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Indian Coast Guard- Navik

What is Indian Coast Guard- Navik ?


The Indian Coast Guard is a multi-mission organization, conducting round-the-year real-life operations at sea.

The organization is headed by the Director-General Indian Coast Guard (DGICG). DGICG commands from the Coast Guard Headquarters (CGHQ) located at New Delhi. At CGHQ, he is assisted by four Deputy Director Generals of the rank of Inspector General, and other senior officers heading various staff divisions.

For effective command and control, the Maritime Zones of India are divided into five Coast Guard Regions, namely. North-West, West, East, North-East and Andaman & Nicobar, with the respective Regional Headquarters located at Gandhinagar, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Port Blair. Officers of the rank of Inspector General commands the regions of The Coast Guard.

The duties of the Coast Guard are:

  • Safeguarding and protecting artificial islands, offshore terminals, installations, and other devices in the maritime zone
  • Protecting and assisting fishermen in distress
  • Preserving and protecting the marine environment, including controlling marine pollution
  • Assisting customs and other authorities in anti-smuggling operations
  • Enforcing the Maritime Zones of India Act
  • Taking measures to protect the safety of life and property at sea and collecting scientific data

Indian Coast Guard- Navik

The selected candidate joins the Indian Coast Guard as a Yantrik (a technician) or a Navik (a sailor). Navik (a sailor) will serve in the General Duty or Domestic branches of the Indian Coast Guard.

Yantrik (a technician) works as sailors, weapons systems operators, communication specialists, and divers. In the Domestic branch, Naviks work as stewards, cooks, etc.

ELIGIBILITY FOR Indian Coast Guard- Navik


Passed 10+2 with 50% marks aggregate in total and minimum 50% aggregate in Maths and Physics from an education board recognized by Central/State Government. (SC/ST candidates/outstanding sports personnel (who have obtained 1st, 2nd or 3rd position in any field sports events at the Open National Championship/ Interstate National Championship)/Wards of Coast Guard personnel deceased during service have the 5% relaxation in percentage).


Minimum 18 Years, and a maximum of 22 years. Age relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST and 3 years for OBC candidates.


  • Short-listing criteria will be based on a higher percentage of marks for a particular examination Centre.
  • The qualifying cut off percentage (%) of a particular Centre may increase or decrease as per the number of applicants.
  • The written examination is an objective type
  • Written Exam covers Maths, Physics, basic Chemistry, English, general knowledge, current affairs, quantitative aptitude, and reasoning etc.
  • Those who qualify written examination will undergo Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and the testing procedure will take about 2 days.
  • Physically Challenged candidates are not eligible to apply for this examination.

The Physical Fitness Test consists of:

  • 6 Km run (Duration 7 minutes)
  • 20 Squat ups (Uthak Baithak)
  • 10 Push up

After the written Test result shortlisted candidates have to go for medical examination (Preliminary) in a ratio as may be decided by the Indian Coast Guard.

Final selection list will be as per the available vacancies. The Zone wise select list of candidates will be displayed in the Indian Coast Guard Website www.joinindiancoastguard.gov.in. Mere declaration of fit in the initial medical examination does not indicate the selection of the candidate for the final medical at INS Chilka.

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