New Delhi: The National Testing Agency (NTA) on Thursday issued a notification and modified the eligibility criteria for AIEEA-PG, AICE-JRF/SRF PhD applicants. In the notification, the NTA said irrespective of affiliation to ICAR DUs or DARE (3 CAUs) or SAUs or CUs, the award of NTS would be only for 15% seats of UG.Also Read - NEET UG 2021 Latest Update: From Justice AK Rajan Committee to Maharashtra Congress, Demand Grows to Cancel Medical Entrance Exam

“Irrespective of affiliation, whether it is ICAR DUs or DARE (3 CAUs) or SAUs or CUs with Agriculture Faculty for all accredited AUs, the award of NTS would be only for 15% seats of UG and 25% seats of Master’s degree programme” are to be treated as withdrawn,” the NTA said in the notification. Also Read - NTA Releases BHU Entrance Exam Schedule For UG, PG Programmes; Check Details Here

Notably, the NTA will hold the AIEEA UG and PG 2021 entrance exams for admission to specific undergraduate and post-graduate courses of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for the academic session 2021-22 in September 2021. Apart from this, the NTA will also holdthe AICE-JRF/SRF PhD exams. The candidates must take note that the registrations for the exams are open on the official website up till August 20. Also Read - NEET-UG 2021 Latest Update: Kerala High Court Seeks Reply From NTA Over Plea Seeking Retest of Exam in Poothotta Centre

In the notification, the NTA said that a chance is being given to those who were admitted to the UG and PG programmes either by AUs or ICAR. However, the NTA said that the passing out year could not be accredited by the ICAR.

“In case of those UG and PG students who were admitted in various degree programmes, either by the AUs or through ICAR All India Entrance Examination, if the programme already had ICAR NAEAB accreditation, but in the passing out year or at any stage in between could not be accredited by the ICAR due to any reasons, one-time chance is being given to them for appearing in ICAR’s All India Entrance Examination (Academic Session 2021-22) for PG and Ph.D. admissions,” the official notification read.

On the other side, the ICAR has also modified the eligibility criteria for the award of ICAR National Talent Scholarship (NTS). The reservation of seats for the UG and PG students has been withdrawn.