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MEO Class 4 Exam, Eligibility, Booking, Results and Syllabus

MEO, which stands for Marine Engineer Officer, are competent to work as officers on board ship. MEO Class 4 is the exam that a candidate or mostly cadets have to pass through to become 4th Marine Engineer Officer. This is the first officer rank in the engine department. The job profile of being an 4th Engineer onboard can be read in this article Life of 4th Engineer On Board

Eligibility for MEO Class 4

Candidates, who wish to undertake this exam, should first meet the eligibility criteria as given below: Should have sailed for period of not less than 6 months, having engines more or equal to the power 750 KW. Should be above 18 years of age.
There is a concept of propelling times also, which means that actually how many days, engine has run. This can be roughly 70-80% of your total sailing period. At the time of sign off candidates should have sea service letter from the ship, stating the days you have sailed with propelling days also. Certificate should be taken with signature from master and chief signature. Better is to take sailing certificate from each master and Chief Engineer you sailed with. Proper stamp of your ship on your CDC, stating date of joining and date of sign off on it. A rank of ‘Trainee Marine Engineer’, preferable to be written on CDC. Tar Book is to be completely filled and signed by the designated people.
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Modular Courses for MEO Class 4B Exam

After sailing you have to do some more modular courses and they are given below:

1)    Proficiency in Survival craft and Boat

2)    Advance Fire Fighting

3)    Medical First Aid

4)    Engine Simulator Course at Operational Level.

There are ample amount of colleges those who offer these courses, and the fee structure depends individually on each maritime college.

How to Apply for MEO Class 4B Exam

Exams are conducted all over the India in different MMD like Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Vizag, Delhi etc. Each MMD has a schedule of submitting file in the first or second week of month. The information of file submission can be confirmed at MMD, in which you wish to give exam.

Documents Required For Applying

Copy of below documents:
1)   10th and 12th
class mark sheet and passing certificate
2)    Your Degree of passing pre sea course.
3)    All Modular Courses Certificate
4)    Sea Service Letter
5)    Photographs
6)    EXN-45- You get when you have part A exemption.
7)    Medical Certificate from a registered DG approved doctor, with validity of 6 or 12 month from date of applying for exam.
8)  CDC and Passport Copy. Voyage page photocopy in case of CDC.
9)  Update Seafarer profile from DG site.
10) Form 15
11) The assessment Fees paid online.
There might be some additional document also, but there are important ones. Generally you have to make a folder in which all these documents needs to be kept and deposited at the counter. And need to enter your name and other details in the register given at the counter, as confirmation of receiving the register.
Note: In some MMD you will get date of deficiency after 20-25 days of your file submission. On deficiency date you have to give the entire certificates that are lacking as stated on your file. Let read about meo class 4 exam booking.

MEO Class 4B Exam Booking

Generally the booking starts after 31st of every month. This is done by going through e-pariksha portal. There you have to book the slot and subjects you wish to appear for.

Exam Fee

In first booking, you have to spend, Rs 11000. This is as follows Rs 3000 for assessment Rs 1000 for each oral and written. There are 4 functions-including 6 written and 4 orals. In total Rs 8000.
Note: After cleaning all the written and Orals, you have to apply for certificate of competency which cost Rs 3000.

Functions in MEO class 4B

1)    Marine engineering at Operational levels
2)   Electronics and Control Engineering at Operational level
        Maintenance and Repair at operational level
4)   Controlling Operational of Ship and Care for Persons on-board at Operational level

Syllabus for MEO Class 4B

There is no predefined syllabus for this examination, but yes based on the studies that students have done, you can see syllabus that you studied in your pre sea. Mostly all the topics are those, which you must have, studied while you were doing your pre sea course. The only difference is that, now you have to study everything in relation to real scenario that happens on ship.

How to Prepare for MEO Class 4B

This is not an entrance exam, you are not competing with other, and rather you are competing with yourself. The whole preparation is about developing your concept about machineries and also remembering what you did, when you were onboard.
The more you are able to connect what you are studying, with what you saw on ship, will certainly help you a lot. There are ample amount of dates, laws that you need to keep an eye on. Better to make short notes of those, these will come handy when you are giving your written and oral exams.
Number of study hours depends on the candidate and also the time difference that you are getting between booking of exam and then giving them. Generally students gets 2 month in between exam and booking. You might want to go for coaching that are available in many places across India. The best thing about coaching would be to get all the study material at one place.
Group discussions are key to excel in this exam, plus patience also. Because you cannot learn and remember each and everything, considering the vast area that all these functions cover. Try to communicate with other guys also, and this will help you in getting new knowledge and also, clearing your doubt at the same time. Last but not the least, Luck. A little bit of luck always play an important role.

Types of Questions asked in MEO Class 4B Orals and Written

E Pariksha MCQ questions– This stands for all the multiple choice questions that are asked in the written exam. There are six written a candidate has to give, and there are as follows:
Marine Electrical
2)   Naval Architecture and Ship Construction
3)    Safety and Environment
4)   Marine Engineering Knowledge Motor
6)    Marine Engineering Practice
There are 50 questions asked in each subject, and duration of exam is 2 hours. Exams are conducted in separate dates.
Orals: Generally it is same like giving viva for your board exams. But the level of questions and the assessment totally depends on the surveyor. He will ask you questions and plus followed by cross questions.
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89 Replies to “MEO Class 4 Exam, Eligibility, Booking, Results and Syllabus

    1. First you should go through your ship main manual, and then you can refer to Reeds, and other good books like mcgeorge.

      You can also go for local notes, given by region coaching centers for class 4b.

    1. Go for, standard books like Pursey, Mcgeorge, Denis T Hall, Flanagen, Reeds and also the ship manuals.

      Preparation needs to be something in which you should go through properly and deeply.

  1. Sir,

    I have completed 39 months as rating in offshore field. Can I give mot exam class 4 from india.Plz tell me what is procedure for that.

    Thanks n brgds
    sandeep sharma

  2. Sir, can you please tell me that how much time it will take to join a ship again as a IVth engineer after signing off a ship as a junior engineer trainee if all the process, exams and government associated paper works would go on timely. And also please elaborate all the process with a (rough time duration) that one has to go through after finishing 1 year pre-sea training to become a IVth engineer. As someone has told me that it takes approx. 3 years to become ivth engg. after finishing the 1 year pre-sea training.

  3. For other nationals to take the Fourth Engineer CoC examination. The requirements are same as your nationals? If they sail within their coast and is it still okay for unlimited CoC and how much is the cost of taking the exam and how long.

  4. Sir what kind of eligibility letter to get from mmd to attend class4 exam and what are the documents they need how to apply for the eligibility letter and age limit sir please clarify my query thanking you expecting your reply as soon as possible

  5. Hi sir,
    I have done a service of 186 days in two contracts in different ships, as I heard that mmd is excluding the sign in nd signoff days nd 31st day of the month. That brings back my sea service to 178 days. will this be accepted by mmd ? What should I do ?


  7. sir..
    For a ship of 2740 kw FG VESSEL…how much sea time required for applying class 4 exam from Visakhapatnam mmd
    ..pls reply…

    thanx in advance

  8. i am having experience in ship 725kw oil chemical tanker for 8 month contract. can i be eligible for the class 4 exam since the criteria is off 750 kw ship needed. if i just put in my tar book 750 and apply for the exam will it work

    plz help me

  9. Hello sir I am a coast guard diploma mechanical artificier. Joined in 97. Completed AMIE mechanical in 2011. Still serving. How can I apply for the mot class iv exam. Is there any exemption of subjects. Without attending regular class shall I complete it. Please tell the procedures sir. Presently I am in paradip

  10. Sir, how an engine rating would be eligible for MEO exams. I am having around 40 months of sea service as a motorman on FG vessels, could you please advice me how I can appear for MEO exams and what certification would be required ?

  11. 1i have done 181 days of sea service (as per port immigration seal) after completing class 4 part i eligible for giving part B with this service?

  12. Sir i have completed GME , my question is do i have to give any written exam at the time of class 4 part A exemption ?

  13. Dear sir, i have missed to book one oral function 3 , wen submitting in e pariksha for fresh submitting for online verification, what to do ?

  14. HI sir ,

    Can you please post to me about CLASS IV STEAM paper (exam procedure and material guide) as i’m sailing on steam ship now and would sign off by April’16 .

    thanks in advance sir.

  15. Dear sir
    I’ve completed GME and presently on 8 months waiting list to get inducted on vessel meanwhile can I prepare for class 4 exams?

  16. Hello sir i made my cdc on foreign coc base and experience bases.. am i eligible for meo class 4 exams if yes what should i have to do for


  18. Sir would u plz help me by providing the contact number or address of samant sir’s classes matunga….

  19. Sir please tell me
    I’m passed GP Reting join us for engine said that what is requirement for Reting to engineer class 4th exams
    Please tell me about it

  20. Hello sir! Thank you It was very useful & I’m Godfrey started my career as a fifth engineer signed contract for 6 months on a tug boat for the post TME & she does not have boiler,purifier however I had been trained in pre-sea Graduate Marine Engineer 1 year course which my certificate valid,my doubt is should I need to study to apply boiler,purifier, course?
    yours respectfully

  21. hello sir, I am TME but I got an offer from one company to sail as an my ques is that is it good to sail as an oiler and how many months I need to sail for eligibility to write class 4.

  22. Hi
    Sir ple help me , me gp rating kiya tha mera saling time is 46 months , meo class 4 A exam dena padega ya ncv sir ple give detail how can apply for exam

  23. Dear sir,

    Will it be alright to do the mentioned modular courses (that I am supposed to do after the 6 months sail) before I go on to sail? This will save me a lot of time later. I have got quite some time for my next sail, and was wondering if this would be the best way to utilise the time.

    Thanks in advance.

  24. Hello sir
    Mera diploma mechanical engineer 3 sal ka huva hai or 1 year sea service time mai meo 4 class exam de sakta hu kya.
    Plz reply..

  25. hello sir,
    i need to give partA class iv exam for applied mechanics and heat engine but i dont get a material for study of those subject it wll b very helpful if u send me some notes …

  26. Helooo sir am working in passenger ship sir I have 8month sea experience….can I apply for CLS 4 exam sir

  27. Is there negative marking for Class 4 Part B Written MCQ exam, also what is the criterion of passing on the basis of mandatory questions and non-mandatory questions? How many answers have to be right from mandatory and non- mandatory questions?

    1. I completed my 9 months 17 days of sailing period, I am Trainee Marine Engineer , I went for class 4 assesment but they are not accepting my assesmmet , because my rank is entered in DG profile is wrong by company , I asked company about this, they said you have to wait for 3 months for correction , so I want to know about this that how much time it will take for correction of rank

  28. Sir, I have completed 18months of sea service after getting my watchkeeping .
    I would like to know how many months required for applying for the class 4 exam.

  29. Good evening sir,
    am sailed as a oiler to complete almost 30 month, i need to go for applying MEO class 4 exam. But i could not found any details about that in internet also, please give some notes about that sir.

  30. Good evening sir,
    am sailed as a oiler to complete almost 30 month, i need to go for applying MEO class 4 exam. But i could not found any details about that in internet also, please give some notes about that sir. How to apply MEO class 4 part A & part B.

  31. Hi sir, 9th dec I gave oral And failed to clear safety from mumbai, so my question is can I book safety for January seat, as my result is uploaded and its showing no free seat available for safety?

  32. Without gp rating can possible given the class 4 examination. I have 36 months sea service and cop also.

  33. Any pcm eligibility of class 12 for meo class 4 if yes then what about those who have less than 60 and are from college like IMA Chennai who takes student on 45% creteria

  34. Without gp ratings possible to meo class 4 th exam, I have 36 month sea experience and my qualification diploma mechanical engineering

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