Defence Institute of Psychological Research

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Defence Institute of Psychological Research
Field of research
Human Psychology
DirectorDr. K Ramachandran
AddressLucknow Road, Timarpur,
Delhi - 110 054
AffiliationsMinistry of Defence
Operating agency
WebsiteDIPR Home Page

Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) is an Indian defence laboratory of the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO). Located in Delhi, its main function is research in the area of psychology for armed forces personnel. DIPR is organised under the DRDO's Directorate of Life Sciences (DLS). The present director of DIPR is Dr. K Ramachandran.


The history of DIPR dates back to 1943, when it was established in Dehradun as a small experimental board for the selection of Officers. After independence, with the reorganisation of the Armed Forces, there was a strong need for a dedicated research cell for the selection and follow-up of the officer cadre. Thus, in 1949, the experimental board was re-christened as the Psychological Research Wing (PRW), with the objective of evolving a scientific system for the selection of officers. With the emergence of new operational challenges in conventional warfare the scope of the institute's charter was further expanded.[1]

In 1962, Psychological Research Wing was re-designated as the Directorate of Psychological Research (DPR) to take on new areas of research related to morale, group effectiveness, leadership behaviour, PTSD and other problems related to Armed Forces. In 1982, DPR was brought under the administrative control of DRDO and was renamed as Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR).

Areas of work[edit]

To take on new areas of research related to morale, ideological convictions, group effectiveness, leadership behaviour, job satisfaction, high altitude effects, motivation, attitude, anthropometrics, civil-military relations and other problems related to Armed Forces. All the selections of officer's in the defence are through DIPR's research only, all material for psychological test were developed by them only. These tests comprises; Picture Perception test, TAT: Thematic Appreciation Test, WAT: Word association Test, SRT: Situation Reaction test Etc.


Projects and Products[edit]

Technologies for Civilian use only[edit]


  1. ^ "DIPR History". Archived from the original on 4 March 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2007.

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