Indian Navy Direct Entry Exams

The Indian Navy possesses highly sophisticated ships, submarines and aircraft, which are operated by sailors, who are given training at various intervals during their service. Indian Navy Sailors (Direct Entry) MER Examination is held twice a year.

Indian Navy Direct Entry Exams Eligibility Criteria

  • Marital Status: Unmarried Indian Male citizens are eligible
  • Nationality: Indian. Gorkha subjects of Nepal are also eligible for recruitment.
  • Age: 17-20 years.
  • Educational Qualifications: Matriculation or equivalent with 55 per cent or above marks with Science and Maths. OR 10 + 2 or equivalent examination with 50% aggregate marks in Maths and Physics. Preference given to candidates with working knowledge of computers.
  • Physical Standards:

(i) Height: 157 cms (minimum) for 18 years of age
(ii) Weight: Proportionate to height (plus and minus 10% acceptable)
(iii) Chest: Well developed and proportioned with minimum expansion range of 5cms
(iv) Without glasses better eye 6/6 and worse eye 6/9. Colour Perception: CP II;
(v) Good mental and physical health free from any disease/disability.

Indian Navy Direct Entry Exams Exam Pattern

The Recruitment will be done directly by the Navy. Eligible short listed candidates will be sent call-up letters, giving date, time and place for Written Test and Physical Fitness Test.

Physical Fitness Test

Qualifying in this Test is mandatory for enrollment. The standard of Physical Fitness Test is (i) One Mile (1.6 km) run to be completed in 7 minutes. (ii) 20 sit ups. (iii) 10 push ups.
Written Test

The Written Test will have four sections

Section I: English
Section II: Science
Section III: Maths
Section IV: GK.

The question paper will be bilingual and objective type and of 1 hour duration. The results will be announced on the same day.

Those who qualify will undergo Physical Fitness Test and Medical Examination. Those who are declared medically fit would be considered fully qualified and those who are declared temporary unfit will be required to appear for Review Medical on the stipulated date.

Performance in Written Examination, Computer Knowledge, Sports and NCC will be taken into consideration for the final selection. After enrollment candidates will be sent on Railway Warrant to Chilika (Orissa) for initial training of 24 weeks.

For Sportsmen: Outstanding sportsmen who have participated at National/State Level will have to qualify in the Sports trials in addition to written exam, PFT and Medical.


24 weeks Basic Training at INS Chilka followed by 24 weeks professional training in the allotted trade in Naval Establishments all over the country. Branch/Trade will be allocated as per requirement of service.   

Indian Navy Direct Entry Exams Tentative Dates

Indian Navy DE Exams exam is held in the month of June and December. For notification, please log on to Exam Alert Section.

Indian Navy Direct Entry Exams Application Forms

The Application Form may be used or the format may be typed on plain paper. Candidates applying for more than one entry are to submit separate applications. However, only one application form is to be filled for a particular entry. The choice should be as per their specialization in three year Diploma Course.

Indian Navy Direct Entry Exams Test Centers

Test Centers of Indian Navy
(Navy Direct Entry Exam
1. Agartala 21. Jammu
2. Ahmedabad 22. Jorhat
3. Aizawl 23. Kavaratti (Lakshadweep)
4. Allahabad 24. Kohima
5. Bangalore 25. Lucknow
6. Bareilly 26. Madurai
7. Bhopal 27. Mumbai
8. Kolkata 28. Nagpur
9. Chennai 29. Panaji (Goa)
10. Chandigarh 30. Patna
11. Cochin 31. Port Blair
12. Cuttack 32. Raipur
13. Delhi 33. Sambalpur


Dharwar 34. Shillong
15. Dispur (Guwahati) 35. Shimla
16. Gangtok 36. Srinagar
17. Hyderabad 37. Tirupati
18. Imphal 38. Trivandrum
19. Itanagar 39. Udaipur
20. Jaipur 40. Vishakhapatn

Indian Navy Direct Entry Exams Contact Details

Directorate of Manpower Planning and Recruitment (DMPR),
Integrated Headquarters Of Ministry of Defence (Navy)
Sena Bhawan, New Delhi-110011
Tele: 91-11-23010151, 23793067
Fax: 91-11-23017881, 23010759

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