ASRB Exam 2021 Syllabus, Scheme of Examination

ASRB-ICRA Recruitment 2021 exam Syllabus, Exam Pattern

Here we are discussing the ASRB Exam 2021 Syllabus and scheme of examination: There are 65 vacancies for the posts of Administrative Officer, and Finance & Accounts Officer

The selection of the candidates will be through common competitive examinations- Tier-I and Tier-II. There is a Tier-II stage in the selection process; i.e., Personal Interview/ Personality test

ASRB Recruitment Selection Process

As mentioned, the selection process consists of a written examination and personal interview

For the Tier-I examination, there are 4 sections covering topics such as General Knowledge, General Intelligence and Reasoning Ability, Arithmetical and Numerical Ability, and Hindi or English language Comprehension. And the detailed version of the ASRB Exam 2021 Syllabus is given below.


ASRB Exam 2021 Syllabus

The tier-1 exam is of qualifying nature, and you have to score minimum cut-off marks to qualify for the tier-2 and tier-3 stages of the selection process.

There are 4 papers in the Tier-II examination

PapersFor Administrative officerFor Finance & Accounts Officer
Paper-IGeneral Awareness of Development of
Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural
Fields, History & Geography of India and
the World
General Awareness of Development of
Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural
Fields, History & Geography of India and
the World
Paper-IIConstitution of India, Polity, Governance,
Social Justice
Constitution of India, Polity, Governance,
Social Justice
Paper-IIIEssay Writing-I
Essay Writing-II
Essay Writing
Paper-IVEthics, Integrity, AptitudeCommerce & Business Economics



ASRB Exam 2021 Syllabus for 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


ASRB Exam 2021 Syllabus for 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


ASRB Exam 2021 Syllabus for 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)


ASRB Exam 2021 Syllabus for language Comprehension (50 Questions)


• Comprehension of Language and Writing Ability
• Précis writing
• Usage and Vocabulary
• Short Essays
• Translation
• Interpersonal Skills including communication skills.



ASRB Exam 2021 Syllabus for General awareness of Development of Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural Fields, History & Geography of India and World (150 marks)

• 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 industrial
revolution, world wars, redrawal 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
• Effects of globalization on Indian society.
• Salient features of 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
• Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic
activity, cyclone 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.


ASRB Exam 2021 Syllabus for Constitution of India, Polity, Governance, Social Justice (150 marks)

• 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
• 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
• 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.


ASRB Exam 2021 Syllabus for Essay Writing (100 Marks)

You 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
While presenting the ideas, you are expected to stick with the subject of the essay and arrange the points in an orderly fashion and write concisely.
You will be provided with an opinion on a topic. Here you have to present your arguments both for and against the opinion and make a summary where you will give your view logically. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression

Paper- IV

ASRB Exam 2021 Syllabus for Commerce & Business Economics (200 Marks)

This paper is for candidates appearing for the post of Finance & Accounts Officer. This will cover the topics like Accounting, Financial Accounting, Auditing, Business Organization, Cost Accounting, Taxation, Financial Institutions, etc. commonly taught in the Degree Course of Indian Universities/ Institutes.

Financing/ Accounting:
Accounting as a financial information system; Impact of behavioural 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
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.
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
Decentralisation of Authority; Dynamics of group behaviour. 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 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.

Hope the ASRB Exam 2021 Syllabus explained above will help you prepare and score well for the examination

ASRB Exam 2021 Syllabus : Exam Pattern

Tier-I Exam

  • This tier-I exam will be qualifying in nature and marks scored in it will not be carried forward.
  • The Board will determine the minimum qualifying marks
  • 20 top scoring candidates per one vacancy shall be declared qualified for the Tier-II Exam
  • The type of exam: Computer-based objective type (CBT)
  • The type of questions: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) or OMR-based Exam
  • Negative marks: A panality of one-third of the marks for the question for each wrong answer
  • Medium of Exam: Bilingual- Hindi/English, except for the English Language paper
  • There will be 04 sections/papers for the exam
  • Duration 03 hours
  • The standard of the exam is Diploma/Graduation level
AGeneral Knowledge5050
BGeneral Intelligence & Reasoning Ability5050
CArithmetical & Numerical Ability5050
DLanguage Comprehension
(Hindi or English)

Tier-II (Descriptive) Exam ( for Administrative officer)

  • Descriptive type exam
  • 04 papers each for 3 hours
  • Candidate who score threshold marks will qualify for Tier -III – Interview

a. for Administrative officer

Paper-IGeneral Awareness of Development of
Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural Fields, History & Geography of India and
the World
Paper-IIConstitution of India, Polity, Governance, Social Justice150
Paper-IIIEssay Writing-I 75 Marks
Essay Writing-II 75 Marks
Paper-IVEthics, Integrity, Aptitude150

B. for Finance & Accounts officer

Paper-IGeneral Awareness of Development of
Economic, Social, Scientific & Cultural Fields, History & Geography of India and
the World
Paper-IIConstitution of India, Polity, Governance, Social Justice150
Paper-IIIEssay Writing100
Paper-IVCommerce & Business Economics200

Tier-III (Interview)


  • Structured Interview: 100 marks
Sr. NoParticularsMarks
01a)Essential Educational Qualifications (Total)
(i) 60% and above- 05 marks
(ii) 55% and above but below 60%- 04 marks
(b) Highest or Desirable Academic/Professional Qualification/ Experience05
02Extra-Curricular Activities05
03General Awareness/ General Knowledge10
04In-depth knowledge of the subject studied20
06Working Knowledge of Computers20
07Working Knowledge of Computers15

ASRB Exam centres for Tier-I CBT

CityState/UT City State/UT
Anand/ VadodaraGujaratJammuJammu & Kashmir
Barapani / ShillongMeghalayaJodhpurRajasthan
BareillyUttar PradeshKarnalHaryana
Barrackpore/ KolkataWest BengalLucknowUttar Pradesh
BhopalMadhya PradeshLudhianaPunjab
Chandigarh/ MohaliChandigarhNagpur Maharashtra
ChennaiTamil NaduPatnaBihar
CoimbatoreTamil NaduPort BlairAndaman & Nicobar Islands
Dharwad / GoaKarnataka/GoaRanchiJharkhand
GuwahatiAssamShimlaHimachal Pradesh
HyderabadTelanganaSrinagarJammu & Kashmir
IndoreMadhya PradeshJammu & KashmirUttar Pradesh
JaipurRajasthanVijayawadaAndhra Pradesh

ASRB Exam centres for Tier-II CBT

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