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Masters of the oceans

The Indian Navy is a disciplined organisation with highly adaptable tech-savvy professionals, where winning is a habit and ethics the guiding tenet. Here's how you can go about this career.

education Updated: Nov 03, 2011 17:17 IST
Hindustan Times

The lowdown
The Indian Navy is a disciplined organisation with highly adaptable tech-savvy professionals, where winning is a habit and ethics the guiding tenet. Be it providing succour to victims of 2004 tsunami, evacuating civilians during the Lebanon crisis or reassuring seafarers in the pirate-infested waters, the Indian Navy’s actions have done the nation proud. The naval expedition to the two poles, Mt Everest and solo circumnavigation around the world in the sail boat ‘Madhei’ speaks volumes of their grit and determination

Clock Work
6am: Physical training in a group
6.30am: Preparation and briefing on activities of the day and general ship maintenance
7.30am: Breakfast
8.30am: Tactical exercises, weapon firing and drills, seamanship evolutions, flying operations, manoeuvres etc
12.30 pm: Lunch
1.30pm: Tactical exercises and drills continue for a few more hours
6.30pm: Dinner
7pm: Night safety rounds
7.30pm: Generally a movie is screened during this time on the ship’s central video system

The payoff
After the Sixth Pay Commission, a sub-lieutenant’s pay varies from Rs15,600 to Rs39,100 which is the same for the next two ranks (lieutenant and lieutenant commander).

It goes up from Rs37,400 to Rs67,000 at the rank of commander and above. Some of the allowances and perks of joining this service are technical allowance, submarine allowance, sea-going allowance, diving allowance, government housing, insurance cover of Rs30 lakh and several other facilities

Ability to handle mental and physical stress
. Leadership attributes with a clear mind
. Fighting spirit and determination

Getting there
The Navy offers both permanent and short service commission (SSC) to young men and women. There are various entry points to the Navy. Apart from NDA, CDS and the Naval Academy, you can choose from 10+2 BTech entry scheme, university entry scheme (UES) and recruitment through NCC. For BTech entry, a candidate must apply right after Class 12. No written examination is conducted and the applications are shortlisted as per merit without any quota or reservation. University graduates holding an NCC ‘c’ Certificate with a minimum grading of ‘B’, with 50% marks in their graduation, are eligible to be inducted as permanent commissioned officers, under the NCC scheme. Final-year engineering students are eligible for induction into the executive, technical and education cadres of the Indian Navy under the UES scheme. For more details on the entry criteria log on to or call 011-23011282

Institutes and URLs
The Indian Naval Academy (INA) at Ezhimala, Kerala runs four-year BTech engineering programmes for all cadets joining directly. In addition, the cadets of navy stream on passing out of NDA proceed to INA to pursue a pg degree in telecommunication. The campus is spread over 2,452 acres, with 41 state-of-the-art labs, a stadium and a watermanship training centre

Pros and cons
Vast exposure - you can fly a plane, navigate a ship or work on submarines
. Money is good and one is also entitled to various allowances

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