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Highlights 2021

The Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) released a notification announcing vacancies for the posts of Administrative Officer (AO) and Finance & Accounts Officer (F&AO) at ICAR Research Institutes. The official notification was released on July 19, 2021. The online application process commenced on July 23, 2021. ICAR refers to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. The rules issued by ICAR are followed when it comes to recruitment and remuneration of the employees. The ASRB will be responsible for holding this ICAR exam 2021 for both the above-mentioned posts.

Candidates can apply for either or both posts.

Conducting AuthorityAgricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB)
Official Website http://www.asrb.org.in
Posts Administrative Officer (AO) and Finance & Accounts Officer (F & AO)
Mode of Application Online
Stages of Exam Tier-I (Objective Type), Tier-II (Descriptive Type), Tier-III (Interview)
Opening Date for Submission of Online
Applications
July 23, 2021
Closing Date for Submission of Online
Application
August 23, 2021
Date of Online Objective Type Examination - Tier-I (CBT) October 10, 2021
Number of Vacancy 65 (More Details)

Notification

The ICAR Research Institutes will be recruiting eligible candidates to the posts of Administrative Officer (AO) and Finance & Accounts Officer (F&AO) and thus have invited applications for the same. The notification was released on July 19, 2021. There will be an online objective type exam in the first phase which will be conducted in October. A total of 65 vacancies have been announced for both the posts by the ASRB. All the interested candidates can start applying online to avoid any last-minute hassles. You should go through complete details of the notification in order to apply successfully without committing any errors and thereafter preparing for the examination. The notification contains complete details related to vacancy, eligibility, exam pattern and other important information.

Click to know more about ICAR vacancies & other details.

Exam Pattern

Before you start your ICAR exam preparation, it is extremely important to take note of the exam pattern. The ICAR AO and F&AO selection process 2021 will consist of three phases as follows:

    • Tier 1 - Online objective test
    • Tier 2 - Online descriptive test
    • Tier 3 - Interview / Personality Test

The online objective test (Tier 1) will consist of 200 questions from four sections. Candidates will be provided a composite time duration of 3 hours. All the questions will carry 1 mark each and there will be a negative marking of 1/3rd marks. This phase will be qualifying in nature and will be followed by a descriptive test and the final stage of the Interview.

Note: Tier 1 exam will be common for all the posts.

Tier I Exam Pattern (Online Objective Test)

SectionName of TestNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
Section - A General Knowledge 50 50 3 Hours
Section - B General Intelligence & Reasoning Ability 50 50
Section - C Arithmetical & Numerical Ability 50 50
Section - D Language Comprehension (Hindi or English) 50 50
Total 200 200

Tier II Exam Pattern (Online Descriptive Test)

PaperName of TestMarksDuration
Paper-I General Awareness of Development of Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural Fields, History & Geography of India and the World 150 Marks 3 Hours
Paper-II Constitution of India, Polity, Governance, Social Justice 150 Marks 3 Hours
Paper-III Essay Writing-I 75 Marks 150 Marks 3 Hours
Essay Writing-II 75 Marks
Paper-IV Ethics, Integrity, Aptitude 150 Marks 3 Hours
Total 600  

Syllabus

Syllabus is an integral part of any exam preparation. A preparation strategy or study plan is incomplete without enough knowledge of the exam syllabus. The ICAR exam for AO and F&AO will consist of questions from General Knowledge, General Intelligence & Reasoning Ability, Arithmetical & Numerical Ability and Language Comprehension (Hindi / English). Therefore you will have to prepare a well thought out strategy which devotes equal time to all of these. Before that you should take down the complete syllabus for all these sections

Check out complete details on the syllabus and books for the ICAR exam

Exam Dates

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research or ICAR has invited applications from interested and eligible candidates for various posts such as Administrative Officer (AO) and Finance & Accounts Officer (F&AO). It is a golden opportunity for those who possess the required qualifications. The online application window is open from July 23, 2021 and will close on Aug 23, 2021. Interested candidates should start applying right away.

Read complete details on ICAR (AO, F&AO) exam dates here.

Salary

While applying for any job, it is important to know the remuneration and emoluments that you must receive after you are appointed. An Administrative Officer (AO) and Finance & Accounts Officer (F&AO) will receive their salary based on the Pay Level 10 of 7th CPC Pay Matrix [Pre-revised PB-3 ₹ 15600-39100 + ₹ 5400 (Grade Pay)].

PostSalary
Administrative Officer Grade Pay- Level-10 (Pre revised PB-3 Rs. 15600-39100 + Rs. 5400
Senior Administrative Officer Grade Pay- Level-11 (Pre revised PB-3 Rs. 15600-39100 + Rs. 6600
Deputy Secretary/ Chief Administrative Officer Grade Pay- Level-12 (Pre revised PB 3 Rs. 15600-39100 + Rs. 7600
Director/ CAO (Sr. Grade) Grade Pay- Level-13 (Pre revised PB-4 Rs. 37400-67000 + Rs. 8700 (Grade Pay)
Jt. Secretary/ Jt. Director (Admn.)/ Sr. Registrar Grade Pay- Level-14 (Pre revised PB-4 Rs. 37400-67000 + Rs. 10000

Eligibility Criteria

If you are interested in applying for any of the posts among Administrative Officer (AO), Finance & Accounts Officer (F&AO), you should first ensure your eligibility well in advance. It is very important to take note of the complete eligibility criteria for the ICAR exam before you apply. To be eligible for this exam, a candidate must possess a Graduate degree with minimum 55% marks for all the posts.

A candidate applying to any one / both the posts, should also fall within the age bracket of 21 - 30 years. A candidate should not have attained the age of 30 years as on Aug 23, 2021.

Free Mock Test

The online objective test for the posts of Administrative Officer (AO) and Finance & Accounts Officer (F&AO) will be held on October 10, 2021. This leaves you enough time to chalk out a feasible plan for yourself that will enable you to divide your time equally. Apart from studying and revising, one other extremely important part of preparation is ‘practice’. Practicing mock tests online gives you enough chances to identify your shortcomings and therefore correct them before you finally sit in the exam. ixamBee is providing free online test series for ICAR - AO, F&AO posts. Practice the ICAR AO and F&AO free mock test as much as you can and increase your speed along with accuracy.

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FAQs

The application process for ICAR exam has already started from July 23, 2021 and you can apply till Aug 23, 2021.
There are 44 vacancies in all, announced for the post of Administrative Officer by ICAR.
Yes. It is a candidate’s choice if she/he wishes to apply for one or both the posts. However, you should indicate your order of preference in descending order while applying online.
Yes. All the female candidates along with those belonging to the SC/ST/PwBD category are exempted from examination fee. They only have to pay the registration fee.
There will be three phases or tiers in the ICAR examination.
Yes. The Tier 1 of ICAR exam will have a negative marking of 1/3rd of the marks allotted to a question.
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