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DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Eligibility Criteria, Application, Exam Pattern, Syllabus and Selection Process

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Nov 25, 2020

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DRDO CEPTAM is conducted by Centre for Personnel Talent Management (CEPTAM) of DRDO. CEPTAM is entrusted with the Recruitment of Technical, Administrative & Allied category of non-gazetted personnel, Assessment of DRTC Officers & Staff, and facilitates Training for development of these cadres as per Training Policy of DRDO.

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This exam is conducted once in every year depending on the number of vacancies. The exam is held online. There are two stages of the selection process and those are Tier-I and Tier-II. Candidates need to complete both stages and meet the cutoff marks to be selected for the applied post.

DRDO CEPTAM Highlights

DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Highlights

Exam Name Defence Research & Development Organisation Centre for Personnel Talent Management Exam
The Conducting Body Centre for Personnel Talent Management (CEPTAM) of DRDO
Exam Level National
Frequency Once a year
Post MTS (MULTI TASKING STAFF), Tech A, and A&A posts
Salary INR 18000-56900/-
Application Mode Online
Application Fees General - INR 100/- WOMEN/SC/ ST/ ESM - No fees
Exam Mode Online
Negative Marking No Negative Marking
Selection Process
  1. Tier-I
  2. Tier-II
Official Website
DRDO CEPTAM Eligibility

DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Eligibility Criteria

To apply for this exam, candidates must be an Indian citizen and be between 18 and 25 Years of age. The upper age limit is relaxable for SC/ ST/ OBC/ ESM/ PWD/WIDOWS/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated from their husbands who are not remarried, Central Govt Civilian Employees, Disabled Defence Services Personnel, Persons Domiciled In J&K State during the period from 01-01-1980 to 31-12-1989 as per extant Govt. of India rules). Here is the required educational qualification:

DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Educational Qualifications

  • Candidates must be 10th Class pass or equivalent from a recognized Board or Industrial Training Institute (ITI) pass.
  • Candidates must have acquired the EQR as on the crucial date of eligibility for the posts they are applying for.
  • Those awaiting results of the final examination as on the crucial date of eligibility for the prescribed qualification are not eligible and hence should not apply.
  • for Technician ‘A’ is Class 10 pass or equivalent.
  • The eligibility for STA ‘B’ is graduation basically in science stream.

To know the Educational criteria in details, check DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Post-wise Eligibility Criteria

DRDO CEPTAM Application Process

How to Apply for DRDO CEPTAM 2021

Candidates who are eligible to apply for DRDO CEPTAM recruitment can fill and submit the online application form on the official website. The form is available on the website ( Here are the steps to apply for the recruitment process:

  • Visit the official website of DRDO at
  • On the home page, select ‘Careers’ and then click on ‘Other Recruitments’
  • You will be redirected to DRDO CEPTAM homepage.
  • Select the post, and click on ‘Online Application Form’
  • Register yourself using the required details.
  • Once registered, log-in to your application using registration number.
  • Fill in the application form, submit the fee and submit your application.

To know in detail, check DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Application Process

How to Download the DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Admit Card?

DRDO CEPTAM Admit Card will be released online on the official website. To download the admit card, candidates need to enter application number, post and date of birth. Candidates will be able to download DRDO CEPTAM admit card 2021 till the day of the exam.

  1. Visit the official website of DRDO CEPTAM -
  2. Click on ‘Careers’. A new page will appear.
  3. Click on the ‘CEPTAM- Advt: Notice Board’ link.
  4. Click on the admit card download link.
  5. Enter Roll Number/Registration and Date of Birth/Password
  6. Click on the “Submit” button. Your DRDO CEPTAM Admit Card 2021 will appear on the screen.
  7. Verify all the details on the DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Admit Card
  8. Download it and make a few prints out for the exam.

To know the other details and instructions related to DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Admit Card, check DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Admit Card Details and Instructions.

DRDO CEPTAM Exam Pattern

DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Exam Pattern

  • DRDO CEPTAM Exam Pattern 2021 is prescribed by Centre for Personnel Talent Management for Tech A, A&A and MTS.
  • All the exams comprise two tiers.
  • The pattern is different for different tiers and posts.
  • The exam will be conducted in the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode.
  • The exam papers consist of objective type MCQs containing 1 mark for each question.
  • There is no negative marking in DRDO CEPTAM 2021 exam.

To know the post-wise exam pattern, check DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Post-wise Exam Pattern


DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Syllabus

Syllabus for MTS Recruitment

  • The syllabus of Tier-I comprises General Intelligence & Reasoning Ability, General Awareness, and Quantitative Aptitude & Numerical Ability.
  • The syllabus of Tier-II comprises General Science, General Math, and General English.

Syllabus for A&A Recruitment

DRDO CEPTAM syllabus for A & A post is divided into Quantitative ability/aptitude, General intelligence & Reasoning ability, General Awareness, General Science, Arithmetic & Numerical Ability, General Ability, Hindi or English Language.

Syllabus for Tech “A” Recruitment

The Section A of the question paper comprises questions from Quantitative Ability/Aptitude, General Intelligence & Reasoning Ability, General Awareness, English Language (basic knowledge), General Science and the Section B comprises questions specific to trade/discipline as per the post-code.

DRDO CEPTAM Selection Process

DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Selection Process

The selection process consists of 3 stages - Tier-I, Tier-II and Document Verification as described in the official notification of the DRDO. There will be no negative marking for the wrong answer in any of the exam stages. The medium for the examination will be Hindi and English.

Tier - I

The Tier-I of DRDO CEPTAM is the entry-level screening test. The Score of Tier-I (CBT) may be normalized as per requirement. The candidates who will be able to obtain the cutoff marks or above will be shortlisted for the Tier-II exam.


The ratio of the shortlisted candidates may vary depending on the number of posts, the vacancies and the number of applied candidates. Those qualified candidates of Tier-II will be called for Document verification.

Document Verification

Document Verification of Provisionally shortlisted candidates will be done at the time of joining by concerned Laboratory/Establishment. On this stage, if any candidate fails to show proper and correct documents, shall be disqualified.

To get the details on the selection process, check DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Selection Process of MTS Recruitment and A & A Post

How to Check the Cutoff Marks of DRDO CEPTAM 2021?

The DRDO released the cutoff marks a few moments after declaring the results. There will be separate cutoff marks declared for each stage. Here is the process to calculate your DRDO CEPTAM cutoff marks -

  • Visit the official website
  • Click the cutoff link on the home page
  • Enter post applied, the application number, date of birth and captcha code
  • Check the DRDO CEPTAM cut off marks

To take a look at the previous years cutoff marks, check DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Cutoff Marks & Previous Year’s Cutoff Marks

This three-stage examination is a path to be a DRDO officer. Candidates who will be selected after these three stages will be joining as per the DRDO orders. However, candidates need to prepare for both sides together at the very early stage of preparation. All candidates who have decided to apply for DRDO CEPTAM 2021, should start preparing today. To get the preparation tips and strategies, check DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Preparation Tips


Ques. What does DRDO stand for?

Ans. DRDO stands for Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO)

Ques. Where will I get the contact details of DRDO CEPTAM?

Ans. Here are the address and contact details of DRDO CEPTAM

Centre for Personnel Talent Management (CEPTAM)
Metcalfe House
Phone : 011-23810276,23882300
Fax : 011-23810287

Ques. What is DRDO?

Ans. DRDO comes under the Ministry Of Defence. This organization focuses on research and development and this is fully owned by the Government of India.

Ques. What is the average salary of a DRDO officer?

Ans. The average salary of a DRDO officer is INR 18000-56900/- as per the 7th CPC pay matrix and other benefits/allowances as per extant Gov. of India rule.

Ques. What is the salary of DRDO MTS?

Ans. The payscale is ₹ 18,000 – 56,900 /- (as per 7th CPC Pay Matrix) of DRDO MTS officers.

Ques. What are the allowances that DRDO MTS officers get?

Ans. DRDO MTS will not only get a handsome salary but also get a good amount of facilities & allowances such as Location Allowances, Performance-related pay, telephone/Mobile facility, Medical facilities, Personal Accident Insurance, Gratuity, Pension and Dearness Allowances.

Ques. Is DRDO MTS a good job?

Ans. For all those with just minimum education, DRDO MTS recruitment is a good chance to apply for govt jobs in India. It is conducted to fill multi-tasking staff (MTS) vacancies in various ministries & departments of the central government.

Ques. What MTS do in DRDO?

Ans. The official work also includes filing of official documents and verification of stock. The candidates are held responsible for the physical maintenance of all the records of the department. They need to keep various sections/units and premises of DRDO clean.

Ques. What is the highest salary in DRDO?

Ans. The Highest reported salary offered at DRDO is ₹50.0lakhs. The top 10% of employees earn more than ₹36.9lakhs per year. The top 1% earn more than a whopping ₹47.1lakhs per year.

Ques. Is there any negative marking in the DRDO MTS exam?

Ans. There will be no negative marking for wrong answers in DRDO MTS Exam and marks will not be deducted for unanswered questions.

Ques. Is the GATE score required for DRDO?

Ans. Students having a valid GATE score from the year 2020/2019/2018 are eligible to apply for DRDO Scientist B recruitment. Selection of candidates for the post of Scientist 'B' is a three-step process with shortlisting through GATE scores, descriptive examination and personal interview.

Ques. Can girls apply for DRDO MTS?

Ans. The female candidates must be between 18 and 25 Years of age and having eligible educational qualification, can apply for multiple vacancies in the DRDO.

Ques. Who established DRDO in India?

Ans. Avinash Chander is an Indian scientist who was Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister, the Director-General of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Ques. Can I join DRDO without GATE?

Ans. DRDO recruitment 2020 for engineers without GATE. No need to attend the GATE exam for this DRDO recruitment

Ques. Is the DRDO exam tough?

Ans. The DRDO CEPTAM is not so tough if you have a strong determination about what you want to become and a clear vision of your goal.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


sree shanmitha
If I complete my btech in data science can I apply for it and what is the I will be taken by drdo
abdul nazir

Hi Sree, To be eligible for DRDO you need to 10th pass and as you have completed B.Tech, you are very much eligible to apply. Also, the age limit is between 18-25 years. There are other eligibility norms as well so if you satisfy all those you will be considered eligible to apply for the DRDO exam. To know more about the exam criteria click here.

I have done B.Sc can I apply for exam and what is the age limit ?

Hi Divya

The maximum age limit is 25 years but there is a relaxation for the SC/ST/OBC/PWD.

ramesh kumar gupta
While pursuing an MSc, if I clear the DRDO CEPTAM exam, then can I get a study leave to complete degree before joining?
kavita rani

Hi Ramesh. Yes, you get some leaves to complete your degree. For more details, refer to the official website.

avinash sahu
What is DRDO's CEPTAM exam? What are the various tiers STA A/B? What is the eligibility? What if one cracks this exam? What is he supposed to do?
kavita rani

Hi Avinash. DRDO CEPTAM exam is taken by the Centre for Personnel Talent Management to appoint the deserving candidates for Technical post, Administrative & Allied category of non-gazetted personnel, Assessment of DRTC Officers & Staff, etc. To apply for this exam, candidates must be an Indian citizen and must be aged between 18 and 25 years. For more details on DRDO’s CEPTAM, refer here.

divakar sharma
What is the syllabus for the DRDO CEPTAM exam and Tier 2 for BSc chemistry students?
kavita rani

Hi Divakar. DRDO CEPTAM MTS exam include two tiers: 1 and 2. The syllabus of tier 1 will have topics from General Intelligence & Reasoning Ability, General Awareness, and Quantitative Aptitude & Numerical Ability while the DRDO CEPTAM syllabus for Tier 2 will have topics from General Science, General Math, and General English. For more details, kindly refer here.

shruti verma
How can I crack the DRDO CEPTAM exam? Which book is the best?
kavita rani

Hi Shruti. If you are an engineer and want to get involved with the research and development, then DRDO offers you the best opportunity to serve the country. You must start reading NCERT Books from standard-VIII – XII as it helps a lot in boosting your general awareness skills. You can refer here to get some beneficial preparation tips.

deep jyoti das
What is the syllabus for the DRDO CEPTAM exam (Tier 1 exam)?
kavita rani

Hi Deep. The syllabus of tier 1 includes General Intelligence & Reasoning Ability, General Awareness, and Quantitative Aptitude & Numerical Ability. The Tier-I of DRDO CEPTAM 2021 is an online exam and MCQs will be asked in the exam. For more details related to DRDO CEPTAM exam syllabus, refer here.

Which books should I follow for the DRDO CEPTAM exam?
kavita rani

Hi Vipasha. DRDO Multi Tasking Staff (CEPTAM) Tier I & II Exam Guide 2020, DRDO Multi Tasking Staff (CEPTAM) 2020 Tier I & II Exam, etc. are some of the books that can be considered while giving the DRDO CEPTAM exam.

vishal sharma
Can a BBA graduate apply for the DRDO CEPTAM exam?
kavita rani

Hi Vishal. Each year, the Defence Research and Development Organisation appoints scientists mostly at entry-level (Scientist 'B') through GATE. Candidates are supposed to have completed EER and other eligibility for the special post mentioned here to get selected for the post.

sourajit mukherjee
Is DRDO CEPTAM exam held in every year?
kavita rani

Hi Sourajit. DCDO CEPTAM is conducted once in every year based on the number of vacancies.