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Indian Navy: University Entry Scheme (UES) for grant of short service commission to BE/B Tech students
Indian Navy usually advertises for the grant of Short Service Commission (10 years, extendable by 4 years) in Executive and Technical branches under the University Entry Scheme (UES) and invites applications from the students of Indian nationality aged below 24 years studying in the final year of different streams of BE/B. Tech in a recognized university.
There are three branches to opt viz., Technical, Executive and Submarine/Technical branch. There are sub-streams/cadres of these branches. Engineering, Electrical and Naval Architecture are the sub-streams of Technical branch; General Service (X), Pilot, Observer, IT and Logistics (Works) of the Executive branch; and Engineering and Electrical are the sub-streams of Submarine/Technical branch.
Opportunities for women: Women may only join either Naval Architecture (NA) sub-stream of Technical branch or Logistics (Works) sub-stream of Executive branch. All other branches may be joined only by male candidates.
Academic qualifications: The candidates studying in Pre-final year of BE / B. Tech Engineering degree course may apply to UES. Candidates must secure 60 % marks in all the subjects on completion of the degree.
A CGPA of 6.75 on 10 point scale is the minimum requirement for those applying for Naval Architecture. Physics, Chemistry and Math are mandatory at intermediate level for all candidates applying in any branch.
Medical standards: Candidates are granted short service commission in The Indian Navy after selection to the course. Medical standards need to be met by the candidates for entry to the Navy.Height requirements for Pilot and Observer are 162.5 cm whereas these are relaxed up to 157 cm for other branches.
Female candidates having a minimum height of 152 cm are eligible for the Naval Architecture, Logistics and Technical branches.
Job Profile: Executive Officers specialize in all warfare, communications and navigation etc and actively participate in all facets of Naval operations including air, surface and sub-surface operations. Technical officers maintain ships, submarines, aircraft and weaponry. Applications may be filled online at the Indian Navy website and details for online application submission may be seen there.
Selection process: A Naval Campus Selection Team will shortlist the candidates for SSB interview after an interview of eligible candidates based on the candidate’s preference to entry into a particular branch.
It’s a multi-step process that involves SSB (Short Service Board) Testing, medical examination and preparation of final merit list. Shortlisted candidates will undergo stage I test that includes intelligence rating test and picture perception/discussion test.
After screening in the stage I test, successful candidates have to appear in the stage II testing that involves psychological test, group test and interview. An All India Merit list will be prepared for successful candidates in SSB and medical tests depending on the vacancies and such candidates will be appointed for training.
Induction: After being declared selected, candidates will be inducted as officers in the rank of Sub Lieutenant and undergo 22 weeks Naval Orientation Course at the INA, Ezhimala followed by a professional training in Naval Ships and Training Establishments as per their entry.
Pilot candidates will be further trained (stage I & stage II) at Air Force Academy/Naval Establishment and awarded wings after successful completion of all trainings. Observer badge will be awarded to Observer candidates after abridged SLt Tech Courses and Flying training.
Candidates willing for entry into submarine have to undergo professional training in other Naval Training Establishments/Ships and pass the Submarine Qualifying Board to become eligible for Submarine pay and allowance of Rs 17,500/- per month.
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Career Advancement: On promotion to Lieutenant (Lt) from SLt, grade pay increases from Rs 5400/- to Rs 6100/-. Likewise, subsequent promotions to Lieutenant Commander (Lt Cdr) and Commander (Cdr) result in increase of grade pay to Rs 6600 and 8000/-, respectively. Other benefits to Navy personnel include free ration, housing facilities, medical facilities, annual leave for 60 days and casual leave of 20 days per year, leave travel concessions etc.
Various allowances are admissible to officers depending on their cadre. A technical allowance of Rs 2500-6250/- pm is permissible to Technical Officer. Qualified pilots and Observers are entitled to an allowance of Rs 11250-17500/- pm as Flying Pay and same amount is admissible as submarine allowance to a qualified submariner.
All officers get an instructional allowance of Rs 1800/-pm when posted as an instructor. An initial ‘Uniform’ grant of Rs 16000/- is admissible to all officers and additionally they are given a recurring grant of Rs 5000/- every third year for the Uniform.
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