27th August 2016, 02:00 PM
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Whether a 16 years old can join Merchant Navy after passing 12th?

My brother hearty wants to join Merchant Navy, but he is 16 years old and going to pass 12th in 2017 of march. So, can he join merchant navy or not?

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28th August 2016, 12:01 AM
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Default Re: Whether a 16 years old can join Merchant Navy after passing 12th?

Details about How to join Indian Merchant Navy

This is a very good job as well as career option. To join Merchant navy the applying candidate must have to fulfill these criteria:

Educational Qualification:
  • 12th Pass With Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
  • More than 60% 60% marks in PCM
  • More than 40% in English

Age Criteria: 17.5 to 25 years' age group (Relax of 2 years is available for female candidates)

Other Requirements:
  1. Must have UNMARRIED Indian Citizen
  2. Must have to pass medical test
  3. Eight Sight: 6/6 in both eye With no color blindness and no visual aids

Selection process:

Stage 1: Entrance Test (Consist of Screening Test and Main Examination)

Stage 2: Interview

Stage 3: Medical Test

After successfully completion of these 3 stages you will be selected for 4 years -

1. B.Sc. Nautical Science Degree

2. Marine Engineering Degree

3. B.Sc. Marine Catering

4. B.E in Civil Engineering

5. B.E. Electrical Engineering

6. B.E. Mechanical Engineering

After completion the any of the above degree you will be posted according to your degree:

1. Marine Engineering Degree holder: Marine Engineer(5th rank)

2. Nautical Science Degree holder : Deck Cadet(Navigation Officer)

3. Marine Catering Degree holder : Cook and Catering and Hospitality crew

4. B.E. Civil Engineering holder : Engineer Officer

5. B.E. Mechanical Engineering holder : Engineer Office

6. B.E. Electronics and Electronics holder : Electro-Technical Officer

Pay Scale: The Pay Scale is depends on the rank of the candidate in which he is posted.(Salary starts from 15,000 Rs per month)
28th August 2016, 12:27 AM
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Default Re: Whether a 16 years old can join Merchant Navy after passing 12th?

As per your age, yes you are eligible to join Merchant Navy after passing 12th. The minimum age required to join Merchant Navy is 16 years. The maximum age of candidate not be greater than 25 years.

The Candidates who want to join the Merchant Navy, they must have to appear in the All India Merchant Navy Entrance Test is conducted by Bharat Shipping Limited.


1. No color Blindness

2. Physically and Mentally fit

3. Eye sight = 6/6 without glasses

For more information you can visit at the official website: www.merchantnavy.me/
28th August 2016, 10:10 AM
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Default Re: Whether a 16 years old can join Merchant Navy after passing 12th?

It's not possible to join merchant navy at the age of 16. To apply for merchant navy , You should have minimum qualification of bachelor's degree.

Merchant Navy Eligibility

Education Qualification
- You should have passed 12th with at least 60% marks in aggregate & studied physics , chemistry and maths as a compulsory subjects.
- You should have English subjects at 10th & 12th & secured at least 60% marks.
- You should have passed bachelor's degree in any stream with at least 60% for deck cadre , bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering for engineering officer cadre and bachelor's degree in electrical engineering for electrical officer cadre.

Age Limit
- Deck Officer Cadre : 17-25 years.
- Engineering Officer & Electrical Officer Cadre : Less than 28 years

- You should be physically fit & Eyesight of 6/6 and Normal color vision.

Steps to Join Merchant Navy
- Apply for one of the shipping companies.
- If selected , You will get pre-sea training for a one year. After that , You have to complete apprenticeship on board for a period of 18 months.
- After completion of these , You are eligible to write exam conducted by DGS.
- If qualified , You will get posting as a third engineer in deck officer cadre or as a junior engineer in engineering officer cadre.
- After serving 18 months , You can apply for promotion channel exam to become eligible for promotion.

Top Shipping Companies In India
- Gujarat Pipavav
- Essar Shipping
- The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd
- Shreyas Shipping
- Varun Shipping
- The Great Eastern Shipping Companies
- Bharati Shipyard
- Mercator Ltd
- ABG Shipyard
- The Global Offshore Services Ltd
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