Career Opportunities in Defence (Navy)



Do memories of sailing those color paper boats in rain water still bring smile to your face? Do you wish to glide in to those white crisp uniforms of the naval officers? Do you dream sailing those colossal cruises? If all of this fascinates you, it’s time to take a step forward and prepare for your naval career. The role of Navy is to safeguard India’s maritime borders. The naval fleet of the nation also works to manage warship and tactical warfare.

Indian navy gives all the young men and women an opportunity to charter a successful and adventurous career path for themselves. The tryst with adventure and the adrenalin rush that this particular career stream is capable of making young people experience is not possible in any other career path. As an essential part of the job, the young naval officers also get to work on various technologically advanced submarines, ships, aircrafts etc. Unlike other fields this career gives young men and women an opportunity to lay their hands on the best technology in the field of operations.

Personality traits

Having a tough physical as well as a strong inner self is a must. Navy officers have to stay on a ship, far away from the world and their family members for long durations. Therefore being able to keep up with the stringent physical and mental times is essential. For aspirants who wish to enter navy have to be intelligent and flexible so they can deal with varying problems. Being sporty and adventurous will help candidates have fun during the journey. Other necessary requirements are as follows:

  • Dedicated patriots
  • Leadership qualities
  • Commitment
  • Dedication
  • Perception
  • The will to fight and face hardships in order to protect the nation
  • An alert mind
  • Integrity
  • Willingness to obey orders
  • Quick to learn new technology

Course / Training

There are basically two entry routes for getting into the Indian Navy. The first is at the under graduation level wherein students between 161/2 years to 19 years are eligible to apply. The entrance procedure is extremely stringent and is divided into three stages. In the stage I candidates have to first appear for a written entrance exam that is conducted twice a year in the months of April and September by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Candidates applying for Navy have to compulsorily study Mathematics and Physics in class XII. The written test is basically an objective type test that comprises two sections. The first section carries questions on mathematical ability where as the second section is further divided into two sub parts namely English and General Ability.

On clearing the written exam, successful candidates are then called for the stage II i.e. the interview stage. Aspirants have to then go through various sessions of interviews, intelligence & personality tests and group discussions conducted by Staff Selection Board. Candidates are also made to appear for various psychometric and psychological tests to test their aptitude and mental toughness.

The stage III consists of an equally strict medical and fitness test conducted by Staff Medical Board. Only upon clearing these three stages, a few deserving candidates are selected.

The second entry route consists of getting through Indian Navy by way of the Combined Defence Services Exam (CDSE) that is basically a graduate level examination conducted by UPSC. Applicants interested in Indian Navy must have necessarily completed a graduation with physics and mathematics or a Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Technology. The stage I of CDSE is a written exam that is basically an objective type test with questions on English, General Knowledge and elementary Mathematics. On clearing the written exam, successful candidates are then called for interview, physical and psychological tests to assess whether they are officer material or not. After clearing this stage, they are then required to appear and clear a thorough medical test.

List of Institutes for undergrad and post-grad courses in Indian Navy

Institute Website
National Defence Academy, Pune
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala

Career Opportunities

On getting into Indian Navy, officers can join any one of the four branches. These branches are as follows:

  • The education branch – in this department, Naval officers are basically involved in imparting updates related to technical developments so as to raise the academic levels.
  • The executive branch – They are the ones who are involved in maintaining the submarines, warships and other tactical warfare owned by navy.
  • The electrical engineering branch – they work towards maintenance of navy’s electronic systems and items.
  • The marine engineering branch –   They work towards maintaining and servicing of all engineering equipment and the propulsion systems on board.


Pay Scale of Officers

SUB LIEUTENANT PB-3/15600-39100 5400 6000
LIEUTENANT PB-3/15600-39100 6100 6000
LIEUTENANT COMMANDER PB-3/15600-39100 6600 6000
COMMANDER PB-4/37400-67000 8000 6000
CAPTAIN PB-4/37400-67000 8700 6000
COMMODORE PB-4/37400-67000 8900 6000
REAR ADMIRAL PB-4/37400-67000 10000 NIL
VICE ADMIRAL PB-4/37400-67000 12000 NIL



Career Opportunities in Defence (Navy)
Career Opportunities in Defence (Navy) - By : | Date Published : 05-05-2016 | Category : Career Options |
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