INET 2021: Exam Date, Application Form, Notification, Syllabus, Exam Centres, Admit Card, Result, Counselling

Exam Date

Feb 1, 2021

Result Date

Mar 1, 2021

Apr 7, 2021


The Indian Navy is one of the most prestigious naval forces in the world. Indian Navy is responsible for safeguarding our country above, on and below the surface of the ocean. The INET exam is a golden opportunity for the wards of defence personnel and other general candidates who are looking for an opportunity to serve the country. Interested candidates must check the eligibility criteria, application form, exam dates and other important information given below. 


What is INET 2021?

About INET Exam: The full form of INET is Indian Navy Entrance Test. INET is a National Level Entrance Examination conducted for the selection of staff for the Indian Navy. It is conducted by the Indian Naval Academy. INET exam is similar to AFCAT which is held to recruit officers for Indian Air Force. But the only difference is that the INET exam is held for the selection of the personnel for the Indian Navy.

Indian Navy has invited applications for Short Service Commission (SSC) Officer Posts in Executive, Educational and Technical branches through Indian Navy Entrance Test (INET). There are a number of vacancies available for different posts in INET. This exam is open for unmarried male and female candidates. The examination is conducted in Online mode (Computer-based) and will have multiple choice based objective type questions. Negative marking is included in the scheme of valuation. 

INET Exam Highlights

INET exam 2021 at a glance
Exam Name Indian Navy Entrance Test
Acronym INET
Conducting Authority Indian Naval Academy
Level National
Exam Frequency Twice a year
Mode of INET 2021 Exam Written
Exam Duration 2 hours
Official Website

INET 2021 Exam Date

The INET is held in two sessions every year, once in January and once in June. INET 2021 exam date has not been declared yet due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, the tentative INET exam dates for 2021 are mentioned below in the table.

INET 2021 January Session

The INET 2021 application form for the January session is expected to begin on Nov 1, 2021. Below are the tentative dates for the INET Exam.

INET 2021 January Session
Events Dates(Tentative)
Start of INET 2021 Application process Nov 1, 2021
Last date to Apply for INET 2021  Dec 1, 2021
Admit card Release Date Jan 28, 2021 
INET 2021 Exam Date Feb 1, 2021
INET 2021 Result Date Mar 1, 2021

INET 2021 June Session

The INET 2021 June session notification has been delayed. The Indian Naval Academy has not released any official notification regarding the delay in the notification on the official website. The admit card and exam date will be announced when the official notification is released.

INET 2021 June Session
Events Dates
Start of INET June 2021 Application process July 2021 To be notified soon
Last date to Apply for INET June 2021 July 2021 To be notified soon
Admit Card Release Date To be notified soon
INET June 2021 Exam Date To be notified soon
INET June 2021 Result Date To be notified soon

INET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates aspiring to write the INET 2021 exam and join the Indian Navy must check the eligibility criteria before registering for the exam. There are several posts for which INET 2021 is conducted. For some posts, only male candidates are eligible to apply. Candidates should have at least a Bachelor's Degree in the course specified by the conducting body. Candidates should make sure that they satisfy INET exam eligibility before applying for the exam.

For the posts such as SSC ATC/SSC Observer/SSC Pilot [MR]/SSC Pilot [other than MR], candidates can refer to the detailed INET exam eligibility.

  • A candidate should have secured a minimum of 60% marks in B.Tech/B.E. from a university/institute which is recognized by AICTE.
  • The age limit of a candidate applying should be 18 to 23 years.

INET 2021 Syllabus

INET Exam Syllabus will help you to figure out what is going to be asked in the exam. However, the pattern of questions can change on a yearly basis, but the core syllabus remains the same. If in any case, if the INET exam syllabus changes, the same will be notified here. INET 2021 question paper will be based on the topics covered from the following subjects:

  • English
  • Logical Reasoning & Numerical Ability
  • General Science & Mathematical Aptitude
  • General Knowledge

The detailed syllabus for the INET 2021 exam are given below:

Comprehension, Usage of words, Sentence Completion/Corrections, Punctuations, Grammar, Vocabulary, Antonyms and Synonyms, Parts of Speech, Direct and Indirect Speech, Idioms and Phrases, Active and Passive Voice. etc

Logical Reasoning & Numerical Ability

Spatial, Numerical, Reasoning, and Associative Ability, Sequences, Spellings, Unscrambling, Coding and Decoding, Missing Numbers / Series Completion, Decimal Fraction, Ratios and Proportion, Average and Volume, Time and Work, Speed and Distance, Market Price, Cash Price, Expenditure Problems, Profit and Loss, Percentage, Factoring (LCM and HCF), Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Mensuration Formulas (Calculation of length, breadth or height of the square, rectangle, cube, etc.

General Science & Mathematical Aptitude

Nature of Matter, Universe, Electricity and its Applications, Force and Gravitation, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Work, Energy, and Power, Heat, Temperature, Light, Current, Magnetism, Metals and Non-Metals, Measurements, Sound and Wave Motion, Atomic Structure, Chemistry – Carbon and its Compounds, Periodic Table, Acids, Bases & Salts, Food, Nutrition and Health Physiology, and Human Diseases and Basic Computer Science Arithmetic Ability, Number Systems, Algebra, Basic Trigonometry, Geometry, Statistics, Probability, and Set Theory.

General Knowledge

History of India, Geography, Climate / Environment, Civics – Constitution of India, Art, Culture, Dance, Heritage, Religion, Freedom Movement, Important National Facts, Economics, Politics, Sports and Championships, Entertainment, Books and Authors, Awards, Defence and Wars, Geographical Neighbours, Countries –Languages, Capitals, Currencies, Common Name, Full Forms, Abbreviations, Eminent Personalities, National – Bird/ Animal/ Monuments/ Flower/ Anthem/ Sport/Flag/ Emblem, etc, Discoveries and Current Affairs.

INET 2021 Exam Pattern

Just like the syllabus of the exam, it is also important to know about the overall structure and exam pattern of the INET 2021 exam. Candidates can check the exam pattern given below.

  • INET 2021 exam pattern comprises 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) type questions from English, Reasoning & Numerical Ability, General Science and Mathematics Aptitude & General Knowledge. Each section comprises 25 questions.
  • The maximum marks for each section comprise 100 marks and the total duration of the exam is 2 hours
  • For every correct response, four marks will be awarded. There will be a deduction of one mark for every wrong response. Candidates need to be cautious while answering questions as it has the potential to get a negative marking.
INET 2021 Exam Pattern
Section Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
English 25 100 2 hours
Logical Reasoning & Numerical Ability 25 100
General Science 25 100
Mathematics Aptitude & General Knowledge 25 100
Total 100 400

INET 2021 Admit Card

The admit card for INET exam 2021 will be released tentatively a few days before the commencement of the examination. The admit card will be released on the official website. Hall Tickets will contain the date, time and place of the allotted exam centres. It should be noted down by the appearing candidates that without an admit card, they would not be allowed to sit for INET exam 2021. Know more about INET 2021 Admit Card.

The admit card for the INET January session was released on Jan 28, 2021. The admit card release for the June session has been postponed due to the delay in the application form registration.

How to download INET Admit Card?

You can follow the following step-by-step procedure to download the INET admit card:

  • Step 1: Candidates need to visit the official website of Indian Navy i.e.
  • Step 2: Upon landing on the home page, click on the Careers tab. Candidates need to search and click on the admit card link of INET 2021 exam. It will take you to the login page.
  • Step 3: After reaching the login page, candidates need to enter their login credentials. The INET 2021 admit card will be displayed on the screen.
  • Step 4: Candidates must download and take a printout of the admit card, and preserve it till the recruitment process is over.

Details in the INET 2021 Admit Card

After downloading the INET 2021 admit card, candidates must check all the details carefully which is mentioned below. In case of any discrepancy in the admit card, they can raise the concern to the conducting authority. 

  • Candidate's name
  • Registration number
  • Application number
  • Father’s name
  • Category
  • Gender
  • Exam date and time
  • Exam Centre and Address
  • Photograph and signature
  • Exam day guidelines

INET 2021 Application Form

Candidates aspiring to join the Indian Navy must fill the INET 2021 application form before the last day. Interested candidates can apply for INET exam 2021 via online mode only from the official website. For the January session, candidates could apply from Nov 1, 2021 to Dec 1, 2021. The application form for the June session has been delayed due to the pandemic.

How to apply for the INET 2021 exam?

A step-by-step procedure to register for the INET 2021 exam is given below:

  • Step 1: Candidates need to visit the official website of the Indian Navy i.e.
  • Step 2: Upon landing on the home page, you have to find the "Apply Online" tab and click on it.
  • Step 3: After clicking that option, you will be taken to a new page where you have to create an account if you haven't created it before. Candidates will have two options to register: With Aadhar or without Aadhar. Otherwise, if you have created an account before, then you need to log in to your existing account.
  • Step 4: Upon creation of your new account, you will be sent your password on your email ID.
  • Step 5: Upon successfully logging in, you will need to fill the form with your personal and academic details as per your Matriculation certificate such as Full name, date of birth, mobile number, parent's name, permanent address, religion, category, etc.
  • Step 6: All the documents like mark sheets of 10th, 12th, Semester V to VII of B.Tech/B.E must be uploaded. You should also upload a recent passport-sized photograph and signature.
  • Step 7: To complete your application form for INET 2021 exam, you need to pay the application fee. It has to be paid with Credit/Debit Card/Net Banking. Once the payment is made successfully, candidates can take the printout of the application form for future reference.

INET 2021 Application Fee

Students will be asked to pay the fee to finish their registration process before the last date. There are charges for the candidates belonging to General and OBC candidates. But there is no charge levied on the registration of SC/ST and women candidates. INET 2021 application fee is provided in the table below:

INET Application Fee
Category Fee
General/OBC INR 215
SC/ST/Women Exempted

Note: It is to inform you that without the payment of the application fee, your application would be considered incomplete. Once you have paid the fees, you should download your application form and get it printed out for your SSB interview.

INET 2021 Exam Centres

INET 2021 will be conducted in the following exam centres. Candidates are required to select the exam city at the time of filling the INET 2021 application form.

Military SSB's are situated at these places where the candidates will be tested. Candidates who will be shortlisted for SSB will be reimbursed with the travel expense which will be equivalent to the fare of 3rd Tier AC. Candidates must ensure that they bring the INET 2021 admit card along with a Government ID proof to the exam centre, failing to which, candidates will not be allowed to enter the exam hall.

INET Exam Centres
SSB Centres for INET Exam
Bangalore Bhopal
Coimbatore Vishakhapatnam
Kolkata -

INET 2021 Result and Merit List

Final results for INET and SSB Interview will be announced together taking a cumulative weightage for both. The INET Results for the January session is expected to be declared on Mar 1, 2021. The INET 2021 result for the June session will be declared soon after the examination. The candidates who will pass the medical will be invited for training as per all India merit and as per the availability of vacancies for the opted course.

How to check INET 2021 Results?

Candidates should follow the below step-by-step to check the INET 2021 results easily.

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of the Indian Navy.
  • Step 2: Upon landing on the home page, click on the login option.
  • Step 3: Login using the credentials, submit the captcha and click on "log in" option.
  • Step 4: You will need to click on the results option and you will see the merit list.
  • Step 5: Download the merit list and keep it safe for future purposes.

INET 2021 Cutoff

A minimum number of marks has to be achieved by the candidates to be eligible for the SSB round. Qualified candidates will be called for SSB through email and their registered mobile number. Cutoff for INET is qualifying in nature for all the sections. However, the total marks obtained should also be more than the cutoff marks specified.

INET 2021 Selection Procedure

The selection procedure for the Indian Navy is as follows:

1. INET Examination

Candidates who have applied filled the applications successfully will need to give INET exam. The mode of communications used between the exam authority and the candidates will be online which means, candidates will receive the notifications about the exam via email or phone number.

2. Shortlisting for SSB

Candidates will be shortlisted April 20, 2020, onwards at Bangalore (for Pilot & Observer candidates only) and at Bangalore/Bhopal/Coimbatore/Vishakhapatnam/Kolkata for other branches/entries.

At the time of SSB rounds, the candidates will have to face two stages: Stage-I and Stage-II. Candidates who will fail in Stage-I will be sent back on the same day. The candidates who qualify Stage-I will stay and face further rounds.

3. Medical

Candidates who are recommended for the selection by the board will have to undergo medical examination before their joining. Candidates opting for the post of a Pilot will have to undergo Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) followed by the Aviation Medical Examination.

4. Merit List and Appointment Letter

Final merit list will be issued by the Indian navy based on the combined marks of INET and SSB. Candidates who will be declared medically fit will be appointed for the training as per all India merit based on the availability of vacancies in cadre/branch.

Post SSB Training

Selected candidates will be enrolled as officers in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant. Merchant Navy candidates who have Government of India, Ministry of Shipping & Transport Certificate of Competency (Foreign going) either as a Second Mate, Mate or Master will be inducted as Acting Lieutenant.

Except for the officers of IT cadre, all other officers will be undergoing 22 weeks Naval Orientation Course at Naval Academy, Ezhimala. Officers of SSC (IT) will have 4 weeks of Naval Orientation Course at the same venue.

Regulations for INET Exam

Following regulations, relaxations and guidelines will provide you with clarity about what is expected out of you before appearing for INET Exam.

Medical Standards

All candidates who are recommended by the SSB will have to undergo medical as per the regulations of the Navy. No relaxations will be provided on medical grounds to any candidate.

Relaxation in Height and Weight

Candidates holding the domicile of certain specific states will be given a relaxation in height by the Indian Navy. You can read more about that on the official website.

Group Insurance and Gratuity

Selected candidates will get a basic insurance cover up to INR 1 crore (when contributing) and gratuity will be granted as per the rules in the navy to the deployed officer.

Leave Entitlements

When the candidates are on training, they will be granted leaves as per the Training policies. After their training when commissioned, the officers will have the entitlement to Annual and Casual leaves as per the extant regulations.

Tenure of Commission

  1. For Short Service Commission: Candidates will have a tenure of 10 years which can be extended up to 4 years in 2 terms (2 years+2 years).
  2. For Permanent Commission: Candidates will be serving for a tenure of 20 years on pension and afterwards will be able to work until the age of superannuation.

INET 2021 Vacancies

The INET vacancies for 2021 will be announced along side the offcial notification, however, candidates can check the 2020 vacancies below for reference.

Indian Navy released a total of 121 vacancies in 2020 which are available for a number of posts like SSC Naval Armament Inspection Centre (NAIC), SSC Observer, SSC ATC, SSC Pilot (MC and other than MC), SSC Logistics and more.

For Executive Branch

Vacancies for following posts are available under the Executive branch for the Indian Navy. Some vacancies are available for both Men & Women. While posts some posts are only for Men.

Vacancies for Executive Branch of Indian Navy
Name of Post Number of Posts Gender
SSC Naval Armament Inspection Cadre (NAIC) 06 Men & Women
SSC ATC 04 Men & Women
SSC Observer 06 Men & Women
SSC Pilot (MR) 03 Men & Women
SSC Pilot (Other than MR) 06 Men
SSC Logistics 11 Men & Women
SSC X (IT) 10 Men
SSC General Service (GS/X)/Hydro Cadre 30 [27 (GS/X) + 3 (Hydro)] Men

For Technical Posts

Posts for the Technical Branch in the Indian Navy are given as follows. These posts are available only for male candidates.

Vacancies for Indian Navy Technical Branch
Name of the Posts Number of Posts Gender
SSC Engineering Branch (General Service) 26 Men
SSC Electrical Branch (General Service) 27 Men

For Educational Branch

Vacancies for Educational Branch for the Indian Navy are as follows. These posts are only available for men.

Vacancies for Indian Navy Educational Branch
Name of the Post Number of Posts Gender
SSC Education 15 Men & Women

These INET Vacancies are available separately for Men and Women and collectively for both as well.

INET Helpdesk

In case of any queries related to the INET 2021 exam, candidates can contact the recruitment helpline address and phone number which is provided below.

Address: Directorate of Manpower Planning and Recruitment, IHQ MoD (N), New Delhi

Email ID: [email protected], [email protected] 

Phone No: 1800-419-2929 (Toll-Free only from Monday to Sunday between 8 AM to 8 PM)


Are female candidates eligible to apply for the INET exam?

Yes, girls are eligible to apply for the exam for a number of posts within the navy. Some are SSC Naval Armament Inspection Cadre, SSC Observer, SSC ATC, and SSC Pilot (other than MR)

What is INET?

INET stands for the Indian Navy Entrance Test. It is an entrance test conducted to recruit individuals for the Indian Navy at permanent short service posts.

Is there an age limit to apply for the INET exam?

Yes, there is an age limit to apply. It varies for the different positions applicable within the Indian Navy. Go through INET eligibility.

How are the candidates shortlisted into the merit list for the INET 2021 exam?

The candidates are shortlisted based on the marks they have scored in the INET 2021 exam and their SSB Interview.

What are the different stages in the SSB Interview?

There are two stages in the SSB Interview: Stage 1 - Intelligence test, Discussion test, and Picture perception. Stage 2 - Psychological test, Group Test, and Interview.

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