The Indian Navy is introducing a computer-based examination for the selection of Direct Entry Officers, inviting applications from candidates with a graduation degree. The first Indian Navy Entrance Test (Officers), ie. INET (Officers) 2019, is scheduled to be held in September this year at various centres across the country.

INET (Officers) will be used for screening of Permanent Commission and Short Service Commission Officer candidates for all graduate entries other than those screened by UPSC or University Entry Scheme, according to reports.

At present, officer candidates are shortlisted for interviews by the Services Selection Board (SSB) on the basis of marks scored in graduation (or post-graduation for certain entries). Henceforth, shortlisting for SSB will be done on the basis of marks scored in INET (Officers). Under the new process, only one advertisement will be published every six months and applicants will need to exercise their option for entries that they wish to be considered for, on the basis of their educational qualification. Details of entries, age and educational qualifications would be made available on

How to apply for INET (Officers) 2019

Register on the official website

Fill in the information sought — personal details, communication and educational particulars etc

Upload supporting documents as required

Candidates are advised to complete the registration process before the application submission window opens

Eligible candidates will get automated email alerts when the application submission window opens

INET (Officers) 2019 sections and selection procedure 

INET (Officers) 2019 will have four sections — English; Reasoning and Numerical Ability, General Science and Mathematical Aptitude, and General Knowledge. Candidates will need to clear each section to be considered for the SSB call. Candidates will be called for SSB interview on the basis of performance in the Indian Navy Entrance Test (Officers) and their entry preference.

To be considered for the final merit list, candidates will need to qualify in the SSB and subsequent medical examination. Merit List will be drawn up on the basis of marks scored in INET (Officers) and SSB marks. Selected candidates will undergo Basic Training at the Indian Naval Academy.

(The writer is a Delhi-based independent contributor)