For getting into the National Defense Academy (NDA) and Indian Naval Academy, UPSC conducts a written examination twice a year.
(INA) as Permanent Commission (PC) entries.
Candidates are eligible to compete on completion of the 10+2 (PCM) Examination or while in the 12th standard. UPSC short lists candidates after written examinations.Thereafter, candidates are sent to the Service Selection Boards located at Bengaluru, Bhopal and Coimbatore.
Results of qualified candidates are forwarded to UPSC for preparing the final merit list. Medical passed candidates who are in the merit list are intimated for appointment to NDA/ INA as cadets. On completion of the NDA/INA training, the Naval Cadets are sent to training ships at Kochi for Naval sea training.

 For the Graduate Special Entry, the UPSC holds the Combined Defense Services Examination (CDSE) twice a year. Graduates with B.tech degree are also  eligible to appear in the examination. Successful candidates join the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala, Kerala for the Naval Orientation Course (NOC).

Recruitment for the non-UPSC entries is made through Service Selection Boards for the following branches/cadres of the Navy:

1.Executive: Short Service Commission through University Entry Scheme (UES) and other Short Service Commission (SSC) Schemes for Executive (GS)/ Air Traffic Control/ Law/ Logistic/ Naval Armament Inspectorate (NAI)/ Hydro/ Pilot/ Observer and also Permanent Commission for Logistic/ Law/ NAI cadres.
Engineering (Including Naval Architects): Short Service Commission through University Entry Scheme (UES), Special Naval Architects Entry Scheme (SNAES) and SSC (E) Schemes. Permanent Commission is through 10+2 (Cadet Entry Scheme).
(iii) Electrical Engineering: SSC entry through UES and SSC (L) Schemes. Permanent Commission is through 10+2 (Cadet Entry Scheme).
(iv) Education Branch: Permanent Commission and Short Service Commission schemes exist for this branch.

2. 10+2 (Cadet Entry Scheme): This scheme is for permanent commission in the Executive, Engineering and Electrical branches of the IN. Under this scheme, candidates with 10+2 (PCM) qualifications, after selection through the Services Selection Board, are sent to the Indian Naval Academy for the B Tech Course. On successful completion of the course, they are granted Permanent Commission in the Executive, Electrical and Engineering branches of the IN.

3. SSC Submarine Engineering: Men of age between19-25 with BE/B.Tech in Mechanical engineering with minimum 60 percent can apply for this entry. It is notified by Indian Navy through leading newspapers.

4. University Entry Scheme (UES): Final year Engineering students are eligible for induction into the Executive and Technical Branches of the INDIAN NAVY.
Naval selection teams from the Integrated Head Quarter of Ministry of Defense (Navy) and Command Headquarters visit AICTE approved engineering colleges, across the country, to short-list the candidates.
The short-listed candidates, based on all India Merit, are called for interview at the Services Selection Board.Thereafter the successful candidates have to     undergo medical tests. Finally, the selection is based on all India merit on the basis of marks obtained in the SSB interviews.

 5. Recruitment through NCC: University graduates possessing NCC ‘C’ certificate with minimum ‘B’ grading and 50% marks in the graduation degree examination are inducted in the Navy as regular commissioned officers. These graduates are exempted from appearing in the CDSE conducted by the UPSC and are selected through the SSB interview only. They join the Indian Naval Academy for Naval Orientation Course (NOC) along with the CDSE cadets.

6. Special Naval Architecture Entry Scheme: Government has approved the induction of Naval Architect officers into the Indian Navy as a Short Service Commissioned Officers, under a ‘Special Naval Architects Entry Scheme’ (SNAES). An empowered Naval team visits IIT Kharagpur, IIT Chennai, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) and Andhra University, where B Tech (Naval Architecture) courses are conducted, to select candidates through campus interviews. The selected candidates undergo medical examination at the nearest Military Hospital and if proved medically fit, are selected for training.



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