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The regimented lifestyle, drills and discipline a navy job offers are of utmost value during and after service. This section will delve deeper into the most sought-after Indian Navy jobs, that is of officers. That said, it will also talk about the other ways you can build your Naval Career through other job roles.
Regardless of your designation, the rewards for serving in the Indian Navy for long, in the case of officers are bountiful. This is true for an officer trainee or other designations, who receive good salaries apart from other amenities. Pension and retirement benefits are impressive, but more so are the skills and the experience you gain when you join Indian Navy that can be leveraged to find a job in other organizations and sectors once you walk away from a Naval Career, either via retirement or voluntarily.
The Indian Navy can recruit you as an Officer for any of the following jobs:
Education jobs: As the name suggests, you will be responsible for the training of Indian Navy personnel. Training can include wartime procedures, the upkeep of equipment and so on.
Engineering jobs: In this kind of job you will be tasked with the management, maintenance, and operations of all major equipment and machines used by the Indian Navy. These can be aircraft carriers, ships, destroyers, submarines, frigates. What’s important to understand is that to be an Indian Navy engineer, you needn’t necessarily be at sea; posting can take place on land.
Electrical jobs: You’ll have to ensure that every equipment of the Indian Navy functions without hindrance. This includes all the weapons and gears required during warfare, hence complex circuitry and computer-aided systems will be your areas of expertise once recruited.
Executive jobs: The executive position more or less engages during warfare or training drills, wherein they lead the ships and submarines.
Medical jobs: This is self-explanatory — Indian Navy job with medical duties. You’ll be serving as medical professionals or physicians as a part of the Armed Forces Medical Services. To be a part of the medical wing, you can either (1) finish your (10+2) or get a Bachelor in Science degree, and join as a cadet only after clearing the written exam for MBBS (2) Join as a Dentist on Direct Permanent Commission after clearing BDS or as a qualified doctor if you’ve completed your MBBS on condition that you do not exceed 45 years of age for the latter.
The type of commission, namely Permanent Commission (PC) and Short Service Commission (SSC) refers to the time or the period you’re going to serve in the Indian Navy. The good news is that women now have gained entry into the Indian Navy, both via PC and SSC.
However, they’re majorly selected and deployed at on-shore locations due to the dearth of women-specific facilities on ships, submarines, and vessels.
Nevertheless, to gain entry in the Indian navy either via PC or SSC, the selection process is stringent and meticulous.
There are three ways you can get entry into the Indian Navy as an officer: through UPSC, Direct Entry, and University Entry. We discuss each below:
Under this scheme for Permanent Commission (PC), candidates have to appear for the examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which are held twice a year. Again, entry via this scheme can be broken down into:
This is for 12th pass candidates or for those in the 12th standard with Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics as subjects. The exams are announced and held twice a year, which is then followed up with two SSB interviews, one each for the announcement-examination cycles.
The CDSE helps graduates get entry into the Indian Navy. The examinations are conducted twice a year, and if you qualify, an SSB interview follows with a medical/PET conducted by the Indian Navy.
The good news for candidates trying to gain entry via this channel is that there aren’t;t any written examinations. However, you must be 25 years of age at max, possess a university (graduate) degree in Science — with subjects Physics and Mathematics and a minimum of 50% marks— and a Naval Wing Senior Div NCC ‘C’ with ‘B’ grade certificates.
The direct entry schemes consist of both PC and SSC posts, wherein the applying candidates are judged based on their scores/results/percentages in their education. A person getting entry through a scheme such as this must appear for an SSB interview and a medical/physical test.
You are chosen as an SSC SNAES trainee to undergo training, but only after a medical fitness test. The candidates with B.Tech degree in Naval Architecture from Andhra University, IIT Chennai, IIT Kharagpur, and Cochin University of Science and Technology must appear for campus interviews.
Candidates chosen — as Navy PC Engineering Officers — via their scores in their 12th with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics scores take up a 4-year Engineering Course (B.Tech) at Cochin University of Science and Technology or INS Shivaji.
To qualify, you must be a final year student from an AICTE-approved engineering college or university. Only after completing a medical fitness test and an SSB interview will you be deployed across various locations, under the Indian Navy, taking up various job roles.
As a matter of fact, the candidates chosen in the above-given way are placed in any of the following 4 divisions of the Indian navy on PC or SSC.
Education (PC and SSC): The notifications for the selection of Navy officers in this branch are released many times throughout the year.
Electrical Engineering (SSC): The two schemes mentioned above (12th Tech Cadet and UES) help source candidates, for entry into General Service (for males) via SSC for Submarine Tech.
PC and SSC in Executive Roles: Some of the roles that can be taken up include:
PC and SSC in Marine Engineering Roles: One point to note about this branch is that the chosen cadets can belong to both 12th and B.Tech candidates. Some functions under this branch include:
What’s been discussed so far has been for officer-level jobs. But that doesn’t mean that you cannot get entry into other Indian Navy openings. Some of the non-officer jobs include:
Apart from these, you can gain entry into the Indian Navy as an SSR or Senior Secondary Recruit, or be a Matric Recruit (MR) for jobs such as, chef jobs, Artificer Apprentice jobs, steward jobs, sports and fitness jobs, musician jobs, sanitary hygienist jobs and many more. To qualify, you must appear for written examinations/interviews/ and other tests for medical and fitness.