Indian Navy Eligibility Criteria For SSR, AA, MR

India has one of the largest defense system in the world, according to a survey India has above 2.1 million reserve personnel and more than 1.4 million active personnel. But, as they say “one lion is better than thousand sheep”, this is why not everyone can enter in Indian navy, army or airforce without fulfilling the eligibility criteria. 

To maintain it’s strength and to ensure the protection of our country through seas, Indian navy keeps on releasing new job openings every year. And thousands of youngsters from different parts of the country apply for those post’s, but not everyone is eligible to apply for them.

Therefore, one should first make sure that he is fit to apply. In this article we will discuss about the Indian navy eligibility criteria that are necessary to be fulfilled in order to join Indian navy.

Indian Navy Eligibility Criteria

Before we go on with the eligibility criteria, let’s first understand the structure of ranks and posts of Indian navy.

The Indian navy ranks can be divided in three categories: commissioned, junior commissioned and non commissioned officers. In this article we will talk about the junior and non commissioned officers only.

This rank system for jco’s and nco’s is as follows.

Master Chief Petty Officer (1st Class) > Master Chief Petty Officer (2nd Class) > Chief Petty Officer

Petty Officer > Leading Seaman > Seaman 1 > Seaman 2

The three posts for which Indian navy provides most of the vacancies are: Artificer Apprentice (AA), Senior Secondary Recruits (SSR) and Matric Recruit (MR). Except educational qualifications and age limit, other eligibility criteria are same for each of these posts. Let’s understand them one by one.

Eligibility Criteria For AA Entry (Artificer Apprentice)

Here is the eligibility criteria for AA:

Age Limit
The applicant should be between 17 to 19 years on first day of the month in which the course will commences.

For example, if the course will commence from 1st of July, and your age will be 19 years and 1 day on 1st of July, then you will be disqualified.
Educational Qualification
The applicant must comply with the following:

1. Should be 12th pass from a recognized board.
2. Should have scored 60% or more marks on aggregate with:
Math + Physics + (Chemistry/Biology/Computer Science)
Physical Standards
Height: The minimum height allowed is 157 cms (5.16′ foot). scroll down to see age relaxation for different states.

note: for aviation minimum height is 162.5 cm.

Weight: The weight should be in proportion with height, or according to BMI.

Chest: minimum 80 cms and extra 5 cm after expansion.
Medical Standards
Candidate should be free from any disease and should be in a good mental as well as physical condition. Also, any bodily defect is not allowed.

Eyesight: the vision should be 6/6, for uncorrected eyesight the limitation is 6/9.
Tattoo Policy
Permanent tattoos are allowed only on inner face of forearm. The tattoos must comply with all the tattoo policies.

Tattoos on any other body part are not allowed.

Concession in height will be given to the candidates belonging to the following tribe or state:

Tribals from Ladakh155 cm
Gorkhas, Nepali, Assamese, Garhwali, Kumaoni and Uttarakhand152 cm
Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands155 cm
Bhutan, Sikkim & North East Region152 cm

Eligibility Criteria For SSR Entry (Senior Secondary Recruits)

The eligibility criteria for SSR are same as that of AA except educational qualifications and Age limit.

Educational qualification for SSR: In order to apply for SSR, a candidate must be 12th pass from a recognized board with Physics + Math + (Biology / Chemistry / Computer Science).

Note: unlike AA, one do not need to have minimum aggregate marks for SSR.

Age Limit for SSR : 17 to 20 years.

Rest of the eligibility criteria for AA ans SSR are same. Please refer to the above given table for more details.

Eligibility Criteria For MR Entry (Matric Recruit)

The eligibility criteria for MR entry are also same as AA, the only deference is in the educational qualification and age limit.

Educational qualification for MR: the applicant must be metric or 10th pass with minimum 55% marks on aggregate in Math and Science from a recognized university.

Note: If the applicant has not got 55% or more in class 10th but have got the same in higher qualifications, then he is also eligible.

E.g: If you got only 40% (maths + science) marks in class 10th, but got 55% or more in class 12th, then you are eligible to apply.

Age limit for MR: 17 to 20 years

To see other eligibility criteria, please scroll up to the table.

Now that you have got familiar with all the eligibility criteria, let’s have a look at selection procedure for Indian navy.

Indian Navy Selection Process for AA, SSR And MR

Though this article is about Indian navy eligibility criteria, but t would be incomplete without mentioning the selection process. So, here is a short step by step description of selection procedure of navy.

  1. The process begins with Indian navy publishing the job recruitment advertisement through various sources. One need to stay in touch with all the possible sources so that no opportunity is missed.
  2. As soon as the advertisement is out, one should register in official Indian navy website and fill the online application form.
  3. Eligible candidates who’s applications are accepted are then sent the call letter in which the date, venue and time of written exam is given.
  4. The result of written exam is usually declared on the same day. candidates who clear the written exam then have to go through the PFT (Physical Fitness Test).
  5. After clearing the PFT next comes the medical test. Only those candidates who manage to pass the medical standards can go further.
  6. Mostly written exam + PFT + Medical exam are conducted on the same day. When a candidate clear all three, then he has to wait for the final merit list.
  7. If a candidate is in the final merit list, then he is again called for medical test.
  8. Finally, if a candidate clear the last medical test, then he is called for training.

So this is the long journey of getting in Indian navy. Feel free to post comments for any query. We will try to reply as soon as possible.

Updated: June 26, 2019 — 11:23 am

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