Indian Council of Agricultural Research

For other uses, see ICAR (disambiguation).
Indian Council of Agricultural Research
भारतीय कृषि अनुसंधान परिषद
Motto in English
"Agrisearch with a human touch"
Type Registered society
Established 16 July 1929
Budget 5,392 crore (US$800 million) (2012–13)[1]
President Radha Mohan Singh
Location New Delhi, Delhi, India
Campus Urban
Nickname ICAR

Logo of Indian Council of Agricultural Research.png

 First DG of ICAR=Dr.B.P.Pal

First President of ICAR= Khan Bhahdur Sir Md. Habibullah

(The DG of ICAR also Secretary of DARE)

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an autonomous body responsible for co-ordinating agricultural education and research in India. It reports to the Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture.[2] The Union Minister of Agriculture serves as its president.[3]

The Committee to Advise on Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education (Yashpal Committee, 2009) has recommended setting up of a constitutional body — the National Commission for Higher Education and Research — which would be a unified supreme body to regulate all branches of higher education including agricultural education.[4] Presently, regulation of agricultural education is the mandate of ICAR, Veterinary Council of India (Veterinary sub-discipline) and Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (Forestry sub-discipline). The UPA government has included Yashpal Committee recommendations in its '100 days agenda'.[5]


ICAR institutions

As of September 2009 ICAR has following institutions,:[8][9][10][11][12]

  • Four Deemed Universities[8]
  • 45 ICAR Institutions[8]
  • Six National Bureaux[8]
  • 25 Project Directorates[8]
  • 18 National Research Centres[8]
  • 138 Substations of ICAR Institutes
  • 61 AICRPs (All India Coordinated Research Projects)[9]
  • 10 Other Projects[9]
  • 17 Network Projects[9]
  • Eight Zonal Project Directorates[10]
  • 633 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs)[11]
    • Zone I – 62 KVKs
    • Zone II – 77 KVKs
    • Zone III – 70 KVKs
    • Zone IV – 79 KVKs
    • Zone V – 55 KVKs
    • Zone VI – 57 KVKs
    • Zone VII – 93 KVKs
    • Zone VIII – 76 KVKs
The Krishi Vigyan Kendra Kannur located in the premises of the Pepper Research Station at Panniyur is a front-line agricultural extension institution. The compact area group approach (CAGA) against coconut mite, Paddy Task Force to combat labour shortage in rice farming, first ever Farmers' Science Congress, pioneering a new branch of agricultural extension called Creative Extension are a few of the contributions made by the Kendra. The subsurface dyke constructed at KVK as part of demonstrating rain water harvesting technologies has become an example of an effective method for ground water conservation.
  • 45 State Agricultural Universities (SAUs)[12]
  • 2 Central Agricultural University and
  • 4 Central Universities having faculty of agriculture


  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi

Deemed Universities

  1. Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi
  2. Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh
  3. National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana
  4. Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  5. National Backward Krishi Vidyapeeth , Solapur, India

ICAR Institute

  1. Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair
  2. Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur
  3. Central Avian Research Institute, Izatnagar
  4. Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore
  5. Central Institute of Brackish Water Aquaculture, Chennai
  6. Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes, Hissar
  7. Central Institute for Research on Goats, Makhdoom
  8. Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal
  9. Central Institute of Arid Horticulture, Bikaner
  10. Central Institute of Cotton Research, Nagpur
  11. Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin
  12. Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubneshwar
  13. Central Institute of Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai
  14. Central Institute of Sub Tropical Horticulture, Lucknow
  15. Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture, Srinagar
  16. Central Institute on Post harvest Engineering and Technology, Ludhiana
  17. Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi
  18. Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasargod
  19. Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla
  20. Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres, Barrackitute of Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad
  21. Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack
  22. Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute, Avikanagar, Rajasthan
  23. Central Soil and Water Conservation Research & Training Institute, Dehradun
  24. Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal
  25. Central Tobacco Research Institute, Rajahmundry
  26. Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Trivandrum
  27. ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna
  28. ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Barapani
  29. Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Ela, Old Goa, Goa
  30. Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi
  31. Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi
  32. Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology, Ranchi
  33. Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru
  34. Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums, Ranchi
  35. Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur
  36. Indian Institute of Soil Sciences, Bhopal
  37. Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut
  38. Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow
  39. Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi
  40. National Academy of Agricultural Research & Management, Hyderabad
  41. National Biotic Stress Management Institute, Raipur
  42. National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management, Malegaon, Maharashtra
  43. National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Bengaluru
  44. National Institute of Research on Jute & Allied Fibre Technology, Kolkata
  45. National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disease Informatics, Hebbal, Bengaluru
  46. Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore
  47. Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora
  48. Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad
  49. Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad
  50. Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal
  51. Indian Institute of Maize Research, New Delhi
  52. Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad
  53. Indian Institute of Oil Palm Research, Pedavegi, West Godawari
  54. Indian Institute of Farming Systems Research, Modipuram
  55. National Institute Of Veterinary Epidemiology And Disease Informatics, Hebbal, Bangalore
  56. Central Institute for Research on Cattle, Meerut
  57. Central Institute for Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneshwar


  1. National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, Bengaluru
  2. National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Micro Organisms, Mau Nath Bhanjan, Uttar Pradesh
  3. National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources, Karnal, Haryana
  4. National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  5. National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi
  6. National Bureau of Soil Survey & Land Use Planning, Nagpur, Maharashtra

Project Directorate

  1. Directorate of Groundnut Research, Junagadh, Gujarat [2]
  2. Directorate of Cashew Research, Puttur
  3. Directorate of Cold Water Fisheries Research, Bhimtal, Nainital
  4. Directorate of Floriculture Research, Pune, Maharashtra
  5. Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture (DKMA), New Delhi
  6. Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research, Anand [3]
  7. Directorate of Mushroom Research, Solan
  8. Directorate on Onion and Garlic Research, Pune
  9. Directorate of Rapeseed & Mustard Research, Bharatpur
  10. Directorate of Seed Research, Mau
  11. Directorate of Soybean Research, Indore
  12. Directorate of Water Management Research, Bhubaneshwar
  13. Directorate of Weed Science Research, Jabalpur
  14. Project Directorate on Foot & Mouth Disease, Mukteshwar
  15. Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad

National Research Centre

  1. National Centre for Agril. Economics & Policy Research, New Delhi
  2. National Research Centre on Pig, Guwahati
  3. National Research Centre for Agroforestry, Jhansi
  4. National Research Centre for Banana, Trichi [4]
  5. National Research Centre on Camel, Bikaner
  6. National Research Centre for Makhana(foxnut), Darbhanga
  7. National Research Centre on Equines, Hisar
  8. National Research Centre on Meat, Hyderabad
  9. National Research Centre for Citrus, Nagpur
  10. National Research Centre for Grapes, Pune
  11. National Research Centre for Litchi, Muzaffarpur
  12. National Research Centre for Pomegranate, Solapur
  13. National Research Centre on Mithun, Medziphema, Nagaland
  14. National Research Centre on Orchids, Pakyong, Sikkim
  15. National Centre for Integrated Pest Management, New Delhi
  16. National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi
  17. National Research Centre on Seed Spices, Ajmer
  18. National Research Centre on Yak,Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh


  1. All India Coordinated Project of Micro and Secondary Nutrients and Pollutant Elements in Soils & Plants
  2. ICAR - Network Project on Sheep Improvement (NWPSI)

ICAR Headquarters

Indian Council of Agricultural Research's headquarters is in New Delhi.

Examination system

All India Agriculture Entrance Exam is an entrance exam for students to get into the institution.

Agricultural Research Service

The Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) conducts all India competitive examination Agricultural Research Service (ARS), to recruit posts in the ARS of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board

The Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) website) was established on 1 November 1973 as an independent recruitment agency for all the posts of ICAR in pursuance of the recommendations of the Gajendragadkar Committee.

Mandate as per the official ASRB website is follows:-

  • Recruitment to posts in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the ICAR and to such other posts and services that the President, ICAR, may specify from time to time.
  • Rendering such other assistances to the Council in personnel matters, including promotion, as may be required by the President, ICAR.
  • Advising the Council on disciplinary matters relating to personnel recruited through ASRB or appointed by the Council in consultation with the Board.
  • Recruitment to entry level scientific positions of the ARS through an All-India Competitive Examination.
  • Induction of existing scientists of the ICAR to ARS under the initial constitution of ARS.
  • Assessment for merit promotion and grant of advance increments to scientists of the ARS.
  • To conduct National Eligibility Test, which is a prerequisite for the initial recruitment as Assistant Professor/Lecturer in the State Agricultural Universities.
  • Recruitment to posts in the Combined cadres of Administrative Officers/Finance & Accounts Officers of the ICAR which are required to be filled by direct recruitment.

ICAR Merits & Awards[13]

  • Choudhary Devi Lal Outstanding All-India Coordinated Research Project Award
  • Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award
  • Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Award for Tribal Areas
  • Hari Om Ashram Trust Award
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Award for outstanding doctoral thesis research
  • Vasantrao Naik Award
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri Young Scientist Award
  • Bharat Ratna Dr C Subramaniam Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Punjab Rao Deshmukh Woman Agricultural Scientist Award
  • Chaudhary Charan Singh Award for Excellence in Journalism in Agricultural Research and Development
  • N.G. Ranga Farmer Award for Diversified Agriculture
  • Jagjivan Ram Kisan Puruskar
  • Swamy Sahajanand Saraswati Extension Scientist/ Worker Award
  • ICAR Award for Outstanding Multidisciplinary Team Research in Agriculture and Allied Sciences
  • National Krishi Vigyan Kendra Award
  • Dr Rajendra Prasad Puruskar for Technical Books in Hindi in The Field of Agriculture and Allied Sciences
  • Udyan Pandit Award for excellence in fruit growing

See also


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