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Indian Navy: Officers Entry Routes

The Indian Navy Officers Entry is a well-balanced and cohesive three dimensional force, capable of operating above, on and under surface of the oceans efficiently safeguarding our national interests. The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) exercises operational and administrative control of the Indian Navy from Integrated Headquarters of MOD(Navy). He is assisted by the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS) and three other Principal Staff Officers, namely the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (DCNS), the Chief of Personnel (COP) and the Chief of Material (COM). The Navy has the following three commands, each under the control of a Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief:-

  • The Western Naval Command (Headquarters at Mumbai).
  • The Eastern Naval Command (Headquarters at Visakhapatnam)
  • The Southern Naval Command (Headquarters at Kochi)

The Western and the Eastern Naval Command are operational commands and exercise control over operations in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal respectively. The Southern Command is designed as the Training Command. The cutting edge of the Indian Navy is its two fleets, namely the Western Fleet based at Mumbai and the Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam. Besides the fleets, there is a flotilla based at Mumbai, Visakhapatnam and Port Blair (A & N Islands) that provides Local Naval Defence in the respective region. Naval ships are also based at other ports along the east and the west coast of India and the island territories thus ensuring continued naval presence in the areas of national interest. Further, there are various Naval Officer-in-Charges (NOIC), under each command, responsible for the Local naval Defence of ports under their respective jurisdictions. Indian Navy provides various opportunities to young men and women from diverse educational back ground to live a career full of passion and adventure. The details of all the entries are given below.

Type of Entry Unmarried Men/Women Age Limit Educational Qualification
(NDA)(Through UPSC) Men 16½ - 19 10+2 or equivalent with Physics & Maths
(10+2) Executive Naval Academy,(Through UPSC) Men 16½ - 19 10+2 or equivalent with PCM (70%)
Graduate Special Entry Scheme(GSES) Naval Academy,(Through UPSC) Men 19 - 22 B.Sc (Physics & Maths) or BE
NCC Special Entry Naval Academy, Goa Men 19 - 24 B.Sc (Physics & Maths) or BE with Naval Wing Senior Div NCC 'C' Certificate
Direct Entry Naval Armament Inspection (NAI) Cadre Men 19½ - 25 Degree in Electronics / Elect / Mech Engg or Post Graduate Degree in Electronics or Physics
Direct Entry Law Cadre Men 18 - 24 Yrs 22 - 27 A Degree in Law qualifying for enrolment as an Advocate under the Advocates Act 1961 with minimum 55% marks
Short Service Commission (SSC) Executive/ Hydrography Men 19½ - 25 Graduate (with Physics & Maths at 10+2 with 55% marks).
SSC -ATC Men & Women Men & Women ∗ 19½ - 25 Ist Class Science Graduate with Physics & Maths or MSc with Physics or Maths with minimum of 55% marks.
SSC Law Cadre Men & Women ∗ 22 - 27 A Degree in Law qualifying for enrolment as an Advocate under the Advocates Act 1961 with minimum 55% marks
SSC Logistics Cadre Men & Women ∗ 19½ - 25 B.A (Economics), B.Com or B.Sc (Physics and Maths) or BSc(IT), CA/ ICWA, Catering Technology or BCA/ MCA, or B.E/ B.Tech in Mechanical, Marine, Electrical, Electronics, Civil, Computers, IT, Architecture with minimum 60% marks.
Education Branch
Permanent Commission (PC) Men 21 - 25 A Master's Degree in following with at least 50% marks Physics (with Maths in B Sc) or Maths (with Physics in B Sc) OR
Short Service Commission (SSC) Men & Women ∗ 21 - 25 B.E/ B.Tech in Mech/ Electrical/ Electronics IT/ Computer Science with 60% marks.
  1. The duration of Short Service Commission is 10 years, extendable to 14 years.
  2. The above information is subject to change. The training of officers selected through the above entries normally commences in the month of Feb/August every year. Advertisements calling for applications from eligible candidates are published in Employment News and important Newspaper in Apr/May and Sep to Nov. The selection procedure includes UPSC Examination [for NDA, 10+2 (X) and Graduate Special Entry], interview at Services Selection Board and medical examination.
  3. Women* implies that it is a Short Service Commission for Women
  4. Further information can also be obtained from: Directorate of Manpower Planning and Recruitment, Naval Headquarters, New Delhi-110011 Phones : (011) 23011213 / 23014316 / 23792933 Fax : (011) 23014308

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