Top 10 Government Merchant Navy Colleges in India

Merchant Navy

There’s no better job than being marine engineer or merchant navy officer; if you want a lavish life style, handsome salary, better career growth, time flexibility, work culture and opportunities to travel across the world. It’s almost a dream come true for many who failed to selected in IIT’s for various reasons.

Looking back in time, it was just a bare luck to know about it and join merchant navy. I was unaware of this field as an option that time. I believe its the same for most for you.

Being a merchant navy officer or marine engineer from any D.G approved college makes you eligible for this job. But having a government backed institute really have an impact on campus selection. Placement statics raise from 60% to 90-95% in government marine institute. I learned it hard way how it can accelerate your carrier growth; when it was too late to decide. So to help you out; I will discuss all aspects of this carrier with top government institute and how to join them.

What is merchant navy?

In simple word’s it is the other name for commercial shipping/Merchant Shipping/Merchant marine. It is an operation of assisting global trade by non-military ships. Transportation being the sole force behind economic prosperity; its important to keep this economic engine moving. Ships are what global transportation is based on; after all it accounts for more than 90% of total commercial transportation across the globe.

With high demand and enhanced safety standards, merchant navy have become one of the best option to pursue as a carrier. It’s a vast industry with ships carrying cargo ranging from wines, woods, grains, finished good to oil and gases. Ships are advanced sophisticated piece of machinery which require skillful labor for operation and maintenance.

Difference Between Navy and Merchant Navy?

After telling what merchant navy is all about; I have a gut felling that you have some idea between their differences. But to make it even clear and detailed; let’s dig deep into the main differences between Navy and Merchant Navy:-

Merchant Navy
  1. It is the naval division of combined armed force of a nation.
  1. It is the naval element of global commercial transportation.
  1. Their main task is to secure the interests of their country in national and international waters.
  1. Their main interest is to make money.
  1. They are under supervision and control of their national government.
  1. They are run by big commercial shipping companies.
  1. Every nation maintain a level of training for navy cadets based on their country.
  1. They maintain a minimum training standards based on international shipping laws.
  1. Have large amount of main power for task like arms, engine, deck and galley.
  1. Maintain only the minimum amount of crew on board required by law at all times. It is generally 20-25.
  1. They are bound to national interests, laws and orders.
  1. They are bound to international laws for pollution, safety and shipping.
  1. The applicant must be citizen of the nation to join Navy.
  1. The applicant may or may not be the citizen of that nation.
  1. They are paid as a regular soldier or officer.
  1. They are paid on a contact basis.
  1. Have lower pay scale but with many other benefits.
  1. High salary with no othe incentive.
  1. A navy officer can easily join merchant navy after retirement.
  1. A merchant navy officer can never join navy.

-> Above all they have similar but different ranking structure.

Merchant Navy Salary and Carrier Graph

Marine engineering carrier graph

Image Credit: Neeraj Singh, Marine engineer from MANET, PUNE.

One of the most common and fascinating question asked by dedicated students; who wants to pursue their carrier in this field. It’s a simple and obvious question which arise in all of our minds; even me before pursuing my carrier as a marine engineer. Based on the hierarchy of ranks, it can be in between 15,000 to 15,00,000 rupees (Indian) per month.

Crew on the bottom of the rank chart or so called UN-licensed deck/Engine staff like Boson, Trainee O.S, Able Seaman, O.S, Wiper, Motor man, Engine and deck cadet get lower income. While on the top like captain and chief engineer earn 10-15 lakhs on a monthly basis. In engine side a junior engineer can start his/her carrier at 30 to 40 thousand and get promoted to the rank of chief engineer over 10 to 15 years of work experience.

There’s a constant growth among ranks and salary with lots of added benefits. For example; you not have to pay taxes on your income if you sail on a foreign going vessel. Actually, according to the laws of different country including India; you are exempted from any taxes if you live more than 183 days outside India or that country of nationality.

It will develop your personality as; its not just a carrier but a life style which will make you smart, teach team effort and give chance to meet new people across the world.

How to Join Merchant Navy?

A job in merchant navy either in the form of marine engineer or deck officer is a lucrative offer. You need to acquire decent amount of knowledge with spirit to work even under bad sea condition. You need to be conscious, aware and watchful at all times; as working at sea demands those qualities from every person on-board ship. Working on ships can master your skills and let you meet people across the world.

One can join merchant navy after His/Her diploma, Intermediate (12th) or graduation. While you can join after graduation or diploma, its always preferred and better to join merchant navy course after 12th. It has become one of the popular courses to do after 12th. One can pursue one of the following courses to join merchant navy:-

  1. Bachelor of Nautical Science
  2. Bachelor in Marine Engineering
  3. B.Tech in Naval Architecture
  4. B.Tech in Marine Engineering

Bachelor of Technology in Marine Engineering is a four year course offered in many government and private col ledges in coastal India. It is the course of proficiency for class four marine engineer as per the norms of D.G Shipping (Govt of India). On another hand; Bachelor of Nautical Science is a three year course for proficiency in deck officer as per the norms of the D.G.Shipping.

Admission Procedure

The admission procedure includes online-offline examination, Psychometric test, Interview and medical Examination. The entrance test questions are all multiple choice question similar to that in JEE Mains (But a little easier). Questions are asked on basic educational knowledge at 10th and 12th standard including English, science, math, G.K and reasoning.

All selected candidates are then asked to go through a medical examination and then alloted confirm admission. Medical test include checking of eyesight, blood, any sign of disease, signs of hernia or minor/major medical condition. They will also look for your age, height, weight along with other medical conditions to meet the medical standards set by D.G. Shipping (Medical Examination Rule 2000).

Entrance Test (Tips and Myth’s)

A lot many candidates with relatives in merchant navy know a fact; that its quite easy to get job if you have a relative in the field. It’s not 100% true but not false either; But you won’t get the job if you don’t get the admission or simply don’t pass the competitive exam. Each year thousands of candidates go through these tests, of whom only a few hundred succeeds. Don’t worry; here i am to guide you through the process.

The test consist of four section with fifty questions for each; General awareness, Science, Mathematics, English and reasoning. Its better to start from general knowledge and reasoning as they are fairly moderate (Difficult) while others are considerably easy. (Maybe this is what i feel during my test 7 years before).

Keep an eye on the clock as you only get two hours to solve the paper. If you don’t know the answers don’t hesitate to guess (there is no negative marks). It has been found in various studies that most likely the correct answer in multiple choice question is either B or C. See for the trend in question you know answers of and act accordingly.

Top 10 Government Marine Colleges in India

Merchant navy is a vast field with lots of economic and job opportunities. You will always get a job but having a government college to back is always helpful. These institutes have better placement records (Campus) and a trust value that won’t let you wait for your first ship or get job from outside (Off-campus).

Back in my time i was literally unaware of these colleges (which i learn only i join merchant navy) and regret for the first year in my college. So to help you choose the best out of best, I have came with a little list of top 10 Government marine colleges in India:-

  1. Marine Engineering and Research Institute, Kolkata
  2. Indian Maritime University, Vizag Campus
  3. Indian Maritime University, Chennai Campus
  4. SCI Maritime Training Institute, Mumbai
  5. College of engineering, Andra university
  6. RL Institute of Nautical Science, Madhurai
  7. D.R B.R.Ambedkar institute of technology, port blair
  8. Marine Engineering and Research Institute, Mumbai
  9. Indian Maritime University, Chochin
  10. SCI Maritime Training Institute, Kolkata
Female Ship Crew

Female Crew Operating Marine Sextant

Is Merchant Navy Safe For Girls?

Giving a thought to join merchant navy knowing its a men dominated profession is itself a bold move. Women have gone out of their comfort zone to join different carrier in the last decade. In fact around thousand women are working in this field; which is only going to expand in near future.

I expect you would like to female mariners views, but as a male marine engineer its even harder for me to know all your concerns. The only concern i can think of is safety and work. Yes working as a girl on board is not that easy, you are expected to prove yourself while adjusting to work side by side to other male counterpart. I know it can be hard some times you can’t have everything separate; you have to share something with other crew out of your comfort zone.

I have worked on one of my sail with a senior marine engineer (Female); she was really professional and help break the slightest of stereotype i have in my mind. Yes there had been incidents in the past when some drunk crew misconduct with fellow female officer. Things have changed, strict laws are placed on board for their safety.

Nowadays the only thing you had to sacrifice is your personal and social life; as you will be almost cut off from the rest of the world for months. I would say; go out near harbor, see ships, watch videos and get feeling of life on board ship and if you feel like to join, go ahead.

Is Merchant Navy a Good fit For Me?

No matter how your school was, how intelligent you are and how much marks you get in 12th. If you do have a right attitude, willing to work and medically fit – Its natural to join merchant navy. Suppose you are weak in science (PHY+CHEM) but average in mathematics go ahead for nautical science. If you have passion for machinery and tools, stay interested in technology then marine engining is a best fit for you. If you lack even that, go ahead and start from oiler, fitter, ordinary seaman etc.

There is always a job for you in merchant navy with more than what your friend with 20-30K expects; provided you have the required work culture, willing to learn and right attitude. After all its your personality and nature which plays role in merchant navy. If you have a love for adventure, sports, visiting new places, interacting with people; you are good for merchant navy.

Even if you don’t have the above quality don’t be disappointed, I am with you on the same ground. It took me two months to adapt to ship culture as its never that hard to adapt. So don’t hold yourself back and say good bye to old school eight to eight hectic work schedule.


Research have shown that the demand for merchant ships is only going to increase in the future with little bumps on the road. There will be times with economic and transportation loom; but demand will only increase in the long run. With up coming growth in shipping industry with sophisticated equipments and modern navigation system; more and more experienced knowledgeable people will be required on ship.

Therefore young students will find easy to get job in off-shore, on-shore, main fleet and other shipping industry. There is a boom coming at the horizon after this looms ends around 2020. Its the perfect time to get into this field which provide financial stability from the start of your carrier. There’s a new world order waiting; be prepared and explore the world that you only see in televisions and magazines.

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    1. manik

      does 60% is required in individual subjects in pcm or combined would be taken?

      1. admin (Post author)

        Combined Marks For PCM should be more than 60%

  2. Ankit Tiwari

    When form will available and on which website

    1. admin (Post author)

      You can Fill the form from IMU website ( ) for IMU CET from 4th week of March 2019.

      1. Ankit

        Can you provide me information or notificatio when form out at my email adress

        1. admin (Post author)

          Okay i will try my best to inform you by your mail at earliest.

          1. Ankit Tiwari

            Is there any need of gaps between knees

  3. Amandeep

    I am join marchent naviy .

  4. Rabin Samanta

    What percentage is required in class 12(science) to join marchant navy?

    1. admin (Post author)

      While the requirement vary from university to university ( vary from 50 -75 % ); but in general 60% is required to join merchant navy.

    2. Vishal


  5. Datta Jadhav

    my name is Datta jadhav and join this marchand navy an its my qulification 12 sci

    1. Mohd shariq

      please contact me

  6. Navin singh

    What are the syllabus and what to study for The Merchant Navy entrance test I am now in 11th science and preparing for merchant navy sir please give me the required information

    1. admin (Post author)

      First its nothing special in terms of examination. All question asked in the examination are from 11 and 12th standards ( PCM ) so just study what you are taught in school; and you be just fine. The only extra they ask is the general aptitude + G.K and little bit of English; which won’t be a problem for someone like you.

  7. Himanshu

    How can apply this from i can’t fill this from plz help me hwo can i fill this

    1. admin (Post author)

      What problem did you face? And where did you stuck in the form or does not understand ?

  8. Himanshu

    I fill tha form then submit tha from can error

  9. Pawan

    Sir please tell me after 12 which course and college
    is good

    1. admin (Post author)

      Any thing is good as long as you feel its worth giving your time effort and something of your interest. For example i had an interest in engines machines and tools together with the intrest in merchant navy and so i go for marine engineer while many of my friends are in deck side perusing nautical science.

  10. Sakshi Pradeep Gurav

    Sir, can you please provide me information about merchant navy colleges in which girls are trained ?

    1. admin (Post author)

      Almost all major maritime institute allow women / Girls to take admission. But the best way would be to give exam for IMUCET and pick a college from there. Only a handful of college such as great eastern and samudra institute don’t allow for girls; on other hand SCI, Anglo eastern give scholarship to girls.

  11. Sourav

    Sir if in eye checkup a person is not able to read a givtn something by experts then what happens??..
    Can a man with spectacles join??

    1. admin (Post author)

      In marine engineering or engine side cadet it is allowed till some power 6/9 without spects and 6/6 with spects in eye but you have to say good bye to deck department because there they need 6/6 vision. But you can get it fixed by laser treatment as here unlike traditional navy it is allowed to use laser technique to fix your vision.

  12. Tamanna Rathod

    Sir , I am a girl and I want to join merchant navy through nautical science, but the problem is that I am not getting which government college is best and how to apply for the college

    1. admin (Post author)

      In government college there is no other alternative to IMU CET Exam. Yes if you want to go for private institute there are many options of which i would personally recommend Tolani; not because its good campus or have good faculty but it provide 100% placement guaranty. It’s so because the one who can’t get placed is directly accepted by Tolani Maritime shipping company. So i would recommend to fill the IMU form, give exam and alongside apply for Tolani Maritime Institute. Any way best wishes and best of luck !

  13. Tabrez Sayed

    Sir my height is 182cm so, according that wat should be my maximum weight to join merchant navy.

    1. admin (Post author)

      Based on your height and age ( 17-20 ) It should not exceed 80kg.

  14. Sourabh joshi

    Hello! I’m sourabh joshi an engineering student and pursuing my final semester of my automobile stream and by 15 of may I’ll complete my degree too . I’m looking my career in merchant Navy governed by govt authority. Now, is it possible for me to join merchant Navy as I’m doing engineering in automobile stream and if yes , then please guide me

    Sourabh joshi

    1. admin (Post author)

      Sourabh It’s easy as you just have to do a GME ( Graduate Marine Engineering Course ) and then you are eligible for applying for job interviews and pursuing company to join. Basically it’s a complete 1 year course to teach all the required information about marine technology and how to maintenance ship engine and accessorizes. Best of luck !

  15. Mahade

    Is it good to study in private college

    1. admin (Post author)

      It is not best to study in private college but certainly not that bad too. Its like if you can get in for government colleges why to go for private college which are good but take more fees.

  16. Rishabh

    sir i had just passed my 12th and i want to make my carrier in merchant navy. As the information provided by you is very helpful.Can you tell me the questions asked in IMU CET 2019. So that i can prepare thoroughly.

    1. admin (Post author)

      I have already told in brief in one of the comment reply but Since i have been receiving lots of similar request even in mail i will soon post a new article about the same.

  17. Md Danish khan

    I am weak in phy and chem but good in maths but in class 12 i got 47 marks in class 12 with over all 72 % please suggest me which course is easy for me.

    1. admin (Post author)

      Go for in marine engineer if you have 65 % in PCM else choose Nautical science.

  18. Ishwarpreet Singh

    sir i have 72% in higher secondary and i am 22 years old so could you suggest me which course would be beneficial for me as minimum age to join merchant navy is 25 years. which would be best for me according to my age ( Diploma in nautical science or bachelors of nautical science

    1. admin (Post author)

      Concerning your Age if you want to join in quick you should definitely do the diploma course but if you manage to secure 3 year bachelor course from government institute then its a pretty good option as it ensures 90% placement against 50-70% in diploma course. Otherwise you had to pay to agents to get your seat in any ship. I hope it helps!

  19. Najuka Anjankar

    Sir my name is Najuka I am studied in 12th science What procedures for merchant navy?

    1. admin (Post author)

      You should apply the IMU-CET Examination and any other examination of top private merchant navy college like Tolani. That’s All ! Just fill the form, get selected in examination and pass the medical then; you just have a few years to study before joining the ship. I have done it and so can you; its not that hard. I have already discuss in brief in the article. Good Luck !

  20. Kush

    Sir can u tell me that,
    does all the courses are expensive and if yes then how can we get admission in government college and which post has good financial status from beginning. Sir plzz help me about this.

    1. admin (Post author)

      Diploma are less expensive than others but if you go for gov college as i mentioned their names above you can save a lot of money. Just fill the form of IMU-CET and secure a higher rank much like the jee-mains. And of the salary diploma holder start from lower position so less salary at start but in long run its all the same.

  21. Ankit chaudhary

    dear sir
    I complete 10th graduate in got 75 percent then 11th class science stream bio and phys,chemsitry should I join in merchant navy

    thank you

    1. admin (Post author)

      Yes why not many of my fellow seafarers are from bio stream. Its just that you can’t pursue marine engineer just me but there is another option of nautical science for the deck people. For your knowledge let me remind you captains are from deck side. So best of luck young boy!

  22. Yadav

    My rank is 2985 in IMU CET 2019. What are my chances in getting admission in one of the top ten
    government colleges given that I am medically fit and OBC.

    1. admin (Post author)

      Well that rank in hand you can hope to get a chance if in waiting list ( If seats not fill up ) otherwise its gonna be tough. But don’t worry there are a lot more college in the list to choose from; its just they are not the very best but still good. Wish you a very best luck!

  23. Om Malode

    I have specs (-3) can i join for merchant navy
    plz reply

    1. admin (Post author)

      Yes you can, but with specs on you should have 6/6 for engine side ( many rules apply and they will ensure your eyesight will not degrade in future; only 1/10 such case pass ) or get a lazer treatment 6 month earlier than you apply for the course. In fact one of my friend had too bad vision before lazer but he is good now and currently on sail. So get your eyes fixed with lazer treatment, do not worry its not not defense navy where they don’t accept 6/6 visiion with lazer treatment, here in merchant navy no one cares how you get 6/6 naturally or through some treatment. All that matters is 6/6 vision! I hope i answered your doubt, and thanks for sticking with us!

  24. Tarun pal

    Sir, i got 59 marks in pcm in 12th. I really want to join merchant navy please suggest me some good colleges.i got 716 rank in imu-cet .and i am from obc category.

    1. admin (Post author)

      Well i think you might just miss some institutes by 1% due to PCM 60% requirement. Well for your rank i am suggesting you some really good colleges within IMU; 1. C V Raman College of Engineering, Bhubaneswar 2.Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy, Mumbai 3. Maritime Training Institute, (SCI) Mumbai, 4.Marine Engineering & Research Institute (MERI, IMU Kolkata campus) 5. Indian Institute of Port Management 6. Indian Maritime University – Visakhapatnam Campus 7. National Maritime Academy or IMU Chennai campus 8. Maritime Training Institute, (SCI) Tuticorin 9. Tolani Maritime Institute, Pune 10.The Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies, Mumbai.

      As you asked for good colleges i include both private and government colleges. But the college i recommend to stay away from is “Maharashtra Academy of Naval Education and Training, PUNE”. I can say that; because i have studied from there and it keeps getting in and out of IMU affiliation due to Poor and inconsistent placement record, otherwise a good college.


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