candidates are sent to the Service Selection Boards located at Bengaluru, Bhopal, Coimbatore
      and Visakhapatam. Results of qualified candidates are forwarded to UPSC for making the final
      merit list. Medically fit candidates, who are in the merit list, are intimated for appointment to
      NDA/INA as cadets. On completion of the NDA/INA training, the Naval Cadets are sent to
      training ships at Kochi for Naval sea training. For the Graduate Special Entry, the UPSC holds
      the Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE), twice a year. Graduates with B Tech
      degree are also eligible to appear in the examination. Successful candidates join the Indian Naval
      Academy at Ezhimala, Kerala for the Naval Orientation Course (NOC).
      (b) Non-UPSC Entry: The Non-UPSC entries cater for both Permanent Commission (PC) and
      Short Service Commission (SSC). In this case the applications are invited and short listed at IHQ
      MoD (Navy). Subsequently the short listed candidates are then sent for Service Selection Boards
      (SSB) interviews. Thereafter, a merit list, comprising qualified candidates, is prepared as per the
      availability of vacancies. Recruitment for non-UPSC entries is made through SSBs for the
      Executive, Engineering including Naval Architects, Electrical Engineering and the Education
      Branches/cadres of Navy.
      (c) 10+2 (Cadet Entry Scheme): This scheme is for permanent commission in the Executive,
      Engineering and Electrical branches of the IN. Under this scheme, candidates with 10+2 (PCM)
      qualifications, after selection through the Services Selection Board, are sent to the Indian Naval
      Academy for the B Tech Course. On successful completion of the course they are granted
      Permanent Commission in the Executive, Electrical and Engineering branches of the Indian
      Navy.
      (d) University Entry Scheme (UES): The UES has been re-launched as a Short Service
      Commission Scheme. Seventh and Eighth semester Engineering college students are eligible for
      induction into the Executive and Technical Branches of the IN. Naval selection teams from the
      IHQ of MoD (Navy) and Command Headquarters visit AICTE approved engineering colleges,
      across the country, to short-list the candidates. The short-listed candidates, based on All India
      Merit, undergo interview at the Services Selection Board. The successful candidates are,
      thereafter, put through medical tests. Final selection is based on all India merit on the basis of
      marks obtained in the SSB interviews and availability of vacancies.
      (e) Women Officers: Women are being inducted into the Navy, as Short Service Commission
      (SSC) officers in the Executive (Observer, ATC, Law and Logistic), Education Branch and the
      Naval Architecture cadre of the Engineering Branch.
      (f) Permanent Commission to SSC Officers: The Government has introduced grant of Permanent
      Commission prospectively to the Short Service Commission officers, for both men and women,
      of the Executive Branch (Law Cadre), Education Branch and Engineering Branch (Naval
      Architecture) w.e.f. 2008.
      (g) Recruitment through NCC: University graduates possessing Naval Wing NCC ‘C’ certificate
      with minimum ‘B’ grading and 50 per cent marks in the graduation degree examination are
      inducted in the Navy as regular commissioned officers. These graduates are exempted from
      appearing in the CDSE conducted by the UPSC and are selected through the SSB interview only.
      They join the Indian Naval Academy for Naval Orientation Course (NOC) along with the CDSE
      cadets.
      (h) Special Naval Architecture Entry Scheme: The Government has approved the induction of
      Naval Architect officers into the Engineering Branch of the Indian Navy, as Short Service