The ICAR is the Apex Body for coordinating, guiding, and managing research and education in agriculture in the entire country under the aegis of Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

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ICAR AIEEA Subjects 2023

The ICAR subjects for AIEEA (UG), AIEEA (PG), AIEEA (PhD) tests are discussed below:

ICAR AIEEA (UG) Subjects

Each candidate has to attempt/opt/choose only three subjects(PCB/PCM/PCA/ABC)in the examination as per choice from the List of Subjects from the table given below. The same three subjects has to be given in the Online Application Form. The candidates must attempt only those subjects in the examination as per the choice given in the Application Form. Therefore, they must exercise the choice of subjects very carefully.

The Test of AIEEA (UG) 2021 is a single Test of 02:30 hours duration. A total of 150 (50 in each subject) questions will be asked in the exam.

Degree Programme for Admission Subjects which the candidate must have passed in 10+2 Examination Subjects to be attempted in

the Entrance Examination

B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture PCB/PCMB/ PCM/Inter-Agriculture PCB/PCM/PCA/ABC
B.Sc. (Hons.) Horticulture PCB/PCMB/PCM/Inter-Agriculture PCB/PCM/PCA/ABC
B.F.Sc. PCB/PCMB/ Inter-Agriculture PCB/PCA/ABC
B.Sc. (Hons.) Forestry PCB/PCMB/ Inter-Agriculture PCB/PCA/ABC
B.Sc. (Hons.) Community Science PCB/ PCMB/ PCM PCB/PCM
Food Nutrition and Dietetics* PCB/ PCMB/ PCM PCB/PCM
B.Sc. (Hons.) Sericulture PCB/ PCMB/ PCM PCB/PCM
B. Tech. Agricultural Engineering PCM/ PCMB PCM
B. Tech. Dairy Technology PCM/PCMB PCM
B. Tech. Food Technology PCM/PCMB PCM
B. Tech. Bio- Technology PCM/PCMB/PCB PCM/PCB

* Subject to accreditation by National Agricultural Education Accreditation Board.







Candidates must ensure that they

  1. Fulfil eligibility criteria for choosing the subject combination.
  2. Attempt the same combination in the test which they have selected in Application form.

ICAR AIEEA (PG) Subjects

The major group subjects of ICAR AIEEA (PG) test are as follows:

  1. Plant Biotechnology
  2. Plant Sciences
  3. Physical Science
  4. Entomology and Nematology
  5. Agronomy
  6. Social Sciences
  7. Statistical Sciences
  8. Horticulture
  9. Forestry/Agroforestry & Silviculture
  10. Agricultural Engineering and Technology
  11. Water Science and Technology
  12. Community Science (Formerly Home Science)
  13. Animal Biotechnology
  14. Veterinary Science
  15. Animal Sciences
  16. Fisheries Science
  17. Dairy Science
  18. Dairy Technology
  19. Food Science Technology
  20. Agr-Business Management

Note – Candidates must ensure their subject or discipline specific criteria before selecting subject or discipline for admission.

ICAR AIEEA (PhD) Subjects

Doctoral Degree Programmes are offered by AUs in 73 Subjects. Based upon eligibility and compatibility with their subject areas at the post graduation level, the candidates should select one subject of specialisation for appearing in the Examination.

The Test of AICE-JRF/SRF(PhD) will have a single Paper of 2 hrs duration. The test would consist of three sections :-

  • Section A – First 20 MCQs will be common to all the 73 specialized Subjects. The questions assess the level of candidate’s awareness about the environment and its application to the society. The questions are based on general knowledge in the domain of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairying, Fisheries and Allied Sciences, etc. including current events and matters of everyday observation and experience.
  • Section B – 50 MCQs will be from the Core Group (refer to the table given below) containing the specialized Subject opted by the candidate for pursuing Ph.D.
  • Section C – 50 MCQs will be from one of the specialized Subjects (refer to the table below) in Master’s degree opted by the candidate for pursuing Ph.D.

Core Groups for Section-B of AICE-JRF/SRF(Ph.D.) Examination

Core Group Subjects for examination
01 Crop Sciences-I 1.1 Genetics & Plant Breeding

1.2 Seed Science & Technology

1.3 Economic Botany and Plant Genetic Resources

02 Crop Sciences- II 2.1 Plant Pathology

2.2 Nematology

2.3 Agricultural Entomology/Entomology

2.4 Seri culture

03 Crop Sciences- III 3.1 Plant Biochemistry/Biochemistry

3.2 Plant Physiology/Crop Physiology

3.3 Agricultural Biotechnology/ Biotechnology/Molecular Biology &


3.4 Agricultural Microbiology/Microbiology

04 Horticulture 4.1 Vegetable Science/Olericulture

4.2 Fruit Science/Pomology

4.3 Floriculture & Landscaping/Floriculture & Landscape Architecture

4.4 Spices, Plantation, Medicinal & Aromatic Plants

4.5 Post Harvest Technology (Horticulture)

05 Veterinary and Animal Sciences-I 5.1 Animal Genetics & Breeding

5.2 Animal Nutrition

5.3 Livestock Production Management

5.4 Livestock Products Technology

5.5 Poultry Science

06 Veterinary and Animal Sciences-II 6.1 Veterinary Parasitology

6.2 Veterinary Public Health/Veterinary Public Health & Epidemiology

6.3 Veterinary Microbiology

6.4 Veterinary Pathology

07 Veterinary and Animal Sciences-III 7.1 Veterinary Medicine

7.2 Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology

7.3 Vety. Gynaecology & Obstetrics/Animal Reproduction, Gynaecology & Obstetrics

7.4 Veterinary Surgery & Radiology/Veterinary Surgery

7.5 Veterinary Anatomy/Veterinary Anatomy & Histology

08 Veterinary and Animal Sciences-IV 8.1 Veterinary Physiology/Animal Physiology

8.2 Veterinary Biochemistry/Animal Biochemistry

8.3 Animal Biotechnology

09 Dairy Science, Dairy Technology & Food Technology 9.1 Dairy Chemistry

9.2 Food Technology

9.3 Dairy Microbiology

9.4 Food Safety and Quality Assurance

9.5 Dairy Technology

9.6 Dairy Engineering

10 Agricultural Engineering and Technology 10.1 Farm Machinery and Power Engineering

10.2 Soil and Water Conservation Engineering /Soil and Water Engineering

10.3 Agricultural Processing and Food Engineering

10.4 Renewable Energy Engineering

10.5 Irrigation Water Management Engineering/Irrigation & Drainage Engineering

11 Community Science (Formerly Home Science) 11.1 Family Resource Management

11.2 Textiles and Apparel Designing

11.3 Human Development and Family Studies/Human Development

11.4 Food Science and Nutrition/Human Nutrition

11.5 Home Science Extension and Community Management

12 Fishery Science-I 12.1 Fisheries Resource Management

12.2 Fish Processing Technology/Fish Post-Harvest Technology

12.3 Fisheries Engineering & Technology

12.4. Aquatic Environment Management

13 Fishery Science-II 13.1 Aquaculture

13.2 Fish Health Management/Aquatic Animal Health Management

13.3 Fish Nutrition and Feed Technology

14 Fishery Sciences-III 14.1 Fish Genetics and Breeding

14.2 Fish Biotechnology

14.3 Fish Physiology and Biochemistry

15 Natural Resource Management- I 15.1 Forestry/Agroforestry

15.2 Agricultural Meteorology

15.3 Environmental Sciences

15.4 Agricultural Physics

16 Natural Resource Management- II 16.1 Agronomy

16.2 Soil Sciences/Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry

16.3 Agricultural Chemicals

16.4 Water Science & Technology

17 Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness Management 17.1 Agricultural Economics

17.2 Agribusiness Management

18 Agricultural Extension 18.1 Agricultural Extension/ Extension Education/Communication
19 Agricultural Statistics 19.1 Agricultural Statistics

19.2 Bioinformatics

19.3 Computer Application & IT

Subject of specialisation for Section-C of AICE-JRF/SRF(Ph.D.) Examination

In order to appear in AICE-JRF/SRF(PhD)-2021 in the Subject of specialisation, candidates must have completed Master’s degree in one of the Subjects mentioned below:

01 Genetics & Plant Breeding

02 Seed Science & Technology

03 Economic Botany and Plant Genetic Resources

04 Plant Pathology

05 Nematology

06 Agricultural Entomology/Entomology

07 Sericulture

08 Plant Biochemistry/ Biochemistry

09 Plant Physiology/ Crop Physiology

10 Agricultural Biotechnology / Biotechnology/Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

11 Agricultural Microbiology/ Microbiology

12 Vegetable Science/Olericulture

13 Fruit Science/Pomology

14 Floriculture & Landscaping/ Floriculture & Landscape Architecture

15 Spices, Plantation, Medicinal & Aromatic Plants

16 Post Harvest Technology (Horticulture)

17 Animal Genetics & Breeding

18 Animal Nutrition

19 Livestock Production Management

20 Livestock Products Technology

21 Poultry Science

22 Veterinary Parasitology

23 Veterinary Public Health/Veterinary Public Health & Epidemiology

24 Veterinary Microbiology

25 Veterinary Pathology

26 Veterinary Medicine

27 Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology

28 Vety. Gynaecology & Obstetrics/Animal Reproduction, Gynaecology & Obstetrics

29 Veterinary Surgery & Radiology/Veterinary Surgery

30 Veterinary Anatomy/Veterinary Anatomy & Histology

31 Veterinary Physiology/ Animal Physiology

32 Veterinary Biochemistry /Animal Biochemistry

33 Animal Biotechnology

34 Dairy Chemistry

35 Food Technology

36 Dairy Microbiology

37 Food Safety and Quality Assurance

38 Dairy Technology

39 Dairy Engineering

40 Farm Machinery and Power Engineering

41 Soil and Water Conservation Engineering / Soil and Water Engineering

42 Agricultural Processing and Food Engineering

43 Renewable Energy Engineering

44 Irrigation Water Management Engineering / Irrigation & Drainage Engineering

45 Family Resource Management

46 Textiles and Apparel Designing

47 Human Development and Family Studies/Human Development

48 Food Science and Nutrition/Human Nutrition

49 Home Science Extension and Community Management

50 Fisheries Resource Management

51 Fish Processing Technology/Fish Post-Harvest Technology

52 Fisheries Engineering & Technology

53 Aquatic Environment Management

54 Aquaculture

55 Fish Health Management/Aquatic Animal Health Management

56 Fish Nutrition and Feed Technology

57 Fish Genetics and Breeding

58 Fish Biotechnology

59 Fish Physiology and Biochemistry

60 Forestry /Agroforestry

61 Agricultural Meteorology

62 Environmental Sciences

63 Agricultural Physics

64 Agronomy

65 Soil Sciences/Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry

66 Agricultural Chemicals

67 Water Science & Technology

68 Agricultural Economics

69 Agribusiness Management

70 Agricultural Extension/ Extension Education/Communication

71 Agricultural Statistics

72 Bioinformatics

73 Computer Application & IT


Candidates planning to take the ICAR examination should not take the exam lightly. Agriculture is a popular graduation course, and the competition is tough. It is not just about scoring good marks in the ICAR subjects. It’s also important that the marks scored are above the cut-off required for admission to good agriculture colleges and courses.

For the Best preparation strategy for competitive exams, candidates can visit the linked article and get detailed study material and preparation tips to excel in the examination.

Aspirants who shall be appearing for the exam for the first time and are willing to get some preparation tips and study material for the competitive exams can turn to BYJU’S for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions about ICAR AIEEA Subjects


What is ICAR centralised counselling?

Candidates who score zero or negative marks in the ICAR subjects are not allowed in the ICAR counselling. The counselling is in three parts, with a “mop-up round” if that is required.


What do the ICAR – accredited universities do?

Based on ICAR exam results and the cut-off mark, universities allot colleges to candidates. Then, universities admit and place qualified candidates in colleges and programs under their control, according to the criterion followed.


Are ICAR exam subjects easy to master?

It depends on how well the candidate is prepared. The ICAR subjects are just as tough as NEET and JEE subjects are. ICAR Aspirants must be well-versed in their ICAR exam subjects. They must focus on scoring high in all three chosen subjects.


What is the pass mark for ICAR?

General candidates and OBC category candidates must score a minimum of 60% in aggregate in ICAR subjects. SC, ST, and PC categories must score at least 50% marks aggregate. Candidates with 300-plus marks have performed well. They will qualify for admission under the All India Quota in good agriculture universities.

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