Indian Navy Sailor

If you want to serve the nation with pride, have always been enamored by pristine white uniforms, and love the ocean, then joining the Indian navy is a career path you should definitely consider. A career as a navy sailor is for men among boys—those who put their country before them, for whom duty and commitment towards work is taught by example.

If you believe that you possess such an adventurous soul and are driven by a calling to serve the country, then a career in the Indian Navy as a sailor is right for you. This article provides detailed information about job prospects, salary, recruitment procedure and career of an Indian Navy sailor. So, read on if you want to start a career in this highly rewarding and fulfilling field.
Sailors are recruited in the Indian Navy in various capacities: 
  • Artificer Apprentices (AA)
  • Senior Secondary Recruit (SSR)
  • Matric Recruit (MR)
  • Non-Matric Recruit (NMR)
  • Musician

Indian Navy Sailors Career

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Artificer Apprentice (AA)

Senior Secondary Recruits (SSR)

Matric Recruit (MR) & Non Matric Recruit (NMR)

Musicians (MR)

Age 17 - 20 years 17 - 21 years 17 - 21 years 17 - 21 years
Nationality Indian or Gorkhas (Nepal) Indian or Gorkhas (Nepal) Indian or Gorkhas (Nepal) Indian or Gorkhas (Nepal)
Marital status Unmarried male Unmarried male Unmarried male Unmarried male
Education Qualified 10+2/ equivalent exam with subjects Maths, Physics, and Chemistry Qualified 10+2/ equivalent exam with compulsory subjects, Maths and Physics, and optional objects of chemistry/ biology/ computer Sc. Cooks & Stewards (MR): Qualified class 10
Topass (NMR): Qualified class 6
Qualified class 10. Musical ability:
  • Should be trained in western notation, aural aptitude, Theory of Music
  • Actual practical skill with any Musical Instrument
Physical Standard Qualifying Physical Fitness Test which consists of:
  • 1.6 km run in 7 minutes
  • 20 squats (utthak baithak)
  • 10 push ups
Qualifying Physical Fitness Test which consists of:
  • 1.6 km run in 7 minutes
  • 20 squats (utthak baithak)
  • 10 push ups
Qualifying Physical Fitness Test which consists of:
  • 1.6 km run in 7 minutes
  • 20 squats (utthak baithak)
  • 10 push ups
Qualifying Physical Fitness Test which consists of:
  • 1.6 km run in 7 minutes
  • 20 squats (utthak baithak)
  • 10 push ups
Medical standard
  • Minimum height of 157 cm
  • Proportionate weight
  • Minimum chest expansion of 5 cm
  • Good mental & physical health
  • Disease-free
  • No cardio vascular disease
  • No surgical deformities like Knock-Knees, Flat-foot etc.,
  • No history of fits or psychiatric ailments Varicose-vein etc
  • No ear infection. Advised to get ears cleaned for wax and tartar removed from teeth before appearing for the written test, PFT & medical examination
Must pass the CPII color perception standard and Eyes Visual standards and meet the following standards:
  • Without Glasses, better eye: 6/12 & worst eye: 6/12.
  • With glasses - better eye: 6/9 & worst eye: 6/12
  • Minimum height of 157 cm
  • Proportionate weight
  • Minimum chest expansion of 5 cm
  • Good mental & physical health
  • Disease-free
  • No cardio vascular disease
  • No surgical deformities like Knock-Knees, Flat-foot etc.,
  • No history of fits or psychiatric ailments Varicose-vein etc
  • No ear infection. Advised to get ears cleaned for wax and tartar removed from teeth before appearing for the written test, PFT & medical examination
Must pass the CPII color perception standard and Eyes Visual standards and meet the following standards:
  • Without Glasses, better eye: 6/6 & worst eye: 6/9.
  • With glasses - better eye: 6/6 & worst eye: 6/6
  • Minimum height of 157 cm
  • Proportionate weight
  • Minimum chest expansion of 5 cm
  • Good mental & physical health
  • disease-free
  • no cardio vascular disease
  • no surgical deformities like Knock-Knees, Flat-foot etc.,
  • No history of fits or psychiatric ailments Varicose-vein etc
  • No ear infection. Advised to get ears cleaned for wax and tartar removed from teeth before appearing for the written test, PFT & medical examination
Must pass the CPII color perception standard and Eyes Visual standards and meet the following standards: For MRs
  • Without Glasses, better eye: 6/36 & worst eye: 6/36.
  • With glasses - better eye: 6/9 & worst eye: 6/12
For NMRs
  • Without Glasses, better eye: 6/60 & worst eye: 6/60.
  • With glasses - better eye: 6/9 & worst eye: 6/24
  • Minimum height of 157 cm
  • Proportionate weight
  • Minimum chest expansion of 5 cm
  • Good mental & physical health
  • disease-free
  • no cardio vascular disease
  • no surgical deformities like Knock-Knees, Flat-foot etc.,
  • No history of fits or psychiatric ailments Varicose-vein etc
  • No ear infection. Advised to get ears cleaned for wax and tartar removed from teeth before appearing for the written test, PFT & medical examination
Must pass the CPII color perception standard and Eyes Visual standards and meet the following standards:
  • Without Glasses, better eye: 6/60 & worst eye: 6/60.
  • With glasses - better eye: 6/9 & worst eye: 6/24
Training
  • 9 weeks of basic training at INS Chilka, followed by 8 weeks of sea training
  • 4 years of technical training at an Indian Navy establishment that leads to an educational qualification equivalent to diploma in electrical/ mechanical/ aeronautical engineering (recognized by Indian govt for employment purposes.)
  • 24 weeks of basic training at INS Chilka followed by 24 weeks of professional training in the allotted trade at any naval establishment.
15 weeks of basic training at INS Chilka followed by professional training in the allotted trade at any naval establishment. NA
No. of years of service Initial service of 20 years, which can be extended till sailor is 57 years old (subject to rank attained & satisfactory performance.) Initial service of 15 years, which can be extended till sailor is 57 years old (subject to rank attained & satisfactory performance.) Initial service of 15 years, which can be extended till sailor is 57 years old (subject to rank attained & satisfactory performance.)

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Application process

As and when advertisements for recruitment of Sailors (AA/ SSR/ MR, NMR) are advertised in the Employment News and all leading National/Regional Newspapers in Dec/Jan and Jun/Jul every year, you may apply online at nausena-bharti.nic.in

Click on "Sailors entry" while applying online. Take 2 printouts of the online application form. You will need to send some documents and your photographs to the Naval office. These details will vary for different posts. You may check these details on the official website while applying online.

Indian Navy Sailor Selection Procedure

There would be a Written Paper (only for AA & SSR profile).
Exam pattern: The question paper is bilingual (Hindi & English) and of objective type. The question paper contains questions from English, General Knowledge, Science and Mathematics.
There is be a Musical Screening Test for the position of sailor musician.
  • Applications are received through Ordinary Post only and no other mode of dispatch is acceptable.
  • Eligible shortlisted candidates are sent Call-Up letters, indicating date, time and place for examination as scheduled.
  • Results of the Written Test are generally declared on the same day.
  • Written test is followed by PFT, which is then followed by a medical examination; this may take 3 – 4 days depending on external factors and service requirements.
  • Medically Temporarily Unfit will be referred to a Military Hospital within 21 days of first medical examination for review.
  • If declared medically unfit, you may appeal of for a specialist opinion; pay Rs. 40 Military Receivable Order (MRO) in the government treasury within 21 days (no other medical fitness certificate will be considered).
  • The All India Merit list will be prepared and list of selection of candidates will be displayed centre wise at respective Recruitment Centers; final enrollment is still subject to Medical Test at the INS Chilka.
Indian Navy Sailors Salary
During the initial training period, all recruits receive a stipend of INR 5700 per month. On successful completion of the training period, the Grade Pay, Military Service, Group 'X' pay (if applicable), DA (Dearness Allowance) and allowances of the trade to which they are allotted less the stipend already paid is fixed.

    All the Indian Navy sailors are categorized as 'X' and 'Y' for salary purpose. Artificer Apprentices (AA) fall under 'X' group and rest of the sailors in group 'Y'.

    Rank wise pay scale of 'X' Group (Artificer Apprentices Sailors):

    RANK PAY BAND Pay in Pay Band 
    (Rs.)
    Grade Pay 
    (Rs.)
    MSP 
    (Rs.)
    'X' Group Pay 
    (Rs.)
    Apprentice PB-1 5200 - 20200 2000 2000 1400
    Artificer V PB-1 5200 - 20200 2400 2000 1400
    Artificer IV PB-1 5200 - 20200 2800 2000 1400
    Art III - I PB-2 9300-34800 3400 2000 1400
    Chief/ArtPB-29300-34800420020001400
    MCPO II PB-2 9300-34800 4600 2000 1400
    MCPO I PB-2 9300-34800 4800 2000 1400
    MCPO = Master Chief Petty Officer

      Rank wise pay scale of 'Y' Group (SSR/MR/NMR)

      RANK PAY BAND Pay in Pay Band 
      (Rs.)
      Grade Pay 
      (Rs.)
      MSP 
      (Rs.)
      Seaman II PB-1 5200 - 20200 2000 2000
      Seaman I PB-1 5200 - 20200 2400 2000
      Leading Seaman PB-1 5200 - 20200 2800 2000
      Petty Officer PB-1 5200 - 20200 2800 2000
      Chief Petty Officer PB-2 9300-34800 4200 2000
      MCPO II PB-2 9300-34800 4600 2000
      MCPO I PB-2 9300-34800 4800 2000

      During training

      All recruits will get Rs. 5700 per month as stipend during their training period . On successful completion of training Grade Pay, Military Service Pay, Group 'X' pay (if applicable), Dearness Allowance and allowances of the trade to which they stand allotted less the stipend already paid. The rate of stipend will be increased by 50% every time the DA payable on revised pay band goes up by 50%.

      Other allowances

      ALLOWANCE TO WHOM GRANTED Amount per month (varies according to rank)
      Instructional Deputed as Instructor at Training Establishments/ institutes listed in Govt. letter 900-1500
      Submarine Qualified Submariner 10500-12600
      Flying Qualified Aircrew 10500-12600
      Marine Commando Qualified as MARCO 10500-12600
      Diving Ships Diver, Clearance Diver I, II & III 600-900
      Sea Duty Sailors serving onboard ships
      (Sailing Only)
      3000-5400
      Hard Area Sailors posted in Nicobar and Lakshadeep Group of Islands 25% of Pay in 
      Pay Band+GP+MSP
      CILQ Married sailors not allotted Govt. Married Accommodation 2400-8100 (On the basis of Classification of Cities & Rank)
      Transport All Sailors (400-1600) + DA

      Other perks for Indian Navy Sailors:

      • Sailors have access to books, reading material, uniform, food and accommodation etc for free while at training and even afterwards.
      • On completion of each phase of training, sailors get annual leave on free railway warrant.
      • Sailors are entitled to medical treatment and Leave Travel Concession for self and dependents. Group Housing benefits and other privileges at Government expense are also available
      • Insurance cover of Rs. 25 lakhs is given by IHQ MOD (Navy) at a nominal INR 2500 per month.
      • Sailors can avail up to 60 days Annual Leave and 30 days Casual leave every year subject to service exigencies.
      • Other benefits include pension after completion of requisite service, gratuity and accumulated Leave encashment post retirement.
      • Other admissible expenses include children education fee and house rent allowances

      The sailors in Indian Navy are also provided with the pre-release training, which keeps them in good stead professionally after they are released from the Navy.

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