30 Nov Become a Seafarer
Do you love to travel around the globe, want to have early financial independence, uniform and respect
with tax-free income and have the temptation of adventure on high seas?
Then a lucrative job such as Merchant Navy could be an ideal profession for you.
By the time you finish reading this blog, you will have a good idea about Merchant Navy, which would act
as a guide for new aspirants. It would give readers a better idea of the life and work of a sailor on a
The term “merchant navy” by definition means a fleet of commercial ships that are not used for
military purposes. The ships and the crew of the merchant navy are a part of the country’s commercial
How to Join Merchant navy?
The minimum eligibility for courses in Nautical science and Marine engineering is 10+2 or an equivalent
examination with physics, chemistry and mathematics.
Age- *Minimum 17years
*Maximum is 25 years
*As per the Government rules, the maximum age relaxation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled
Tribes is 5 years
Eyesight – 6/12 in each eye or 6/9 in better eye and 6/18 in another eye for distant unaided vision. Colour
blindness in any case is NOT PERMITTED.
Fitness – Physical fitness is of the greatest importance for a career at sea. A certificate of fitness from a
registered medical practitioner is mandatory for admission into a course.
Merchant Navy Admission through Entrance Exam and Merit –
*MERI Entrance Exam
Merchant Navy – Pay/Salary Package
In Merchant Navy, the compensation can go from anyplace between Rs.15000 to Rs.8.5 lakhs every
month however the compensation structure vary from organization to organization, city to city, the fare
import needs, rank and so on
Here are the top Merchant Navy Institutes in India:-
1) Tolani Maritime Institute (TMI)
2) Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies- Mumbai
3) International Maritime Institute (IMI) Delhi
4) Vels Academy of Maritime Studies Chennai
5) Maharashtra Academy of Naval Education and Training (MANET) Pune
6) Institute of Technology & Marine Engineering (ITME) Kolkata
7) B.P. Marine Academy Navi Mumbai
8) TS Rahaman Mumbai
9) Indian Maritime University (IMU) Chennai
10) Coimbatore Marine College (CMC) Coimbatore
As far as college placements are concerned, no college guarantees 100% placement. However, if you
have the requisite skills and knowledge about that field scope is endless.
Why do people not prefer the Merchant Navy despite the high salary that it offers?
There could be only one reason why people do not prefer the Merchant Navy despite the high salary , it is
because the tradeoff for high salaries isn’t favourable for many individuals-Sea Sickness, lack of social life,
work for extended hours and there’s no weekend or National Holiday on Ships, every day is a Monday.
Life On merchant Navy Ship
“There is a saying ,’ jobs in merchant navy is not just a job its an adventure’ … and an adventure it truly is.
Even though my 8-year career is successful as most, I still did and saw many things that most people
never dreamt of. I’ve gotten lost in the back street of Canada at 2 AM, and I have been overboard in the
ambient temperature -26 degrees Celcius where the whole sea was frozen.
I learned that honour, courage and commitment are very real. I became a citizen of the world and
became a good man. And as I look back, the memories of bad times fade and the memories of good times
remain strong and clear and comfort me as I grow older”
Arun Tiwari (Chief Officer – Anglo-Eastern Ship Management)
Around 90% of world trade is carried by the international shipping industry. over 50,000 merchant
ships are trading internationally, transporting every kind of cargo. A career at sea will make you
stand in excellent stead, no matter how quickly the world changes. The opportunity to work with
cutting-edge technologies and develop practical and technical skills will make life enjoyable and
If you think You are an eligible candidate for Merchant Navy, fulfilling the above-stated prerequisites and want to be part of it ;
Then, the sea is waiting for you.
Dr. Shweta Miglani is an academician who brings along the experience of 18+ years in the industry. She is a doctorate in Viral marketing and is a Certified Career Coach as well. She is a professor at one of the leading institutes in the city and runs a Career Consulting firm by the name of Skill Mapping, in Ludhiana. She help prepares students by working on their profile so that they get future-ready for any course/college and thereby, guiding them in their career-related decisions. She strongly believes in creating a right fitment between student’s skill and interest and thereby supporting skill mapping ideology for “Mentorship for life”