Indian Navy has invited applications from unmarried men and women for admission to the course commencing July, 2018, at the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimalai, Kerala, leading to the award of Short Service Commission in Pilot/Observer/ Air Traffic Controller officer entry of Indian Navy.  

Eligibility: Applicant should have an Engineering Degree or should be in the final year of Engineering Course in any discipline from a recognized university / educational institute with at least 60% marks till 5th/7th semester, in regular / integrated course respectively. Applicants will be required to pass final examination (BE/B Tech) / Integrated Course with minimum 60% marks. The candidates failing to meet minimum percentage in BE/B.Tech Degree / Integrated Course will not be permitted to join INA Ezhimala.

For ATC entry, additionally the candidate must have 60% aggregate marks in class X and XII and minimum 60% marks in English in class XII.

Males and females can apply for all positions. The age criteria are as follows. ATC (5 vacancies): Applicant should have been born between 2nd July, 1993 and 1st July, 1997 (both dates inclusive); Observer (4 vacancies): Applicants should have been born between 2nd July, 1994 and 1st July, 1999 (both dates inclusive); Pilot (8 vacancies): Applicant should be born between 2nd July, 1994 and 1st July, 1999 (both dates inclusive). For Pilot, of the 8 posts, maximum of 2 vacancies may be tenanted by female candidates. Female candidates are eligible to apply for Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) stream only and hence a maximum of 2 female candidates will only be inducted subject to they being in SSB Merit.

Conditions related to Medical Standards, Tatto etc are given in the Notification. All candidates recommended by SSB will have to undergo medicals as per extant rules. There will be no relaxation in Medical Standards.

Commercial Pilot License (CPL) holders having valid and current CPL issued by DGCA (India) and born between 2nd July, 1993 and 1st July, 1999 (both dates inclusive) can apply for Pilot entry as per stipulations against Pilot Stream.

Application: Application: Those desirous of applying should register and fill the online, e-application, at, latest by 16th September, 2017.

While filling up the e-application, applicants may keep the relevant documents readily available to enable the correct filling up of personal particulars. Details are to be filled up as given in the Matriculation Certificate. Fields such as e-mail address, mobile number are mandatory and need to be filled. All relevant documents (preferably in original) (mark sheets up to 5th & 7th semester for regular & integrated course respectively, date of birth proof as per 10th or 12th, CGPA conversion formula for BE/B.Tech) / Integrated Course and a recent passport size colour photograph should be scanned in original in JPG/FITT format for attaching the same while filling up the application. If any scanned document is not legible/ readable for any reason, the application will be rejected. Only one application is to be filled by a candidate. Those eligible for more than one branch/cadre should mention their preference in the application. Applicants will be shortlisted for SSB based on their first preference. However, if not shortlisted for the first preference applicant may be considered for alternate branch/cadre subject to availability of spare slots in SSB batches of that branch/cadre. Once shortlisted for a branch/cadre subsequent stage of selection process (SSB, Medical & Merit List) will be exclusively for the branch/cadre only.

Applicant should print one copy of online application form. Candidates should carry the application form and original certificates/documents while appearing for SSB interview.

Selection Procedure: Applicants will be issued call up for Service Selection Board (SSB) interviews based on their academic performance. Ministry of Defence (Navy) will short-list applications after fixing cut off percentage. SSB interviews for short-listed candidates will be scheduled from December, 2017 to March, 2018 at Bangalore for Pilot & Observer. SSB interviews for ATC will be scheduled at Bangalore/Bhopal/Coimbatore/Visakhapatnam. Shortlisted candidates will be informed about their selection for SSB interview on their e-mail or through SMS (provided by candidate in their application form).

The total duration of SSB interviews is five days consisting of stage I (Day one) and stage II (Four days). Stage I Tests consist of Intelligence Tests, Picture Perception and Group Discussion Tests. Candidates who fail to qualify in Stage I will be sent back on the same day from SSB Centre. Stage II Tests consists of Psychological Tests, Group Task Tests and Interview. Successful candidates will undergo medical examination which may last for approximately, 3 to 5 days. Candidates of Pilot entry are also required to undergo PABT (Pilot aptitude battery test) followed by Aviation medical examination. Candidates of Observer entry are also required to undergo Aviation medical examination.

Any correspondence regarding change of SSB dates should be addressed to the President of the SSB on receipt of call up letter. Change of SSB Centre for interview is not permissible under any circumstances. No compensation will be paid in respect of any injury sustained to a candidate during SSB tests. Return First Class (AC III Tier/AC Chair Car) rail fare is admissible for the SSB interview, if appearing for the first time for this Commission on production of railway ticket. Candidates should carry photocopy of the first page of pass book or cheque leaf where the name, A/C No & IFSC details are mentioned, while appearing for SSB.

Candidates recommended by the SSBs, cleared PABT (for Pilot Entry) and declared medically fit will be appointed for training based on merit list and depending on the number of vacancies available.

Duration of Commission: For Pilot & Observer entry, Short Service Commission is granted for a term of 14 years. No extension will be given beyond 14 years. For ATC, Short Service Commission is granted initially for 10 years extendable by maximum 4 years in 2 terms (2 years + 2 years) subject to service requirements, medical eligibility, performance and willingness of candidates. No extension will be given beyond 14 years. Officers inducted under these schemes will not be given extension beyond fourteen years and will not be eligible for Permanent Commission.

Training: Candidates will be inducted as officers in the rank of Sub Lt. The training is tentatively scheduled to commence by end June, 2018 at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala. Full pay and allowances are admissible to the officers during training.

Pilot Entry candidates will undergo 22 weeks of Naval Orientation Course (NOC) at INA, Ezhimala followed by Stage I and Stage II flying training at the Air Force/Naval Establishment. On successful completion of training, the candidates will be awarded wings. The candidates will be entitled for flying pay and allowances only after award of wings.

Observer Entry candidates will undergo 22 weeks of Naval orientation course (NOC) at INA, Ezhimala. On completion of NOC the candidates will undergo SLT(X) Tech course followed by ab-initio training at Observer School. On successful completion of training at Observer School, the candidates will be awarded Observer wings. The candidates will be entitled for flying pay and allowances only after award of wings.

ATC Entry Candidates will undergo 22 weeks of Naval Orientation Course at the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala followed by professional training at Air Force Academy and at various Naval Training Establishments/Units/Ships.

Only unmarried candidates are eligible to undergo training. A candidate who is found to be married or marries while under training will be discharged and shall be liable to refund full pay and allowances drawn by him/her and other expenditure incurred on the candidate by the Government.  They will be on probation for a period of two years which will commence from the grant of the rank of Sub Lt and will terminate after two years or on completion of their initial training (whichever is later). During probation they are liable to be discharged if their performance is unsatisfactory on professional/ medical/ disciplinary grounds. If an officer voluntarily withdraws from initial/ professional training, or resigns during the probationary period, he/she shall be required to refund the cost of training in whole or in part, as may be determined by the Govt, and all money received by him/her as pay and allowances from the Govt. together with the interest on the said money calculated at the rate enforced for Govt. loans.

The details related to duties of Officers, Pay Scale & Promotions, Privileges, Group Insurance & Gratuity, Sports & Adventure etc are given in the Notification available at