DRDO CEPTAM STA-B Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2024

DRDO Ceptam STA-B is a Senior Technical Assistant-B (STA-B) post in India’s Defence Research and Development Organization.

Generally, they have to assist Scientists in handling customer queries and other projects done in DRDO. These projects may be confidential for national safety.

To apply for DRDO Ceptam STA-B, you need a Bachelor’s degree in Science or a Diploma in Engineering in the relevant branch.

In this blog post, I have shared the syllabus for this exam conducted by DRDO for the selection of DRDO Ceptam STA-B.

DRDO CEPTAM STA B Question Paper Pattern 2024 for STA-B
TierMode/Type of ExaminationSubjectNo of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
ICBT for ScreeningQuantitative ability/aptitude, General Intelligence and reasoning ability, General awareness, English language (basic knowledge), General Science12012090 minutes
IICBT for Provisional SelectionTest specific to the subject of post-code10010090 minutes

DRDO Ceptam STA B Examination is divided into two tiers.

  • Tier 1- CBT for Screening
  • Tier 2- CBT for Provisional Selection

I have shared the syllabus for both the levels of examination of DRDO Ceptam STA-B. I hope it will be helpful for you in your preparation.

DRDO STA-B Tier 1 Syllabus for CBT

English Language

Antonyms & Synonyms
Word Formation
GrammarSpotting Errors
Phrases and idioms
Direct and Indirect speech 
Active / Passive voice
Reading ComprehensionTheme Detection 
Passage completion 
Topic rearrangement of passage 
Deriving Conclusion 

Test of Reasoning

  • Paper Cutting
  • Cubes and Dice
  • Water Images
  • Dot Situation
  • Identical figure groupings
  • Forming figures and analysis
  • Construction of Squares and Triangles
  • Series
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Paper Folding
  • Mirror Images
  • Missing Characters
  • Sequential Output training
  • Directions
  • Test on Alphabets
  • Eligibility Test
  • Alpha-Numeric Sequence Puzzle
  • Puzzle Test
  • Blood Relations
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Assertion and Reasoning
  • Arithmetical Reasoning
  • Analogy
  • Figure Matrix
  • Completion Incomplete Pattern
  • Spotting embedded figures
  • Classification

Numerical Ability

  • Averages
  • Mensuration
  • Profit and Loss
  • Problems on Numbers
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Indices and Surds
  • Simple Equations
  • Probability
  • Time and Distance
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Odd Man Out
  • Races and Games
  • Numbers and Ages
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Compound Interest
  • Problems on Trains
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Areas
  • Volumes
  • Percentages
  • Boats and Streams
  • Simplification and Approximation
  • Mixtures and Allegations
  • Simple Interest
  • Problems with LCM and HCF
  • Time and Work Partnership

General Awareness

  • History of Banking
  • Books & Their Authors
  • Agriculture
  • International Economy
  • Indian Constitution Questions
  • UNO
  • Finance
  • RBI Functions
  • Fiscal-Monetary Policies
  • Awards & Honours Sports
  • Questions on the Indian Economy
  • Countries/currencies
  • Banking Terms
  • Marketing
  • Current Affairs of the last six months

DRDO STA-B Tier 2 Syllabus


  • Farm Machinery and Post Harvest Technology
  • Agronomic principles, practices, and meteorology
  • Soils and Fertility Management
  • Plant Protection Principles and Practices
  • Computer Application
  • Livestock, Poultry Management, Artificial Insemination, and Calf Rearing
  • Energy and Environment
  • Breeding and Seed Production
  • Agriculture Extension and Agricultural Economics
  • Commercial Agriculture
  • Horticultural Crop Cultivation Techniques
  • Dry Farming and Agroforestry

Automobile Engineering

  • Fluid Mechanics and Machinery
  • Manufacturing Methods
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Heat Transfer & Combustion
  • Strength of Materials
  • Automotive Design Engines
  • Automotive Pollution and Control
  • Material Science and Technology
  • Power Units and Transmission
  • Automotive Petrol Engines
  • Analysis and Numerical Methods
  • Vehicle Body Engineering


  • Cell Biology, 
  • Genetics
  • Plant breeding. 
  • Diversity Of Archegoniates 
  • Anatomy. Practical Lab
  • Plant Ecology 
  • Phytogeography
  • Microbial Diversity
  • Algae
  • Fungi

Chemical Engineering

  • Process Calculations and Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics and Mechanical Operations
  • Heat Transfer
  • Mass Transfer
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Instrumentation and Process Control
  • Plant Design and Economics
  • Chemical Technology


Physical Chemistry: 

  • Structure
  • Spectroscopy
  • Group Theory
  • Kinetics
  • Equilibrium
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

Inorganic Chemistry:

  • Main group elements
  • Solids
  • Radioactive elements
  • Organometallics
  • Lanthanides and Actinides
  • Transition Elements
  • Instrumental Methods of Analysis
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry:

  • Stereochemistry
  • Reaction Mechanisms
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Heterocyclic Compounds
  • Biomolecules
  • Pericyclic Reactions and Photochemistry
  • Experimental Techniques in Organic Chemistry

Civil Engineering

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Engineering Physics
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Hydrology and Irrigation Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Design and Drawing of RC structures
  • Hydraulic Structures and Irrigation Design – Drawing
  • Alternative Building Materials and Technologies
  • Ground Improvement Techniques
  • Chemistry
  • Building Materials and Construction Technology
  • Structural Analysis
  • Hydraulics and Hydraulic Machines
  • Building Planning and Drawing
  • Design of RCC Structural Elements
  • Air Pollution and Control
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Design and Drawing of Bridges
  • Earthquake Resistant Design of Structures
  • Industrial Waste Water Treatment
  • Ground Water Hydrology

Electrical Engineering

  • Basics of Electrical Engineering
  • Lighting design of office areas
  • Transformers, Working principles, protection types, preventive maintenance
  • Pumping systems.
  • Various types of motors, various starting methods of motors
  • Substation design and layout including DG set installations.
  • Type of earthing, testing, lightning arrestor, etc.


  • Marine Geology And Paleoceanography
  • Sedimentology And Stratigraphy
  • Economic Geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Structural Geology and tectonics
  • Palaeontology And its Applications
  • Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
  • Precambrian Geology And Crustal Evolution
  • Quaternary Geology
  • Applied Geology
    – Remote Sensing and GIS
    – Engineering Geology
    – Mineral Exploration
    – Hydrogeology


  • Electrical Circuits and measurements
  • Signals and Systems 
  • Control Systems 
  • Analog Electronics 
  • Digital Electronics, Computers and networks 
  • Industrial Instrumentation 
  • Communication and Optical Instrumentation 
  • Industrial Data Communication 
  • Analytical Instrumentation 


  • Analysis
  • Complex Analysis
  • Linear Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Linear Integral Equations
  • Topology
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Calculus of Variations
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Descriptive Statistics

Mechanical Engineering

  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Theory of Machines
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Material Science
  • Manufacturing Science
  • Production Management
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Energy Conversion
  • Environments


  • X-ray Diffraction and Electron Microscopy
  • Mechanical Working of Materials
  • Non-Ferrous Extractive Metallurgy
  • Powder Metallurgy
  • Metallurgical Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • Transport Phenomena
  • Physical Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
  • Ferrous Production Technology
  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Foundry Technology and Non-Destructive Testing
  • Electro Metallurgy and Corrosion
  • Mineral processing
  • Phase Transformations and Heat Treatment
  • Unit Processes in Extractive Metallurgy
  • Characterization Techniques


  • Physical World and Measurement
  • Kinematics 
  • Laws of Motion
  • Work, Energy, and Power 
  • The motion of a System of Particles and Rigid Body
  • Gravitation
  • Properties of Bulk Matter 
  • Thermodynamics 
  • The behaviour of Perfect Gases and Kinetic Theory of Gases
  • Oscillations and Waves
  • Electrostatics 
  • Current Electricity 
  • Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism 
  • Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current 
  • Electro-Magnetic Waves
  • Optics
  • Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
  • Atoms and Nuclei 
  • Electronic Devices 
  • Communication Systems

DRDO STA B Best Books 2024

SubjectsName of BooksAuthor
General EnglishEnglish GrammarWren and Martin
Computer ProficiencyObjective Computer AwarenessArihant Experts 
ReasoningVerbal and Non-verbal ReasoningR S Aggarwal
Quantitative AptitudeQuantitative AptitudeR S Aggarwal
AgricultureA Competitive Book Of Agriculture For Upsc, Pscs Ars/Srf/Jrf, Pre Pg & Ph.D. EntranceNem Raj Sunda
Chemical EngineeringChemical Reaction EngineeringRam Prasad
Electrical EngineeringA Handbook of Electrical EngineeringArihant Publications
Metallurgical EngineeringObjective Type Questions and Answers in Metallurgical EngineeringOP Gupta
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