Indian Navy admissions as SSC Officers for Pilot and Air Traffic Controller course January 2018


Would you like to know how to be a Short Service Commissioned Officer as a Pilot or Air Traffic Controller in the Indian Navy? This article provides information on the Indian Navy course for Short Service Commission (SSC) as Piot/Air Traffic Controller for the course beginning in January 2018. Details of the eligibility criteria, selection process, pay scale and allowances, training schedule and application process are provided in this article.

The Indian Navy is inviting applications from unmarried Indian citizens for Short Service Commission (SSC) as Pilot/Air Traffic Controller (ATC). The course will begin in January 2018 at the Indian Naval Academy Ezhimala, Kerala.

Eligibility requirements

Both male and female candidates can apply for ATC and Pilot (MR) and only male candidates can apply for Pilot other than MR.

Age criteria

  1. ATC: You should be born between 2nd January 1993 and 1st January 1997, both dates inclusive.

  2. Pilot (MR): You should be born between 2nd January 1994 and 1st January 1999, both dates inclusive.

  3. Pilot (other than MR): You should be born between 2nd January 1994 and 1st January 1999, both dates inclusive.

Note: If you are a CPL holder having a valid and current CPL issued by DGCA (India) and born between 2nd January 1993 and 1st January 1999 (both dates inclusive), then you can apply for Pilot entry as per stipulations against each Pilot stream.

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Academic qualification

You should have passed Engineering degree exam or must be in the final year of an Engineering course (with Physics and Maths in 12th Standard) in any discipline from a recognized university/educational institute with 60% marks till 5th/7th Semester in regular / integrated course respectively. For those in the final year - You will be required to pass the final exam (B.E./B.Tech.) with minimum 60% marks.

For ATC Entry: You must have 60% aggregate marks in Class X and XII and minimum 60% marks in English in Class XII.

Note: If you are eligible for more than one branch/cadre, then you should mention your preference in the application. If you are not shortlisted for the first preference, then you may be considered for alternate branch/cadre, subject to availability. Once shortlisted for a specific branch/cadres, the subsequent stages of the selection process will be for that branch/cadre only.



Physical Standards requirement

For Pilot branch/cadre

  1. Height: Minimum 162.5cms, with correlated leg length, sitting height and thigh, length.

  2. Weight: Co-related weight as per height.

  3. Eye Sight: Minimum acceptable vision standard for distant vision is 6/6, 6/9 correctable to 6/6, 6/6. You should not be colour blind/night blind.

For ATC branch/cadre

  1. Height: Minimum 157cms for men and 152cms for women.

  2. Weight: Co-related weight as per height

  3. Eye Sight: Minimum acceptable vision standard for distant vision is 6/9, 6/9 correctable to 6/6, 6/6. You should not be colour bling/night blind.

For all branches/cadres: A permanent body tattoo is allowed only on the inner surface of the forearms and on reverse side of palm/back side of hand. Tattoos on any other part of the body are not acceptable, but concessions for permanent body tattoos are permitted to candidates belonging to tribal areas' communities.

Benefits of joining the Indian Navy

You can get promoted from Sub Lieutenant to Commander on time scale basis and thereafter on selection basis, subject to completion of courses fulfilment of the requisite service conditions.

The Payscale and promotion criteria (being revised as per 7th CPS) are:
  1. Sub Lieutenant rank: PB-3/15600-39100 + Grade Pay 5400 – MSP: 6000

  2. Lieutenant: PB-3/15600-39100 + Grade Pay 6100 – MSP: 6000

  3. Lieutenant CDR: PB-3/15600-39100 + Grade Pay 6600 – MSP: 6000

  4. Commander: PB-4A/37400-67000 + Grade Pay 8000 – MSP:6000

Allowances

The rates of allowances applicable to officers (being revised as per 7th CPC) are:
  1. Flying: Granted to qualified Pilot/Observer - 13500-21000/pm

  2. Instructional: Granted to all officers posted as Instructor – 2700/pm

  3. Uniform: Granted to all Officers – 24000 (Initial grant) & 7500 (every 3 years)

  4. Hard Area: Granted to all officers posted in Hard Area as declared by the Govt. – 25% of basic pay+GP+MSP

  5. House Rent: Granted to officers not provided Govt. accommodation – 10-30% of basic (Pay Band+Grade Pay+MSP)

  6. Transport: Granted to all officers – 1600-3200 (+DA thereon)

  7. Marcos: Granted to those qualified as Marcos: Rs.13500-21000/pm

  8. Diving: Granted to all Ships' Divers: Rs.1200pm

Cost to Company

The Cost to Company (CTC) for a sub Lieutenant would be approximately Rs.72,444/- to Rs.81,700/- per month. This includes basic pay, DA, grade pay, military service pay, flying allowance, house rent allowance, transport allowance,, ration allowance and kit maintenance allowance.

Special privileges

The Indian Navy also provides additional privileges other than CTC such as free medical facilities for self and dependents, canteen facilities, car/housing loan at subsidised rates, facilities of clubs/sports, furnished government accommodation, etc

Group Insurance and Gratuity: Insurance cover of Rs.82 lakhs for Pilot and Rs.75 lakhs for ATC (on contribution) and gratuity will be granted to the officer.

Leave Entitlements: On commission, officers are entitled to 60 days annual leave and 20 days casual leave each year, subject to service exigencies. You also get 40% rail concession to any place and free travel for self & dependents.

Sports facilities: You can avail of facilities to play various sports and learn & participate in adventure sports such as mountaineering, river rafting, etc.

Short Service Commission

For Pilot entry

SSC is granted for a term of 14 years, with no extension beyond that.

For ATC

SSC is granted initially for 10 years, which is extendable by maximum 4 years in two terms (2+2 years), subject to service requirements & performance. No extension will be provided beyond 14 years.

Note: Officers inducted under the schemes will not be given extension beyond 14 years and will not be eligible for Permanent Commission.

Selection Procedure

You will be called for Service Selection Board (SSB) interview based on your performance in academics (educational qualifications). The interview will be scheduled from June 2017 to August 2017 at Bangalore. Shortlisted candidates will be intimated about the selection for SSB interview via email or through SMS.

The interview will take place in 2 stages:
Stage I (day one) – Intelligence Tests, Picture Perception Tests and Group Discussion. If you qualify, you will participate in Stage II.

Stage II(4 days) – Psychological tests, Group Tasks tests and Interview.

Once you are have successfully qualified, you will undergo:
For Pilot Officer: Pilot Aptitude Battery Tests (PABTs), followed by Aviation Medical Examination

For ATC: Requisite Medical Examination



Induction and Training

Candidates who qualify through the selection process will be inducted as officers in the rank of Sub.Lt. under the Short Service Commission Scheme. They will be on probation for a period of two years.

Pilot Entry

You will be inducted as an Officer in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant. You will take up the Naval Orientation Course (NOC) of 22 weeks at the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala. Subsequently, you will undergo Stage I and Stage II flying training at the Air Force Academy/Naval establishments/IGRUA. On successful completion of Stage II training, you will be awarded 'Wings' which will indicate that you are a qualified Pilot.

ATC Entry

You will be inducted as an Officer in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant. You will take up the Naval Orientation Course (NOC) of 22 weeks at the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala. Subsequently, you will undergo professional training at various Naval training establishments/units/ships.

How to apply

You must register and fill in the online application at from 11th March 2017 to 31st March 2017 at: Indian Navy official website

Ensure that you keep all relevant documents ready for uploading before filling up the e-application. All the documents (preferably in original) must be scanned along with a recent passport size colour photo in JPG/FITT format for attaching while filling up the e-application. Your application will be rejected if any scanned document is not legible/readable.

Take a print out of one copy of the online application form. You will need to carry the application form and original certificates/documents while appearing for the SSB interview.

Readers should note that the information provided in this article is sourced from Hindustan Times advt. (Mumbai), dt. 11th March 2017 (page 19). Please check the official website of the Indian Navy for confirmation of the information before applying for the course.


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