Merchant Navy

how to join in Merchant Navy, Educational Qualification, Eligibility, Career in Merchant Navy Courses & Salary in India



The opportunity to travel around the world and the lure of adventure on the high seas, besides the possibility of high remunerations attracts many youngsters to make a career in the Merchant Navy.

Join Merchant Navy after class 10th or +2 ,Age 18-24

  1. marine engineering (4yrs course)
    Eligibility- 12 pass with 60% in physics chemistry maths & 60% in english
    Eye-6/6
    Physically fit
    Total 4yrs fees-11.50 lakhs (including food and hostel)
  2. BSC nautical science (3yrs course)
    Eligibility- 12 pass with 60% in physics chemistry maths & 60% in english
    Eye-6/6
    Physically fit
    Total 3yrs fees-8.50 lakhs (including food and hostel)
  3. G.P.rating (6 month course)
    Eligibility- 10 pass 55 % in english
    Eye-6/6
    Physically fit
    Total 6months fees-2.50 lakhs (including food and hostel)
  4. STCW 2010Eligibility: Physical Fitness
    Valid Indian Passport
    Age 18 and above
    Duration of the course 15 days
    Indian CDC, INDOS numbers and five basic safety course certificate will be provided
    Fees- 60,000/-

How to Join Merchant Navy After 10th

Merchant navy courses that you can pursue after 10th include

  • Near Coastal Voyage (NCV)
  • Diploma in Nautical Science (DNS)
  • Commercial Diving
  • G.P. Rating

How to Join Merchant Navy After 12th

After +2, Eligible to study the following merchant navy courses

  • B.Sc. Nautical Science
  • B.E. Marine Engineering
  • B.E. Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering
  • B.E. Petroleum Engineering
  • B.E. Mechanical Engineering
  • B.E. Harbour & Ocean Engineering
  • B.E. Civil Engineering
  • B.E. Electrical & Electronics Engineering
  • B.Sc. Marine Catering
  • Electro Technical Officer Course




Merchant Navy Pay Package

Merchant Navy, the salary can range from anywhere between Rs.12000 to Rs.8 lakhs per month though the pay structure differ from company to company, city to city, the export-import needs, seniority etc. All crew members and officers are given free meals on board and senior officers can take along their wives for the voyage.

Junior Engineer on a ship can earn around Rs. 30,000 per month with free boarding and lodging while signed on board the vessel. The next level is of Second Engineer and finally, Chief Engineer on a ship. As you keep getting promoted, your salary increases substantially. A Chief Engineer at sea earns Rs. 1.5 lakhs per month or more net of taxes. It takes about 6-7 years for a Junior Engineer Officer to get promoted to the rank of Chief Engineer, depending on individual capabilities and job opportunities available.

Third Officer’s salary is around Rs. 50,000 per month plus free boarding and lodging while on board.Next levels in increasing order of seniority are Second Officer, a Chief Officer and Captain of a ship. A Captain’s pay package is Rs. 2 lakhs per month or more net of taxes. It takes about 8 years for a Third Officer to get promoted to the rank of Captain, depending on individual capabilities and the job opportunities available.