The Indian Navy has decided that the aspiring candidates will be short-listed to join the force based on JEE Main scores instead of Class XII marks. The entry of candidates for the 10+2 B.Tech scheme will be based only on ranks achieved in the JEE Mains. JEE mains is an all India joint entrance examination conducted for admissions into technical courses in different engineering courses at the IITs, NITs and other centrally funded institutions.
Earlier, the Navy had implemented plans to ensure that all its new officers will have B.Tech degrees apart from the traditional military and leadership skills when they graduate from the the Indian Naval Academy in Kerala.
Now, the marks obtained in the PCM (physics, chemistry, maths) in Class 12 board exams will not be valid for this scheme any longer.
"Different state examination boards have gone berserk in awarding high marks in Class XII. We were finding the quality of candidates coming for the SSB (services selection board) interview or training very uneven," said a senior officer.
According to reports, the CBSE has agreed to share JEE Main ranks with the naval academy as a better benchmark for selection of candidates. With the government approving the move, youngsters will have to appear for the JEE (Main) in 2017 to be eligible for the January 2018 course at INA.
The first direct-entry batch of B.Tech officers passed out from the INA in May 2013. Since then, the Navy has been tweaking the three officer entry schemes.
First are the naval cadets who undergo the three-year course at the tri-service National Defence Academy (NDA) at Kadakwasla (Pune) after clearing the UPSC exam and SSB interview. These cadets, who number 78 every year, get commissioned as officers with B Tech degrees after another year of intensive training at the INA.
Then, there are the around 110 cadets who directly joined the INA for the four-year B Tech programme after clearing UPSC exams in two batches every year. Under the third and largest scheme, around 120 cadets will now be shortlisted for the SSB interview only on the basis of their JEE (Mains) ranks.