Selection procedure

The Indian Navy

As compared to other profession in the civilian world, the Indian Navy has a great deal to offer to young men and women.

Officer's selection procedure

Officer’s recruitment is advertised through Employment News and all important national and regional newspapers/dailies. Selection for Permanent Commission through NDA/NA cadet entry and CDSE (Graduate) entry is through a written examination conducted by UPSC, followed by an interview by the Service Selection Board (SSB). For all other Permanent Commission entries and Short Service Commission entries there is no written examination. Applicants are short-listed as per criteria laid down by the Naval Headquarters, (Directorate of Manpower Planning & Recruitment). Selection is through merit alone. The details are enumerated as follows:-

Induction of officers in the various Branches of the Indian Navy is undertaken through one of the following modes/schemes:-

(A)     Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) entries

           (i)       Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE)
           (ii)      National Defence Academy (Navy)
           (iii)     National Defence Academy (Naval Academy)
           (iv)     NCC
        

(B)     Direct Entry : Permanent Commission for Undergraduate Level Entry

           (i)       10+2(B.Tech)

(C)     Direct Entry : Permanent Commission for Graduate Level Entries

           (i)      Sports
           (ii)     Musician
           (iii)     Law

(D)     Indian Navy Entrance Test (INET) :    Permanent Commission/ Short Service Commission for Graduate Level Entries

           (i)       Pilot (MR)  - for men and women
           (ii)      Pilot (NMR) – for men only
           (iii)     Observer- for men and women
           (iv)     Air Traffic Contro (ATC) - for men and women
           (v)      General Service -  Executive (GS/X)/
           (vi)     Hydro– for men only
           (vii)    General Service (Technical – Electrical & Engineering)
           (viii)    Naval Architect- for men and women
           (ix)     Information Technology– for men only
           (x)      Logistics- for men and women
           (xi)     Education- for men and women
           (xii)    Naval Armament Inspectorate Cadre (NAIC) - for men and women
        

(E)     University Entry Scheme : Permanent Commission/Short Service Commission

           (i)       SSC     - Pilot (MR)                  - for men and women
           (ii)      SSC     - Pilot (NMR)                 – for men only
           (iii)     SSC     - Observer                    - for men and women
           (iv)     SSC      - Air Traffic Contro (ATC)     - for men and women
           (v)      PC/SSC     - General Service             -  Executive (GS/X)/
           (vi)     SSC     - General Service (Technical – Electrical & Engineering)
           (vii)    SSC     - Naval Architect            - for men and women
           (viii)     SSC     - Information Technology    – for men only
           (ix)    SSC     - Logistics                    - for men and women
           (x)        SSC        - Education                    - for men and women
           (xi)    Naval Armament Inspectorate Cadre (NAIC) - for men and women
 

National Defence Academy (Navy) & National Defence Academy (Naval Academy)

This entry is controlled by UPSC with IHQ MoD (Army)/ADG (Recruiting) as nodal agency. It consists of written examination conducted by the UPSC followed by conduct of the SSB interview, medical test by Indian Navy (Naval candidates only) and final preparation of merit list by UPSC. The appointment letter for NDA (Navy and Naval Academy) are issued by IHQ MoD (Army)/ADG (Recruiting) and IHQ MoD/DMPR respectively. The training of officers selected through this entry, commences in the month of Jan/Jul every year. The advertisement for this entry is published in Jun/Dec. Tentative examination schedule of NDA entry is as follows:-

 
Sr. No. Name of Exam Notification by UPSC Written Test Conducted by UPSC SSB Conducted by Navy Joining at Academy
(i) NDA &NA Exam(I) Dec/Jan Apr Aug-Sep January next year
(ii) NDA &NA Exam(II) Jun/Jul Oct/Nov Jan-Feb July next year

Combined Defence Services Exam (CDSE)

This entry also consists of written exam conducted by the UPSC, followed by conduct of the SSB interview, medical test by Indian Navy (Naval candidates only) and final preparation of merit list by UPSC. The appointment letter is issued by IHQ MoD/DMPR. The training of officers selected through this entry commences in the month of Jan/Jul and the advertisement is published in Nov/Jul. Tentative examination schedule of NDA entry is as follows:-

Combined Defence Services Exam (CDSE)
Sr. No. Name of Exam Notification by UPSC Written Test Conducted by UPSC SSB Conducted by Navy Joining at Academy
(i) CDS Exam (I) Nov Feb/Mar Sep-Oct January next year
(ii) CDS Exam (II) July Oct/Nov Jan-Feb July next year

NCC Entry

The vacancies for Naval Wing Senior Div NCC ‘C’ certificate holders with B.E./B.Tech degree are published along with CDSE advertisement. No written test is conducted for this entry. The eligible candidates are required to forward their application directly to IHQ MoD (N)/ DMPR through DGNCC. The candidates are deputed for SSB interview. After qualifying SSB these candidates undergo medical examination and if found fit, are inducted in the Indian Navy on the basis of All India Merit. The training of officers selected through this entry normally commences in the month of Jan/Jul every year.

Direct Entry : Permanent Commission For Undergraduate Level Entry : 10+2(B.Tech)

12th Pass with 70% in PCM and 50% in English in 10th or 12thstandard can apply for IN officers’ entry viz 10+2(B.Tech). Wef  Jan 17, JEE (Mains) rank has been made compulsory to apply for 10+2(B.Tech) entry. This entry is opened twice a year for Sprin Term & Autumn Term. NHQ prepares and releases the advertisement in Employment News/Important Newspapers for inviting applications  6-8 months prior to the commencement of the course. Post receipt of applications, candidates are shortlisted for SSB based on  JEE (Main) – All India Rank (AIR) for BE/B Tech curriculum. Validity of the JEE (Main) rank for applying for the scheme is one year from the date of declaration of the JEE (Main) ranking by CBSE/NTA. On completion of all SSBs, merit list is prepared in respect of all SSB qualified candidates and candidates are thereafter appointed in order of merit based on no. of vacancies.

Direct Entry : Permanent Commission For Graduate Level Entries

The Direct entries are controlled by IHQ-MoD(Navy)/DMPR and cater for both Permanent Commission(PC) and Short Service Commission. Advertisement calling for applications from eligible unmarried candidates for such entries are published  in the leading newspapers and Employment News based on the availability of vacancies. Post receipt of applications, preliminary scanning of candidates is conducted at IHQ-MoD(Navy) for their professional ability in respect of Musician and Sports entries. Successful candidates are thereafter detailed for SSB interviews at Bangalore/Bhopal/Coimbatore/ Vizag/Kolkata. The SSB qualified candidates undergo medical examination and if found fit, are inducted in the Indian Navy on the basis of All India Merit. The training of these entries normally commences in the months of Jan and Jul. 

INDIAN NAVY ENTRANCE TEST (INET)

 1.         Introduction.  Indian Navy Entrance Test (INET) is the officers’ entry under the control of IHQ MoD (Navy)/ DMPR and caters for both Permanent Commission (PC) and Short Service Commission (SSC). The INET will be conducted twice a year.

 
2.         Selection Procedure    The selection procedure is as follows:-

            (a)         INET.  INET (Officer) is a computer based written examination.  There will be four sections and candidate is required to pass in all four sections separately with minimum 40% marks.

                         (i)       Examination Centre.  All eligible candidates, whose applications are received by due date, will be called for Indian Navy Entrance Test (INET) to be conducted  at one of the INET centres as per their choice, subject to availability of slots at that centre. Call up letters cum Admit Card for online examination indicating date, time and place, would be required to be downloaded from the official website www.joinindiannavy.gov.in.  Only Electronic mode of communication will be used while contacting the candidates at all stages of selection.  Once the centre is opted by a candidate, it cannot be changed in any circumstances.

                     (ii)       INET Syllabus.  INET exam will be of two hours duration.  It will contain 100 Multiple Choice Questions comprising Questions on English, Reasoning & Numerical Ability, General Knowledge, General Science & Mathematical Aptitude.  Each section will be of 100 marks with negative marking of one mark for incorrect answer.  Click here for the syllabus.

 
(b)  Shortlisting for SSB.  IHQ of MoD (N) reserves the right to shortlist candidates strictly on the basis of INET rank cum preference & choice. However candidates are required to qualify in all sections of INET Exam to be considered for shortlisting to appear in SSB interview. No communication will be entertained on this account. SSB interviews for short-listed candidates will be tentatively scheduled at Bangalore for pilot & observer candidates and at Bangalore/ Bhopal/ Visakhapatnam/ Kolkata for other branches/ entries. Shortlisted candidates will be informed about their selection for SSB interview on their e-mail or through SMS (provided by candidates in their application form).  Candidates are advised not to change their e-mail/mobile No till selection process is over.
 
(c)        SSB Procedure. SSB interview will be conducted in two stages.  Candidates who clear Stage I will go to Stage II.  Those who fail in Stage I will be sent back on the same date.
 
(d)   Medical. SSB recommended candidates are required to undergo medical examination as applicable to their entry.  Candidates of Pilot entry are required to undergo PABT (Pilot Aptitude Battery Test) followed by Aviation medical examination.
 
(e)       Merit List & Appointment Letter
 
(i)         Merit list will be based on combined marks of INET (50% weightage) & SSB (50% weightage).
 
(ii)  Candidates recommended by the SSB and declared medically fit will be appointed for training as per all India merit of each branch / cadre based on availability of number of vacancies in various branches/ cadres.
 
(f)  Examination Fees  Candidates (SC/ST/women candidates are exempted from payment of fees) are required to pay fee, as applicable from time to time through online mode.  Admit card will be issued for the examination only to those candidates who have successfully paid the examination fee and who are entitled to waiver of examination fee.
 
3.         Training.  Candidates will be inducted as officers in the rank of Sub Lieutenant.  Officers of all branches / cadres except the officers of IT will undergo 22 Weeks Naval Orientation Course whereas officers of SSC (IT) will undergo 04 Weeks Naval orientation Course at the Naval Academy, Ezhimala.  This will be followed by professional training in Naval Ships and Training Establishments as per extant regulations.
 
(a)       Only unmarried candidates are eligible for training. Any candidate who is found to be married or marries while under training will be discharged from service and shall be liable to refund full pay & allowances drawn by him/her and other expenditure incurred on the candidate by the Government.
 
(b)       If the officer voluntarily withdraws from initial training or resigns during the probationary period, he/she shall be required to refund the cost of training in whole or in part, as may be determined by Govt. & all money received by him/her as pay & allowances from the Govt. together with the interest on the said money calculated at the rate in force for Govt loans.
 
4.         Probation Period.  Probation period for SSC (NAIC) Officers is three years and for officers of other branches/cadres is two years.  The probation period will commence from the date of grant of the rank of Sub Lt and will terminate after three years in respect of SSC (NAIC) and two years for other branches / cadres or on completion of initial training (whichever is later. During probation the officers are liable to be discharged in case of unsatisfactory performance at any stage.

Click here to download syllabus for INET for Officers' Entries

Click here for Sample Question Paper  for INET for Officers' Entries



University Entry Scheme

University Entry Scheme is under the control of IHQ MoD (Navy)/ DMPR and caters for both Permanent Commission (PC) and Short Service Commission (SSC). UES is conducted once a year, coinciding with the induction for Autumn Term at Indian Naval Academy. Various teams are deputed to different technical colleges all across the country for Campus Interview (CI). The Candidates of seventh semester, who have secured a minimum aggregate of 60% up to fifth term, are graded by the team as per their performance during the CI. The selected candidates are deputed for SSBs. The SSB qualified candidates undergo medical examination and if found fit, are inducted in the Indian Navy on the basis of All India Merit. The branches on offer for UES includes Technical (Engineering, Electrical and Naval Architecture), Executive (Pilot, Observer, Logistics, General Service and Information Technology), Aviation Technical (E/L) and Submarine (E/L). An advertisement for this entry is published once a year in the month of Jun/Jul. The campus interviews are conducted and coordinated by IHQ MoD(N) and the three Commands HQs in the following states:-

University Entry Scheme
Sr. No. Region States
(a) IHQ MoD(N)Northern Region Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi, Chandigarh, Bihar
(b) HQ WNC/CRTOWestern Region Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Goa, MP, Daman & Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli
(c) HQ ENC/CRTOEastern Region Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal, Jharkand, NE States, Sikkim, A&N Islands
(d) HQ SNC/CRTOSouthern Region Kerala, Karnataka, TN, Puducherry, L&M Islands

Educational & Other Qualifications

It is mandatory that all degrees and educational qualifications are from Educational Institutions recognized by the competent authority in the field. Degrees/mark sheets must be original or self attested, as asked for in the advertisement. No compromise/relaxation will be made on this issue. All candidates desirous of joining the Indian Navy must be physically/mentally fit as per laid down standards. Proficiency in sports, swimming and extra-curricular activities is desirable.
Click here for Educational Eligibility for Indian Navy Officers Entries

 

SSB Procedure

The candidates are assessed for various Officer Like Qualities at the Service Selection Boards. The qualities include planning & organising ability, social adaptability, social effectiveness and dynamic ability.  The SSB is conducted in two stages as under:-

(i)   Stage I.  Intelligence Test, Picture Perception and Discussion test.

(ii)  Stage II. Psychological testing, Group testing and interview.

Successful candidates are thereafter required to undergo medical examination (Approx  duration 03 to 05 days).