With an eye fixed on recruiting officers who have the technical capabilities of handling and managing its high-tech overhaul, the Indian Navy will shortlist candidates based on their performances in the Joint Entrance Exam (Main) which includes Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Aspiring candidates for the 10+2 B Tech cadet entry scheme will now have to secure good marks in the JEE (Main) in 2017 to be eligible for admission to the Jan 2018 course at the Indian Naval Academy.
As per the Economic Times Report, The initiative has been taken to curb the uneven quality of candidates getting through for SSB (Services Selection Board) training or interview.
A senior Navy officer told the national daily, "Different state examination boards have gone berserk in awarding high marks in Class XII. We were finding the quality of candidates coming for the SSB interview or training very uneven”. He further quoted sharing with the national daily that the JEE Main ranks, which the CBSE has agreed to share with us, will be a stong benchmark. With the government approving the move, youngsters will have to appear for the JEE Main in 2017 to be eligible for the January 2018 course at INA.
As per the new selection criteria, around One hundred twenty candidates are going to be shortlisted to appear in Services Selection Board (SSB) for interviews on the basis of their JEE Main scores.
Currently, along with the 10+2 B. Tech cadet entry scheme, the Indian Navy officer level recruitment happens through National Defence Academy (NDA),Kadakwasla (Pune) where the navy recruits 78 cadets for three-year course at the tri-service NDA. Further, these cadets have to undergo another year of rigorous training at the INA and then they are commissioned as officers with B.Tech degrees.
Another mode of entry to the Indian Navy is UPSC, whereby the Indian Navy shortlists 110 candidates to directly join the INA for 4-year-B.Tech programmes. Shortlisting of candidates through this mode takes place in two batches every year.
The first batch of B.Tech officers who passed out of the Indian Naval Academy was 2013. Since then, Indian Navy has been tweaking three officer entry schemes.
The Indian Navy has slightly twisted its recruitment procedure to enhance technical nature of roles of its officers .The Indian Navy has also induct state-of-art warships, that too has raised the technological job profile of officers on board.
Earlier, Navy had implemented its plan which ensure that almost all the new officers have B.Tech Degrees. It would combine not only with traditional military but also with leadership skills which they are expected to have gained after graduating from Indian Naval Academy in Kerala. At present, Navy also uses other modes of officer recruitment.