Yes, you can potentially secure a job at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) after obtaining a diploma in robotics and mechatronics. The minimum eligibility criteria for joining DRDO includes a BSc in Science or BE or BTech in Engineering/Technology/Computer science and other specialisations like Mechanical Engineering, Electrical, Instrumental, Chemical and Electronics and Communications with first division with NET.
However, it’s important to note that the eligibility criteria can vary for different grades within the organisation. For instance, some positions may require a higher degree like MTech from a recognised institution with first division in GATE/NET.
In addition to academic qualifications, practical skills in handling advanced technology could be beneficial. For example, DRDO uses devices like Daksh, an electrically powered and remotely controlled robot used for locating, handling and destroying hazardous objects safely. Having a background in robotics and mechatronics could potentially provide an edge in handling such technologies.
The salary range at DRDO varies widely, from an average of ₹230,955 to ₹2,151,995 a year. For instance, the salary range for a DRDO Scientist B is between Rs. 56,100/- to Rs. 1,00,000/‐.
DRDO also conducts recruitment drives regularly. As of October 23, 2023, there are several open positions including Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Research Associate (RA) roles in various locations.