11 Successful Tips & Tricks, Strategies to Crack INET 2020 Exam

By Naveen Singh|Updated : March 18th, 2020

Indian Navy started conducting the INET (Indian Navy Entrance Test) for Officers through an online test in 2019. It is used for recruiting officers in the Executive Branch, Technical Branch, and Educational Branch of the Indian Navy. The INET exam is conducted twice a year – in February and September.

In this post, we will share useful tips to crack the INET exam, which will enable you to pursue your dream career in the Indian Navy.

The syllabus for the INET exam comprises the following subjects - English, General Science, and Mathematical Aptitude, Reasoning and Numerical Ability, and General Knowledge. To qualify for the SSB interview and medical examination, a candidate will have to score qualifying marks in all these sections.

Therefore, apart from being well prepared and thorough with your syllabus, you should follow these INET exam preparation tips to crack the INET exam successfully.


Successful Tricks to Crack INET exam

To prepare better for the Indian Navy entrance test and become successful, you will need to focus on the following aspects:

1. Without a proper plan, there is no success

The INET exam is undoubtedly rigorous, and its syllabus is vast. In such a scenario, as is true with any other reputable entrance exam, having a plan is essential. It is not necessary that you spend 9-10 hours on studies one day and then lose out on the routine subsequently. The focus should be on ensuring the quality of concepts grasped rather than the number of questions answered. Having a daily plan with specific hours to be devoted to each subject introduces discipline – the foremost quality expected from defence personnel.

2. Time Management is of utmost importance

While solving the mock tests during preparations, keep track of your time either using a stopwatch or mobile. Keep in mind that to attempt 100 questions in the exam (25 per section) in 2 hours (120 minutes), you cannot invest more than 72 seconds on a question. If you start managing your time, keeping this aspect in mind, your speed will automatically improve.

3. Practice, practice and more practice

All this preparation and going through the course syllabus will not be fruitful until and unless you practice by taking online mock tests regularly. Mock tests help you to maintain the rhythm as well as the discipline expected during an actual INET exam. Aim to take a mock test every day once you are done with the course syllabus. Do refer to reputed websites and course materials that offer mock tests for practice. Solving mock tests from different sources will prepare you for the varying difficulty levels that you may find on examination day.

4. Finish your syllabus well before the examination

As a best practice, try to finish your syllabus at least 3-4 weeks before the examination date. It will have multiple benefits. First, it will give you the inherent confidence of being aware of all the subjects to be assessed in examination. Second, you will have enough time to practice mock tests and sample papers to get you into the exam routine. 

Third and most important, it will reduce your nervousness to face the examination. Having a positive and confident mindset does wonder to your test-taking ability.

5. Don't attempt questions you are not confident of

There is a big difference between an intelligent guess and a random guess. In a rush, you may be bound to select options that you may not be confident of. However, be aware of the fact that each wrong answer will lead to a deduction of 1 mark. Instead of boosting your score, guesswork and speculations will reduce your scores drastically. 

So, plan your attempts intelligently and avoid guesswork at all costs.

6. Solve Reasoning questions with logic

It may be confusing and, at times, time-consuming, but reasoning questions can be mastered by practising them regularly. It is essential to have your concepts clear and solve them as if you are playing a mind game or a puzzle. Once you get to the crux of these reasoning questions, you will be able to solve them in no time.

7. Remember the Math formulae

Having the formulae hardcoded in your brains will come very handy during the exams when there is limited time and a lot of questions to answer. Start memorizing the important math formulae by writing them down or by keeping them in front of you while studying. 

In this way, the formulae will get subconsciously ingrained inside your mind, and you will easily be able to recall them whenever required.

8. Master the nuances of English grammar and vocabulary

You cannot master the English language by memorizing only. You will need to make a habit of using the words in your daily conversations and writing. Refer to well-recommended books on English grammar and vocabulary. Practice at least ten words every day with your friends and family to gain confidence as well as to understand the nuances of their usage. 

This routine will not only help you with the INET exam but in your professional lives in the future.

9. Keep up to date with current affairs

General Knowledge is the only section in the INET exam, which can boost your overall scores immensely if you have a good grasp of what's happening around you. The best part is that there are no calculations or estimations involved, so you can save a lot of time while scoring on these questions.

Inculcate a habit of scanning through the daily newspapers, magazines, journals as well as online news sites to be well-versed with current affairs.

10. Work on your weak sections

INET exam can be cracked only if you clear all sectional cut-offs. One cannot be expected to be strong in all sections and subjects. Thus, as a candidate, it is imperative to introspect and find out which are the sections where you do not feel confident, unlike others. 

Once you have this sorted, you need to make extra efforts to target performance improvement in those sections.

11. A little smartness always helps

If you observe the pattern from INET 2019, the minimum overall passing marks were 50% (Score of 200 out of 400), while the minimum sectional cut off marks were 40% (Score of 25 out of 100 in each section).

Given that the INET was conducted for the first time and not many candidates were aware of the strategies, it would be wise to consider that a score of 200+ with individual sections cleared would be enough to qualify the exam. Essentially, you need not solve all the 100 questions but around 60-70 questions across sections to make the cut. 

It is now upon you to strategize on which questions to solve and which ones to avoid.

For all the aspirants starting with their preparation or for those nearing completion, hope you find these INET exam preparation tips useful. Now we will share other relevant information related to the INET exam.

How to prepare for Indian Navy entrance test: An Overview

Candidates should be cognizant of the following information related to the Indian Navy Entrance Test (INET).

Name of the examination

Indian Navy Entrance Test (INET)

Conducted by

Indian Navy

Mode of Application


Examination fee

Rs. 215/- (SC/ST/Women candidates exempted from payment of fees)


B.Tech. /B.E.


Twice a year (February and September)

Examination process

INET followed by SSB interview and Medical Examination

Duration of exam

2 hours

Number of questions

100 (Max marks: 400)

Number of sections

4 Sections which are:

  • English – 25 questions (100 marks)
  • General Science & Mathematical Aptitude – 25 questions (100 marks)
  • Reasoning and Numerical Ability – 25 questions (100 marks)
  • General Knowledge – 25 questions (100 marks)

INET Syllabus

A) English



Reading Comprehension

Re-arrangement of sentences

  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • One-word Substitution
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Spelling Test
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Sentence or Phrase Improvement
  • Spotting the Error/ Sentence
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • Answering questions based on the accompanying essay
  • Re-arrangement of jumbled and mixed sentences

B) Mathematics and Numerical Ability 

  • Average
  • Algebra
  • Time, Speed & Distance
  • Percentage
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Pipes & Cisterns
  • Mensuration
  • Simplification
  • Number System
  • Profit & Loss
  • Time & Work
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Data Interpretation
  • Permutation & Combination / Probability

C) Reasoning and Numerical Ability

  • Clocks and Calendars
  • Blood relations
  • Critical reasoning
  • Syllogism
  • Cubes and dice
  • Number and letter series
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Seating arrangement

D) General Knowledge

  • Current Affairs
  • General Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computer Knowledge
  • Polity & Governance
  • Science and Technology
  • Defence
  • Culture, Books & Awards
  • Countries and Capitals
  • Economy
  • Dates and Committees
  • Sports


We hope to have provided you with all the relevant information on how to prepare for the Indian Navy Entrance Test (INET). This exam is a gateway to one of the most prestigious career options available to Indian candidates. To taste this life, you will have to put in a lot of hard work.

It is important to keep faith in yourself and keep on striving throughout.

All the best for your exams!

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