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About Examination

DRDO CEPTAM is a National Level Entrance Examination conducted by the Defence Research and Development Organization of the Ministry of Defence for the position of Junior Research Fellows.


Notification (Update)

As per the latest notification released by DRDO, Tier-I (CBT) examination could not be conducted as per plan due to outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. However, DRDO has confirmed that MTS CEPTAM 2020 Exam will be planned and tentative dates will be intimated in due course of time, subject to the prevailing conditions and Government guidelines issued from time to time regarding handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Important Dates (Dates may change due to COVID-19)

The important events and their respective dates for DRDO Exam 2020 are listed below.


Dates (Tentative)

Application Form Release

August 31, 2020

Deadline for Application Form

October 10, 2020

DRDO SET Admit Card Release

October 14, 2020

DRDO SET 2020 Exam Date (Expected)

October 27, 2020

DRDO SET 2020 Result Date

To be notified

DRDO SET 2020 Counselling Date

To be notified

Note: Candidates can keep checking the official website for latest update in the schedule of the examination.


Admit Card

DRDO exam admit card will be released on the official website on October 14, 2020.


Application Fee

The application fee structure for DRDO Application Form 2020 will differ for each category. Candidates can submit the application fee online through credit card, debit card and net banking.




Rs. 100/-




Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for DRDO CEPTAM, candidates need to fulfil the following eligibility criteria in terms of educational qualification and age limit.

Candidate can check the eligibility criteria below:

  1. Applicants who reside in India are eligible to apply for the exam.
  2. Applicants who belong to aboard are not eligible.
  1. Applicant’s up to the age of 28 years are eligible to apply.
  1. Applicants must have completed their first-year bachelor’s degree in engineering or technology from a known university.

Note: Candidates are recommended to check the detailed eligibility criteria in order to be eligible for the exam from the official Website.


Exam Pattern

Important information related to the exam pattern for the entrance exam is listed below:

Section A:

Section B:

Section B is subdivided into five topics:

Note: Candidates are advised to check the detailed exam pattern from the official Website.



The following are the syllabus for DRDO exam:

Chemical Engineering (CH)

Instrumentation and Process Control

Process Calculations and Thermodynamics

Fluid Mechanics and Mechanical Operations

Heat Transfer

Mass Transfer

Chemical Reaction Engineering

Plant Design and Economics

Chemical Technology


Computer Science and Engineering (CS)

Computer Networks


Theory of Computation

Digital Logic

Programming and Data Structures Algorithms

Computer Organization and Architecture

Compiler Design


Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)

Digital Circuits

Signals and Systems


Electronic Devices

Analog Circuits

Control Systems




Electrical Engineering (EE)

Electric Circuits and Fields

Electrical Machines

Power Systems

Signals and Systems

Control Systems

Electrical and Electronic Measurements

Power Electronics and Drives


Note: Candidates are advised to check the detailed syllabus for the exam from the official Website.


 Exam Centres

Note: Candidates can check the list of the exam centre from the official Website.


Application Form Procedure

Candidates can apply for the application form online by logging on to the official website of DRDO.

(To the Director, Center for Airborne Systems (CABS), DRDO, Ministry of Defence, Belur, Yemlur Post, Bengaluru-560037)

Note: Candidates are advised to download a copy of the online recruitment application in (pdf format) along with the acknowledgement slip generated after paying for an online application form.

Official Website: Check Here

Official CEPTAM Advertisement Link: Check Here