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Would you like to join the Indian Navy as a Short Service Commissioned Officer as a Pilot or Observer or Air Traffic Controller? Searching for engineering recruitment notifications of the Indian Navy? This article provides information on the Indian Navy course for Short Service Commission (SSC) as Pilot/Observer/Air Traffic Controller for the course beginning in July 2018. Details of the eligibility criteria, training schedule, application process, etc are provided in this article.

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

Eligibility requirements

Both male and female candidates can apply for 5 posts of ATC and 4 Observer positions. In the case of Pilot posts, female candidates are eligible to apply for Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) stream only. So maximum two female candidates will be inducted for this position (total 8 in number), subject to they being in the SSB Merit.

Age criteria

  1. For ATC: You should be born between 2nd July 1993 and 1st July 1997, both dates inclusive.
  2. For Observer: You should be born between 2nd July 1994 and 1st July 1999, both dates inclusive.
  3. For Pilot (MR): You should be born between 2nd July 1994 and 1st July 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 July 1993 and 1st July 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 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 / Observer

  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 fulfillment of the requisite service conditions.

The Payscale and promotion criteria (being revised as per 7th CPS) are:
  1. Sub Lieutenant rank: 56100-1110700 - Level 10 - MSP 15500
  2. Lieutenant: 61300-120900 - Level 10B - MSP 15500
  3. Lieutenant CDR: 69400-136900 - Level 11 - MSP 15500
  4. Commander: 121200-212400 - Level 12A - MSP 15500


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 subsidized rates, facilities of clubs/sports, furnished government accommodation, etc

Group Insurance and Gratuity: Insurance cover of Rs.82 lakhs for Pilot / Observer 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 and Observer 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 December 2017 to March 2018 at Bangalore for Pilot and Observer. SSB interviews for ATC will be scheduled at Bangalore/Bhopal/Coimbatore/Visakhapatnam. If selected, you 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.

Observer Entry

You be inducted as an Officer in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant. You will be taking up the 22 weeks of Naval orientation course (NOC) at INA, Ezhimala. This will be followed by SLT(X) Tech course and ab-initio training at an Observer School. On successful completion of training at Observer School, you will be awarded Observer wings.

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 26th August 2017 to 16th September 2017 at: Indian Navy official website

Ensure that you keep all relevant documents (refer to the official notification for list of documents: https://www.joinindiannavy.gov.in/files/event_attachments/pilot.pdf) ready for uploading before filling up the e-application. All the documents (preferably in original) must be scanned along with a recent passport size color 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.

Best of luck!


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