Recruitment for the post of Scientist-B – 2019

Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) invites online applications from Indian nationals for recruitment to the posts of Scientist-B.

Candidates declared successful for the post of Scientist-B will be recommended for appointment in the level 10 (7th CPC) of the Pay Matrix (Rs.56,100 – 177500) plus allowances as admissible under the rules/orders of ICFRE.


1. VACANCIES FOR SCIENTIST-B:

The number of vacancies in Scientist ‘B’ under various disciplines are given below:-

Approximate number of posts: 54 (UR-23, EWS-4, OBC-16, SC-07 and ST-04)

Sl. No. Post (Discipline) with Code No. of Post (s) & category Minimum Essential and Desirable Qualification
Total UR EWS# SC ST OBC
GROUP-I
1. 1101- Forestry 13 04 01 03 03 02
Essential Qualification:
(i) First class M.Sc. degree in Forestry from a recognized University.
Desirable Qualification
(ii) Ph.D. degree in relevant subject.
2. 1201-Forest Hydrology 02 02 - - - -
Essential Qualification:
(i) First Class M.Sc. degree in Water Resources/Water management/Hydrology/Soil and Water Engineering/Geo-hydrology/Geology from a recognized University.
OR
First Class B.E./B. Tech. degree in Agricultural Engineering/Civil Engineering with specialization in Water Resources/Hydrology/Soil and Water Conservation/Geo-hydrology.
Desirable Qualification
(ii) M.Tech./Ph.D. degree in Water Resources/Hydrology/Soil and Water Conservation Engineering
3. 1301-Bio-technology 01 01 - - - -
Essential Qualification:
First class M.Sc. degree in Bio-technology from a recognized University with specialization in Plant Biotechnology.
Desirable Qualification
(ii) Ph.D. degree in relevant subject.
4. 1401-Soil Science 03 01 - 01 - 01
Essential Qualification:
(i) First Class M.Sc. degree in Agriculture from a recognized University with specialization in Soil Science.
OR
First Class M.Sc. degree in Soil Science/Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry from a recognized University.
Desirable Qualification
(ii) Ph.D. degree in relevant subject.
GROUP-II
1. 1501-Botany* 09 02 01 02 01 03
Essential Qualification:
(i) First Class M.Sc. degree in Botany from a recognized University.
Desirable Qualification
(ii) Ph.D. degree in relevant subject.
2. 1601-Chemistry 06 02 01 - - 03
Essential Qualification:
(i) First class M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from a recognized University with specialization in Organic Chemistry.
Desirable Qualification
(ii) Ph.D. degree in relevant subject.
3. 1701-Entomology 04 02 - - - 02
Essential Qualification:
(i) First class M.Sc. degree in Zoology/Agriculture from a recognized University with specialization in Entomology.
OR
First class M.Sc. degree in Entomology/Agricultural Entomology from a recognized University.
Desirable Qualification
(ii) Ph.D. degree in relevant subject.
4. 1801-Forest Economics 02 01 - - - 01
Essential Qualification:
(i) First class M.Sc. degree in Agriculture Economics from a recognized University.
OR
First class M.Sc. degree in Forestry from a recognized University with specialization in Forest Economics.
Desirable Qualification
(ii) Ph.D. degree in relevant subject.
GROUP-III
1. 1901-Plant Pathology 03 01 - 01 - 01
Essential Qualification:
(i) First Class M.Sc. degree in Botany/Forestry/Agriculture from a recognized University with specialization in Plant pathology/microbiology.
OR
First Class M.Sc. degree in Plant Pathology/Microbiology from a recognized University.
Desirable Qualification
(ii) Ph.D. degree in relevant subject.
2. 2001-Wood Science & Technology 04 02 01 - - 01
Essential Qualification:
(i) First class M.Sc. degree in Wood Science & Technology/Physics from a recognized University.
Desirable Qualification
(ii) Ph.D. degree in relevant subject.
3. 2101-Marine living resources/Marine Biology 01 01 - - - -
Essential Qualification:
(i) First class M.Sc. degree in Marine Biology/Marine Micro-biology/Micro-biology from a recognized University.
Desirable Qualification
(ii) Ph.D. degree in relevant subject.
4. 2201-Ecology 03 01 - - - 02
Essential Qualification:
(i) First Class M.Sc. degree in Botany / Forestry / Environment Science/Ecology from a recognized University with specialization in Forest Ecology / Ecology.
OR
First Class M.Sc. degree in Natural Science/Life Sciences/Environment Management from a recognized University with specialization in Forest Ecology/ Ecology.
Desirable Qualification
(ii) Ph.D. degree in relevant subject.
5. 2301-Forest Genetics 02 02 - - - -
Essential Qualification:
(i) First class M.Sc. degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding/ Plant Genetics from a recognized University.
OR
First class M.Sc. degree in Forestry/Botany/ Agriculture with specialization in Genetics/Tree improvement from a recognized University.
Desirable Qualification
(ii) Ph.D. degree in relevant subject.
6. 2401-Seed Technology 01 01 - - - -
Essential Qualification:
(i) First Class M.Sc. degree in Botany/Agriculture/Forestry from a recognized University with specialization in Seed Technology.
OR
First Class M.Sc. degree in Seed Science & Technology from a recognized University.
Desirable Qualification
(ii) Ph.D. degree in relevant subject.

(*)One Post of Scientist 'B' (Botany) is reserved/earmarked for Diyvangjan (PwD) under Orthopaedically Handicapped (OH) category.

(#) EWS vacancies are tentative and subject to further directives of GoI and outcome of any litigation. The appointment against EWS category shall be provisional and is subject to the Income and Asset certificate being verified through the proper channels and if the verification reveals that the claim to belong to EWS is fake/false the services will be terminated forthwith without assigning any further reasons and without prejudice to such further action as may be taken under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code for production of fake/false certificate. The Income and Asset Certificate issued by any one of the authorities mentioned in the prescribed format shall only be accepted as proof of candidate's claim as belonging to EWS.

In case the qualifying degree (M.Sc./B.E./B.Tech etc.) carries a Grade Point Average (GPA) system, instead of Percentage system, the duly certified conversion system prescribed by the educational institution must be submitted to ascertain requisite qualification of "First Class Degree" from the said educational institution.

Candidates can apply for only one post (discipline) from each Group (maximum for three posts). Application for more than one post (discipline) from same Group shall not be accepted.

The Director General, ICFRE reserves the right to increase or decrease the posts or not to fill any or all the advertised posts without assigning any reasons.

"Specialization means a candidate must have a degree in specialization or special paper/elective paper/dissertation in the stream of the specialization."


2. CENTRE FOR WRITTEN EXAMINATION:

The candidates are required to select two (02) Centres in order of preference. The Council reserves the right to allot an examination centre other than the preference given by the candidate. After allotment of examination centre, request for change of examination centre shall not be accepted in any circumstances and the candidate will have to appear at the allotted centre. The candidates will also have to make their own arrangements for travel and stay for the examination.

The written examination will be held at 10 centres as given below: -

Centre of Examination Centre Code No.
Bengaluru (Karnataka) 01
Coimbatore (Tamilnadu) 02
Dehradun (Uttarakhand) 03
Guwahati (Assam) 04
Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) 05
Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) 06
Jodhpur (Rajasthan) 07
Jorhat (Assam) 08
Ranchi (Jharkhand) 09
Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) 10

The Chairman, Recruitment Board, ICFRE shall have the authority to cancel/change any examination centre without assigning any reason thereof.


3. AGE LIMIT:

  • The candidate must have attained the age of 21 years but not more than 35 years as on the closing date for application.
  • The upper age is relaxable upto five years for departmental candidates (ICFRE Employees).
  • The upper age is relaxable for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/Divyang categories as per rules of the Government of India subject to production of prescribed certificate from the Competent Authority.
  • The upper age limit is relaxable up to 10 years for Divyang (OH/PH) candidates in identified (*) marked discipline


4. APPLICATION FEE:

Details of application fee to be paid:

Sl.No. Category of Candidate Examination Fee
1. Unreserved (UR)/EWS Rs. 1500/-
2. Other Backward Class (OBC) Rs. 1500/-
3. Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Divyang/Women NIL

OBC candidates whose caste is not listed in Central List (as available on National Commission for Backward Classes website www.ncbc.nic.in) and who are not covered under the provisions as applicable to OBC-Non Creamy Layer (NCL) candidates, shall be treated as General Category candidates for all purposes. Accordingly, OBC Candidates not belonging to OBC Non-Creamy Layer shall indicate their category as ‘General’.

Transaction charges for Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking payment, as the case may be, have to be borne by the candidate.
The fee must be paid online through the online application form available on the website: http://recruitment.icfre.gov.in. For online payment: Payment can be made through Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking from any Bank. Fee once paid cannot be refunded/re-used under any circumstances.


5. NATIONALITY:

Only Indian citizens are eligible to apply.


6. PLAN OF EXAMINATION:

A competitive written examination followed by Personal Interview shall be conducted as per the following plan of examination: -

I. Written Examination:

The written examination for all disciplines within a particular group will be conducted together.
The question paper (bilingual – in English and Hindi) will have total 100 objective type questions from relevant subject carrying Max. Marks as 400, as below:-

Particulars of Question Paper No. of Questions Max. Marks Duration
Questions on relevant subject 100 400 02.00 Hours

Minimum qualifying marks required in written examination:-

Category of candidate Minimum qualifying marks
General/EWS 50%
OBC 45%
SC /ST / Divyangjan 40%

Four marks will be awarded for each correct answer and one mark will be deducted for each wrong answer in written examination.

Date and Time of written examination and interview: To be intimated later on the website.
The syllabus for the different subjects is placed at the link given in the webportal.
The candidates, selected on the basis of merit in written examination will be called for interview. The decision of the Council on short-listing will be final and the Council will not entertain any correspondence in this regard.

II. Personal Interview :- 70 marks

Place of interview: ICFRE (Hqrs.), P.O. New Forest, Dehradun (Uttarakhand).
The candidates will be at liberty to communicate in Hindi or English during the Personal Interview.


7. EXAMINATION PROCEDURE:

  1. Merit list of the candidates, who secure minimum qualifying marks shall be prepared and as per merit list, candidates will be called for personal interview in the ratio of 1:5 (five candidates against one vacancy) for each post. Final merit shall be decided on the total marks, i.e. marks obtained in written examination and in personal interview.
  2. The candidates shortlisted for personal interview will have to carry original as well as self attested photocopies of their certificates related to age proof, caste, educational qualifications, Divyang, EWS certificates etc. at the time of personal interview for verification. In case the certificate is in a local vernacular language, its English translation duly attested by a Notary/Gazetted Officer should also be produced. All eligibility certificates except EWS Certificate must be issued by the competent authorities before the closing date of online application.
  3. Rules for Tie-Breaker
    Wherever two or more candidates have secured equal aggregate marks (marks in written examination + personal interview), the merit of the candidates shall be determined by applying the following Tie-Breaker Rules: -
    1. Candidate securing more marks in the written examination will be ranked higher.
    2. In case where the marks mentioned at (a) above are equal, the older candidate will be ranked higher.
  4. General Instructions
    1. Question paper will be bi-lingual.
    2. Under no circumstances candidates will be allowed the help of a scribe for the examination.
    3. There is no provision of re-evaluation of the answer script and therefore, no request for re-evaluation of the answer script will be entertained. The Council will not enter into any correspondence in this regard.
    4. During the written examination, candidates are required to bring original photo ID like PAN Card, Voter ID, Adhaar Card, Driving License, Bank Passbook with photograph/ valid recent Identity Card issued by a recognized college/university/ Employee ID and one photo (same which they have uploaded in their online application) should be pasted in the Admit Card on the space provided for the purpose.
    5. Mobiles and other electronic gadgets are not allowed in the examination hall during the written examination. In case a candidate is found carrying any electronic gadget inside the examination hall, his candidature shall be cancelled.
    6. Candidature of a candidate found involved in any unfair practice or copying by any means in the examination hall shall be cancelled.

8. PLACE OF POSTING:

The candidates selected against the posts in the above disciplines will be posted in any of the Institutes/Centres of the Council at Dehradun, Jabalpur, Jodhpur, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Jorhat, Shimla, Ranchi, Hyderabad, Prayagraj, Chhindwara, Aizwal and Vishakapatnam. However, all posts carry liability to serve any of the Institutes/centres under ICFRE within India.


9. HOW TO APPLY:-

(Read carefully all the instructions before filling online application)

  1. Candidates are required to keep ready the following relevant details/information/documents/soft copies at the time of filling the online application form:
    1. Notification for Scientist ‘B’-2019.
    2. Name (as recorded in Secondary level Examination certificate).
    3. Father’s name (as recorded in Secondary level Examination certificate).
    4. Complete Address for Correspondence.
    5. Complete Permanent Address.
    6. Matriculation or equivalent Certificates.
    7. Qualifying Degree - Master’s Degree/BE/B.Tech Certificate/Provisional Degree Certificate/Transcript/ Marksheets.
    8. Certificate/Marksheet related to Specialization, where applicable.
    9. Certificate regarding conversion of GPA into percentage, if applicable.
    10. Doctorate Degree Certificate/Provisional Degree Certificate/Transcript/ Marksheet; if available.
    11. Centre opted (Please check the Examination centre and code in this notification).
    12. Scanned copy of recent passport size colour Photograph (digital file should be 20-50 KB in jpeg or png format).
    13. Scanned copy of Signature taken in Black/Blue ink on a white paper only (digital file should be 10- 50 KB in jpeg or png format).
    14. Scanned copies of certificates related to age proof (10th Standard Marksheet), caste, educational qualifications (Qualifying degree marksheet), Document related to Specialization, PH certificates etc. (digital file should be 20-100 KB in jpeg or png format).
    15. Scanned copy of NOC from present employer in case of existing Government employees. (digital file should be 20-100 KB in jpeg or png format).
    16. Scanned copy of Service Experience Certificate (mentioning name, present designation/post, present pay level as per 7th CPC, present location/office address, date of appointment, length of service rendered after appointment etc.) on official letter head from competent authority in case of ICFRE employees. (digital file should be 20-100 KB in jpeg or png format).
    17. Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking details for online payment of fee.
    18. Valid and active e-mail ID.
  2. Candidate who wish to apply for more than one post must apply separately for each post (only one post from each Group).
  3. Candidate should provide all the required details while filling up the Online Application/registration. Mandatory fields are marked with *(asterisk) sign.
  4. Uploaded photograph, specimen signature and other documents must be clearly identifiable / visible, otherwise the application of the candidate is liable to be rejected and no representation from the candidate will be entertained.
  5. The candidates belonging to EWS category are not required to submit EWS Certificate online while filling the application form online. However, they are advised to keep the EWS Certificate ready to be produced later, as and when demanded by ICFRE.
  6. At the end of the online application / registration, the candidate will be given the option (to correct, if any) to confirm / edit the information / details given by him. After final submission or after making payment of application fee, the candidate will not be able to make any changes in the filled / submitted form.
  7. After successful registration of their online application, the candidates are advised to keep the Registration number and print-out of his/her application form in safe custody which will be required to be submitted by them at later stage, as and when asked for.
  8. Registration number will be informed to the candidate through e-mail/SMS. Information about admit Cards for written exam/test will be available at website http://recruitment.icfre.gov.in in due course.
  9. The online application form (format) will be bilingual (English & Hindi) but entries for this online application form will be accepted only in English language.
  10. All candidates, whether in Government service or in Government owned organizations, should also submit their applications online. Such candidates are required to upload a scanned copy of "No Objection Certificate" (NOC) from their present employer.
  11. In case multiple applications for the same post are received from a candidate, the latest application will be considered, ignoring all earlier one(s) received; without refunding/adjusting any Application Fee received for the other Applications.
  12. Candidates are informed that there are provisions for editing at many stages. Once the complete process of filling up the information in the application form, uploading of the photograph, signature and other documents is completed, the candidate can view the entire application form together with the uploaded photograph, signature and other documents and can still edit at this point to make/incorporate any change/editing in any field of the application form before final submission of application form. However, after final submission or after making payment of application fee, the candidate will not be able to make any changes in the filled / submitted form.
  13. The candidates are required to enter their valid and active e-mail id in the Application Form since all communication/information/update(s) for this examination would be sent to this e-mail id only. In case, they do not have e-mail id, they may obtain one from any of the e-mail service providers of the candidate’s choice. Please note that entry of the e-mail id in the prescribed field in the Application Form is mandatory/compulsory. In case, for whatever reason a candidate wish to fill another Form, he/she will have to use another e-mail id, since an e-mail id once registered in our database cannot be used for filling another Form within same group, even if the Name, Date of Birth, etc., fields are the same. The candidates are requested to check their e-mail/ inbox/spam/junk for updates. However, same e-mail can be used for applying for another post in different group.
  14. Please keep all relevant information regarding the payment towards Application Fee ready for successfully completing the Application Process. For payment of Application Fee, please keep your Debit/Credit card or Net Banking details ready for payment using them.
  15. Mere successful submission of the Application Form and/or issuance of Admission Card does not automatically ensure admission to the Examination. If on verification at any later stage, it is found that a candidate does not fulfil any of the eligibility condition(s) or has given wrong/incorrect/misleading/false information, his/her candidature will be cancelled/rejected and fee paid will be forfeited, including any other action as deemed fit by the Council.
  16. Candidates are advised to take a print/soft copy of the online application and keep it safely for future references.
  17. For any clarification, candidates may register their query regarding online application etc. on the Helpdesk.
  18. Candidates are advised to read GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS also carefully.


10. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Online submission of application can only be made at website http://recruitment.icfre.gov.in. Detailed instructions are available at this website. Candidates should read the instructions carefully before making any entry or selecting options. Candidates should supply all the required details while filling up the online form. Mandatory fields are marked with * (asterisk) sign.
  2. Applications should be submitted ONLINE only through website http://recruitment.icfre.gov.in from 10 A.M. on 01.04.2019 to 05 P.M. on 15.05.2019. No other mode of applications submission will be accepted.
  3. Candidate who wish to apply for more than one post must apply separately for each post (only one post from each Group).
  4. In the event of any information being found false or incorrect at any stage, or not satisfying the eligibility criteria according to the requirement of the relative advertisement, candidature/appointment shall be cancelled/terminated.
  5. No request for withdrawal of candidature after finally submission of applications will be entertained.
  6. Admit Cards will be available on the website before 30 days from the date of written examination and can be downloaded by the candidate before the date of examination. Please visit the website regularly for updates.
  7. No hard copy of admit cards will be sent to the candidates.
  8. The SC/ST/Divyang/Woman candidates are exempted from the payment of the application fee.
  9. A Non-refundable application fees and processing fee of Rs. 1500/- is to be deposited by the candidates belonging to General, EWS and OBC categories. This fee is to be paid online only. No other mode of payment of application fee is acceptable.
  10. Posts are temporary in nature but likely to continue further.
  11. The Director General, ICFRE reserves the right to increase or decrease the posts or not to fill any or all the advertised posts without assigning any reasons.
  12. The age relaxation for categories i.e. SC, ST, OBC and Divyang are provided automatically by the system, based on the details furnished in online application form. As per Government of India norms, there will be 05 years relaxation in maximum age limit for SC/ST candidates, 03 years relaxation in maximum age limit for OBC (non creamy layer) candidates and 10 years relaxation in maximum age limit for Divyang candidates. The crucial date for age calculation will be the last date of receipt of application.
  13. In case, the candidate is claiming age relaxation as an ICFRE Permanent Employee category, it is mandatory to attach relevant Service Experience Certificate (mentioning name, present designation/post, present pay level as per 7th CPC, present location/office address, date of appointment, length of service rendered after appointment etc.) on official letter head from competent authority in the online application form.
  14. Legal disputes, if any, shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the competent court in the state of Uttarakhand.
  15. Only Indian citizens are eligible to apply.
  16. Only those candidates will be eligible for written examination, whose applications will be found suitable after the necessary scrutiny of their photo, signature and other documents, which should be clearly visible. Applicants whose applications will be rejected, their list will be made available on the website, mentioning reasons for rejection.
  17. All the applications received within due date in response to this advertisement shall be considered for short-listing by a screening committee and only the candidates recommended by the screening committee will be called for appearing in the written examination.
  18. No request with respect to the change in any data submitted by the candidates in the online application form will be entertained once it is finally submitted.
  19. Translation ambiguity, if any, can be resolved to the English version.
  20. The mere fact that a candidate has been called for written examination and/or interview does not imply that his/her candidature has been finally cleared by ICFRE. The candidate must note that if his/her ineligibility is detected at any stage before or after the written examination and/or interview or if the conditions prescribed in the Rules and Instructions given in the advertisement or any other additional information/documents called for at any stage are not complied with within the time specified therein, his/her candidature will be liable for cancellation. The ICFRE will not be responsible for cancellation of candidature on this account.
  21. Based on the merit, the candidates belonging to reserved categories i.e. SC/ST/OBC/ EWS are also eligible to be considered against the un-reserved vacancies, if no relaxation in age and no relaxation in qualifying marks in written examination has been availed by such reserved category candidates. If any concession in age and relaxation in qualifying standard is availed, such candidates will be eligible for consideration only against vacancies reserved for them.
  22. Candidates seeking reservation/relaxation benefits available for SC/ST/OBC/EWS/Divyangjan must ensure they are entitled to such reservation/relaxation as per eligibility prescribed in the Rules/Notice.
  23. In case the claim of candidates regarding Age, Educational Qualifications, Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/ Other Backward Class (OBC)/EWS/Divyangjan is found to be incorrect, it may render them liable to be disqualified by the Council/ICFRE and their candidature will stand cancelled.
  24. In case of any discrepancy (spelling or surname etc.) in name or father’s name of the candidate, he/she will be required to submit an original affidavit indicating the discrepancy and certifying the correct name along with other supporting documents at the time of their submission.
  25. A candidate must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defects likely to interfere with the discharge of his duties as an officer of the service. ICFRE may prescribe the medical tests, if required.
  26. No person:-
    1. Who has entered into or contracted a marriage with a person having a spouse living or
    2. Who, having a spouse living has entered into or contracted a marriage with any person shall be eligible for appointment to the service.

    Provided that the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, may, if satisfied that such a marriage is permissible under the personal law applicable to such person and the other party to the marriage and there are other grounds for so doing, exempt any person from the operation of this rule.
  27. The decision of the Board as to the eligibility or otherwise of a candidate for admission to the examination shall be final.
  28. Any attempt on the part of a candidate to obtain support for his candidature by any means may disqualify him for admission to the examination.
  29. A candidate who is or has been declared by the Board guilty of impersonation or of submitting fabricated documents or documents which have been tempered with or of making statements which are incorrect or false or of suppressing material information or otherwise resorting to any other irregular or improper means for obtaining admission to the examination, or of using or attempting to use unfair means or of misbehavior or misconduct in the examination hall, may, in addition to rendering himself liable to criminal prosecution and disqualification from the examination concerned:
    1. Be debarred permanently or for a specific period.
      • By the Board, from admission to any examination or appearance at an interview held by the Board for selection of candidates and
      • By the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education from employment under them
    2. Will be liable to disciplinary action under the appropriate rules, if he/she is already in service under Government/Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education.


11. IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Online application submission link is available at (http://recruitment.icfre.gov.in) .The details including the age limit, reservation, examination scheme, syllabus, educational qualification, guidelines are available in this website.The applications will only be accepted online. No other mode will be accepted. The fee will also be paid online only.
  • Online submission will be available from 10 A.M. on 01.04.2019 and closes on 15.05.2019 at 05 P.M.
  • The candidates are advised to regularly visit the website (http://recruitment.icfre.gov.in) . All the information related to the examination will be uploaded/updated on this website only.