How To Join Indian Navy


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:-

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:-


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.


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 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.

(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) 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.

(d) Examination Fees :- Examination fee will be as per the extant govt regulations. The stipulated fee is to be paid 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.

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).