With job losses caused by economic recession in various sectors, the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is turning out to be the destination of primary choice among young job seekers as the premier defence organisation received a whooping 1.13 lakh applications for the Scientist Entry Test held recently.

The applications were received in response to an advertisement in May for 220 posts in the Defence Research and Development Organisation, the R&D wing of the ministry of defence, a release said here on Saturday.

More than 70 per cent of the applicants appeared for the examination conducted on September 6 this month at 139 centres in 31 cities, it said.

For the test held in September last year to induct 500 scientists, only 43,215 had applied.

With opportunities to work on challenging technologies, in excellent working environment of laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure, improved compensation, career growth prospects and performance oriented complementing scheme, the organisation was now attracting more talent, it said.

The DRDO has 52 laboratories spread across the country, engaged in developing wide range of military system.

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