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Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Exam

BARC 2021: Exam Date, Syllabus, Pattern, Eligibility, FAQS

Bhabha Atomic Research Centre also referred to as BARC conducts an exam each year. The BARC authorities for admission to two major courses specifically OCES (Orientation Course for Engineering Graduates and Science Post Graduates - 1-year course) and DGFS (DAE Graduate Fellowship Scheme for Engineering Graduates and Physics Graduates - 2-year course) for M.Tech and M.Chem.Engg conduct BARC Exam. BARC Exam is one of the principal prospects for candidates aspiring for a career in the public sector field as well as associated to the research field. However, toqualify BARC EXAM apart from eligibility criteria, one has to qualify two processes, which include the selection procedure for the BARC Exam.

BARC OCES/DGFS EXAM 2020 was conducted from 13 to 19 March at various examination centers to recruit scientist officers. However, the result of the same was postponed due to COVID -19 outbreakuntil further notice. As per the official notification, the result was expected to be declared on 15 April 2020 but could not be declared due to COVID – 19 protocols to be maintained throughout the world. Aspirants who are waiting for the subsequent results of the exam that they have taken in the month of March 2020 are advised to keep visiting the official website of BARC The date of interviews will be announced as soon as the BARC manages to evaluate it. BARC will assign interview slots based on the candidate’s accessibility.

BARC Exam Selection Process comprises of two steps to short list the aspirants for the post of Scientist.

Step 1:  Based on Online Examination, which is conducted every year. It is conducted for nine Engineering disciplines and five Science disciplines in more than forty cities spread across India. Aspirants applying for BARC online examination can choose their examination center as well as the date and time of the session in which they desire to appear for the Online Examination, subject to accessibility. Slot for the exam to candidates for taking the Online Examination will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Step 2:It will be based on the GATE Score where candidates will be shortlisted for the interview session based on the appropriate GATE Score in their subsequent subjects. Applicants with a degree in ‘Nuclear Engineering’ will be monitored only based on Online Examination to be conducted as per the schedule.

Finally, the interview session will be held of the shortlisted candidates. The interview sessions are organized discipline-wise such as interviews in all disciplines except Geology, Geophysics will be held in Mumbai, and interviews for the disciplines related to Geology and Geophysics will be conducted in Hyderabad. During the process of interview, the outstation applicants will be provided two-way second-class sleeper train fare, from their registered uptown address, by unswerving route or actual fare whichever is less.Candidates who will qualify the interview will be chosen as a Scientific Officer.

The exam pattern of BARC Exam is as follows:

  1. BARC Exam will be carried out in online mode
  2. BARC Online Examination comprises of only multiple-choice questions (objective type)
  3. Paper includes a total of 100 Questions
  4. The total time duration allocated for BARC Exam is 2 Hours
  5. Each question is of 3 marks
  6. Negative Marking is applicable in the exam.
  7. Physical calculators are not permitted in the BARC exam; however, virtual calculators will be accessible on your terminal;

The exam syllabus of BARC EXAM is mentioned in below table. The syllabus for the sub section or branches will depend upon the stream or branch they have applied for:


Name of the Branch



Civil Engineering


Building Materials, Surveying, Transportation Engineering, Soil Mechanics, Hydraulics, Irrigation Engineering, Estimating, Costing, and Valuation, Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, Theory of Structures, RCC Design, Steel Design, Concrete Technology



Electrical Engineering


Basic concepts, Circuit law, AC Fundamentals, Basic Electronics, Measurement and Measuring Instruments, Electrical Machines, Fractional Kilowatt Motors, Single phase induction Motors, Synchronous Machines, Magnetic Circuit, Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Estimation and Costing, Utilization and Electrical Energy.



Refrigeration & Air Conditioning


Applied Mathematics for Thermal Engineers, Advanced Thermodynamics, Advanced Heat Transfer, Refrigeration Systems Design, Air Conditioning Systems Design, Computer Simulation of Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Systems, Instrumentation for Thermal Systems, Design of Condensers Evaporators and Cooling Towers


Electronics Engineering

Analog electronics, digital electronics, Microprocessor, Electronic devices and circuits, networks, computer engineering, Measurement and Instrumentation, control system, signals and systems, communication, electromagnetic


Computer science Engineering

Algorithms, Programming and data structures, computer networks, computer organization and architecture, databases, operating system, digital logic, theory of computation and compiler design, discrete mathematics, software engineering


Mechanical Engineering

Strength of material, thermodynamics, Machine Design , fluid Mechanics, Productions, Theory of machines, Heat Transfer, Engineering mechanics, Industrial Engineering and Engineering material



The syllabus of the written test will be based on the curriculum taught in B.Arch

In 2020,BARC EXAM notification there were three vacancies advertised for Mumbai location for Scientific Officers. The number of vacancies varies according to the vacant posts requirement by the related departments for Scientific Officer. It will be mentioned in the upcoming BARC 2021 exam notification.

  1. Aspirants should be a citizen of India.
  2. A valid GATE score is mandatory by the organization in the similar engineering discipline as the qualifying degree discipline.
  3. Aspirants whose final year results are expected are also eligible to apply.
  4. Candidateswho are serving in Central or State Governments or their Units / PSUs / Aided Institutes must produce a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from their organization at the time of Selection Interview, failing which they may not be interviewed.

The pay band of BARC SO is PB3 (15600-39100 with grade pay of 5400).

They are awarded three increments after passing out from training school and one increment is 3% of basic i.e. 0.03*(15600+5400)= 630/-

Hence, Joining basic pay is 15600+3*630 =17490/-

Grade pay=5400/-

Basic+Grade= 17490+5400 = 22890/-

The Dearness allowance =119% of (basic+GP) = 1.19*22890 = 27239/-

Transport allowance is also offered that varies from city to city. For Tier-1 city, it is 3200 and for tier 2 city 1600 and for tier-3, it is 800. Assuming Tier-1 city

TA= 3200/-

DA on TA = 1.19*3200 = 3808/-

House Rent Allowance is 30% of basic+GP for tier-1 and 20% for tier-2 city. Assuming tier-1 city it is 0.3*22890 = 6867/-

Gross salary= 22890+27239+3200+3808+6867 = 64004/-

Assuming zero investment, it will fall under 20% tax slab. So tax deduction will be roughly 12800/-.

There are other deductions also which will sum up below 1000/-.

Hence the net salary in hand will be approximately 64000-12800-1000 =50200/-

The category-wise age limit for BARC Exam as on the date of applications should be as follows:

  1. General Category – 26 years,
  2. OBC-29 years,
  3. SC/ST–31 years,
  4. Dependents of those who died in the riots of 1984 (Dep1984) -31 years,
  5. Persons domiciled in Kashmir Division of Jammu & Kashmir State from 01/01/1981 to 31/12/1990 (Dom Kashmir) –31 years

The application Fee for BARC Exam is non-refundable which is Rs 500/- for male candidates belonging to General and OBC categories. There no application fee for Woman candidates, candidates belonging to SC/ST, Dependents of Defence Personnel Killed in Action (DODPKIA) and Physically Challenged candidates.