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ASRB ICAR AO Exam 2021

About ICAR AO Exam

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is the apex body for coordinating, guiding, and managing research and education in agriculture in the entire country under the aegis of DARE, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. 

The Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) conducts a competitive examination for recruitment to the posts of Administrative Officer (AO) at ICAR Research Institutes. It is a 3-tier exam. The post of administrative officer at ICAR is a central government job and comes under Pay Level 10 of the 7th CPC Pay Matrix [Pre-revised PB-3  ₹ 15600-39100 + ₹ 5400 (Grade Pay)].

ASRB ICAR AO 2021 Notification

The Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) is conducting a competitive examination for recruitment to the posts of Administrative Officer and  Finance & Accounts Officer in Pay Level 10 of 7th CPC Pay Matrix [Pre-revised PB-3  ₹ 15600-39100 + ₹ 5400 (Grade Pay)] at ICAR Research Institutes in accordance with the rules issued by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). In this blog post, we will give all the information about the ICAR AO recruitment 2021 notification ranging from exam dates, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, online application link, salary, job profile, and much more.

ICAR AO 2021 notification was released by ASRB on the 19th of July 2021 for the recruitment of administrative officers (AO) with a total of 44 vacancies. The recruitment for the post of AO will be conducted in three tiers: Tier 1 (Objective), Tier 2 (Descriptive) and Interview. Let us have a look at all the components for the ASRB ICAR AO recruitment 2021 notification.

ICAR AO 2021 Exam - Important Dates

EventImportant Dates
Submission of online applications starts on23 July 2021 (11.00 AM)
Last date and time for receipt of online applications23 August 2021 (05.00 PM)
Last date and time for making an online fee payment23 August 2021 (05.00 PM)
ICAR AO Tier 1 Exam Date 2021
(Online objective type examination – Tier-I CBT)
03 October 2021 (Postponed)
ICAR AO Tier 2 Exam Date 2021
(Descriptive type)
To be notified later
ICAR AO 2021 Interview/Personality TestTo be notified later

ICAR AO 2021 Vacancies – Category-Wise

Name of the PostTotal No. of VacanciesUREWSSCSTOBC
Administrative Officer (AO)441704070214

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ICAR AO 2021 Eligibility Criteria

ICAR AO 2021 Educational Qualification

Candidate must be a Graduate of a recognized University securing not less than 55% mark in the final degree examination or equivalent and must have a working knowledge of computer.

For Departmental Candidates:

All candidates in the service of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research/ Govt.  Service, whether in a permanent or in temporary capacity or as work charged employees, other than casual or daily rated employees, will be required to submit an undertaking that they have informed in writing their Head of Office/Department that they have applied for this examination.  

Candidates should note that in case a communication is received from their employer by the Board withholding permission to the candidates applying for/appearing at the examination, their applications will be liable to be rejected/cancelled.

ICAR AO 2021 Age Limit

The candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must have not attained the age of 30 years as of 23.08.2021 i.e. the closing date of online registration of application.

ICAR AO Application Form 2021

ICAR AO 2021 Apply Online Link

Apply online for the ICAR AO Post before 23 August 2021

ICAR AO 2021 Application Fees

Category of candidate Examination  fee (₹) Registration  fee (₹) Total (₹)
UR / OBC / EWS 480/- 20/- 500/- 
Women/ Schedule Caste/  Schedule Tribe / Person  with Benchmark Disability NIL 20/- 20/- 

How to Apply?

Candidates are required to keep ready the following relevant details/  information/ documents at the time of filling the online form:  

a) Notification for AO and F&AO Examination-2021.  

b) Name (as recorded in Secondary level Examination certificate). 

c) Father’s name (as recorded in Secondary level Examination certificate). 

d) Complete Address for Correspondence.  

e) Complete Permanent Address.  

f) Matriculation or equivalent Certificate.  

g) Bachelor’s Degree Certificate/Provisional Degree Certificate and Year wise Marksheets.  

h) Master’s Degree Certificate / Doctorate Degree Certificate / Provisional  Degree Certificate/Transcript/ Marksheet, if available.  

i) Centre opted for the Examination (Please check the Examination Centres given in Para 5 of this notification).  

j) Scanned copy of recent passport size photograph taken against white background only, of a maximum size of 150 KB in .jpg format only with the face covering at least 2/3rd of the total space and taken without spectacles.  

k) Scanned copy of signatures in Black/Blue ink on white paper only, of a  maximum size of 80 KB in .jpg format only.  

l) Scanned copy of Left Thumb Impression in Blue ink on white paper only, of a maximum size of 80 KB in .jpg format only. (In case of any  eventuality of left-hand thumb being unavailable, right-hand thumb  impression may be used.)  

m) Debit Card/Credit Card/Net banking/UPI details for online payment of the fee. 

n) Valid and active e-mail id and mobile number. 

o) The candidate should have details of one Photo ID viz. Aadhar Card/  Voter Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving License/ Any other photo ID  card issued by the State/ Central Government. The details of this photo ID will have to be provided by the candidate while filling up the online application form. The candidates will have to upload a  scanned copy of the Photo ID whose details have been provided in the online application by him/her. This photo ID will be used for all future references and the candidate is advised to carry this ID while appearing for the examination. 

ICAR AO 2021 Exam Pattern

ICAR AO 2021 Tier 1 Exam Pattern

Objective multiple choice paper of 200 questions of one mark each of three hours duration containing the following sections:  

Section – A General Knowledge 50 Questions 
Section – B General Intelligence & Reasoning Ability 50 Questions
Section – C Arithmetical & Numerical Ability 50 Questions
Section – D Language Comprehension  (Hindi or English) 50 Questions
  • Each wrong answer will attract a penalty of one-third of the marks originally assigned to that question.
  • This paper will be qualifying in nature and marks scored in it will not be carried forward.

ICAR AO 2021 Tier 2 Exam Pattern

Paper 1General Awareness of Development of  Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural  Fields, History & Geography of India and  the World150 Marks
Paper 2Constitution of India, Polity, Governance,  Social Justice150 Marks
Paper 3Essay Writing-I 75 Marks & Essay Writing-II 75 Marks150 Marks
Paper 4Ethics, Integrity, Aptitude150 Marks
Total Marks 600 Marks

Candidates from Tier-II Exam will be qualified for Tier-III viz. Structured Interview in the ratio of 5 candidates for each vacancy (category-wise) on the basis of their merit in Tier-II.  

ICAR AO 2021 Tier-III Interview

Structured Interview: 100 Marks  

Final merit will be prepared based on the aggregate of marks (700 Marks) i.e. marks scored by the candidates in Tier-II Exam (out of maximum 600 Marks) as well as  Structured Interview (out of maximum 100 Marks).

ICAR AO 2021 Syllabus

ICAR AO Tier 1 Syllabus (Objective Paper)


• Current events of national and international importance.  

• History of India and Indian national movement, World History  

• Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social and economic.  

• Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj,  Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.  

• Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.  

• Agricultural and Geo-Cultural Development Issues, Human Rights, Social  Conflicts, Disabilities etc.  

• General Awareness specific to Structure & Functioning of ICAR. 

• General Science and scientific research.  


• Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability – Verbal and Non-Verbal (Analogies,  Similarities, Differences, space visualization, visual memory, discrimination,  observation, relationship, concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series).  

• Decision making and Problem Solving.  

• General Mental ability.  


• Basic Numeracy (Number system, Simplification, Decimals, Fractions, L.C.M.,  H.C.F., Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Average, Profit & Loss, Discount,  Simple and Compound interest, Mensuration, Time and Work, Time and  Distance) (Class X level)  

• Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.) (Class X level)  


• Comprehension of Language and Writing Ability  

• Précis writing, Usage and Vocabulary, Short Essays, Translation 

• Interpersonal Skills including communication skills.

ICAR AO Tier 2 Syllabus (Descriptive Paper)

PAPER 1- 150 MARKS: General awareness of Development of Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural  Fields, History & Geography of India and World  

• Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and  Architecture from ancient to modern times.  

• Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteen century until the present – significant events, personalities, issues.  

• The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributions from different parts of the country.  

• Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.  • History of the world will include events from the 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redraw of national boundaries, colonization,  decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.  – their forms and effect on the society.  

• Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.  

• Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues,  poverty and development issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.  

• Effects of globalization on Indian society.  

• Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism. 

• Salient features of the world’s physical geography.  

• Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary,  secondary and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including  India).  

• Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclones etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.  


• Indian Constitution – historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments,  significant provisions and basic structure.  

• Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein. 

• Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressed mechanisms and institutions.  

• Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries. 

• Parliament and State legislatures – structure, functioning, the conduct of business.  Power & privileges and issues arising out of these. 

• Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary –  Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/  informal associations and their role in the Polity. 

• Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. 

• Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.  

• Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.  

• Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.  

• Development processes and the development industry – the role of NGOs,  SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.  

• Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and  States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.  

• Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/ Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.  

• Issues relating to poverty and hunger.  

• Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance – applications, models successes, limitations and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.  • Role of Civil services in a democracy.  

• Role of Indian Council of Agricultural Research in Agricultural Sector, its  Importance and various Implications.  

PAPER 3 – 150 MARKS 

1. Essay Writing – I (75 Marks)  

2. Essay Writing – II (75 Marks)  

Essay: Candidates may be required to write essays on current international/  national events and other multiple topics like social, cultural, economic and political aspects about which a graduate-level candidate is expected to be aware.

They will be expected to keep close to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in an orderly fashion and to write concisely. An opinion may be given and the candidate may have to submit his/ her arguments for and against the opinion and sum up at the end of his/ her views. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.  


• Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of  Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; the role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.  

• Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion. 

• Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.  

• Emotional intelligence concepts and their utilities and application in administration and governance.  

• Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world. 

• Public/ Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.  

• Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government,  Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters,  Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.  

• Case studies on the above issues. 

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ICAR AO 2021 Salary

ICAR AO 2021 Grade Pay

Administrative Officer – Level-10 (Pre-revised PB-3 ₹ 15600-39100 + ₹ 5400 (Grade Pay).

Let us look at the pay scale of these various positions in detail.

PostLevelPayNext PromotionYears in Service for Next Promotion
Administrative Officer10Pre-revised PB-3 Rs 15,600.00 to Rs 39,100.00 + Rs 5,400 (Grade Pay)Senior Administrative Officer5 years of service at this post makes a person eligible for the post of Senior Administrative Officer
Senior Administrative Officer11Pre-revised PB-3 Rs 15,600.00 to Rs 39,100.00 + Rs 6,600.00 (Grade Pay)Deputy Secretary/ Chief Administrative OfficerWith 5 years of service at this post, a person becomes eligible for the post of Deputy Secretary / Chief Administrative Officer
Deputy Secretary/ Chief Administrative Officer12Pre-revised PB3 Rs 15,600.00 to Rs 39,100.00 + Rs 7,600 (Grade Pay)Director/ CAO (Sr. Grade)With five years of service at this post, the person becomes eligible for the post of Director / CAO (Sr. Grade)
Director/ CAO (Sr. Grade)13Pre-revised PB-4 Rs 37,400.00 to Rs 67,000.00 + Rs 8,700.00 (Grade Pay)Jt. Secretary/ Jt. Director (Admn.)/ Sr. RegistrarThree years of regular service makes a person at this level eligible for the post of Secretary/ Jt. Director (Admn.)/ Sr. Registrar
Jt. Secretary/ Jt. Director (Admn.)/ Sr. Registrar14Pre-revised PB-4 Rs 37,400.00 to Rs 67,000.00 Rs 10000.00 (Grade Pay)NANA

ASRB AO Salary in Hand 2021 – Gross Salary & Allowances

Depending on the ICAR AO posting, if you are in a city where allowances are the highest (X), then with all the allowances such as house rent allowance and TPT, the ICAR AO gross pay will come to a maximum of Rs 94, 488.  After deductions, the ICAR AO in hand salary will add up to Rs 86, 537.

If the posting is in a city where the allowances, etc., are low (Y), then ICAR AO gross salary will be a minimum of Rs 89,880.00, and the ASRB AO salary in hand 2021 will be Rs 81,929.00.  The ASRB AO salary slip will provide all the details of the perks, allowances, benefits, and all deductions to arrive at the in-hand salary of the ICAR AO.

ASRB ICAR AO Job Profile 2021

There are several responsibilities and duties attached to the post of ASRB ICAR AO. You need to know the ASRB AO Job profile before you decide to apply for this position. Only if you know what work will be expected of you will you be able to decide if that is what you want to do every day in the office.  An ASRB ICAR AO has part of the job profile the task of:

  • Providing advice to the Head of the Department regarding all matters of administration and policy.
  • Scrutinizing proposals related to Training and Infrastructure, Materials Management, Administration, Establishment, etc.
  • Coordinating activities of the many units that exist in the office.
  • Recommending cases where there is a need for taking disciplinary action against the staff as per instructions issued by the Government of India.
  • Implementing Government policies.

Now that you know the ASRB ICAR AO Salary & ASRB AO Job Profile, you are better positioned to decide to apply for the post of ASRB ICAR AO.  If the job responsibilities are what you think you can carry out, you must apply for ICAR AO and have a fulfilling career.

Exam Date

3rd October, 2021 (Postponed)

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What is the total number of vacancies in ICAR AO Exam 2021

ICAR AO Exam 2021 has 44 vacancies.

What is the revised date of ICAR AO Exam 2021? +

The revised date of the ICAR AO Exam is 3rd October 2021.

What is the last date to apply for ICAR AO Exam 2021? +

The last date to apply for ICAR AO Exam 2021 is 23rd August 2021.

What is the minimum eligibility criteria to apply for ICAR AO Exam 2021? +

The minimum eligibility criteria is that the candidate must be a Graduate of a recognized University securing not less than 55% mark in the final degree examination or equivalent and must have a working knowledge of computers.

What is the age limit for ICAR AO Exam 2021? +

The candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must have not attained the age of 30 years as of 23.08.2021 i.e. the closing date of online registration of application.

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