What is Merchant Navy?
The Merchant Navy is commercial aspects of Shipping Industry and Indian navy is the defence aspects. So there is a clear distinct difference between Merchant Navy and Indian Navy. Merchant navy fleet which basically deals with the transporting cargo by sea, to destinations around the world. Life in the Merchant Navy may be full of fun and adventure, but it is also hard work that requires the knowledge of navigation, maintenance and safe operation of a variety of vessels which travel long distances across the seas. The Merchant Navy fleet is mainly composed of cargo liners, tankers, cruisers, passenger vessels and other special types of seafaring vessels. Although modern vessels today are equipped with sophisticated gadgetry to deal with all emergencies, professionals employed on these vessels.
Why should you pursue a career in Merchant Navy ?
Apart of a promising career, Merchant Navy ensures: you are paid while you learn, you get the chance to travel the world at your company's expense, time off is quality period measured in weeks and months - not just days , your life at sea is challenging and rewarding. You can quickly rise to the top and gain responsibility, respect and a salary to match there is a lifetime of personal development opportunities post life at sea.
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- High income ( Tax Free)
- Independence and responsibility at a young age
- Quick promotions
- No expenses whilst on board ( High class accommodation and cuisine)
- Travel around the globe and experience the world
- Adventure – No two days on the ship are the same
- Long Vacations - Time to pursue your hobbies
- Future opportunities to pursue a career ashore
How is Merchant Navy better than any other career option?
A student who passes his/her 10+2 exams and takes up any stream for further studies spends at least another 4 years in college before becoming eligible for a job in the particular stream. Whereas a candidate who joins Merchant Navy, has to undergo only 1 year of training at an approved institute and then starts earning whilst doing the on-board training. Moreover undergo only 1 year of training at an approved institute and then starts earning whilst doing the on-board training. Moreover the stipend received during the training period itself is higher than the starting salaries in many career streams ashore.At the age of 21 when a normal student graduates from any stream and starts looking for a job, the candidate who has joined Merchant Navy has already completed his/her training and starts working as an officer on board the ship and earns wages to the tune of more than 1 Lakh rupees per month.
Sea of Opportunity available?
There are various types of ships but the main job of a ship is to transport goods or people from one place to another. Ships are responsible for transporting 96% of goods around the world and is the most important service helping to keep the wheels of the global economy moving smoothly. Shipping is a vital link in world trade and today it is one of the booming sectors of the industry. If you join the merchant navy you could choose to be a navigating officer (also known as a deck officer) or an engineering officer.
Select the course according to your qualification and apply according to it.
What are the qualifications required to join DNS, Bsc Nautical Science Or B.E Marine Engineering Course in India?
For 10+2 Science students: from a recognized Board/University with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM), with not less than 60% marks in PCM aggregate.
For BSc students: With Physics as an individual subject in any one of the years of B.Sc., with not less than 60% marks in the final year of B.Sc., from a recognized University provided that the candidate must have passed 10 + 2 examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) from a recognized Board.
For BE/B.Tech Students: or its equivalent degree from I.I.T. or from a college recognized by AICTE/UGC/DEC.
Students Awaiting for the results can also apply.
English: Should have passed with not less than 60% marks in English as a separate subject, at either 10th or 12th standard or in the Degree programme conducted by a recognized Board/University.
Age Limit: Not more than 25 Yrs at the commencement of course (Course commences on 1st Monday in February and August every year)
Physical and Medical Standards: Medically fit as per the standards set by Merchant Shipping Medical Examination Rules and eyesight 6/6 in each eye without visual aids.
Go on the website to view the Rules, http://www.dgshipping.gov.in
What is the best choice to join, after 12th or after graduation?
The Deck Cadet DNS Training programme leads to a diploma and thereafter a BSc degree in Nautical Science on successful completion of the full Cadet Training programme.
After completion of the 1st and 2nd semester in the Pre-sea institute (total 1 year) the candidate is awarded an advanced
Diploma in Nautical Science (DNS). He/she then has to complete the remaining 3 semesters (3,4 & 5) as on-board training.
During the on-board training the candidate is given the training material for the Distance Learning Programme, which is to be completed and submitted to the Pre-sea Institute at the completion of each semester.
After the successful completion of all the 3 semesters the candidate has to attend 4 months of college for preparing for their 2nd Mates exams. On clearing the written and oral exams the candidate obtains a certificate of competency and is also awarded a BSc degree in Nautical Science by IMU. For more information visit http://www.imu.edu.in/
Since the course itself leads to graduation, it would be best to pursue the course immediately after the 12th std which would give the candidates a head start over the students joining after their graduation.
Do we need IIT rank to qualify , what is the difference in qualifying through IIT ranking and direct joining ?
The entrance exam for Merchant navy is conducted by the Indian Maritime University and the exam is called CET – common
entrance test which is a test one can take to join any shipping related stream – deck, engine, Naval architecture. This exam
is conducted in December and June of each year at around 15 centres all over India. The eligibility criteria for attempting the
IMU – CET is as given above.
IIT-JEE exam ranking is used for joining in a 3-year BSc Nautical Science degree course at a Government institute. These institutes are few and seats limited.
Apply to Sponsored College for the post of Deck Cadet.
1. The company will invite the applicant for a selection test provided the applicant fulfills all the qualification criteria set by DG Shipping and the Company as mentioned above.
2. Applicant undergoes company selection test which includes a written test, a Psychometric evaluation,Interview and Medical Test.
3. If applicant is successful in clearing the selection test then he is told to appear the IMU entrance test.
4. On successful passing of the IMU entrance test the applicant is advised to undergo a 1 year pre-sea course at an institute of the company’s choice.
1. Applicant appears for IMU entrance test.
2. Applicant passes the IMU entrance test.
3. Applicant is counseled and he is allocated a Pre-Sea College anywhere in India.
4. Applicant waits for companies to conduct campus recruitment or applies to companies on completion of the course.
Of the 2 methods described above which one is preferred?
The 1st method is preferred as you are employed by a company before having done the course, and you also have an assurance of a sea berth for completing your training. This is not the case with the 2nd method where you have to look for a job on completion of the course.
The on-board training berths are much fewer compared to the pre-sea training seats, hence if you do not have an assured sea berth you may even spend a year trying to get an employment with a shipping company.
In the 1st method you are classified as a sponsored cadet, in the second method you are an un-sponsored cadet.
What do you mean by a sponsored candidate?
The term sponsored candidate is used for as a candidate who will be sponsored a sea-berth on board a ship on completion of training. It does not relate to sponsorship of tuition fees at the pre-sea training institute.
A candidate who has met all the qualifying criteria; will be sponsored by Ship Management Company on-board one of its large fleet of ships.
Candidates who are still undergoing the company selection process will declare themselves as a non-sponsored candidate in the Form A of the IMU entrance exam. These candidates can later declare themselves as a sponsored candidate if they are selected by any shipping company.
Is there any education loan’s available?
Yes, once you have been selected by IMU & Sponsoring Company , we can arrange for banks to give you education loans at existing market rates, you could also on your own approach a bank of your choice to obtain educational loans at favorable interest rates.
What is IMU?
The IMU or Indian Maritime University was formed by an Act of Parliament; the headquarters of the University is at Chennai with its campuses at Mumbai, Kolkata Chennai and Visakhapatnam. Information about IMU can be obtained from their website www.imu.edu.in
What happens after the selection process?
After you have fulfilled and completed all the selection formalities i.e. Fulfilling Company and Directorate of Shipping requirements, You will be directed to undergo a 1 year pre-sea training at a Maritime Institute of our choice. You will be informed about the institute in due course of time. The 1 year pre-sea course is a residential course i.e. you will be residing in hostel inside the campus.
In the 1 year pre-sea course, you will be imparted training in shipping related fields and on general related topics. It is imperative that you pass both the semesters in order to satisfy requirements for going on board ships.
After completion of the 1 year pre-sea training successfully, all your travel document requirements have to be in order before you can be placed on board ship. For this reason you must apply for your passport immediately on selection as a deck cadet or at least have your passport ready with you before completion of the 1st Semester.
Once your travel documents are ready, you will be called to attend a briefing session prior proceeding on a ship to undergo the Shipboard Structured Training programme (SSTP). The on board training period is for 18months, during this period the company will be paying you a stipend of USD 400/- per month. Boarding and lodging on board the ship is provided free of charge.
What if I want to give up sailing in the future after becoming a Captain of a ship? Can I get employment ashore?
There are plenty of jobs available for Captains and Chief engineers ashore in marine related or engineering related fields.
These positions carry much prestige and status.
Do Sponsored candidate also have to appear for the IMU test?
Yes the IMU CET is a compulsory entrance test made mandatory by the Government of India for any candidate aspiring to take up a career in the merchant navy.
When selecting companies what should I look for?
Choosing the right Shipping company is the key:
Join a company which provides you a career path and has a structured training programme has a good safety and quality record has a size able fleet of ships to be able to provide continuous employment and varied experience Check out the companies past track record.
Stipend remuneration should be your least priority, if you are a well trained officer the money will follow. The period that you spend on board as a cadet is the time for learning, what knowledge and experience you gain during this period will stand you in good stead as an officer in the later years. The company that provides extensive training is the one you should be looking for.
Can we apply for Education Loan ?
Loan process will be your responsibility and you will have to choose the bank who will be willing to give you the loan. We will assist you in loan process. Our all Courses are professional Courses. After Successful completion of the courses students join the Shipping Companies. A Pre – Placement / Sponsorship letter is given to every student at the time of joining. There are two important reasons why one can get loan with easily:
- Pre - Assured Job.
- Highest Packages any Industry can offer.
- Letters pertaining to the approval of courses
- References of Sanction of loan proposals for all banks.
- For the List of Bank visit Education Loan at our website.
Can we take our family on ship ?
Most companies provide facilities to take families after a certain rank.ie: At this stage, top 4 senior officers (Master, C/O, C/E, 2/E) are allowed to carry family on-board.
Can we come home during On – Board Course? What are the Holiday Schemes after it?
Students are not allowed to go home during On – Board Course except for any genuine reason and is sanction by the Master of the Ship. After the Course Completion there are 5 months working 2 months off, 4 months working 2 months off, 2 months working 2 months off Schemes with Respective Shipping Companies.
- What are the advantages & disadvantages of joining Merchant Navy?
- Paid Training
Yes, After finishing your pre-sea training which is conducted in a marine school, we join a ship for on-board training as a Cadet and get paid. The Amount varies from company to company from $300-$600.Lets say when your friends will be completing their bachelor degree you will be “earning for learning” and that too in dollars
- Tax Free & High Income
According to Indian government if you are not present in India for 182 days, you are not eligible to pay tax. So, if your contract is more than 182 days in a year, NO TAX!!
And getting paid in dollars , working on water , actually is profitable and that too in early stages.
- Long Vacations.
As long as it’s considered, when you are at home, you are free to do whatever you want to. Time off varies from weeks to months and from company to company.
- Travel Experience (Meals & Lodging)
There is no charge for the food you eat, laundry, room you sleep in, flights u board (mostly), your company takes care of that from the day you join even as a fresher. It actually let you save more.
- Uniform & Respect
I don’t know about other sailors, but it makes me kinda proud u know!!
- Pure Environment
Not that level of pollution, after a certain time period you find yourself working in proper air conditioning, food you eat is handled by professionals.
- No Politics.
I am not saying this happens every time, sailors generally live like a family, but if some damned soul join you, can’t help it!!
- Impermanent Bosses & Colleagues
The thing is if your boss is not friendly, either you quit or apply for a transfer , but here you just have to bare your captain or chief or whosoever may the Officer is , for a contract, chances are you won’t see him again.
- Self-Improvement & Time to Think.
Sailings, when you are not on duty, when as a fresher sleeping is the favorite thing, but as you grow you do things which you couldn’t do because of the lack of time , reading literature or anything else, sketching. Numismatics, there is no boundary. You think about things and yourself, it’s just you and your mind.
- Multi Lingual People & Cuisine
Travelling around let you to meet people from different countries, there is no Indo-Pakistan border there, if you are a foodie like me, its haven!!
- Limited Working Perimeter
You don’t have to get up early, freshen up , be ready , take a bus or drive through kilometers ,parking, then work or wander the market ,again travel to home, Here it’s like, get up, freshen up , change. Limited perimeter for working.
- Offshore Work Opportunities
Number of possibilities, being a surveyor, a pilot or just teaching in a maritime school.
- Long Time Away From Home.
No matter how I put this but I won’t be able to convert it , with increasing connectivity and allowance of family on ships by various companies , but still most of the time its away time. Being a sailor or accepting the fact can make you a little bit stronger than your family but the better half of yours, kids……!!
- 7 Day Work
There is nothing like weekends, you have to be on duty every day, and if there is any emergency be ready to stay on 24 hrs duty.
- Stress + Home Sickness
No matter how hard you try but it takes onto you, mostly when your contrct is about to finish.
- No immediate help in any Emergency.
Imagine this you’re in pacific, no land nearby, and if any serious injury happens, we do study about medical attention , frankly first aid advanced level, but if victim require urgent hospitalization its not possible.
Studies Never Ends.
Yeah !! Don’t think that you’re an hard a*s and can go through , then comes studies , it’s like sea experience then exams , then again experience and then exams, this goes on and on.
- Relationships & Social Life
There is no stability, sometime you can call sometime you can’t, there are world SIM for calling and surfing net , but it doesn’t gives that level of connectivity which you can get on a land job, so comparison here is worthless.
Though this happens rarely and in some specific parts of the world, but it does exist, companies are forced to keep private security, a new course added as ship security, and number of changes for Anti Piracy, but it does scare you,
Nearly impossible to survive, I WAS a vegetarian.
I believe, everyone doesn’t possess the will to become a sailor; it really takes a different kind of a man or a woman to go and be there at a ship. Today, if I am right, 30% of the freshers reach to the next level, OOW , whatever be the reason for them to leave but this is what that happens.
95% of cargo is transferred by ships alone, from petroleum to chemicals to luxury goods, it’s possible that the laptop or desktop you are reading this, was transferred by one of a ship. If ships stop for a day you can’t imagine what can happen. That makes me, Us, important. I AM A PROUD MARINER.