ICAR AICE JRF/SRF (PhD) 2024 Dates, Application Form, Eligibility


NTA released ICAR AICE JRF/SRF (PhD) 2024 Notification for Admission to Doctoral Degree Program & Award of JRF/SRF (PhD), Apply now 


ICAR AICE JRF/SRF (PhD) 2024 – National Testing Agency (NTA) is the conducting body for ICAR All India Competitive Examination (AICE JRF/SRF (PhD)) 2024 on behalf of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). ICAR AICE JRF/SRF (PhD) 2024 is conducted annually for Admission to Doctoral Degree Program  and Award of JRF/SRF (PhD) in Agriculture & Allied Sciences courses.




Important Dates

  • Online submission of Application Form : 11.04.2024 to 11.05.2024 (upto 05:00 P.M.)
  • Last date of successful transaction of fee through Credit/Debit Card/Net-Banking/UPI : 11.05.2024 (upto 11:50 P.M.) 
  • Correction in particulars of Application Form on website only (No corrections shall be allowed after 15.05.2024) : 13.05.2024 to 15.05.2024
  • Downloading of Admit Cards from NTA website : Will be announced later on NTA website
  • Date of Examination : 29.06.2024
  • Declaration of Result on NTA website : Will be announced later on NTA website
  • Schedule for Online Counselling : Will be announced by the ICAR on after the declaration of result


Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates should make sure that they fulfill the eligibility norms set for AICE JRF/SRF (PhD), before submitting the online form.

Age Criteria

  • Indian Nationals of at least 20 years of age as on 31.08.2024 are eligible to apply for the examination. No relaxation is permissible regarding the minimum age limit.

Education Qualification

  • Indian nationals who have passed Master’s Degree programme with a minimum of Overall Grade Point Average (OGPA) will be eligible. In other cases, where grade points are not awarded and only marks are awarded, the candidate must have secured a minimum percent score.
  • In order to appear in AICE-JRF/SRF (Ph.D.)-2024 in the Subject of specialization, candidates must have completed a Master’s degree in one of the Subjects given in Prospectus (Table 3).

For subject wise eligibility criteria and other details please check on official website


Application Process

  • Candidates can apply for AICE-JRF/SRF (Ph.D.)-2024 “Online” on the website:
  • The Application Form other than online mode will not be accepted.
  • Only one application is to be submitted by a candidate.

Instructions for filling Online Application Form:

  • Download Information Bulletin and Replica of Application Form. Read these carefully to ensure your eligibility.
  • Follow the 3 steps given below to Apply Online:
  • Step-1: Apply for Online Registration using unique Email Id and Mobile No.
  • Step-2: Fill in the Online Application Form and note down the system generated Application No. Upload scanned images of Candidate’s Photograph (file size: 10kb – 200kb), Candidate’s Signature (file size: 4kb – 30kb) and Thumb impression (file size: 3kb-30kb) in JPG format.
  • Step-3: Pay fee using SBI/ICICI Payment Gateway through Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking/UPI and keep proof of fee paid. In case, the Confirmation Page is not generated after payment of fee then the transaction is cancelled, and amount will be refunded to the candidate’s account. However, the candidate has to make another transaction, in case the Confirmation Page is not generated.
  • All the 3 Steps can be done together or in separate sittings.


Application Fee

  • General/Unreserved – Rs.1900/-
  • Other Backward Classes (OBC)- (NCL)*& UPS**/ EWS – Rs.1800/-
  • SC/ST/PwBD/ Transgender – Rs.975/-
  • Note : Processing charges & GST are to be paid by the candidate, as applicable
  • Mode of Payment : Online through Credit/Debit Card/Net-Banking/UPI


ICAR AICE JRF/SRF (PhD) 2024 Exam Pattern

  • Mode of Examination : LAN Based CBT (Computer Based Test)
  • Duration : 2 Hours
  • Number of Questions
    • 120 (20 + 50 + 50)
    • 20 – Part A (General knowledge/reasoning ability)
    • 50 – Part B Core Group (refer Table-1) containing the specialized Subject opted by the candidate for Ph.D.
    • 50 –Part C Specialized Subject opted by the candidate for Ph.D.
  • Type of Questions : Multiple Choice with 4 options
  • Maximum Marks : 480 (80+200+200)
  • Scoring
    • 4 marks for each correct response
    • -1 mark for each incorrect response (negative scoring)
    • 0 for non-attempt
  • Medium of Paper : English only

Test would consist of three Sections:-

  • Subtest / Section A – First 20 MCQs will be common to all the 72 specialized Subjects. The questions assess the level of the candidate’s awareness about the environment and its application to the society. The questions are based on general knowledge in the domain of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairying, Fisheries and Allied Sciences, etc. including current events and matters of everyday observation and experience.
  • Subtest/Section B – 50 MCQs will be from the Core Group (refer Table 1) containing the specialized Subject opted by the candidate for pursuing Ph.D.
  • Subtest/Section C – 50 MCQs will be from one of the specialized Subjects (Table 3) in Masters Degree opted by the candidate for pursuing Ph.D.


ICAR AICE JRF/SRF (PhD) 2024 Syllabus 

  • Question Paper for the Test shall be based on the Syllabus of Subjects as prescribed by the ICAR, available at website

For more details and to apply online, please visit the official website

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