5 ways to join the Indian Navy after the 12th: Make your Dream true

how to join Indian navy after 12th

If you are in 12th and love defence field, then maybe the chances are you like the Indian Navy most. That’s why you’re here.

So if you are wondering how to join Indian Navy after 12th and want to make a career in the Indian Navy according to your eligibility then hold your seat and be with me till the end.

Because here I am going to tell you the best 5 ways to join Indian Navy after 12th (that you probably don’t know) along with their position, eligibility, work profile, salary, and other information. So, stay with me till the end.

The first two that I am going to discuss here are Technical Entry to join the Indian Navy as an Officer, while the other three are Non- Technical Entry to join the Navy as a Sailor cadet.

So, are you curious?

Let’s dive into it…

5 Ways to join Indian Navy after 12th:

1: NDA/NA Entry

You might have heard about NDA before. But, do you know NDA (National Defence Academy) is a Tri-force Academy?

It means after qualifying NDA exam after the 12th you can join the Indian Army, Navy, and even Airforce as an officer, according to your merit and marks.

NDA exam is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) twice a year as an NDA-l and NDA-ll. And these vacancies come in Dec-Jan and Aug-Sept.

This is a Technical Entry to join the Indian Navy after 12th as an officer and only Male candidates can apply for this Entry.


The Age limit of students for applying form should be 15.5 years to 18.5 years.

And If you are a 12th appearing student with PCM (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics) or a 12th Pass student with PCM then only you can apply.

Because only PCM stream students (only Male) are eligible for this NDA-Technical entry.

After qualifying for NDA, students are trained in the Academy for three years culminating in graduation with B.A or B.Sc or B.Cs (Computer Science) degree of Jawaharlal Nehru University. 

NDA Exam takes in two-phase – The First one is the written Exam (or Online exam) and another one is SSB (Services Selection Board) interview.

So if want to join Indian Navy after 12th as an Officer then you should try this way, but after reading this article.

2: (10+2) B.tech Entry

This is again a Technical entry to join Indian Navy as an Officer. For this entry, vacancies come twice a year.

In this entry, Only Male candidate can apply who has given JEE Mains exam in the same year when they’re applying form. For applying form, no matter how much percentile you get in the exam but for qualifying (merit list) in this entry, it could be important.


First and very important, students must be enrolled and appeared in JEE Mains (Entrance Examination).

And students should pass their 10+2 Exam with at least 70% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics (PCM), and in each subject. And at least 50% marks should have in English in class 10th & 12th.

And the minimum height for applying the form should be 157 CMS.

There is no written (or online) exam for this entry but you have to pass SSB (Services Selection Board) interview.

Isn’t it a great way to join Indian Navy after 12th?

After qualifying through this entry, students can join the prestigious Indian Naval Academy, Kerala for a four-year degree course under the 10+2 (B.tech) Cadet Entry Scheme.

Read also: What is AME course after 12th?

Now let’s dive into sailor entry…

But remember the syllabus, exam interview, and responsibilities of an Officer cadet is more than a Sailor cadet.

3: Navy SSR and AA

The third one is Sailor Entry, and you must have heard about it. Even most of the students join Indian Navy after 12th through these two entries. Let’s discuss one by one…

SSR (Senior Secondary Recruitment):

This is a direct entry, conducted by the Indian Navy twice (Dec-Jan and Jun-Aug) in a year.

There are two-phase exams in this entry. The first one is the online exam and the other phase is PFT (Physical Fitness Test).

After qualifying for both exams, students can go for 22 weeks of training and after that, they can join the Indian Navy as a sailor.

During the training of a sailor, the Salary would be 10k-15k but after the training the Salary would be 40k-50k.


The Age for applying form should be 16-19 years. And you should be qualified in 12th with Mathematics, Physics and one more subject (Che/Bio/or Com).

An SSR cadet works on Modern ships, Guided Missile Destroyers, Electrical Power Systems, and others while I can do their Jobs in Radars, Sonars, or Communication, or Firing of weapons and rockets.

AA (Artificer Apprentice): 

This is again a sailor entry and in this entry, the vacancy date, exam process is the same as SSR but the training period of an AA cadet is 9 weeks and the salary could be more than SSR cadet.


All conditions as the same as SSR but students should qualify 12th with at least 60% marks.

An AA cadet can work on Steam-powered machinery, Diesel and gas turbines, computers, radio or avionics equipment, Electrical power systems, and other complex systems.

So I must suggest you if you want to work as an engineer and want to get more paid than SSR entry, then must join Indian Navy after 12th through AA Sailor entry.

4: Navy Sports Quota Entry

If you are a sports person and want to join Indian Navy after 12th, then this is the best opportunity for you.

So are you excited?

Indian Navy has given an opportunity to become a sailor cadet for those students who have participated in International/ National/ or State level tournaments of sports such as Basketball, Cricket, Football, Boxing, Gymnastics, Kabaddi, Volleyball, and others.

But only male candidates are eligible to apply for this entry with the Age of 16-20 years.

There is no written exam (or online exam) for this entry. After qualifying on the merit list, students can join the Navy as a sailor.

The works and duties of a sailor will be same as I explained above.

5: Navy MR Entry

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Navy MR (Matric Recruit) is basically a matric level entry. So as a 10th pass student, 12th Pass students can also apply, that’s why I put this way in the last of my list.

An MR cadet mainly works as a chef, whose duties are to prepare foods as per menu, accounting of ration & funds, Serve food and maintaining cleanness, and others as per service requirement.

The exam process and age are as same as a sailor’s entry but in this entry, the syllabus would be on 10th basis.

The training period of an MR cadet is 14 weeks. During training, the MR cadet would be required to serve food in the officer’s messes as a server.

Apart from these, they would be also trained for onboard shipping duties, Arms handling, Landing, and boarding parties.

Now its your turn:

So here I have explained all the possible ways to join Indian Navy after 12th and hope, you have enjoyed the article.

In many entries, you will have a golden opportunity to complete your graduation or gain more education.  

Now I want to hear from you:

Which way excited you most and through which way you want to come true your dream?

What about the 10+2 B.tech entry?

Tell me in the comment, I am curious.

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