A complete guide to merchant navy and merchant navy courses

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Career decisions are generally influenced by life’s experiences, view of parents, siblings or peer groups. But it’s us who takes the final decision and whatever decision we take it is best if you make it after a lot of deliberation and genuine research. By taking this fact into account I’m here to present to you all a career in merchant navy.

When I heard about this career at first I had no idea. What it’s really meant by merchant navy.How I can take it as a career, what are the various departments, what all courses should I take, importantly what’s the basic qualification etc…

Firstly let me give u a brief introduction about what is merchant navy?

1. Introduction to merchant navy

The merchant navy is an industry which deals with transporting cargo and passengers by sea using ships.

2. What are the various departments in a ship

  • Deck/ Navigation department

Generally, in order to become an officer in the deck department, there are mainly two course

    1. Diploma in nautical science ( DNS)- 1 year
    2. BSC Nautical science – 3 years
  • Engine department

In order to join in the engine department

    1. Btech in marine engineering (4 years)
    2. GME ( Graduate in Marine Engineering)- 1 year

Apart from these two courses, there is another course called General Purpose Rating duration 6 months after the completion of this course You can either work in the Engine department or Deck department.

  • Catering department

In order to join the catering department, the course is

    1. CCMC( Certificate course in maritime catering)- 6 months
      (There are other courses for catering but this one is best)

3. Entry requirements for these courses

  • Diploma in nautical science

Pass in 10+2 examination from a recognised Board/ University with physics, chemistry and mathematics (PCM), with not less than 60% marks in PCM aggregate
With physics as an individual subject in any one of the years, If BSc with not less than 55% Marks in the final year of BSc, from a recognized University.
* should have passed with not less than 50% marks in English as a separate subject, at either 10th or 12th standard or in the degree program conducted by a recognized Board / University


    Pass in 10+2 or equivalent examination with physics, chemistry, mathematics, and English with not less than 60% marks in PCM aggregate and with 50% marks in the English language at 10th or 12th std exam.

  • Btech Marine Engineering

    Pass in 10+2 or equivalent examination with physics, chemistry, mathematics, and English with not less than 60% marks in PCM aggregate and with 50% marks in the English language at 10th or 12th std exam.

  • GME

    Educational Qualifications

    B.E./ B.Tech degree holders in mechanical or naval architecture disciplines are eligible to pursue this course. Minimum marks criteria may exist in the case of some institutes. Generally, the minimum eligible score for admission lies between 50-60% aggregate marks in the B.E./ B.Tech program.

  • General Purpose Rating

    Pass with aggregate 40% marks in 10th Standard from a recognized Board with Science, Mathematics as subjects and with minimum 40% marks in English language either in 10th, 12th or diploma/degree exam.

  • CCMC

    For the Certificate Course in Maritime Catering course eligibility, students have to complete their 10+2 examination or any equivalent examination from a recognized board.

    Students who have attended the final test of their board examination can also apply for this course. Candidates with a minimum of 40% of marks in English and 50% of marks in each subject like Commerce, Arts, Science 10+2 examinations are eligible for this course.

4. Age limit

17.5 to 25 years
And it’s same for every course

If you have any doubts or queries about this topic feel free to come on below comment box.

Thank you

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