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    DRDO Recruitment Through GATE 2020

    Vivek Kumar Vivek Kumar
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    DRDO Recruitment through GATE 2020: Recruitment and Assessment Centre (RAC), DRDO Ministry of Defence, GoI has released notification for GATE qualifiers for Scientist ‘B’ in Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO). The recruitment will be completely based on GATE Result.

    • Bachelor Degree (full-time) holders in Engineering or Technology is eligible to apply for GATE. Check GATE Eligibility 
    • The application forms will be available from May 15 (tentative) at www.rac.gov.in.
    • Candidates are selected on the basis of GATE 2020 and personal interview.

    Pay Scale: A candidate will get a salary of around INR 15600- 39100/- and Grade Pay INR 5400/-. Total Emoluments at the time of joining will be roughly INR 60,000/- per month. Check GATE PSU Cut off

    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 official website of DRDO for more information. 

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    DRDO Recruitment: Number of Vacancies

    There are total 163 vacancies. It is divided into two parts 

    • Part I: 154 Vacancies (151 for DRDO and 3 for ADA)
    • Part II: 9 Vacancies for DRDO

    The number of vacancies in the DRDO-PSU recruitment based on GATE 2020 Scores is given in the following table:-

    Subjects/DisciplinesNo. of Vacancies
    GenOBCSCSTTotal
    Electronics & Comm.17+1#116+1#438+2#
    Mechanical Engg19+1#85234+1#
    Computer Science &1374226
    Mathematics*32117
    Electrical Engg631010
    Physics*22116
    Aeronautical Engg31105
    Chemical Engg32229
    Chemistry*32005
    Textile Engg*10102
    Civil Engg*43108
    Material Science & Engg/Metallurgical Engg*10001

    Percentage of Marks in Essential Qualification is given in the following table

    Subjects/DisciplinesNo. of Vacancies
    GenOBCSCSTTotal
    Animal Science*01001
    Cognitive Science*10001
    Biomedical Engg*00101
    Fire Tech Safety Engg*31105
    TOTAL80+2#4325+1#012

    (*) marked Subjects/Disciplines are those in which Persons with Disabilities (PWD) (Orthopedic Handicapped (OH) and Hearing Handicapped (HH)) can apply.

    (**) GATE: Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

    (#) marked vacancies are for ADA

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    DRDO Recruitment: Eligibility

    1. A Candidate must be an Indian National.
    2. A Candidate must have scored minimum 60% marks in the qualifying exam. In cases where the conversion formula is not obtainable, CGPA/CPI of 6.75 (for a 10 point scale) will be taken as equivalent to 60%, as per AICTE guidelines.
    3. A candidate having knowledge of German, French, Russian, Japanese or Chinese is desirable. But it is not compulsory.
    4. The maximum age of the candidate must be 28 years as on closing date 10 April, 2020. Age Relaxation will be as per Government directions.
    5. Final Year Students are eligible to apply, only if they submit their final marks sheet by August 10, 2020.

    Eligibility Criteria for DRDO PSU recruitment based on GATE 2020 scores is given in the following table

    DisciplineEssential QualificationsGATE Paper codeEquivalent Acceptable Subjects of Qualifying Degree
    Electronics & Comm. EnggAt least First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technology in Electronics & Communication Engg from a recognized university or equivalent.Electronics & Communication Engg (EC)1. Electronics & Communication Engg 2. Electronics Engg 3. Electronics & Computer Engg 4. Electronics & Control Engg. 5. Electronics & Communication System Engg 6. Electronics & Instrumentation Engg 7. Electronics & Tele Communication Engg 8. Electronics & Telematics Engg 9. Industrial Electronics Engg 10. Tele Communication Engg 11. Telecommunication & Information Tech 12. Applied Electronics & Instrumentation Engg 13. Electronics & Electrical Communication Engg 14. Electrical with Communication Engg
    Mechanical EnggAt least First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technology in Mechanical Engg from a recognized university or Equivalent.Mechanical1. Mechanical Engg 2. Mechtronics Engg 3. Mechanical & Automation Engg 4. Mechanical & Production Engg
    Computer Science & EnggAt least First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technology in Computer Science & Engg from a recognized university or equivalent.Computer Science & Information Technology (CS)1. Computer Science & Engineering 2. Computer Science /App Engg/Tech 3. Computer Science/Engg. & Info Tech 4. Computer Science & System Engg. 5. Computer Software Engg 6. Computer Science & Automation Engg 7. Computer Technology 8. Computer Technology & Informatics Engg 9. Computer Technology & Information Engg 10. Information Science/ Technology Engg 11. Information Technology Engg
    MathematicsAt least First Class Master’s Degree in Mathematics from a recognized University or equivalentMathematics (MA)1. Mathematics 2. Applied Mathematics
    Electrical EnggAt least First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technology in Electrical Engg from a recognized university or equivalentElectrical Engg (EE)1. Electrical Engg 2. Electrical Power System Engg 3. Electrical & Electronics Engg 4. Electrical & Renewable Energy Engg 5. Power Engg 6. Power Electronics Engg 7. Electronics & Electrical Communication Engg 8. Electrical with Communication Engg
    PhysicsAt least First Class Master’s Degree in Physics from a recognized University or equivalentPhysics (PH)1. Physics 2. Applied Physics 3. Physics (Electronics) 4. Solid State Physics
    Aeronautical EnggAt least First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technology in Aeronautical Engg from a recognized university or equivalentAerospace Engineering (AE)1. Aeronautical Engg 2. Aerospace Engg 3. Avionics Engg
    Chemical EnggAt least First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technology in Chemical Engg from a recognized university or equivalent.Chemical Engineering (CH)1. Chemical Engg 2. Chemical Engg / Chemical Tech 3. Chemical Plant Engg 4. App. Chemical and Polymer Tech 5. Polymer Science & Chemical Technology
    ChemistryAt least First Class Master’s Degree in Chemistry from a recognized University or equivalent.Chemistry (CY)1. Chemistry 2. Organic Chemistry 3. Inorganic Chemistry 4. Analytical Chemistry 5. Physical Chemistry
    Textile EnggAt least First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technology in Textile Engg from a recognized university or equivalentTextile Engineering & Fibre Science (TF)1. Textile Engg 2. Textile Chemistry Engg 3. Textile Technology
    Civil EnggAt least First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technology in Civil Engg from a recognized university or equivalentCivil Engineering (CE)1. Civil Engg 2. Civil & Structural Engg
    Material Science & Engg/ Metallurgical EnggAt least First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technology in Metallurgy (Material Science & Engg/Metallurgical Engg) from a recognized university or equivalentMetallurgical Engineering (MT)1. Metallurgy & Material Tech 2. Metallurgy/Metallurgical Engg 3. Materials Engg

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    Eligibility Criteria for DRDO-PSU recruitment based on Percentage of Marks in Essential Qualification is given in the following table

    DisciplineEssential QualificationsEquivalent Acceptable Subjects of Qualifying Degree
    Agriculture ScienceAt least First Class Master’s Degree in Agriculture Science from a recognized University or equivalent.1. Agricultural Botany 2. Agriculture Horticulture 3. Agricultural Chemistry 4. Agriculture Zoology 
    Animal ScienceAt least First Class Master’s Degree in Animal Science from a recognized University or equivalent.1. Animal Science 2. Animal Science & Bio Technology 3. Animal & Plant Science
    Cognitive ScienceAt least First Class Master’s Degree in Cognitive Science from a recognized University or equivalent1. Cognitive Science
    Biomedical EnggAt least First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technology in Biomedical Engg from a recognized university or equivalent.1. Biomedical Engg 2. Biomedical Instrumentation engg 3. Bio medical Tech/Science 4. Biomedical Genetics Engg
    Fire Tech Safety EnggAt least First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technology in Fire Tech Safety Engg from a recognized university or equivalent.1. Fire Engg 2. Safety & Fire Engg

    DRDO Recruitment: Job Profile and Compensation Package

    A candidate will get a salary around INR 15600- 39100/- and Grade Pay INR 5400/-. Total Emoluments at the time of joining will be roughly INR 60,000/- per month at the present Delhi rate (likely to be revised as per the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission).

    All selected Scientists ‘B’ for DRDO may be requisite to go through Post Induction Training in the beginning. As per the Central Government rules chosen applicants will have the responsibility to serve anywhere in India including distant/ field area locations.

    Welfare/ Facilities offered by DRDO are:-

    • Dearness Allowance
    • Perquisites and Allowance as per cafeteria
    • Performance Related Pay
    • Company Leased Accommodation / Company Quarters or HRA
    • Reimbursement of monthly conveyance expenditure
    • Mobile facility
    • Short and Long term Loans & Advances
    • Medical facilities for self and dependents
    • Group Insurance
    • Provident Fund
    • Gratuity
    • Pension

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    DRDO Recruitment: Application Date

    The important dates for the entire examination procedure have been mentioned in the table below

    Online Application Start DateMarch 20, 2020 (tentative)
    Online Application Closing DateApril 10, 2020 (tentative)

    Note: Personal Interview may start in the month of May. Visit the official RAC website for latest updates.


    DRDO Recruitment: Age Limit

    The maximum age of the candidate must be 28 years as on closing date April 10, 2020. Age Relaxation will be as per Government directions. Maximum relaxation in upper age limit will be as under

    • For SC/ST Category Candidates: Upto 05 years
    • For OBC (Non Creamy Layer) Category Candidates: Upto 03 years
    • For PWD Candidates: Upto 10 years
    • For PWD (OBC) Candidates: Upto 13 years
    • For PWD (SC/ST) Candidates: Upto 15 years
    • Serving Central Civilian Govt. employees: Upto 05 years

    DRDO Recruitment: Application Fee And Process

    The application fee is INR 100 for General or OBC category candidates. SC/ST /PWD and women candidates are exempted from paying the application fee. The application fee can be paid only through online payment gateway.

    The list of the documents that are required for the online application process is given below

    • GATE Score Card: JPEG/PDF Format
    • A recent passport size color Photograph: JPEG Format, Maximum size: 30KB, Resolution 110X140 pixels.
    • Original GATE score card as received from the IIT
    • Class X Certificate and Marks Sheet
    • Class XII Certificate and Marks Sheet
    • Graduation completion Certificate and Marks Sheet
    • Caste Certificate if applicable
    • Ex-servicemen Certificates as specified if applicable 
    • An applicant, whether in Govt. Service or in Govt. owned institutes is required to upload a signed declaration (as per the Performa available at RAC website) that he or she has informed Cadre Controlling Authority (CCA) in writing that he or she has applied for the post in DRDO/ADA.
    • The maximum size of each attachment is 500 KB. Candidates are recommended to scan in 200dpi grey scale.

    Note: Things to remember

    1. A candidate has to register online using web browsers Mozilla Firefox ver. 10 or Google Chrome ver. 10 or higher. The online application form will not function in Internet Explorer web browser.
    2. An applicant is recommended to Lock and Finalize the application form well in advance without waiting for the closing date.
    3. An applicant is recommended to keep a copy of the online enrollment application (PDF) together with acknowledgement slip produced after locking of online application form.
    4. An applicant has to complete the process of online application in every aspect as an incomplete application is liable for rejection.

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    DRDO Recruitment: How to Apply?

    1. Read all the important details properly.
    2. The first step for a candidate is to register online on the official website www.rac.gov.in. It is mandatory to LOGIN before the closing date to complete the process of application.
    3. After that, a candidate is required to fill all the required details (Bio-data) in the application form like Name of the applicant, Parent's or Guardian Name, Permanent Address, Date of Birth, Mobile Number, E-mail ID, etc.
    4. Then, a candidate is required to upload scanned copy of passport size photograph and all other required documents.
    5. Check all the entered details carefully, before clicking on the submit button. As Once the Submit is hit, no further changes to the application would be valid.
    6. Then, a candidate has to pay the fee through online payment gateway.
    7. An applicant has to Lock and Finalize the application form to complete the process of application.
    8. Compulsory fields are marked with a star (*) / asterisk and must be filled before you can move to the next stage of the form.
    9. Prior to logout applicant must save the details filled by clicking “Save” button.
    10. A segment title will show Green underline once it is entirely filled and saved whereas unfinished segments shall remain marked with Red underline.
    11. A candidate must register with valid GATE Registration number as in case of invalid GATE registration number the application will be rejected.
    12. Do not register more than once.
    13. Applications further than or earlier than the specified period will not be accepted.

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    Important points to note for Online Application Fee Payment

    • While you are paying the application fee online, do not click back or refresh button on your browser.
    • A candidate has to remain patient as the procedure of online fee payment may take quite a few minutes.
    • While you are paying the application fee online, do not access other websites.
    • In case of failed online fee payment, the applicant may try again, or, get in touch with the debit card/ credit card/ bank account provider.
    • A candidate should check back after 48 hours, whether the application fee amount is debited from his or her account. If not, then carry out the Fee Payment.
    • In case of many payments the difference is reimbursed back to the applicants. Reimbursement is an automated process. It may take 5-7 working days to refund the amount.

    Contact Details

    Recruitment & Assessment Centre (RAC)

    Defence Research & Development Organization

    Ministry of Defence, Lucknow Road, Timarpur, Delhi - 110054

    For all queries related to online applying, please contact 011-23810965; 011-23830599

    Email id: sp@recruitment.drdo.in or pro@recruitment.drdo.in 

    For any other queries, please contact 011-23819745; 011-23915140; 011-23971048

    Email id: director@recruitment.drdo.in or hp@recruitment.drdo.in or pro@recruitment.drdo.in

    Website: http://rac.gov.in/; http://drdo.gov.in/


    DRDO Recruitment: Screening/ Shortlisting

    Screening or short listing of candidates will be done in two ways

    Part I: Eligible applicant will be shortlisted for additional selection process on the basis of valid GATE 2020 score, in the ratio of 1:5 subject to their availability in order of the subject wise category wise merit list. GATE Exam and the subject of qualifying degree must be linked to the Subjects against which the applicant is submitting an application.

    Part II: Eligible applicant will be shortlisted for additional selection process on the basis of percentage of marks obtained in Essential Qualification, in order of the subject wise category wise merit list. The number of applicants subject to their availability in the following ratio will be shortlisted for additional selection process:-

    • For 1 post- Upto 12 candidates
    • For 2-3 post- Upto 24 candidates

    DRDO Recruitment: Selection Process

    The applicants that are short-listed on the basis of the above criteria have to appear for a personal interview. PI will be conducted at Delhi/ Bangalore/ Hyderabad/ Pune or any other place as decided by RAC/ DRDO. Personal Interview may start in the month of May. Visit the official RAC website to download your interview call letter along with date/ location of PI and other important documents.

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    DRDO Recruitment: Selection Criteria

    Part I: The final selection of the candidates is based on GATE 2020 scores and Personal Interview. 80% weightage is given to GATE score and 20% weightage to marks in personal interview. A candidate must secure minimum 70% qualifying marks for General candidates (60% for OBC/SC/ST/PWD candidates) in Personal Interview in order to get selected.

    Part II: The final selection of the candidates is based on marks scored in personal interview. A candidate must secure minimum 70% qualifying marks for General candidates (60% for OBC/SC/ST/PWD candidates) in Personal Interview in order to get selected.

    The offer of appointment to the selected candidates is limited to the number of vacancies in order of merit. In case of Group ‘A’ Technical posts of Govt. of India with Field Service Liability the appointment is based on satisfying conditions like qualifying the Medical examination and verification of required documents.


    DRDO Recruitment: Result List

    A subject wise category wise merit list will be released by the competent authority. The result list will be uploaded on the official website of RAC.

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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.

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