BARC Exam – Bhabha Atomic Research Centre – Complete information

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Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha conceived the Nuclear Program in India. Dr Bhabha established the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) for carrying out nuclear science research in 1945. To intensify the effort to exploit nuclear energy for the benefit of the nation. Dr Bhabha established the Atomic Energy Establishment, Trombay (AEET) in January 1954 for multidisciplinary research program essential for the ambitious nuclear program of India.

Dr. Bhabha established the BARC Training School to cater to the manpower needs of the expanding atomic energy research and development program.

In Bhabha’s own words “When Nuclear Energy has been successfully applied for power production in, say a couple of decades from now, India will not have to look abroad for its experts but will find them ready at hand”. Dr Bhabha emphasized on self reliance in all the fields of nuclear science and engineering.

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Bhabha Atomic Research Centre offers creative and rewarding career opportunities to young qualified men and women who like challenges in frontline areas of Nuclear Science and Technology and are keen to be a part of the expanding Indian nuclear power programme.

The visionary Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha set up the prestigious BARC Training School, Mumbai in the year 1956 as a center for in-house training of professionals, for developing highly skilled manpower, thus ensuring that the country becomes self-reliant and self-sustaining in the field of Nuclear Science and Technology. To meet the changing needs of DAE, four additional BARC Training Schools have come up at Hyderabad, Indore and Kalpakkam.

Personnel of DAE are broadly categorized as:
  1. Scientific (Scientific Officers, Technical Officers) through training schools and direct recruitment.
  2. Technical (Scientific Assistant, Foreman, Draughtsman, Technician, Para-medical staff, Fire service staff, Horticultural staff)
  3. Administrative (Administrative, Accounts)
  4. Purchase & Stores
  5. Auxiliary (Security staff, Driver staff, Attendant)

Career opportunities at various levels are available at the Centre in wide ranging R&D areas  of Nuclear Science and Technology.

1. Scientists and Engineers

Recruitment of Scientific Officers (Scientists and Engineers) is through two major programmes – OCES and DGFS, conducted by the BARC Training Schools and also through the Dr. K.S. Krishnan Research Associateship (KSKRA) programme.

  1. Orientation Course for Engineering Graduates and Science Post Graduates (OCES)
  2. DAE Graduate Fellowship Scheme (DGFS)
  3. Dr. K.S. Krishnan Research Associateship (KSKRA)

For certain specialized areas listed below, direct recruitment is also done through open advertisements in leading newspapers for the post of Technical Officer (C) or higher whenever vacancies arise.

  • Medical Officers in BARC Dispensaries/ Hospital
  • Landscape and Cosmetic Maintenance Officers
  • Architects, Library Professionals, IT Professionals, Fire officers etc

For more visit direct recruitment of officials section.
The exact details of these posts/vacancies are being advertised time-to-time in leading newspapers as well as on this website.

2. OCES – for Engineering Graduates and Science Postgraduates.

OCES is the flagship program of the BARC Training Schools for Engineering Graduates and Science Postgraduates.


The Training Program aims to ensure that the Trainee Scientific Officers (TSOs) are provided with the necessary facilities and opportunities to acquire knowledge and develop skills in R&D pertaining to Nuclear Science & Technology. The course comprises of  foundation, core, advanced and elective courses, mini-projects etc. in several disciplines.

The course work consisting of classroom lectures, practical training and project work, is organized into three trimesters and is completed in one year commencing on 1st August every year. Evaluation on a continuous basis is carried out by way of examinations and assignments.

The OCES program is recognized for the award of Post-Graduate Diploma and as course work for the award of M.Tech./M.Phil./Ph.D. degree of the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), an aided institution of the Department of Atomic Energy and a Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act.

More than 9000 officers have graduated from the BARC Training Schools since their inception.

Training Schools

The OCES Programs are conducted at  BARC Training Schools at the locations listed below 

  1. BARC Training School at Mumbai    
    – Engineering, Design, Development, Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Reactors.  
    – Research in frontier areas of Basic and Engineering Sciences

  2. BARC Training School at Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam
    – R&D and Engineering related to Fast Breeder Reactors                                                                                                          
     – Research in frontier areas of Basic and Engineering Sciences

  3. BARC Training School at Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology(RRCAT), Indore
    – R&D and Engineering related to lasers, accelerators, plasma physics, cryogenics and superconductivity

  4. BARC Training School at Nuclear Fuel Complex, Hyderabad
    –  Operation & Maintenance and Engineering related to Nuclear Fuel Facilities  and production plants for production
    of heavy water to support the Nuclear Power Program.

  5. Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD), Hyderabad
    – Exploration Techniques for Uranium and other Atomic Minerals and related R&D activities.


A TSO who scores a minimum of 50% aggregate marks on completion of the OCES Program is declared to have passed the course successfully. Successful TSOs will be posted as Scientific Officer ‘C’ in one of the DAE units.
Posting of a successful OCES TSO to a DAE unit is done on the basis of the requirements of DAE and the TSOs merit, at the end of the OCES program. A small number of successful TSOs may also be posted in the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).


Many young professionals like to start their careers only after acquiring an advanced degree.  To attract such individuals, DGFS was initiated for inducting engineers at M.Tech./M.Chem.Engg. level in collaboration with  eight IITs viz. Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras,  Roorkee, BHU-Varanasi and also NIT-Rourkela and ICT-Mumbai.

The scheme also strengthens the research-education linkage with premier institutes of the country in areas of interest to DAE. The M. Tech. project work is carried out under the supervision of two guides, one from IIT and the other from DAE. The topics for M.Tech./M.Chem.Engg. projects are proposed by the DAE guides keeping in view the requirements of DAE and the M.Tech./M.Chem.Engg. specialization of the concerned DGFS Fellow.

Relevant M.Tech./M.Chem. Engg.
Program or Name of Dept/
Centre at the M.Tech./M.Chem.Engg. Institute
Pre-M.Tech. Degree or M.Chem. Degree (Disciplines)Institutes**
Mechanical EngineeringBE / BTech /
BSc Engg (Mechanical)
All except ICT
CryogenicBE / BTech /
BSc Engg (Mechanical)
Chemical EngineeringBE / BTech /
BSc Engg (Chemical)
All except Rkl
Applied MechanicsBE / BTech /
BSc Engg (Civil/ Mechanical)
Civil EngineeringBE / BTech /
BSc Engg (Civil)
All except Rkl, ICT
Earthquake EngineeringBE / BTech /
BSc Engg (Civil)
K, R
Nuclear HydrologyBE / BTech /
BSc Engg (Civil/ Chemical)
Metallurgical Engineering,
Materials Science/ Engg
BE / BTech /
BSc Engg
(Metallurgy/ Chemical)
All except G, ICT
Electrical EngineeringBE / BTech / BSc Engg
(Electrical/ Electronics)
All except G, ICT
Reliability Engineering,
Systems & Control Engineering,
Energy Systems
BE / BTech / BSc Engg
Electrical/ Chemical)
B, D, Kh, R
Power/ Communication/
Control Engg, Integrated
Electronics & Circuits
BE / BTech / BSc Engg
(Electrical/ Electronics)
D, G, R
InstrumentationBE / BTech / BSc Engg
(Electrical/ Electronics/
Kh, M,R
Computer Science,
Engineering & Technology
BE / BTech / BSc Engg
(Computer/ Electrical/
All except Rkl, Var, ICT
Applied Optics, Lasers &
BE / BTech / BSc Engg
(Electronics) M.Sc.
(Physics / Applied Physics)
Nuclear Engineering &
BE / BTech / BSc Engg
(Mechanical/ Chemical/
Electrical/ Electronics)
Solid State Materials/
Electronic Materials
BE / BTech / BSc Engg
(Electrical/ Electronics)
M.Sc. (Phy/ App Phy)
D, R
Electronics Engg, Electronics
and Communication Engg
BE / BTech / BSc Engg
Rkl & Var

* Institutes where specified M.Tech./M.Chem.Engg. courses are offered under this scheme: B = IIT Bombay; D = IIT Delhi; G=IIT Guwahati; K = IIT Kanpur; Kh = IIT KGP=IIT Kharagpur, M=IIT Madras, R=IIT Roorkee, Rkl=NIT Rourkela, Var= IIT(BHU)-Varanasi, ICT= Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Four-Month Orientation Course for DGFS Fellows (OCDF) : 

Several areas of interest to DAE do not form part of the M.Tech./M.Chem.Engg. curriculum. To provide exposure to such areas, DGFS Fellows undertake a four-month Orientation Course (OCDF) at the BARC Training School, Mumbai after successful completion of their M.Tech./M.Chem.Engg. programs. They are however absorbed in DAE as Scientific Officers on successful completion of M.Tech./M.Chem.Engg.

Selection : 

Under this scheme, Engineering Graduates and Physics Postgraduates who have excelled in the Selection Interviews for the Training School program and who also have secured admission for M.Tech/M.Chem.Engg. in select Institutes and specializations (listed in Table above), are permitted to pursue their M.Tech./M.Chem.Engg. degrees at these Institutes while retaining their employment in DAE.

After successful completion of the one-year course work at the Institute, DGFS Fellows undertake project work, which is assigned and supervised jointly by a DAE and an Institute guide. On successful completion of M.Tech./M.Chem.Engg., they are posted as Scientific Officers in DAE. On joining, they are required to undertake a four-month Orientation Course (OCDF) at the BARC Training School, Mumbai prior to commencing work in their respective workplaces.

The DGFS fellows are enrolled and posted in one of the following units of DAE :
a) BARC, Mumbai 
b) IGCAR, Kalpakkam

Posting of a DGFS fellow to a DAE unit is done at the beginning of the M.Tech./M.Chem.Engg. program.  

Stipend and Allowances during Training:

OCES TSOs and DGFS Fellows are paid a stipend of Rs. 35,000/ p.m. during the period of their Training. Both OCES TSOs and DGFS Fellows are paid a one-time book allowance of Rs.10,000. DGFS Fellows are reimbursed the tuition fee paid to their Institutes for pursuing the M. Tech./M.Chem.Engg. program and are given a one-time grant of Rs 25,000 to meet M. Tech./M. Chem. Engg. project related expenses.

Appointment in DAE units shall be as a ‘Group A’ Gazetted Officer of the Government of India except in BHAVINI, NPCIL and UCIL which are governed by the service rules of Corporations. Appointment in all the units shall be as a Scientific Officer (C) in the Level 10 – Rs. 56,100 of 7th Central Pay Commission 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 program and the DGFS Fellows getting three or four increments** depending on their performance in M.Tech./M.Chem.Engg. and four-month Orientation Course for DGFS Fellows (OCDF).

**DGFS Fellows whose performance is below a specified threshold will receive zero increments.

Selection to OCES/DGFS is a 2-step process: Screening to short-list candidates followed by Selection Interviews of the short-listed candidates. There is a separate selection process for each of the Eligible disciplines. Screening for Selection Interview is based on two alternative methods:

(a) Online Test: It will be conducted in all of the nine eligible Engineering disciplines and in the five eligible Science disciplines.
(b) GATE Score:  Candidates will be screened in for Selection Interview on the basis of a valid GATE-2020 or GATE Score. 

How to Apply: 

Only Online Applications will be accepted. Applicants are required to visit the website and fill up the Online Applicationform provided there. More details about the present recruitment including all the Eligibility requirements can be obtained from the Information Brochure on the said website. Candidates are advised to go through the Information Brochure before applying.

4. KSKRA Programme

Research Associates selected under the prestigious KSKRA programme are given an opportunity to work on R&D programmes of national importance relevant to the DAE mandate and offers prospects of regular absorption in DAE


A:Minimum Educational Qualification and Experience for KSKRA :

For Engineers: Ph.D. degree in Engineering (Those who have submitted thesis for Ph.D. may also apply)
 Master’s degree in Engineering (M.Tech./ M.E./M.S.) with a minimum of 2-year R&D experience after obtaining M.Tech./M.E./M.S. degree.
2)For Scientists: Ph.D. degree in Science (Those who have submitted Ph.D. thesis may also apply).
All candidates must have minimum 60% marks at both Bachelors and Masters level.
All candidates must provide a list of publications in support of their R&D experience.

B:Nationality/Age for KSKRA : 

Indian nationals who are not more than 32 years as on 1st January in the year of the application.

The age criterion is relaxable by 5 years for SC/ ST candidates and 3 years for OBC candidates.

The SC/ ST/ OBC certificate should be as per the prescribed format. Physically challenge persons are eligible for age relaxation of 5 years.


The selected candidates would be appointed as KSKRA for an initial period of one year, which is extendable by one more year based on performance during the first year. KSKRAs would be paid a monthly stipend of Rs. 40,000/- + benefits.

Those candidates who have submitted their Ph.D. thesis but are yet to receive their Ph.D. degree, if found suitable by the interview committee in view of their expertise and academic record, would be first designated as Research Associate (RA) and paid a stipend of Rs.32,000/- per month.

On completion of their Ph.D. and on obtaining a provisional certificate, they would be designated as KSKRAs and paid a stipend of Rs.40,000/- per month. For all other benefits, their date of joining as RA will be treated as the date of joining KSKRA Scheme. In addition to this, an amount Rs.10,000/- per year would be disbursed as Educational Material Allowance. Associates will be provided Hostel accommodation, medical and leave benefits during their Associateship.


Anytime during second year of the Associateship, subject to satisfactory performance as evaluated by the concerned DAE unit, the KSKRAs will be absorbed as Scientific Officer/ Engineer-D with entry level 11 of the 7th CPC Pay Matrix + allowances as per Govt. Orders. Up to 4 advance increments may be awarded depending upon qualification, experience and performance during the selection interview and Associateship. KSKRAs with exceptional performance during the fellowship period may be considered for absorption as Scientific Officer/ Engineer-E with entry level 12 of the 7th CPC Pay Matrix + allowances as per Govt. Orders. In addition, benefits under Performance Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS) as applicable to the scientists and engineers in DAE will also be provided.