DRDO CEPTAM Tech ‘A’ Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021
Defence Research Development Organization

Every year DRDO-CEPTAM conducts the exam for recruitment of eligible candidates of Technical, Administrative & Allied category non-gazetted personnel. The CEPTAM is a corporate body of DRDO established as the Personnel Assessment Centre (PEACE) to cater to the DRTC cadre (Technical Staff) of DRDO. DRDO offers exciting and challenging career opportunities for aspiring candidates to work on defence system, infrastructures and related activities in a broad spectrum of subjects and discipline.

The examination is conducted online, allowing both aspiring male and female candidates to fulfil their dreams. Training of candidates for the development of these candidates is based on the training policy set by the DRDO. Disciplines that are provided to the candidates are Book Binder, Carpenter, Electrician, Diesel Mechanic, Motor Mechanic, Mechanical lab Technology, DTP Operator and more.

Exam Highlights
Level of Exam Under Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English, Hindi
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam Recruitment for the Post of Technician A (Tech ‘A’) under the Defense Research and Development Organization Technical Cadre (DRTC)
Conducting Body DRDO CEPTAM

DRDO CEPTAM Tech ‘A’ Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. Only the candidates who have the citizenship of India are eligible for appearing in the exam.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. 1. Candidates must be a Class 10th pass or equivalent from a recognized board.
    2. Candidate must have a certificate from a recognized institution approved by NCVT/SCVT /UGC/ AICTE/ State/ Central Education Board in the following discipline.

    • Automobile
    • Book Binder
    • Carpenter
    • Comp. Operator & Programming Asst.
    • Draughtsman (Mechanical)
    • DTP Operator
    • Electrician
    • Electronics
    • Fitter
    • Machinist
    • Mechanic (Diesel)
    • Medical Lab. Tech.
    • Motor Mechanic
    • Painter
    • Photographer
    • Sheet Metal Worker
    • Turner
    • Welder

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the DRDO CEPTAM Tech ‘A’ Exam should be minimum of 18 years and maximum of 28 years.

    There is an upper age limit relaxation for candidates belonging to the following categories as per the rule prescribed by the Government of India.

    • SC/ST,
    • OBC,
    • PWD,
    • Widows or Divorced women or Women judicially separated from their husbands and not remarried,
    • Central Government Civilian Employees,
    • Disabled Defence Service Personnel,
    • A person that has been domiciled in the state of Jammu and Kashmir during the time of 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. There are no restrictions on the number of attempts provided the upper age limit does not exceed.

DRDO CEPTAM Tech ‘A’ Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Admit Card Release Date To be notified
Starting Date of Tier-I Exam To be notified
Date of Result Tier-I Exam To be notified
Date of Tier-II Exam To be notified

DRDO CEPTAM Tech ‘A’ Exam Pattern 2021

Important points regarding the examination:

  • The exam for the recruitment of candidates for the post of Technician ‘A’ is conducted in Tier-I and Tier-II.
  • The tier-I examination is the provisional selection of candidates conducted in online mode. Tier II is qualifying in nature and will be based on the related trade’s ITI level to test the candidate’s practical skills.
  • For the Tier 1 examination, candidates are given a choice for choosing their top three preferences for exam location, and for Tier II candidates are not given any choice. CEPTAM decides it in accordance with the operational requirement.
  • The selection process is based on the marks scored by the candidate in Tier-I (CBT) and Tier-II (Trade Test).

Pattern for Tier-I Exam (CBT)

The DRDO Technician Preliminary exam consists of an objective test which will be conducted online. This test is bilingual (available in both English and Hindi) except for the English section. There Prelims exam for DRDO CEPTAM Recruitment consists of the following sections.

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Section-A

Checks-Quantitative Ability, Reasoning Ability, General Awareness, General Science and English Language.

Merit Ranking Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 50
2 Section-B

Checks the knowledge of the candidate as per their respective trade.

Merit Ranking Nature 100 Objective (Multiple Choice) 100
Total Marks* 150

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Tier-II (Trade Test)

Candidates who qualified Tier-I Examination are eligible to appear for Tier-II. This exam is qualifying in nature, conducted to test the candidate’s Practical Skills on ITI level in the related trade. The duration of the examination will be anywhere from 60-120 mins.

DRDO CEPTAM Tech ‘A’ Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Tier-I Exam (CBT)

1 Section-A

Quantitative Ability/Aptitude:
  • Simplification
  • Number Series
  • Mixture and alligation
  • Data interpretation
  • Approximation
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Speed, distance, and time
  • Mathematical Inequality
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Time and work
  • Average
  • Simple and compound interest
  • Profit and loss
General Awareness:
  • National/International Affair
  • Sports News
  • Important Days
  • Awards and Honours
  • Appointments/Resignations
  • Books and Author
  • Sports News
  • Important Days
  • International/National Affairs
  • Awards and Honours
  • Books and Authors
  • Science and Defence
General Intelligence & Reasoning Ability:
  • Puzzles & Seating Arrangement
  • Input-Output
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Syllogism
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Blood Relations
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Inequality
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Order and Ranking
  • Direction Sense
Assistant General Science:
  • Nature of matter
  • Force and gravitation
  • Newton’s laws of motion
  • Work, energy, and power
  • Measurements in science
  • Sound and wave motion
  • Atomic structure
  • Heat and temperature
  • Metals and non-metals
  • Carbon and its compounds
  • Universe (Planets/ Satellite, Sun, Earth)
  • Electricity and its Applications
English Language:
  • Error Spotting
  • Theme based questions
  • Reading comprehension
  • Odd one out
  • Sentence Connectors
  • Fillers
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Sentence rearrangement
  • Para jumbles
  • Cloze Test

2 Section-B

The syllabus will be based on the respective trade of the candidate that they have chosen while registering for the exam.
List of the trades under which a candidate may choose to appear:

  • Automobile
  • Book Binder
  • Carpenter
  • Comp. Operator & Programming Asst.
  • Draughtsman (Mechanical)
  • DTP Operator
  • Electrician
  • Electronics
  • Fitter
  • Machinist
  • Mechanic (Diesel)
  • Medical Lab. Tech.
  • Motor Mechanic
  • Painter
  • Photographer
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Turner
  • Welder

Syllabus for Tier-II (Trade Test)

There is no such syllabus mentioned for this examination but the candidates appearing in this examination may come prepared with the practical skills that they have previously learnt during their ITI certification course. Examiners may also ask questions regarding the practical skills acquired by the candidates.


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