As the military system in India is going through a technological advancement, a need to hire officers with better technical skill has been felt. In order to combat the need for “techie officers”, Indian Navy has decided to recruit candidates using their JEE (Main) scores from 2017. Yes, you read it right. From 2017 onwards, the Indian Navy will use candidate’s performance in JEE (Main) 2017 for selecting candidates for its B.Tech program. The selected candidates will complete their B.Tech degrees from Indian Naval Academy and will thereafter be recruited by Indian Navy as officers.
This program was started back in 2009 for admission to INA for 4 – year B.Tech program. Before 2017, the admission was based on candidate’s performance in 10+2 exam. The 10+2 scores were scrapped due to the uneven marking system followed by different boards across the country, leading to candidates of a wide range of capabilities being selected. However, through the new system candidates are now selected based on JEE (Main) scores to appear for SSB interviews. The strength of students selected is 120 every year.
According to a senior naval officer, the need for technical expertise is on rising in the defense system. The military machines are upgrading at a great speed nowadays in India. As per a Wikipedia article, Indian military spends a total of $ 51.3 billion every year on its defense needs. This makes up about 2.3% of our GDP, surpassing Pakistan’s entire GDP by $11 billion. Apart from these expenditures, the govt. is trying its best to upgrade the military system of the country to meet China’s capability. Hence in order to use these machineries efficiently, it is required to hire personals with greater technical expertise and understanding.
These 120 candidates will directly be sent to Indian Naval Academy (INA) at Kerala for further training. The decision is currently under govt. scrutiny and will be approved by end of this year. For more updates stay tuned at EduPadhai.com.
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