Career in Indian Navy

Career in Indian Navy

Indian navy is the Naval Branch of armed forces of India. The primary objective of the Navy is to secure national maritime borders.

The Indian Navy offers challenging careers to young men and women. The Navy provides countless opportunities ranging from being in charge of part of a ship to flying an aircraft or looking after one department on the ship/establishment independently. In addition, throughout his/her career one can actively participate in the sports and adventure activities of their choice. 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 Revolution in Military Affairs makes the career very challenging in the Indian Navy. Men in white command dignity and respect and are always in high spirits as the service offers personal, financial, emotional security and status in the society. Adventure activities like mountaineering, sailing, yachting, water sports, polo and other sports/games are easily accessible. For those who seek fulfillment in life, there is no career like the Navy. It offers an attractive pay package, perks, life time pension, medical benefits for self and family.


Courses and Eligibility

Selection for Permanent Commission through 10 + 2 NDA / Indian Naval Academy cadet entry and CDSE (Combined Defense Service Exam) (Graduate) entry is through a written examination conducted by the 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. These applications are short listed as per the criteria laid down by the Naval Headquarters, Directorate of Manpower Planning & Recruitment. Selection is through merit alone.

Women Entry in Indian Navy

Women are granted Short Service Commission (SSC) in Naval Architect, Law, Logistics, ATC, Aviation (Observer) & Education Branches. The government has also given approval for Permanent Commission (PC) in Education, Law and Naval Architect branch on completion of SSC tenure depending upon merit and vacancy.


Executive Branch

As an officer of the Executive Branch one can exercise command of ships, submarines and aircraft. Executive officers can specialize in any of the following:-
   1.      Gunnery & Missiles
2.     Navigation and Direction
3.     Anti-Submarine Warfare
4.     Communications
5.     Pilot
6.     Observer
7.     Submarine
8.     Hydrography
9.     Diving
The other cadres that form part of the Executive Branch are - Law, Air Traffic Control, Naval Armament Inspection, Information Technology and Logistics.

Engineering Branch

As an Engineer Officer, you will be responsible for keeping all the Hi-tech machinery and propulsion systems serviceable. Opportunities exist to work in gigantic naval dockyards and indigenous production units. An Engineer Officer’s career is interspersed with technical courses up to post graduation level in India/abroad.

You can also join in the Naval Architecture Cadre of the Engineering Branch. The Indian Navy today employs the largest pool of trained Naval Architects in India. A Naval Architect is involved in design, construction, quality control, repair and new construction work of naval vessels.

Electrical Branch

A warship is a mini floating city with an integral power generation and distribution system. In addition, complex missile systems, underwater weapons, radar and radio communication equipment form major part of a warship’s equipment. A majority of these are either computer-based or computer aided and incorporate the latest trends in electronics engineering. For a ship to be able to fight effectively, all these equipment must be kept working at peak efficiency. Electrical Officers have this responsibility and other challenging tasks. To sharpen their skills, the Navy offers excellent opportunities for post-graduate courses in India/abroad to deserving candidates.

Note: Officers of the Engineering and Electrical Branches can also volunteer for the Aviation/ Submarine Arm.

Education Branch

Any service will be as good as the training its officers and men receive. As an Education Officer you will play a major role in the training of naval officers/sailors. Education Officers are responsible for scientific and methodical instructions, including theoretical aspects of technical subjects of all branches of the navy and also for general education. An Education Officer can specialize in almost all specializations of the Executive Branch. In addition some officers also get specialization in Oceanography & Meteorology.

For NDA and CDSE you must have 10+2 with physics and maths. PCM with 70% is the min requirement for engineering branch. Post graduates with more than 50% can join education branch.

Pay and Remuneration

After the sixth pay commission the pay has become very attractive. The base pay for lieutenant and lieutenant commander is Rs 15,600-39,100 and for Commander is Rs 37,400-67,000. Besides this officers get allowances and perks, housing, insurance and other benefits.
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