting the ICAR AICE-JRF/SRF exam has been given to the National Testing Agency (NTA). NTA will be conducting the first exam on 1st July 2019.

The exam is conducted in 16 major subject groups which further comprises of 60 sub-subjects. Candidates are required to choose any one major subject for the exam and questions will be asked from all the sub-subjects under that major group. The detailed information on Major subjects and respective sub-subjects under them is available in the official notification. Let’s have a look at the AICE-JRF/SRF exam pattern in the article ahead.


The AICE-JRF/SRF exam will be a single paper test conducted through the computer-based mode. The duration of the exam will be 3 hours. Other details are as follows:

Mode of the exam Computer Based Test (CBT)
Duration 3 hours
Medium of question paper English only
Type of questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Number of questions 200
Maximum Marks 800
Marking Scheme 4 marks for every correct response

-1 for the incorrect answer

0 for un-attempted

The 200 questions are divided as under:

180 questions from sub-subjects under the major subject opted by the candidate

20 questions from General Knowledge and Reasoning Ability.

Thus, the question paper will have two sections:

Sections Number of Questions Areas
Section A 20 The questions will be common for all 16 major subjects. Questions will be based on general knowledge in the domain of  Agriculture, Dairying, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Allied Sciences.
Section B 180 Topics from the syllabus of different sub-subjects and Major subjects.

Code of Conduct for the Examination Day

  • Candidates are required to bring the following documents on the examination day:
    • Print of the Admit card
    • One passport size photograph
    • One of the government photo ID proofs viz. Driving License, PAN card, Passport, Voter ID, Aadhaar Card, Ration card, Aadhaar Enrolment number.
    • PwD certificate (if applicable)
  • No changes in the city, shift, and the date of the examination will be done under any circumstances.
  • Candidates must report at the examination centre two hours before the commencement of the examination for registration and frisking formalities.
  • No candidate will be allowed to enter the examination centre after 1:30 PM.
  • Candidates must sit only on their allotted seats.
  • They must ensure that the question paper is as per the subject they have opted. If not, report it to the invigilator
  • All the calculations and rough work must be done in the rough sheet provided for the exam. The rough sheet must be submitted to the invigilator before leaving the examination hall.
  • Prohibited Items – Candidates are not allowed to carry calculator, Docu Pen, Slide Rules, Electronic Watch, Mobile Phone, Bluetooth devices, Headphones, pager, and any other electronic items. Tea, coffee, cold drinks, snacks and other eatables are also not allowed to be taken inside the examination hall.
  • Those suffering from diabetes can carry their sugar tablets, fruits, and transparent water bottle inside the examination hall.
  • As per the official information bulletin; “If Candidates are found to be in possession of any of the following items, their candidature will be treated as cancelled and will be debarred for future examination(s). The items/material will be seized and the case treated as one of ‘unfair means’.”

Please Note: For candidates who are unable to appear for the exam on the scheduled exam date, no re-test will be conducted under any circumstances.

Updated: August 8, 2019 — 6:59 am

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