Salary of DRDO Scientist/Engineers & STA B after 7th CPC

Recently Defence Research and Development Organization has invited application to work in the prestigious department in the Scientist B post. In this post, I will share the monthly salary received by the newly recruited Scientist B or Graduate Engineers.

In order to be Scientist in the DRDO, one would need to appear in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering for the current year. At the time of GATE notification Recruitment and Assessment Centre (RAC) issues advertisement for the vacancy for next year with the GATE scorecard. After the final result of GATE Scorecard, RAC issues final official notification for the Recruitment of Scientist. Like this year DRDO Recruitment has announced the notification on 15 May 2018. A candidate has to fill the online form. DRDO will scrutinize the forms and call for the interview the candidates as per the vacancy requirement.

The weightage of the interview marks is 20% and for the GATE scorecard is 80%. So GATE score is vital to get selected in the DRDO.

DRDO Scientist Salary and Promotion Hierarchy

There are various grades of Engineers in the Defence Research and Development Organization. The lowest cadre is Scientist “B”. There immediate higher cadre as per the DRDO hierarchy is C, D, E, F, & H. The below table represents the gross salary of each grade Scientist.

DRDO Scientist Salary after 7th CPC
Post NamePre-Revised Pay Scale and Grade payBasic Pay After 7th CPCMinimum Gross Salary for the post
STA 'B'9,300 – 34,800 GP 420035,40050,000 – 75,000
Scientist 'B'15,600-39,100 GP 54005610080000 – 96000
Scientist 'C'15,600-39,100 GP 66006770096000 – 110000
Scientist 'D'15,600-39,100 GP 760078800111000 – 135000
Scientist 'E'37,400-67,000/- GP 8700118500172000 – 205000
Scientist 'F'37,400-67,000/- GP 8900131100188000 – 224000
Scientist 'G'37,400-67,000/- GP 10000144200210000 – 249000
Scientist 'H'67000-79,000/-148200220000 – 250000

The above table includes the Special Pay and professional up gradation allowances. Here are the few details about both.

Read: ISRO Scientist Salary

Special Pay: The scientist from C to F Grade are paid Special Pay of equal to 2 Increments per month. The G Grade officers are paid a fixed amount of 4000 per month.

Professional Update Allowance: It is really good and hardly found in any central government organization. The Executives of B, C, D cadre get fixed amount of Rupees 10000 monthly, the higher grade officers of E & F get Rupees 20000/- per month and the Scientist of level G Onwards get the fixed amount of Rupees 30000/- monthly with salary.

Perks Allowances and Facilities

As the Scientist B post is a Class I Gazetted Officer position hence a newly appointed Engineer get all the facilities attached to the position.

Government Accommodation: The Defence Research and Development Organization provides accommodation to its employees. Those who live in the department accommodation, they are not eligible for House rent allowances. The new rates of HRA are 9%, 18% and 27% of the basic pay for the Class C, B, and A type cities. Say for example if a newly recruited engineer has basic pay 56100. So he/she would get 18% of 56100 that means 10098 as an HRA.

Transportation allowance: The DRDO employee of level 9 and above grade working in the big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Indore, Hyderabad, Patna, Surat, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kozhikode, Nagpur, Pune, Coimbatore, Ghaziabad, Kanpur, Lucknow get 7200 per month as a transportation allowances. The other place executives get 3600 per month as TA.

Leave Traveling Allowance: The LTC are of two types one is hometown and another one is all India LTC. A DRDO employee can avail each type of LTC once in a four year of service. During this leave period, he/she has been additionally paid by the company as per the eligible DA rates to his/her grade.

Medical reimbursement for self and dependents: This is again a quite good facility. He/she and dependents of the employees are eligible for cashless outdoor & indoor treatment In most of the cases outdoor bills are reimbursed & indoor treatment is cashless from DRDO recognized hospitals.

Nature of Post

DRDO recruitment for the Scientist B post done on the basis of GATE score card and interview marks. Mostly it recruits engineer from Electronics, Computer science, Mechanical and Electrical branches.

After successful selection in the Scientist, B post candidate is appointed in the level 10 pay scale of pay Matrix with initial basic pay of 56100.

This pay scale corresponds to the lowest grade of group A or class I gazetted officer post. This is similar to the ISRO Scientist C Recruitment post or equivalent to IAS, IPS officer grade. The only difference is about the job responsibilities and nature of work.

Check: IPS Salary in Hand, IAS Officer Salary,


DRDO has in-house training center at Pune and Mussourie. It also posts the Scientist to IITs and IISCs for the essential training if any needed. Sometimes it also deputes them to foreign institutes for the special projects/training.

Posting Location

The selected people can get posting in the following places

  1. Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE)          Agra
  2. Vehicle Research & Development Establishment (VRDE)     Ahmednagar
  3. Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL)          Ambernath
  4. Integrated Test Range (ITR)  Balasore
  5. Proof & Experimental Establishment (PXE)  Balasore
  6. Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE)       Bangalore
  7. Centre For Air Borne System (CABS)            Bangalore
  8. Centre for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (CAIR)             Bangalore
  9. Centre for Military Airworthiness & Certification (CEMILAC)        Bangalore
  10. Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE)  Bangalore
  11. Defence Bio-Engineering & Electro Medical Laboratory (DEBEL)              Bangalore
  12. Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE)             Bangalore
  13. Electronics & Radar Development Establishment (LRDE)    Bangalore
  14. Microwave Tube Research & Development Centre (MTRDC)           Bangalore
  15. Snow & Avalanche Study Estt (SASE)          Chandigarh
  16. Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL)        Chandigarh
  17. Naval Physical Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL)  Cochin
  18. Defence Electronics Application Laboratory (DEAL)            Dehradun
  19. Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE)           Dehradun
  20. Centre for Advanced Semiconductor Technology (ASEMIT)           Delhi
  21. Defence Scientific Information & Documentation Centre (DESIDOC)        Delhi
  22. Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences (DIPAS)             Delhi
  23. Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR)             Delhi
  24. Defence Terrain Research Laboratory (DTRL)           Delhi
  25. Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS)  Delhi
  26. Institute for Systems Studies & Analyses (ISSA)       Delhi
  27. Laser Science & Technology Centre (LASTEC)         Delhi
  28. Scientific Analysis Group (SAG)        Delhi
  29. Solid State Physics Laboratory (SSPL)           Delhi
  30. Centre for Fire  Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES)           Delhi
  31. Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE)  Gwalior
  32. Defence Institute of Bio-Energy Research (DIBER)              Haldwani
  33. Advanced Numerical Research & Analysis Group (ANURAG)        Hyderabad
  34. Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL)    Hyderabad
  35. Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL)            Hyderabad
  36. Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL)        Hyderabad
  37. Research Centre Imarat (RCI)             Hyderabad
  38. Defence Laboratory (DLJ)      Jodhpur
  39. Defence Materials and Stores Research and Development Establishment (DMSRDE)         Kanpur
  40. Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR)         Leh Ladakh
  41. Institute of Technology Management (ITM)  Mussourie
  42. Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL)              Mysore
  43. Advanced Centre for Energetic Materials (ACEM)    Nasik
  44. Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE)            Pune
  45. Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT)              Pune
  46. High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL)         Pune
  47. Research & Development Establishment (RDE(E))    Pune
  48. Defence Research Laboratory (DRL)              Tejpur
  49. Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL)  Vishakapatnam
  50. Combat Vehicles Research & Development Estt       Chennai

4 thoughts on “Salary of DRDO Scientist/Engineers & STA B after 7th CPC”

  1. Sir there is no information for sta b. As promoted to TO-A..B..and so on… working profile job nature.. Plz provide information on it..

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