ICAR JRF Exam 2022: Exam Date, Notification, Latest Update

ICAR JRF Exam 2022: Exam Date, Notification, Latest Update

ByNikhil Verma  |  Updated on: Mar 21, 2022ICAR AICE JRF 2022: Indian Council of Agricultural Research Junior Research Fellowship Advertisement soon. Check details such as eligibility, syllabus, stipend, and more
ICAR AICE JRF 2022: Indian Council of Agricultural Research Junior Research Fellowship Advertisement soon. Check details such as eligibility, syllabus, stipend, and more
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The ICAR AICE JRF/SRF 2022 entrance exam is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) every year in the month of July. The agency will release the official notification for the ICAR AICE JRF/SRF exam in the last week of March 2022. Candidates can check the tentative dates for the exam below.

The ICAR AICE JRF/SRF exam is conducted for those candidates who are fascinated with research in the field of agriculture. The candidate who qualifies for the ICAR Junior and Senior Research Fellowship exam will be eligible to apply for the Ph.D. in top universities across India. Check all the important details of the ICAR AICE SRF/JRF exam below.

ICAR AICE JRF Exam 2022 Latest Updates

ICAR JRF 2022 is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) for the Junior Research Fellowship on behalf of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR JRF). Candidates who wish to outgrow their career in the field of agriculture must check out all the important information related to ICAR JRF 2022 such as eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern, the scope of Ph.D. in the agriculture field, and other important information related to the examination.

The ICAR AICE JRF/SRF is held in 73 subjects across the country in 88 cities to ensure participation in doctoral degree programs in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Veterinary, Animal Sciences, Agril. Engineering, Community Science (formerly Home Science), Fisheries, Dairy Science, and other allied sciences.


For the post of Junior Research Fellow, an All Indian Competitive Examination is conducted by ICAR. At every college under the ICAR AU system, 25% of seats are reserved through ICAR AICE/JRF. Mode of AICE is Computer Based containing Objective Type questions. Qualified candidates have to appear for the counseling process where admission is offered at various colleges on a merit basis. Candidates under the Ph.D. program will receive a monthly stipend according to the specialization. Details of the stipend are listed below:

  • Postgraduate under the veterinary programme has a stipend of 17500 in the first two years and 18750 in the last year.
  • Postgraduate under any programme other than veterinary will receive a stipend of 15000/month and 17500 in the last year
  • Apart from the stipend, candidates receive a yearly amount of 10000 for other facilities like books and other stuff which is required for their research.

Around 74 Agricultural Universities comprising 63 State Agricultural, Veterinary, 3 Central Agricultural Universities, 4 ICAR-DUs, viz. IARI, IVRI, NDRI, and CIFE, 4 Central Universities (CUs), and more participate in the ICAR AICE JRF/ SRF exam.

About ICAR- Indian Council Agricultural Research

The Indian Council Agricultural Research is a government body that is responsible for coordinating and promoting education and research in the field of agriculture. ICAR has its headquarters in Delhi and 75 universities come under the ICAR-AU system. A fixed number of seats under these are reserved for the candidates who have applied through the entrance test conducted by ICAR. 

ICAR JRF 2022 Exam Date

The ICAR JRF Exam Dates are yet to be announced officially. It is beneficial for the candidates to have a look at the ICAR JRF dates 2022 below. 



ICAR JRF Application Form 2022 Date

March 2022

Last date to apply for ICMR JRF 2022

To be announced

ICAR JRF Admit Card Date 2022

July 2022

ICAR JRF Exam Date 2022

July 2022

ICAR JRF Answer Key date 2022

To be announced

ICAR JRF Result Date 2022

To be announced

ICAR JRF 2022 Eligibility

The ICAR JRF exam eligibility consists of various parameters like educational qualification, minimum marks in academics, and age limit. Check the detailed eligibility criteria for the ICAR JRF exam before applying online. 


Although there is no maximum age limit for the program, the candidates need to be at least 20 years to apply for the fellowship. 

ICAR IACE JRF/SRF Educational Qualification:

Indian nationals who have completed a Master's degree programme with an overall grade point average (OGPA) of at least 3.0 from a publicly funded/government institution would be eligible. In other circumstances, where simply marks are given instead of grade points, the candidate must have received a minimum percent score as specified in the table below:

  • Candidates applying for ICAR Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) must have completed their post-graduation from an institute under ICAR-AU. 
  • Candidates who have not completed their education from a college not affiliated with ICAR are not eligible to give ICAR/JRF. 
  • The candidate must complete the postgraduate degree in all areas and meet all degree completion requirements at the time of counseling/admission to the university; otherwise, they will not be considered for admission or the award of the fellowship.



Marks Secured (100)


6.5/10 Point Scale

3.25/5 Point Scale

2.6/4 Point Scale



5.50/10 Point Scale

2.75/5 Point Scale

2.2/4 Point Scale


ICAR AICE JRF/SRF 2022 Application Form

The application form for ICAR AICE Junior Research Fellowship programme 2022 will be available on the official NTA page of ICAR. Candidates need to follow the given steps in order to apply for the ICAR JRF 2022:

  • Visit the official NTA page of ICAR
  • There will be a tab on the bottom of the page with a link to the application form.
  • Click on the link and proceed to fill out the application.
  • Provide your personal information like address, date of birth, and other information including your educational qualifications also.
  • Fill in your details and upload your photograph and signature.
  • Make the payment and download the application form for future reference.

ICAR AICE JRF/ SRF Application 2022

While filling out the application, candidates need to have some documents to be uploaded or some information required from the documents. Following documents are required from the candidates:

  • Marksheet from class 10 to post-graduation
  • Scanned image of the candidates and signature
  • A valid source for payment like debit/credit card or net banking

ICAR JRF Selection Process

Candidates who clear the ICAR JRF Exam will have to appear for the counseling process. In the counseling process, the seats will be allotted on a merit basis as per the marks obtained by the candidates. Counseling includes various steps which are listed below:

  • Registration for ICAR JRF counseling
  • Reporting for counseling and document verification
  • Choices for college to take admission 
  • Seat allotment 
  • Confirmation by the candidates through submitting a token amount.

Candidates need to submit the following documents during the counseling process

  • ICAR JRF Admit Card
  • ICAR JRF Score Card
  • Marksheet from class 10th to post-graduation
  • Transfer and Migration certificate from the university from which candidate have completed their latest educational qualification.

ICAR JRF 2022 Exam Pattern

ICAR Junior Research Fellowship entrance examination is a Computer-based test consisting of 120 objective types which the candidates have to attempt in 2 hours (120 minutes). For every correct answer, candidates will be awarded 1 mark and there will be a negative marking of .25 marks. There will be 3 sections in the paper which are sections A, B, C. ICAR-JRF 2022 exam pattern is listed below:


Number of Question

ICAR JRF Exam Total Marks


Section A (General knowledge related to plant physiology)



120 minutes

Section B (Core subject chosen by the candidates)



Section C (subject chosen by the candidates)



ICAR AICE JRF Exam 2022 Syllabus

Candidates who are preparing for the Junior Research Fellowship programme should know the ICAR syllabus for the JRF exam. Various subjects from which the question will be asked are listed below:

You can also download the ICAR exam syllabus for JRF from the direct link mentioned below. 

ICAR JRF Exam Syllabus 2022 Pdf 


Genetics and Plant Breeding

  • Unit 1: Economics Botany and Plant Breeding Methods
  • Unit 2: Genome Organization and Cytogenetics of Crop Plants
  • Unit 3: General Genetics and Plant Breeding
  • Unit 4: Genetic Engineering and Biotechnological Tools in Plant Breeding
  • Unit 5: Plant Breeding for Stress Resistance and Nutritional Quality
  • Unit 6: Plant Genetic Resources and their Regulatory System; Varietal Release and Seed Production
  • Unit 7: Quantitative and Biometrical Genetics
  • Unit 8: Statistical Methods and Field Plot Techniques
Seed Science & Technology
  • Unit 1: Seed Biology
  • Unit 2: Seed Health
  • Unit 3: Seed Industry Development and Marketing
  • Unit 4: Seed Processing
  • Unit 5: Seed Production
  • Unit 6: Seed Quality Control
  • Unit 7: Seed Storage
  • Unit 8: Protection of Plant Varieties
Economic Botany & Plant Genetic Resources
  • Unit 1: Biodiversity and Plant Genetic Resources
  • Unit 2: Biotechnology in Plant Genetic Resource Management
  • Unit 3: Economic Botany 
  • Unit 4: Exploration and Germplasm Collecting 
  • Unit 5: Exchange and Plant Quarantine 
  • Unit 6: Fundamentals of Molecular Biology for PGR Management
  • Unit 7: Information Management in Plant Genetic Resources
  • Unit 8: Plant Taxonomy
  • Unit 9: Plant Biosecurity
  • Unit 10: Principles and Practices of Germplasm Regeneration and Evaluation
  • Unit 11: Principles and Methods of Germplasm Conservation 
Plant Pathology
  • Unit 1: Bacterial and Viral Diseases of Crop Plant
  • Unit 2: Fungal Diseases of Crop Plants
  • Unit 3: History and Principles of Plant Pathology
  • Unit 4: Laboratory and Analytical Technique
  • Unit 5: Mycology
  • Unit 6: Management of Plant diseases
  • Unit 7: Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology
  • Unit 8: Phanerogamic Parasites and Non-parasitic Diseases
  • Unit 9: Plant Bacteriology
  • Unit 10: Plant Disease Epidemiology
  • Unit 11: Plant Virology
  • Unit 1: History and Economic Importance
  • Unit 2: Interactions of Nematodes with Soil Organisms
  • Unit 3: Nematode Taxonomy and Morphology
  • Unit 4: Nematological Techniques
  • Unit 5: Nematode Ecology
  • Unit 6: Nematode Physiology and Cytolog
  • Unit 7: Nematode pests of crops
  • Unit 8: Nematode Management
  • Unit 9: Plant Nematode Relationship
  • Unit 10: Statistics
Agricultural Entomology
  • Unit 1: Biological Control
  • Unit 2: Chemical Control and Toxicology
  • Unit 3: Embryology, Internal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Unit 4: Ecology
  • Unit 5: Host Plant Resistance
  • Unit 6: Honey Bees and Bee-keeping
  • Unit 7: Helpful and Useful Insects
  • Unit 8: Integrated Pest Management
  • Unit 9: Insect and mite vectors of Plant Diseases
  • Unit 10: Lac Insect
  • Unit 11: Morphology
  • Unit 12: Novel Approaches in Pest Control
  • Unit 13: Pests of Horticultural Crops and their Management
  • Unit 14: Pests of Stored Products and their Management
  • Unit 15: Pests of Field Crops and their Management
  • Unit 16: Pesticide Application Equipment
  • Unit 17: Silkworms and Sericulture
  • Unit 18: Systematics
  • Unit 19: Statistics and Computer Application
  • Unit 1: Mulberry and Silkworm Breeding
  • Unit 2: Mulberry Crop Production
  • Unit 3: Non-Mulberry Sericulture
  • Unit 4: Silkworm Biology
  • Unit 5: Silkworm Nutrition
  • Unit 6: Silkworm Protection
  • Unit 7: Silk Reeling Technology
  • Unit 8: Silkworm Seed Cocoon and Egg Production
Plant Biochemistry
  • Unit 1: Basic Biochemistry and Biomolecules
  • Unit 2: Biochemistry of Food-grains, Fruits, and Vegetables
  • Unit 3: Enzymes, Vitamins, and Hormones
  • Unit 4: Intermediary Metabolism
  • Unit 5: Molecular Biology
  • Unit 6: Photosynthesis
  • Unit 7: Plant Metabolic Processes
  • Unit 8: Plant Molecular Biology
  • Unit 9: Plant Biotechnology/Genetic Engineering
  • Unit 10: Techniques in Biochemistry
Plant Physiology
  • Unit 1: Abiotic Stress Responses in Plants
  • Unit 2: Cell Organelles and Water Relations
  • Unit 3: Crop Productivity and Modelling
  • Unit 4: Climate and Climate Change
  • Unit 5: Mineral Nutrition
  • Unit 6: Metabolic Processes and Growth Regulation
  • Unit 7: Morphogenesis, Tissue Culture, and Plant Transformation
  • Unit 8: Plant Growth Regulators and Plant Development
  • Unit 9: Physiology of Flowering and Reproduction
  • Unit 10: Physiology of Horticultural and Plantation Crop Species
  • Unit 11: Post-Harvest Physiology
  • Unit 12: Phenomics
  • Unit 13: Seed Physiology
Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Unit 1: Biomolecules and Metabolism
  • Unit 2: Cell Structure and Function
  • Unit 3: Enzymology
  • Unit 4: Gene Cloning
  • Unit 5: Gene Expression
  • Unit 6: Molecular Biology Techniques
  • Unit 7: Molecular Genetics
  • Unit 8: Molecular Biology
  • Unit 9: Molecular Markers and Genomics
  • Unit 10: Plant Molecular Biology
  • Unit 11: Plant Genetic Engineering
  • Unit 12: Tissue Culture

ICAR AICE JRF 2022 Admit Card

After the successful completion of the ICAR JRF application process, candidates will be able to download the admit card from the official website of ICAR. Candidates need to follow the given instruction to download the ICAR JRF 2022 admit card:

  • Visit the official website of NTA-ICAR.
  • If admit card has been released, a link to download it will be available under the notification section.
  • Click on the link and enter your application number and password.
  • Admit card will appear on the screen in PDF format. 
  • Download the ICAR-JRF Admit Card and take a printout of it.

ICAR JRF Exam Day Guidelines

After ICAR JRF admit card 2022, candidates need to wait for the examination. Candidates need to read the instructions mentioned in the admit card. It is advisable for the candidates to reach the exam center 1 hour before the commencement of the exam. Candidates need to take the given documents on the examination day:

  • ICAR JRF Admit card
  • A government-issued Identity card like Aadhar card or PAN card or Voter ID
  • One passport-size photograph. 

ICAR AICE JRF/SRF 2022 Answer key

After the commencement of the exam, the first thing the candidates are looking for is the answer key through which they can calculate their score and assume their chances to qualify for the paper. The official ICAR JRF Answer key 2022 will be released by NTA on the official website

Follow the given steps to download the answer key:

  • Visit the official website of NTA ICAR.
  • There will be a notification mentioning that the answer key has been released with the link to download. 
  • Answer key will be released in the form of a candidate response or a simple pdf file.
  • For candidate response, they have to log in with their application number and password and the answer key will be available along with the answer marked by the candidate.
  • For pdf, there will be a direct link, click on the link and download the answer key in pdf format.


The result for ICAR Junior Research Fellowship will be released within one month after the commencement of the examination. The ICAR JRF result will be declared in the form of the scorecard for which the candidates have to download by following the given steps:

  • Visit the official website of NTA ICAR
  • If the ICAR JRF result has been declared, then there will be a notification related to it with the link to download the scorecard
  • Click on the link and provide your application number and password.
  • Download the scorecard and take a printout.


  • The National Test Agency will release the Indian Council of Agriculture Research All India Competitive Exam for the Junior Research Fellowship and Senior Research Fellowship notification in March 2022. The agency will provide all the important information like important dates, exam dates, eligibility criteria, application process, selection process, pattern, syllabus and more in the notification.

  • The ICAR AICE JRF/ SRF exam dates are not released yet by the agency. The exam will be conducted in the month of July 2022 tentatively. Check the important dates of the ICAR AICE JRF/ SRF exam here. We will update the dates as soon as it is available of the website.

  • Candidates with a master's degree in the agriculture field with 60% or more marks are eligible for the ICAR AICE JRF/ SRF exam. There is a relaxation of 5% marks for reserved category students. Check the detailed ICAR AICE JRF/SRF eligibility criteria on the page.

  • More than 74 Agricultural Universities participate in the ICAR AICE JRF/ SRF exam which comprises 63 State Agricultural, Veterinary, Horticultural, and Fisheries Universities (SAUs), 4 ICAR-DUs, viz. IARI, IVRI, NDRI and CIFE, 3 Central Agricultural Universities (CAU, Imphal, Dr. RPCAU, Pusa and RLB CAU, Jhansi), etc.