553 Patent Examiners Recruitment 2023 | CGPDTM | QCI | HavingIP

Good news for all the aspirants who were desperately hoping for vacancies in a Group ‘A’ service. You’d be elated to know that the Quality Council of India (QCI) has announced the recruitment of 553 Patent Examiners in the office of CGPDTM.

We were the first ones on the Internet to analyze and predict that there will soon be recruitment in the Indian Patent Office for the post of Patent Examiner. Thus, we have been proven right.

Not only this, but we also concluded that more vacancies will come in the next 2-3 years as the Govt. plans to hire around 1000 professionals in the Patent Office on a permanent basis.

You should definitely check out why are we saying so in this article: Jobs!! Recruitment for Examiner of Patents and Designs (1000 Posts, CGPDTM)

It is very rare that we see so many Group ‘A’ Gazetted Posts in a recruitment except the UPSC. It signals that Govt. is serious about reforming and strengthening the IPR regime in the country.

It is good news for Science and Engineering graduates because this opens a new area of opportunities. Most of you may not even be aware of intellectual property let alone making a career in it.

Anyway, before we discuss making a career in Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, Geographical Indications, Trade Secrets, etc. Let’s first discuss the topic for which you are here.

The Notification: Patent Examiner 2023

The Post

The name of the post is “Examiner of Patents & Designs“. It is a General Central Service, Group ‘A’ Gazetted (Non-Ministerial) in Level 10 in Pay Matrix (₹ 56,100 – 1,77,500) plus applicable allowances as admissible, in the Government of India.

Salary of an Examiner of Patents & Designs

If you are a post-graduate in science or graduate in technology, the post of patent examiner will give you the highest possible salary that you can get from the Govt. of India at the time of entry into a Govt. Job.

But how much is it?

At the time of writing this article, the DA for Central govt. employees is 42% but by the time the 2023 batch joins the patent office, it should be around 46%.

Anyway, for the calculation of the salary, we are considering DA as 42% of the Basic.

Now, let’s calculate:

DA42% of the Basic = 0.42*56100 = 23562
HRA27% (X-city) of the Basic = 0.27*56100 = 15147
TPT Allowance 7200+%DA of 7200 = 7200+0.42*7200 =10224
Total Emolument56100+23562+15147+10224 = 105,033
Entry-level salary of Examiner of Patents & Designs

From the total emolument, there will be deductions of:

1. NPS contribution (10% of (basic+DA)=10% of (56100+23562)=7966),

2. Income Tax (as per the new tax regime): let’s assume it to be 6000 a month

3. CGHS medical facility (around INR 650),

4. Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme, CGEGIS (around INR 120),

5. There may also be one or two minor deductions like health and education cess, professional tax (if applicable), etc.. but these are not significant in amount: let’s assume it to be 350 a month.

This way, your in-hand salary would be INR 89,947 a month in the beginning.

We have already written a detailed article on the post of patent examiner. Therefore, to know everything about the post of the patent examiner in India, you should check out this article especially curated for you: How To Become A Patent Examiner In India

The Office of CGPDTM

The Office of Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trademarks (CGPDTM) administers the various aspects related to Patents, Trademarks, Geographical Indications, Copyright, Design registration, registration for Semiconductor Layout, etc. in the country.

To know more about the patent office and CGPDTM, we have written an article that you may want to check out: Who Grants Patents in India? (Everything you need to know)

Where to apply:

You are required to apply online by using the website www.qcin.org. There are no other modes of application.

Important Dates (Tentative)

S. No.ActivityDate
1.Online application process starts14th July 2023
2.Online application process concludes4th August 2023
3.Issuance of e-Admit Card for Preliminary Examination14th August 2023
4.Preliminary Examination3rd September 2023
5.Declaration of result of Preliminary Examination13th September 2023
6.Issuance of e-Admit Card for Mains Examination18th September 2023
7.Mains Examination1st October 2023
8.Declaration of result of Mains Examination16th October 2023
9.Issuance of e-Admit Card for Interview22nd October 2023
10.Interview11th and 12th November 2023
11.Declaration of final list of qualified candidates17th November 2023
Important dates

Examination Fees

SC /ST500
PWD/ Differently abled (PH)500
Women (from all categories)500
Any other person500

Relaxation/ Concession

The cutoff date for claiming any kind of benefit, i.e., reservation, fee concession, age-relaxation, etc. shall be the last date of submission of application.


S. No.DisciplineSCSTOBCEWSURTotal
3Food Technology2141715
5Polymer Science and Technology1NIL3149
6Bio-Medical Engineering831552253
7Electronics & Communication156301146108
8Electrical Engineering41831329
9Computer Science & Information Technology931762863
11Civil Engineering1NIL3149
12Mechanical Engineering14527104399
13Metallurgical EngineeringNILNIL1NIL34
14Textile Engineering1NIL2148
Total vacancies and the discipline-wise and category-wise distribution

PwBD (Persons with Benchmark Disabilities) Distribution

Note: Just like any other recruitment, the above posts are tentative in number. The change in number is dependent on the approval of the Competent Authority and policy of the Government of India.

Eligibility Criteria

A candidate must be either:-

a) a citizen of India, or

b) a subject of Nepal, or

c) a subject of Bhutan, or

d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Note: For the categories (b), (c), (d), and (e), the person would need to provide a certificate of eligibility in his/ her favor by the Government of India on or before the last date of submission of the application.

Minimum Educational Qualification Required

S. No.DisciplineEssential qualification: following Degree from a recognized university
1Bio-TechnologyMaster Degree in Bio-Technology/ Micro Biology/ Molecular-Biology/ Bio Physics or equivalent
2Bio-ChemistryMaster Degree in Biochemistry or equivalent
3Food TechnologyBachelor Degree in Food Technology/ Engineering or equivalent
4ChemistryMaster Degree in Chemistry or Bachelor Degree in Chemical Technology/ Engineering or equivalent
5Polymer Science and TechnologyMaster Degree in Polymer Science or Bachelor Degree in Polymer Technology / Engineering or equivalent
6Bio-Medical EngineeringBachelor Degree in Bio-Medical Technology/ Engineering or equivalent
7Electronics & Communication EngineeringBachelor Degree in Electronics Technology/ Engineering or Electronics & Telecommunication Technology/ Engineering or equivalent
8Electrical EngineeringBachelor Degree in Electrical Technology/ Engineering or equivalent
9Computer Science & Information TechnologyMaster Degree in Computer Science/ Information Technology or Bachelor Degree in Engineering/Technology in Computer Science/ Information Technology or equivalent
10PhysicsMaster Degree in Physics or equivalent
11Civil EngineeringBachelor Degree in Civil Technology/ Engineering or equivalent
12Mechanical EngineeringBachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering /Technology or equivalent
13Metallurgical EngineeringBachelor Degree in Engineering/Technology in Metallurgy or equivalent
14Textile EngineeringBachelor Degree in Textile Engineering /Technology or equivalent

Note: Degrees should be from the universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of the Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956.

Age Limit

Note: Crucial date to decide any cutoff is the last of the submission of the application form.

1. Minimum age 21, maximum age 35

2. Age Relaxation:

  • Upper age relaxable by 5 years up to the age of 40 years, in case of Government servants in accordance with the instructions or orders issued by the Central Government.
  • Upto a maximum of 5 years in case of SC/ ST candidates
  • Upto a maximum of 3 years in case of OBC candidates who are eligible to avail of OBC reservation
  • Upto a maximum of 3 years in case of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities
  • Upto a maximum of 5 years in case of ex-servicemen subject to prescribed instructions
  • Upto a maximum of 10 years in case of PwBD (Persons with Benchmark Disabilities) candidates.

Detail about the Examination

This time, there is a change in the procedure. The interview phase has been introduced which was not there in previous recruitment. Moreover, there is no separate examination of the English language this time.

As per the notification, the examination will have three phases.

  1. Preliminary Examination to screen the candidates for Mains,
  2. Mains Examination for shortlisting candidates for Interview, and
  3. Interview.

let’s discuss each phase one by one.

1. Preliminary Examination

(a) It is merely a screening test. The marks obtained in this phase will not be considered for final merit/ score.

(b) Mode of Examination: ONLINE

(c) Duration: 2 hours

(d) Format: one paper of objective type multiple choice questions (MCQ)

(e) Exam Total: 150 marks maximum

(f) Number of questions: 150 (Each carrying one mark)

(g) Subjects and their weightage

SubjectNumber of questions (Marks)
General English15 (15 Marks)
Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning30 (30 Marks)
Quantitative Aptitude30 (30 Marks)
General Knowledge and Current Affairs30 (30 Marks)
General Science30 (30 Marks)
IP legislation in India; WIPO and related treaties15 (15 Marks)
Subjects and their weightage

(h) Negative Marking: No

(i) Minimum qualifying marks

CategoryPercentage Marks

(j) Number of candidates to be qualified= 20 x Vacancies (i.e. 20×553 = 11060) approximate

This number will be subject to:

(1) the change in the number of posts, and

(2) the number of candidates getting minimum qualifying marks as mentioned above.

Observation: There is one difference since last time i.e. the addition of a new subject “IP legislation in India; WIPO and related treaties“.

But you don’t have to worry about it. We are planning to bring out video series to tackle this topic. Make sure you subscribe to our Youtube Channel so that you don’t miss out on any updates related to this topic.

Prelims cutoff out of 150 marks, 2019 batch for reference:

Download previous prelims cutoff.

2. Mains Examination

(a) Mode: Offline

(b) Number of Papers: Paper I (OMR Based) and Paper II (Descriptive)

(c) Paper I

Mode: Offline, OMR based

Duration: 2 hours

Types of questions: Objective, and multiple choice

Maximum marks: 100

Number of questions: 100 (each carrying one mark)

SubjectNo. of questions (Marks)
General Knowledge and Current Affairs20 (20 Marks)
General Aptitude20 (20 Marks)
Elementary Mathematics20 (20 Marks)
English language proficiency20 (20 Marks)
Knowledge related to Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs)20 (20 Marks)
Subjects and weightage in Paper I

Note: Prelims has the topic “IP legislation in India; WIPO and related treaties” and the Mains has the topic “Knowledge related to Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs)“. These topics are all interrelated to each other and have to be dealt with as one subject.

In this regard, we intend to post relevant content on our website and videos on our youtube channel. So, make sure that you stay tuned to HavingIP platform.

(d) Paper II

Mode: Offline

Format: Descriptive

Subject: Your Techincal/ Scientific discipline

Duration: 3 hours

Maximum Marks: 300

(e) Weightage of Mains Examination (Paper I + Paper II) in final score: 80%

Mains or final cutoff marks out of 300 for the 2019 batch as there was no interview:

Download the previous mains cutoff.

3. Interview

(a) Number of candidates eligible for interview = 5 X vacancies (5×553 = 2765) approximate.

(b) Interview will be 100 marks.

(c) Interview mainly will be based on the topics asked in the Preliminary and Mains examinations.

(d) Weightage of the interview in final score = 20%


You can download the notification for the recruitment of Patent Examiner- 2023 using the button below:

Previous Papers

As we get hold of more papers, we will be providing them here.


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