Commission Worthy Scheme Entry For Sailors To Become Officers

There are various entries through which a PBOR can become an Officer in Indian Military. Although you cannot become a Commissioned Officer in the Air Force being a PBOR, you can become a Commissioned Officer in the Army or Navy. While Army has plenty of opportunities for a soldier to become a commissioned officer, the Navy has CW (Commissioned Worthy) Scheme and very rare – Special Duties (SD) Scheme. The CW Scheme, also earlier known as the Upper Yardmen Scheme – was used  to  select suitable candidates from the lower deck for promotion to the rank of Acting  Sub-Lieutenant  in  all  branches. Today, CW scheme has become a full-fledged entry for sailors to become officers. The selection under CW scheme is conducted bi-annually at six monthly intervals. PREPARE FOR THE SSB INTERVIEW

About Commission Worthy Scheme

The CW Scheme offers young sailors an opportunity for grant of permanent commission in the Navy with an aim to select deserving sailors from all branches and give them appropriate in-service training so as to make them General List officers at par with the entrants through other schemes.

Eligibility Criteria


Non-Artificer sailors shall be under 22½ years of age and Artificers under 24 years of age as on 01 January of the year in which the course commences.

All cases of upper age limit relaxation up to one year are to be forwarded to IHQ of MoD(Navy) subject to the following :-

(a) An applicant should have applied for commission under the scheme whilst within the above prescribed age limit.

(b) An application for relaxation of age should be forwarded to IHQ of MoD(Navy)/DOP through the Administrative Authority and Bureau of Sailors.

(c) Relaxation of age limit under the power of the Chief of the Naval Staff will be considered after a candidate has qualified through the SSB/NSB.


Minimum educational qualification will be 10+2 with Physics and Maths.

A Non-Artificer sailor should have completed his induction training including 3rd class specialist qualification, where applicable, before appearing for the written examination.

An Artificer sailor should hold the rank of Artificer 5th class or higher.

Marital Status:

Sailors who are married will not be provided married accommodation nor allowed to live with their families while undergoing training. Those who are unmarried will not be allowed to marry till they become Sub Lieutenants.Commission Worthy Scheme

Medical Standards

A sailor should be in medical category S 1 A 1. Those in temporary lower medical category may be permitted to apply but their cases shall be decided on merit by IHQ of MoD(Navy). Request for consideration in such cases should be forwarded immediately on promulgation of results of CW written examination. Such sailors will be directed to report for SSB only on approval of IHQ of MoD(Navy).

How to Apply?

Sailors desirous of grant of commission under this scheme should apply on the proforma placed at Appendix ‘A’. The Commanding Officer is to forward the applications to the Bureau of Sailors so as to reach by 30 Apr / 31 Oct each year. Commanding Officers, while completing the remarks column of an application, should consider power of expression, personal habits and moral conduct of the sailor.

All applications are required to be forwarded to CABS with appropriate remarks as to whether the sailor is ‘recommended’ or `not recommended’. In cases where the educational qualification mentioned in the Service Documents is below 10 + 2 with Physics and Maths, the original educational certificate is to be attached with the application form or submitted directly to Preliminary Screening Board. The date of application is to be endorsed on Page 13 of the Service Documents. If a candidate fails to qualify at any stage, a fresh application form is to be submitted for each subsequent attempt.

Selection Procedure

Preliminary Screening Board (PSB)

The Bureau of Sailors will scrutinise the applications for errors and correctness of the facts stated therein and forward the names of eligible candidates to the respective Administrative Authorities and IHQ of MoD(Navy) / (DOP/DNE) by 31 May / 30 Nov every year.

Depending on the number of candidates, the Administrative Authorities convene one or more Boards to carry out the Preliminary Screening of candidates during the month of Jun / Dec. Each Board is headed by an officer of the rank of Captain as the President with three other officers of the rank of Commander as members.

In case of a sailor’s transfer to another unit, the Commanding Officer of the new unit deputes the sailor for interview by the Board in his Command, under intimation to Bureau of Sailors. The Boards screen the applications and select candidates who have a reasonable chance of qualifying the written examination and the SSB interview. The Board is guided by the following:-

(a) Screening of Service Documents and scrutiny of original educational certificate, in case educational qualification mentioned in the Service Document is below 10 + 2 with Physics and Maths. This certificate will be available with the application form or submitted by the candidate at the time of Preliminary Screening Board interview.

(b) Assessment of officer-like qualities including power of expression, personality, general knowledge and common sense.

Written Examination

Sailors who pass the ‘Preliminary Screening’ are permitted to appear in a written examination. The written examination will be conducted by IHQ of MoD(Navy) / DNE online through ‘Indian Navy Online Examination System (INOES). Command Headquarters will be responsible for smooth conduct of the Online examination at Designated Exam Centres (DEC’s). IHQ of MoD(Navy) / ONE will issue detailed instructions on the conduct of Online Exams.

If a ship is likely to be at sea during this period, candidates borne afloat are disembarked for the written examination, before a sea sortie. In case of a sailor’s transfer to another unit, the Commanding Officer of the previous unit informs IHQ of MoD(Navy) / DNE for change of exam centre of the sailor to the nearest DEC of next unit. Other details are given below:-

All candidates who have successtUlly qualified the written examination will he sent for selection by the Services Selection Board in end Oct / end Apr. Sailors are to carry their Service Documents by hand.

Candidates who qualify in the SSB will be examined by a designated Medical Board, and if found fit, will he considered for final selection.

All sailors who are selected under this scheme shall be allotted branches depending upon the requirement of the Service and aptitude of the individual.

Number of Attempts Allowed

A candidate will be allowed to appear before the PSB only three times. The Board stamps the number of chances availed on the first page of the Service Document [IN 271(Rev)]. The Board declare results to candidates and forward the consolidated results so as to reach the Bureau of Sailors by end Jun / end Dec. The results includes separate lists of successful, unsuccessful and absentee candidates. Bureau of Sailors is to promulgate the list of candidates eligible to appear in the written examination by early Jul/early Jan.

Similarly, a candidate will be allowed to appear in the written examination only thrice, irrespective of the stage of selection reached in previous attempts. To qualify in the written examination, a candidate must pass all papers in one attempt.


All candidates selected under CW scheme will be designated as cadets and will undergo the four year B-Tech course at INA, Ezhimala. Those who fail in the prescribed examination during training as Cadets and Midshipmen, will be relegated by six months at a time and their promotion delayed accordingly. Penalty for failure after being promoted to Sub Lieutenant will be as applicable to Indian Naval Academy cadets.

A trainee, who fails to make adequate progress in the course may be withdrawn from training with the approval of IHQ of MoD(Navy)/(DNT/DOP). If a trainee is withdrawn while under training as a cadet, he will be reverted to his original rank and Branch as a sailor without loss of seniority for all purposes. In such cases, character and efficiency assessment for the period under training is to be completed by INA. If he is withdrawn after being promoted to Midshipman, he will be discharged from Service.

A candidate will be permitted to resign while undergoing training. In case he fails to complete the training for reasons within his control, he will be liable to refund such sum as decided by the Govt but not exceeding the amount incurred by the Govt on his training, messing, accommodation and allied services.

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