Indian Agricultural Research Institute – IARI PhD Admission 2018

Online applications are invited in the prescribed format for admissions to Ph. D programmes in the various disciplines of Agricultural Sciences at Indian Agricultural Research Institute ( IARI ), New Delhi.

IARI Admission Eligibility 2018 

Essential Qualication for Admission
  • Only those candidates who had their Bachelor’s Degree Programmes under 10, +2, +4 or 10, +2, +3 or 10, +1, +4 system ( or awarded B.Sc. degree under 10, +2, +2 system prior to 1985 ) and fulll the qualications as prescribed in this bulletin are eligible to apply for admission.
  • For General / OBC candidates at least 60% marks or an overall grade point average ( OGPA ) of 7.00 out of 10.00 or 3.50 out of 5.00 or 2.8 out of 4.00 or 2.21 out of 3.00 in M.Sc. / M.Sc. ( Ag. ) / M.Tech. / M.E. For SC / ST / PC / CWSF candidates at least 55% marks or OGPA of 6.50 out of 10.00 or 3.25 out of 5.00 or 2.6 out of 4.00 or 1.95 out of 3.00 in M.Sc. / M.Sc. ( Ag. ) / M.Tech. / M.E. 
  • In case of the universities where OGPA is awarded with equivalence of percentage marks, only OGPA will be considered for determining the eligibility qualication for appearing in the entrance examination. The percentage of marks shall be considered only for candidates coming from universities that do not award grades.
Note : Candidates who appear at the Master’s Degree nal year Examination in 2018 are also eligible to apply and appear in written entrance examination provisionally for Ph.D. programme. However, they will have to submit documentary evidence of their eligibility on or before 30th June, 2018 failing which they shall not be considered for Interview.
Qualication for Admission to Ph.D. degree programme in different disciplines during 2018-19 Academic Session
Agricultural Chemicals

Agricultural Chemicals / Chemistry / Organic Chemistry / Analytical Chemistry

Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Economics / Dairy Economics / Livestock Economics / Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation / Fisheries Economics / Environmental Economics

Agricultural Engineering

M.Tech. / M.E. 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 ( Pre-requisite; B.Sc. / B.Tech. / B.E. in Agricultural Engineering )

Agricultural Extension

Agricultural Extension / Extension Education / Dairy Extension / Fisheries Extension / Livestock Extension / Home Science Extension / Agricultural Extension and Communication / Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension

Agricultural Physics

Agricultural Physics / Soil Science / Agricultural Meteorology / Meteorology / Physics / Bio-physics / Water Science and Technology / Geo-informatics / Remote Sensing/Geo-physics / Environmental Science

Agricultural Statistics

Agricultural Statistics / Statistics / Mathematical Statistics / Bio – Statistics


Agronomy / Water Science and Technology / Water Management


Biochemistry / Agricultural Biochemistry / Agricultural Chemistry / Molecular Biology and / or Biotechnology / Chemistry with Organic Chemistry as a special subject / Plant Physiology / Biophysics


M.Sc. / M.Sc. ( Ag ) / M.Tech. / M.E. in Bioinformatics / or Molecular Biology / Biotechnology / Computer Sciences / Computer Application / Agri.- Informatics / Agricultural Statistics / Statistics / Mathematical Statistics / Bio – Statistics with Bioinformatics as a subject in their Post – Graduation degree

Computer Application

M.Sc. / MCA / M.Tech. / M.E. in Computer Science / Computer Application / Computer Engineering / Computer Science Engineering / Information Technology / Agricultural – informatics

Entomology  / Agricultural Entomology  /  Sericulture/Apiculture / Zoology or Plant Protection with Entomology as specialization

Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences / Agricultural Sciences / Relevant plant sciences

Floriculture & Landscaping Architecture

Horticulture 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 Science

Horticulture or Agriculture with major in Fruit Science, Pomology  /  Genetics and / OR Plant Breeding  /  Plant  Genetic Resources  /  Plant Physiology with specialization in any of above discipline of Fruit Science

Genetics and Plant Breeding

Genetics and  /  or Plant Breeding / Plant Genetic Resources / Agril. Botany / any other branch of Biological Sciences with Plant Genetics and  / or Plant Breeding as a subject


Microbiology  /  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 & Biotechnology

Molecular 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


Nematology / Entomology / Zoology / Botany / Mycology and  / or Plant Pathology / Relevant Life Sciences / Molecular Biology and / or Biotechnology / Plant Protection with Nematology as specialization / Agricultural Entomology / Agricultural Microbiology / Helminthology with Nematology

Plant Genetic Resources

Plant 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 Pathology

Mycology 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 / or Plant Pathology as specialization

Plant Physiology

Plant Physiology / Crop Physiology/Horticulture / Botany / Agricultural Botany / Biochemistry / Relevant Life Sciences / Molecular Biology and / or Biotechnology / Plant Genetic Resources

Post Harvest Technology

a) 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 ( Pre-requisite: B. Sc., B. Tech. / B.E in Agricultural Engineering )

Seed Science & Technology

Seed 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

Age Limit

The minimum age for Ph.D. admission shall be 21 years as on 31st July, 2018. No relaxation is admissible regarding the minimum age limit

Admission of In – service candidates of State Agricultural Universities ( SAUs ) under Faculty Upgradation

Scheme ( FUS )

  • Essential Qualifications : Same as given under Open Scheme.
  • Not more than three candidates sponsored by any university shall be admitted in any one year under this stream.

The candidates sponsored under this scheme should be regular employees of the university and should be likely to continue in service after obtaining the degree. The candidates should be sponsored on deputation terms entitling them to full salary and allowances. No fellowship shall be awarded to them by the IARI.

The words “Sponsored for admission under Faculty Upgradation Schemeshould be clearly inscribed on the cate as given atapplication form and on the forwarding letter.

Admission under ICAR In – service Nominee Scheme

Essential Qualification : Same as given for admission under Open Scheme. The candidates sponsored under this scheme should only be those ICAR employees who have qualified for ICAR Senior Fellowship Examination with or without fellowship.

The word Sponsored for admission under reserved seats for ICAR employees should be clearly inscribed on the application form and in the forwarding letter.

Admission under Departmental Quota

This scheme of admission is meant for Scientic and Technical staff working at IARI / IASRI / NBPGR /  NRCPB. Separate circular is issued by the PG School, IARI in this regard.

IARI PhD Application Form 2018

How to apply

Candidates can apply through the “” . Candidates can only apply through online.

Application fee

Rupee1000 for Gen / OBC category and  Rupee500 for SC / ST / PC / CWSF category

IARI PhD Admission 2018 Selection process

Academic Attainments ( Record )

Weightage for academic attainments (High School to terminal degree) would be 10%.

Entrance Examination

The weightage for entrance examination is 80%. The candidates will have to appear for Entrance Examination consisting of one paper of three parts: Part-I (General Agriculture) and Part-II & III ( Subject Paper ). The minimum qualifying mark for appearing in the interview is 50% for General/OBC, 45% for SC / ST / PC / CWSF candidates. Total marks ( percentile ) would be considered for the preparation of merit. The highest mark scored by the candidates within each discipline will be considered as maximum mark ( =100% ) for calculating the % mark within that discipline.


The weightage for interview is 10%. Candidates qualifying in the Entrance Examination will be called for interview in the ratio of maximum 1:4 ( No. of seats: No. of students called for interview). The interview would be held on 2nd July, 2018 in respective Disciplines and the candidates may download their interview letter from 25th June to 2nd July, 2018. Merit after the interview and Institute choice as exercised by the candidate in the Application Form shall be the fulfillment of all the other requirements for admission.criterion for selection in the respective Institute subject to fulfillment of all the other requirements for admission The list of selected candidates will be displayed at P.G. School, IARI and on website of IARI, New Delhi ( on 7th July, 2018 and the selected candidates may download their selection letter from 16th July to 27th July, 2018. The selected candidates will be allowed to join the Post Graduate School of IARI, New Delhi and its PG outreach programme at CIAE, Bhopal for pursuing further studies only after they are declared

IARI PhD Admission Important Dates 2018

S NoEventDate
1Last Date for Receipt of Application16th April, 2018
2Last Date for Receipt of Application through Proper channel anddocuments submission for online Application Form23rd April, 2018
3 Download Admit Card26th May - 03rd June, 2018
4Entrance Examination10th June, 2018
5Download Interview Letter25th June - 02nd July, 2018
6Interview02nd July, 2018
7Announcement of Result07th July, 2018
8Download Final Selection Letter16th July - 27th July, 2018

Contact details

Krishi Bhavan,
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road,
New Delhi – 110114, India.
Email :,
Telephone No011-25842390, 25846536, 25843438,
Fax No011-25843438, 25846420.
Website : www.­iari.­res.­in

8 thoughts on “Indian Agricultural Research Institute – IARI Admission 2018

  1. Sir ..plz tell me PhD entrance exam center ..becoz I m live in chhattisargh…so 15 days ago know my exam center…

  2. Sir ..plz tell me PhD entrance exam center ..becoz I m leave in chhattisargh…so 15 days ago know my exam center…

  3. Hey guys, the syllabus mentioned above is very detailed and should be followed thoroughly. There are great books to refer to complete this syllabus. I personally followed Elements of Economic Entomology by BV David and Ramamurthy last year. It covers 18 out of the 22 core parts of the syllabus. I think its available on, I recommend using that book as a reference.

  4. sir, i was not able to get the clear information about the last date of submissision of application forms, can i apply now.. i’m from kashmir…

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