DRDO Recruitment 2018 Through GATE

Last Updated - February 26 2018

DRDO Appointment via GATE 2018 – Appointment and Assessment Centre (RAC), DRDO Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India has announced notification for GATE 2018 qualified aspirants for Scientist ‘B’ in Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO). The organisation would be notifying the number of vacancies in the next few months. 

The application forms would be available in March/April 2018 at www.rac.gov.in.

The notification for Requirement of Valid GATE Score for Direct Appointment of Scientist `B’ in DRDO is shown below:

DRDO is one of the nation’s leading Research and Development Institute that appoints brilliant, competent and skilled scientists in Group ‘A’ (Gazetted) technical service known as Defence Research & Development Service (DRDS).

DRDO provides exhilarating and demanding career prospects in the very wide range of R&D at its more than 50 laboratories throughout the nation. An aspirant can visit the official website of DRDO for more information.

An aspirant will get a salary around Rs15600- 39100/- and Grade Pay Rs 5400/-. Total Emoluments at the time of joining will be roughly Rs 60,000/- per month. The aspirants are selected on the basis of GATE 2018 scores and individual interview.

GATE 2018 is scheduled for multiple dates in February 2018 (3, 4, 10 and 11)  

An aspirant who has finished his or her full-time Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Technology is applicable to apply.

DRDO Recruitment 2018 Number of Vacancies

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

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

The number of vacancies in the DRDO-PSU appointment based on GATE 2018 scores is given in the following table:-

Subjects/Branches No. 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/Branchs No. of Vacancies 
 GenOBCSCSTTotal
Animal Science*01001
Cognitive Science*10001
Biomedical Engg*00101
Fire Tech Safety Engg*31105
TOTAL80+2#4325+1#012

(*) marked Subjects/Branches 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

DRDO Recruitment 2018 Eligibility Criteria

  1. An Aspirant must be an Indian National.
  2. An Aspirant must have scored at least 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. An aspirant having knowledge of German, French, Russian, Japanese or Chinese is desirable. But it is not mandatory.
  4. The maximum age of the aspirant must be 28 years as on closing date 10 April 2018. Age Relaxation will be as per Government directions.
  5. Final Year Students are applicable to apply, only if they submit their final marks sheet by August 10, 2018.

Eligibility Criteria for DRDO PSU appointment based on GATE 2017 scores is given in the following table

BranchEssential 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 recognised 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 recognised 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 recognised 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 recognised 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 recognised 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 recognised 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 recognised 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 recognised 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 recognised 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 recognised 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 recognised 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 recognised university or equivalentMetallurgical Engineering (MT)1. Metallurgy & Material Tech 2. Metallurgy/Metallurgical Engg 3. Materials Engg

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

BranchEssential QualificationsEquivalent Acceptable Subjects of Qualifying Degree
Agriculture ScienceAt least First Class Master’s Degree in Agriculture Science from a recognised 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 recognised 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 recognised University or equivalent1. Cognitive Science
Biomedical EnggAt least First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technology in Biomedical Engg from a recognised university or equivalent.1. Biomedical Engg 2. Biomedical Instrumentation engg 3. Biomedical 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 recognised university or equivalent.1. Fire Engg 2. Safety & Fire Engg

DRDO Recruitment 2018 Job Profile and Compensation Package

A aspirant will get a salary around Rs.15600- 39100/- and Grade Pay Rs 5400/-. Total Emoluments at the time of joining will be roughly Rs 60,000/- per month at the current 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 via Post Induction Training in the beginning. As per the Central Government rules chosen participants will have the responsibility to cater anywhere in India including distant/ field area locations.

Welfare/ Facilities provided by DRDO are:-

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

DRDO Recruitment 2018 Application Date

The important dates for the entire examination process has been mentioned in the table below

Online Application Start DateMarch 20, 2018
Online Application Closing DateApril 10, 2018

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

DRDO Recruitment 2018 Age Limit

The maximum age of the aspirant must be 28 years as on closing date 10 April 2018. Age Relaxation will be as per Government directions. Maximum relaxation in upper age limit will be as under

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

DRDO Recruitment 2018 Application Fee And Procedure

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

The list of the documents that are needed for the online application procedure is given below

  • Caste Certificate if eligible
  • Class XII Certificate and Marks Sheet
  • Class X Certificate and Marks Sheet
  • Original GATE 2017 scorecard as received from the IIT
  • A participant, whether in Govt. Service or in Govt. owned institutes need 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.
  • GATE 2017 Score Card: JPEG/PDF Pattern
  • The maximum size of each attachment is 500 KB. Aspirants are advised to scan in 200dpi grey scale.
  • A recent passport size color Photograph: JPEG Pattern, Maximum size: 30KB, Resolution 110X140 pixels.
  • Graduation completion Certificate and Marks Sheet
  • Ex-servicemen Certificates as specified if eligible 

Note: Things to remember

  1. An aspirant 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. A participant is advisable to Lock and Finalize the application form well in advance without waiting for the closing date.
  3. A participant is advisable to keep a copy of the online enrollment application (PDF) together with acknowledgment slip produced after locking of the online application form.
  4. A participant has to clear the procedure of online application in every aspect as an incomplete application is liable for rejection.

DRDO Recruitment 2018 How to Apply

  1. Read all the important details properly.
  2. The first step for an aspirant is to register online on the official website www.rac.gov.in. It is compulsory to log in before the closing date to clear the procedure of application.
  3. After that, an aspirant needs to fill all the need details (Bio-data) in the application form like Name of the participant, Parent's or Guardian Name, Permanent Address, Date of Birth, Mobile Number, E-mail ID, etc.
  4. Then, an aspirant needs to upload a scanned copy of passport size photograph and all other need documents.
  5. Check all the entered details cautiously, before clicking on the submit button. As Once the Submit is hit, no further changes to the application would be valid.
  6. Then, an aspirant has to pay the fee via the online payment gateway.
  7. A participant has to Lock and Finalize the application form to clear the procedure of application.
  8. Mandatory 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 log out participant 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 uncompleted segments shall remain marked with the Red underline.
  11. An aspirant 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 previous than the specified duration will not be accepted.

Important points to note for Online Application Fee Payment

  • An aspirant 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 any payments, the difference is reimbursed back to the participants. Reimbursement is an automated procedure. It may take 5-7 working days to refund the amount.
  • While you are paying the application fee online, do not click back or refresh button on your browser.
  • In case of failed online fee payment, the participant may try again, or, get in touch with the debit card/ credit card/ bank account offers.
  • While you are paying the application fee online, do not reach other websites.
  • An aspirant has to remain patient as the process of online fee payment may take quite a few minutes.

Contact Details

Appointment & Assessment Centre (RAC)

Defence Research & Development Organization

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

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

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

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

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

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

DRDO Recruitment 2018 Screening/ Shortlisting

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

Part I: Applicable participant will be shortlisted for additional selection procedure on the basis of valid GATE 2018 score, in the ratio of 1:5 subject to their availability in order of the subject wise category wise merit list. The GATE Exam and the subject of qualifying degree must be linked to the Subjects against which the participant is submitting an application.

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

  • For 1 post- Up to 12 aspirants
  • For 2-3 post- Up to 24 aspirants

DRDO Recruitment 2018 Selection Procedure

The participants that are short-listed on the basis of the above criteria have to appear for an individual interview. PI (Personal Interview) will be organized at Delhi/ Bangalore/ Hyderabad/ Pune or any other place as decided by RAC/ DRDO. Individual 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.

Selection Criteria

Part I: The final selection of the aspirants is based on GATE 2018 scores and Individual Interview. An aspirant must secure at least 70% qualifying marks for General aspirants (60% for OBC/SC/ST/PWD aspirants) in Individual Interview in order to get selected. 80% weight is given to GATE score and 20% weight to marks in individual interview.

Part II: The final selection of the aspirants is based on marks scored in individual interview. An aspirant must secure at least 70% qualifying marks for General aspirants (60% for OBC/SC/ST/PWD aspirants) in Individual Interview in order to get selected.

The provision of recruitment to the selected aspirants 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 recruitment is based on satisfying conditions like qualifying the Medical examination and verification of need documents.

DRDO Recruitment 2018 Result List

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

DRDO Recruitment 2018 Important Guidelines

  • An aspirant who has finished his or her full time Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Technology) in the need branches is applicable to apply.
  • All the qualifications should be from Indian University/Institute recognised and approved by AICTE.
  • All incomplete applications will be rejected.
  • In case the information offered by the participant is false or not in agreement with eligibility criteria, the management reserves the right to cancel the application at any stage.
  • The selected aspirants can be posted anywhere in India.

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