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

Last Updated - April 02 2018

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).

At the doctoral level, IARI provides Ph.D. courses in 26 varied branches of Agricultural field. The applications for Doctoral degree begin in the month of February followed by an entrance examination in April.

Aspirants applying for Ph.D. must have a Master’s degree of M.Sc/ M.Tech or ME in the relevant field of agriculture. Admission will be granted based on the performance in the written entrance test and interview organized by IARI as well as academic record in 10+2,


    20th February, 2018 - 16th April, 2018

  • Method of Application


IARI Ph.D. Admission 2018 Important Dates

M.Phil/ Ph.D. in Agriculture
Last Date for documents submission for Online Application16th April, 2018
Hall Ticket available26th May - 03rd June , 2018
Date of Entrance Examination10th June, 2018
Interview Letter available25th Jun - 02nd July, 2018
Interview02nd July, 2018
Result declared08th July, 2018
Final Selection Letter available for download16th - 27th July, 2018

IARI Ph.D. Admission 2018 Eligibility Criteria

M.Phil/ Ph.D. in Agriculture

Aspirants applying for Ph.D. must fulfill the following conditions:

  • The aspirant should be minimum 21 years old as on July 31, 2018.
  • Bachelor's Degree under 10+2+4 or 10+2+3 or 10+1+4 system or B.Sc degree under 10+2+2 system.
  • M.Sc./ M.Sc. (Ag.)/ M.Tech/ ME degree with minimum 60% marks (55% marks for SC/ ST/ PC aspirants)
SpecializationEligibility [M.Sc/ M.Sc(Agriculture)/ M.Tech/ ME]
Agricultural ChemicalsAgricultural Chemicals / Chemistry / Organic Chemistry / Analytical Chemistry
Agricultural EconomicsAgricultural Economics / Dairy Economics/ Livestock Economics/ Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation/ Fisheries Economics/ Environmental Economics
Agricultural EngineeringM.Tech/ ME in Agricultural Engineering/ Farm Power and Equipment/ Soil and Water Conservation Engineering/ Irrigation and Drainage Engineering /
Water Resource Engineering / Agricultural Procedureing and Structures / Dairy Engineering / Water Science and Technology; M.Sc. in Dairy Engineering are
applicable for Ph.D. in Agricultural Procedureing and Structures
Agricultural ExtensionAgricultural Extension / Extension Education / Dairy Extension / Fisheries Extension / Livestock Extension / Home Science Extension / Agricultural Extension and Communication / Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension
Agricultural PhysicsAgricultural Physics / Soil Science / Agricultural Meteorology / Physics/ Bio-physics/ Water Science and Technology/ Geo-informatics/ Remote Sensing/ Geo-Physics/ Enivronmental Science
Agricultural StatisticsAgricultural Statistics / Statistics / Mathematical Statics / Bio-Statistics
AgronomyAgronomy / Water Science and Technology/ Water Management
BiochemistryBiochemistry / Agricultural Biochemistry / Agricultural Chemistry / Molecular Biology and/OR Biotechnology / Chemistry with Organic Chemistry as a special subject/ Plant Physiology/ Biophysics
BioinformaticsM.Sc. / M.Sc (Agriculture)/ M.Tech/ME in Bioinformatics or/ Molecular Biology/ Biotechnology / Computer Science / Computer Application / Agricultural Informatics/ Agricultural Statistics/ Statistics/ Mathematical Statistics/ Bio-Statistics with Bioinformatics as a subject at the Post Graduate level
Computer ApplicationM.Sc. / MCA / M.Tech. / M.E. in Computer Science / Computer Application/ Computer Engineering / Computer Science Engineering / Information Technology / Agricultural-informatics
EntomologyEntomology / Agricultural Entomology / Sericulture/ Apiculture/ Zoology or Plant Protection with Entomology as specialization
Environmental SciencesEnvironmental Sciences / Agricultural Sciences / Relevant Plant Sciences
Floriculture & Landscaping ArchitectureHorticulture 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 ScienceHorticulture or Agriculture with major in Fruit Science/ Pomology/ Genetics and/OR Plant Breeding/ Plant Genetic Resources/ Plant Physiology with specialization in any of the branches of Fruit Science/Physiology/Water Science and Technology
Genetics & Plant BreedingGenetics and / OR Plant Breeding / Plant Genetic Resources / Agricultural Botany/ any other discipline of Biological Sciences with Plant Genetics and / OR
Plant Breeding as a subject
MicrobiologyMicrobiology / 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 and BiotechnologyMolecular 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
NematologyNematology / Entomology / Zoology / Botany / Mycology and / OR Plant Pathology / Relevant Life Sciences / Molecular Biology and / OR Biotechnology / Plant Protection with Nematology as specialization / Helminthology with Nematology / Agricultural Entomology or Microbiology
Plant Genetic ResourcesPlant Genetic Resources / Genetics / Plant Breeding / Agricultural Botany / Horticulture / Plant Biotechnology / Seed Science & Technology / Plant Physiology / any other discipline of Biological Sciences with specialization in these subjects and/or Plant Taxonomy / Economic Botany/Biotechnology
Plant PathologyMycology 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 Plant Pathology as specialization
Plant PhysiologyPlant Physiology / Crop Physiology / Horticulture/ Botany / Agricultural Botany / Biochemistry / Relevant Life Sciences / Molecular Biology and/OR Biotechnology / Plant Genetic Resources
Post Harvest Technologya) 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
Seed Science and TechnologySeed 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
Soil Science and Agricultural ChemistrySoil Science and/OR Agricultural Chemistry / Environmental Sciences/ Agricultural Microbiology/ Chemistry/ Agricultural Physics with specialization in Soil Physics
Vegetable ScienceM.Sc in Horticulture or Agriculture with major in Olericulture/ Vegetable Science/ Vegetable Breeding/ Post Harvest Technology of Vegetable Crops/ Genetics and/or Plant Breeding/ Plant Genetic Resources with specialization in vegetable crops
Water Science and TechnologyWater Science and Technology / Agricultural Physics / Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry / Mathematics (with Physical Sciences at Bachelors Degree Level) / M.Tech.
in Agril. Engineering / Civil Engineering

Key Points:

  1. Aspirants want admission under Open Scheme must meet the above eligibility criteria. 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.
  2. Aspirants must also be ready to continue in service after obtaining the degree. They also required being sponsored by deputation terms. The status "Sponsored for Admission Under FUS" should be completely mentioned on the application form.
  3. A participant 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 Application form and the forwarding letter.He/she must also have qualified the ICAR Senior Fellowship Examination with or without any Fellowship.
  4. Participants under the Departmental Quota should be working in the IARI/ IASRI/ NBPGR/ MRCPB's Scientific or Technical Staff.
  5. Students appearing in their Master's Degree final year examination can also apply for admission and appear for the entrance. However, they must prove their eligibility on or before June 30, 2018.

IARI Ph.D. Admission 2018 How to Apply:

M.Phil/ Ph.D. in Agriculture

Students want admission to the Ph.D. course required to apply only via the online admission portal. They must follow the subsequent steps to apply for Ph.D.:

  1. Visit the Ph.D. online admission portal at IARI.
  2. Click on ‘Register Here’ for new registration.
  3. Fill the need details and then on ‘Register’.
  4. Click on ‘Login’ and enter your email ID and password.
  5. Select your ‘admission scheme’, fill all the details and click on ‘Save & Next’.
  6. Fill all the need education details on the next page and click on ‘Save & Next’.
  7. Upload your image and signature in the need size.
  8. On the payment details page, pay the application fee of INR 1000 (INR 500 for SC/ST/PC/CWSF category) via NEFT.
  9. Click on ‘Save & Next’ and preview your application.
  10. After previewing, click on ‘Final Submit’ and then on ‘OK’.
  11. Take a print out of the form and send it along with self-attested documents before April 23, 2018 to:

Registrar, Post Graduate School

IARI, New Delhi- 110012

Aspirants must submit self-attested copies of the following documents:

  • Class 10th Mark sheet as a proof of Date of Birth.
  • Category certificate, if eligible.
  • Master's Degree Certificate along with the Mark sheets.
  • Copy of Bank counterfoil with details of NEFT transfer fee: Name & Discipline of Bank; Transaction ID; Date of Payment
  • Certificate for those students who are appearing in their Master's Degree final year examination

Note: Aspirants who already hold a Ph.D. degree from IARI or any other university will not be allowed to appear for the entrance examination.

They can apply for admission in only one branch.

IARI Ph.D. Admission 2018 Selection Process:

M.Phil/ Ph.D. in Agriculture

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

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

The entrance test will include three papers. The ones who qualify the Entrance Examination are called for an Interview.

The merit list of selected students is published on the official website of IARI as well as PG. School of IARI. Selected students will be allowed to join only after they are declared medically fit and submit the need documents as well as fees. Students required minimum 50% marks (45% for SC/ ST/ PC students) in order to qualify the Entrance Examination. Paper I will serve to questions from General Agriculture, while Paper II & III will have subject-specific questions.

Indian Agricultural Research Institute - [IARI], New Delhi Fee Structure
The selected students can then download their Selection letter from the website.

IARI Ph.D. Admission 2018 Reservation Criteria

CategorySeats Reserved (%)
PC (Physically challenged)3

*The article might have information for the earlier academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification allowed by the University/College

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