How To Join Merchant Navy After 10th, 12th Class And Graduation

Want to know as how you can join merchant navy? Well this fascinating career drags huge amount of people, especially young lads all across the globe towards it, So what is so special about this?, how is life out there, what you will do and what not, how much you will  earn- read more about it here.In a planet where water covers major part, its use for transportation, food and mining are enormous. From the early days of human civilizations, water is one thing which is common to all of them and most of the flourished around them. This is the reason, today; most of the renowned cities in the world are near the sea like New York, London, Tokyo, and Dubai etc. For quite a long time, humans have been part of the business related to the sea. Let’s see how Shipping world is divided:

How to Join Merchant Navy

 Division of Shipping World

Cargo Transportation
2)  For Food
3)  Mining process
      For leisure
5)  Security

6) Other areas like energy harnessing.

Ship movement, Cargo Transport
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As you can see there is so much to this part of earth, with so many options and opportunities, it is natural for people to be attracted to it. Merchant Navy is the major part of it. In this age of globalization each and every country is dependent on other for some resources. And to keep these resources moving from one place to another, sea transportation is mainly used.

What Actually Merchant Navy is?

Well Merchant Navy, as name suggests, is that part of shipping world, which is involved in transportation of cargo and passenger from one place to another through sea. It is totally different from the Defense Navy. From ships that carries ore from one country to another, to the ships that carry oil to and fro-it is about these and more than that.
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Cargo types can be any like Ore, Oil, and Gas etc. And since sea route is much cheaper than the air route, this is the preferred choice when it comes to transporting goods from one place to another. Read this
interesting article related to difference between Aviation and Shipping sector.

How can I Join Merchant Navy?

This is among the most common questions. The reasons why so many people joining this field are that, there is so much to explore in terms of opportunities and also in terms of roaming around this world. There is no end to the numerous prospects in this sector that it offers. Plus pay and perk are also better as compare to the other sectors.  Read this interesting article related to salary in merchant navy.
After completing your school or college you can go for degree or diploma courses related to the marine field. There are two side of merchant navy, one is those who are officers and others are ratings.
Officers are generally those who complete their studies majorly in this field and start their career at sea as cadet or trainee. Ratings are support staff required at sea. After successful sea time, they too can become the officers.
There are two departments in merchant navy, one are those, who are dealing with the technical aspects of the ships called as Engineers and other part is Deck, who look after the navigation and cargo handling. As per the type of vessel you are working in, you can do different work also like quality management, but these are the only two sides.
You can read more about them here as how to choose different sides.

What type of Life in Merchant Navy or as Sailor?

Those days are completely gone, when sailors are having wooden ships, and using major manpower to row and navigate the ships, with damp condition and no aids for navigation. It is more of a highly organized and advance sector, with not much of manpower used.
How to make boat, Join Merchant Navy
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Ships are provided with all sorts of facilities that you get on land or more than that. Only downside will be that, you might be out of your house for 3 to 6 months. This is compensated by the salary that you get here plus part to visit different places. Since this is a global sector, you get to work with different kind of nationalities. English is the common language that is spoken worldwide in shipping sector, unless the ship is sailing in local region.
Engineer work involves maintaining all the machineries on board like engine and auxiliary machinery. Keeping record of stores that are used onboard and making sure that ship keep on moving, by keeping all machineries in good condition. Navigation officer’s look after the cargo operations, and navigating the ship to her destination safely. Planning how to load cargo and maintaining the positive condition of ship.
2009 recession surely hit hard the shipping sector, but it has survived it and has come out of it now. As compare to the previous times, there is competition of jobs in this sector.

Can Women Join Merchant Navy?

Sure, why not. Although this is a men dominated sector, no doubt in that, but slowly and steadily women are making their way. In fact as per the estimates, numbers of women enrolling for the courses related to the merchant navy have increased several folds as compare to the previous times. Many Women are now at the top positions both of offshore and on ship. This is a profession where each and everybody respects each other for their work and contribution towards transporting billion dollars of cargo from one place to other or helping in generating this much world cargo like food, oil etc.

Life after Merchant Navy?

When you get into it, you tend to learn lot of things. You share and exchange your views with so many people out there. You understand how things work in shipping and how you can be the best part of it. What you learn there, might help you when you come back and want to work offshore. There are so many live examples of successful sailors who are now either have their own shipping company or doing really good in other sectors. That is totally a case which depends on people to people. So are you planning to join merchant navy?
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16 thoughts on “How To Join Merchant Navy After 10th, 12th Class And Graduation

  • March 28, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Hello sir.

    I wanted to know how to join merchant navy after 10+2??

    • March 28, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Apply for the entrance exam, and if you get good rank than, you will be able to join the academy.

    • March 28, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Hello Leonida,

      Every country have their entrance exam for taking admissions to the academy. When you are studying in the last year of your school, apply at that time. In India, the exam is called as IMU CET.

  • March 28, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Can anybody tell me as how to join merchant navy after 10th. Thanks in advance

    • March 28, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Apply for academy, they have this GP rating courses. You can enroll for them.

    • March 28, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      hey! can anybody tell as how to join merchant navy after 12th science…i am confused.

    • March 29, 2015 at 8:51 am

      In which country you live, as it mode of application depends on country.

  • March 29, 2015 at 5:01 am

    plz tell me how to join merchant navy after engineering, i have electrical engineering degree.

  • March 29, 2015 at 8:49 am

    can anybody tell me as how to join merchant navy after in mechanical engineering….plz be fast…thanks

    • March 29, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Yes, you can apply for the IMU CET exam, or approach individual colleges, if you are living in India.

  • May 2, 2015 at 9:08 am

    sir plz send me a PDF file or a link for sample paper of IMU CET 2015, & please tell me cut off list for OBC(NCL)

    • January 2, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Hello Ankit,
      Read the above article carefully, plus browse the portal more to get info about the merchant navy.


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