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ASRB- All You Need to Know

Also known as ICAR NET (Indian Council of Agriculture Research NET), the Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board or ASRB Exam is conducted every year to recruit Lecturers/Assistant Professors in State Agricultural Universities and other Agricultural Universities. Candidates who hold a Master’s degree with the required academic qualifications can appear for this exam.

ASRB Exam Application Fees 

All aspirants have to pay a certain application fee to submit their online application form. The ASRB Exam Application Fees for different categories are mentioned below:

Unreserved (UR) – Rs.1000/-

Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) – Rs.500/-

Other Backward Classes (OBC) – Rs.500/-

SC/ST/PwBD/Women – Rs.250/-

ASRB Exam Pattern

The ASRB NET examination consists of two-tier exams, and aspirants have to crack the Prelims and the main examination for getting recruited in universities. The aspirants who pass the preliminary exam are qualified for the mains exam, and the final recruitment is done based on merit.

Exam Pattern: ASRB NET Prelims

The preliminary exam is a computer-based test that comprises 150 objective-type questions. The aspirants have to select the correct option from the multiple choices given. The time allotted for the prelims exam is 120 minutes. There is a negative marking scheme in the test; one-third of marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

Exam Pattern: ASRB NET Mains 

The aspirants who obtain cutoff/qualifying marks in the ASRB Prelims Exam can appear for the mains exam. The main exam is conducted offline (pen and paper-based) and contains 66 descriptive questions (40 Short, 20 Medium, and 6 Comprehension Writing) that are to be finished within 3 hours. The total weightage of the exam is 240 Marks.

The aspirants who further qualify in the Mains Exam are asked to appear for the Document Verification (DV) Round.

ASRB NET Syllabus 2021

The ASRB Exam takes place for a wide range of disciplines. The syllabus for some of the most selected fields is mentioned in detail below: 

  1. Agricultural Biotechnology

Unit 1: Cell Structure and Function

Unit 2: Enzymology

Unit 3: Biomolecules and Metabolism

Unit 4: Molecular Genetics

Unit 5: Molecular Biology Techniques

Unit 6: Gene Expressions

Unit 7: Molecular Biology

Unit 8: Gene Cloning

Unit 9: Tissue Culture

Unit 10: Plant Molecular Biology

Unit 11: Plant Genetic Engineering

Unit 12: Molecular Markers and Genomics

2. Genetics and Bio-Engineering

Unit 1: General Genetics and Plant Breeding

Unit 2: Genome Organization and Cytogenetics of Crop

Unit 3: Plants Economics Botany and Plant Breeding Methods

Unit 4: Quantitative and Biometrical Genetics

Unit 5: Plant Breeding of Stress Resistance and Nutritional Quality

Unit 6: Genetic Engineering and Biotechnological Tools in Plant Breeding

Unit 7: Plant Genetic Resources and Their Regulatory System; Varietal Release and Seed Production

Unit 8: Statistical Methods and Field Plot Techniques

3. Floriculture and Landscaping

Unit 1: Breeding

Unit 2: Production technology of loose flowers

Unit 3: Production technology of cut flowers

Unit 4: Protected floriculture

Unit 5: Landscaping

Unit 6: Value Addition

Unit 7: Computer-aided designing for outdoor and indoor-scaping

Unit 8: Turfing and Turf Management

4. Dairy Chemistry

Unit 1: Milk Constituents

Unit 2: Milk lipids

Unit 3: Levels, distribution, and isolation of genetic polymorphism

Unit 4: Milk adulteration and detection methods

Unit 5: Heat stability of milk as affected by various constituents and additives

Unit 6: Cream and size of the distribution

Unit 7: Definition of quality, quality control, and assurance

Unit 8: Cheese: composition and varietal differences

Unit 9: Spectroscopy

5. Veterinary Pharmacology

Unit 1: General Pharmacology

Unit 2: Drugs action on Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems

Unit 3: Drugs acting on Humoral and Autonomic Nervous System

Unit 4: Drug Action on Central Nervous System

Unit 5: Drugs action on Uro-genital system

Unit 6: Drugs acting on the Digestive System

Unit 7: Autacoids

Unit 8: Endocrine Pharmacology

Unit 9: Toxicology

Unit 10: Chemotherapy

Unit 11: Ecotoxicology

Unit 12: Miscellaneous topics

6. Agricultural Meteorology

Unit 1: General Climatology

Unit 2: General Meteorology

Unit 3: Agricultural Climatology

Unit 4: Evapotranspiration

Unit 5: Micro Meteorology

Unit 6: Crop Weather Modelling

Unit 7: Weather Forecasting for Agriculture

7. Farm Machinery and Power

Unit 1: Farm Mechanization and Equipment

Unit 2: Farm Machinery Design

Unit 3: Farm Machinery Testing, Evaluation and Management

Unit 4: Engines and Tractor Systems

Unit 5: Ergonomics and Safety

Unit 6: Soil Dynamics in Tillage and Traction

Unit 7: Energy in Agriculture

Unit 8: Manufacturing Technology

Unit 9: Instrumentation and Measurement Techniques

8. Veterinary Anatomy

Unit 1: Gross Anatomy

Unit 2: Digestive, Respiratory and Uro-genital System in fowl

Unit 3: Microanatomy

 Unit 4: Developmental Anatomy

Candidates must go through the details mentioned above before applying for the ASRB Exam. These are some important details and will help make the application process more manageable.

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