Navik (General Duty) and (Domestic Branch) in Indian Coastal Guards

Navik (General Duty) and (Domestic Branch) in Indian Coastal Guards

A coast guard is an organization run by the government which is responsible for various activities in the sea. Responsibilities of coast guard various from country to country. While some countries use them as heavily armed military force in safeguarding the country’s maritime costal stretch and its water front with customs and security duties and some use them as a volunteer organization.

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is one of four branches of the Indian Armed Forces, tasked with the mission to guard the Republic of India’s maritime interests. In India, the coast guards acts as a military unit and resembles a naval coastal defense force. Some of the responsibilities of the Indian coast guards include – search, rescue, enforcement of Maritime law, smuggling, immigration and shipping regulations and protecting the countries maritime and offshore resources. It was created on 1 February1977 as an independent entity as per the Coast Guard Act. It operates under the effective control of the Ministry of Defense. Indian coastal guards are also known as Indian Navy. The headquarters of the coastal guards are situated at Kochi. The motto of the costal guards of India is “VAYAM RAKSHAMAH” which means “WE PROTECT”

Major responsibilities of the Indian Coastal Guards include,

1.    Border Control,

2.    Search and Rescue operation,

3.    Safety of vessel

4.    Maintenance of Sea marks

5.    Enforcement of Maritime law,

During the time of War, the coastal guards will have the responsibilities of Harbor defense, naval counter intelligence, port security and coastal patrols.

India costal guards are guarding India’s 7000 kilometers long coastal line with just 7500 personnel. The first week of February every year is being observed as the coastal guard week to commemorate its inception on February 1, 1977. On that day the coastal guards organize various activities like blood donation camp, painting competitions for children, motor cycle rallies, site survey and community interactions, etc;

Working in the Indian Coast Guard is not a mere employment; you play the most important role of protecting your motherland. Workings of the coastal guards include hard work, professionalism, and risk, opportunity to move to different places in India and abroad.

Indian Coast Guard Structure is as follows in the order of ranks:

Vice Admiral,

Rear Admiral, Commodore, Captain, Commander, Lieutenant Commander, Lieutenant, Acting Lieutenant, Midshipman and Navik. Based on the rank, education and experience, the pay scale will vary from person to person.

Roles of a Navik (General Duty) and (Domestic Branch) will be to deal with the all kinds of very highly sophisticated weapons, technical equipment and advanced propulsion machinery on board, highly sensitive sensors and upgraded radar. These should be well maintained and perfectly operated and training related to its operation and functions will be given in advance.  You will be given all type of advanced service training at during the training period and also in service at various time intervals during the successful service with the Indian Coast Guard. During the training, it will be ensured that you cultivate leadership spirit and how to work as a team in difficult situation in tackling the issues in front of you in the mid-ocean and ground. Special care will be given for improving your communication skills and personality development too.

Educational Qualification and Eligibility criteria for a Navik (General Duty) and (Domestic Branch)

All unmarried Indian male citizens are eligible for this position. They should possess Matric or equivalent with 55% or above marks in Science and Math subjects from any state board or central board of secondary education. In certain specified conditions candidates who have secured less than 55% marks in Matric are also eligible for both the position, provided they have secured 55% or above marks in any higher board examination with Science and Math subjects from any state board or central board of secondary education.

Coast Guard Navik(General Duty) Job Educational Qualification:

10+2 with Maths and Physics from an education board recognized by central/ state government with 55% marks.

Coast Guard Naviks (Domestic Branch) Job Educational Qualification:

Matrics (10th Pass) with 50% marks.

An individual should be in good physical and medical health, totally free from any disability/disease. There shouldn’t be any previous history of psychiatric ailment or fits. Proper eye sight without glasses is a must.

Age limit

The prescribed age limit is 17-20 years on the 1st August or 1st January of the year of examination. The main Physical standard is weight should be correlated to height and the proportionate chest expansion is with minimum of 5cm.

How to apply

Navik (General Duty) and (Domestic Branch) in Indian Coastal Guards will be advertised periodically in all leading National/vernacular Newspapers and the Employment News in the month of December/January and Jun/July of every year. The prescribed application form is published in all the important Newspapers and Employment news which may be used for applying. In case you find it difficult to get the form in the prescribed format may be typed or neatly hand written on the plain paper. The necessary documents that are needed to be attached with the application form are two recent passport size photos.

Your are suppose to fill in the application form in capital letters with one recent passport size photograph firmly pasted at the right hand side top corner. Attested copy signed by the Gazetted officer indicating his/her name, designation and official seal with office phone Numbers below signature on all certificates is compulsory.

If you have NCC/sports certificate than it can be also attached with the application form. You should also attach two self addressed envelopes of size 22 x 10 cms with Rs 10/- stamp firmly affixed on one envelope and one envelope without any stamp. It is compulsory to clearly write the name of the position applied and the choice of examination Centre on top of the envelope containing the application form along with all attachments.

WARNING: You shouldn’t send more than one application for the same position for more than one examination centre.

Where to post or give the application:

All eligible candidates may complete the application form obtained from nearest Branch Recruitment Office or the format notified in the official website or leading Newspaper and Employment news. Filled in form with necessary document should be send to the nearest or allotted Zonal Recruitment Office on or before the last date. Please do check the latest notification for posting it in ordinary post or hand given to the Indian Coast Guard, Head quarter, New Delhi.

Selection procedure for the post of Navik (General Duty) and (Domestic Branch)

The eligibility criteria for short-listing candidate will be based on his higher education and the aggregate percentage of marks obtained in matric and other higher education.

All those eligible candidates who are shortlisted will be sent a Call-Up letters in which it will be clearly indicated date, scheduled time and center for written examination. The shortlisted candidates can also easily download admit card by typing their name and date of birth in the official website.

The first step in the selection process is the written test. The question paper is printed in bilingual that is in Hindi and English. It is an objective type of examination. The question paper contains questions from Mathematics, English, Science and General Knowledge.

Those candidates who qualify the Written Test will be permitted to undergo Physical Fitness Test. Only those candidates who qualify the Physical Fitness Test will be taken for a thorough Medical Examination. The whole process of Medical Examination is generally conducted on a specified date announced by the selection board. It is a one day affair but sometimes it may also take three or four day’s time.

Those candidates whose names appear in the ranking basis on the Select List and have been stated medically fit will be given an Interview call. The interview will be held by Board of Coast Guard Officers. Those candidates successfully selected will be made to undergo a Final Enrolment Medical examination before their enrolled for training process. The final selection list is known as `All India Merit List’ which is based on your qualification with the overall performance in the written test, Physical fitness test and Interview.


Coast Guard Naviks (General Duty)

Pay scale – Rs. 5200 – 20200 with Rs.2400 Grade Pay + DA + other liberal allowances will be admissible.

Coast Guard Naviks (Domestic Branch)

Pay Scale: Rs. 5200 – 20200 with Rs.2000 Grade Pay + DA + other liberal allowances will be admissible.

Benefits for all the three posts are same, which are as follows: free medical treatment for self and family including dependent, Free Ration and free clothing.

Accommodation: Government Accommodation for self and family on nominal license fee. Group Insurance: Naviks are also entitled with the privileged to have annual leave of 60 days and casual leave of 30 days in every year. Post-retirement benefits normally include pension and gratuity. Usually the pension, provident Fund and gratuity purely depend upon the length of the service and rank holding at the time of retirement. Prior to release from service sailors are also given pre-release courses to enable them to settle down in civil life.


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