Coast Guard

About Indian Coast Guard

The Indian Coast Guard is a multi-mission organization, conducting round-the-year real-life operations at sea. Despite being relatively small, it has a wide range of task capabilities for both surface and air operations.

The organization is headed by the Director General Indian Coast Guard (DGICG) exercising his overall command and superintendence 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. The Coast Guard Regions are commanded by Officers of the rank of Inspector General.

Making of the team

To ensure that quality resource is available to the Coast Guard, the benchmark for the recruitment of officer and EPs is set high, right from the screening stage. The selection process is stringent, and ensures that only the most suitable candidates are inducted into the service.

The Coast Guard has a dedicated and professional team of officers and enrolled personnel.

Life at Sea

Life onboard a Coast Guard ship is engaging, adventurous and challenging. From saving human lives at sea and assisting fishermen in peril, to apprehending poachers and preserving marine biodiversity, job satisfaction comes easy to a “Coast Guardsman”. Each day at sea is filled with promise, and each mission is different in an inimitable way.

Onboard every Coast Guard ship, there is a balanced mix of officers and sailors, belonging to different branches, divided into three groups, with each group working at respective stations twice for four hours every day, when the ship is at sea. In addition, during an emergent situation, all personnel close-up irrespective of time, day or night. A boat is sometimes launched from the ship to check another vessel at sea, or to provide technical or medical assistance. If so warranted, and to pursue fleeing offenders, the boat can even land ashore and engage culprits, sometimes with use of force.

CG Ensign

The Blue colour of the Coast Guard ensign signifies a ship on Government Duty. On the Coast Guard ensign, there is a National flag on the top left quadrant, and a Coast Guard emblem in the fly part of the flag. The Coast Guard ensign was hoisted for the first time onboard the Indian Coast Guard Ship Kuthar on 19th August 1978, at the inaugural ceremony of the Indian Coast Guard at Bombay (now Mumbai).

Why Join

The single most important factor for the Coast Guard today, are the Officers and Men who ultimately meet the challenges at sea. You could be just the man for this challenging sea- going career if you are intelligent and bold and can think with originality and possess leadership qualities. Service in Coast Guard is not merely an employment.
It is where you play the most important role of protecting the nation’s interests. The life of a Coast Guard officer is a happy mix of many things: hard work, professionalism, risk and adventure and the opportunity to move around and visit different places within India and abroad.
(a) Ensuring the safety and protection of artificial Islands, offshore terminals, installations and other structures and devices in any maritime zone.
(b) Providing protection to fishermen including assistance to them at sea while in distress.
(c) Taking such measures as are necessary to preserve and protect the maritime environment and to prevent and control marine pollution.
(d) Assisting the customs and other authorities in anti-smuggling operations.

Training of the Coast Guard

General Duty Branch: – The officers of all branches including GD branch undergo Naval Orientation Course at INA, Ezhimala in Kerala for 22 weeks. On successful completion, the GD officers are deputed for afloat training for 24 weeks which is followed by 16 weeks of phase II afloat training on CG ships at various locations. After this, the officers undergo Seamanship Board exam to assess their nautical skills. Those who qualify the board are deputed for technical courses at various training establishments for 43 weeks. Thereafter for watch keeping certificate, the officers are posted onboard CG ships for 06 months.

General Duty (P/N) Branch: – The training of GD(P/N) branch officers is akin to GD officers until the award of Watchkeeping Certificate. After award of Watchkeeping certificate the Pilot Branch officers are called for Aviation Medicals at Delhi and deputed for flying training to Air Force Academy /Civil Flying Academy for 06 months of phase I. After this phase, the Pilots are bifurcated into fixed or rotary wing branches and accordingly deputed to Coast Guard Flying Training Squadron, Daman / Helicopter Training School (HTS), Rajali respectively. On successful completion the officers are awarded with “Wings”.

Technical Branch: – The Technical Branch Officers on completion of Naval Orientation Course at INA, Ezhimala are deputed to INS Shivaji or INS Valsura for Engineering/ Electrical branches specialization course. The duration varies from 105-110 weeks of training & includes 24 weeks of Watch Keeping / Competency certificate training onboard a Coast Guard ship. On completion of this phase they are deputed for staff appointment. Selected technical officers are also deputed for Aviation Technical Courses as super-specialization after 04 Years of Service.

Short Service Appointment (Women): – The short service women officers on completion of Naval Orientation Course at INA Ezhimala are deputed for various Technical courses at CG/Naval training establishments including 03 phases of on job training spread over a period of 70 weeks.

Short Service Appointment (CPL holders): – The short service officers who are CPL holders on completion of Naval Orientation course at INA, Ezihmala are deputed for CG technical courses at CG Training establishment. Stream distribution is carried out at this stage and officers are deputed to CG Flying Training Squadron, Daman /Helicopter Training School (HTS), Rajali for Dornier/Helicopter training respectively for approximately 06 months duration.

SAILORS (Enrolled Personnel)
Navik (General Duty): – Navik (GD) (12th qualified) and Yantriks (Diploma Holders) are trained at INS Chilka for 24 and 9 weeks respectively. Yantriks thereafter are deputed to CG ships for afloat training for 03 months followed by Technical training at INS Shivaji / INS Valsura/NIAT (Naval Institute of Aviation Technology) / Ship Wright School spanning 90-100 weeks depending upon the branch. The GD Naviks post branch allocation at INS Chilka are deputed for afloat training for 03 months following by Cadre training. This training depends upon the cadre and varies from 4-6 months.

Navik(Domestic Branch): -The Naviks (DB) undergo 15 weeks training at INS Chilka followed by 03 months afloat training and approximately 06 months branch training at INS Hamla at Mumbai.

Indian Coast Guard Syllabus 2020 For Yantrik & Navik

Before getting into the details of the Indian Coast Guard Syllabus, let’s have an overview of the exam:

Recruitment Notice Yantrik – Diploma Candidates
Navik (General Duty) 10+2 Entry
Navik (Domestic Branch) 10th Entry
Exam Conducting Body Indian Coast Guard
Name of the Posts Yantrik, Navik (GD) & (DB)
Type of Job Government Exam
Mode of Exam Offline (Written Test)
Official Website

Indian Coast Guard Selection Process (Steps)
The Indian Coast Guard selection process consists of the following stages:
1. Scrutiny of the Application Form
2. Submission of Documents and Verification
3. Written Test
4. Physical Fitness Test & Medical Test
5. Job Training
6. Final Selection

Indian Coast Guard Written Test Syllabus Subjects
A written test will be conducted to shortlist the applicants for further stages based on their merit. There are some variations in the syllabus of Yantrik and Navik posts. Check the Indian Coast Guard Syllabus – subjects/sections from the table below.

Yantrik Subjects Navik Subjects
Questions From Respective Branches – (Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics & Telecommunication) Quantitative Aptitude
General knowledge & Current Affairs General Awareness (Current Affairs and GK)
Reasoning General English
Aptitude Mathematics
English General Science
 — Reasoning (Verbal and Non- verbal)

Note: For the Indian Coast Guard Yantrik Posts, many of the questions will be asked from their respective technical subjects (Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics & Telecommunication). Besides that, questions will also be asked from General Knowledge, Reasoning, Aptitude & English.

Subject-Wise ICG Syllabus

Aptitude, Reasoning, English Language and General Awareness are common for both Yantrik and Navik posts. The Indian Coast Guard syllabus for these sections are as follows:

Indian Coast Guard Syllabus 2020 For English
The English section consists of Grammar, Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension:
1. Active-Passive Voice
2. Direct-Indirect Sentences
3. Preposition
4. Passage
5. Punctuation
6. Synonyms and Antonyms
7. Verbs, Adverbs, Tenses
8. Use of pronouns
9. Error Spotting
10. Reading Comprehension
11. Spell Checks
12. Cloze Test
13. Idioms & Phrases
14. Active & Passive Voices

Indian Coast Guard Syllabus 2020 For General Awareness
The General Awareness section of the Indian Coast Guard Syllabus consists of two major sections namely current affairs and static general knowledge (GK).
Current Affairs: The current affairs deals with the latest events and happenings. The current affairs will be based on the questions from the field of Sports, Technology, Books and Authors, Awards, National and International Events, Defence, Summits, etc.
The important topics included in General Awareness syllabus are as follows:
1. History of India
2. Culture and Religion
3. Geography
4. Indian Politics
5. Countries, Capitals, and Currencies
6. Awards, Honors and Recognition
7. Name of Rivers, Mountains, Dams,
8. Sports
9. Authors, etc

Indian Coast Guard Syllabus 2020 For Quantitative Aptitude
The topics of the quantitative aptitude section are as follows:
1. Number System
2. Percentage and Average
3. Time, Distance, Work
4. Profit and Loss
5. Ratio and Proportions
6. Simplification
7. Simple and Compound Interest
8. Number Series, etc

Indian Coast Guard Syllabus 2020 For Reasoning
The ICG Syllabus for Reasoning is as under:
1. Figural Analogy
2. Drawing inferences
3. Clocks and Calendars
4. Number Series
5. Embedded figures
6. Mathematical Reasoning
7. Statements and Arguments
8. Blood relation
9. Similarities and differences
10. Coding and de-coding
11. Alphabet Series
12. Linear and Circular Sitting Arrangements
13. Puzzles, etc

Indian Coast Guard Syllabus 2020 For Mathematics
The important topics for the ICG Maths syllabus are given below.
1. Set Theory
2. Relations and Functions
3. Quadratic Equations
4. Sequences and Series
5. Vectors
6. Conic Sections
7. Straight Lines
8. Circles
9. Trigonometry
10. Permutations and Combinations
11. Statistics
12. Probability
13. Calculus
14. Matrices & Determinants

Indian Coast Guard Syllabus 2020 For General Science
This section is based on Physics and Chemistry. The important topics included in the General Science section are as follows:
1. Physical World and Measurement (Instruments )
2. Modern Physics
3. Ray & Wave Optics (Human Eye)
4. Motion
5. Gravitation
6. Heat
7. Sound
8. Electronics (AND, OR, NOT, NOR – Gates)
9. Waves and Oscillations
10. Thermodynamics
11. Solids and Fluids
12. Electricity
13. Magnetism (Electromagnetic Induction)
14. Dual Nature of Matter and Radiations
1. Solids, Liquids, and Gases
2. Elements
3. Chemical reactions (Chemical Formula)
4. Periodic Table
5. Metals and Non-Metals, etc

ICG Yantrik Syllabus 2020 Mechanical Engineering
The Yantrik syllabus will have questions from Mechanical engineering topics if applied under the mechanical category. The detailed topics are as follows:
Engineering Mechanics, Energy conservation, Engineering Materials, The Strength of Materials, Management Information System, Machining and Machine Tool Operations, Thermodynamics, Meteorology and Inspection, Product Design and Development, Fluid Machines, Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics, Theory of Machines, Operations Research, Machine Design, Industry Safety, Inventory Control, Machining, and Machine Tool Operations, Metal Casting, Production Planning and Control, Computer Integrated Manufacturing Design, Inventory Control.

ICG Yantrik Syllabus 2020 Electrical Engineering
The Indian Coast Guard Electrical Engineering topics are given below:
Non-conventional Energy sources like Wind, Solar, Biomass, Measurement of Electrical Power, Present Power Sector scenario in India and others Electrical, Power Engineering, Distribution Network Installation & load studies, Functions of capacitors & reactors, Low Voltage constraints & resolving thereof, Analysis of Transformers, Meters & Testing, Engineering topics, Switchgear & protection (MC/LV) & LT Switchgear design, and testing, Distribution HT/LT Line parameters, Performance of line fault analysis.

ICG Yantrik Syllabus 2020 Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
The topics for Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering is given below.
Analog and Digital Communication Systems, Control Systems, Computer Organization, and Architecture, Electro Magnetics, Advanced Electronics Topics, Basic Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Advanced Communication Topics, Basic Electronics Engineering, Electronic Measurements and Instrumentation, Network Theory, Analog, and Digital Circuits.

Indian Coast Guard Physical Fitness Test

Besides the Indian Coast Guard Written Exam syllabus candidates also need to have the knowledge of the Indian Coast Guard Physical Fitness Test (PFT) parameters. Candidates will have to compulsorily meet the standards in order to get selected for the next stage. The PFT standards are as follows:
1. 1.6 Km run to be completed in 7 minutes
2. 20 squat ups (Uthak Baithak)
3. 10 Push-ups

Indian Coast Guard Medical Standards

The medical standards for Indian Coast Guard recruitment are given below.
1. Height: Minimum 157 cms. (Reduced height requirement for candidates from hilly areas and tribal areas will be in accordance with the Central Govt. orders)
2. Chest: Should be well proportioned. Minimum expansion 5 cm.
3. Weight: Proportionate to height and age +10% acceptable.
4. Hearing: Normal
5. Fitness Level: No cardio-vascular disease, no surgical deformities like knock knee, flat feet, etc., no infection of ears, no history of fits or psychiatric ailment, varicose vein. Candidates undergone corrective surgery for eyesight are not eligible.
6. Visual Standards: 6/6 for Better Eye and 6/9 for Worse Eye. Candidates using glasses are not eligible.
7. Tattoo: Permanent body tattoos are not permitted on any part of the body. However, certain concessions are permitted to candidates belonging to tribal areas/ communities as declared by the Govt. of India.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check frequently asked questions on Indian Coast Guard Syllabus from below:

Which are the subjects of Indian Coast Guard exam?
The subjects of Indian Coast Guard Yantrik/ Navik Syllabus are English Language, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, Mathematics, General Science (Physics & Chemistry). For the post of Assistant Commandant, the subjects will be Mental Ability Test/ Cognitive Aptitude Test, and Picture Perception & Discussion Test (PP & DT).