IARI (Indian Agricultural Research Institute) Ph.D. Admissions 2018

Last Updated - February 28 2018

The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), more commonly known as Pusa Institute, is situated in Delhi, India. The Institute was founded in 1905 and is administrated by the ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research).

The University Doctoral Degrees in 26 varied branches 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 provides Scholarships to its students. Hostel accommodations are also offered to the IARI students. Research Work is compulsory for students studying Doctoral courses provideed by IARI.


    01st Feb 2018 - 14th Mar 2018

  • Method of Application


Important Dates for IARI (Indian Agricultural Research Institute) Ph.D. Admissions 2018

M.Phil/Ph.D in Agriculture
Last Date for documents submission for Online Application14th Mar 2018
Hall Ticket available20th Apr 2018
Date of Entrance Examination24th Apr 2018
Interview Letter available29th Jun - 02nd Jul 2018
Interview04th Jul 2018
Result declared08th Jul 2018
Final Selection Letter available for download15th - 29th Jul, 2018

Eligibility for IARI (Indian Agricultural Research Institute) Ph.D. Admissions 2018

M.Phil/Ph.D in Agriculture

A student in order to take admission in any of the Doctoral courses provideed by the University required to fulfil the following conditions:

  • The aspirant should be 21 years old minimum at the time of admission.
  • The aspirant must hold a Degree in M.Sc./ M.Sc. (Ag.)/ M.Tech/ M.E. with minimum 60% marks (55% marks for SC/ ST/ PC aspirants) 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.
  • The aspirant must hold a Bachelor's Degree under 10+2+4 or 10+2+3 or 10+1+4 system.
BranchM.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 applicable for Ph.D. in Agricultural Procedures and Structures (Pre-requisite; B.Sc. / B.Tech. They also required being sponsored by deputation terms. Engineering / Civil Engineering

A student wants admission under Open Scheme must meet the above eligibility criteria. For Post Harvest Technology of Horticultural Crops: Horticulture / Post-Harvest Technology / Food Science & Technology 2. The aspirant must also be ready to continue in service after obtaining the Degree. However, an in-service aspirant of Agricultural Universities wants admission under Faculty Up-gradation Scheme (FUS), in addition to the above requirements, required to be a regular employee of the University. / B.E. in Agricultural Engineering)Agricultural ExtensionAgricultural Extension / Extension Education / Dairy Extension / Fisheries Extension / Livestock Extension / Home Science Extension / Agril. in Bioinformatics / Molecular Biology or Biotechnology / Computer Science / Computer Application / Agricultural Sciences / Life Sciences and equivalent postgraduate degree in science.Computer ApplicationM.Sc. / MCA / M.Tech. However, they must prove their eligibility before appearing for the Interview.

The status "Sponsored for Admission Under FUS" should be completely mentioned on the student's application form and the forwarding letter.

Further, a student wants admission under ICAR in-service Nominee scheme, in addition to the requirements listed above, should be an ICAR employee. 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 wants admission under the Departmental Quota should be working in the IARI/ IASRI/ NBPGR/ MRCPB's Scientific or Technical Staff.

How to Apply for IARI (Indian Agricultural Research Institute) Ph.D. Admissions 2018?

M.Phil/Ph.D in Agriculture

Students want admission to any of the Doctoral courses provideed by the Institute required to fill an application form available online only. Hall Tickets for the same could be downloaded as per the schedule.

The students can apply for admission in only one branch.

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

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

Selection Process of IARI (Indian Agricultural Research Institute) Ph.D. Admissions 2018

M.Phil/Ph.D in Agriculture

Students are selected on the basis of their performance in the Entrance Examination organizeed by ICAR, the Interview, and past academic records. School of IARI. Following is the marks distribution for the same.

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

The entrance test will include three papers. 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. 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. Paper, I will serve to questions from General Agriculture, while Paper II & III will have subject-specific questions.

The students required minimum 50% marks (45% for SC/ ST/ PC students) in order to qualify the Entrance Examination. 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 need documents as well as fees.

Indian Agricultural Research Institute - [IARI], New Delhi Fee Structure

IARI provides PH.D. Degree in following branches:

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 Procedure 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 -

Reservation for IARI (Indian Agricultural Research Institute) Ph.D. Admissions 2018

CategorySeats Reserved (%)
PC (Physically challenged)3

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