1. 42,000 per month as starting salary, free school, free accommodation, everything else subsidized. On top of all these, an adventurous job!
  2. Staying fit, ability to survive in harsh conditions, the risk to life and staying away from family for long durations are some of the major challenges in this profession.
  3. Please remember that candidates who study in foreign universities aren’t eligible to apply for the Indian Navy.
  4. As there are hundreds of professions to choose from, today the selection of profession is the very first step towards career planning.
  5. A Navy man must mentally prepare himself to be available for service at any time.

Personal Details

Name – Confidential

Profession – Electrical Engineer, Indian Navy Submarine

Age – 38 years

Gender – Male

City – New Delhi

Industry – Indian Navy

Where have you been born and raised?

I was born and brought up at Cement Nagar, Chandrapur district, Maharashtra. I belong to a middle (service) class family.

Who all had the most influence on you and how?

My father and mother are my mentors. They have groomed me to be a good human being and supported me in all my endeavors.

Please give us a summary of your career.

I completed my graduation in Engineering in the field of Electronics and Communication from Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College, Aurangabad in 2003.

I got commissioned in the Indian Navy in 2004 in the Electrical Branch as General Service Cadre Officer. Post completion of my Specialisation Training, I volunteered for the elite Submarine Arm of the Indian Navy.

Which institutes are best for the education/training to get into Indian Navy?

India offers some good universities which provide good training, education, and skill required for this field.

To work as an Electrical Engineer on a submarine, you are required to undertake a course called “MARINE ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING”. Tolani Maritime University offers this particular course.

Some other universities which top the list are Vels Academy of Maritime Studies (Chennai), IMU Vizag, Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy (Mumbai).

Very good Universities in the world are Massachusetts Maritime Academy, California Maritime Academy, and United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Please remember that candidates who study in foreign universities aren’t eligible to apply for the Indian Navy.

The way to enter this profession is by clearing the CDS exam conducted by UPSC.

What are the costs associated with the education/training of this profession?

The fee structure of the government institutions and the private institutes vary considerably. The government institutions charge nearly 2.5 lakh rupees per annum. The cost associated with the private institutions is around 4.5 lakhs INR per annum.

What are the typical entry-level jobs in Indian Navy?

After completing Marine Electrical Engineering, the person must start his career as an officer in the rank of Sub Lieutenant. They then undergo Naval Orientation Course at the Indian Naval Academy followed by some other professional training to improve their cadre.

For entry into Indian Navy as an Electrical Engineer, the candidates must possess at least 60% marks in BE/B Tech from a recognized university in one of the following streams — Electrical, Electronics, TeleCommunication or any other allied discipline.

What is the range of remuneration one can expect when starting out in Indian Navy?

Apart from fixed salaries, Defence people enjoy some rare benefits like tax-free goods, reservation in professional and government colleges and incentives for gallantry awards.

The salary range for an average Navy person:

5 years of experience — 50,000 to 70,000 INR per month

10 years of experience — 90,000 to 1,20,000 INR per month

15 years of experience — 1,50,000 to 2,00,000 INR per month

20+ years of experience — 2,20,000 to 2,50,000 INR per month

Please describe your work.

As it is said “The Navy is not a job, it’s not a career. It’s a way of life”

A far cry from duty ashore, challenges and responsibilities are the hallmark of life at sea. At sea, the Captain leads his team of officers and sailors. Ships have specialist sensor operators, guided missiles, homing torpedoes, complex machinery and state-of-the-art communication networks etc. Work on board ships is divided amongst teams that do different kinds of jobs. They could be involved in the operation of various equipment, such as radars, sonars or communications, or firing of weapons such as missiles, guns, or rockets. Modern ships, submarines, and aircraft of the Indian Navy are highly sophisticated and technologically advanced platforms. Personnel goes through training in the art of seamanship, operating weapons and sensors, look-out duties, boat-work, and man-management. It is, therefore, the duty of the Officers to plan, manage and ensure day to day activities as well as forecast necessary requirements.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to consider a career in Indian Navy?

  1. Private companies do not offer job security. But the India Navy gives rock solid job security irrespective of economic swings.
  2. You get facilities like free schools, accommodation, and quota in reputed universities and also in defense examinations.
  3. Considering all the benefits, the pay is decent. A fresh graduate gets a pay of 42000 INR per month, which is quite good.
  4. The most important positive is “Respect”. Respect can only be earned and by dedicating yourself to the armed forces the task becomes easier.

What are some of the challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career in Indian Navy?

  1. The aspirants who want to join the Indian Navy must be mentally determined to serve the country at all times irrespective of his personal problems, family issues etc.
  2. Staying fit is very important for an aspirant who joins the armed forces. An unfit person cannot stay offshore for a long period of time.
  3. Adaptability: Navy ships and submarines always patrol the Indian Ocean. So the food supplies will be limited and one should adjust by adapting to those conditions.
  4. There’s no life guarantee, serving the country is not a child’s play. Anything can happen at any time. So the Navy is only for the ones who are brave enough to give up their life for the country. Hence the person willing to join the Navy must be lion-hearted.

What are the relevant trends/skills/technologies that are currently commanding a premium in your job profile?

You must be aware of the latest technologies, types of equipment that the Indian Navy is deploying. So, whenever you get a chance to get trained on new things, you must focus all your energies on learning.

What kind of person would be happy in Indian Navy?

As compared to other professions in the civilian world, the Indian Navy has a great deal to offer to young men and women. A far cry from duty ashore. For one thing, while at sea, you will be putting all your skills and determination to the actual test. You will be given responsibility and will be doing an important job for which you have been uniquely trained. For a person who is willing to take up a challenging task, positive in attitude and never say die attitude, Navy is probably one of the best professions.

Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned? Would you pursue another profession or a passion perhaps?

I had always dreamt of joining the armed forces since my childhood. So the thought of selecting other profession has never crossed my mind. However, if I were told to select any other profession, I would have opted for teaching.

What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path similar to yours?

Selection of your choice of profession is the very first step towards career planning. Once you have decided your choice, you need to break it down into small achievable short-term goals and then put focused effort for achieving them.

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