DRDO Scientist Entry Test (SET) Exam,Details,Eligibility Criteria,Pattern,Important Dates,Subjects

DRDO Scientist Entry Test (SET) Exam,Details,Eligibility Criteria,Pattern,Important Dates,Subjects

Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO) works under Department of Defense Research and Development of Ministry of Defense. DRDO every year conducts a Scientist Entry Test (SET) on all India basis for the recruitment of scientists ‘B’ posts. A huge number of candidates appear for DRDO SET test.

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DRDO SET  is conducted on all India basis in the month of September, depending on the requirements, in order to provide equal opportunity to all students from different educational institutions in view of the increasingly wide variation in the marking pattern of different educational institutions in the country.

Important Date:The advertisement generally appears during the month of April / May every year.

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DRDO SET Exam Eligibility Criteria and Application Form

Candidates having first class  bachelor degree (minimum 60 % marks)in engineering, technology, electronics, communication, mechanical engineering and computer science can apply for SET exam.

Age Limit for DRDO SET Exam is 28 years and You musy be a citizen of India to apply.

Application forms are available with information brochure at designated branches of State Bank of India or forms are also published on the official website General/OBC candidates on payment of Rs. 300/- (Rs. 100/- for the application form with information brochure and Rs. 200/- as Exam. Fees). For SC/ST candidates, there is no exam fee and the application form with information brochure will be available to them on payment of Rs. 100/- only.

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DRDO SET Exam Pattern

DRDO SET exam consists of two stages –Written test followed by Interview. Marks you score in DRDO SET Written test is not carried forward but is just used for screening candidates for Interview. Final selection is based on the performance in the interview only.

DRDO SET Written test is 3-hour long with two sections:

Section A: Subject Knowledge (BE/ BTech (for Engg discipline) or MSc ( for Science Discipline))

Section B: Aptitude for Applied Research & Development.

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DRDO SET test has total 150 Objective-type questions for 500 total marks. Section A consists of 100 questions of 4 marks each total 400 Marks from the subject as per the syllabus of B.E/ B.Tech/ M.Sc and Section B consists of 50 questions of 2 marks each total 100 marks covering the topics related to Logical Reasoning, Spatial Reasoning, Concept Formation, Abstract Reasoning, and Numerical Reasoning.

NOTE:DRDO Set Also has Negative marking.Minus 1 mark for each wrong Section-A Answer,while Minus ½ Mark for Each wrong Section-B answer.

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DRDO SET Exam Subjects

DRDO SET is conducted in Engineering Subjects such as Aero, Civil, Electrical, Chemical, Computer, Electronics/Electronics & Communication, Instrumentation, Mechanical, Metallurgy etc

And is Conducted in Science subjects such as Chemistry, Physics and Maths/ Operations Research/ Statistics etc.

These subjects are specified in the advertisement.

Click here to See detailed Syllabus (Topic Wise) for DRDO SET Exam

PAY SCALE Benefits (After Entry Through SET Exam)

The DRDO SET Exam is for the position Scientist-B. Once you clear the exam and interview there will be 6 months training in pune after that you will be allocated to any of your specific domain. Starting pay will be –> Rs. 43000 + Free accomodation + For education for your childrens.

After Scientist-B next level is Scientist-C, D, E and F. but it will take maximum 5 years to move from one level to other level.

Click Here to KNOW HOW TO APPLY,How to Fill Application Form Offline,Online

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  • Aishwarya Koli

    I am doing an integrated course in biotechnology. Can I appear for SET ?

  • vineet

    i am in class 11th and it is my dream to do something for my country thatswhy i want apply for Set exam so as to develope new arms for my country

  • i am a 10+3+3 b tech (diplma+btech) student in cse i am eligible for drdo set exam

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  • Jogi

    I have completed bsc mpcs and i have write the exam drdo can u r eply this one please

  • vinodhini

    Helo sir I am a Agricultural student can I apper for SET?

  • ashish

    Drdo rac has removed statement regarding not conducting set exam due to administration reasons.So can we hope set exam in 2016?

    • If DRDO will conduct the Exam,the notice for the same is published and we can update you.If You want to Know anything else Please let me Know..
      Thank You

  • Shubhendu

    IS GATE score mandatory for giving SET??

    • For SET Exam you must qualify GATE.

      • Mayur Meghraj

        is it mandatory?


    When will be the SET 2016 notification announce?

  • nidhi

    is their any catergory where dgree students without qualifying gate can apply?

  • I am doing Integrated BS-MS from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research(IISER) Mohali. I am specialized in Material Physics but I am getting degree in Physics. I will be having an MS thesis and some research paper as well. How helpful these things are for getting selected in SET Exam of DRDO?

    Kindly mail me old exam papers of SET for physics.

  • p.srilakshmi

    my daughter completed m.p.c 2nd year. her interest is to become a police officer. but at the same time she is not interested subject related to social. she is well in maths. she is kind hearted and sensitive also. she loves animals. so at last my question to u is what should she do after 12th for good career. kindly help me if u can by giving me answer.and one thing she is talented also.


    I m studying in bsc chemistry hon. AM I eligible for SET exam after my graduation

  • Prashant

    I am pursuing my b.tech degree in marine engineering. Am I eligible for SET or not.


    I am a b.pharma student am i eligible for any DRDO exam. Or is there any scope if i will do msc in chemistry or biotech. Please tell me what should i do.

    • Vivek Bhardwaj

      Hi Antim
      If you want to Join DRDO then you must check the regular Jobs Updates by DRDO and if you are eligible for the recommended Criteria than you should apply for the Post.
      There are many ways to Join DRDO this is not compulsory that you should be from technical background even you join as pharma background.But for that stay update with latest DRDO recruitment and apply for posts according to your eligibility.
      If you wan to know anything else please let me know.
      Thank You

  • Vivek Bhardwaj

    Hey James

    You Should Check the Latest DRDO Jobs Notification and apply for the same according to your eligibility.

    Thank You.

  • aditya

    after cracking gate examinations
    what is further procedure for joining DRDO ??
    also please explain about physical eligibility.

    • Vivek Bhardwaj

      Hi Aditya
      DRDO recruits engineers and Scientists on regular bases.Stay tuned and check the Recruitment notification and apply for the same.All the eligibility criteria, physical ,medical etc will be given in the notification.
      If you want to know anything else Please let me know.

      • Mayur Meghraj

        dear vivek,

        do DRDO conduct SET exam every year as i read on many website that they are not conducting now for administritive issues. pls do reply

  • Shreya Vatsya

    Can I apply after completing MSc in physics

    • Vikash Kumar

      yes you can apply no problem in it

  • Mohammed Qutub

    i have completed bsc in computer science(3 years degree)am i eligible for this or not
    plzzzzzzzzzzzz do reply

  • kavya

    i am going for my final year in sept in B.E(CSE) i am i eligible for writing this exam

  • Can a student of Bachelor agri

    a student of Bsc agriculture can fill the DrDO form and if yes than what are the subjects for the exams

  • Aravind Kumar

    sir this is aravind
    i hve completed inter second year (mpc
    so i was intrested at drdo(indian army)
    so icame to know drdo is the base to join in army
    so i need help
    wt to do ?
    plss guide me sir
    my email : aravindpva18@gmail.com

  • Pragati Chauhan

    Hello sir,i have completed my graduation(BSc in statistics).nd now I m applying for MSc with statistics also.
    Plzz tell me m I going ryt for SET exam?

  • Ankit Yadav

    I am doing btech mechanical engineering and I am colour blind …is am I eligible for drdo

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