As I have done Diploma in Electronics, can I apply for a Scientist post in DRDO?

No, Diploma holders are not eligible for the post of Scientist in DRDS.

As my Essential Qualification and Higher Qualification (HQ) subjects are different, can I apply according to my HQ subject?

No, you cannot apply according to your HQ subject.

I am B.E/B.Tech and have 5 years experience, am I eligible for ROSSA?

No, the essential qualification for ROSSA is fresh PhD.
RAC advertises for the post of Scientist 'C' through Registration of Students with Scholastic Aptitude (ROSSA) for the fresh PhD scholars. Fresh PhD scholars are those who have pursued the studies up to the PhD level without any break of not more than two academic years,  after the post-graduation in science subjects including Mathematics or Psychology or graduation in Engineering or Medical Sciences.
Only such candidates  who have passed the Engineering/Medical examination at graduate level or Science/Psychology/Mathematics at Post Graduate level, in First Division(no division is necessary for medical disciplines) may apply in the prescribed format. The application may be downloaded from rac web site. Candidates may also apply online through our website. In case of their prima facie suitability, based on their research work and the specific requirements of the various labs of the DRDO, short listed registered scholars are called for interview (subject to meeting their eligibility criteria) on receipt of documentary proof from them of having awarded PhD upto the closing date as given in the advertisement.
The Selection Board may, if consider appropriate, recommend the scholars with some advance increments also. The cut off date for determining age would be closing date as per the advertisement.  All other aspects of Government employment would be followed as usual.

I am MCA, can I apply in DRDO SET?

No, MCA students are not eligible to apply for DRDO scientist entry test..

What is the DRDO procedure for payment of TA?

Indian Railways for the fiscal year 2004-05 onwards, is offering to un-employed youth attending interviews for selection to Central Govt. jobs, full concession in second class on production of call letter and copy of application. This aspect is also being kept in view while paying TA to candidates so as to ensure payment from only one source. Traveling allowance will, however, be paid to the candidates who are called for interview equivalent to single second class (not sleeper class) railway fare by the shortest route to the place of interview from the railway station nearest to the candidate's normal place of residence or from which he actually performs the rail journey, whichever is nearer to the place of interview and back to the same station.

What documents are required at the time of DRDO interview?


The candidates are required to bring:

  • Proof of having number of years experience in the relevant field as desired for the said post in the advertisement.
  • A passport size photo, all ORIGINAL CERTIFICATES, mark sheets and testimonials from 10th standard onward along with a complete set of self attested copies regarding Educational Qualifications and Experience for verification.
  • Project Report / Thesis / Publications.
  • In case you are employed in a Govt./Semi-Govt./Autonomous Office/Establishment, you must bring your 'No Objection Certificate' from the cadre controlling authority. If your application was forwarded THROUGH PROPER CHANNEL you must bring a copy of note under which your application has been forwarded to this office.
  • In case you are a departmental candidate i.e. already employed in DRDO, Min. of Defence on regular basis, you must bring NOC from Directorate of Personnel, DRDO HQs.
  • In case you are serving Army / Navy / Air force, you must bring 'NOC' from MS Branch (Army HQ) / Directorate of Personnel (Naval HQ) / DPA (Air HQ) respectively. Retired officer from concerned armed forces must bring the relieving certificate/documentary proof for claiming age relaxation.
Is PowerPoint presentation permitted at the time of DRDO interview for recruitment?
Yes, you are allowed to give presentation.


    I am working in DRDO in non DRDS cadre. Will I be able to shift myself to DRDS Cadre?


    Personnel under DRTC cadre may shift to DRDS cadre through the following schemes:

    • Limited Department Competitive Examination (LDCE).
    • Selections through Scientists Entry Test (SET) or specialized subjects (NON-SET).
     

    What is the structure of written test under DRDO SET scheme?

    The written test under SET scheme comprises of 150 objective type questions. There are 100 questions on related subjects and 50 questions on scientific aptitude. DRDO SET is conducted on all India basis on 1st Sunday of September every year in order to provide equal opportunity to all students from different educational institutions in view of the increasingly wide variation in the marking pattern of different educational institutions in the country. DRDO SET exam is of three hours duration consisting of two sections viz. Section 'A' of 100 questions to test the candidate's knowledge in the subject of their BE/ BTech (for Engg discipline) or MSc ( for Science Discipline) and Section 'B' of 50 questions to test the candidate's ability in analytical and qualitative skills, current affairs and general awareness to test the aptitude and scientific knowledge required for Applied Research & Development. Based on the organisation's requirements, DRDO SET is conducted in Engineering Subjects such as Aero, Civil, Electrical, Chemical, Computer, Electronics/Electronics & Communication, Instrumentation, Mechanical, Metallurgy etc and Science subjects such as Chemistry, Physics and Maths/ Operations Research/ Statistics etc. These subjects are specified in the advertisement. DRDO SET exam is conducted only for those subjects where vacancies are sizable in number. Details of eligible candidates, examination schedule, result of the exam, schedule of interviews and list of selected candidates are made available from time to time on DRDO website http://www.drdo.com

    In cases, where very few vacancies are available, NO SET exam is conducted and the individuals after shortlisting are directly called for the interview. The advertisement generally appears during the month of April / May every year.

    Where are the examination centres for SET located? 
    Agra
    Dehradun
    Kanpur
    Pune
    Ahmedabad
    Delhi
    Kochi
    Raipur
    Bangalore
    Guwahati
    Kolkata
    Ranchi
    Bhopal
    Gwalior
    Lucknow
    Shimla
    Bhubaneswar
    Hyderabad
    Mumbai
    Thiruvananthapuram
    Chandigarh
    Jaipur
    Nagpur
    ---
    Chennai
    Jammu
    Patna
    ---

    Note: Above centres may change/ some more cities can be added subject to number of applicants from various part of the country.

    What is DRDO LDCE?

    Limited Department Competitive Examination conducted by RAC for qualified Technical Cadre personnels of DRDO to induct them as scientist 'B' in Defence Research and Development Services (DRDS) cadre.

    What is the structure of written test under LDCE scheme?
    The written test under LDCE scheme comprises of 75 objective type questions. There are 50 questions on related subjects and 25 questions on scientific aptitude.

    I am a Post graduate degree holder in Life Science/Psychology. Can I apply under DRDO SET?

    Currently, DRDO is not conducting written test in Life Science/Psychology. The same is covered under Direct Recruitment for Scientist 'B' in other subjects not covered in SET depending on the vacancies which are notified and also advertized. Website may be visited regularly for the latest update. Eligible candidates have to appear before a duly constituted selection committee.

    Is there any training/orientation programme after induction as DRDO Scientist 'B'?


         Yes.
    • Orientation program for Scientists 'B' inducted through SET (Scientist Entry Test) and Campus Interview is conducted at DIAT (Defence Institute of Advanced Training) Pune for a period of 16-20 weeks under POINTS (Post Induction Training School) Program.
    • Orientation program for Scientists 'B' inducted through Direct Recruitment (NON-SET) is presently conducted at ITM (Institute of Technology Management) Mussoorie for a period of 4 weeks.

    Where the DRDO campus interviews are held?

    College College College
    IISc Bangalore
    J.K Institute, Allahabad
    PEC Chandigarh
    All IIT's
    Aligarh Muslim University
    MIT Channai
    All NIT's
    NSIT Delhi
    DIAT Pune
    ISM Dhanbad
    DCE Delhi
    ---
    IT BHU
    Jamia Milia Islamia University, Delhi
    ---

    All above institutes are visited by the Selection Boards from July-October each year for Campus Interviews.

    Can I send the DRDO application online?

    Can I send the DRDO application online?Yes, application may be submitted on-line, but in addition a hard copy along with postal order is also required to be sent.


    Can I apply for more than one post in one advertisement?
     Yes, you can apply for more than one post in one advertisement. Applications for each post should be sent seperately.

    I wish to apply under ROSSA scheme. Do I need working experience?

    Only research experience on the basis of which Ph D degree is awarded / being awarded is adequate for ROSSA.

    I have Doctorate degree in Science subject. How and at what level can I join DRDO?

    Advertisement appears every year in Jan/Feb. You may also visit RAC website i.e. http://rac.gov.in for details.

    I am MBA, in what position can I join DRDO?

    DRDO recruits only Scientists and Technologists having First Class Postgraduate degree in Science or First Class Graduate Degree in Engg. However, MBA may be desirable in few cases.

    Is there any scope in DRDO for Graduates/Postgraduates in Arts?

    The minimum qualification to enter DRDO is First Class Master�s degree in Science or First Class Graduate degree in Engg. However, candidates holding M.A Degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Operational Research and Psychology can also apply for Scientist 'B' position.

    Is it possible to acquire higher education after joining the Organisation?

    Yes, you may be allowed to undergo M.E/M.Tech/Ph.D through external registration with Academic Institutions. Alternatively, you may be sponsored by DRDO for higher studies viz. M.E/M.Tech in reputed institutions viz. IITs, IISc etc after completing three years residency in DRDO.

    I am NRI. I want to apply for suitable position in DRDO. Where should I send my application?

    You are advised to visit DRDO Website http://www.drdo.gov.in. and surf the information available on different Labs. You may send your application in the prescribed format to the Director of the Lab involved in field of research suitable to your experience and interest or directly to Director RAC. In case you find multiple Labs involved with matching areas of work, the application may be sent to Director, RAC for further processing.

    I am NRI. What is the upper age limit to join DRDO?
    Grade Upper Age Limit
    C 34
    D 44
    E 44
    F 49
    G 49

    I am NRI. Do I have to come to RAC for interview?
    Not necessary, you may be invited to participate in Tele/Video interviewing, if basic qualification and experience requirements are satisfied.

    I have some experience in Research & Development in the areas of interest to DRDO. Can I join DRDO at a higher post?


    Apart from inducting Scientists 'B' (Entry Level), DRDO has following schemes for inducting Scientists 'C' and above (upto Scientist 'G') based on number of years of experience:

    • Lateral Recruitment for Scientist 'C' and above as per requirement of the Labs.(Through Advertisement)
    • Talent Search Scheme ( NRIs) for Scientist 'C' and above subject to suitability in DRDO Labs.
    • Registration of Students with Scholastic Aptitudes (ROSSA) for Scientist 'C' in subjects of relevance to DRDO Labs.(Through Advertisement)

    How can I join DRDO?

    One can join DRDO at entry level as Scientist ‘B’ under any of the following schemes:
    • Through Scientists Entry Test (SET).
    • Through Interview Boards in other subjects not covered under SET. (NON-SET)
    • Through Campus Selection from institutions viz. IITs, NITs, IISc, IT BHU, Central University and other premier Institutions.
    One can join DRDO through Lateral Entry as Scientist ‘C’, 'D', 'E', 'F' or 'G' through any of the following schemes:

    • Through Registration of Students with Scholastic Aptitudes (ROSSA) for Scientist 'C'
    • Through Lateral Recruitment for Scientist 'C' and above
    • Through Talent Search Scheme ( NRIs) for Scientist 'C' and above

    What are the main job functions of scientists in DRDO?



    • Basic Research
    • Design and Development of Components/ Materials/ Systems/ Software/ Products
    • Simulation and Modelling of Process/ Systems
    • Testing and Quality Assurance
    • Technical Services
    • R&D Management
    • Other activities related to Advancement of Science and Technology

    What are the main subjects for assessment in DRDO?



    • Aeronautical Engineering
    • Armaments
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Civil Engineering / Geology
    • Computer Science
    • Documentation
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Electronics
    • Instrumentation
    • Life Science (AGR)
    • Life Science (BIO)
    • Life Science (FOOD)
    • Life Science (MED)
    • Life Science (PHGY)
    • Life Science (PSY)
    • Maths / OR / Statistics
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Metallurgy
    • Naval Architecture
    • Physics
    • R&D Management
    • Technical Services
    • Textiles

    What are the main subjects of relevance to DRDO scientific positions?


    The main subjects of interest are:

    • Aeronautical Engineering
    • Agricultural Sciences
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Electronics and Communication Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Environmental Science
    • Food Science
    • Fire Engineering
    • Life Sciences
    • Mathematics/Statistics/OR
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Metallurgy
    • Oceanography
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Textile Engineering
    • Medicine / Nuclear Medicine
    and other related subjects of relevance to DRDO.

    What is the minimum relevant experience required for different posts?

    Post Experience in years
    Science or Engineering or Technical Subjects Medical Discipline
    Scientist 'B' Nil Nil
    Scientist 'C' 3 3
    Scientist 'D' 7 7
    Scientist 'E' 10 10
    Scientist 'F' 13 13
    Scientist 'G' 15 15

    What is the minimum qualification required to Join DRDO?


    Post Essential Qualification Desirable Qualification
    Scientist 'B' At least First Class Master�s degree in Science Subjects, Mathematics or Psychology or First Class Degree in Engineering or Technology or Metallurgy from a recognized University or Equivalent. Knowledge of German, French, Russian, Japanese or Chinese.
    Scientist 'C' (i)At least First Class Master�s degree in Science Subjects, Mathematics or Psychology or First Class Degree in Engineering or Technology or Metallurgy from a recognized University or Equivalent.
    (ii)Three years' experience in research or design or development or production in the required areas.
    (iii)Weightage for higher qualification to be equated as research experience for lateral recruitment as under:-
        Post Graduate Degree in Engineering- Two years
        Doctorate Degree in Science or Mathematics- Three years
        Doctorate Degree in Engineering- Four years
    i. Doctorate degree in Science, Mathematics or Psychology or Master�s Degree in Engineering or Technology or Metallurgy in the subject concerned.

    ii. Knowledge of German, French, Russian, Japanese or Chinese.
    Scientist'D' (i)At least First Class Master’s degree in Science Subjects, Mathematics or Psychology or First Class Degree in Engineering or Technology or Metallurgy from a recognized University or Equivalent.
    (ii) Seven years' experience in research or design or development or production in the required areas.
    (iii)Weightage for higher qualification to be equated as research experience for lateral recruitment as under:-
        Post Graduate Degree in Engineering- Two years
        Doctorate Degree in Science or Mathematics- Three years
        Doctorate Degree in Engineering- Four years
    i. Doctorate degree in Science, Mathematics or Psychology or Master’s Degree in Engineering or Technology or Metallurgy in the subject concerned.

    ii. Knowledge of German, French, Russian, Japanese or Chinese.
    Scientist'E' (i)At least First Class Master’s degree in Science Subjects, Mathematics or Psychology or First Class Degree in Engineering or Technology or Metallurgy from a recognized University or Equivalent.
    (ii)Ten years' experience in research or design or development or production in the required areas.
    (iii)Weightage for higher qualification to be equated as research experience for lateral recruitment as under:-
        Post Graduate Degree in Engineering- Two years
        Doctorate Degree in Science or Mathematics- Three years
        Doctorate Degree in Engineering- Four years
    i. Doctorate degree in Science, Mathematics or Psychology or Master’s Degree in Engineering or Technology or Metallurgy in the subject concerned.

    ii. Knowledge of German, French, Russian, Japanese or Chinese.
    Scientist 'F' (i)At least First Class Master’s degree in Science Subjects, Mathematics or Psychology or at least First Class Degree in Engineering or Technology or Metallurgy from a recognized University or Equivalent.
    (ii)Thirteen years' practical experience in research or design or development or production in the required areas.
    (iii)Weightage for higher qualification to be equated as research experience for lateral recruitment as under:-
        Post Graduate Degree in Engineering- Two years
        Doctorate Degree in Science or Mathematics- Three years
        Doctorate Degree in Engineering- Four years
    i. Doctorate degree in Science, Mathematics or Psychology or Master’s Degree in Engineering or Technology or Metallurgy in the subject concerned.

    ii. Knowledge of German, French, Russian, Japanese or Chinese.
    Scientist'G' (i)At least First Class Master’s degree in Science Subjects, Mathematics or Psychology or at least First Class Degree in Engineering or Technology or Metallurgy from a recognized University or Equivalent.
    (ii)Fifteen years' experience in research or design or development or production in the required areas.
    (iii)Weightage for higher qualification to be equated as research experience for lateral recruitment as under:-
        Post Graduate Degree in Engineering- Two years
        Doctorate Degree in Science or Mathematics- Three years
        Doctorate Degree in Engineering- Four years
    i. Doctorate degree in Science, Mathematics or Psychology or Master’s Degree in Engineering or Technology or Metallurgy in the subject concerned.

    ii. Knowledge of German, French, Russian, Japanese or Chinese.
    Scientist'H'
    (Outstanding Scientist)
     
    Not applicable
     
    Not applicable
    Distinguished Scientist  
    Not applicable
     
    Not applicable
    Scientific Advisor and Director General of Research and Development. Such educational qualifications and experience as may be prescribed by the Government but these qualifications shall not be less than those prescribed for Scientist 'G'.
     

    FOR MEDICAL POSTS
    Post Essential Qualification
    Scientist 'B' i. A medical qualification included in the First Schedule or the Second Schedule or Part II of the Third Schedule to the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 (102 of 1956). Holders of Medical qualifications included in Part II of the said Third Schedule should also fulfil the conditions specified in sub-section (3) of section 13 of the said Act.
    OR
    A dental qualification in the Part I, Part II or Part III of the Schedule to the Dentists Act, 1948 (16 of 1948).
    OR
    A Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc. and A.H.) duly recognized by Veterinary Council of India.
    ii. Completion of compulsory rotating internship.
    Scientist 'C' i. A medical qualification included in the First Schedule or the Second Schedule or the Part II of the Third Schedule to the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 (102 of 1956). Holders of Medical qualifications included in Part II of the said Third Schedule should also fulfil the conditions specified in sub-section (3) of section 13 of the said Act.
    OR
    A dental qualification in the Part I, Part II or Part III of the Schedule to the Dentists Act, 1948 (16 of 1948).
    OR
    A Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc. and A.H.) duly recognized by Veterinary Council of India.
    ii. Required Post-graduate degree qualification.
    iii. Three years practical and administrative experience in the required field of medical relief, medical reserch, medical education or public health organization in Medical or Dental or Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry.
    iv. Weightage for higher qualification to be equated as research experience for lateral recruitment as under:-
        Post Graduate Degree in Dental Science or Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry - Two years
        Post Graduate Degree in Medicine - Three years
    Scientist 'D' i. A medical qualification included in the First Schedule or the Second Schedule or the Part II of the Third Schedule to the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 (102 of 1956). Holders of Medical qualifications included in Part II of the said Third Schedule should also fulfil the conditions specified in sub-section (3) of section 13 of the said Act.
    OR
    A dental qualification in the Part I, Part II or Part III of the Schedule to the Dentists Act, 1948 (16 of 1948).
    OR
    A Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc. and A.H.) duly recognized by Veterinary Council of India.
    ii. Required Post-graduate degree qualification.
    iii. Seven years practical and administrative experience in the required field of medical relief, medical reserch, medical education or public health organization in Medical or Dental or Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry.
    iv. Weightage for higher qualification to be equated as research experience for lateral recruitment as under:-
        Post Graduate Degree in Dental Science or Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry - Two years
        Post Graduate Degree in Medicine - Three years
    Scientist 'E' i. A medical qualification included in the First Schedule or the Second Schedule or the Part II of the Third Schedule to the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 (102 of 1956). Holders of Medical qualifications included in Part II of the said Third Schedule should also fulfil the conditions specified in sub-section (3) of section 13 of the said Act.
    OR
    A dental qualification in the Part I, Part II or Part III of the Schedule to the Dentists Act, 1948 (16 of 1948).
    OR
    A Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc. and A.H.) duly recognized by Veterinary Council of India.
    ii. Required Post-graduate degree qualification.
    iii. Ten years practical and administrative experience in the required field of medical relief, medical reserch, medical education or public health organization in Medical or Dental or Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry.
    iv. Weightage for higher qualification to be equated as research experience for lateral recruitment as under:-
        Post Graduate Degree in Dental Science or Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry - Two years
        Post Graduate Degree in Medicine - Three years
    Scientist 'F' i. A medical qualification included in the First Schedule or the Second Schedule or the Part II of the Third Schedule to the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 (102 of 1956). Holders of Medical qualifications included in Part II of the said Third Schedule should also fulfil the conditions specified in sub-section (3) of section 13 of the said Act.
    OR
    A dental qualification in the Part I or Part II or Part III of the Schedule to the Dentists Act, 1948 (16 of 1948).
    OR
    A Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc. and A.H.) duly recognized by Veterinary Council of India.
    ii. Required Post-graduate degree qualification.
    iii. Thirteen years practical and administrative experience in the required field of medical relief, medical reserch, medical education or public health organization in Medical or Dental or Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry.
    iv. Weightage for higher qualification to be equated as research experience for lateral recruitment as under:-
        Post Graduate Degree in Dental Science or Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry - Two years
        Post Graduate Degree in Medicine - Three years
    Scientist 'G' i. A medical qualification included in the First Schedule or the Second Schedule or the Part II of the Third Schedule to the Indian Medical Council Act 1956, (102 of 1956). Holders of Medical qualifications included in Part II of the said Third Schedule should also fulfil the conditions specified in sub-section (3) of section 13 of the said Act.
    OR
    A dental qualification in the Part I, Part II or Part III of the Schedule to the Dentists Act, 1948 (16 of 1948).
    OR
    A Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc. and A.H.) duly recognized by Veterinary Council of India.
    ii. Required Post-graduate degree qualification.
    iii. Fifteen years practical and administrative experience in the required field of medical relief, medical reserch, medical education or public health organization in Medical or Dental or Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry.
    iv. Weightage for higher qualification to be equated as research experience for lateral recruitment as under:-
        Post Graduate Degree in Dental Science or Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry - Two years
        Post Graduate Degree in Medicine - Three years
    Scientist'H'
    (Outstanding Scientist)
     
    Not applicable
    Distinguished Scientist  
    Not applicable
    Scientific Advisor and Director General of Research and Development

    What is the upper age limit to join the DRDO?

    The upper age limit is considered with reference to the closing date of application. The following table provides the details.


    Category
    Sc 'B'
    Sc 'C'
    Sc 'D'
    Sc 'E'
    Sc 'F'
    Sc 'G'
    Unreserved Posts (UR)
    28
    35
    45
    45
    50
    50
    For Posts reserved for OBC
    31
    N.A.
    N.A.
    N.A.
    N.A.
    N.A.
    For posts reserved for SC/ST category
    33
    N.A.
    N.A.
    N.A.
    N.A.
    N.A.
    Employed in Central Govt./Union Territory*
    +5years
    40
    50
    50
    55
    55
         * No relaxation of age for recruitment made through Competitive Examination (viz. DRDO-SET).

        Note: Relaxations are given to PH candidates as per government rules.

    Is there any age relaxation for a Govt. servant in SET? 
    No, there is no age relaxation for govt servants in recruitment through all India competitive exams like SET. 

    DRDO Recruitment Calendar for Various Scientist Post

    The dates on which various DRDO recruitment programmes are held every year


    RAC Activity Calendar/ Schedule

    Sl. No. Programme
    Schedule
    1
    Adhoc Appointments (NRI s) through Video Conferencing
    (Quarterly)
    Vacancies from DHRD
    31 Mar, 30 Jun, 30 Sep, 31 Dec
    28 Feb, 31 May, 31 Aug, 30 Nov
    2
    R&T/ PGT  (M.Tech Sponsored Programme of DRDO/ SERVICES)
    ·Allocation of Seats from DHRD & receipt of Applications                                 
    ·Interviews
    ·Result & Recommendations to DHRD
    01 Jan- 28 Feb
    20 Apr
    30 Apr
    3
    Assessment through Interview (Scientist 'B', 'C', 'D' & 'E')
    ·Eligibility list from DOP (HQ)
    ·Vigilance clearance and sealed cover (DOP)
    ·Interviews
    ·Recommendations to DOP
    ·Result by DoP
    15 Mar
    15 May
    20 Apr-10 Jun
    25 Jun
    30 Jun
    Peer Review (Scientist 'F' onwards) 
    ·Receipt of eligible scientists (DOP)
    ·Receipt of Biodata
    ·Peer Committee Meeting
    ·Recommendations to DOP
    ·Result by DOP:
    For Sc. ‘F’ to ‘G’
    For Sc. ‘G’ to ‘H’ & ‘H’ to ‘DS’
    15 Apr
    30 Apr
    15 May
    25 Jun
    30 Jun
    1 week after ACC approval
    4
    Lateral Entry
    ·Release of vacancies (DHRD)
    ·Reservation Breakup (DOP)
    ·Advertisement
    ·Shortlisting
    ·Interviews
    ·Result & Recommendations to DOP
    ·Issue of Letter for Medical Examination by DOP
    Phase I
    30 Mar
    10 Apr
    01 May
    15 Jun
    31 Jul
    31 Aug
    ---
    Phase II
    30 Sep
    10 Oct
    30 Nov
    15 Dec
    31 Jan
    28 Feb
    31 Mar
    5
    ROSSA (Advt., processing, interviews & result)
    Vacancies from DHRD
    Phase I
    Phase II
    01 Jan- 30 Jun
    30 May
    01 Jul- 30 Nov
    30 Nov
    6
    Campus Selection
    Release of vacancies from DHRD
    Reservation Breakup (DOP)
    Phase I: Interviews for all NITs, IISc, IT BHU, ISM Dhanbad and Central Universities Result & Recommendations to DOP
    Ist week of June
    10 Jun
    01 Jul – 30 Nov
    Phase II: Interviews at all IITs and others if any
    Result & Recommendations to DOP
    Posting Letters by DOP
    01 Dec – 15 Feb
    28 Feb
    7
    LDCE (Departmental Exam)
    ·Release of vacancies (DHRD)
    ·Written Exam
    ·Interviews
    ·Results and Recommendations to DOP
    31 Jan
    15 Sep
    01 Oct – 15 Nov
    15 Dec
    8
    SET (Scientist Entry Test)
    ·Release of vacancies (DHRD)
    ·Reservation Breakup (DOP)
    ·Advertisement
    ·All India Test 
    ·Interviews
    ·Compilation & Recommendations to DOP
    ·Posting Letters by DOP
    15 Mar
    30 Mar
    30 Apr
    1st Sunday of Sep
    01 Nov – 15 Dec
    31 Dec

    Please note
    The tentative period for above mentioned programmes from Sl. No. 1 to 6 may vary as per requirements or other activities, therefore candidates are advised to visit this site regularly for latest updates.

    The last date for submission of applications has just passed, can I apply now?
    No, you are not eligible to apply after the last/closing date of the publication.

    I am in abroad.  How can I send PO/Demand Draft as application fee?
    You can send the fee through receipt from high commission/Embassy of India. 

    What are various modes of induction of scientists into DRDO system?



    • Direct Recruitment for Scientist 'B' through DRDO's Scientists Entry Test (DRDO-SET)
    • Direct Recruitment for Scientist 'B' in other subjects not covered by SET
    • Talent Search Scheme (Campus Selection) from Premier Institutions for Scientist 'B'
    • Lateral Recruitment for Scientist 'C' and above
    • Talent Search Scheme ( NRIs) for Scientist 'C' and above
    • Registration of Students with Scholastic Aptitudes (ROSSA) for Scientist 'C'
    • Deputation & Absorption

    Where are the labs of DRDO situated?

    LAB NAME PLACE
    Advanced Numerical Research & Analysis Group (ANURAG) Hyderabad / Secunderabad
    Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL) Hyderabad / Secunderabad
    Aerial Delivery Research & Development Establishment (ADRDE) Agra
    Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) Bangalore
    Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE) Pune
    Centre for Air Borne Systems (CABS) Bangalore
    Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) Bangalore
    Centre for Fire, Explosives and Environment Safety (CFEES) Delhi
    Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) Bangalore
    Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) Chennai/Avadi
    Defence Agricultural Research Laboratory (DARL) Pithoragarh
    Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) Bangalore
    Defence Bio-Engineering & Electro Medical Laboratory (DEBEL) Bangalore
    Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL) Dehradun
    Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL) Hyderabad / Secunderabad
    Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) Mysore
    Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences (DIPAS) Delhi
    Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) Delhi
    Defence Laboratory (DL) Jodhpur
    Defence Materials & Stores Research & Development Establishment (DMSRDE) Kanpur
    Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) Hyderabad / Secunderabad
    Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE) Gwalior
    Defence Research & Development Unit (DRDU) Kolkata
    Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) Hyderabad / Secunderabad
    Defence Research Laboratory (DRL) Tezpur
    Defence Scientific Information and Documentation Centre (DESIDOC) Delhi
    Defence Terrain Research Laboratory (DTRL) Delhi
    Electronics & Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) Bangalore
    Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) Bangalore
    High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) Pune
    Institute for Robotics & Intelligent Systems (c/o CAIR) (IRIS) Bangalore
    Institute for Systems Studies & Analyses (ISSA) Delhi
    Institute of Armament Technology (IAT) Pune
    Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) Delhi
    Institute of Technology Management (ITM) Mussoorie
    Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE) Dehradun
    Integrated Test Range (ITR) Balasore / Chandipur
    Laser Science & Technology Centre (LASTEC) Delhi
    Microwave Tube Research & Development Centre (MTRDC) Bangalore
    Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL) Ambernath
    Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) Kochi
    Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL) Visakhapatnam
    Personnel Assessment Centre (PEACE) Delhi
    Proof & Experimental Establishment, Chandipur (PXE) Balasore / Chandipur
    Recruitment and Assessment Centre (RAC) Delhi
    Research & Development Establishment (Engineers) R&DE (E) Pune
    Research Centre Imarat (RCI) Hyderabad / Secunderabad
    Scientific Analysis Group (SAG) Delhi
    Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) Chandigarh
    Solid State Physics Laboratory (SSPL) Delhi
    Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL) Chandigarh
    Vehicle Research & Development Establishment (VRDE) Ahemednagar

    What are the salient features and promotion policy of DRDS?

    DRDO employs highly qualified and competent scientists and technologists in Group 'A' (Class I Gazetted) services known as Defence Research & Development Service (DRDS). A Flexible Complementing Scheme (FCS) is being followed by DRDO. It means that with each promotion, based purely on merit basis, the posts in the grades of Scientist 'B' to 'H' are upgraded automatically to the next higher grades.

    The minimum residency period is 3 years for Scientist 'B', 4 years for Scientists 'C', 'D' & 'E', 5 years for Scientist 'F' and 3 years for Scientist 'G'. Relaxation of one year in the minimum residency period, which is limited to two times in entire career, is given to a Scientist 'C'/'D'/'E'/'F' on earning consistently 90% and above marks in three successive CPARs in the same grade. An Internal Screening Committee reviews the CPARs of a scientist on completion of the minimum residency period and decides about his/her eligibility based on the marks obtained in the CPARs. The eligible scientists in the grades of 'B', 'C', 'D' & 'E' have to appear before a duly constituted selection committee which assesses the candidates for promotion to next higher grade. The eligible scientists in the grades of 'F', 'G' & 'H' are required to submit their resume indicating their contribution during the period of review. Based on contribution of scientists, a Peer committee assesses the scientists ( 'F', 'G' & 'H' ) for promotion to next higher grade.

    DRDO not only offers employment but also lays emphasis on Human Resource Development. DRDO trains its personnel at its training institutions in Pune and Mussourie and also at prestigious academic institutions viz, IITs, IISc Bangalore etc. for acquiring higher educational qualifications. Opportunities also arise for foreign deputations for training or presentation of research papers and other specific assignments.

    What are the pay scales of scientists at various levels?


    Grade
    Pay Band Rs.
    Grade Pay Rs.
    Initial Pay in Pay Band Rs.
    Scientist 'B'
    15,600-39,100/-
    5400/-
    15,600/-
    Scientist 'C'
    15,600-39,100/-
    6600/-
    18,750/-
    Scientist 'D'
    15,600-39,100/-
    7600/-
    21,900/-
    Scientist 'E'
    37,400-67,000/-
    8700/-
    37,400/-
    Scientist 'F'
    37,400-67,000/-
    8900/-
    40,200/-
    Scientist 'G'
    37,400-67,000/-
    10,000/-
    43,000/-
    Scientist 'H' (Outstanding Scientist)
    67,000-79,000/-
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    67,000/-
    Distinguished Scientist (DS)
    75,500-80,000/- (HAG+Scale)
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    Secretary DD R&D, DG R&D and Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri (SA to RM)
    80,000 (fixed)
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    In addition to the Pay and Grade Pay, DRDS scientists are entitled to get House Rent Allowance upto 30% of Pay (Pay+grade pay) in case of non-availability of Government accommodation and other allowances viz, DA, Transport etc as admissible to Central Government employees. Performance Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS)
    As per recommendations of the 6th CPC DRDO has implemented the PRIS by way of granting variable increments to meritorious scientists on their promotion to next higher grade based on their performance in the lower grade.
    Perquisites like Leave Travel Concession, Medical facilities, Advances for PCs/Conveyance/House Building are also admissible as per government rules. In addition, DRDS Scientists are also eligible for grant of amount equivalent to two increments in the grades of Scientist 'C' to 'F' and Special Pay of Rs. 4000/- to Scientist 'G'  per month; Professional update allowance of Rs 10,000/- (for Scientist 'B' , 'C' and 'D'),  Rs 20,000/- (for Scientist 'E' and Scientist 'F') Rs 30,000/- (for Scientist G onwards) per annum and reimbursement of expenditures on newspapers/periodicals also admissible in accordance with provisions of relevant Rules.

    How can I contact RAC?


    DRDO RAC Contact Details

    The Director
    Recruitment & Assessment Centre
    Defence Research and Development Organisation
    Ministry of Defence, Government of India
    Lucknow Road
    Timarpur
    Delhi 110 054

    TeleFax: +91-011-23812690,+ 91-011-23817833
    CAPIO: +91-011-23812608
    Email:
     



    Whom to contact for information?
     Smt. Shashi Varshney
    Joint Director, Central Public Information Officer (CPIO)
    Ph No. +91-011-23971049

    Ms. Balbir Kaur,
    Public Relation Officer (PRO)
    Ph No. +91-011-23812608

    From where I can get more information on DRDO and RAC? 
     For more information on DRDO visit      http://www.drdo.gov.in
    For more information on RAC visit         http://rac.gov.in 


    What are the primary responsibilities of RAC?

    RAC has been entrusted with the prime responsibilities in the recruitment and assessment of scientists at various levels under DRDS cadre. It executes several mission mode programmes under the recruitment category. The centre has high quality infrastructure for conducting multiple Selection Board Meetings, CCTV based monitoring system, video conferencing system and a variety of audio-visual aids. The centre is served by a dedicated team of scientific, technical and admin staff who are well qualified and specially trained in recruitment procedures.The primary responsibilities of RAC are :

    Recruitment of Scientists (Gazetted Group 'A') in DRDO
    Assessments of Scientists of DRDO for promotion to the next higher grades
    Selection of candidates for higher study courses (M.E/ M.Tech/ M.Sc Engg) under Research & Training Scheme of DRDO and Post Graduate Training schemes of Army, Navy and Air Force.