Joining the Merchant Navy
Candidates with 10+2 (PCM), age up to 25 years, appear for IIT/JEE. Success in IIT/JEE, permits candidates to be selected and they can do either:
a) Nautical Officer – 3 year B.Sc. (Natural Sciences). The candidate should be physically fit (as per Merchant Shipping Rules) 6/6 vision, unimpaired color vision.
b) Engineer Officer – 4 year Marine Engineering degree course. Candidate should be physically fit as per Merchant Shipping Rules.
On successful completion of training they apply to join a shipping company. Shipping companies also approach candidates while under training and recruit them directly.
Alternative 2: One Year IMU Pre-sea course
a) Nautical Officer - The candidate should be physically fit (as per the Merchant Shipping (MS) Rules). Eligibility 10+2 (PCM) 55% and English 50%, should qualify in the IMU entrance exam, or B.Sc. (PCM) 50%, or BE age 25 years with 6/6 vision in both eyes & unimpaired colour vision. Age relaxable by 5 years for SC/ST category applicants and 2 years for girl cadets. Approved one year Pre-Sea training is provided before posting them on board the ship.
b) Engineer Officers - Please consult the specific advertisements for eligibility criteria for direct recruitment.
Advertisements appear in national newspapers as and when the companies requires personnel.
Ratings: One may choose to join the sea career as a rating.
Deck Rating: 10th/SSC, 18-25 Years. Medically fit as per Merchant Shipping (M.S.) Rules. Eye Sight 6/6, with color vision.
Engine Rating: 10th/SSC, 18-25 years. Medically fit as per Merchant Shipping (M.S.) Rules.
General Purpose (GP) Rating Course: (For deck/engine): 10th / SSC, 18-25 years. Medically fit as per Merchant Shipping (M.S.) Rules. Eye Sight 6/6, with color vision.
Saloon Rating Course: SSC. Age limits: 18 to 25 years. Medically fit as per Merchant Shipping Rules.