Joining Indian Navy as sailors

Ranjan K Baruah
I have learned that students from north eastern region want to join defence forces. When it comes to defence most dream to join Indian Army be it officer or as soldier. I have not heard many saying about Indian Navy or Indian Coast Guard. One of the reasons might be as we don’t see naval officers here. We see more Indian Army apart from Para Military Force and central Armed Police Forces and some time we do see Indian Air Force people but very rarely any one from Indian Navy and that too also in uniform.
Indian Navy (IN) brings opportunities for young people to serve the nation and also earn well with lots of facilities. Indian Navy offers a unique way of exploring your life and provides ample opportunities to explore your potential in every sphere of life. IN provide professional challenges along with security and comfort that is almost unparalleled. For many people, the greatest attraction of a career in the Indian Navy is the variety of opportunities that make one’s career challenging.
One may join IN as an officer for which they must be from science background or engineering background with Physics and Maths. Both male and female may apply for Indian Navy. In today’s edition we shall write more on one of the other option which is joining Navy as sailor.  Advertisements for recruitment of Senior Secondary Recruit (SSR), Matric Recruit (MR), Musician (MUS), Sports Entry and Artificer Apprentices (AA) are published in the Employment News and all leading National/Regional Newspapers in Dec/Jan and Jun/Jul every year.
Aspirants applying for more than one type of entry are required to submit separate applications. However, only one application form is to be filled for a particular entry. Aspirants can apply only for one entry between MR (Chef / Steward / Sanitary Hygienist) in a batch. All applications for AA and SSR, MR, MUS are to be addressed to the authority promulgated. One must remember that there is no agent which means one must avoid people or brokers who promises jobs in Navy. Presently the Indian Navy conducts recruitment for enrolling sailor recruits at 31 examination centres across the country.
Physical Fitness Test (PFT) shall consist of 1.6 Km run to be completed in 7 minutes, 20 squats (Uthak Baithak) and 10 Push-ups. Candidates undergoing PFT will do so at their own risk. The results of the Written Test are generally declared on the same day. Those who qualify Written Test are permitted to undergo PFT and only those who qualify PFT undergo Medical Examination. Entry level Medical standards are different for different entries. Medical examination will be conducted by authorised military doctors as per medical standards prescribed in current regulations applicable to sailors on entry.
Advertisements for recruitment of Matric Recruit Musician (MUS) Entry is published in the Employment News and all leading National/Regional Newspapers in the month of April every year. The candidates applying for musician should have proficiency in western notation, aural aptitude, knowledge of theory of music and actual practical skill on any musical Instrument.
Interested may visit the official website of Indian Navy ( for further details and updates . I have taken inputs from the official website of Indian Navy while compiling this article. One must remember that entry for the officers is different and information is available online at the official website of Indian Navy.
(Ranjan K Baruah is a career mentor, skill trainer and motivational speaker and can be reached at [email protected] or 8473943734 for any career related queries)