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DRDO SET Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Papers & Books

April 30, 2009

DRDO has just brought DRDO SET-2009 exam notification for recruitment of 220 Scientist “B” positions.

The focus of this blog post is on telling you how to prepare for DRDO SET exam: by first telling you about the Pattern of DRDO SET exam and than giving you the Syllabus and whatever Online Sample papers & Preparatory books are available for preparation of DRDO SET exam.

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 (from your discipline of Engineering)
Section B: Aptitude for Applied Research & Development.

DRDO SET test has total 150 Objective-type questions for 500 total marks. Type of DRDO SET questions along with marks per question is given below section-wise in following analysis:
As you can find from above, there is more mark (400) in your DRDO SET Subject paper (Section-A) compared to your DRDO SET Aptitude paper (Section-B), having only 100 marks. Also, marks per SET Subject questions is more (4 marks) compared to SET Aptitude questions (2 marks). So you can easily find on which section to give more stress – you should be really strong on your Engineering Subjects!

Also, beware! DRDO SET has negative marking. Minus 1 mark for each wrong Section-A answer, while Minus 1/2 mark for each wrong Section-B answer!

DRDO SET exam Syllabus:
A separate blog post titled: DRDO SET-2009 Exam Syllabus (CH, CS, EC,EE,ME) has been made giving you the SET syllabus of all 5 engineering subjects. Kindly go through the same.

DRDO SET exam sample papers:
I had tried to explore the net for free Online DRDO SET exam sample papers and could not find any authentic sample papers. So in absence of any good papers, you have to rely on guide books available to prepare for the DRDO exam.

DRDO SET exam books:
I had tried hard to locate preparatory books for DRDO SET exam, but could only find following book:
Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering Guide to DRDO by GK Publishers

But, since the syllabus of DRDO SET exam is not so much different that of GATE exam and the emphasis is on same: to test your subject knowledge, I would advise you to go for GATE exam study materials for your Section-A (Subject paper), which has 400 marks compared to 100 marks in Section-A.

DRDO SET exam Interview Questions:
After you get selected in the SET written test, you would be called for Interview and your final selection would be based on the Interview alone.

So naturally, you would have to prepare for the same. If you are naïve and DRDO SET interview is the first one in your life, may be you should go through this exhaustive blog post titled: Interview for Jobs, which gives you 99 most asked questions along with an interesting youtube video on interview.

While appearing in DRDO interview, most naturally you would have to field questions on DRDO as an organisation – its mission, vision, organisation and what it produces. Please go through this Wiki page, which gives you exhaustive information on DRDO as well as this this About Us page of DRDO website.

I am sure above study materials on DRDO SET exam would help you crack the exam. I would be on the look out for more resources on net, specially for DRDO Sample papers and books and would post the same as and when I find it in this blog. So keep visiting it!

Best wishes!


posted by on April 30, 2009  
  • At May 29, 2009 at 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    very useful info and papers....

  • At July 10, 2009 at 8:46 PM, Blogger Anand Bommakanti said…


    My name is Anand, please send suggestions to my email id

    Kindly reply me regarding above information. Hope you helps me.

  • At July 21, 2009 at 7:45 PM, Anonymous chandrashekhar yadav said…

    try standard books from sylabus,and follow G.E. punlication book for only question its all answer r wrong ,please do't
    bealive its answers......

  • At August 6, 2009 at 12:21 PM, Blogger Krishna said…

    Is there a indivisual cuttof in each section??

  • At August 9, 2009 at 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    plz suggest me how to prepare for the test as i am finding only gk publishers for preparation. can anybody suggest me a book on power electronics other than bhimbhra

  • At August 12, 2009 at 8:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    has anyone got the admit card or any other intimation?

  • At August 19, 2009 at 8:36 PM, Blogger shantanu said…

    hello people aggording to the RAC, admit cards will be sent in the third week of august and also that if u dont get them then u can get them onlline after th last week of august

  • At August 23, 2009 at 10:19 PM, Blogger shank said…

    Is there anyway I can contact the site owner.A good site like this should have a contact link so that it's open to suggestions and feedback.

  • At August 24, 2009 at 9:35 AM, Blogger Prasanta Bora said…

    Thanks for showing interest and for the nice words. You can contact me at

  • At August 28, 2009 at 7:13 AM, Blogger deepthi said…

    haiii sir
    i hv applied for drdo set but idont have any book to prepare can u provide me a site which has previous qns of thi exam.i will be very thankfull sirr..

  • At August 29, 2009 at 3:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Plz provide the complete study materials as in syllabus for CS in this site so it will be helpful for those who prepare at the last moment....


  • At August 29, 2009 at 3:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    nice site

  • At October 19, 2009 at 9:48 PM, Anonymous vidhya said…

    am doing be in instrumentation and control... am i not eligible to write the exam??

  • At October 29, 2009 at 8:14 PM, Blogger Aishana said…

    m doing in information and tecnology(IT) BRANCH. M i eligible for the test?

  • At November 13, 2009 at 1:12 AM, Blogger ranveer said…

    Is there any scope for B.Pharma students in this field. How can they apply ? what are the eligibilities and qualification?
    send me the details on

  • At November 13, 2009 at 1:19 AM, Blogger ranveer said…

    Is there any scope for B.Pharma students in this field. How can they apply ? what are the eligibilities and qualification?
    send me the details on

  • At November 13, 2009 at 1:29 AM, Blogger Rajesh said…

    Is there any scope for B.Pharma students in DRDO. How can they apply ? what are the eligibilities and qualification?
    send me the details on

  • At November 23, 2009 at 6:58 PM, Blogger budh2009 said…


  • At December 19, 2009 at 12:51 PM, Blogger krishna said…

    hello sir,please kindly help me i'm preparing for STA-B, am degree group is B.Sc(M.P.Cs)pls kindly send sutble meterial to my
    pls help me...

  • At January 19, 2010 at 4:49 PM, Blogger anuk07 said…

    i want to know the syllabus and previous years question papers of DRDO STA-B(Electronics & Communication) if available... thanking u!!!

    Anuroop Khare.

  • At January 20, 2010 at 11:25 PM, Blogger kiran said…

    I have an exam for DRDO STA-B.(Electrical) in this february 2010.But I have no idea for this,pls. help me and send me a previous question paper as much as mail add. is,

  • At January 22, 2010 at 9:58 AM, Blogger jayati said…

    i am jayati purkait.i have diploma in computer science & technology.Please send me the proper guide book and previous question papers in my email address for drdo exam which will be held 0n february 2010.
    my email address-
    yours sincerely
    jayati purkait

  • At January 26, 2010 at 9:27 PM, Blogger bhola said…

    hello sir give me some privious year computer science email id is .
    i am diploma in information technology

  • At February 2, 2010 at 1:05 PM, Blogger c,c++ said…

    Ive applied for exams that is to be held on 7/02/2009, & Ive recieved my admit card also, but now Ive recieved another letter saying that they have not recieved my postal application. Now Im confused what to do............Please help

  • At February 2, 2010 at 1:09 PM, Blogger c,c++ said…

    Ive applied for the exam which is be held on 7/02/09
    Ive recieved hall ticket also,
    but now Ive recieved a letter saying that they have not recieved my postal application, therefore I cannot give Exam............Please let me know what to do further.


  • At February 16, 2010 at 10:38 AM, Blogger rama said…

    i have written DRDo Asst -A ,senior technicalk assistant exam on feb 2010.when will the results be announced????

  • At March 3, 2010 at 5:51 PM, Blogger naresh.... The great said…

    hi i completed my Bsc(MPCS) and MCA.
    AM I ELIGIBILE or NOT???????

  • At March 15, 2010 at 12:08 PM, Blogger sai said…

    hai, my name is sai
    i want to prepare for drdo set2010
    when will be the notification will be

  • At May 18, 2010 at 2:37 PM, Blogger subha said…

    i would like to know about the syllabus for instrumentation and control(coded as IN) engineering.
    It hasn't been displayed in any of the set2010 syllabus.Kindly notify.

  • At February 9, 2011 at 2:38 PM, Blogger manoj said…

    hai, my name is manoj
    i want to prepare for drdo set201i
    when will be the notification will be
    published? i want to sample paper for STA(B)for mechanical
    email id - send me immediate

  • At March 15, 2011 at 12:29 PM, Blogger Nonu said…

    please send me the study material for the Mechanical Engg.As soon as possible.


  • At December 12, 2012 at 8:38 PM, Blogger Dhanesh Rawat said…

    as I am in 10th class now so plz suggest me the subjest and exam for which I should go ..I mean what to do in 12th class for DRDO .

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