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BARC OCES-2023 and DGFS-2023 Notification – DAE-Training Schools Scientific Officers Recruitment 2023

BARC OCES-2023 and DGFS-2023 Notification – DAE-Training Schools Scientific Officers Recruitment 2023. BARC OCES-2023 and DGFS-2023 Notification. DAE-BARC Training Schools Scientific Officers Recruitment 2023. Interested and eligible applicants can check out all of the details on the same below:

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Government of India
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre
(BARC) Training Schools

Engineering Graduates and Science Postgraduates

  • Who would relish challenges in frontier areas of Science and Technology,
  • Who would like to be part of an expanding program of Nuclear Reactors, Accelerators
    and Fuel Cycle Technologies,
  • Who would enjoy pursuing innovative research in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry,
    Biosciences or Geology.

to apply for recruitment as
Scientific Officers (Group-A post of Government of India)
through its academic programs
OCES-2023 and DGFS-2023

OCES-2023: One-Year Orientation Course for Engineering Graduates & Science Postgraduates starting in August, 2023 will be conducted at BARC Training Schools situated at: BARC, Mumbai; IGCAR, Kalpakkam; NFC, Hyderabad; RRCAT, Indore & AMD, Hyderabad. On successful completion of the OCES programme, Trainee Scientific Officers (TSOs) will be appointed as Scientific Officers in one of the DAE units or Atomic Energy Regulatory Board.

DGFS-2023: Two-Year DAE Graduate Fellowship Scheme for Engineering Graduates for joining M.Tech., starting in July 2023, in DGFS Institutes and specializations (Table-3).

On successful completion of DGFS programme, placement of DGFS fellows will be at BARC and IGCAR.

The OCES & DGFS programmes offer an attractive career progression opportunities up to the highest echelons. Performance of OCES TSOs above a certain threshold at the BARC Training School will entitle them to a Post-Graduate Diploma of Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), a Deemed to be University and could also earn them credits towards M.Tech. / Ph.D. programmes of HBNI. DGFS Fellows will get opportunities, some time in their career, for pursuing Ph.D. through HBNI after joining DAE.

DAE strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply.


1. One-Year Orientation Course for Engineering Graduates and Science Postgraduates for the year 2023-2024 (OCES-2023) conducted at the BARC Training Schools. Table-1 lists Eligible Disciplines. Table-2 lists the Eligible Disciplines and orientation of the Training Programme at each of the Training Schools. A Trainee Scientific Officer (TSO), who scores a minimum of 50% aggregate marks on completion of the Training Programme, is declared to have completed the course successfully. Successful TSOs will be posted as Scientific Officers in one of the following DAE units:
a) Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai*, b) Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam, c) Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), Indore, d) Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata, e) Heavy Water Board (HWB), Mumbai*, f) Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC), Hyderabad*, g) Board of Radiation and Isotope Technology (BRIT), Mumbai*, h) Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), Mumbai*, i) Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut  Nigam Ltd (BHAVINI), Kalpakkam*, j) Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration & Research (AMD), Hyderabad*, k) Uranium Corporation of India Ltd (UCIL), Jaduguda*, l) Directorate of Construction, Services and Estate Management (DCS&EM), Mumbai*

*These units have their Head Office at the indicated locations. Placement can be at the Head Office or at other facilities of these units located in different parts of India.

Allocation of a successful OCES TSO to a DAE unit is carried out based on the needs of DAE’s programmes and the TSO’s performance in the OCES programme. DAE reserves the right to place TSOs in any of its other units also or the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).

Performance above a specified threshold in course work at the Training School will entitle TSOs to a Post-Graduate Diploma or could earn them credits towards M.Tech./Ph.D. programmes of Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), a Deemed to be University

2. Two-Year DAE Graduate Fellowship Scheme for Engineering Graduates and
Physics Postgraduates for the years 2023-2025 (DGFS-2023).

Under this scheme, Engineering Graduates who have excelled in the Selection Interviews for the BARC Training Schools’ programme and who have independently secured admission for M.Tech. in DGFS Institutes and specializations as listed in Table-3, are paid stipend and tuition fee to pursue M.Tech. degree while retaining their employment in DAE. After successful completion of one-year course work at the DGFS Institute, Fellows undertake project work, which is assigned by DAE and supervised jointly by a DAE guide and the Institute guide. On successful completion of M.Tech. they are posted as Scientific Officers in DAE. On joining, they are required to first undertake a four-month Orientation Course for DGFS Fellows (OCDF) at the BARC Training School, Mumbai. Their Placement will be at BARC** and IGCAR. Allocation of a DGFS Fellow to a DAE unit is done at the beginning of the M.Tech. programme.

**Placement can be at any of the BARC facilities located in different parts of India. Selected candidates are required to execute an agreement and a personal Indemnity Bond to serve DAE for at least three years after completion of Training. Indemnity Bond is for ₹ 6,78,000/- for OCES TSOs and ₹ 14,40,000/-# for DGFS Fellows pursuing M.Tech. at IIT Bombay & ₹ 13,40,000/-# for DGFS Fellows pursuing M.Tech. at IIT Madras. No third party surety is required.

#The Bond Amount mentioned are indicative and actual amount for DGFS Fellows pursuing M.Tech. at certain DGFS Institute may be different, depending on the tuition fee at the concerned Institute.
During Training: (i) Stipend and Allowances: OCES TSOs and DGFS Fellows are paid a stipend of ₹ 55,000/- per month during the period of their Training. Additionally, the OCES TSOs are paid a one-time book allowance of ₹ 18,000/-. (ii) DGFS Fellows are reimbursed the tuition fee for M.Tech. programme and are additionally paid a one-time Contingency Grant of ₹ 40,000/- per annum for two years to meet M.Tech. project related expenses. (iii) Boarding and Lodging in DAE or DGFS Institute Hostel respectively, during Training, is mandatory.

Grade and Pay Scale On Appointment: Appointment in all the units shall be as a Scientific Officer in a Group-A Post of the Government of India in the Level 10 –₹ 56,100/- of 7th CPC Pay Matrix. Appointment will be at the beginning of the pay scale with OCES TSOs getting two or three increments depending on their performance during the OCES programme and the DGFS Fellows getting three or four increments*** depending on their performance in M.Tech. and the four-month OCDF. Total Monthly Emoluments (with three increments) at the time of joining including Dearness Allowance, House Rent Allowance and Transport Allowance at the present Mumbai rate will be approximately ₹ 1,10,000/-.In addition, other Allowances such as Leave Travel Concession by air, every year up to first eight years (subject to conditions) and once in two years thereafter, Children’s Education Allowance and an annual Professional Update Allowance are also payable. A comprehensive Contributory Health Service Scheme for employees and their dependent family members is also available.

***DGFS Candidates whose performance in the M.Tech. and OCDF programmes is below a specified threshold will get zero increments.


Selection to OCES/DGFS-2023 is a two-step process: Screening to short-list candidates
followed by Selection Interview of the short-listed candidates. There is a separate selection process for each of the disciplines listed in Table-1 except for FRT-M (code 30), FRT-E (code 31), QA&QC (code 32) and RSES (code 44).


A.Qualifying Degrees and Other Academic Requirements for OCES/DGFS-2023

g) For Biosciences Discipline (code 43): M.Sc. in Agriculture, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Genetics, Botany, Zoology, Plant Science, Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Food Technology, Animal Science, Life Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Biosciences with a minimum of 60%* aggregate marks in M.Sc. as well as in B.Sc.; or B.E. / B.Tech. / B.Sc.(Tech.) only in Food Technology with minimum of 60%* aggregate marks. M.Sc. applicants should have at least one out of Physics or Chemistry or Biochemistry or Agriculture Chemistry as a subject at the B.Sc. stage or at subsidiary and / or ancillary level in case of 5-year integrated M.Sc. Applicants opting to be considered on the basis of a GATE Score should have a valid GATE-2022 or GATE-2023 Score in ‘Life Sciences’ or in ‘Biotechnology’.
Those having M.Sc. with specialization in subjects like Fisheries, Horticulture, Forestry, Agronomy, Animal Husbandry, Marine Biology, Bio-analytical Sciences,
Bioinformatics, and Home Science etc. and B.E. / B.Tech. / M.Tech. in Biotechnology / Genetic Engineering / Biomedical Engineering are NOT eligible.

j) Those having M.Sc. (by research) or Ph.D. are not eligible.
*A minimum of 60% marks (or a minimum of 6.0 CGPA on the scale of 10.0 or equivalent) as per the ordinances of the respective university

Screening for Selection Interview is through two alternative channels:

(a) Online Screening Examination: It will be conducted in nine Engineering disciplines (codes 21-29) and in four Science disciplines (codes 41-43 and 45) at more than forty cities spread across India. The Online Screening Test for OCES/DGFS-2023 will be held in March 2023. Travel Allowance is not paid for appearing in it.

(b) Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) Score: Candidates will be screened in for Selection Interview on the basis of a valid GATE-2022 or GATE-2023 score. Cut-off GATE Scores for screening into Selection Interviews will be decided only after the Online Test has concluded and candidates are therefore advised to maximize their chances of being screened into the Selection Interview stage by availing both the screening avenues detailed above. Screening in of applicants in Nuclear Engineering (code 29) will be only through the Online Test.

Students graduated/graduating with a Masters Degree from University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS) and National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar in the academic year 2021-2022 / 2022-2023, and whose Cumulative Grade Point Average  (CGPA) is greater than or equal to 7.5 on a scale of 10 will directly be screened into the Selection Interview stage, provided they meet all other eligibility requirements of the OCES/DGFS-2023 programme. It is to be noted that this option of being screened in based on CGPA can be exercised only once. Such candidates should first submit their application for the OCES/DGFS-2023 programme on the Online Application Portal and subsequently forward their details through the Directors of their institutes.

Selection Interviews of short-listed candidates in all disciplines except Geology will be conducted at the BARC Training School, Mumbai. Interviews in Geology will be held in Hyderabad. Outstation applicants travelling for Interview will be paid to-and-fro AC-III tier normal train fare by shortest route or actual fare, whichever is less. Selection Interviews are tentatively scheduled to be held in May-June, 2023. The list of candidates short-listed for Selection Interview will be posted on the Online Application Portal in the third or fourth week of April, 2023. Short-listed candidates will be able to choose an Interview slot, based on availability, on the Online Application Portal, in the last week of April, 2023. Final Selection is solely on the basis of performance in Selection Interview, subject to medical fitness.

Other Opportunities: Candidates applying for OCES/DGFS-2023 may be considered for direct recruitment in Electronics Corporation of India Ltd. (ECIL) and Institute for Plasma Research (IPR). Such candidates will be governed by stipendiary norms of ECIL and terms and service conditions of ECIL and IPR respectively on absorption.

C. Maximum Age Limit (Age as on August 1, 2023) a) General Category – 26 years, b) OBC (Non Creamy Layer)-29 years, c) SC/ST–31 years, d) Dependents of those who died in the riots of 1984 (Dep1984) -31 years, e) Persons domiciled in Kashmir Division of Jammu & Kashmir State from 01/01/1980 to 31/12/1989 (Dom Kashmir) –31 years. Physically Challenged persons of all categories are eligible for additional age relaxation of 10 years. Minimum Age Limit (Age as on August 1, 2023) : 18 Years.

D. Nationality: Applicant must be a citizen of India.

E. Applicants working in Central/ State Government Units/ PSUs / Aided Institutes should produce a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from their organization at the time of Selection Interview, failing which they may not be interviewed.

F. Application Fee: A non-refundable Application Fee of ₹ 500/- is chargeable from the male applicants belonging to General and OBC categories. Women candidates, candidates belonging to SC/ST, Dependents of Defense Personnel Killed in Action (DODPKIA) and Physically Challenged candidates are exempted from payment of Application Fee.

Candidates graduating in the academic year 2022-23 and awaiting final results may also apply. If selected, candidates eligible in all other respects but awaiting final results will be allowed to commence course work. However, retention of these candidates in the OCES or DGFS programmes is subject to the mark sheet of their final result, which meets the eligibility requirements of the OCES/ DGFS programmes, shall be submitted by December 29, 2023, in case of OCES TSOs and as per the requirement of the concerned DGFS Institutes in the case of DGFS Fellows.

HOW TO APPLY– Only Online Applications will be accepted. Candidates are required to visit the website ‘’ in the period specified in the table for Important updates and submit an Online Application by following the instructions therein. Candidates are advised to read the ‘Information Brochure’ before applying.

Important Dates

(All Dates are Tentative and Applicants must visit Online Application Portal regularly for updates)

Launching of Online Application Portal for OCES/DGFS-2023 01st February 2023
Last date for Online Application 02nd March 2023
Online Test 1st April – 2nd April
Last date for candidates to upload their GATE-2023 score 24th March 2023
Display of List of candidates short-listed for Interview on Online
Application Portal
24th April 2023
Availability based option on Online Application Portal to select
Interview Slot for screened in candidates
24th April – 6th May
Selection Interviews 16th May- 16th June
Display of List of Candidates finally selected for OCES-2023 on
Online Application Portal
7th July 2023
Last Date for Selected OCES-2023 Candidates desirous of
DGFS to give details of M.Tech. admission in a DGFS institute
10th July 2023
Declaration of List of Applicants Selected for DGFS-2023 on
Online Application Portal
4th week of July
Commencement of OCES-2023 7th August 2023


Persons desiring to apply for the OCES / DGFS – 2023 programme may visit the website from February 01, 2023 onwards and follow the instructions therein.

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(Due to unavoidable circumstances, the BARC Online Examination application process for OCES/DGFS 2023 will start on 4th February 2023. Inconvenience caused due to the postponement is deeply regretted.)

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