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ICAR Syllabus: Agriculture Scientist Recruitment Board has released the official notification for the recruitment of the post of Administrative Officer (AO) and Finance & Accounts Officer ( F &AO).ASRB will conduct the competitive examination for the 65 vacancies for which the interested and eligible candidates can apply online from 23rd July 2021 and the last date to apply online is 23rd August 2021. The selection will be done through two stages of examination. The ICAR  Recruitment detailed syllabus for both Administrative Officer (AO) and Finance & Accounts Officer ( F &AO). Candidates must go through the detailed syllabus provided here.

ICAR Exam Pattern:

The selection process includes TIER I, TIER II, and interview. Scheme and syllabus of Tier-II Exam (Paper-III & Paper-IV) of AO and F&AO are different and the candidate may apply either for AO or F&AO or both. Tier-I Exam will be common for AO and F&AO. Each wrong answer will attract a penalty of one-third of the marks originally assigned to that question

Tier-I Exam for Administrative Officer (AO)
Objective multiple choice paper of 200 questions of one mark each of three hours duration containing the following Section:

Section – A General Knowledge 50 Questions
Section – B General Intelligence & Reasoning Ability 50 Questions
Section – C Arithmetical & Numerical Ability 50 Questions
Section – D Language Comprehension (Hindi or English) 50 Questions

Tier-II (Descriptive) Exam (Each Paper will be of 3 hours duration)

Paper-I General Awareness of Development of Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural Fields, History & Geography of India and the World 150 Marks
Paper-II Constitution of India, Polity, Governance, Social Justice 150 Marks
Paper-III Essay Writing-I 75 MarksEssay Writing-II 75 Marks 150 Marks
Paper-IV Ethics, Integrity, Aptitude 150 Marks
Total 600

Tier-III (Interview):100 Marks

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Syllabus  For Administrative Officer

TIER-I (OBJECTIVE TYPE)
SECTION – A: GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (50 Questions)
• Current events of national and international importance.
• History of India and Indian national movement, World History
• Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, and economic.
• Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
• Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
• Agricultural and Geo-Cultural Development Issues, Human Rights, Social Conflicts, Disabilities, etc.
• General Awareness specific to Structure & Functioning of ICAR.
• General Science and scientific research.

SECTION – B: GENERAL INTELLIGENCE AND REASONING ABILITY (50 Questions)
• Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability – Verbal and Non-Verbal (Analogies, Similarities, Differences, space visualization, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship, concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series).
• Decision-making and Problem Solving.
• General Mental ability.

SECTION – C : ARITHMETICAL AND NUMERICAL ABILITY (50 Questions)
• Basic Numeracy (Number system, Simplification, Decimals, Fractions, L.C.M., H.C.F., Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Average, Profit & Loss, Discount, Simple and Compound interest, Mensuration, Time and Work, Time and Distance) (Class X level)
• Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc.) (Class X level)

SECTION – D: LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION (50 Questions) HINDI or ENGLISH
• Comprehension of Language and Writing Ability
• Précis writing, Usage, and Vocabulary, Short Essays, Translation
• Interpersonal Skills including communication skills.

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TIER-II EXAM (DESCRIPTIVE TYPE)
PAPER – I 150 MARKS

  • General awareness of Development of Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural Fields, History & Geography of India and World
  •  Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature, and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteen century until the present – significant events, personalities, issues.
  • The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  • The history of the world will include events from the 18th century such as the industrial revolution, world wars, redraw of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism, etc., their forms and effect on the society.
  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  • Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and development issues, urbanization, their problems, and their remedies.
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society.
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  • Salient features of the world’s physical geography.
  •  Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).
  •  Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclones, etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

PAPER-II 150 MARKS
CONSTITUTION OF INDIA, POLITY, GOVERNANCE, SOCIAL JUSTICE
• Indian Constitution – historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions, and basic structure.
• Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues, and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels, and challenges therein.
• Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressed mechanisms and institutions.
• Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.
• Parliament and State legislatures – structure, functioning, the conduct of business. Power & privileges and issues arising out of these.
• Structure, organization, and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary – Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
• Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.21
• Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions, and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
• Statutory, regulatory, and various quasi-judicial bodies.
• Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
• Development processes and the development industry – the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
• Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions, and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
• Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/ Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
• Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
• Important aspects of governance, transparency, and accountability, e-governance – applications, models successes, limitations and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability, and institutional and other measures.
• Role of Civil services in a democracy.
• Role of Indian Council of Agricultural Research in Agricultural Sector, its Importance, and various Implications.

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PAPER – III 150 MARKS
1. Essay Writing – I (75 Marks)
2. Essay Writing – II (75 Marks)

Essay: Candidates may be required to write essays on current international/ national events and other multiple topics like social, cultural, economic, and political aspects about which a graduate-level candidate is expected to be aware. They will be expected to keep close to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in an orderly fashion and to write concisely. An opinion may be given and the candidate may have to submit his/ her arguments for and against the opinion and sum up at the end of his/ her views. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

PAPER – IV 150 MARKS
ETHICS, INTEGRITY, AND APTITUDE
• Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants, and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers, and administrators; the role of family, society, and educational institutions in inculcating values.
• Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
• Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance, and compassion towards the weaker sections.
• Emotional intelligence concepts and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
• Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.
• Public/ Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations, and conscience as sources of ethical 22 guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
• Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
• Case studies on the above issues.

Tier-I Exam for Finance & Accounts Officer

Objective multiple choice paper of 200 questions of one mark each of three hours duration containing the following Section:

Section – A General Knowledge 50 Questions
Section – B General Intelligence & Reasoning Ability 50 Questions
Section – C Arithmetical & Numerical Ability 50 Questions
Section – D Language Comprehension (Hindi or English) 50 Questions

Tier-II (Descriptive) Exam (Each Paper will be of 3 hours duration)

Paper-I General Awareness of Development of Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural Fields, History & Geography of India and the World 150 Marks
Paper-II Constitution of India, Polity, Governance, Social Justice 150 Marks
Paper-III Essay Writing 100 Marks
Paper-IV Commerce & Business Economics 200 Marks
Total 600

Tier-III (Interview)

Structured Interview: 100 Marks

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Syllabus of Finance and Accounts Officier

TIER-I (OBJECTIVE TYPE)

SECTION – A: GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (50 Questions)
• Current events of national and international importance.
• History of India and Indian national movement, World History
• Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, and economic.
• Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
• Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
• Agricultural and Geo-Cultural Development Issues, Human Rights, Social Conflicts, Disabilities, etc.
• General Awareness specific to Structure & Functioning of ICAR.
• General Science and scientific research.

SECTION – B: GENERAL INTELLIGENCE AND REASONING ABILITY (50 Questions)
• Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability – Verbal and Non-Verbal (Analogies, Similarities, Differences, space visualization, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship, concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series).
• Decision-making and Problem Solving.
• General Mental ability.

SECTION – C : ARITHMETICAL AND NUMERICAL ABILITY (50 Questions)
• Basic Numeracy (Number system, Simplification, Decimals, Fractions, L.C.M., H.C.F., Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Average, Profit & Loss, Discount, Simple and Compound interest, Mensuration, Time and Work, Time and Distance) (Class X level)
• Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc.) (Class X level)

SECTION – D: LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION (50 Questions) HINDI or ENGLISH
• Comprehension of Language and Writing Ability
• Précis writing, Usage, and Vocabulary, Short Essays, Translation
• Interpersonal Skills including communication skills.

TIER-II EXAM (DESCRIPTIVE TYPE)
PAPER – I

General awareness of Development of Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural Fields, History & Geography of India and World
• Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature, and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
• Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteen century until the present – significant events, personalities, issues.
• The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributions from different parts of the country.
• Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
• History of the world will include events from the 18th century such as the industrial revolution, world wars, redrawing of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism, etc. – their forms and effect on society.
• Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
• Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and development issues, urbanization, their problems, and their remedies.
• Effects of globalization on Indian society.
• Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
• Salient features of the world’s physical geography.
• Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).
• Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclones, etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

PAPER-II 150 MARKS

CONSTITUTION OF INDIA, POLITY, GOVERNANCE, SOCIAL JUSTICE
• Indian Constitution – historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions, and basic structure.
• Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues, and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels, and challenges therein.
• Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressed mechanisms and institutions.
• Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.
• Parliament and State legislatures – structure, functioning, the conduct of business. Power & privileges and issues arising out of these.
• Structure, organization, and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary – Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/ informal associations and their role in the Polity.
• Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
• Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions, and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
• Statutory, regulatory, and various quasi-judicial bodies.Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
• Development processes and the development industry – the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
• Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions, and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
• Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/ Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
• Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
• Important aspects of governance, transparency, and accountability, e-governance – applications, models successes, limitations and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
• Role of Civil services in a democracy.
• Role of Indian Council of Agricultural Research in Agricultural Sector, its Importance, and various Implications.

PAPER – III 100 MARKS
Essay Writing (100 Marks)
Essay: Candidates may be required to write essays on current international/ national events and other multiple topics like social, cultural, economic, and political aspects about which a graduate-level candidate is expected to be aware. They will be expected to keep close to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in an orderly fashion and to write concisely. An opinion may be given and the candidate may have to submit his/ her arguments for and against the opinion and sum up at the end of his/ her views. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

PAPER – IV 200 MARKS
COMMERCE & BUSINESS ECONOMICS

This paper will cover the topics like Accounting, Financial Accounting, Auditing, Business Organization, Cost Accounting, Taxation, Financial Institutions, etc. commonly taught in the Degree courses of Indian Universities/ Institutes.

Financing/ Accounting: Accounting as a financial information system; Impact of behavioral sciences. Accounting Standards e.g., Accounting for Depreciation, Inventories, Research and Development Costs, Long-term Construction Contracts, Revenue Recognition, Fixed Assets, Contingencies, Foreign Exchange Transactions, Investments and Government Grants, Cash Flow Statement, Earnings per Share. Accounting for Share Capital Transactions including Bonus Shares, Right Shares. Employees Stock Option and Buy-Back of Securities. Preparation and Presentation of Company Final Accounts. Amalgamations, Absorption and Reconstruction of Companies.

Cost Accounting: Nature and functions of cost accounting. Installation of Cost Accounting System. Cost Concepts related to Income Measurement, Profit Planning, Cost Control, and Decision Making. Methods of Costing: Job Costing, Process Costing, Activity Based Costing. Volume-cost-Profit Relationship as a tool of Profit Planning. Incremental Analysis/ Differential Costing as a Tool of Pricing Decisions, Product Decisions, Make or Buy Decisions, Shut-Down Decisions, etc. Techniques of Cost Control and Cost Reduction: Building as a Tool of Planning and Control. Standard Costing and Variance Analysis. Responsibility Accounting and Divisional Performance Measurement.

Taxation: Income Tax: Definitions. Basis of Charge; Incomes that do not form part of total income. Simple problems of Competition of Income (of individuals only) under various heads, i.e., Salaries, Income from House Property, Profits and Gains from
Business or Profession, Capital Gains, Income from other sources, Income of other Persons included in Assessee’s Total Income. Set-off and Carry forward of Loss. Deductions from Gross Total Income. Salient Features/ Provisions related to VAT and Services Tax.

Auditing: Company Audit: Audit related to Divisible Profits, Dividends, Special investigations, Tax audit. Audit of Banking, Insurance, Non-Profit Organization, and Charitable Societies/ Trusts/ Organizations.

Foundation of Indian Business: The spectrum of Business Activities, Manufacturing, and service sectors. India’s experience of liberalization and globalization, Technological innovations, and skill development. ‘Make in India’ Movement. Social Multinational Corporations and Indian transnational companies. Social responsibility and ethics. Emerging opportunities in business; Franchising, Outsourcing, and E-commerce.

Business Enterprises Sole Proprietorship, One Person Company, Joint Hindu Family Firm, Partnership firm, Joint Stock Company, Cooperative Society; Limited Liability Partnership. Choice of Form of Organisation. Entrepreneurial Process-Idea generation, Feasibility study. Basic considerations in setting up a Business Enterprise.

The process of Management: Planning; Decision-Making; Strategy Formulation. Organizing: Basic Considerations; Departmentation-Functional, Project, Matrix, and Network; Delegation and Decentralization of Authority; Dynamics of group behavior. Leadership: Concept and Styles; Trait and Situational Theory of Leadership. Motivation: Concept and Importance; Maslow Need Hierarchy Theory; Herzberg Two Factors Theory, McGregor and Ouchi theory. Control: Concept and Process. Communication: Process and Barriers. Transactional Analysis (TA), Johari Window. Change Management: Resistance to change and strategies to manage change, conflict levels, causes, and resolution. Functional and Dysfunctional aspects of the conflict. Emerging issues in management.

Financial Markets and Institutions: Indian Financial System: An Overview Money Markets: Participants, Structure, and Instruments. Commercial Banks. Reforms in Banking Sector. Monetary and Credit Policy of RBI. RBI as a Regulator. Capital Market: Primary and Secondary Market. Financial Market Instruments and Innovative Debt Instruments; SEBI as a Regulator. Financial Services: Mutual Funds, Venture Capital, Credit rating Agencies, Insurance, and IRDA.
Any other topics related to this subject.

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