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How to Join Merchant Navy After 12th

Merchant Navy is a great career option after 12th, it is perfect for those who love travelling, adventure, interested in seeing new places and meeting new people. In this profession you will travel around the world and that too free of cost. Merchant Navy can be described as commercial fleet of non-combatant ships which deals with transportation of passengers, cargo and lots of other things by sea that may not possible to dispatch either by road, rail and air, between all the countries. Merchant Navy fleet may include Passenger ships, Tanker ships, cargo ships, bulk carriers, refrigerator ships, container ships, barge carrying ships including roll on/roll off ships. With growing economic and fastest developing country India have a largest merchant shipping fleets and have a variety of jobs in Indian as well as foreign vessels.

Eligibility for Merchant Navy: Merchant Navy can be joined after 10th as seafarer after qualifying pre sea courses or after 12th as an officer through various degree or diploma courses in mainly two specialized fields, Nautical (Deck) and Marine engineering. Unmarried Female and Male candidate are eligible.

Age Limit: 16-25 Years

Medical Standards:

Candidates should be physically and mentally strong, fit for sea-services under standard norms

Eye-Sight: 6/6 without glasses, No color Blindness. (The candidate is subject to medical examination).

Courses to Join Merchant Navy: There are various courses to join after 10th or 12th in both private and govt training institute recognized and approved by Director General of Shipping, Ministry of Shipping. These are:

Pre Sea Training – In this course you will get proper training of maintenance of engine as well as deck. It is also known as G.P.R (General Purpose Training) you can join this course after 10th with minimum aggregate percentage of 40% with Mathematics, science and English as compulsory subject and should have 40% marks in each of them. The time duration of this course is 06 months and age limit is joining this course is 17 to 25 years. Beside that other short term courses are also there:

3 month Pre-Sea Course in Deck rating. 3 month Pre-Sea Course in Engine rating. 4 month Pre-Sea Course in Saloon rating.

Deck cadet – In this course you are given a diploma in Nautical Science. The minimum education qualification for this course is 10+2 with P.C.M (Physics, Chemistry and Math) as compulsory subjects and you should have scored minimum 50% in aggregate and 50% in English at 12th level.

STCW Course – This is basically a safety course which is compulsory for every seaman. This consists of four basic courses i.e. EFA (Elementary First Aid), EPFF (Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting), PST (Provisional Survival Techniques) and PSSR (Personal Safety & Social responsibility). It is totally 15 days program.

Beside that there are others certificates, diploma and degrees enables you to join Merchant Navy are:-

Pre-sea Training for personnel, man Dredgers, Tugs, OSVs, etc on N.C.V (DECK)

Qualification -Minimum 10th standard, courses approved by DG Shipping (Govt of India)

Pre-sea Training for personnel, man Dredgers, Tugs, OSVs, etc on N.C.V (ENGINE)

Qualification- Minimum 10th standard, courses approved by DG Shipping (Govt of India)

1 year Pre-Sea Diploma in Nautical Science

Its leads to B.Sc Nautical Science affiliated to Indian Maritime University and approved by DG Shipping (Govt. of India) eligibility – 10+2 PCM/Bsc. Degree/ B.E. /B. Tech. Degree

HND (Higher National Diploma) Nautical Science

Qualification- Minimum 10+2 PCM

HND (Higher National Diploma) Marine Engineering

Qualification- Minimum 10+2 PCM

B.E Marine Engineering (4-Year Degree course in Marine Engineering)

Qualification- Minimum 10+2 PCM and English

B.S. in Nautical Technology (3 years training at Institute + 1 year at Sea)

Qualification- Minimum 10+2 PCM

3-Year B.Sc. Degree in Nautical Science

Qualification- Minimum 10+2 PCM and English

2-year Marine Engineering course

Qualification – Diploma in Mechanical /Marine/ Naval Architecture / Electrical / Electrical and Electronics Engineering

1-year Marine Engineering Course, Graduate Marine Engineer(GME)

Qualification – Graduation in BE (Mech) Engineering / Naval Arch. with minimum of 50% marks in final year and with 50% minimum marks in English language at 10th or 12th or in Degree Exam.

Merchant Navy entrance exam: The All India Merchant Navy Entrance Test (AIMNET) is conducted by Bharat Shipping Limited usually in the month of November-December every year for following courses:

B.Tech NAVAL ARCHITECURE & SHIP BUILDING (4 years) Qualification -Pass HSC OR 10+2 from a recognized board with 50% average in PCM (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics) Maximum age-25 years.

B.Tech – MARINE ENGINEERING: Qualification -Pass HSC OR 10+2 from a recognized with 60% average in PCM (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics) Maximum age-25 years

B.Sc NAUTICAL SCIENCE: Qualification -Pass HSC OR 10+2 from a recognized with 60% average in PCM (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics) Maximum age-25 years

PRE-SEA TRAINING G.P. RATINGS: Qualification – 10th pass with total average of 40% marks (with Mathematics & Science) OR Has Passed in Govt. approved 2 years ITI course from recognized institute with 50% minimum aggregate marks. 40% marks in English subject shall require in 10th or 12th OR any Degree OR Diploma course approved by AICTE. Maximum age - 25 years.

M.B.A. SHIPPING & LOGISTICS: Any degree from a GOVT recognized University OR Mariners holding following professional qualification obtained after study-cum training of 6 years after 10+2 OR Diploma from a recognized Institution leading to:

(a) Master Foreign Going Certificate of Competency.

OR

(b) First Class Motor or Combined (Chief Engineer) Certificate of Competency issued by the DG Shipping (Directorate General of Shipping), MOS (Ministry of Shipping), Govt of India or its counterparts in other countries.

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