Age Limit Increased to Benefit Indian Youth to Join Merchant Navy

by OldSailor on August 18, 2008


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Here is a good news to Indian youth to join Merchant Navy. The age limit is now twenty five to join pre sea courses.

The reason ? Here is an interesting news report from Live Mint which highlights:

  • Presently Indian seafarers are about 82,000 including about 26,900 officers and 55,000 ratings.
  • Every year, 15% of 1.18 million global seafarers quit seafaring profession to take up shore based jobs.
  • Due to this, there is going to be an estimated global shortage of 27,000 marine officers by 2015 from the present shortage of about 10,000.
  • Seafaring profession is no more attractive to Indian urban youth.
  • Age limit is now increased to facilitate the youth from rural areas to join the seafaring profession.
  • Unfortunately, the maritime education fee currently ranges from INR 2.5 lakh to 10 lakh, depending upon the course and the college, though education loans are available from banks.

As per Director General of Shipping, Training Circular No.19-TR(4)/2008 dated 7th August 2008, the maximum age limit is now upto 25 years for admission in the following pre-sea courses:

  • 4 Years Marine Engineering Degree course
  • B.Sc. (Nautical Science)
  • B.S. (Nautical Technology)
  • B.Sc (Maritime Science) – [Polyvalent]
  • B.E.(Marine Technology)
  • Diploma in Nautical Science leading to B.Sc Nautical Science. (IGNOU)
  • Alternate Training Scheme
  • Pre-sea Training for Mechanical Graduate Engineering (GME)
  • Pre-sea Training for diploma holders (DME)

The Training Circular is effective from the academic year 2008-09 for all degree/diploma courses and from the date of issue of this circular for other pre-sea courses.

For more details about the Training Circular and for List of Training Institutes approved by D.G. Shipping, log on to Director General of Shipping.

News report from Live Mint is here.

Update: February 22, 2009

Based on reader comments, I have included the following:

1. Those who want to join the Indian Navy:

2. Merchant Marine Personality Evaluation  (MMPE) test:

  • is a psychological screening test for entry level candidates to join pre-sea officer courses introduced by DG Shipping.
  • no preparation is necessary for this test.
  • it is a multiple choice objective type question paper to be answered in a given time.
  • the questions will be about a real life situation. you will have to select an appropriate answer for that.
  • there is no right or wrong answer for these questions.
  • there is no negative marking. the answers will be evaluated by a psychologist.
  • read more about the test from DG Shipping.

3. Those who want to join Merchant Navy

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Deeshith November 28, 2011 at 4:29 PM

whether there is any marine courses for a age of 28years for BE(mechanical) graduate.If so , mail me

harman August 27, 2013 at 4:38 PM

respected sir .. can i join merchant navy with comm stream …..looking for positive answer

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