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. Merchant Navy is different from the navy in the sense that it offers commercial services, as opposed to the navy, which is largely involved in the defence of a nation. A career in the merchant navy is considered a glamorous job, especially by the people who have been bitten by the travel bug. It offers an opportunity to visit new and exotic places all around the globe. Merchant Navy career is not only monetarily rewarding but also satisfying and a quite challenging.

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
    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
    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
    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/-


Fees for merchant navy is almost same all over india and is controlled by the d.g.shipping.

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


Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility for joining merchant navy is finishing class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.  Candidates have to be unmarried Indian citizens (male or female). Normal vision is required but glasses up to plus or minus 2.5 may be allowed. Admission is through an entrance followed by a screening test and a main written examination. After clearing the test, there is an interview and a medical test. You also need to complete a ship-training course prior to the employment. The course is generally short-term where the candidates are taught basic security concerns of voyaging. There are some private institutes, which offer training for merchant navy as well. These institutes prepare students for jobs such as deck cadets and marine engineering jobs.


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Merchant navy job profiles

  • Deck officer (navigation officer)
  • Electro-technical officer (ETO)
  • Engineer

Ratings- ratings are skilled seafarers who help all the officers with daily tasks Catering & hospitality crew (pursers,  stewards, chef, housekeeper etc.)

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.


Besides this, imported liquor, cigarettes, canned foods, cosmetics are available on board duty free. They are also entitled to four month leave every year. The interesting fact is that there is no income tax return imposed on the earnings of a merchant navy professional. Life in merchant navy can be adventurous for all those with wanderlust. The long periods of solitude notwithstanding, the opportunity to see the world and get paid while doing so, just cannot be argued with.

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