Desirous candidates can join Indian Naval Academy after clearing NDA written exam to the undergraduate officer-trainee program of the Indian Navy. NDA cadets who have earlier opted for joining the Navy will complete initial three years of joint military training at NDA, Khadakwasla with the Army and Air Force cadets. They are then transferred to INA for the next one year to be successfully passed out as naval officers. Candidates can also join through 10+2 Navy Tech Entry scheme who have scored at least 70% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) and at least 50% marks in English. For entries after graduation you have to keep a constant watch since they declare vacancies and receipt of applications a number of times for various entry schemes.
Cadets have the option to major in Electronics & Communication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Naval Architecture and are awarded a Bachelor of Technology degree upon graduation.
Upon graduation, cadets are commissioned as Sub Lieutenants in the Navy. Cadets who are opting for major in Naval Architecture have to undergo an additional 6 months of training at the Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam after graduation. They also have the option to enroll for additional post-graduate specialization in the field at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
How To Join Indian Naval Academy
Only male candidates who are between the age of 16 ½ – 19 ½ years of age and have Physics and Math’s in 12th can apply. NDA cadets opting to join the Navy complete three years of joint training at NDA, Khadakwasla with the Army and Air Force cadets. They then are transferred to INA for the next one year. Upon graduation, cadets are commissioned as Sub Lieutenants in the Navy.
Indian Navy 10+2 Tech Entry
Male candidates having at least 70% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) and at least 50% marks in English can directly apply for this entry scheme. Shortlisted candidates will be called for SSB interview. Final selected candidates will be inducted as Cadets for a four year B Tech course in Electronics & Communication or Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala Kerala. During the course, Cadets will be allotted Executive or Engineering including Naval Architect specialization or Electrical Branch. On completion of the course, B Tech Degree will be awarded by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
Indian Navy CDSE Entry
Male graduates who have B.Sc. with Physics & Mathematics or Bachelor of Engineering can apply for Naval Academy (See CDSE Eligibility for details). The written exam consists of objective type paper having Math’s, English and GK. The successful candidates of written exam are called for SSB and further for medicals.
Other Graduate Entries
Through this entry, graduates and final year students (Pre final year sometimes for University Entry Scheme as well) can apply. There is no written test, the calls are directly made for SSB based on cut-off percentage of the qualifying exam. There are many entries for all types of graduates in Indian Navy. However you have to keep a watch on the advertisement of the applications, which can easily do if you are in touch with our website, since we publish the notifications as soon as they are released.
For the Short Service Commission (SSC) officer-trainees, selection is through merit. SSC officers have the option to apply for permanent commission based on their performance and track record. Graduating officers often go on for additional training or specialisation in areas such as surface warfare, submarine warfare, naval aviation, etc. at other Naval schools.
Officers joining Indian Coast Guard as Assistant Commandants also undergo a basic training along with graduate officer-trainees of the Indian Navy.