Indian Navy Pilot, Observer, ATC SSC Officers recruitment through January 2019 course

Eager to become an Indian Navy Short Service Commissioned Officer as a Pilot or Observer or Air Traffic Controller? 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 January 2019. Details of the eligibility requirements, the selection process for recruitment as SSC Officer, benefits, training schedule and application process are provided in this article.

Indian Navy invites applications from unmarried Indian male and female citizens for Short Service Commission (SSC) as Pilot/Observer/Air Traffic Controller (ATC) entry for the course which will begin in January 2019 at the Indian Naval Academy in Ezhimala, Kerala.

Eligibility requirements

Both male and female candidates can apply for 7 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 3 in number), provided they are on the SSB merit list. For Pilot posts other than MR, there are 5 posts for which male candidates only can apply.

Age criteria

  1. For ATC: You should be born between 2nd January 1994 and 1st January 1998, both dates inclusive.

  2. For Observer: You should be born between 2nd January 1995 and 1st January 2000, both dates inclusive.

  3. For Pilot (MR): You should be born between 2nd January 1995 and 1st January 2000, both dates inclusive.

Note: If you are a Commercial Pilot Licence holder (CPL-holder) having a valid and current CPL issued by DGCA (India) and born between 2nd January 1994 and 1st January 2000 (both dates inclusive), then you can apply for Pilot stream as per the rules.

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Education qualification

You should have passed an 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 a regular / an 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.

Important Notes: You should submit only one application. If you are eligible for more than one branch/cadre, then you should mention your preference while submitting your application. If you are not shortlisted for the first preference, then you may be considered for an alternate branch/cadre, subject to availability. Once shortlisted for a specific branch/cadre, 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.

Note: Please refer to the official notification to see relaxation in height granted for candidates applying for ATC who are from specific regions, suchas Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, etc.

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

Benefits of joining the Indian Navy

You can get promoted from Sub Lieutenant (S.Lt.) to Commander (Cdr.) on a time scale basis, subject to completion of courses and fulfilment of the requisite sea time and medical conditions.

The Payscale and promotion criteria (being revised as per 7th CPC) 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 subsidised rates, facilities of clubs/sports, furnished government accommodation, etc.

Group Insurance and Gratuity: Insurance cover of Rs.82 lakh is provided for Pilot / Observer and Rs.75 lakhs for ATC (on contribution) and gratuity will be granted to the officer as per existing rules.

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 as per existing rules for self & dependents.

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

Short Service Commission

For Pilot and Observer entry

SSC is granted for a term of 14 years.


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.

Note: No extension will be provided beyond 14 years and Officers inducted under these schemes 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 May 2018 to July 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 cover two stages:
Stage I (one day) – Intelligence Tests, Picture Perception Tests and Group Discussion. If you qualify, you will participate in Stage II.

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

On successful qualification through Stage II, 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. The training is tentatively scheduled to begin at the end of December 2018. 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 11th February 2018 to 4th March 2018 at: Indian Navy official website.

Ensure that you keep all relevant documents (refer to the official notification for list of documents required to be uploaded for the e-application. All the documents (preferably in original) must be scanned along with a recent passport size colour photo for attaching while filling up the e-application. Your application will be rejected if any scanned document is not legible.

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.

All the best!

[Note to applicants: The information in this article has been sourced from a print advt. in The Hindu, Mumbai edition, 11th February 2018, page 7. Please refer to the official notification at the Indian Navy portal for details as terms & conditions are subject to change.)

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Guest Author: Pragya Chakraborty08 Nov 2018

I have an eye power of -2.25. But, with specs, it is corrected up to 6/6. So, am I eligible for SSB Pilot women?

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