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The DGDE SDO exam is conducted to hire sub-divisional officers for the DGDE. As a sub-divisional offer, your role would be to head different departments in the organization. The Defense State Organization (DGDE) is the headquarters of the Indian Defence Estate Service and has under its jurisdiction 6 principal Directorates and 62 cantonment boards. The exam conducting body has announced this vacancy in the year 2021.

DGDE SDO Exam Highlights

In the table below, we have covered a few major details of the exam. Applicants of Sub-Divisional Officer Grade 2 should know these details.

Organization NameDirectorate General Defence Estates (DGDE)
Post Name Sub-divisional Officer (Gade-2)
Vacancies 97
DGDE SDO’s last date of application15-01-2022
DGDE SDE exam dateTo be announced
Official Website www.dgde.gov.in

DGDE SDO Exam Pattern

The DGDE exam pattern for the test conducted in the year 2022 contains four subjects. The test paper would be in both Hindi ad English. All those candidates who are shortlisted will have to appear for a skill test to test their capability of handling an electronic total station and other aspects of land survey. This skill test will be conducted 2 days after the exam.

SubjectsMarks Allotted
General knowledge25
Grand total150

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DGDE SDO Syllabus

To start your preparation for any exam you would need to be well-versed in the syllabus. The DGDE SDO syllabus contains five subjects. Namely, general knowledge, mental ability, general awareness, general English, and general aptitude. In the table below, we have mentioned important topics of various subjects.

SubjectsImportant Topics
General Knowledge
General Awareness 
  • Dance and Indian Culture
  • Music & Literature
  • Political Science
  • Economic Problems of India
  • Indian Geography
  • Matters of National and International Importance
  • Important DatesFamous Places in India
Mental Ability
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Analogy
  • Mirror Images
  • Non-verbal series
  • Number series
  • Figure Matrix Questions
  • Grouping Identical Figures
  • Inference
  • Arguments
  • Blood Relations
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Direction Test
  • Alphabet Series
 General English
  • Errors spotting
  • Sentence arrangement
  • Transformations
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Sentence Completion
  • Passage completion
  • Spelling test
  • Fill in the blanks 
  • Paragraph completion
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Active and Passive
  • Prepositions
  • Error correction
 General Aptitude
  • Time and distance
  • Odd man out
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Averages
  • Simple equations
  • Pipes and cisterns
  • Permutations and combinations
  • Mensuration 
  • Mixtures and allegations
  • Races and games
  • areas
  • Numbers and ages
  • Problems on trains
  • volumes
  • Simple and compound interest 
  • Simplification and approximation
  • L.C.M and H.C.F
  • Quadateric equations
  • Profit and loss
  • Probability
  • Boats and streams

DGDE SDO Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who want to apply for the position of DGDE SDO have to fulfill the following eligibility criteria. Keep in mind that all the relevant documents need to be present at the time of document verification. Check the eligibility criteria below.

  • Educational qualifications- Needs to be matriculation passed with a diploma or needs to have a certificate in surveying or draftsmanship (civil) of not less than 2 years.
  • Age limit- Has to be between 18-27 years of age

Age Relaxation

Almost all competitive exams have a provision for age relaxation for the reserved categories. The DGDE SDO exam provides upper-age relations to OBC, EX- Servicemen, Physically handicapped, Scheduled Tribes, and Scheduled Castes.

CategoryUpper age relaxation
OBC and EX- serviceman3 yrs
PH10 yrs
ST/SC5 yrs
PH+OBC13 yrs
PH+ST/SC15 yrs

DGDE SDO Vacancy

In the year 2021, a total of 97vaccancies have been released. This has been for the posts of Junior Hindi typist, sub-divisional officer Grad-II, and Hindi Typist posts. The same is true for the year 2022. DGDE SDO recruitment 2022 vacancies are as follows.

CategoryNumber of vacancies
PH- D and E1

DGDE SDO Selection Process

To become a sub-divisional officer in the ministry of defense you would have to undergo the selection process which involves

  1. Written Examination– A written examination is conducted for 150 marks for 2 hours. The questions would be in both- Hindi and English. 
  2. Skill test– Those who qualify for the written examination are called for a skill test to access their ability to conduct a Land survey and Electronic Total Station. The skill test is usually taken for the shortlisted candidates on the second day after the written examination. 

DGDE SDO Application Process

The application process for the ministry of defense SDO recruitment is offline. You would have to apply to the Principal Director of Defense Estate, Sother Command by 15th January 2022.  Candidates belonging to Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir, Lahaul & Spiti, Districts and Pangi, Andaman Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands have been given 2 weeks extra to submit their application.

Application Fee

Candidates can pay their application fee through demand draft in favor of ‘The Principal Directorate Of Defence Estates Southern Command, Pune. Candidates belonging to the general category are only required to pay the application fee. For others, fees are exempted.

CategoryFees Applicable (INR)
SC/ST/EWS/EX ServicemanNot applicable
WomenNot applicable


The DGDE Sub Divisional Officer salary is from 3000 to 34,800 INR. In addition to this DGDE, SDO will receive their Grade Pay + 4200 INR. That is based on the 6th level of the 7th Central Pay Commission. This salary includes standard deductions of several benefits.

DGDE Recruitment Admit Card 

To check your DGDE SDO admit card follow these steps.’ ’Visit the official website of the ministry of defence Recruitment 2022 official website. Click on the news section of the side panel and check on the link for the admit card. Enter your roll number, application Id, and date of birth to generate your admit card

DGDE SDO Results

On the basis of the DGDE Result, candidates will be shortlisted for the next round o selection. They will be called for interviews and another process. Follow these steps to check the DGDE SDO 2022 result.

  • Visit the official website of the DGDE 
  • Search for the link to the homepage for SDO recruitment 
  • Click on the link, check your result, and print out a copy of the result

DGDE SDO Preparation Tips

You can follow these steps to prepare for the DGDE SDO recruitment. 

  • For general awareness read the newspaper regularly. For example, Hindu or the Indian Express
  • Go through the syllabus and make a study timetable 
  • Practice DGDE SDO question papers for the aptitude test from a standardized textbook
  • To boost your confidence you can also take full syllabus mock tests. This will prepare you for the DGDE hiring process.


What is the full form of DGDE?

The full form of DGDE is Directorate General Defense Estates. It is one of the reputed government organizations that come under the ministry of defense.

What is the DGDE SDO Eligibility?

To be eligible for the DGDE SDO post, candidates need to fulfill the age limit and educational requirements. Take a look at below mentioned points.
Age Limit- 18 to 27 years
Education- Should be passed the 10th board exam, with a diploma.

As of now, the DGDE SDO exam for this year is over. The dates of the upcoming exam will be released on the official website. For more such updates about DGDE SDO Exam 2023, keep an eye on Leverage Edu, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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