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

AgricultureCandidate should have a BSc degree in Agriculture or Agricultural Science from a recognized Institute/ University
Automobile Engineering3-Year Diploma in automobile engineering
BotanyBSc degree in Botany from a well-recognized university
Chemical Engineering3-year diploma in Chemical Engineering/ Chemical Technology
ChemistryBSc in Chemistry/ Chemical Science (Candidates with PCM/ ZBC/ PCB)
Civil Engineering3-year Diploma in Civil Engineering
Computer Science3-year diploma in Computer Science/ Engineering/ Information Technology/ Technology/ BSc
Electrical & Electronics Engineering3-year diploma in Electrical & Electronics Engineering
Electrical Engineering3-year Diploma in Electrical Engineering
Electronics & Instrumentation3-year diploma in Electronics & Instrumentation
Electronics/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering3-year diploma in Electronics/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering or BSc
GeologyBSc in Geology
Instrumentation3-year diploma in Instrumentation/ Instrumentation/ Instrumentation & Control Engineering/ BSc
Library ScienceScience graduate having a minimum one-year diploma in Library Science
MathematicsBSc in Mathematics (Applicant with PCM may also apply)
Mechanical Engineering3-year diploma in Mechanical Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering (Production/ Refrigeration/ Automobile/ Air Conditioning/ Maintenance)
Metallurgy3-year diploma in Metallurgical Engineering
PhotographyBSc/ 3-year diploma in Photography or Cinematography (Applied courses and Bachelor in Fine Arts cannot apply)
PhysicsBSc in Physics (Candidates of / PCB/ PCM may apply)
PsychologyBSc degree in Psychology
ZoologyBSc in Life Science/ Zoology

Educational Qualification for Technician ‘A’ Post

AutomobileShould have cleared 10th or equivalent and have a certificate from an ITI in Automobile Trade
Book BinderMust clear 10th  or equivalent exam and have a certificate from an ITI in Book Binder/ Offset Machine Operator cum Book Binder Trade.
CarpenterMust have qualified class 10th or equivalent and have a certificate from an ITI in Carpenter Trade
COPACompleted 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 OperatorShould have passed Class 10 or equivalent and have a certificate in Desktop Publishing Operator Trade from ITI
ElectricianShould have passed Class 10 and have a certificate from ITI in Electrician/ Wireman/ Electrical Fitter Trade
FitterShould have passed Class 10 or equivalent and must have a certificate from ITI in Fitter/ Bench Fitter Trade
ElectronicsCandidates should have passed Class 10 and have a certificate from ITI in Electronics/ Mechanic/ Electronics/ IT & Electronic System Maintenance of Industrial Electronics Trade
MachinistShould 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 TechnologyAspirants should have cleared Class 10 and have a certificate from ITI in Medical Lab Technology Trade
Motor MechanicShould have passed Class 10 or equivalent and have a certificate from ITI in Motor Mechanic Trade
PainterAspirants must have cleared Class 10 or equivalent exam and should have a certificate from ITI in Painter Trade
PhotographShould have cleared Class 10 or equivalent from ITI in Photographer Trade
TurnerShould have passed Class 10 or equivalent and must have a certificate in Turner Trade from ITI
WelderCandidates 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 DriverAspirants 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 postsCandidates 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:


Qualitative Aptitude & Numerical AbilitySimple & 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 AwarenessBooks & 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 SciencePhysics, Chemistry, Biology
General MathematicsClassical Algebra & Analytic Geometry, Numerical Methods & Probability Theory, Vector Algebra & Multivariate Calculus, Calculus & Differential Equations, Differential Equations & Mechanics

DRDO CEPTAM Syllabus for A & A post

Quantitative AbilityAnalogies, 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 AptitudeSimplification, 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 AwarenessCurrent 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 AbilityComprehension 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 LanguageSentence Arrangement, Synonyms, Sentence Error, Antonyms, Sentence Correction, Blanks, Comprehension

DRDO CEPTAM Syllabus for Tech A post

Reasoning AbilityNumber 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 AptitudeNumber 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 KnowledgeBudget and Five-year plans, Current affairs of National & International News, Awards and Honors, Sports & Culture, Important dates, Static GK, Current Affairs, Banking
General ScienceHistory, Zoology, Physics, Botany
General EnglishReading 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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