How To Join Indian Navy As Medical Officer

Hello Defence Lovers, Working as a doctor in the Indian Navy combines the satisfaction of helping people medically with the pride of serving the country. As a member of the Navy Medical Corps, you’ll receive high-quality training and a good salary, making this an excellent career choice. It offers a golden opportunity to be a part of the world’s finest service and get trained not only to be an officer but also a gentleman for life. As a doctor in the Navy you will have an opportunity to learn and  practice military medicine and look after the health of the men in  uniform and their families both in peace and war.

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  • The Armed Forces offer a prestigious and professionally satisfying  career for doctors as commissioned officers with high status associated  with Group ‘A’ gazetted posts of Central Government.
  • There are ample  avenues to specialize in basic specialities and super specialities.
  • Most  of the postgraduate courses are conducted at Armed Forces Medical  College (AFMC), Pune and various other teaching hospitals of the Armed  Forces.
  • The medical services in the Navy are delivered through a network of  hospitals spread throughout the length and breadth of the country.
  • To  support the professional activities, hospitals have been equipped with  state of art equipment and trained paramedical staff.

Types Of Commission :

  • There are Two types of commission :

(1.) Permanent Commission (PC)

(2.) Short Service Commission (SSC)

  • Doctors from civil medical colleges at  entry are offered only SSC. Pay & allowances and terms &  conditions of service, except the duration of service and provision of  retirement benefits are broadly similar for both types of commission.
  • SSC officers are required to serve for a minimum period of 5 years.
  • The  SSC may be extended by another two terms of 5 years and then 4 years  upto a maximum of 14 years.
Eligibility Criteria :
  • For Permanent Commission (PC)

Age – 45 Years

Nationality – A Candidate must be an Indian.

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Educational Qualifications :
  • Applicants must possess a medical qualification of an Indian University or a foreign medical qualification recognized by the Medical Council of India.
  • They must also be registered with any of the state councils or equivalent registering authority.
  • Incentives : An antedate of 3 years seniority for post graduates and 2 years for post graduate diploma recognized by MCI and 6 months for a house job, done at a recognized hospital to fresh entrants.
  • A doctor who has done a house job and also a post graduate qualification will be eligible for a maximum antedate seniority of 42 months.
 For AFMC Cadet Entry (MBBS Course after which commission is granted in AMC)

Age – 17 – 22 Years  for 10+2 &  24 Years for B.Sc Students.

Nationality – A Candidate must be an Indian.

Educational Qualifications : 
  • 10+2 with PCB securing not less than 60% of aggregate marks together and not less than 50% in any of these subjects.
  • BSc :  Selection is held once a year through a written exam on all India basis followed by an Interview at Pune. Advertisement published in National / Regional newspaper in Jan every year.
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Army Dental Corps(ADC)- Includes Dental Branch of Indian Navy :
  • For Direct Permanent Commission

Age – 28 Years for BDS &  30 Years for MDS

Nationality – A Candidate must be an Indian.

Educational Qualifications : 
  • BDS with minimum 60% marks in final year / MDS from a recognized Dental College of University.
  • Should have completed one year rotatory internship recognized by the Dental Council of India (DCI).
  • Should be in possession of Permanent Dental Registration Certificate.
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Selection Procedure :

(A) Short Service Commission :

  • Army Medical Corps (AMC) Selection Boards for grant of SSC to doctors, who are Indian Citizens, will be held three/four times in a year.
  • Notification regarding call for application is published in leading newspapers.
  • Eligible candidates are called for interview at New Delhi, Kolkata and Pune to assess their merit and suitability for grant of Short Service Commission in the army Medical Corps and subsequent secondment to the Navy.
  • Based on the results of the interview, candidates who have been shortlisted are subjected to medical examination at designated Armed Force Hospitals.
  • Medically fit candidates are granted commission subject to verification procedure as deemed necessary and required for commissioning.

(B) Permanent Commission :

  • SSC Officers are allowed three chances to appear in departmental interviews for grant of Permanent Commission at any time after completion of two years SSC service in two chances in first tenure of five years and one chance in second tenure of five years but before completion of nine years and six months of service.
  • Also, there should be no break in service and they should fulfill the conditions of eligibility laid down.
  • Maximum age limit as on 31 December of the calendar year of application for grant of PC for different professional educational qualification is as below: –


MBBS 30 years
Post Graduate Diploma 31 years
Post Graduate MD/MS 35 years
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Rank on Entry :

The rank granted on first appointment in the AMC is as follows:

(a) Captain (Army) / Surgeon Lieutenant (Navy) / Flight Lieutenant (Air Force) – Applicable to doctors commissioned from civil who have acquired their Permanent Medical Registration Certificate.

(b) Lieutenant (Army)/ Surgeon Sub Lieutenant (Navy) / Flying Officer (Air Force) – Applicable to medical cadets passing out from AFMC Pune, till completion of their internship in Service Hospitals.

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