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IARI Ph.D. Admissions 2018

Updated On: JUN 14TH, 2017

The 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).

The University Doctoral Degrees in 26 varied disciplines of Agricultural field. The application for the Doctoral Degrees begins February followed by an Entrance Examination in April.

The students should make sure that they meet the eligibility criteria before applying for the admission. The students are selected on the basis of their academic records, and performance in Entrance Examination and Interview.

University also offers Scholarships to its students. Research Work is mandatory for students pursuing Doctoral courses offered by IARI. Hostel accommodations are also provided to the IARI students.

  • Mode of Application



    01st Feb, 2018 - 14th Mar, 2018

Important Dates

M.Phil/Ph.D in Agriculture
Last Date for documents submission for Online Application 14th Mar, 2018
Admit Card available 20th Apr, 2018
Date of Entrance Examination 24th Apr, 2018
Interview Letter available 29th Jun - 02nd Jul , 2018
Interview 04th Jul, 2018
Result declared 08th Jul, 2018
Final Selection Letter available for download 15th - 29th Jul, 2018


M.Phil/Ph.D in Agriculture

A student in order to take admission in any of the Doctoral courses offered by the University need to fulfill the following conditions:

  • Candidate must hold a Bachelor's Degree under 10+2+4 or 10+2+3 or 10+1+4 system.
  • Candidate must hold a Degree in M.Sc./ M.Sc. (Ag.)/ M.Tech/ M.E. with at least 60% marks (55% marks for SC/ ST/ PC candidates) or an OGPA (Overall Grade Point average) of 7.5 out of 10.0, or 3.75 out of 5.0, or 3.0 out of 4.0, or 2.25 out of 3.0.
  • Candidate should be 21 years old at least at the time of admission.
DisciplineM.Sc./M.Sc.(Ag.)/M.Tech./M.E. in
Agricultural ChemicalsAgricultural Chemicals / Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry / Environmental Science / Chemistry
Agricultural EconomicsAgricultural Economics / Dairy Economics/ Livestock Economics/ Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation/ Fisheries Economics
Agricultural EngineeringAgricultural Engineering / Dairy Engineering / Water Science and Technology ; M.Sc. in Dairy Engineering are eligible for Ph.D. in Agricultural Processing and Structures (Pre-requisite; B.Sc. / B.Tech. / B.E. in Agricultural Engineering)
Agricultural ExtensionAgricultural Extension / Extension Education / Dairy Extension / Fisheries Extension / Livestock Extension / Home Science Extension / Agril. Extension and Communication / Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension
Agricultural PhysicsAgricultural Physics / Agricultural Chemistry / Soil Science / Agricultural Meteorology / Meteorology / Agricultural Engineering / Engineering / Physics / Bio-physics / Water Science and Technology/ Geo-informatics/Remote Sensing
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 / Biophysics / Relevant discipline of Life Sciences / Chemistry with Organic Chemistry as a special subject/ Plant Physiology
BioinformaticsM.Sc. / M.Tech. in Bioinformatics / Molecular Biology or Biotechnology / Computer Science / Computer Application / Agricultural Sciences / Life Sciences and equivalent post graduate degree in science.
Computer ApplicationM.Sc. / MCA / M.Tech. / M.E. in Computer Science / Computer Application/ Computer Engineering / Computer Science Engineering / Information Technology / M.Tech. Agricultural Engineering / M.Tech. in Post Harvest Technology
EntomologyEntomology / Agricultural Entomology / Zoology or Plant Protection with Entomology as specialization / Relevant Life Sciences
Environmental SciencesEnvironmental Sciences / Physical Sciences / Biological Sciences / Chemistry / any branch of Agricultural Sciences / Life Sciences/Chemical Sciences / Relevant Life Sciences
Food Science & Post Harvest Technology1. For Post Harvest Technology of Horticultural Crops: Horticulture / Post Harvest Technology / Food Science & Technology 2. For Post Harvest Engineering and Technology: Agricultural Processing and Structures / Food Engineering / Post Harvest Engineering / Biochemical Engineering
Genetics & Plant BreedingGenetics and / OR Plant Breeding / Plant Genetic Resources / any other branch of Biological Sciences with Genetics and / OR Plant Breeding as a subject
Floriculture and landscape architectureHorticulture or Agriculture with major in Floriculture/Post Harvest Technology of Horticultural Crops/Genetics and/OR Plant Breeding/Plant Genetic Resources/Plant Physiology/Crop Physiology with specialisation 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 above discipline of Fruit Science/Physiology/Water Science and Technology
Vegetable scienceHorticulture or Agriculture with major in Olericulture/ Vegetable Science/Vegetable Breeding/ Genetics and/OR Plant Breeding/Plant Genetic Resources with specialization in Vegetable Science
MicrobiologyMicrobiology / Agricultural 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/ Environmental Microbiology/ Industrial Microbiology
Molecular Biology and BiotechnologyMolecular Biology and / OR Biotechnology / Biochemistry / Agricultural Biochemistry / Botany / Agricultural. Botany / Genetics and / OR Plant Breeding / Relevant Life Sciences / Microbiology / Agricultural Microbiology / Plant Genetic Resources/Bioinformatics
NematologyNematology / Entomology / Zoology / Botany / Mycology and / OR Plant Pathology / Relevant Life Sciences / Molecular Biology and / OR Biotechnology / Plant Protection / Helminthology / Agricultural Entomology / Agricultural 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/Bioinformatics
Plant PhysiologyPlant Physiology / Crop Physiology / Botany / Agricultural Botany / Biochemistry / Relevant Life Sciences / Molecular Biology and/OR Biotechnology / Plant Genetic Resources/Bio Science/Plant Science
Seed Science and TechnologySeed Science and Technology / Genetics and/OR Plant Breeding / Plant Physiology / Crop Physiology / Mycology and/OR Plant Pathology / Entomology / Nematology / Botany / Agricultural Botany / Plant Genetic Resources
Soil Science and Agricultural ChemistrySoil Science and/OR Agricultural Chemistry / Chemistry / Agricultural Physics with specialization in Soil Physics / Environmental Sciences with specialization in Soil Science/Agricultural Microbiology with specialization in Soil Science
Water Science and TechnologyWater Science and Technology / Agricultural Physics / Physics / Chemistry / Mathematics (with Physical Sciences at Bachelors Degree Level) / M.Tech. in Agril. Engineering / Civil Engineering

A student 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. Candidate 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 student's application form and the forwarding letter.

Further, a student seeking admission under ICAR in-service Nominee scheme, in addition to the requirements listed above, should be an ICAR employee. Candidate 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 student's Application form and the forwarding letter.

Furthermore, a student seeking admission under the Departmental Quota should be working in the IARI/ IASRI/ NBPGR/ MRCPB's Scientific or Technical Staff.

Note: Students appearing in their Master's Degree final year examination can also apply for admission. However, they must prove their eligibility before appearing for the Interview.

How to Apply:

M.Phil/Ph.D in Agriculture

Students seeking admission to any of the Doctoral courses offered by the Institute need to fill an application form available online only. The students can apply for admission in only one discipline.

Along with the application form, students need to submit the self-attested copy of the following documents:

  • Class 10th and 12th Mark sheet as a proof of Date of Birth.
  • Master's Degree Certificate along with the Mark sheets.
  • Category certificate, if applicable.
  • Students who are appearing in their Master's Degree final year Examination, need to submit a certificate as at Annexure - VI.
  • Bachelor's Degree certificate along with the Mark sheets.

Once, the application is submitted successfully along with the fee payment, students are expected to appear in the Entrance Examination. Admit Cards for the same could be downloaded as per the schedule.

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.

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

The 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.

A merit list is prepared after judging the students in all the three areas. The admission depends on the availability of seats and the student's choice.

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

IARI offers PH.D. Degree in following disciplines:

M.Phil/Ph.D in Agriculture

StreamsSeats IntakeSub Streams
Agricultural Chemicals6 -
Agricultural Economics5Agricultural Finance and Project Analysis.
Agricultural Development and Policy.
Agricultural Marketing and Trade.
Farm Management and Resource Economics
Agri-business Management
Agricultural Engineering8Farm Power and Equipment.
Agricultural Processing and Structure.
Soil and Water Conservation Engineering
Agricultural Extension6Agricultural Communication.
Agricultural Extension.
Agricultural Management.
Agricultural Physics5 -
Agricultural Statistics8 -
Agronomy6Crop Husbandry.
Resource Management
Bioinformatics5 -
Computer Application4 -
Entomology7Insect Pest Management.
Insect Biosystematics.
Insect Physiology.
Insect Toxicology.
Environmental Sciences5 -
Floriculture and Landscape Architecture3 -
Fruit Science5 -
Genetics9 -
Microbiology6Applied Microbiology
Soil Microbiology
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology8 -
Nematology5 -
Plant Genetic Resources6 -
Plant Pathology9Fungal Pathology
Plant Bacteriology
Plant Virology
Plant Physiology6 -
Post Harvest Technology6Post Harvest Engineering and Technology
Post Harvest Technology of Horticultural Crops
Seed Science and Technology6 -
Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry8 -
Vegetable Science5 -
Water Science and Technology4 -


CategorySeats Reserved (%)
PC (Physically challenged)3



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