INA –Indian Naval Academy
INA- Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala is an officer training establishment of the Indian Navy. It is in Kannur district, Kerala. In the month of May-2018, the convocation ceremony was held.
INA was established in May,1969 . It is spread in 2452 acres. It is affiliated to JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) and AICTE (All India Council For Technical Education).The Naval Academy was established in 1969, while its Ezhimala campus was inaugurated on 8th January 2009 and the name changed to Indian Naval Academy .The official website of INA is www.ina.gov.in
After getting selected in INA, cadets are assigned to Squadrons. There are 6 squadrons , namely Achiever, Braveheart, Cheetah, Daredevil, Eagle, and Fighter. This may increase upto 16.Each squadron consists of four divisons with around 50 cadets in each divison. Cadets are accomodated in individual rooms in the squadrons, though classroom instuction and outdoor training are conducted separately depending on the cadet’s selected majors and specialisations. The tenure of academy is of 4 years. The cadets are trained in all aspects like physical training, swimming, drill, sports proficiency, equitation, x-country running and various service related subjects.
To be potential candidate to the undergraduate officer-trainee program of the Indian Navy, one has to apply through The National Defence Academy. NDA cadets opting to join the Navy complete three years of joint training at NDA, Khadakwasla with the Army and Airforce cadets. They then transfer to INA for the next one year. Candidates also join through 10 + 2 Navy Tech Entry. Cadets have the option to major in Elecronics and Communication Engineering,Mechanical Engineering or Naval Architecture and are awarded a Bachelor of Technology degree upon graduation. Upon graduation, cadets are commissioned as sub lieutenants in the navy. Cadets majoring in Naval Architecture have to undergo an additional 6 months of training at the Naval Dockyard, Vishakhapatnam after graduation. They also have the option to enroll for additional post-graduate specialisation in the field at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Admission to INA as graduate officer-trainees of the Indian Navy is conducted through a written examination conducted by the UPSC, followed by 5 days of testing and interviews conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB). These cover general aptitude, psychological testing, medical tests, team skills as well as physical and social skills. For the Short Service Commission (SSC) officer-trainees, selection is through merit. SSC officers have the option to apply for permanent commission based on their performance and track record. Graduating officers often go on for additional training or specialisation in areas such as surface warfare, submarine warfare, naval aviation, etc. at other naval schools.