FAQ
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What is the Procedure of Selection of Officers in the Navy?

Recruitment into the Navy is carried out on the basis of All India Merit. The number of uniformed personnel recruited/inducted depends on the number of eligible applicants (men and women) who are able to qualify in the written test, Services Selection Board interview and medical examination and their relative position in the Merit. No distinction is made on the basis of gender/religion/caste/creed/region either during recruitment or at any point in time thereafter. The Commission in the Indian Navy is open to young men and women of our country. They have the option to join the Executive, Technical and Education Branches of the Indian Navy. The detailed selection procedure and the eligibility criteria is given in the careers@navy section.

2. What are the future growth prospects for officers in the Navy?

The Navy is reflective of the technological progress of the country. The sophisticated ships, submarines and aircraft of the Navy require only the best talent in the country to operate. The fact that the Navy is evolving into a formidable regional force is indicative of the high quality of the men manning it. The credit also goes to the professional attitude of the HRD organization and the Training Establishments of the Navy.

An officer in the Navy is provided with all the opportunities to improve professionally and the exposure is conducive to develop as an alert, responsible and committed individual. The officers who are competent and deserving in all respects have the potential to rise to the very top in the hierarchy. For the talented and hardworking Officers, the opportunity is available to reach the very top i.e. they can rise to the rank of an Admiral. Even amongst sailors, the deserving can upgrade themselves as Commissioned Officers and rise as per their competence.

3. What kind of 'Officer like Qualities' are required for commission in the Navy?

The candidates who successfully pass the competitive examination conducted by the UPSC, are interviewed by the Services Selection Boards. Officer Like Qualities of a candidate are assessed during these interviews, which last for about 3 to 4 days. In broad terms, the ability of an individual to withstand physical and mental stress, leadership qualities, determination, fighting spirit, clarity of thought, expression, resolve and overall suitability is assessed during the course of the interview.

4. What kind of avenue does the Indian Navy provides to its officers to participate in extracurricular activities?

Its not all work and no play in the Navy. The Navy has a dedicated organisation to give opportunities to its personnel for participation in all kinds of adventure activities (Para Sailing, Mountaineering, Scuba Diving, Hang Gliding, Skiing, water sports etc) and all kinds of sports activities.

5. Sir, I Hold a Engineering Degree, Which Branch can I join in the Navy? Please advise the procedure?

As an engineer, you have a choice to either join the Executive Branch, Education Branch or the Technical Branches. As an Executive Officer, the challenges are unique and entail responsibility of leading men into war. The Technical Branches contribute in maintaining the equipment having cutting edge technology. The complete exposure is loaded with excitement and stimulates you in achieving professional excellence. As an Education officer you train the officers and me at various academies and professional training establishment of the Navy.

6. I completed my graduation from a private institution can I join the Navy?

It is mandatory that all Degrees and Educational Qualifications are recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC). All candidates desirous of joining the Indian Navy must be physically/medically fit, as per laid down standards. Proficiency in sport, swimming and extra-curricular activities is desirable.

7. What are Methods of Recruitment as an officer in the Navy?

Recruitment as an Officer in the Navy is based on 'All India Merit' and is well streamlined, transparent, expeditious and candidate friendly. There are two modes of induction in the Indian Navy viz. UPSC Entry and Non UPSC Entry, as follows:-

     (a) UPSC Entries. The UPSC holds an examination for the entry into the National Defence Academy (NDA)/Naval Academy (10+2) and Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE), twice a year. The UPSC entries are Permanent Commission (PC) entries in which the UPSC calls for applications, conducts the written examination and short lists candidates for SSB. Short listed candidates are sent to the SSBs located at Bangalore, Bhopal and Coimbatore. Result of qualified candidates is forwarded to UPSC for making the final merit. Medically fit candidates who are in the merit are appointed by ADG (Rtg) / IHQ of MoD (Navy). The education qualification for UPSC entries are as follows:-

    (i) National Defence Academy (NDA) & Naval Academy Examination. Candidates on completion of the 10+2 (PCM) Examination or while in the 12th standard are eligible to compete. Successful candidates join the NDA or Naval Academy as Naval cadets.

    (ii) Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE). University graduates are eligible to appear in the examination. Successful candidates join the Naval Academy for the Naval Orientation Course (NOC).

    (b) Non UPSC Entries. The Non UPSC entries are both for Permanent Commission (PC) and Short Service Commission (SSC). In this case the applications are invited and short listed at Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (Navy) [IHQ of MoD (Navy)] on the basis of marks secured in the qualifying educational exams ie 10+2, Graduate or Post graduate. The short listed candidates are sent for SSB interviews. Thereafter, a merit list, comprising of qualified candidates, is prepared as per the availability of vacancies. The non UPSC entries are as follows:-

    (i) Executive (SSC).

       * Logistics (SSC).

       * Law (PC & SSC).

       * Air traffic Control (SSC).

       * Hydrography (SSC).

       * Naval Armament Inspection (PC & SSC).

       * Pilot (SSC).

       * Observer (SSC).

    (ii) Marine Engineering (including Naval Architects)

       * SSC (GS)

       * SSC (Submarines)

    * 10+2 (B Tech entry). Under the scheme, candidates with 10 +2 (PCM) qualifications, after selection through the Services Selection Board, are sent to Naval Academy for the NOC. Thereafter, they undergo a four year Engineering course at INS Shivaji/Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) for Naval Architecture. On successful completion of the course they are granted permanent commission in the Electrical and Engineering branches of the Navy.

    * University Entry Scheme (UES). The UES has been re-launched wef Aug 05 course. Final year engineering students are eligible for induction into the technical Branches/Cadres of the navy. Naval selection teams from the IHQ of MoD (Navy) and Command Headquarters visit AICTE approved Engineering colleges across the country to shortlist the candidates. The short listed candidates, based on all India Merit, are called for interview at the Services Selection Board. The successful candidates, thereafter, are put through the medical tests. Final selection is based on all India merit on the basis of marks obtained in the SSB interviews.

    * Special Naval Architects Entry Scheme (SNAES). Government has recently approved the induction of 45 Naval Architect officers into the Naval Architecture Cadre of the Engineering Branch of the Indian Navy, as Short Service Commission Officers, under a Special scheme of 'Special Naval Architects Entry Scheme' (SNAES). The terms and conditions of service, as laid down in regulations 124 of Chapter IV of Regs Navy Part III, are applicable to these officers also. An empowered Naval team visits IIT Kharagpur, IIT Chennai, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) and Andhra University, where B Tech (Naval Architecture) course is conducted, to select the candidates through campus interviews. The selected candidates undergo medical examination at the nearest Military Hospital and if found fit, are selected for training.

    (iii) Electrical Engineering.

       * SSC (GS)

       * SSC (Submarines)

    (iv) Education (PC & SSC).

8. I have a NCC 'C' certificate, does the Navy give me any preference for selection?

University graduates possessing NCC 'C' certificate with minimum 'B' grading and 50% marks in the graduation degree examination are inducted in the navy as regular commissioned officers. These graduates are exempted from appearing in the CDSE conducted by the UPSC and are selected through the SSB interview only. They join the Naval Academy for NOC along with the CDSE cadets. The NCC certificate holders can also apply for Short Service Commission in Executive Branch. They are required to be a graduate in Science with Physics and Maths.

9. What is Permanent Commissioned officer in Naval Armament Inspection cadre of Executive Branch?

The permanent commissioned officers in Naval Armament Inspection cadre of Executive Branch are responsible for inspection of the armament supplied to the Navy by various agencies ensuring the quality, safety and reliability of Naval Armament and Stores. These officers are also responsible for in-house R & D leading to indigenisation.

10. What is Short Service Commissioned officer in Air Traffic Control cadre?

The officers in the Air Traffic Control cadre of Executive Branch of the Indian Navy( male & female Indian citizens), are responsible for controlling naval fighter aircraft, reconnaissance aircraft and multi role helicopters ashore and afloat.

11. What is Short Service Commissioned officer in Hydro cadre?

The officers in the Hydro cadre of Executive Branch of the Indian Navy are short service commissioned officers (male Indian Citizens), who are responsible for collecting information needed for the charts used by the Indian Navy and other navies of the world. Their career is interspersed from duties afloat and on shore.

12. What is Permanent Commission (PC), in Education Branch?

Officers in the Education Branch are responsible for scientific & methodical instruction and teaching which includes theoretical aspects of all Technical subjects taught in the Indian Navy. Education officers are also required to teach officers & sailors in the training establishments such as Naval College of Engineering, NDA, Naval Academy etc.

13. What is 10+2 (B Techl) cadet entry Scheme in Permanent Commission?

Under the scheme, candidates with 10 +2 (PCM) qualifications, after selection through the Services Selection Board, can make a career in Executive/ Marine/Electrical/Electronic Engineering/ Naval Architecture branch of Indian Navy. They undergo a four year Engineering course at prestigious Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala and Cochin University of Science & technology (CUSAT, for Naval Architecture) under this entry.

Under the scheme, candidates with 10 +2 (PCM) qualifications, after selection through the Services Selection Board, are sent to Naval Academy where they undergo 4 yrs B Tech curriculum. On successful completion of the course they are granted permanent commission in the Electrical and Engineering branches of the Navy.

14. What is SSC officer in Technical Branches (Submarine cadre)?

As a Short Service Commissioned officer in technical Branches (Submarine Cadre) you will enjoy the challenge of new frontiers and will be the part of elite arm of the Indian Navy.

15. What is the method of Recruitment of Officers ?

The recruitment system of the Navy is well streamlined, transparent, expeditious and candidate friendly. There are two modes of induction in the Indian Navy viz. UPSC Entry and Non UPSC Entry. The UPSC entries are National Defence Academy (NDA) & Naval Academy Examination and Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE) and are for Permanent Commission (PC). In this case the UPSC calls for applications, conducts the examination and short lists candidates for SSB. Short listed candidates are sent to the SSBs located at Bangalore, Bhopal and Coimbatore. Result of qualified candidates is forwarded to UPSC for making the final merit. Medically fit candidates who are in the merit are appointed by ADG (Rtg) / IHQ of MoD (Navy) for appointment to NDA/Naval Academy. The Non UPSC entries are both for Permanent Commission (PC) and Short Service Commission (SSC). In this case the applications are invited and short listed at Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (Navy) [IHQ of MoD (Navy)]. The short listed candidates are sent for SSB interviews. Thereafter, a merit list, comprising of qualified candidates, is prepared as per the availability of vacancies.

16. What is the recruitment procedure through UPSC Entry?

The UPSC holds, twice a year, an examination for the entry into the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (10+2). Candidates on completion of the 10+2 (PCM) Examination or while in the 12th standard are eligible to compete. Successful candidates join the NDA or Naval Academy as Naval cadets. On completion of the NDA/Naval Academy training, they are sent to the training ships at Kochi for naval sea training. For the Graduate Special Entry Scheme the UPSC also holds Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE), twice a year. University graduates are eligible to appear in the examination. Successful candidates join the Naval Academy for the Naval Orientation Course (NOC).

17. What is the recruitment procedure through Non UPSC Entries?

Recruitment for the Non UPSC entries is made through Service Selection Board interviews for the following Branches/Cadres of the Navy:-

       (a) Executive/ Hydro, Aviation and Observer.

       (b) Engineering (including Naval Architects).

       (c) Electrical Engineering.

       (d) Logistics.

       (e) Education.

       (f) Law.

       (g) Air traffic Control.

       (h) Hydrography.

       (j) Naval Armament Inspection.


18. What is the University Entry Scheme(UES)?

Final year Engineering students are eligible for induction into the technical Branches/Cadres of the Navy under the scheme. Naval selection teams from the IHQ of MoD (Navy) and Command Headquarters visit AICTE approved Engineering colleges across the country to shortlist the candidates. The short listed candidates, based on All India Merit, are called for interview at the Services Selection Board. The successful candidates, thereafter, are put through the medical tests. Final selection is based on all India merit on the basis of marks obtained in the SSB interviews.

19. How Often Will I Get Promoted?

The promotion till the rank of a Commander is on a time scale basics. The promotion to further higher ranks is based on selection. All promotions are subject to your clearing the required qualification course /exams on time and meet the sea service, physical and medical requirement for your branch.

 WOMEN ENTRY

1. Which branches can women apply for in the Navy?

Presently, women officers are being inducted into the Law, Logistics, ATC, Observers (Aviation), Naval Architecture & Education Branch as Short Service Commission officers. However, the Government has now approved Permanent Commission for women in Law, Education and Naval Architecture cadre. In the Navy, the Service conditions are same for men and women officers.

2. Do women train separately from men?

No. Women undergo the same training as men. However women have separate living quarters.

3. Why do you prevent Girls from going to sea? We are no less than any one else?

The Navy is very gender sensitive and gives equal opportunities to women. We have offered almost all Branches to Women and let them compete with men on equal footing. You will appreciate that life on board ships is very tough and puts different kind of stress and strain on an individual. As of now, the existing design of ships do not offer necessary facilities for women to live onboard for long durations and contribute in war fighting effort. However, this is not a final decision. As we grow, a time shall come when women will be seen on ships. In the meantime, as a women officer, you do have the opportunity to contribute in support functions from ashore, which are equally challenging and exciting.

4. What are the grooming requirements for women in the Navy?

Women are expected to maintain the same high standards of appearance as men. The only difference is that women are allowed to wear their hair longer, provided it is a style that is easy to maintain and meets certain regulations.

5. Do the women have separate vacancy?

No special status is conferred to women candidates and they compete with Short Service male candidates on open merit system. Vacancies are filled in the order of merit based on marks obtained in Services Selection Board.


1. What is the Procedure to Apply Online?

Candidates have the option of submitting application in Physical format or e-application for a particular Entry. Candidate can only apply in one of the formats as mentioned above. Receipt of multiple applications from the same candidate for the same entry will result in cancellation of candidature.

Whilst filling of the e-application, it is advisable to keep the relevant documents readily available to enable the following:-
(a) Correct filling up of personal particulars. Details are to be filled up as given in matriculation certificate.
(b) Fields such as e-mail address, Mobile Number are mandatory and need to be filled.

For filling a application online visit our website www.nausena-bharti.nic.in and proceed as follows:-
(a) Click on the "Officer/ Sailor Entry" button under the option Apply Online.
(b) Fill the online application form. Tips to assist in filling up fields have been provided as you highlight each field.
(c) Before clicking the Submit button it should be checked whether all the details entered in the form is correct because you will not be able to make any corrections after saving the record.
(d) After submitting the form, a Roll Number will be generated by the system and displayed on the screen. This roll number will get printed automatically on the print out of the online application form. If the system does not generate the Roll Number, it is an indication of non-acceptance of Application by the system.
(e) Candidates are required to print two copies of the Application form with the system generated Roll Number. One copy of this Application is to be duly signed and sent by ordinary post to the Post Box assigned corresponding to your state along with the relevant documents as specified in the advertisement for the particular entry.

Note:
1. Final receipt of the printout of the Online Application Form with system generated Roll Number and all relevant documents as specified for the entry, will be the final CONFIRMATION of receipt of your Application at IHQ MoD(N).
2. Your application is subject to subsequent scrutiny and the application can be rejected, without assigning reasons, if found INELIGIBLE at any point of time. Hence, only filling the application online/generation of Roll No does not indicate that the candidate has fulfilled all the criteria given in the advertisement.
3.Application and requisite enclosures must be properly tagged/stapled. IHQ MoD(Navy) will not be responsible for loss of enclosures of documents not attached properly.


2. INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILLING MARKS COLUMN FOR CANDIDATES WITH GRADING SYSTEM/ CGPA GRADES.

If you have CGPA/ grading system for evaluation in your University, then fill the marks column as per instructions given below.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILLING MARKS COLUMN FOR CANDIDATES WITH GRADING SYSTEM/ CGPA GRADES

1. Take out your University Approved Conversion Chart for conversion of your grades to percentages.
2. Compute your semester wise percentages based on the formula used by your University.
3. Note down all your semester wise percentages carefully.
EXAMPLE:
    Candidate A has grading system for evaluation in his University. He has secured the following grades in his 04 years of study.
Year/ SemesterCredits ObtainedTotal CreditsFormula For Conversion From Grades To PercentagesCalculated Percentage
(a)Year 1
(Semester 1)
3.04Multiply Credit Obtained by 2060
(b)Year 1
(Semester 2)
3.0460
(c)Year 2
(Semester 3)
3.0460
(d)Year 2
(Semester 4)
3.0460
(e)Year 3
(Semester 5)
3.0460
(f)Year 3
(Semester 6)
3.0460
(g)Year 4
(Semester 7)
3.0460
(h)Year 4
(Semester 8)
3.0460
Now candidate A has to fill in the marks column, such that the total percentage is 60.
He will have to enter 100 in maximum marks column and 60 in marks obtained column.
Finally, the system will compute the aggregate percentage for his 04 years of study as 60 %.

As explained, candidates should fill in the marks accordingly.

3. Instructions in case of application number not displayed by system.

If you are unable to generate an application number, then please ensure the following:-

INSTRUCTIONS IN CASE OF APPLICATION NUMBER
NOT DISPLAYED BY SYSTEM
OR
ON SUBMISSION SYSTEM GIVES AN ERROR
"SPECIFIED URL NOT FOUND"

1. Ensure that the size of the photograph that you are uploading is less than 10kb in size.
2. The photograph can be resized using any standard Microsoft photo editor tool.
3. Ensure that the antivirus of your system is not blocking any of the pop-ups given by our website.
4. The system through which you are filling up your e-application form should be free from any viruses, worms, trojans, etc.
5. If still there is an error in generating the application number, then you can either change your browser or reset your internet browser.


1. What is the Procedure of Recruitment of Sailors in the Navy?

Recruitment of sailors in the Navy is application based and is carried out on the All India Merit on the basis of a Written Examination, Physical Fitness Test and Medical Examination. To make recruitment candidate friendly, the recruitment schedule is designed to cater for enough preparation time for the candidates and results are announced on the same day. Recruitment publicity is carried out on all India basis through advertisements in all leading National & Regional newspapers and Employment News. Publicity material is also despatched to a large number of schools / colleges and all Zilla Sainik Boards. The local administration carries out the publicity drive in rural / backward areas through local media. The various entries, for recruitment of sailors, are as follows:-

       (a) Artificer Apprentices (AAs) - 10+2 (PCM).

       (b) Senior Secondary Recruit(SSR) - 10+2(PCM)

       (c) Matric Entry Recruits - Matriculation.

       (d) Non Matric Entry Recruits - Below Matric.

2. I have passed matriculation, how can I join the Navy as a Sailor?

You are eligible to apply for Matric Recruit and Non Matric Recruit (MR and NMR) where you can join as Stewards, Cooks and Topass.

3. What is Artificer Apprentice Entry in the Navy?

Artificer entry is open only to Male candidates between the age of 17 to 20, with an Educational Qualification of 55% or more marks in aggregate in 10+2/ equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

4. What is Senior Secondary Recruit (SSR) entry in the Navy?

SSR entry is open only to Male candidates between the age of 17 to 21 who have passed 10+2/ equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

5. What type of questions can I expect in the written exam for sailor entry?

The question paper will be bilingual (Hindi & English) and of objective type. The question paper will comprise of four sections for Artificer Apprentice, Senior Secondary recruit entry and Matric recruit entry i.e. English, Science, Mathematics and General Knowledge and will be of 60 minutes duration. In case of Non Matric entry the question paper will comprise of two sections i.e. Mathematics and General Knowledge and will be of 40 minutes duration. The candidates are required to pass in all sections and in aggregate. The syllabus for each type of entry is given in the download section.

6. What am I expected to do in the Physical Fitness Test (PFT)?

Qualifying in Physical Fitness Test is mandatory for selection. PFT will consist of 1.6 Km run to be completed in 7 minutes, 20 squat ups (Uthak Baithak) and 10 Push-ups. Candidates undergoing PFT will do so at their own risk.

7. What is the Medical Standards that I am supposed to have ?

Entry level Medical standards are different for different entries. Medical examination will be conducted by authorised military doctors as per medical standard prescribed in current regulations applicable to sailors on entry.

8. What is the Selection Procedure for Sailor's Entry in the Navy?

The Selection Procedure is as follows: -

(a) The advertisement for a particular Sailor Entry is published in Employment News and leading national dailies.

(b) Application will be received only through ORDINARY POST. Application received through speed post/ registered post or couriers will be rejected.

(c) Short-listing criteria will be based on higher education and percentage of marks.

(d) Call up letters to eligible short listed candidates will be posted, indicating date, time and place for recruitment tests.

(e) All original certificates and mark sheets are to be produced at the time of written examination.

(f) Results of the Written Test will be announced on the same day.

(g) Those who qualify Written Test will undergo PFT and Medical Examination.

(h) Candidates declared Medically Temporary Unfit in the initial recruitment medical examination can avail specialist review from the specified Military Hospital within a maximum period of 21 days. No further review/appeal is permissible.

(j) Candidates declared Medically Permanent Unfit in the initial recruitment medicals can appeal for specialist opinion in a Military Hospital within 21 days on payment of Rs. 40 /- by Military Receivable Order (MRO) on Government Treasury. (Medical fitness certificate other than that of the specialist opinion in the designated Military Hospital will not be considered). No further review/appeal is permissible.

(k) The select list will be prepared from the candidates who qualify in all respects depending upon the available vacancies. The centre wise select list of candidates (depending upon the numbers to be inducted) will be displayed at the respective Recruitment Centres on the promulgated date. All candidates whose names appear in the Select list and have been declared medically fit in the Recruitment Medical would be required to report to INS Chilka. However, enrolment will be subject to clearing Final Enrolment Medical at INS Chilka.

(l) The candidature of candidates selected is valid for the current batch only.

(n) Offer of enrolment will be forwarded only to medically qualified candidates in the select list. Unsuccessful candidates will not be intimated separately.

9. I have applied for SSR and AA entries a number of times but I do not get a call letter?

You might not have received the call letter due to any of the following reasons:-
       (a) Application not received in time by us.
       (b) Application incorrectly filled.
       (c) Application not shortlisted.

10. Do I get another chance if I am rejected during final medicals at Chilka?

There is no provision for another chance to a candidate rejected after final medicals at Chilka.

11. How many years do I have to serve to get a pension?

You have to serve for a minimum period of 15 years in the Senior Secondary Recruitment /Matric Recruit /Non Matric Recruit entry and a period of 20 years in the Artificer Apprentice entry to qualify for pension.

12. Will I get my salary the moment I join the Navy?

You will be paid from the day you are enrolled in the Navy. Your first salary may take a while to be paid to you as there will be requirement of submitting certain documents and open a bank account.

13. Will I be provided with a free warrant at the time of joining at Chilka?

You will not be provided any free warrant for the journey from your home station to Chilka at the time of joining. However the cost of second class train fare will be reimbursed to you if you produce the original ticket at Chilka on clearing the final medicals.

14. What do I do with the MRO handed over to me along with my review medical forms?

You have to deposit Rupees Forty in cash at the main branch of State Bank of India in your city in the account of CDA (Navy) Mumbai. The bank will acknowledge the receipt. You are to submit the receipt at the medical hospital, you have been directed to report along with your medical review certificate.

15. Do I need to do anything after I get myself physically checked after review medicals?

You don't have to do anything. You have to wait for the declaration of the merit

16. What are the documents that I should carry when I come for written Exam?

You should have the original certificate of 10th Pass certificate, 12th mark sheet and Pass certificate, Domicile certificate and NCC certificate(if in possession).

17. How often do you conduct open recruitment rallies and who is eligible to appear?

Recruitment in the navy is an application based system. Open recruitment rallies are generally not conducted. Only in case the response from a state is poor in the application based system that we carry out rallies for which advertisements are published in the national dailies. The rallies are open to the candidates possessing domicile certificate of the state in which the rally is being conducted or as promulgated in the advertisement.

18. How Often Will I Get Promoted?

The promotion till the rank of a 'Leading' is on a time scale basics. The promotion to Petty Officer and Chief Petty Officer is vacancy based and the promotion to Master Chief Petty Officer I class and II class is by selection. All promotions are subject to your clearing the required qualification course /exams on time and meet the sea service, physical and medical requirement for your branch.


1. Why is a career in the Navy so glorious, challenging and different from others?

As compared to other profession in the civilian world, the Indian Navy has a great deal to offer to young men and women. First, it gives you the opportunity to display your leadership skills and also bestows you with a tremendous amount of responsibility at a very young age. You may be in charge of part of a ship or flying an aircraft or looking after one department on your own. In addition, throughout your career, you can indulge in sports and adventure activities- not so common in other office jobs. For example, the Navy had sent expeditions to Mount Everest and Antarctica. This is one profession where you make friends for a life time. As most of the time you are facing difficult situations on the seas or in the air, there is a strong bond of camaraderie that forms with your fellow officers and also with the sailors whom you command.
However, looking at the material benefits, though the pay packet is very good at the Indian Navy, it may not be comparable with what foreign multinationals offer. But there are many privileges exclusive to our profession - medical facilities, housing, rations, leave travel concession, insurance cover etc, all these add up to a very attractive financial packet. The MNCs may not be able to afford the life style and glamour provided by the Navy.
One of our new initiatives to make this profession more attractive includes the new Naval Academy, which has come up in a beautiful location called Ezhimala in north Kerala. Apart from the institute being very modern and well equipped, the unique part is that cadets, who graduate from this institution, after a four year session, will have a B Tech degree (unlike B Sc degree which the Naval Academy offers at present). The Indian Navy also recruits engineers and executive officers but everybody, regardless of what specialisation they want to pursue later, will have a B Tech degree.

2. What are the career prospects in the Navy?

The Indian Navy offers an excellent career as an officer. Truly, a three dimensional service where an officer can choose to fly either a state-of-the-art aircraft, dive deep in a submarine, sail on surface ships, or be a marine commando and a diver. Depending on the educational qualification, one can choose to join as Permanent Commissioned Officer or Short Service Commissioned Officer in Executive or Technical cadre. The Indian Navy gives all the training and helps the personnel in making most of their talents, skills and aspirations. The Navy offers an extra ordinary range of exciting career opportunities where one can progress according to one's potential and leadership skills.

3. What are the challenges associated with a career in the Navy?

An officer at a very young age assumes the responsibility of commanding his men and use of latest equipment on the ships/submarines/aircraft. Working in the latest technology environment, the young officers are exposed to the very best in their field of operations. The cutting edge technology and Revolutions in Military Affairs makes the career very challenging in the Indian Navy. It is the only service that operates regularly with the other navies of the world. This not only helps in professional expertise of an individual but provides opportunities to exhibit our talent with pride all across the world.

4. What does Indian Navy offer to our youth in terms of job satisfaction, adventure and career growth?

For those who seek fulfilment in life, there is no career like the Navy. A legacy of values that not only strengthen an individual's character, but also provide him with

      * A source of inner strength & stability during times of crisis
      * Dignity and Respect
      * Status in the society
      * Sports and Adventure, which no company can offer
      * A total job satisfaction with good Quality of life
      * It offers an attractive pay package, perks, life time pension, medical benefits for self and family and chance to visit foreign ports.

Men in white are always cheerful and in high spirits as the service offers personal, financial and emotional security coupled with team spirit. Adventure activities like mountaineering, sailing, yachting, water sports, polo and other sports/games are easily accessible.

5. What kind of message would you like to convey to our youth who are looking for career prospects in the armed forces?

If you are looking for a balanced career, offering decent salary, perks, dignity, status, adventure and quality of life for your self and your family, the Indian Navy is the service which will fulfil your aspirations. The service teaches an individual the core values like sense of responsibility, duty and discipline, essentially the traits that can promote self-control to achieve success in life. The message to today's youth, men or women, is to be part of the service which is highly motivated, totally dedicated and selfless in its commitment to the Nation.

6. What are the minimum educational qualifications required to join the Navy?

Each entry in the Navy has a different minimum qualification requirement. You can find the specific requirement for each entry by reading the details corresponding to that particular entry in the Officer and Sailor section of the web site.

7. Am I allowed to grow a beard in the Navy?

Yes you can sport a beard but you have to take a permission of the concerned authority to do that except for Sikh candidates..

8. Do I have to be a good swimmer to join the navy?

Non swimmers can apply if they are willing to learn swimming. Training will be provided. However, prior knowledge of swimming may be advantageous during training.

9. Will I be provided with an insurance coverage?

Yes, The Navy provides all its serving personnel with life insurance coverage at a monthly premium.

10. What things are there for me to do on a ship?

There are plenty of activities available to officers and sailors in their off-duty time. Depending on the size of the ship, you'll have areas for exercise, watching movies and playing indoor.

11. What kind of clothing can I wear when off-duty?

Your clothing must be in good taste, clean, in good repair and pressed. You must ensure your appearance is appropriate for the occasion. Profanity, pornography or references to drug usage on clothing is not allowed. Clothing cannot be sexually provocative or suggestive, depict racial comments or vulgarities, or display offensive language.

12. When and where can I wear civilian clothing?

A You can wear civilian clothing while leaving or returning to ships or stations, awaiting transportation, on authorized leave of absence, liberty, or in any off-duty status onshore if you are permitted to do so.

13. Can I wear any pieces of my uniform when off-duty?

You may wear only articles of the military uniform that do not present a unique marking or a distinct Naval appearance, such as shoes, socks, gloves, and underwear, with civilian attire.

14. How does my salary compare to civilian salaries?

Comparisons can vary from one career to another, but once you add salary, housing and other allowances, benefits, and education, the compensation is very competitive with civilian pay. Unlike most civilian job structures, you'll receive built-in annual and incremental raises and promotions throughout your career.

15. How will my experience transfer to civilian life after I leave the NAVY ?

The combination of your degree and your Navy experience gives you an unbeatable resume. Your technical and leadership skills, training, and experience in a military environment are highly valued and sought after by civilian companies. Navy Officers find civilian employment in many different areas, including engineering, management, finance, education and government service. In addition, you'll be responsible for leading others during the stint in the Navy in various ranks. As your leadership/managerial skills grow and develop, your responsibilities will increase as well. By the time you leave (if you choose to leave), you will be well positioned for management jobs.

16. How often will I have to move on transfer?

Once you have completed basic training and professional training you will be posted to ships and establishment. During the course of your tenure in the Navy you will be transferred from one station to the other to meet the requirement of the service. There is no specific minimum time attached to serving in a particular station however Navy keeps in mind your requirement vis a viz the service requirement to finally decide on the time you spend in a station.

17. Will the navy also move my spouse when I move on transfer ?

Yes. The navy will provide financial assistance to move your spouse and dependant family members to the new station in case it is a family station if not you can move them to your respective home station. This is one of the many benefits the Navy provides for your spouse and your dependants.
 

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