In pursuit of self-reliance in critical technologies relevant to national security, DRDO formulates and executes programmes of scientific research, design, development, testing and evaluation of various systems, subsystems, devices and products required for defence of the nation. DRDO employs highly qualified and competent scientists and technologists who constitute the Group 'A' (Class I Gazetted) Service known as Defence Research & Development Service (DRDS). The emoluments of DRDS Scientists as per 7th Central Pay Commission are as given below in INR:

GradeLevel in Pay MatrixInitial Pay in Pay Matrix ‎₹
Scientist 'B'Level 1056,100/-
Scientist 'C'Level 1167,700/-
Scientist 'D'Level 1278,800/-
Scientist 'E'Level 131,23,100/-
Scientist 'F'Level 13A1,31,100/-
Scientist 'G'Level 141,44,200/-
Scientist 'H' (Outstanding Scientist)Level 151,82,200/-
Distinguished Scientist (DS)Level 162,05,400/-
Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDOLevel 172,25,000/-

Salient features of DRDS

DRDO takes utmost care of the career-advancement of its scientists and operates a merit based promotion scheme under Flexible Complementing Scheme (FCS) upto the level of Scientist 'H' which means that with each promotion is based purely on merit basis of the scientist in the assessment board/ Peer Committee.

In addition to the Basic Pay, DRDS scientists are entitled to get House Rent Allowance upto 24% of Basic Pay in case of non-availability of Government accommodation and other allowances viz, DA, Transport Allowance with DA on it etc. as admissible to Central Government employees.

Perquisites like Leave Travel Concession, Medical facilities, Advances for PCs/ House Building are also admissible. Professional update allowance of Rs 22,500/- (for Scientist 'B' , 'C' and 'D'), Rs 45,000/- (for Scientist 'E' and Scientist 'F') Rs 67,500/- (for Scientist G onwards) per annum and reimbursement of expenditures on newspapers/periodicals also admissible in accordance with provisions of relevant Rules.

Facility for Higher Qualification & Training

DRDO not only offers employment but also lays emphasis on Human Resource Development. DRDO trains its personnel at training institutions in Pune(DIAT) and Mussourie(ITM) and also at prestigious academic institutions viz, IITs, IISc Bangalore etc. for acquiring higher educational qualifications. Opportunities also arise for foreign deputations for training/presentation of papers/specific assignments.

Recruitment of Scientists in DRDO

RAC, the Recruitment and Assessment Centre of DRDO undertakes various recruitment programmes to induct scientists each year in variety of scientific and engineering disciplines relevant to DRDO Laboratories. For details please visit RAC website at website that opens in a new window

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