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IARI Ph.D. Admission 2019: Courses, Application Process, Entrance Exam

Updated On - March 30th 2019

Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), more commonly known as Pusa Institute, is located in Delhi, India. The Institute was established in 1905 and is administrated by the ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research).

At the doctoral level, IARI offers Ph.D. courses in 26 varied disciplines of Agricultural field. The applications for Doctoral degree begin in the month of February followed by an entrance examination in April. Read more: IARI Admission 2019

Candidates applying for Ph.D. must have a Master’s degree of M.Sc/ M.Tech or ME in the relevant field of agriculture. Admission will be granted based on the performance in the written entrance test and interview conducted by IARI as well as academic record in 10+2,

  • Mode of Application



    16th Apr, 2019 - 27th Jul, 2019

Important Dates

M.Phil/Ph.D in Agriculture
Last Date for documents submission for Online Application 16th Apr, 2019
Admit Card available 26th May - 03rd Jun , 2019
Date of Entrance Examination 10th Jun, 2019
Interview Letter available 25th Jun - 02nd Jul , 2019
Interview 02nd Jul, 2019
Result declared 08th Jul, 2019
Final Selection Letter available for download 16th - 27th Jul, 2019


M.Phil/Ph.D in Agriculture

Candidates applying for Ph.D. must fulfill the following conditions:

  • Bachelor's Degree under 10+2+4 or 10+2+3 or 10+1+4 system or B.Sc degree under 10+2+2 system.
  • M.Sc./ M.Sc. (Ag.)/ M.Tech/ ME degree with at least 60% marks (55% marks for SC/ ST/ PC candidates)
  • Candidate should be at least 21 years old as on July 31.
SpecializationEligibility [M.Sc/ M.Sc(Agriculture)/ M.Tech/ ME]
Agricultural ChemicalsAgricultural Chemicals / Chemistry / Organic Chemistry / Analytical Chemistry
Agricultural EconomicsAgricultural Economics / Dairy Economics/ Livestock Economics/ Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation/ Fisheries Economics/ Environmental Economics
Agricultural EngineeringM.Tech/ ME in Agricultural Engineering/ Farm Power and Equipment/ Soil and Water Conservation Engineering/ Irrigation and Drainage Engineering /
Water Resource Engineering / Agricultural Processing and Structures / Dairy Engineering / Water Science and Technology; M.Sc. in Dairy Engineering are
eligible for Ph.D. in Agricultural Processing and Structures
Agricultural ExtensionAgricultural Extension / Extension Education / Dairy Extension / Fisheries Extension / Livestock Extension / Home Science Extension / Agricultural Extension and Communication / Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension
Agricultural PhysicsAgricultural Physics / Soil Science / Agricultural Meteorology / Physics/ Bio-physics/ Water Science and Technology/ Geo-informatics/ Remote Sensing/ Geo-Physics/ Enivronmental Science
Agricultural StatisticsAgricultural Statistics / Statistics / Mathematical Statics / Bio-Statistics
AgronomyAgronomy / Water Science and Technology/ Water Management
BiochemistryBiochemistry / Agricultural Biochemistry / Agricultural Chemistry / Molecular Biology and/OR Biotechnology / Chemistry with Organic Chemistry as a special subject/ Plant Physiology/ Biophysics
BioinformaticsM.Sc. / M.Sc (Agriculture)/ M.Tech/ME in Bioinformatics or/ Molecular Biology/ Biotechnology / Computer Science / Computer Application / Agricultural Informatics/ Agricultural Statistics/ Statistics/ Mathematical Statistics/ Bio-Statistics with Bioinformatics as a subject at the PG level
Computer ApplicationM.Sc. / MCA / M.Tech. / M.E. in Computer Science / Computer Application/ Computer Engineering / Computer Science Engineering / Information Technology / Agricultural-informatics
EntomologyEntomology / Agricultural Entomology / Sericulture/ Apiculture/ Zoology or Plant Protection with Entomology as specialization
Environmental SciencesEnvironmental Sciences / Agricultural Sciences / Relevant Plant Sciences
Floriculture & Landscaping ArchitectureHorticulture or Agriculture with major in Floriculture / Floriculture and Landscaping/Floriculture and Landscape Architecture/Post Harvest Technology of Horticultural Crops / Genetics and / OR Plant Breeding / Plant Genetic Resources / Plant Physiology / Crop Physiology with specialization in Floriculture
Fruit ScienceHorticulture or Agriculture with major in Fruit Science/ Pomology/ Genetics and/OR Plant Breeding/ Plant Genetic Resources/ Plant Physiology with specialisation in any of the disciplines of Fruit Science/Physiology/Water Science and Technology
Genetics & Plant BreedingGenetics and / OR Plant Breeding / Plant Genetic Resources / Agricultural Botany/ any other branch of Biological Sciences with Plant Genetics and / OR
Plant Breeding as a subject
MicrobiologyMicrobiology / Agricultural Microbiology/Environmental Microbiology/ Industrial Microbiology / Soil Science and / OR Agricultural Chemistry / Genetics / Botany / Agricultural Botany / Molecular Biology and / OR Biotechnology / Relevant Life Sciences / Biochemistry with Microbiology as a special subject
Molecular Biology and BiotechnologyMolecular Biology and / or Biotechnology / Biochemistry / Plant Physiology/ Genetic Engg./Agricultural Biochemistry / Botany / Agricultural Botany /Genetics and / or Plant Breeding / Microbiology / Agricultural Microbiology / Plant Genetic Resources/Bioinformatics/Relevant Plant Sciences
NematologyNematology / Entomology / Zoology / Botany / Mycology and / OR Plant Pathology / Relevant Life Sciences / Molecular Biology and / OR Biotechnology / Plant Protection with Nematology as specialization / Helminthology with Nematology / Agricultural Entomology or Microbiology
Plant Genetic ResourcesPlant Genetic Resources / Genetics / Plant Breeding / Agricultural Botany / Horticulture / Plant Biotechnology / Seed Science & Technology / Plant Physiology / any other branch of Biological Sciences with specialization in these subjects and/or Plant Taxonomy / Economic Botany/Biotechnology
Plant PathologyMycology and/OR Plant Pathology / Botany / Agricultural Botany / Molecular Biology and/OR Biotechnology / Genetics / Microbiology / Seed Science and Technology / Biochemistry / Plant Genetic Resources / Plant Protection / Relevant Life Sciences with Mycology and Plant Pathology as specialization
Plant PhysiologyPlant Physiology / Crop Physiology / Horticulture/ Botany / Agricultural Botany / Biochemistry / Relevant Life Sciences / Molecular Biology and/OR Biotechnology / Plant Genetic Resources
Post Harvest Technologya) For Post Harvest Technology of Horticultural Crops: Horticulture/Post Harvest Technology/Food Science & Technology/ Microbiology/Biochemistry
b) For Post Harvest Engineering and Technology: Agricultural Processing and Structures/Food Engineering/ Post Harvest Engineering/ Biochemical Engineering
Seed Science and TechnologySeed Science and Technology OR Genetics and/OR Plant Breeding / Plant Physiology OR Crop Physiology / Botany OR Agricultural Botany / Plant Genetic Resources/ Mycology OR Plant Pathology OR Entomology OR Nematology with specialization in Seed Science
Soil Science and Agricultural ChemistrySoil Science and/OR Agricultural Chemistry / Environmental Sciences/ Agricultural Microbiology/ Chemistry/ Agricultural Physics with specialization in Soil Physics
Vegetable ScienceM.Sc in Horticulture or Agriculture with major in Olericulture/ Vegetable Science/ Vegetable Breeding/ Post Harvest Technology of Vegetable Crops/ Genetics and/or Plant Breeding/ Plant Genetic Resources with specialization in vegetable crops
Water Science and TechnologyWater Science and Technology / Agricultural Physics / Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry / Mathematics (with Physical Sciences at Bachelors Degree Level) / M.Tech. in Agril. Engineering / Civil Engineering

Key Points:

  1. Candidates seeking admission under Open Scheme must meet the above eligibility criteria. However, an in-service candidate of Agricultural Universities seeking admission under Faculty Up-gradation Scheme (FUS), in addition to the above requirements, need to be a regular employee of the University.
  2. Candidates must also be willing to continue in service after obtaining the degree. They also need to be sponsored on deputation terms. The status "Sponsored for Admission Under FUS" should be clearly mentioned on the application form.
  3. An applicant under ICAR in-service Nominee scheme, in addition to the requirements listed above, should be an ICAR employee. He/she must also have qualified the ICAR Senior Fellowship Examination with or without any Fellowship. The status "Sponsored for Admission Under Reserved Seats for ICAR Employees" should be mentioned on the Application form and the forwarding letter.
  4. Applicants under the Departmental Quota should be working in the IARI/ IASRI/ NBPGR/ MRCPB's Scientific or Technical Staff.
  5. Students appearing in their Master's Degree final year examination can also apply for admission and appear for the entrance. However, they must prove their eligibility on or before June 30.

How to Apply:

M.Phil/Ph.D in Agriculture

Students seeking admission to the Ph.D. course need to apply only through the online admission portal. They can apply for admission in only one discipline. They must follow the subsequent steps to apply for Ph.D.:

  1. Visit the Ph.D. online admission portal of IARI.
  2. Click on ‘Register Here’ for new registration.
  3. Fill the required details and then on ‘Register’.
  4. Click on ‘Login’ and enter your email ID and password.
  5. Select your ‘admission scheme’, fill all the details and click on ‘Save & Next’.
  6. Fill all the required education details on the next page and click on ‘Save & Next’.
  7. Upload your image and signature in the required size.
  8. On the payment details page, pay the application fee of INR 1000 (INR 500 for SC/ST/PC/CWSF category) through NEFT.
  9. Click on ‘Save & Next’ and preview your application.
  10. After previewing, click on ‘Final Submit’ and then on ‘OK’.
  11. Take a print out of the form and send it along with self-attested documents to:

Registrar, PG School

IARI, New Delhi- 110012

Candidates must submit self-attested copies of the following documents:

  • Class 10th Mark sheet as a proof of Date of Birth.
  • Master's Degree Certificate along with the Mark sheets.
  • Category certificate, if applicable.
  • Certificate for those students who are appearing in their Master's Degree final year examination
  • Copy of Bank counterfoil with details of NEFT transfer fee: Name & Branch of Bank; Transaction ID; Date of Payment

Note: Candidates who already hold a Ph.D. degree from IARI or any other university will not be allowed to appear for the entrance examination.

Selection Procedure:

M.Phil/Ph.D in Agriculture

Students are selected on the basis of their performance in the Entrance Examination conducted by ICAR, the Interview, and past academic records. Following is the marks distribution for the same.

  • Entrance Examination - 80%.
  • Academic Records - 10%.
  • Interview - 10%.

The entrance test will comprise of three papers. Paper I will cater to questions from General Agriculture, while Paper II & III will have subject-specific questions. Students need at least 50% marks (45% for SC/ ST/ PC students) in order to qualify the Entrance Examination. The ones who qualify the Entrance Examination are called for an Interview.

The merit list of selected students is published on the official website of IARI as well as PG. School of IARI. The selected students can then download their Selection letter from the website. Selected students will be allowed to join only after they are declared medically fit and submit the required documents as well as fees.

Reservation Criteria

CategorySeats Reserved (%)
PC (Physically challenged)3

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College



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