INET Exam Pattern 2020-21 (Latest!)

INET Exam Pattern
INET Exam Pattern

Hello defence aspirants. If you are a defence aspirant and have graduated recently, you are so lucky as you have 1 additional exam to join Indian armed forces which was not available before 2019. Earlier, Indian Navy use to directly shortlist the candidates based on their Graduation marks which was a drawback for many aspirants. But now you have various opportunities to join forces after graduation, that is, UPSC CDS, AFCAT Exam, NCC Entry, Technical Entry, Territorial Army, INET Exam, etc.

Being a new exam, it becomes crucial to understand INET Exam Pattern 2020 in detail so that you do a targeted and exam oriented study. After reading this detailed article, the pattern of INET Exam will be crystal clear and you will be ready to start your preparation in the proper direction. So, keep patience till the end of this article. 

What is INET Exam?

INET Full Form= “Indian Navy Entrance Test



Other defence exams like UPSC CDS, UPSC NDA are conducted by Union Public Service Commission. But the INET Exam is conducted by Indian Navy to recruit officers in the Executive Branch, Technical Branch and Educational Branch of Indian Navy. INET exam can be compared with AFCAT exam in terms of conducting exam and recruiting officers in various departments. You can join Permanent Commission as well as Short Service Commission in Indian Navy via INET Exam

INET Exam has began in 2019 and it was First conducted in September 2019!

INET Exam Pattern 2020

INET Exam is a computer-based examination conducted for selection of Direct Entry Officers for candidates who have completed graduation. INET Exam is conducted in exam centers all over India in mutliple shifts. You need to give exam at exam center and your result will be declared roughly around 30-40 days after the written exam. 

INET Written Exam is conducted twice a year (In September and February). INET Exam is also conducted in 3 stages (similar to AFCAT) which include:

  • INET Written Exam
  • SSB Interview
  • Clearing SSB Medicals and Final Merit List

You need to prepare for various stages of INET Exam in a comprehensive way (and not in isolated manner). Complete INET Exam is a 8-9 months process. So, you need to keep consistency and perseverance for large span of time.

Also Check: INET Preparation (Score 225+ Marks with this Study Plan!)

INET Written Exam Pattern 2020

Let us see INET Written Exam Pattern Overview in Tabular format for more Clarity:

Number of Papers in INET Exam 1 Paper only
INET Written Exam marks 400 Marks
Total Number of Questions 100 Questions
Marks Alloted for 1 Question 4 Marks
Marks deducted for 1 wrong Answer 1 Mark
Minimum Overall Passing Marks 50%
Sectional Cutoff of INET Exam 40%

INET Written exam consists of single paper which has 4 different sections as follows:

INET Written Exam Weightage

  • English
  • General Knowledge
  • Reasoning and Numerical Ability
  • General Science and Mathematical Aptitude
Subject Number of Questions
English 25 Questions
General Knowledge 25 Questions
Reasoning and Numerical Ability 25 Questions
General Science and Mathematical Aptitude 25 Questions
Total Questions 100 Questions

Now, let us see the INET Exam Pattern Facts which will help you to manage time:

Time for INET Written Exam 120 Minutes to solve 100 Questions
Time to Solve 1 Question 72 Seconds
If you will aim to solve 80 Questions /100, then time for each Question: (Recommended) 90 seconds

Candidates are required to score overall 50% marks in the INET Exam and have to score minimum 40% marks in each section ! (Toughest criteria of INET Exam Pattern)


As INET Exam was first time conducted in 2019, many aspirants were not aware of it. So, applications recieved were less. moreover, many aspirants recieved less number of marks as expected. So, INET Overall Cut Off as well as Sectional Cut off was decreased!

INET Cut Off Marks (Last Year) :

Subject Sectional Cut Off
English 20 Marks 
General Knowledge 10 Marks 
Reasoning and Numerical Ability 20 Marks 
General Science and Mathematical Aptitude 10 Marks 
Overall Cut Off 100 Marks (Out of 400)

But INET Cut off 2020 will definitely rise. (Sectional Cut off as well as Overall Cutoff). So, prepare in detailed manner to score 180-200 Marks to be on a safer side (and sectional cut off of 20% Marks)

How to apply for INET Exam ?

INET Exam Notification will be released 2 times in a year. You need to register only once on the official website by filling personal, communication and educational details and uploading necessary documents. After that, based on your eligibility for the INET Exam, you will automatically receive email alerts on registered mail ID when application of INET Exam will be released!

INET Exam Syllabus 2020

Now let us begin with important section of this article, that is, INET Syllabus. INET Syllabus for written exam is divided 4 sections. We have provided you the official syllabus as well as topics which appeared in INET Exam 2019 ans 2020.

  • Simplification
  • Number Series
  • Algebra
  • Profit & Loss
  • Time, Speed & Distance
  • Time & Work
  • Permutation & Combination / Probability
  • Mixture Problems
  • Number System
  • Data Interpretation
  • Average
  • Interest
  • Mensuration
  • Percentage
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Cubes and Dice
  • Seating arrangement
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Clocks and Calendars
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Syllogism
  • Blood relations
  • Critical reasoning
  • Number and letter series
  • Polity & Governance
  • Geography
  • Economy
  • Culture, Books & Awards
  • Current Affairs
  • History
  • Sports
  • Defence
  • General Science
  • Countries and Capitals
  • Important Dates and Days
  • Science and Technology

INET Official Syllabus 2020 (As per Official Source)



We have analysed the INET Pattern 2020 in detail along which included INET Exam Pattern and syllabus. So, if you have any doubt related to pattern of INET exam, do let us know in the comment section below. Your doubt will be cleared within 24 hours.

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