Detailed Information About Indian Navy | COMMAND | RANKS

Detailed Information About Indian Navy | COMMAND | RANKS
10-December 2019...........


It sees the storm, it fights the storm, it is the storm because it is Indian Navy!

Indian Navy is one of the three wings of Indian Armed Forces providing its services successfully for the welfare of India. Originating in 1963 during British rule, His Majesty’s Indian Navy got renamed to Indian Navy in 1934.

The primary motive of Indian Navy is to safeguard the nation's maritime borders; deter or defeat any threats or aggression against the territory, people or maritime interests of India, both in war and peace; and promote bilateral relations between nations through joint exercises, goodwill visits and humanitarian missions, including disaster relief. The President of India is the Supreme Commander while Chief of Naval Staff commands the Navy. The current CN is Admiral Karambir Singh.

Like other branches of Indian Armed Forces, Indian Navy also has an enhanced set- up. To go into depth and understand the working system of Indian Navy read the following points:



A Command is a unit or to say branch of Indian Navy established in various corners of India. They differ in their function and concern of responsibility. The three Commands of Indian Navy include:

Western Naval Command, Mumbai

Eastern Naval Command, Vishakhapatnam

Southern Naval Command, Kochi.

The Eastern and Western Commands each have a Fleet commanded by a Rear Admiral, along with having a Commodore commanding submarines.

The Southern Naval Command, on the other hand, is home to the Flag Officer Sea Training.

Add to the above, there is another command known as the Andaman and Nicobar Command. It is a unified Indian Navy, Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and Indian Coast Guard theater Command situated in Port Blair.



Organization is a short term for a position of honour of senior employees. They are not ranks but few top positions of employment in Indian Navy:

  • Chief of naval staff
  • Vice chief of naval staff
  • Deputy Chief of naval staff
  • Chief of personnel
  • Chief of materiel
  • Director General of medical services
  • Director General of naval operation
  • Controller of warship production and acquisition
  • Director General, project Seabird.
  • Inspector general nuclear safety
  • Controller of personnel services
  • Director General of naval designs



Well, as the name suggests ranks refer to order of employment positions. The various ranks in Indian Navy are listed below:



The highest rank is that of Admiral as held by Chief of Naval Staff. It is followed by:

  • Vice Admiral
  • Rear Admiral
  • Commodore
  • Captain
  • Commander
  • Lieutenant Commander
  • Lieutenant
  • Sub- lieutenant



Not just Officers but Sailors who are usually listed as Seamen 2nd class have different ranks. These include:

  • Master chief petty Officer 1st class
  • Master chief petty officer 2nd class
  • Chief petty officer
  • Petty officer
  • Leading seaman
  • Ordinary seaman



Joining Indian Navy is the high aim of many people in India and why shouldn’t it be, it has dignity, Honour, rich lifestyle, handsome pay and opportunities to travel- explore- and serve the nation.

The numerous ways to be a part of Indian Navy includes:

  • -Officers
  • -Sailors
  • -Naval civilians


They have various sub- positions as well.


To join as an Officer you need to go through one of the following process:

  • UPSC entry: It includes three options, that is:
  • NDA for which an entrance exam is conducted twice a year
  • CDS which also has an entrance exam, scheduled twice a year
  • NCC which does not have any written exam


Non- UPSC entries: These include Permanent Commission (PC) and Sort Service Commission (SSC) entries such as Executive PC and SSC; Marine Engineering PC and SSC; Electrical Engineering SSC and Education (PC and SSC). You can join this, either under 10+2 Tech Cadet Entry or University Entry Scheme (UES) or Special Naval Architects Entry Scheme (SNAES).


To join Indian Navy as a Sailor you need to go through the following:

  • To join Indian Navy as a Sailor there are notification in Employment Newspaper in Dec/ Jan and June/ July.
  • Positions under Sailor entry includes: Senior Secondary Recruit (SSR), Matric Recruit (MR) such as Chef/Steward/Sanitary Hygienist, Musician (MUS), Sports, and Artificer Apprentice (AA).


Just like the opportunities the benefits of joining Indian Navy are also many. It is a gateway to a fruitful future sandwiched with a stock of opportunities and places to explore. Join hands with Indian Navy to get an enthralling lifetime of experience.

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