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Indian Navy

The Indian Navy is the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Navy. The Chief of Naval Staff commands the navy. The primary objective of the navy is to safeguard the nation's maritime borders, and in conjunction with other Armed Forces of the union, act to deter or defeat any threats or aggression against the territory, people or maritime interests of India, both in war and peace. Through joint exercises, goodwill visits and humanitarian missions, including disaster relief, Indian Navy promotes bilateral relations between nations.


As of 1 July 2017, 67,228 personnel are in service with the Indian Navy. Indian Navy has its operational and training bases in Gujarat, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Lakshadweep, Kerala, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Eligibility criteria

Type of Entry Commission Indian Navy Age Limit Indian Navy Eligibility Criteria

For Male

National Defence Academy (NDA)

Permanent Commission (PC)-Through UPSC

16.5 years to 19 years

10+2 or equivalent with Physics & Maths

(10+2)

16.5-19

Graduate Special Entry Scheme- (GSES)

19-22

B.Sc (Physics & Maths) / B.E.(Any Discipline)

NCC Special Entry

Permanent Commission

19-24

B.Sc (Physics & Maths) or BE with Naval Wing Senior Div NCC 'C' Certificate

Direct Entry Naval Armament Inspection Cadre- PC (NAIC)

19.5-25

M.Sc. Physics / M.Sc. Electronics/ B.Tech Mechanical or its equivalent

Direct Entry Law Cadre - PC (Law)

22-27

Degree in Law with minimum 55% marks

Permanent Commission (PC) Logistics Cadre

19.5-25

B Com/ BA (Economics)/ MBA/ BBA/ BBM/ MCA/ BCA/ BSC(IT)/ BTech/ BE Degree or its equivalent

SSC Executive General Service

Short Service Commission

19.5-25

Graduate/ Post Graduate in relevant discipline

Short Service Commission Hydrography-(SSC Hydro) 

19.5-25

B.Sc/ M.Sc/ B.E. B.Tech (Any Discipline); B.Sc Maths or its equivalent

For Male and Female

Short Service Commission ATC-(SSC -ATC)

Short Service Commission

19.5-25

Graduate or MSc with Physics/ Maths/ Electronics with min 55% marks.

SSC Law Cadre

22-27

Degree in Law qualifying with min 55% marks

SSC Logistics Cadre

19.5-25

B.A/ M.A / B.Com/ M.Com/ MBA/BBA/ BBM/ MCA/ BCA/ B.Sc/ M.Sc/ B.Tech or its equivalent

For Male

SSC Pilot

Short Service Commission

19-23

Graduate with minimum 60% marks with Maths & Physics at 10+2 level.

For Male & Female

SSC Observer

Short Service Commission

19-23

Graduate with minimum 55 % marks with Maths & Physics at 10+2 level.

For Male

SSC Naval Armament Inspection cadre

Short Service Commission

19.5-25

M.Sc Electronics/ Physics;  B.E/ B.Tech Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics