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The regimented lifestyle, drills and discipline a navy job offers are of utmost value during and after service. This section will delve deeper into the most sought-after Indian Navy jobs, that is of officers. That said, it will also talk about the other ways you can build your Naval Career through other job roles.
Regardless of your designation, the rewards for serving in the Indian Navy for long, in the case of officers are bountiful. This is true for an officer trainee or other designations, who receive good salaries apart from other amenities. Pension and retirement benefits are impressive, but more so are the skills and the experience you gain when you join Indian Navy that can be leveraged to find a job in other organizations and sectors once you walk away from a Naval Career, either via retirement or voluntarily.
The Indian Navy can recruit you as an Officer for any of the following jobs:
Education jobs: As the name suggests, you will be responsible for the training of Indian Navy personnel. Training can include wartime procedures, the upkeep of equipment and so on.
Engineering jobs: In this kind of job you will be tasked with the management, maintenance, and operations of all major equipment and machines used by the Indian Navy. These can be aircraft carriers, ships, destroyers, submarines, frigates. What’s important to understand is that to be an Indian Navy engineer, you needn’t necessarily be at sea; posting can take place on land.
Electrical jobs: You’ll have to ensure that every equipment of the Indian Navy functions without hindrance. This includes all the weapons and gears required during warfare, hence complex circuitry and computer-aided systems will be your areas of expertise once recruited.
Executive jobs: The executive position more or less engages during warfare or training drills, wherein they lead the ships and submarines.
Medical jobs: This is self-explanatory — Indian Navy job with medical duties. You’ll be serving as medical professionals or physicians as a part of the Armed Forces Medical Services. To be a part of the medical wing, you can either (1) finish your (10+2) or get a Bachelor in Science degree, and join as a cadet only after clearing the written exam for MBBS (2) Join as a Dentist on Direct Permanent Commission after clearing BDS or as a qualified doctor if you’ve completed your MBBS on condition that you do not exceed 45 years of age for the latter.
The type of commission, namely Permanent Commission (PC) and Short Service Commission (SSC) refers to the time or the period you’re going to serve in the Indian Navy. The good news is that women now have gained entry into the Indian Navy, both via PC and SSC.
However, they’re majorly selected and deployed at on-shore locations due to the dearth of women-specific facilities on ships, submarines, and vessels.
Nevertheless, to gain entry in the Indian navy either via PC or SSC, the selection process is stringent and meticulous.
There are three ways you can get entry into the Indian Navy as an officer: through UPSC, Direct Entry, and University Entry. We discuss each below:
Under this scheme for Permanent Commission (PC), candidates have to appear for the examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which are held twice a year. Again, entry via this scheme can be broken down into:
This is for 12th pass candidates or for those in the 12th standard with Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics as subjects. The exams are announced and held twice a year, which is then followed up with two SSB interviews, one each for the announcement-examination cycles.
The CDSE helps graduates get entry into the Indian Navy. The examinations are conducted twice a year, and if you qualify, an SSB interview follows with a medical/PET conducted by the Indian Navy.
The good news for candidates trying to gain entry via this channel is that there aren’t;t any written examinations. However, you must be 25 years of age at max, possess a university (graduate) degree in Science — with subjects Physics and Mathematics and a minimum of 50% marks— and a Naval Wing Senior Div NCC ‘C’ with ‘B’ grade certificates.
The direct entry schemes consist of both PC and SSC posts, wherein the applying candidates are judged based on their scores/results/percentages in their education. A person getting entry through a scheme such as this must appear for an SSB interview and a medical/physical test.
You are chosen as an SSC SNAES trainee to undergo training, but only after a medical fitness test. The candidates with B.Tech degree in Naval Architecture from Andhra University, IIT Chennai, IIT Kharagpur, and Cochin University of Science and Technology must appear for campus interviews.
Candidates chosen — as Navy PC Engineering Officers — via their scores in their 12th with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics scores take up a 4-year Engineering Course (B.Tech) at Cochin University of Science and Technology or INS Shivaji.
To qualify, you must be a final year student from an AICTE-approved engineering college or university. Only after completing a medical fitness test and an SSB interview will you be deployed across various locations, under the Indian Navy, taking up various job roles.
As a matter of fact, the candidates chosen in the above-given way are placed in any of the following 4 divisions of the Indian navy on PC or SSC.
Education (PC and SSC): The notifications for the selection of Navy officers in this branch are released many times throughout the year.
Electrical Engineering (SSC): The two schemes mentioned above (12th Tech Cadet and UES) help source candidates, for entry into General Service (for males) via SSC for Submarine Tech.
PC and SSC in Executive Roles: Some of the roles that can be taken up include:
PC and SSC in Marine Engineering Roles: One point to note about this branch is that the chosen cadets can belong to both 12th and B.Tech candidates. Some functions under this branch include:
What’s been discussed so far has been for officer-level jobs. But that doesn’t mean that you cannot get entry into other Indian Navy openings. Some of the non-officer jobs include:
Apart from these, you can gain entry into the Indian Navy as an SSR or Senior Secondary Recruit, or be a Matric Recruit (MR) for jobs such as, chef jobs, Artificer Apprentice jobs, steward jobs, sports and fitness jobs, musician jobs, sanitary hygienist jobs and many more. To qualify, you must appear for written examinations/interviews/ and other tests for medical and fitness.
1) What are job opportunities available for candidates having matriculation?
Candidates having matriculation can apply for Matric Recruit and Non Matric Recruit (MR and NMR). They can apply for roles like Stewards, Cooks and Topass in the Navy.
2) What is the qualification required for an artificer apprentice in the Navy?
This role is limited to male candidates within the age group of 17-20. The qualified candidates should possess 55% or more aggregate in 10th, 12th or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
3) What are the entry level medical standards for Navy jobs?
Entry level Medical standards for Navy jobs varies according to the job role. The medical exam will be conducted by military doctors authorized for the same. It will be conducted as per the standards and regulations applicable to the specific job post. You can read more about the medical standards in the respective job description.
4) What are the different entries available for sailors in the Navy?
There are four categories of entries available for sailors. They are --Artificer Apprentices (AAs), Senior Secondary Recruit(SSR), Matric Entry Recruits and Non Matric Entry Recruits.
5) What is the selection process for Officers in the Navy?
The recruitment is purely based on the All India Merit. The number of recruited/induced depends on the number of applicants qualifying the test, interview and medical examination for the applied position on merit. No decision is made based on gender/ religion/ caste/ creed/ region either during recruitment or anytime from that point. The Commission in the Indian Navy is available to women and men of our nation. They have the choice to join the Executive, Technical and Education Branches of the Indian Navy. The determination system and the eligibility criteria is given in the careers sections of the official website of the Navy.
6) What are the career options available for (10,+2) Btech cadet entry scheme?
Individuals with 10 +2 (Physics, Chemistry, Maths) qualifications can apply for the (10,+2) Btech cadet entry scheme. They can make a career in the Navy as Executive/ Marine/ Electrical/ Electronic Engineering/ Naval Architecture branch of Indian Naval department. The selected candidates have to graduate from the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala or Cochin University of Science & technology (CUSAT, for Naval Architecture). After the completion of the BTech graduation, the applicants are granted permanent commission in the various branches of the Navy.
7) Can private institution graduates apply for a career in the Navy?
The Navy only considers degrees and qualifications approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Apart from the degree, all the candidates should have physical and mental fitness as per the standards required for the applied role.
8) What is UES?
UES is the University Entry Scheme. Under this scheme, final engineering students can apply for technical Branches/Cadres of the Navy. The shortlisted candidates from AICTE approved Engineering colleges across the country are called for an interview at the Services Selection Board. The interview is the basis of merit for the scheme. The candidates should also satisfy the medical standards according to the job role.
9) How are the promotions granted in the Navy?
The promotion till the position of a Commander is on the basis of time scale of service. The promotion to assist higher positions depends on Selection. All promotions are dependent upon your clearing the necessary capability course/tests on schedule and meet the sea service, physical and medical prerequisites for your branch.
10) What are the non UPSC entry roles in the Navy?
Non UPSC entry recruitment is based on the Service Selection Board interviews for the Branches/Cadres of the Navy. Here is the list of available Branches/Cadres.