ICAR JRF 2022: Notification Released, Exam Date, Latest News

ICAR JRF 2022: Notification Released, Exam Date, Latest News

ByNikhil Verma  |  Updated on: Aug 9, 2022
ICAR JRF Notification is available on the Indian Council of Agricultural Research portal. The online Application started on July 20, 2022. Check direct link to apply online, eligibility, exam dates, syllabus, stipend, and more
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National Testing Agency conducted the ICAR JRF 2022 exam on September 20, 2022, for AICE JRF/SRF (Ph.D.). With the release of the information, the ICAR JRF application was over on August 26, 2022, on the portal. The correction window was available from August 28 to 31, 2022. Check the admit card link and other details in the articles.

The ICAR JRF exam is for those candidates who are fascinated with research in agriculture. The candidate who qualifies for the ICAR Junior and Senior Research Fellowship exam will be eligible to apply for a Ph.D. in top universities across India. Check all the essential details like the ICAR JRF exam date, application form process, eligibility, syllabus, books, preparation tips, and more.

ICAR JRF Exam 2022

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 agriculture must check out all the essential 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 JRF 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, and Agri. Engineering, Community Science (formerly Home Science), Fisheries, Dairy Science, and other allied sciences.

ICAR JRF Latest Update

  • July 20, 2022: NTA has released the JRF notification on the website. ICAR JRF Apply online is available from June 20 to August 19, 2022.

ICAR JRF 2022 Exam Date

The ICAR JRF Exam Dates are announced officially. NTA conducted the ICAR JRF exam on September 20, 2022. It is beneficial for the candidates to have a look at the ICAR JRF dates 2022 below.



ICAR JRF Application Form 2022 Date

July 20, 2022

Last date to apply for ICAR JRF 2022

August 26, 2022

Correction Window

August 28 to 31, 2022

ICAR JRF Admit Card Date 2022

September 17, 2022

ICAR JRF Exam Date 2022

September 20, 2022

ICAR JRF Answer Key 2022

September 21, 2022

ICAR JRF 2022 Result

To be notified

ICAR JRF 2022 Application Form

The application form for the 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 at 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 JRF Application 2022

While filling out the application, candidates need to have some documents to be uploaded or some information required from the documents. The 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 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 program 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 at 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 JRF Notification 2022 PDF

National Testing Agency released the ICAR JRF 2022 Notification PDF on the official website on July 20, 2022. The notification contains all the information that is required for the exam cycle i.e., eligibility, exam pattern, exam dates, syllabus, and more. Candidates must go through the notification so they have proper knowledge about the exam. The information given in the advertisement is binding to both students and authorities. Download PDF from the direct link shared here.

ICAR JRF Notification 2022 - Notification PDF

What is ICAR JRF?

For the post of Junior Research Fellow, an All Indian Competitive Examination is taken by ICAR. At every college under the ICAR AU system, 25% of seats are reserved for ICAR JRF candidates. The 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 merit. Candidates under the Ph.D. program will receive a monthly stipend according to their specialization. Details of the assistance are listed below:

  • Postgraduate under the veterinary program stipends 17500 in the first two years and 18750 in the last year.
  • Postgraduates under any program other than veterinary will receive a stipend of 15000/month and 17500 in the last year.
  • Besides the stipend, candidates receive a yearly amount of 10000 for other facilities like books and other stuff required for their research.

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

About ICAR- Indian Council Agricultural Research

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research is a government body responsible for coordinating and promoting education and research in 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 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 150 objective types, which the candidates must attempt in 150 minutes. For every correct answer, candidates will be awarded 1 mark, with a negative marking of .25 marks. There will be 3 sections in the paper which are sections A, B, and C. ICAR JRF 2022 exam pattern is listed below:



Total Marks


Section A (General knowledge related to plant physiology)



150 minutes

Section B (Core subject chosen by the candidates)



Section C (topic chosen by the candidates)



ICAR AICE JRF 2022 Syllabus

Candidates preparing for the Junior Research Fellowship program should know the ICAR syllabus for the JRF exam. NTA will ask questions about the topics given below. You can also download the ICAR JRF syllabus from the direct link mentioned below.


Genetics and Plant Breeding

Economics Botany and Plant Breeding Methods, Genome Organization and Cytogenetics of Crop Plants, General Genetics and Plant Breeding, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnological Tools in Plant Breeding, etc.

Seed Science & Technology

Seed Biology, Seed Health, Seed Industry Development and Marketing, Seed Processing, etc

Economic Botany & Plant Genetic Resources

Biodiversity and Plant Genetic Resources, Biotechnology in Plant Genetic Resource Management, Economic Botany, Exploration and Germplasm Collecting, etc. 

Plant Pathology

Bacterial and Viral Diseases of Crop Plant, Fungal Diseases of Crop Plants, History and Principles of Plant Pathology, Laboratory and Analytical Techniques, Mycology, Management of Plant diseases, Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology, etc

Agricultural Entomology

Biological Control, Chemical Control and Toxicology, Embryology, Internal Anatomy, and Physiology, Ecology, Host Plant Resistance, Honey Bees and Bee-keeping, Helpful and Useful Insects, etc


Mulberry and Silkworm Breeding, Mulberry Crop Production, Non-Mulberry Sericulture, Silkworm Biology, Silkworm Nutrition, Silkworm Protection, Silk Reeling Technology, etc

Plant Physiology

Abiotic Stress Responses in Plants, Cell Organelles and Water Relations, Crop Productivity and Modelling, Climate and Climate Change, Mineral Nutrition, Metabolic Processes, and Growth Regulation, etc

Agricultural Biotechnology

Biomolecules and Metabolism, Cell Structure and Function, Enzymology, Gene Cloning, Gene Expression, Molecular Biology Techniques, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Biology, Molecular Markers, and Genomics, etc

ICAR 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 on 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 an Aadhar card or PAN card or Voter ID
  • One passport-size photograph. 

ICAR JRF 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.

ICAR JRF 2022 Result

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.


  • Indian Council of Agriculture Research conducts the ICAR JRF exam to grant scholarships to eligible candidates who want to pursue a Ph.D. in agriculture. The exam helps candidates who wish to  research work in agriculture and need financial assistance.

  • The National Test Agency released the Indian Council of Agriculture Research All India Competitive Exam for the Junior Research Fellowship and Senior Research Fellowship notification on July 20, 2022. The agency will provide all the essential information in the advertisement, such as important dates, exam dates, eligibility criteria, the application process, selection process, pattern, syllabus, and more.

  • Candidates must visit the official website to complete the ICAR JRF 2022 Application Form. On the page, click on the registration button to register yourself. After registration, fill out the ICAR JRF application form and upload all the documents. After successful submission of forms, pay the application fee applies.

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

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

  • The ICAR JRF exam syllabus comprises agriculture topics for the exam. The essential topics are genetics and plant breeding, seed science and technology, plant pathology, nematology, sericulture, botany and plant genetic resources, agriculture entomology, etc.

  • The age limit of the ICAR JRF exam is 30 years for general candidates. For the reserved category, the age relaxation of 3 and 5 years is applicable as per the government of India norms.

  • The experts suggest the best ICAR JRF Books help candidates prepare. It is essential to check the book that is very useful for the practice. The important ICAR JRF books are:

    • ICAR JRF/SRF - PG - Dr. B.B. Singh
    • General Agriculture for ICAR - Jain Brothers
  • To prepare well for the ICAR JRF exam candidates must go through the exam pattern and syllabus. Make a study plan to cover all topics asked in the exam. Attempt questions and mock tests to practice and gain confidence. You can check more ICAR JRF Preparation Tips to boost your score.

  • The application fee for the ICAR JRF is INR 1820/- for the general category, for OBC it is INR 1800/-, and for SC, ST, PwD, and transgenders it is INR 900/-. Candidates can pay the application fee in the online mode only.

  • There is no such limit on the number of attempts in the ICAR JRF Exam. Candidates can attempt the exam as many times as they time besides they are eligible for the exam.

  • 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.