DRDO awaits you after GATE

Note: This post was written last year when DRDO recruitment process was on. DRDO recruits every year and we'll update the details here, as and when the recruitment process starts.

In a first, Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), has opened its recruitment through GATE this year. There are 5 aerospace vacancies of Scientist 'B' in DRDO and selection is through GATE. If you have valid GATE 2015/2016 score; you are welcome to apply.

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What is DRDO?

DRDO is a govt. organisation whose purpose is to develop systems for Indian Defence Forces. Its products range from Missiles to conventional armaments like shells, bombs and guns; Aircrafts, UAVs, Aerial Delivery systems, Radars, Tanks, Modern Combat sytems etc. DRDO has over 54 labs spread all over India. These labs are divided into following technology clusters on the basis of projects they carry out:

  1. Aeronautical Systems
  2. Missiles & Strategic Systems
  3. Armaments and Combat Engineering Systems
  4. Electronics & Comm. Systems
  5. Naval Systems & Materials
  6. Life Sciences
  7. MED & Computational Systems

Aeronautics cluster is based in Bangalore and Missiles cluster is based in Hyderabad. Aerospace engineers will mainly be recruited to these clusters. For complete list of labs under these clusters you can refer this link on DRDO website.

The Selection Process

You'd need to apply online on DRDO's Recruitment & Assessment Center (RAC) website (http://rac.gov.in) from 20 March onward. Shortlisting of the candidates will be on the basis of GATE score. The final selection will be through a personal (technical) interview at RAC, New Delhi.

There are 5 vacancies for Aeronautical/Aerospace engineers.

How much Salary?

You will be recruited as Scientist 'B'. Its a Class 1 Gazetted Officer profile in Central Govt. In salary terms its 'Pay Band 3 - Rs. 15,600 - 39,100, Grade Pay Rs. 5400'. The salary in Bangalore/Hyderabad as per current rates is as follows:

Basic15,600
Grade Pay5,400
Total Basic Pay21,000
Dearness Allowance - DA
(Currently 125% of Basic Pay; revised every 6 months)
26,250
Travelling Allowance (TA)3,600
DA at TA
(125% of 3600)
4,500
House Rent Allowance (HRA)
(30% of Basic Pay)
6,300
Total Salary61,650

Additionaly, you'll be eligible for all kind of other benefits like Housing Facilities, Central Govt. Health Scheme (CGHS) which entitles you for a free/ discounted medical facilities across a large number of Hospitals, CSD (Defence Canteen) facility, Leave Travel concession (LTC) - free air tickets!! and many more.

The pay is set to revise effective 1 January, 2016 as per recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission. The new gross salary is expected to lie in the bracket of 70-80,000.

Higher Education

As soon as you complete 3 years in service you are eligible to apply for further studies. DRDO sponsors its scientists for M.Tech/Ph.D. in IISc/IITs/NITs. There are dedicated seats for DRDO scientists in every institue. DRDO will sponsor your full fee plus give full pay during whole period of studies.

In our opinion, this is a golden opportunity which you should never miss. Share this post with your friends to let them know.

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