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Indian Coast Guard Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification

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Indian Coast Guard Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification
August 24, 2021
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The Indian Coast Guard, shortly known as ICG, is a law enforcing agency and armed force of the Govt. of India, which is functional on the territorial marine areas of the country. It ensures safety and security along the coastal lines and holds search and rescue operations.

Being able to be a part of ICG is a great honour for an Indian citizen. To the delight of many, ICG has recently declared vacancies in the posts of Navik (General Duty), Navik (Domestic Branch), and Yantrik. The selection procedure involves four stages.

Abbreviation ICG
Type Maritime Law Enforcement Agency
Parent organization Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India
Purpose safety, security, and rescue of any form of life on the territorial seas and coastal regions of the country.
Headquarter New Delhi, India
Founded on 1st February, 1977
Director-General Krishnaswamy Natarajan

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ICG works under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India, and is headquartered in New Delhi (CGHQ – Coast Guard Headquarters). It is led by the Director-General (DG ICG) posted at CGHQ. Yet, ICG functions in five regions, each of which is headed by an Inspector-General.

Coast Guard Regions Regional HQs
North-East (NE) Kolkata
Eastern (E) Chennai
Western (W) Mumbai
North-West (NW) Gandhinagar
Andaman & Nicobar (A&N) Port Blair

 

Indian Coast Guard Exam Notification & News

ICG has released the official notification for recruitment in the posts of Navik (General Duty), Navik (Domestic Branch), and Yantrik 01/2022 batch. But the vacancy is only for the MALE citizens of India. The notification contains detailed information on the important dates, eligibility criteria, vacancies, application process and fees, reservation policies, exam pattern, calculation of scores at different stages, provisional allotment etc.

Eligible candidates can apply from 2nd July 2021 to 16th July 2021. Applications and payments are accepted online only. The selection takes place in four stages– Stage-I, Stage-II, Stage-III, and Stage-IV. You have to clear each stage for proceeding to the next.

Check the official recruitment website of the Indian Coast Guard and download the official notification for more details. However, find the summarized information in the following tab.

Events Remarks
Start of Application 2nd July 2021 (10 AM) onwards
End of Application 16th July 2021 (6 PM)
Mode of application Online
Number of stages 4
Number of exam centres 5
Application link https://joinindiancoastguard.cdac.in/upcoming.html

We will keep you updated with everything on ICG Recruitment 2021. Still, candidates are advised to complete everything within time and to keep an eye on the official website now and then.

 

Indian Coast Guard Exam Date

Specific exam dates for specific posts and stages have not yet been declared by ICG. But they did mention a tentative time for all the stages in their notification so that you can have a rough idea and start preparing accordingly. The exact dates will be updated on our website at once.

Here is the tentative schedule for the examinations for your convenience.

Posts Expected Time of Examinations
Stage-I Stage-II Stage-III & IV
Navik (GD)  Mid/ End September 2021 Mid/ End October 2021 Early February 2022
Navik (GB) Early April 2022
Yantrik Early February 2022

 

Indian Coast Guard Exam Application Fee

The application fee for ICG Recruitment 2021 is Rs. 250/- for Unreserved candidates. But the applicants belonging to categories Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe do not have to pay any fee.

Categories Application Fee
Unreserved/ OBC/ EWS Rs. 250/-
SC/ ST Nil

  • Payment of application fee is to be made ONLINE only via Net Banking or Visa/ Master/ Maestro/ Rupay/ Credit/ Debit Card/ UPI.
  • Complete payment well before the application closing date because hall tickets will be issued only to those who will complete payment or are entitled to a fee waiver.
  • Once paid, fees will not be refunded under any circumstances, except for the case where multiple payments are made for a single application.

 

Indian Coast Guard Eligibility Criteria

This opportunity, as mentioned earlier, is for the MALE candidates only.

Educational Qualifications:

  1. Navik (Domestic Branch) – 10th passed from an educational board recognized by the Central Government.
  2. Navik (General Duty) – 12th passed with Mathematics and Physics from an educational board recognized by the Central Government.
  3. Yantrik – 10th passed from a centrally recognized board and Diploma in Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics/ Telecommunication (Radio/ Power) Engineering of 3 or 4 years’ duration approved by AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education).

Or, 10+2 passed from a centrally recognized board and Diploma in Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics/ Telecommunication (Radio/ Power) Engineering of 2 or 3 years’ duration approved by AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education).

Nationality:

It is, by definition, mandatory for all the applicants to be Indian citizens. Needless to say, you should have a valid proof of the same to be able to apply for all of the above posts in Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2021.

Age:

Lower age – 18 years

Upper age – 22 years

  1. Applicants for the posts of Navik (GD) and Yantrik have to be born between 1st February 2000 and 31st January 2004 (both dates inclusive).
  2. Applicants for the post of Navik (DB) have to be born between 1st April 2000 and 31st March 2004 (both dates inclusive).

The upper age limit is subject to a relaxation of 5 years for SC/ ST candidates and 3 years for OBC (non-creamy) candidates. But this is applicable only if there is a reservation available for these categories.

Medical Standards:

The candidates are checked for medical fitness by authorized military doctors at the later stages of the selection process. However, the basic medical standards expected by ICG are as follows:-

  • Height – Minimum 157 cm. Yet, some relaxation will apply to candidates from certain states. Check the official notification for details.
  • Chest – Well-proportioned with a minimum expansion of 5cm.
  • Weight – Proportionate to age and height.
  • Hearing – Normal
  • Eyesight –
    • Navik (DB) – 6/36 for both the better and worse eyes
    • Navik (GD) – 6/6 for the better eye and 6/9 for the worse eye
    • Yantrik – 6/24 without glasses. 6/9 for the better eye and 6/12 for the worse eye.

 

Indian Coast Guard Vacancies

The number of vacancies for each post and for each category has also been notified by ICG. The overall vacancies are as follows:

Posts UR (GEN) OBC EWS SC ST Total
Navik (General Duty) 108 67 26 40 19 260
Navik (Domestic Branch) 23 17 05 03 02 50
Yantrik (Mechanical) 08 06 03 03 00 20
Yantrik (Electrical) 06 04 02 01 00 13
Yantrik (Electronics) 06 00 01 00 00 07

 

Indian Coast Guard Salary

  1. Navik (GD & DB) – Base pay of INR. 21700/- (Pay level 3) plus Dearness and other allowances based on place of posting/ nature of duty according to the latest regulations.
  2. Yantrik – Base pay of INR. 29200/- (Pay level 5) plus additional Yantrik pay of INR 6200/-. Additionally, Dearness and other allowances will also be added to this amount. However, this component of the monthly salary is usually based on the place of posting or the nature of duty according to the latest regulations.

Also, Pradhan Adhikari/ Pradhan Sahayak Engineer is the maximum rank up to which a Navik/ Yantrik can be promoted. After that, the pay scale will be Rs. 47600/- (Pay Level 8) plus Yantrik pay of Rs. 6200/- with Dearness Allowance. But promotion to the Officer rank is subject to suitability and performance.

 

Indian Coast Guard Exam Syllabus

The common section in the written exam, i.e. Stage-I, for all the Navik and Yantrik posts includes 10th standard knowledge on Maths, Science, and English, because it checks on the overall Reasoning and GK of the candidates. This is common with almost all other Government job exams, although the level of difficulty varies according to the weight of the post.

The additional section for Navik (GD) applicants is meant to test 12th standard knowledge of Mathematics and Physics. For this part, grade 11 & 12 CBSE syllabi have to be followed.

In addition to the common section, Yantrik applicants have to appear for another section related to their Diploma trade, i.e. Electrical, Electronics, or Mechanical. For this part, the Diploma Level syllabus for their trade is to be followed.

For more detailed information, check the “Syllabus” page of this article.

 

Indian Coast Guard Exam Pattern

The Stage-I of the selection procedure is the computer-based written exam, which consists of five sections.

  • Section-I is common for Navik (DB), Navik (GD), and Yantrik candidates, and contains questions on 10th level Mathematics, Science, English, Reasoning, and General Awareness.
  • Section-II is for Navik (GD) applicants to exam them on 12th standard Physics and Maths.
  • Section-III, IV & V are on Electrical, Electronics, and Mechanical Engineering respectively. Yantrik candidates have to answer questions from any of these sections depending on their trade of Diploma.
  • All the questions will be multiple choice with four options. Also, negative marking will NOT be applied in this exam.

The basic exam pattern is:

Section Highest Marks No. of Questions Time (mins.)
I 60 60 45
II 50 50 30
III 50 50 30
IV 50 50 30
V 50 50 30

For subject-wise marks distribution and category-wise pass marks, check the notification.

Stage-II includes:

  • Physical fitness exam – You have to own sports gear (shoe, t-shirt, trousers etc.) for PFT. It involves
    • 6 km run in 10 minutes
    • 20 squat-ups
    • 10 push-ups
  • Document verification
  • Initial Medicals Examination

Stage-III is comprised of:

  • Document verification
  • Final Medical Exam at INS Chilka
  • Submission of original documents, Police Verification, and other such forms

Stage-IV is the training of provisionally selected candidates at INS Chilka.

 

Indian Coast Guard Exam Admit Card

Individual admit cards will be issued for each stage.

The dates when the e-tickets will be available will appear on the ICG website. However, we will keep updating our website with the latest information. Yet, candidates are advised to regularly check the website and log in to download the e-admit card for various stages.

The exam city will be visible in the candidate’s profile 10 days before Stage-I. But the admit card will be ready to download in the candidate’s profile on the ICG website only 02-03 days before the examination. Also, an email will be sent on the registered email id.

Documents to carry to the examination centre along with the admit card

For the written exam, candidates have to take the following documents with them:

(a) Coloured hardcopy of E-admit card (Stage-I).

(b) Identity proof as mentioned on the application.

(c) For SC/ST candidates –

  • Original Caste Certificate
  • Photocopies of self-attested SC/ST certificate X 2
  • Original train/bus ticket
  • A cancelled cheque for NEFT
  • Travel form downloaded from the website for claiming TA.

 

Indian Coast Guard Exam Result

The result of the online written exam or Stage-I is expected to be available within 30 days of the exam. To access the results at each stage, you need to log in to your profile on the ICG website.

For Stage-I, the ICG declares a certain cut off depending on the difficulty level of the question paper and the performances of the candidates in a particular year. But stages II & III are qualifying in nature, i.e. you either pass or fail the tasks.

On qualifying Stage-III, you are selected for provisional training at INS Chilka, which is Stage-IV. Most likely, once you make it to this stage, you are almost in the job, unless you furnish false documents.

How to apply?

To apply for the ICG Recruitment 2021, candidates should have the following things ready:

  • A valid email id
  • A valid phone number
  • Scanned copy of ORIGINAL documents.
  • Necessary documents include:
    • 10th class certificate
    • Original mark sheets and academic certificates.
    • Caste certificate (if applicable)
    • Photo ID, viz. PAN/ Aadhar/Voter ID/ Passport/ Driving License
    • Recent passport size coloured photograph (taken not before May 2021) of the candidate
    • Scanned signature
    • A Scanned clear image of the Left-hand Thumb Impression
    • Scanned image of applicant’s handwritten declaration

Also, all the documents should be submitted in the prescribed format, size, dimension, and quality.

The photograph of the candidate has to be a front portrait in light background without headgear except for Sikhs. Also, the candidate has to hold a black slate in front of his chest with his name and the date of the photograph taken clearly written with white chalk in the UPPER CASE, i.e., in capital letters.

Write the declaration with a black ballpoint pen on clear white paper. Also, make sure your handwriting is recognizable and clear in the scanned image. For example, here are the words if you need help with it:

“I, <your name>, Date of Birth – <your DOB>, hereby declare that all the information submitted by me in the application form are correct, true, and valid. I will present supporting documents as and when required. The signature, photograph, and left thumb impression is mine.”

Indian Coast Guard Application Procedure:

  1. Go to the official website of ICG, which is https://joinindiancoastguard.cdac.in/
  2. Open the tab “Enrolled Personnel (CGEPT)”. After that, register yourself with your email id, phone number, and other details.
  3. Fill in the necessary information in the blank fields in the application form.
  4. Upload the documents in their respective fields.
  5. Check the form carefully before final submission.
  6. Make payment (if applicable).
  7. After your application is successfully submitted, a registration id will be generated. This you have to note down because you need this for future logins and for downloading the admit cards.

 

Preparation Tips for Indian Coast Guard Exam

1. Work Smart

  • Hard work is necessary, but smart work is even more important. So, do not waste your time on one topic while preparing for ICG 2021. Clear the basics of all the topics first. Then gradually increase the difficulty levels. Also, at every stage of preparation, practice every topic of every subject at the same standard. Build it layer-by-layer— first lay the fundamentals, then develop the upper storeys.
  • Also, proper planning for preparation is a must. Design a customized schedule keeping your comfort and capacity in mind, and try to maintain it.
  • Yet, learning and chapter-wise practising will get you nowhere if you do not regularly take mock tests within strict time limits. Answering all the questions accurately within time is not easy, especially in the exam hall; but this is what makes the difference.

2. Stay Updated

Keep yourself updated with current affairs. Catch up with the newspaper and discuss the news with your friends. Hence, both your understanding of the topic and vocabulary will get strong.

3. Make your own rules

Assess your strengths and weaknesses while preparing. Then decide which portions to do first in the examination. The most efficient order of solving questions is different for everyone because everyone has different comfort zones. You and only you can understand what works best for you. So, try not to follow anyone else’s advice on it.

4. Health is important

Keeping yourself in shape is necessary for energy, concentration, and also for the physical fitness round in the ICG exam. Hence, when you make your preparation schedule, make sure there is time for a workout every day.

 

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FAQ’s of Indian Coast Guard Exam

Q.1 What is the probation period for the Indian Coast Guard?

A. The training period for ICG employees mostly is of 6-8 weeks; in other words, 1.5-2 months.

Q.2 How many vacancies have been released?

A. The total number of vacancies released by ICG for Navik (DB), Navik (GD), and Yantrik posts for all the categories is 350. Yet, the total Unreserved vacancies are 151.

Q.3 Can a final year graduation student apply for the ICG 2021?

A. Navik (DB) and Navik (GD) posts require minimum educational qualifications of 10th and 12th pass respectively. So, a final year graduate is technically eligible to apply for these posts. Of course, he has to be a male.

But the Yantrik post requires Diploma Engineering as minimum eligibility, so students choosing other career paths than Diploma cannot apply to a Yantrik post. If he is in the final year of his Diploma, he can apply only if he has already received his final mark sheet by the time of application, i.e. he has cleared his degree.

Q.4 What are the age criteria to apply for ICG 2021?

A. The lower and upper age limits to apply for ICG Navik or Yantrik are 18 and 22 years respectively. In contrast, 5 years and 3 years of relaxation on the latter will be exercised on the applicants from SC/ST and OBC categories respectively.

Q.5 What is the salary of an Indian Coast Guard?

A. The Sailors (Navik) have a base pay of INR 21700 (Payscale 3), and the basic pay for Mechanics (Yantrik) at ICG is INR 29200 (Payscale 5). Also, Dearness and other allowances are added to the basic pay in both cases. In addition, Mechanics get another 6200 rupees as Yantrik Pay.

Q.6 What is the Application Fee for the ICG Navik & Yantrik 2021?

A. All other categories except Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe have to pay Rs. 250/- for applying. But candidates from SC/ST category do not have to pay, given that they can produce valid caste certificates.

Q.7 Who can apply for ICG Recruitment 2021?

Ans. Only male Indian citizens between the age of 18 and 22 years, with maximum qualification of 10th, 12th, or Diploma Engineering are eligible to apply. Yet, age relaxation is applicable for some categories.

Q.8 Is there a negative marking in ICG 2021?

A. Unlike many other important government jobs, no negative marking is there in the written exams of ICG.

Q.9 Are there sectional time limits?

A. Yes, in Stage-I, each section has an individual duration.

Q.10 What is the job location?

A. ICG is recruiting pan India. Yet, on selection for provisional training, candidates have to go to INS Chilka. But the location of posting will be decided post-training.

Q.11 How many centres are there for the written exam?

A. There are five centres for the ICG exam 2021, although you have to choose the centre within 30 km from your residence as your first preference. But if there is no exam centre within this area, you have to choose the next nearest option.

Also, after hall tickets for Stage-I are released, SC/ST candidates will be provided with ordinary 2nd class fare by train/ Govt. bus/steamer charges by the shortest route as per central government regulations.

Yet, this benefit can be enjoyed if they are not employed by any other central/ state government institution. Also, it is applicable only if the home station is beyond 30 km from the exam centre (Stage I). To complete the process, SC/ST candidates have to download the travel form from the ICG website and submit the same to ICG.

Q.12 Can someone apply to more than one post in ICG recruitment 2021?

A. Application to more than one post by a single individual is NOT allowed in the Indian Coast Guard. Also, more than one application to a single post will cancel your candidature.

Q.13 Can the students qualified from open universities apply?

A. Those who have received the qualifying degree from any open education system not recognized by AICTE/ COBSE are not eligible for ICG.

Q.14 What are the medical standards for ICG 2021?

  • Height – Minimum 157 cm. But some relaxation will apply to candidates from certain states.
  • Chest – minimum expansion of 5cm.
  • Weight – Proportionate to age and height.
  • Hearing – Normal
  • Eyesight –
    • Navik (DB) – 6/36 for both the better and worse eyes
    • Navik (GD) – 6/6 for the better eye and 6/9 for the worse eye
    • Yantrik – 6/24 without glasses. 6/9 for the better eye and 6/12 for the worse eye.

Q.15 How difficult is it to become an Indian Coast Guard?

A. Getting any Government job needs focus and patience. But the selection process of the Defence jobs is particularly strict, if not wary, from the applicants’ side.

Yet, these applicants will be responsible for the nation’s security and safety. Hence, the Ministry will choose just the best candidates for the job.

But if you are motivated enough to be a part of this and prepare smartly, of course, you can crack it.

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