What is the DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus & Prep Strategy?

DRDO CEPTAM is conducted by CEPTAM (Centre for Personnel Talent Management) of DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organisation) every year. The examination is conducted to recruit potential candidates for Administrative, Technical, and allied category non-gazetted faculty.

  • The exam has two stages (Tier I & Tier II) for the selection of candidates.
  • Applicants willing to apply for DRDO CEPTAM 2021 examination need to ensure that they fulfil the minimum eligibility requirements specified by the officials.
  • Moreover, with the knowledge of the syllabus and a preparation strategy, aspirants can gain good marks in the examination.

DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Eligibility Criteria

To apply for DRDO CEPTAM posts, candidates have to fulfil the following eligibility criteria in terms of age, medical, and education.


  1. The age of an applicant must be 18 to 25 Years.
  2. The upper age limit is relaxable for applicants belonging to the following categories:
    1. SC, ST, PWD, OBC, ESM, WIDOWS, Divorced Women, Women judicially separated from their husbands (and not remarried)
    2. Civilian Employees of Central Government
    3. Disabled Defence Services Personnel
    4. Domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir state from 01-01-1980 to 31-12-1989 as per extant Government of India Rules.

DRDO CEPTAM Educational Qualification:

Educational requirements vary depending on the post for which the candidate is applying. Post-wise educational qualifications required to apply for DRDO CEPTAM 2021 are as mentioned below:

Educational Qualification for STA ‘B’ Post

Agriculture Candidate should have a BSc degree in Agriculture or Agricultural Science from a recognized Institute/ University
Automobile Engineering 3-Year Diploma in automobile engineering
Botany BSc degree in Botany from a well-recognized university
Chemical Engineering 3-year diploma in Chemical Engineering/ Chemical Technology
Chemistry BSc in Chemistry/ Chemical Science (Candidates with PCM/ ZBC/ PCB)
Civil Engineering 3-year Diploma in Civil Engineering
Computer Science 3-year diploma in Computer Science/ Engineering/ Information Technology/ Technology/ BSc
Electrical & Electronics Engineering 3-year diploma in Electrical & Electronics Engineering
Electrical Engineering 3-year Diploma in Electrical Engineering
Electronics & Instrumentation 3-year diploma in Electronics & Instrumentation
Electronics/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering 3-year diploma in Electronics/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering or BSc
Geology BSc in Geology
Instrumentation 3-year diploma in Instrumentation/ Instrumentation/ Instrumentation & Control Engineering/ BSc
Library Science Science graduate having a minimum one-year diploma in Library Science
Mathematics BSc in Mathematics (Applicant with PCM may also apply)
Mechanical Engineering 3-year diploma in Mechanical Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering (Production/ Refrigeration/ Automobile/ Air Conditioning/ Maintenance)
Metallurgy 3-year diploma in Metallurgical Engineering
Photography BSc/ 3-year diploma in Photography or Cinematography (Applied courses and Bachelor in Fine Arts cannot apply)
Physics BSc in Physics (Candidates of / PCB/ PCM may apply)
Psychology BSc degree in Psychology
Zoology BSc in Life Science/ Zoology

Educational Qualification for Technician ‘A’ Post

Automobile Should have cleared 10th or equivalent and have a certificate from an ITI in Automobile Trade
Book Binder Must clear 10th  or equivalent exam and have a certificate from an ITI in Book Binder/ Offset Machine Operator cum Book Binder Trade.
Carpenter Must have qualified class 10th or equivalent and have a certificate from an ITI in Carpenter Trade
COPA Completed class 10 or equivalent and have a certificate from an ITI in Computer Operator and Programming Assistant (COPA) Trade
Draughtsman (Mechanical) Should have passed Class 10 or equivalent and have a certificate in Draughtsman (Mechanical) Trade
DTP Operator Should have passed Class 10 or equivalent and have a certificate in Desktop Publishing Operator Trade from ITI
Electrician Should have passed Class 10 and have a certificate from ITI in Electrician/ Wireman/ Electrical Fitter Trade
Fitter Should have passed Class 10 or equivalent and must have a certificate from ITI in Fitter/ Bench Fitter Trade
Electronics Candidates should have passed Class 10 and have a certificate from ITI in Electronics/ Mechanic/ Electronics/ IT & Electronic System Maintenance of Industrial Electronics Trade
Machinist Should have passed 10th and have a certificate in ITI in Machinist/ Millwright Mechanic/ Machinist (Composite) Trade
Mechanic (Diesel) Should have passed Class 10 or equivalent from ITI in Mechanic (Diesel) Trade
Medical Lab Technology Aspirants should have cleared Class 10 and have a certificate from ITI in Medical Lab Technology Trade
Motor Mechanic Should have passed Class 10 or equivalent and have a certificate from ITI in Motor Mechanic Trade
Painter Aspirants must have cleared Class 10 or equivalent exam and should have a certificate from ITI in Painter Trade
Photograph Should have cleared Class 10 or equivalent from ITI in Photographer Trade
Turner Should have passed Class 10 or equivalent and must have a certificate in Turner Trade from ITI
Welder Candidates should have passed Class 10 or equivalent and have a certificate from ITI in Welder Trade

Educational Qualification for A & A Cadre Post

Clerk, Vehicle Operator, Assistant Halwai-cum Cook, Fireman, Fire Engine Driver Aspirants must have passed 10th
Stenographer, Administrative Assistant ‘A’ (Hindi Typing), Administrative Assistant ‘A’ (English Typing), Store Assistant ‘A’ (Hindi Typing), Store Assistant ‘A’ (English Typing), Security Assistant posts Candidates must have passed Class 12

DRDO CEPTAM Medical Standards:

  • The aspirants should possess good mental and physical health without any physical deformity, which may result in an inefficient discharge of duties.
  • Shortlisted candidates will have to undertake a medical examination as prescribed by the authority before the appointment letter is issued.
  • Aspirants who are found unfit will not get an appointment letter.
  • For PWD applicants, medical fitness standards will be as per extant Government of India rules.

DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Syllabus

The DRDO CEPTAM syllabus for various posts is different. Aspirants appearing for the exam next year can refer to the syllabus below and start their preparations accordingly:


Subject Topics
Qualitative Aptitude & Numerical Ability Simple & Compound Interest, Mixtures & Allegations, Average, Profit and Loss, Permutation, Combination & Probability, Number System, Decimal & Fractions, Speed, Time & Distance, Time & Work, Partnership, Percentages, Problems on Age, Ratio and Proportions, Simplification, HCF & LCM
General Awareness Books & Authors, General Politics, Sports and Games, Science–Inventions & Discoveries, Important Days, Current Affairs–National & International, Awards and Honors, Important Financial & Economic News, Current events, Abbreviations, Economic Science, History, Indian Constitution, Culture, Geography


General Science Physics, Chemistry, Biology
General Mathematics Classical Algebra & Analytic Geometry, Numerical Methods & Probability Theory, Vector Algebra & Multivariate Calculus, Calculus & Differential Equations, Differential Equations & Mechanics

DRDO CEPTAM Syllabus for A & A post

Subject Topics
Quantitative Ability Analogies, Space Visualisation, Relationship Concepts, Similarities & Differences, Spatial orientation, Problem Solving, Analysis, Judgement, Decision Making, Visual Memory, Discrimination, Syllogistic Reasoning, Observation, Arithmetic Number Series, Non-Verbal Series, Coding-Decoding, Statement Conclusion
Quantitative Aptitude Simplification, Quadratic Equations Average, Percentage, Area, Number Series, Simple & Compound Interest, Time & Speed, profit & Loss, Time & Work, HCF & LCM, Time & Work, Problem On Ages, Time & Work, Bar Graph, Pictorial Graph, Pie Chart
General Awareness Current Affairs, Financial/Economic News, Sports, Awards and Honours, Important days, Science-Inventions and Discoveries, Budget and Five Year Plans, Books and Authors, Abbreviations, International and National Organisations
Reasoning Ability Comprehension Reasoning, Coding-Decoding, Problem Solving Techniques, Syllogistic Reasoning, Statement & Conclusion, Venn Diagrams, Arithmetic Reasoning, Arithmetical Number Series, Seating Arrangements, Non-Verbal Series, Decision Making, Input & Output, Logical Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning
English Language Sentence Arrangement, Synonyms, Sentence Error, Antonyms, Sentence Correction, Blanks, Comprehension

DRDO CEPTAM Syllabus for Tech A post

Subject Topics
Reasoning Ability Number puzzle, Mathematical operation, Visual reasoning, Time sequence, Number and Ranking Test, Syllogism, Coding and Decoding, Statement and Reasoning, Arithmetical Reasoning, Analogy, Classification, Blood Relation, Clock & Calendar, Venn Diagrams, Series
Quantitative Aptitude Number System, Geometry, Time & Work, Percentage, Data Interpretation, Ratio and Proportion, Profit & Loss, HCM & LCM, Pipes & Cisterns, Inequalities, Trigonometry, Mensuration, Simple & Compound Interest, Speed, Time & Distance, Probability, Average
General Knowledge Budget and Five-year plans, Current affairs of National & International News, Awards and Honors, Sports & Culture, Important dates, Static GK, Current Affairs, Banking
General Science History, Zoology, Physics, Botany
General English Reading Comprehension, Sentence Improvement, Blanks, Direct and Incorrect Speech, Jumbled Sentence, Cloze test, Error spotting, Phrase Replacement, One-word Substitution, Personification

DRDO CEPTAM 2021 Preparation Strategy

A proper DRDO CEPTAM preparation strategy can increase the chances of getting a good score in the examination. Candidates can begin their preparation in advance using the following preparation tips:

  1. Before starting with preparations, download the syllabus and check the exam pattern.
  2. Gather all important study materials and avoid referring to unnecessary books.
  3. Use NCERT books for General Science and General Awareness sections.
  4. Download and solve sample papers and also take mock tests.
  5. Create a timetable and give equal time to each subject.
  6. Stay mentally and physically fit. Consume healthy food and stay hydrated.
  7. Develop a study plan such that each subject can be completed before exams, and you get time for revision.
  8. Read news and magazines to improve your language and stay updated with current affairs.
  9. Keep updated on the latest scientific developments occurring in the country.
  10. For last-minute preparations, skip confusing questions, don’t give attention to all questions, and revise the maths formulas.

Students, who are planning to take DRDO CEPTAM 2021, can use this information as a reference to prepare better. In this pandemic, we will suggest learners to use online platforms and blogs to gain more information about a particular topic. Though the tentative dates of DRDO CEPTAM 2021 are still some time away, we are sure that preparation has started in full swing. We request to stay tuned with us for more information.

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