The much-awaited notification by the Indian Navy has been released giving opportunities to Indian youths wanting to serve the country. The announcement invites applications of candidates who completed their 12th studies recently for joining Indian Navy as Sailors of Artificer Apprentice (AA). The recruit notification informs about the combined exam for Artificer Apprentice (AA) and Senior Secondary Results (SSR). Unmarried male candidates can apply for 500 and 2200 vacancies in AA and SSR respectively in the Feb 2020 batch. The Sailor for Artificer Apprentice is the main focus as it is a more famous technical entry in Indian Navy with better career prospects. The notification guides aspirants through all the process. Let us look at the detailed description of all the points in the notification and the complete selection process.

Number of Vacancies

The number of vacancies can fluctuate based on the number of candidates deserving the seat. The announced vacancy is 500 seats (approximate) for Artificer Apprentice candidates.

Educational qualifications

The minimum qualification requirement is passing 10+2 examination from a recognized board of school education by the Indian government. Candidates require to have at least 60% aggregate percentage in final results of class 12th with Physics, Maths and at least one of the subjects – Chemistry, Biology or Computer Sciences. Meeting these qualifications is essential to appear in the computer-based examination.

Age requirements

The Indian Navy invites unmarried male candidates to shape them into responsible and disciplined officers. The minimum age requirement for this computer-based exam is 15 to 19 years. To be more specific, notification describes that candidate have a birth date between 01 Feb 2000 to 31 Jan 2003 (Both dates inclusive).

Selection procedure of Sailors for Artificer Apprentice

The Indian Navy follows a defined and systematic approach for recruitment just like other Defence forces. It is important to note that no candidate can surpass the recruitment process by corruption or contacts. We state this because agents sometimes contact candidates with a claim to provide successful Navy recruitment on hefty payment. Indian Navy clearly defines that no such thing is possible. It is advised to contact authorities and file a complaint of fraud against the fraud agent. Indian Navy encourages you to follow all the rule and laws of the nation. Any fraudulent activity will be caught and punished. Unlawful success never lasts.

As we progress, let us look at the four sequential steps or determinants in Selection Procedure of Navy.

  • Computer Based Exam
  • Physical Fitness Test
  • Medical Examination
  • Merit List

Computer Based Exam:

The candidates wishing to join the Indian Navy as Sailors for Artificer Apprentice (AA) or Senior Secondary Result (SSR) have to appear for a computer-based exam and pass with good marks. After clearing the Computer Based Exam (CBE), the candidate can move to the next selection procedure.

The exam is the first filtering layer of AA, just like other defense exams. The first procedure is highly dependent on technology. Students give their examination on individual computers in different allocated centers. The result is also prepared with the aid of technology in a short time. You can prepare for the exam through the sample papers available on the official website of Indian Navy i.e.,

Question paper details of CBE:

  • The question paper is set based on class 10+2 syllabus with easy, moderate, and severe questions in varying proportions.
  • The questions are printed in two languages, and every problem is multiple-choice.
  • The exam contains four sections of English, Mathematics, General Knowledge, and Science. All parts include 25 questions of 1 marks each. Thus Maximum marks are 100.
  • There is also a penalty for each wrong answer in CBE. Negative marking is a 0.25 marks reduction on every wrong answer marked by the candidate. A penalty on wrong answers implies that you cannot make wild guesses on the exam.
  • The candidates need to pass in each section and aggregate too. The sectional and total cut-off is decided by the Navy every year based on the difficulty of the exam.
  • Candidates are given one hour to finish 100 questions. Time is a crucial factor, and candidates need to have high speed to pass the exam and advance to the next steps of selection.

Physical Fitness Test (PFT) details for Sailors for Artificer Apprentice

It is mandatory to qualify in the fitness test for advancing to the medical examination. Approximately 10000 candidates are shortlisted from the exam for PFT stage. The Physical Fitness Test requires candidates to finish a 1.6 kilometer run in 7 minutes or less. The running event is immediately followed with 20 squat ups/uthak baithak and ten push-ups.

Candidates should prepare for PFT with focus as many candidates are eliminated n this round. The Indian Navy is not responsible for any physical misshaping during the 1.6 km run and exercise. The candidates participating in PFT will do so at their own risk.

Medical Examination

After getting the green flag in PFT examination, candidates will go through detailed Medical tests. The following are the details of the analysis and medical requirements:

  • The physical test for candidates is organized at INS, Chilka. Military doctors and physicians examine candidates as per the standard medical procedure prescribed.
  • The candidate should be in good physical and mental state. Good psychological health is tested to ensure calmness of candidate at war and peace times.
  • Minimum required height for selection is 157 cm. Chest dimensions should be proportionate to the weight category. There should be a minimum chest expansion of 5 cms.
  • Ear wax is undesirable so candidates should remove it before exams. Another suggestion is to remove tartar from the teeth.
  • If the condition is curable, The unfit candidates get 21 days to appearing for the test again at INHS Kalyani, Vishakhapatnam.

Important dates for the Sailors of Artificer Apprentice Events

The notification has given dates of all the events from application to result. Candidates should keep track of these dates, and in case of any changes in dates, we will notify immediately. The following are the dates:

  • Commencing of applications –  28 June 2019
  • Last date for application –  10 July 2019
  • Exam date –  September 2019 (exact date to be confirmed)
  • Admit card download –  1 week before the exam date
  • Result declaration –  1 month after the exam

Application procedure for the CBE

Follow the following steps to apply for the CBT exam successfully:

  • Keep the mark sheets of class 10th and 12th ready before starting the application. Also, keep matric certificate in reach.
  • Head to and register yourself with email ID if registered already skip to next step. Students should enter the valid email ID and phone number, which should stay active until the whole selection procedure.
  • Log-in with your user credentials and head to the “Current Opportunities” section.
  • Click on the Apply option and fill the form. All the information should be correct, and scanned document files should be original with no fraudulent activity.
  • Photographs should be good quality, professional and with a blue background.
  • The applications are thoroughly checked and can be rejected if found ineligible. In case of any query or issue, students can contact officials through the official website.

Application fees of CBE

The candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs. 205/-. However, SC/ST applicants do not have to pay any application fees. General and OBC candidates can pay through net banking or using a debit card, credit cards, or UPI. The payment process is similar to the payment you make during online shopping. Any fees once paid will not be refunded to the candidate under any circumstance. Application, once submitted, cannot be withdrawn.

Training details of Sailors for Artificer Apprentice

September 2019 exam will select candidates for the batch commencing in February 2020. As the batch starts, selected candidates will have to finish nine weeks of basic training at INS Chilka. Basic training is followed by Professional training at different Naval establishment based on trade allotments. The allotments are made based on the service requirements of the Navy.

The pay scale of Sailors of Artificer Apprentice

Trainees get a stipend of Rs. 14600/- per month during the initial training at INS Chilka. After completion, the trainees are placed in Level 3 of the Defence Pay Matrix, which means a pay of Rs. 21,700 to Rs.69100.

They will also receive MSP of Rs. 5200/- per month plus DA (as applicable). Also, X Group pay is given only to Artificer Apprentice of Rs. 6200/- per month plus DA (as applicable).