DRDO Recruitment through GATE 2021, Application Date, Eligibility and Vacancies

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    Recruitment and Assessment Centre (RAC) invites online applications from graduate and postgraduates engineers through their official website i.e. Only GATE qualified candidates are able to apply for the DRDO Recruitment process for the post of Scientist ‘B’ in Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO).

    • Aspirants have to take a written descriptive exam followed by a Personal Interview as a part of DRDO enrolment through GATE 2021 process.
    • Candidates who will qualify these stages will be recruited and get a salary of around Pay Matrix (Rs. 56,100/-) in specific disciplines and categories.
    • Total Emoluments at the time of joining will be roughly INR 80,000/- per month.
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    About DRDO

    DRDO is one of the nation’s leading Research and Development Institute that recruits brilliant, competent and skilled scientists in Group ‘A’ (Gazetted) technical service known as Defence Research & Development Service (DRDS). DRDO offers exhilarating and demanding career prospects in a very wide range of R&D at its more than 50 laboratories throughout the nation. A candidate can visit the official website of DRDO for more information. 

    Posts Offered atDRDO, DST, ADA and GAETEC
    DesignationScientist ‘B"/ Scientist/Executive Engineer
    DisciplinesMechanical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Computer Science & Engg, Chemical Engg, Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engg, Aeronautical Engg, Mathematics, Metallurgy, Material Science, Civil Engg, Geology, Instrumentation Engg, Textile Engg, Production/ Industrial Production Engg and Food Science

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    DRDO 2021 Recruitment Important Dates

    Aspirants can check application dates related to DRDO recruitment through GATE 2021 below:

    EventDate (Tentative)
    Online Application August 2021
    Upload DocumentsOctober 2021
    Written Test DateOctober 2021
    Interview DateOctober 2021

    Check GATE 2021 Exam Dates

    DRDO Recruitment through GATE 2021: Eligibility Criteria

    • Aspirants must be an Indian National
    • Aspirants must have scored a minimum of 60% aggregate numbers in the passing exam (Graduation). In a matter of CPI or CGPA, 6.75 will be considered equivalent to 60%, as per AICTE rules.
    • An aspirant knowing French, Japanese, Chinese, German or Russian is appreciated, but not necessary.
    • The maximum age of aspirants is 28 years as on August 31, 2021. Age lessening will be as per the rules of the government.
    • Last year’s aspirants are also eligible to apply, only if they submit their final marks sheet by August 10, 2021.
    CourseCompulsory QualificationPaper Code GATECorresponding Acceptable Course of Qualifying Degree
    Electronics and Communication EngineeringAspirants need to have a first-class bachelor’s degree in engineering or communication Engineering and Technology Engineering from a recognised university or equivalent.EC or Electronics and Communication EngineeringElectronics and Communication Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Electronics and Computer Engineering, Electronics and Control Engineering, Electronics and Communication System Engineering, Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering, Electronics and TeleCommunication Engineering, Electronics and Telematics Engineering, Industrial Electronics Engineering, TeleCommunication Engineering, Telecommunication and Information Technology, Applied Electronics and Instrumentation, Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering, Electrical with Communication Engineering
    Computer Science and EngineeringAspirants need to have a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology in Computer Science or Engineering and Engineering from an approval universityCS or Computer Science and Information Technology EngineeringComputer Science and Engineering,
    Computer Science /Technology Computer/ App Engineering Science / Engineering and Information Technology
    Computer Technology & Information Engineering,
    Computer Software Engineering,
    Computer Science and Automation Engineering,
    Computer Technology
    Computer Science and System Engineering,
    Computer Technology and Informatics Engineering,
    Information Science/ Technology Engineering,
    Information Technology Engineering,
    PhysicsAll aspirants passed first-Class Master’s Degree in Physics from an approval institute or equivalent.PH (Physics)Applied Physics, Solid State Physics, Physics, Physics(Electronics)
    Civil EngineeringAll aspirants pass out first-class Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Civil Engineering forms an Approval college or University.CE (Civil Engineering)Civil and Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering
    ChemistryAll candidates qualified first-class the Master’s Degree in Chemistry subject forms a recognized or Equal.CY (Chemistry)Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry.
    Material Science and Engineering/ Metallurgical EngineeringAll candidates qualified first-class the Bachelor’s Degree in Technology in Metallurgy Engineering forms a recognized institute or same.MT or
    Metallurgical Engineering
    Materials Engineering, Metallurgy and Material Technology, Metallurgy Engineering
    Textile EngineeringAll candidates qualified first-class the Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and Technology in Textile Engineering from an approved university.TF or Textile Engineering And Fibre ScienceTextile Chemistry Engineering, Textile Engineering, Textile Technology,
    Chemical EngineeringAspirants first-class Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technology in Chemical Engineering from an approved universityCH (Chemical Engineering)Chemical Engineering, Chemical Technology or Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemical and Polymer Technology, Chemical Plant Engineering, Chemical Technology and Polymer Science.
    Mechanical EngineeringThe aspirants’ qualify first-class Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technology in Mechanical Engineering from an Approval University.Mechanical EngineeringMechanical Engineering, Mechanical and Production Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering Mechanical and Automation Engineering.
    MathematicsAspirants pass the first-class Master’s Degree in Mathematics from an approval universityMA or MathematicsMathematics,
    Applied Mathematics
    Aeronautical EngineeringAspirant’s first-class Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technology in Aeronautical Engineering from any recognized university.AE or Aerospace EngineeringAerospace Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Avionics Engineering
    Material Science and Engineering/ Metallurgical EngineeringAspirants take a First-Class Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technology in Metallurgy (Material Science & Engineering/Metallurgical Engineering) from a recognized university or equivalent.MT or Metallurgical EngineeringMetallurgy/Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy and Material Engineering, Materials Engineering.

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    DRDO Recruitment through GATE 2021: Age Limit

    The maximum age limit for aspirants to be enrolled as Scientist ‘B’ is 28 years as on closing date. Age remission for aspirants’ related to the reserved category is ruled by the Government. Maximum lessening in upper age time will be as under:-

    CategoryAge Limit
    For SC/ST Category StudentsUp to 05 years
    For PwD (SC or ST) StudentsUp to 15 years
    For OBC Category StudentsUp to 03 years
    For PwD (OBC) Category StudentsUp to 13 years
    For Serving Central Civilian Government employeesUp to o5 years
    For PwD Category StudentsUp to 10 years

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    DRDO Recruitment through GATE 2021: Number of Vacancies

    The total number of vacancies is separated into 2 sections

    • First Section: 223 (Depend on the GATE Score + Written exam + Interview)
    • Second Section: 78 (Depend on the GATE Score + Interview)

    The DRDO Recruitment through GATE 2021 Number of Vacancies available in the DRDO-PSU recruitment is provided in the following table. Aspirants must have an effective score before applying for the same.

    First Section- Recruitment on the basis of GATE scores, personal interview & descriptive examination

    Subject/ ProgrammeNumber of Vacancies
    Computer Science Engineering31
    Mechanical Engineering35
    Electronics and Communication Engineering37

    Second Section- Recruitment on the basis of personal interview + GATE score

    Subject/ ProgrammeNumber of Vacancies
    Chemical Engineering06
    Material Science/ Metallurgical Engineering10
    Aeronautical Engineering04
    Civil Engineering03
    Electrical Engineering12
    Textile Engineering02

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    DRDO Recruitment through GATE 2021: Selection Process

    Academic Requirements

    • First Section- Aspirants should have the compulsory scores with a valid GATE 2021/2020/2019 qualification or Aspirants should have the compulsory certificate from NITs/ IITs along with minimum aggregate 80% marks.
    • Second Section- should have the accepted qualification along with valid GATE 2021/2020/2019 Qualification.

    Fees process- Aspirants belonging to OBC/ General category will need to pay fees INR 100 online. PwD, SC/ST and women students are exempted from free fees payment.

    For Subjects/Disciplines under Part-I :

    • Category I: Eligible candidates will be shortlisted for a Descriptive Examination on the basis of valid GATE score in the ratio of 1:25, subject to their GATE score not being below 25% of the GATE score of the first shortlisted candidate.
    • Category II: All eligible IIT and NIT graduate engineers with minimum 80% aggregate marks in the EQ degree will be called for a Descriptive Examination.
    • Candidates who appear for the Descriptive Examination will be further shortlisted for Personal Interview in the ratio of 1:5 in order of merit list prepared on the basis of the Descriptive Examination only.

    For Subjects/Disciplines under Part-II:

    • Eligible candidates will be shortlisted for Personal Interview on the basis of valid GATE score in the ratio of 1:5 subject.

    Final Selection

    • The shortlisted candidates on the basis of the GATE scores and/or Descriptive Examination will be required to appear in the personal interview.
    • The offer of appointment to the selected candidates will be restricted to the number of vacancies in order of merit. The appointment, however, will be subject to satisfying conditions like qualifying the Medical Examination prescribed for Group ‘A’ Technical posts of Govt. of India with Field Service liability and verification of character antecedents besides verification of SC/ST/OBC/EWS/PwD(HH)/PwD(OH) certificate, etc wherever applicable.
    • The final selection of the candidates will be purely on the basis of discipline wise category wise merit of aggregate of 80% weightage of marks in the Descriptive Examination and 20% weightage of marks in Personal Interview. 
    • The final result (customized for the individual candidate) will be made available at RAC website.

    Details of Descriptive examination (Only for Part-I disciplines)

    • Descriptive Examination is likely to be held in October 2020.
    • The descriptive test will have two papers of 300 marks each, to be conducted in two sessions of the duration of three hours each.
    • The syllabus of the examination available at RAC website is similar to Engineering Services Examination (Main) in the relevant discipline.
    • The examination will be conducted in a paper-based format.
    • Descriptive Examination will be conducted at DRDO centres in seven cities Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Kolkata, and Pune.
    • Candidates are required to indicate their first and second preference of examination centre in the online application form among the listed centres.

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    DRDO Recruitment: How to Apply?

    Step 1: Registration

    The first step for candidates is to register online on the official website. It is necessary to log in before the closing date to finish the procedures required for application.

    Then, your login ID and Password will be created

    Step 2: Fill Biodata

    A student is accepted to fill all the accepted data in the application form like Name of the students, Parent’s Name, Permanent Address, Mobile Number, Date of birth, E-Mail ID etc.

    Step 3: Upload Documents

    Then the student is expected to upload the scanned copy of a passport size photo and all other accepted documents.

    Check Carefully, before clicking on submit.

    Step 4: Fees Payment

    The last step is to pay the fee through the online payment method.

    Aspirants having their place in the OBC & General categories will need to pay INR 100 online. PWD, SC, ST and women aspirants have exempted from fee payment.

    DRDO Cut off: Previous Years

    The cut off of DRDO for the recruitment of Mechanical Engineers in the year 2017 is given below:

    Mechanical Engineering824705578875

    DRDO Recruitment: Job Profile and Compensation Package

    A student will get a salary approximate of Rs 15600 – 39100 and Grade Pay Rs 5400. Total payments at the time of selected candidate will be roughly Rs 60,000 per month; presently Delhi rate (7th central Pay Commission)

    For all nominated Scientists “B” for DRDO it may be compulsory to go through post Induction Training in the beginning.

    The Central Government rules state that selected students will have the responsibility to serve anywhere in India.

    Facilities offered by DRDO are:

    • Mobile facility
    • Short and long term Loans & Advances
    • Medical facilities for self and dependents
    • Group Insurance
    • Provident Fund
    • Gratuity
    • Pension
    • Dearness Allowance
    • Perquisites and Allowance as per cafeteria
    • Performance Related Pay
    • HRA or House Rent Allowances

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    DRDO Recruitment: Important Guidelines

    • All incomplete applications will be rejected.
    • A candidate who has completed his or her full-time Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Technology) in the required disciplines is eligible to apply.
    • All the qualifications should be from Indian University/Institute recognized and approved by AICTE.
    • In case the information provided by the applicant is false or not in agreement with eligibility criteria, the management reserves the right to cancel the application at any stage.
    • The selected candidates can be posted anywhere in India.

    DRDO Recruitment through GATE 2021 FAQs

    Question- What is DRDO RAC?

    Answer- RAC is the Recruitment and Assessment Centre. It conducts all the enrollment related events for DRDO.

    Question- How I can fill up the form for Scientist “B” in DRDO

    Answer- RAC offers online application forms for recruitment to the post of Scientist B in DRDO through the RAC official website for Engineering PG students and UG Science attach candidates who have appeared in their last year’s examination.

    Question- What is the DRDO 2021 recruitment process application fee?

    Answer- The application fee is INR-100. But, PwD, SC/ST aspirants and women candidates are exempted from paying the application fee.

    Question- Does DRDO Recruit without GATE scores?

    Answer- DRDO does not only recruit through GATE. PSUs like ISRO and DRDO generally have their own recruitment tests as well.

    Question- Can I Join DRDO after clearing my class 12 exams?

    Answer- Of course, you can join DRDO after qualifying your 12th standard exams. If you have an ITI qualification, then you can also join DRDO as a technician.



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