A candidate for the Agricultural Research Service must hold a Master's degree or equivalent in the concerned discipline with specialization completed on or before 24.06.2018 from any Indian University incorporated by an Act of Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institution established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 or he/she must have qualification from a foreign University recognized as equivalent to above by the Government of India.

Candidates who have appeared at an examination, the passing of which would render them eligible to appear at the ARS-2017 Examination but have not been informed of the results, may apply for admission to the ARS – 2017 Examination. Candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination may also apply. Such candidates will be admitted to the ARS – 2017 Mains Examination, if otherwise eligible but their admission would be purely provisional. These candidates are required to submit the self-attested copies of the documents/certificates in support of their candidature by 28.07.2018 failing which their interview call letter (through e-mail) shall be withheld. The candidates having Master’s degree from a foreign University must attach a certificate of equivalence and recognition of that degree issued by the University Commission/ Govt. of India/ any other concerned Govt. of India/ Department or Agency.