DRDO Recruitment 2020: Applications Invited For Apprentice Vacancies! Learn Exam Dates, Exam Pattern And Details About Eligibility And Application Forms


About DRDO Recruitment 2020

DRDO stands for Defence Research and Development Organization. DRDO Recruitment Examination is a national level entrance examination which is conducted by the Defence Research and Development Organization of the Ministry of Defence for the position of Junior Research Fellows.

The Organisation is committed to enhancing self-reliance in Defence Systems and undertakes design & development leading to the production of advanced weaponry and equipment as per the required needs and the qualitative instructions laid down.

The Areas Of Work In DRDO

It focuses on disparate fields of specialization such as aeronautics, armaments, combat vehicles, electronics, instrumentation engineering systems, missiles, materials, naval systems, advanced computing, simulation, and life sciences. The headquarters of DRDO is located in DRDO Bhawan, New Delhi in India. The DRDO conducts the recruitment examination annually in search of skilled graduates from all over the country for the post of Junior Research Fellows.

Quick Pointers On DRDO Recruitment Examination 2020

Date                           October 27, 2020
Frequency                  Once a year
Eligibility                    Passed Bachelor’/ Master’s Degree or Final Year Candidates or
GATE Score of 2016/ 2017/ 2018
No. of Sections           Section A and Section B
Duration                     3 hours i.e. 180 minutes
Mode                          Offline i.e. Pen and Paper-based Test (PBT)
Marking Pattern         Section A – 400 marks ;
Section B – 100 marks
Negative Marking       Section A – 1 marks ;
Section B – 1/2 marks
Age Limit                    18-27 Years
Website                      www.drdo.gov.in

DRDO Exam Dates 2020

DRDO Recruitment Exam schedules are decided only by the conducting authority of the examination. Due to unprecedented circumstances this year, DRDO 2020 exam dates are tentative as of now.

DRDO 2020 Application Form Start Date:        31st August 2020
DRDO 2020 Application Form Last Date:         10th October 2020
DRDO 2020 SET Admit Card download date:  14th October 2020
DRDO 2020 SET Exam Date (Expected):          27th October 2020
DRDO 2020 SET Result Date (Expected):        1st December 2020
DRDO 2020 SET Counselling Date:                  To be announced

DRDO Exam Eligibility 

Educational Qualifications

For the post of Senior Technical Assistant under DRDO Technical Cadre:

  • Applying candidates need to have a Bachelor’s degree in Science or a 3-years Diploma in Engineering/Technology/Computer Science/allied subjects in the required discipline from a recognized institute.
  • Candidates who are pursuing their final year degree in any stream are also eligible to apply for DRDO 2020.

For the post of Technician ‘A’ under DRDO Technical Cadre:

  • Candidate should be class 10 qualified or equivalent from a recognized board/institute.
  • The candidate should also possess a certificate from a recognized Industrial Training Institute.
  • If an ITI doesn’t provide a certificate for the course the candidate is interested in, he/she should at least have a 1-year certificate from a recognized institute (or) a National Trade Certificate (or) a National Apprenticeship Certificate in the required discipline.
  • Gate Qualification: Candidates who have a valid GATE score from the years 2016/2017/2018 are also eligible to apply.


Un-reserved/EWS:           Upto 28 years

OBC (non-creamy layer): Upto 31 years

SC/ST:                           Upto 33 years

DRDO 2020 Exam Pattern

For every right answer, 2 marks will be awarded and for every wrong answer, 0.5 marks will be deducted. Candidates will get 3 hours i.e. 180 minutes to complete the papers. Candidates who qualify both the exams (Section A and Section B) will be called for Personal Interview.

Section A – 100 questions – 400 marks

Section B – 50 questions  –  100 marks

Total     –   150 questions –  500 marks

DRDO 2020 Application Form

All the candidates must pay the Registration Fee online through Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking. Candidates have to make sure that all the images and documents are in the required format and size before uploading them in the application form. Candidates must scan the self-attested testimonials/certificates and upload them while filling up the DRDO 2020 Application Form.

General/OBC (Male):    INR 100

SC/ST/PWD/Female:    No Application Fee

DRDO 2020 Recruitment: Vacancy Details

DRDO has released vacancies under the following job categories. Candidates can visit the official site to apply. The last date to apply is October 6, 2020.

Essential Qualification                                                         Number of Apprentices

ITI in Fitter                                                                            25 Posts

ITI in Electronic Mechanic                                                       20 Posts

ITI in Electrician                                                                    15 Posts

ITI in Computer Operator and
Programming Assistant (COPA)                                               10 Posts

ITI in Turner                                                                         10 Posts

ITI in Machinist                                                                      5 Posts

ITI in Welder                                                                          5 Posts

Recruitment Salary

DRDO offers a pay scale of INR 34,000 per month which will be different as per the post (Scientist B, C, D, E).


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