Indian Navy Sailor (SSR/AA/MR/NMR):

Sailors in Indian Navy are the main workforce in Indian Navy. Sailors in Indian Naval Ships and on bases are trained to do work depending upon their trade, in which they got enlisted.

Various Branches in Indian Navy can broadly be classified into four categories.:-

  1. Artificer Apprentice:- This trade of Indian Navy mainly deals with technical aspects of Ships such as Electrical, Engineering, Communications etc. This Branch is also known as X Group,(All the sailors have been divided into two groups viz 'X' and 'Y'. Artificer Apprentices fall under the 'X' group and rest of the sailors in the ‘Y’ group). They get more pay and also have fast promotion as compared to the ‘Y’ group.
  2. Senior Secondary Recruits: - This Trade sailor can get a wide range of sub-branches such as Gunner, Survey Recorder, Diver, Instructor, Physical Trainer, Stores, Writer etc.
  3. Matric Recruit And Non-Matric Recruit:- Sailors of this trade majorly belong to the Logistics branch of Indian Navy.
    1. Matric Recruits: - Stewards and Cooks
    2. Non-Matric Recruit: - Topass
  4. Musicians:- Sailors of this trade are Musicians of coveted and world-renown Indian Navy Band. 

Recruitment of sailors in the Navy is application based and is carried out on the All India Merit on the basis of a Written Examination, Physical Fitness Test and Medical Examination.

Sailors are the sepoys of the Indian Navy who are responsible for operating and maintaining propulsion machinery, weapons, sensors etc. Sailors in the Navy are imparted with requisite training at various intervals during their service. They are liable to serve anywhere in India, onboard ships and Submarines or abroad as deemed necessary by the service.

Eligible unmarried male candidates can apply for Indian Navy AA and SSR on Indian Navy official website

Eligibility Criteria for Navy Sailor:

Education Qualification:

  • Artificer Apprentice (AA ) - Artificer entry is open only to Male candidates with an Educational Qualification of 55% or more marks in aggregate in 10+2/ equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry/ Biology/ Computer Science and Mathematics.
  • Senior Secondary Recruit (SSR) -  SSR entry is open only to male candidates who have passed 10+2/ equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry/ Biology/ Computer Science and Mathematics.
  • Matric Recruit (MR) & Non-Matric Recruit (NMR): Cooks & Stewards (MR): Qualified class 10

  • Topass (NMR): Qualified class 6

  • Musicians (MR): Qualified class 10. 

Musical ability:

  • Should be trained in western notation, aural aptitude, Theory of Music 

  • Actual practical skill with any Musical Instrument

Age Limit:

  • Artificer Apprentice (AA): 17 - 20 Years

  • Senior Secondary Recruits (SSR): 17 - 21 Years

  • Matric Recruit (MR) & Non-Matric Recruit (NMR): 17 - 21 Years

  • Musicians (MR): 17 - 21 Years

Marital status: Unmarried male

Selection Process for Navy Sailor:

  • Computer Based Test
  • Physical Fitness Test (PFT)
  • Medical Examinations

Physical Fitness Test for Navy Sailor:

Qualifying Physical Fitness Test which consists of:

  • 1.6 km run in 7 minutes
  • 20 squats (uthak baithak)
  • 10 push-ups

Medical Standard for Navy Sailor:

  • Minimum height of 157 cm

Relaxation in Height:

Less Height. Minimum height permitted to a candidate for enrolment in the Navy is 157 cms. Tribal Candidates who pass written exam and PFT are to be granted relaxation in height as follows:

Candidates from

Minimum height standard after relaxation for induction/ recruitment into Indian Navy as a Sailor (in cms)

Tribals from Ladakh region


Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep, and Minicoy Islands


Gorkhas, Nepal, Assam, Garhwal, Kumaon, and Uttarakhand


Bhutan, Sikkim and NE Region


Another medical standard for Navy Sailor:

  • Proportionate weight
  • Minimum chest expansion of 5 cm
  • Good mental & physical health
  • Disease-free
  • No cardiovascular disease
  • No surgical deformities like Knock-Knees, Flat-foot etc.,
  • No history of fits or psychiatric ailments Varicose-vein etc
  • No ear infection. Advised to get ears cleaned for wax and tartar removed from teeth before appearing for the written test, PFT & medical examination.

Must pass the CPII colour perception standard and Eyes Visual standards and meet the following standards:

Type of Entry

Without glasses

With glasses


Better Eye

Worse Eye

Better Eye

Worse Eye
















MR Musicians





TATTOO: Permanent body tattoos are only permitted on the inner face of forearms i.e. from inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reversed side of palm/ back (dorsal) side of the hand. Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body is not acceptable and candidates will be barred from recruitment.

Indian Navy Sailor Exam Pattern:

Sr. No

Exam Name


No of Questions

Total Marks



Indian Navy SSR/AA

English, Mathematics, Science, General Knowledge


100 marks

60 minutes


Indian Navy MR

English, Mathematics, Science, General Knowledge


50 marks

30 Minutes


Indian Navy NMR

Mathematics, General Knowledge



40 minutes

  • The Paper (SSR, AA) will consist of 100 questions.
  • Question Paper Will be Divided into 04 Parts and Each part will be of 25 Questions (Total 100 Questions).
  • The candidates are required to pass in all sections and in aggregate.
  • Each Question carries 01 marks for the correct answer
  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for wrong marks.
  • No marks shall be deducted for unattempted responses.

Syllabus for Navy Sailor:


  • Physical World and Measurement, Kinematics, Laws of Motion, Work, Energy and Power, Motion o System of Particles and Rigid Body/ Gravitation
  • Mechanics of Solids and Fluids, Heat Thermodynamics, Oscillations, Waves, Electrostatics, Current Electricity
  • Magnetic Effect of Current and magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current, Electromagnetic Waves
  • Optics, Dual Nature of Matter and Radiations, Atomic Nucleus/ Solid and Semiconductor Devices, Principles of Communication
  • Metals and Non-Metals, Organic Chemistry, Food, Nutrition and Health, Physiology and Human Diseases, Computer Science


  • Relations and Functions, Logarithms, Complex Numbers, Quadratics Equations, Sequences and Series, Trigonometry
  • Cartesian System of Rectangular Coordinates, Straight Lines Family of Straight Lines, Circles
  • Conic Section, Permutations and Combinations, Vectors, Exponential and Logarithmic Series, Sets and Set Theory, Statistics
  • Introduction to ThreeDimensional Geometry, Probability Function, Limits and Continuity, Differentiation, Applications of Derivatives
  • Indefinite Integrals Binomial Theorem, Matrices, Determinants, Definite Integrals


  • Passage, Preposition, Correction of sentences, Change active to passive/ passive to active voice
  • Change direct to indirect/indirect to direct, Verbs/Tense/Non Finite, Punctuation
  • Substituting phrasal verbs for expression, Synonyms and Antonyms, Meanings of difficult words
  • Use of adjective, Compound preposition, Determiners (use of an any etc), Use of pronouns 


  • Culture and Religion, Geography: Soil, Rivers, Mountains, Ports, Inland Harbours, Freedom Movement
  • Sports: Championships/ Winners/ Terms/ No of Players, Defence, Wars and Neighbours, Current Affairs 
  • Important National Facts about IndiaHeritage, Arts, Dance, History, National-Languages, Bird, Animal, Song, Flag, Monuments, Capitals & Currencies
  • Common Names, Full forms and Abbreviations, Discoveries, Diseases and Nutrition, Award and Authors, Eminent Personalities
  • Spatial, Numerical, Reasoning & Associative Ability, Sequences, Spellings Unscrambling, Coding and Decoding

Indian Navy Sailor Salary:


All recruits shall receive a stipend during their training period at the rate of Rs. 5700 per month. On successful completion of training Grade Pay, Military Service Pay, Group 'X' pay (if applicable), Dearness Allowance and allowances of the trade to which they stand allotted less the stipend already paid. The rate of the stipend will be increased by 50% every time the DA payable on revised pay band goes up by 50%.

  • During the initial training period,  a  stipend of  Rs.  The 14,600/-per  month will be paid.
  • On successful completion of initial training, candidates will be placed in Level 3 of the Defence Pay Matrix  (Rs. 21,700-69,100).  They will also be paid  MSP  Rs. 5200/-per  month plus  DA  (as applicable)  plus  "X"  Group pay  {only  for  Artificer  Apprentice  (AA)}  Rs.  6200/-per month  plus  DA

All the sailors have been divided into two groups viz 'X' and 'Y'. Artificer Apprentices fall under 'X' group and rest of the sailors in group 'Y'. Pay scales in respect of sailors as per NI 1/S/08 are as follows:-

'X' group AA -

'Y' Group (SSR/MR/NMR) -

Indian Navy Sailor Allowances:


Granted To

Rate Per Month

(On the basis of Rank)


Deputed as Instructor at Training Establishments/ institutes listed in Govt. letter



Qualified Submariner



Qualified Aircrew


Marine Commando

Qualified as MARCO



Ships Diver, Clearance Diver I, II & III


Sea Duty

Sailors serving onboard ships

(While sailing only)


Hard Area

Sailors posted in Nicobar and Lakshadweep Group of Islands

25% of Pay in

Pay Band+ GP+ MSP


Married sailors not allotted Govt. Married Accommodation

2400-8100 (On the basis

of Classification of Cities &



All Sailors

(400-1600) + DA

Indian Navy Sailor Promotion:

Promotion prospects exist up to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer-I, i.e. Level 8 of the Defence Pay Matrix (Rs 47,600- Rs 1,51,100) plus MSP @ Rs 5200/-per month plus DA (as applicable). Opportunities for promotion to commissioned officer also exist for those who perform well and qualify the prescribed examinations.