Ways to Join Indian Navy as an Officer (10+ Entries)!

Ways to Join Indian Navy as an Officer
Ways to Join Indian Navy as an Officer

Hello defence aspirants. We are back with a detailed article on “Different Ways to Join Indian Navy as an Officer“. Generally we all are aware about different entries to join Indian Army as officer. Moreover, many aspirants are not aware of various career opportunities in Indian Navy. So, We will cover A to Z Entries (Direct Entry + Written Exam Entry) for Male as well as Female candidates so that you are well aware of all the entries into Indian Navy. I have seen many aspirants who couldn’t become Officers in Indian Navy just because they were not aware about the entry. So, make sure that you read this detailed guide till the end and do not miss any opportunity to be Officer in Indian Navy

(We don’t just provide details, but also detailed strategy to crack each exam!)

Ways to Join Indian Navy as an Officer!

We will go through 10+ Entries to Join Indian Navy as an Officer. We will be discussing Direct Entry as well as Written Exam Entry in detail. So, let us see some basics which will help us to understand each and every entry in a more better way.

  1. Written Exam Entry:  You might be aware of these entries in which your First Stage is Written Exam. You need to qualify the written exam to be eligible for Further Stages like SSB Interview and Medical Test (which needs systematic preparation for the exam!)
  2. Direct Entry: In Direct Entry of Indian Navy, you directly qualify for SSB Interview (without written examination). Shortlisting is done based on your graduation marks, NCC C Certificate, or any other academic parameters specificed by Indian Navy based on the post and entry you have applied for.
  3. SSB Interview: You cannot skip SSB Interview if you want to join Indian Navy as an officer (Technical, Non-Technical, Pilot, ATC, NCC Entry, etc). In simple terms, if you want to be Officer in Indian Armed forces, you have to clear SSB Interview (5 Days Interview) irrespective of your entry.
  4. Is SSB Interview of Direct Entry Difficult than other entries?  Theoretically No. (SSB Interview is same for all entries) But practically yes. Because many aspirants are eligible for Direct Entry which drastically increases competition for Direct Entries (Reporting of aspirants for SSB Interview for Direct Entries is pretty high than those who are eligible after clearing written exam like NDA, CDS, INET, etc)
Ways to Join Indian Navy as an Officer

“Soldering is a noble profession and it requires sacrifice, courage and efforts to join this fraternity of the real life heroes –THE SOLDIERS

Many young boys and girls dream to join our mighty Indian navy as an officer , wear the white uniform and lead the men to protect our motherland.  So here is our small effort for all those aspirants out there who want to join the INDIAN NAVY as an officer, but have very less knowledge about the path or ways to join this excellent organisation.

Official Websites of Indian Navy:

1. www.joinindiannavy.gov.in

2. www.indiannavy.nic.in

3 www.upsc.gov.in (for NDA and CDS Exam)

1. National Defence Academy (Navy) & National Defence Academy (Naval Academy)

National Defence Academy Pune
  • Written exam + SSB Interview+ Medical board+Merit List +Training
  • Eligibility=10+2 with any stream. ( only male )
  • Age limit=16.5– 19.5 Years
  • 3 years Training at NDA Pune & 1 year Training at INA Ezhimala

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:-

Name of the exam Notification by UPSC Written Exam SSB interview      Joining academy
NDA & NA  1 Dec / Jan April Aug -Sept Jan next year
NDA & NA  2 Jun/July Oct/November Jan-Feb July next year
NDA Exam Pattern at a Glance: 
Subject Code of Subject Time Duration Marks Allotted
Mathematics 01 150 minutes 300
General Ability Test 02 150 minutes 600
Total Marks 900

After clearing the Written exam, you have to face SSB Interview which is of 900 Marks.

So, Final NDA Merit list  will be calculated out of 1800 Marks (Written score+SSB Score)

2. Direct Entry : Permanent Commission For Undergraduate Level Entry : 10+2 (B.Tech)

  • Procedure= Direct SSB interview + Medical Board+ Merit list+ Training.
  • Eligibility= 12th Pass with 70% in PCM and 50% in English in 10th, JEE (Mains) rank has been made compulsory to apply for 10+2(B.Tech) entry.
  • Age Limit=Same as NDA
  • Entry in a year=This entry is opened twice a year for Spring Term & Autumn Term

In this entry, 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.

3. UES -University Entry Scheme for Pre-final year BE/ B-TECH students

  • Procedure= Pre SSB interview in college +SSB Interview + Medical Board + Merit + Training
  • Eligibility=Min 60% till 5th semester (both male & female are eligible)
  • Age= At the time of applying candidate should be between 20-23 years of age
  • Entry in a year= Once a year

4. Combined Defence Services Exam (CDSE)

Indian Naval Academy
  • Procedure= Written Exam + SSB interview + Medical Board + Merit List + Training.
  • Eligibility= BE/Btech (For Navy)
  • Age= 19 – 23 (male only )
  • Entry in a year= Twice
Name of the exam      Notification by UPSC  Written Exam SSB interview            Joining academy
CDSE  1 Nov      Feb              Sep-Oct         Jan next year
CDSE  2         July        Oct/Nov                Jan-Feb        July next year

CDS Exam Pattern at a Glance:

Subject Duration Marks Questions
English 2 hours 100 120
Mathematics 2 hours 100 100
General Knowledge 2 hours 100 120

Also Check: CDS Exam Preparation (Detailed Strategy!)

5. Indian Navy Entrance Test (INET) for Both Male & Female

  • Procedure= Written exam + SSB interview + Medical Board + Merit List + Training
  • Eligibility= Graduation with Physics & Maths , BE/ B.TECH.
  • Age = 19-24
  • Entry in a year= Same as CDSE (Twice a year) .
  • Branches available through this entry=
  1. Pilot (MR) – for men and women
  2. Pilot (NMR) – for men only
  3. Observer- for men and women
  4. Air Traffic Control (ATC) – for men and women
  5. General Service – Executive (GS/X)/
  6. Hydro– for men only
  7. General Service (Technical – Electrical & Engineering)
  8. Naval Architect- for men and women
  9. Information Technology– for men only
  10. Logistics- for men and women
  11. Education- for men and women
  12. Naval Armament Inspectorate Cadre (NAIC) – for men and women
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%

Also Check: INET Preparation (Detailed Strategy!)

6. Pilot , Observer & ATC entry Short Service Entry

Indian Navy Pilot Indian Army
  • Procedure= SSB interview + Medical Board + Merit List + Training
  • Age= 18-24 for ATC, 18 to 25 for pilot & observer
  • Eligibility=
  • Both Male & Female
  • Min – 60% in 10th & 12th
  • 60% in English in 10th & 12th
  • Min 60% in BE/BTECH till 5th semester
  • Min 60% in BE/BTECH + ME/MTECH integrated courses till 7th semester
  • Entry in a year=Twice a year.

7. SSC Executive and Technical entry

  • Procedure= SSB interview + Medical Board + Merit List + Training
  • Age= 18 ½ – 24 ( only male )
  • Eligibility= Graduation ,various degrees eligible for various branches
  • Entry in a year= Twice a year

8. SSC law ,IT & Logistics Entry for both male & female

  • Procedure= SSB interview + Medical Board+ Merit List + Training
  • Age = 22 to 27  for law , 19 ½ – 25 for logistics & IT
  • Eligibility = Graduation , various degrees eligible for various branches
  • Entry in a year = Twice a year

9. NCC Entry for Both Male & Female

Indian Navy NCC Entry
  • Procedure= SSB interview + Medical board + Merit List + Training
  • Eligibility= Naval Wing Senior Division NCC ‘C’ certificate holders with B.E./B.Tech degree
  • Age= Please check the notification when published
  • Entry in a year= Notification published along with CDSE

If you need personal guidance or personal strategy for any of the above entry feel free to contact sarkaari service in the comment section below. Your doubt will be solved within 24 hours.

Jai Hind!


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